July 30, 2020
/ by Rocky Parker
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With myriad companies, terms, and trends to watch, keeping up with finance news can be daunting.
And as we’re about to enter a new earnings announcement period, the sheer amount of news will increase. This earnings period will be unique, as we'll get a look at how companies have been impacted by a full quarter of a global pandemic and economic shutdown.
There’s a plethora of finance news sites across the web and you’re probably already familiar with the giants like like Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, etc. Here are a few unique sites we think you should also have bookmarked.
Investopedia does an amazing job of simplifying complex financial information. But not only is the site great for finance beginners, it’s also trusted by investors, advisors, and executives who know their way around the industry.
The site has a wealth of information and resources. Play a free stock market game that gives you $100,000 in virtual cash to trade. An online academy offers courses on investing, options, personal finance, and more. And sign up for the Market Sum newsletter, which breaks down the big news after market close each day.
Investopedia also has an up-to-date news section covering the latest from corporations, global markets, and politics.
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If you'd like to receive your finance news in an easy-to-digest newsletter with a good dose of humor, subscribe to the Morning Brew.
If you aren’t familiar with the industry or some of the terminology, this newsletter makes it understandable. And you can test your knowledge at the end of each week with a quiz. The Monday newsletters include a handy calendar of what to expect in the coming days, including earnings announcements, job reports, and more.
Morning Brew also has three industry-specific standalone newsletters for the tech, marketing, and retail spaces. Its podcast, "Business Casual," offers unique, in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in business and finance. Recent guests include Karin Kimbrough, chief economist at LinkedIn; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; and Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the Wharton School.
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PitchBook is a financial data and software company that tracks public and private equity markets, including venture capital, private equity, and M&A. A handy Chrome extension for customers allows them to view data on a company, like its valuation or contact information, while viewing its website, reading an article, or doing research online.
The News & Analysis section offers a regularly updated page of research reports, trends, and news headlines. A special COVID-19 section looks at the effects of the pandemic on private markets and the economy.
I'd also recommend checking out the PitchBook blog for even more content, including listicles, podcasts, and more.
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The Kiplinger site offers a large selection of actionable content covering advice and trends in wealth creation, investing, retirement, taxes, and personal finance.
In addition to the web content, Kiplinger also publishes The Kiplinger Letter for business and economic forecasts, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
If you’re wanting to learn more about finance, I recommend checking out the Basics of Personal Finance and Quizzes sections.
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TheStreet focuses on finance news and financial literacy. Founded by Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money and a former hedge fund manager, you’ll find an entire section on the site with analyses from him.
There’s a lot of information on the site, but a few of the features I found especially helpful are the how-to articles and Financial Advisor Center, which posts news and advice specifically for financial advisors. If you prefer to get your news via video, there’s a library for that as well.
Memberships also are available for investors looking to get access to even more resources like market analyses, stock picks, and more.
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Seeking Alpha is an investment community and news aggregation site compiling the top stories from financial news sites. The homepage includes top news stories and trending stocks.
A free membership option gives readers access to stock analysis and investment newsletters, and lets them create alerts for specific authors. Paid memberships are available if you’re looking for more exclusive features like earnings and conference call slides and recordings, investment tracking, and more.
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The Fiscal Times was founded in 2010 by investment banker Peter G. Peterson as an independent publication focusing on “the federal budget, entitlements, healthcare, taxes and the national debt.”
The site offers news and opinion on the impacts of fiscal policy on businesses and consumers, as well as how businesses and consumers affect fiscal policy. Sign up for the free newsletter to read about top stories from the day, as well as get regular features like Chart of the Day and Number of the Day.
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GOBankingRates publishes new content daily to help readers learn how to better manage their money, make smart savings choices, and have a better overall understanding of finance. Founded in 2004, the site explains its growth over the years: "We have evolved into a publication for all things personal finance, inspiring and empowering our audience to live richer: richer in your bank account, richer in your personal goal fulfillment, richer in how you explore the world and richer in your career."
Some of the topics covered in the large library of content include mutual fund investing, 401(k), credit reports, and budgeting. A handy section of financial calculators help readers start planning for things like mortgages, retirement, and saving for college.
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If you're looking for news about the tech that powers financial operations, The Fintech Times is a good one to check out. The leading fintech newspaper is based in the UK and is published bimonthly.
The accompanying website is full of news in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and open banking industries, among other topics. The outlet also publishes resources like whitepapers, infographics, and webinars. A special COVID-19 section has a running list of fintech companies that are offering free services during the pandemic.
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