The top 12 financial and investing blogs you should follow

With 24/7 access to thousands of websites and blogs covering topics as far afield as VIX to private REITS to good old passive equities via ETFs, weeding out the *really* good ones can be a challenge. Although it would be nice to spend all day canvassing the internet for the best ones around, we think that after 7+ hours you may have a little explaining to do. Lucky for you, we’ve already done the hard work (?). Here’s our list of the best, the greatest, the top financial and investing blogs that you should be following:

  1. Josh Brown
    We doubt you’ve ended up on this blog without at some point being on Josh Brown’s blog, The Reformed Broker. But Josh is the self proclaimed Chairman of Twitter Federal Reserve, and any list of financial blogs must include Josh for his acerbic wit, lighthearted anecdotes, and deep knowledge of the financial industry.
    Twitter: @ReformedBroker
  2. Ben Hunt
    Creator of and host of Epsilon Theory Live, Hunt “examines markets through the lenses of game theory and history” leading with a fresh perspective on market dynamics. Throw in some satire and always interesting visuals and you’ve got yourself one more interesting person to follow.
    Twitter: @EpsilonTheory
  3. Tadas Viskanta
    If you need a chart of the day or catchy quote to start your mornings, the Abnormal Returns blog will be right up your alley. Founder Tadas Viskanta has been in the blogoshpere for eight years and has gathered quite a following since then. Abnormal Returns is a one-stop shop for what’s going on in the world on finance.
    Twitter: @abnormalreturns
  4. Trevor Noren
    Managing director at 13D, Noren dives into how the revolution of algorithms affects industries, cultures, politics, and financial markets. He regularly contributes to 13D’s global strategy and research and puts out a lot of great content on Twitter.
    Twitter: @trevornoren
  5. Ben Carlson
    A Wealth of Common Sense is a blog that does a fantastic job of seeing through the noise and honing in on the topics worth discussing, in a concise manner. From commodities to general portfolio questions, there isn’t a topic Carlson hasn’t tackled. And if you enjoy podcasts more than blogs, Carlson is a co-host of one of those too.
    Twitter: @awealthofcs
  6. J.C. Parets
    For the technical/systematic/market technicians among you,  J.C. Parets’ blog All Star Charts is just that, a deep collection of topical charts with commentary on just what current (or years long) price movements mean. From commodities to currencies to stocks, his charts provide analysis on any market on your watch list.
    Twitter: @allstarcharts
  7. Meb Faber
    Founder of Cambria Funds, which runs multiple ETFs, Faber’s perspective is quite a bit different than the usual suspects, with quite a lot of skin in the game. With his own website, plus a slew of books that we recommend to everyone (check out our favorites here), Faber is a titan that’s definitely worth a follow.
    Twitter: @MebFaber
  8. Michael Covel
    Author of the Trend Following blog, podcast creator, and book author, there are few things that Covel doesn’t do. His insider knowledge gives readers an edge “behind the curtain to reveal a state of mind the system doesn’t want you in. Sounds kind of evil, but trust us, it’s the good kind.
    Twitter: @Covel
  9. Dana Lyons
    Our good friends at J. Lyons Fund Management have a knack for grabbing a hold of some rather obscure data and putting it in a nice-looking chart. Peruse their tumblr account for info on such as the US employment to population ratio, stocks as a percentage of household net worth, and a periodic mystery chart to name a few.
    Twitter: @JLyonsFundMgmt
  10. Julian Brigden
    Brigden is the co-founder of Macro Intelligence 2. Brigden’s team navigates the markets and writes up a weekly newsletter providing important info on current market situations and what’s going on in the news. Sign up for the newsletter to stay up-to-date, with none of the work.
    Twitter: @JulianMI2
  11. Peter Brandt
    Reasons you should be following Brandt:
    *Been in the ‘biz’ since 1976
    *Considered one of the greats when it comes to classic trading books
    *Included in the Top 30 most influential people in finance by Barry Ritholtz
    Twitter: @PeterLBrandt
  12. Vance Harwood
    We couldn’t have a list without a VIX specicalist, and Harwood’s blog dives into all things VIX and volatilty. If the VIX is part of your investing lexicon, this should be part of your reading list.
    Twitter: @6_Figure_Invest


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