Paid Subscriptions that are worth their money/good value?

Are you guys enrolled in any paid subscriptions? do you think paid subscriptions are worth it? what kind of subscriptions are you willing to pay for? they don't have to related to news or magazines, you can add music subscriptions or game subscriptions etc.

Personally, i'm thinking about subscribing to the Economist, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal just so I can bother to stay informed and actually lose money if I don't read enough. But I feel like those are too mainstream...
i'm mostly interested in financial/market and applied economics/economics news.

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Dec 6, 2018

If you subscribe to sources of information like what you have listed above, then yes. I pay $40/month for Bloomberg and some courses on Coursera. As for reading materials, I just buy all my book because I am too lazy to return them. I found to pay for entertainment subscription I just a waste of money because I work too many hours. Just remember to read only the facts not the opinion in the editorials because we need to be independent in our thinking.

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Dec 7, 2018

Really enjoyed that independent in our thinking part.

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Dec 6, 2018

RealVision for finance discussions is great imo.

i dont think any news sources are worth paying for, maybe WSJ but thats it. most imo are very biased.

Podcasts are great. Some like Masters in Business, Farnam Street (and website too is worth the $150/yr), Superinvestors, Investors Podcast (We study billionaires), Exchnages at GS, Talks at GS.

Reading books.

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Dec 6, 2018

Spotify = All my music

NYT = News and I have Bloomberg access through my position

NBA League Pass/Crunchyroll = TV; Huge NBA fan and if I wanna watch some TV I'll go full nerd out and go with some anime; NBA League Pass isn't worth IMO. Didn't realize how many games would be blacked out and being in the Charlotte region I can't watch a single Hornets game because of blackouts..

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Dec 11, 2018

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Dec 6, 2018

Either the Economist or the NYT. You work all day in finance, you're going to absorb a lot of financial news just by osmosis.

Stay abreast of current events that don't relate to your job, so that when you get in front of clients/bosses/people in general you sound like an intelligent and well read person and not just someone who lives in a finance echo box

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Dec 7, 2018

I'd second this. Staying very plugged into the financial news is a waste of time as most of it is just noise. Economist and journals like the Atlantic or QZ do a better job at explaining the underlying drivers of economic trends vs what's going on day to day.

For financial news, Seeking Alpha Wall Street breakfast is really all you need. Look more into Rolf Dobeli and you'll understand more where I'm coming from.

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Dec 8, 2018

This kind of pseudo-intellectual shit is exactly why 95% of the TED talks are dangerous. What this guy says it has so many logical flaws, it is mind-boggling to even start discussing how distorted this view is.

It is kind of amazing though, how he pulled that off.

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Dec 8, 2018

Care to explain how you not knowing how many points the Dow went up in a day or what Donald trump tweeted is "dangerous"? He is not advocating being informed. He is saying you can avoid the day to day chatter and dig into learning the core drivers rather than waste your time trying to be "an informed citizen". By spending 30 minutes a day reading the news you are actually distracting yourself from what is truly important.

Think about this and maybe give it a shot. Your comment comes off a bit reactionary and close minded.

Dec 8, 2018

I agree with you that what you describe is not added value. But instead of advocating for people to stop reading the news and waiting to "learn from your friends" if something is important. Maybe you should advocate on learning how to read the news better.

Also, that "go deep instead of broad", is hugely false. The breadth of news gives you the context to judge. Finally, books are not a substitution for news but a completely different thing. I fail to understand how someone who reads more than 2-3 sources of news is worse informed than someone reading only one article of a magazine and then some "books".

Again, reading the news badly is not the same as reading the news. Getting yourself cut off from what is happening or/and getting yourself exposed only to one source ( he says in the end " read a magazine " or whatever) and then believing that you are better off. Yes that's dangerous

Dec 6, 2018

WSJ and Spotify Premium

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Dec 6, 2018

I have NYT, FT, WSJ and StreetAccount.

I probably like StreetAccount the most because of all the filtering it has and the ability to receive newsletters based on topics I can select like cryptocurrencies or activism.

But I'm very fond of NYT and WSJ as you can get business and world news along with off-topic discussions in regards to travel, film, books, cooking, real estate and fashion.

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Dec 6, 2018

I have all three that you listed. Paid for by work

Dec 6, 2018

ugh...no goto money.net
this is the new~ish internet competitor to bloomberg....much much cheaper

just google it...you're welcome

Dec 6, 2018

spotify+hulu+showtime is $5 a month for students

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Dec 7, 2018

WSJ, Spotify and Apple music (don't ask--mistakes were made), Netflix, Showtime (gotta get me some billions), and Xbox Live. It seems like a lot but it honestly isn't too much. Pretty affordable.

My real expenses come from dry cleaning and maintaining my car on the god awful Dresden-esque roads of Mass.

Dec 7, 2018

Gartmen Letter.

Then whatever he's doing do the opposite. More than pays for itself.

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Dec 7, 2018

Netflix, HBO Now, and The Economist

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Dec 7, 2018

This + Spotify is my subscription lineup.

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Dec 7, 2018

Barrons and Brazzers

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Dec 10, 2018

great party theme

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Dec 7, 2018

I Pay: YouTube TV. The Athletic. Apple Music. Amazon Prime. Others Pay, I Use: Costco, WSJ, Netflix, HBO, FloWrestling.

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Dec 17, 2018

FloWrestling FTW

Dec 8, 2018

WSJ, NYT + Washington Post (these more so to support journalism), spotify, pandora, netflix

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Dec 8, 2018

zerohedge: it's free and amazing
FT paid my company - rubbish globalist bs
City AM: Free and by far the best fucking newspaper in the city of London every damn morning
The spectator: brilliant weekly in the UK subscription not too expensive
Then I have a lot of sector specific news I have to read to keep abreast my industry in PE

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Dec 9, 2018
Disjoint:

zerohedge: it's free and amazing

Not only does it being free not fit this point of this thread, but it's a dogshit website either way

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Dec 9, 2018

Then stick to Wapo and the NYT. For everybody else zerohedge is fucking brilliant, and while some articles are BS a lot of them make you think twice about the world around you.

Dec 8, 2018

Brazzers.

Dec 8, 2018

I'd like you to look at what's going on in France, where Macron is legitimately threatening/risking a civil war against what's essentially 80% of the country and how he was presented by some of the titles you mentioned a year ago or less:
The Economist
https://www.economist.com/leaders/2017/09/30/the-s...
https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/06/1...
https://www.economist.com/leaders/2017/06/17/elect...
WSJ:
https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/french-presidents...
This is complete crap. Not information, it's cheerleading and ass-kissing of the worst kind and you can see the outcome. I'm not saying ''don't read The Economist/WSJ/FT''. I'm saying that you should keep in mind that we are in a moment where most information is extremely biased, especially the mainstream one and even what used to be quality publications are no longer that reliable. I'm not paying a dime for this kind of shit.

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Dec 8, 2018

Second that. You really need to have a critical mind to understand news today. Waiting for someone to distil it for you it is not as easy as it used to be.

Free news, killed the news.

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Dec 17, 2018

I love how since posting this, the Economist has made a series of articles about the patriarchy in South Korea and how Victoria Secret should embrace transgender models to boost its sales.

Another glorious publication completely ruined. Considering telling the firm to not renew it for next year as the useful economic articles become less and less.

Dec 17, 2018

I feel bad for Macron, he is doing the right thing for the Frech economy, but every move is being resisted by the French people. The touting from the media certainly did not help the situation.

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Dec 17, 2018
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I feel bad for Macron, he is doing the right thing for the Frech economy, but every move is being resisted by the French people. The touting from the media certainly did not help the situation.

I don't really think his reform package was useful for France at all. During the electoral campaign he made what's essentially a corporate pitch to the business world, saying he'd make France the California of Europe, with its own Silicon Valley in the Paris area, moving away from the declining car industry.

On paper, that's great. In practice, that's a plan for the top 20% of the French electorate and those are doing fine anyway. Silicon Valley style jobs require very high education in a very specific field (coding) that's not for most people. Unfortunately for Macron, it's the bottom 80% that's struggling.

This Diesel tax was also extremely dumb. He wants to be the leader against climate change? Fine. He wants to reduce pollution? Great. He slapped a flat tax, that's regressive by itself, with a triple regressive effect on the poor. If you are the average upper class urban dweller that votes Macron, you rely on public transport and you have a new car, possibly electric. If you live in the suburbs or in rural towns, you can't rely on public transport because it's rare and maybe doesn't even go where you work. You also can't afford a brand new electric car. Of course they riot.

Add the fact that France is a very centralized country and if the problems are not at the center, it's hard to reform the whole system in short time. Macron's team has no contact whatsoever with those outside the urban bubble.

He got inflated beyond belief by media looking for a charismatic leader to counter Trump, and Macron due to the weird French electoral system ended up with a 60%+ parliamentary control, despite getting only 26% of the vote in the first round. Now the bubble burst, the failure is all on him. He's toast and with him his Eurozone reform.

Dec 17, 2018

His effort if just too sweep and aggressive. The man came from an IB ground, we can fix the balance sheet pretty quickly relative to governments. The key to ruling is to not to take away the property of the people under you right away, he failed to remember that. We can both agree that his method of accomplishing things is wrong. The thing I'm worried about is when people start bringing pictures of Robespierre to the street.

Dec 8, 2018

I don't pay for any subscriptions, free news and music all the way.

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Dec 8, 2018

I mean if you can afford it financially, go ahead and do so and support the economy. Usually that means Netflix, Spotify, WSJ.

Dec 9, 2018

Audible

Dec 10, 2018

Put www . outline . com / in front of any URL and it eliminates paywalls.

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Dec 10, 2018

I checked out the website, google app store( I use google chrome) and also tested it out on a WSJ article. The website and extension are totally legit.

There used to be a chrome extension available on github but the creator took it down.

Dec 11, 2018
Dec 17, 2018