When it comes to financial content, it’s very important to identify legitimate sources, especially since the content you choose to consume on a regular will constitute your daily news cycle. In this post I will present a few of my favorite finance publications and make the case for why you should incorporate some (or all) of these sources into your feed. These are great sources whether you’re just getting acquainted with finance, an active practitioner, or somewhere in between.
Quality over Quantity
There is only so much information we can actually consume and retain over the course of a day. Therefore, when it comes to staying on top of financial topics I place a lot of weight on finding a handful of quality sources, rather than stuffing my feed with as much information as possible. The way I see it, if you try to process too much information at once without getting your bearings straight, you won’t retain much at all. In the sections that follow I am going to make the case for some of my favorite outlets, but ultimately I would argue that this is an exercise anyone who has an interest in finance should go through. Once you take the time to find outlets you’re reviewing on a daily/weekly basis, you’ll know you’re hooked.
The Wall Street Journal
Okay, this first one is pretty obvious – but it is an absolute staple. The Wall Street Journal remains a journalistic authority on all things related to the financial sphere and it should be a part of any aspiring financier’s daily feed. The reason I’m so invested in the WSJ is that it is arguably the most comprehensive daily resource for financial news in the U.S. and abroad. Having the WSJ as part of your daily feed will certainly keep you in the know when it comes to the most relevant financial, political, and business-related news. The quality and consistency of their content is well worth the price of admission (~$40/month).
Hidden Forces is a podcast hosted by Demetri Kofinas that facilitates conversations with prominent (and often contrarian) thinkers in the realms of technology, finance, social science, and occasionally, the hard sciences. The thing I love about this podcast is that you are always provided with something new and challenging to consider at the end of each interview. While the guest list is somewhat varied, I think it’s fair to say that a majority of the guests are experts in a finance related domain. This show is a particularly good resource for those interested in developing a greater understanding of the forces at play in financial markets. This is a free podcast, however there are subscription services available that range from $10-20/month if you’d like to have access to longer interviews and more comprehensive content (such as transcripts and show notes).
American Affairs Journal
American Affairs is a quarterly journal of public policy, political thought, and economic thought. It was founded in 2017 with the aim of providing an outlet for people who consider conventional partisan platforms ill-equipped to address contemporary public policy challenges. Although this journal is geared towards public policy, a considerable amount of their publications address financial and economic topics. The reason I recommend this publication so highly is because it is one of the few truly contrarian outlets that I have come across. The articles are always well written and I can all but guarantee that the arguments presented in American Affairs are arguments you will not be introduced to anywhere else (and it only costs ~$20/year).
Though different in regards to their respective mediums, I decided to showcase these three outlets because of a common thread between them – each of these outlets explores financial topics through the lenses of other disciplines. The addition of these perspectives allow for a more nuanced understanding of the forces that influence and dictate the outcomes we observe in the financial system. Ultimately, the argument I wanted to make is that finance is an interdisciplinary topic; the more exposure you can get to a wide range of perspectives, the better.