50 Blogs Every Serious Trader Should Read

50 Blogs Every Serious Trader Should Read

By Justin Kuepper May 22, 2014

Financial blogs can provide a great source of information for both new and veteran traders, whether they’re providing general market commentary, educational content, or actionable trade ideas. Many of these blogs are maintained by some of the top investors, traders, and economists in the world, with insights that can help traders formulate ideas and enhance long-term returns. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 50 financial blogs that every trader should be following to learn and profit.

1. Abnormal Returns

With a rich 8-year history, Abnormal Returns is one of the oldest financial blogs on the Internet with thousands of posts covering a variety of topics. Tadas Viskanta, a private investor with over 20 years of experience, focuses on providing rich educational content rather than specific forecasts. For example, traders might find information on recency bias and links to interesting articles around the web.

2. Dealbook

Deal Book is a New York Times blog written by Andrew Ross Sorkin covering topics like M&A, investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, IPOs, venture capital, and regulatory news. While the blog primarily covers news versus forecasts, it has become a staple among financial blogs for its timely and high-quality coverage of events that tend to move the markets quite a bit.

3. Footnoted

Michelle Leder’s Footnoted blog focuses on identifying actionable details that really matter in the hundreds of thousands of pages of filings made with the SEC every day. With a strong background inSEC disclosure analysis, Ms. Leder reports primarily on red flag warnings as well as issues with executive compensation, filers that miss deadlines, and earnings reports containing interesting footnotes.

4. Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk is a well known financial blog maintained by Bill McBride since January of 2005. While its coverage of individual stocks is limited, the financial blog is widely followed for its economic commentary. Traders often use the stories to formulate opinions about macroeconomic events—such as housing data or employment statistics—and how they will affect major indices.

5. Zero Hedge

Zero Hedge has become a leading source of gossip and other news that could have large impacts on the markets. While the anonymously maintained blog tends to be on the hyperbolic side, many articles point out real concerns with everything from economies laden with debt to high-frequency trading dynamics. The key is taking some of the news with a grain of salt rather than assuming we’re all headed to zero.

6. 24/7 Wall St

24/7 Wall St. was initially created by Douglas McIntyre and has since grown to publish over 30 high-quality posts per day syndicated across numerous popular financial portals. The coverage includes some quality insights on analyst upgrades and downgrades, as well as earnings analyses and a number of other categories that have been added to the website over the years.

7. Greenbackd

Greenbackd is a popular financial blog focused on deep value, contrarian and Graham-based investment theses. Tobias Carlisle of Eyquem Investment Management LLC has run the blog since December of 2008 during the global economic crisis, with a focus on research-based strategies that have generated long-term, market-beating returns for investors.

8. Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis

Mike “Mish” Shedlock started Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis to provide daily commentary on economic data. While the financial blog doesn’t provide many individual investment ideas, traders use the macroeconomic insights when determining how certain data points will impact the market. The popular blog has attracted more than 15,000 RSS readers and has become a staple in the blogosphere.

9. The Street Sweeper

The Street Sweeper is a popular financial blog for short sellers interested in finding companies that have questionable practices or reporting. Prior to founding the website, Melissa Davis worked as an investigative reporter for TheStreet.com, helping to exposure potential fraud. The blog notably forbids its editorial team from taking financial positions in the companies mentioned to prevent conflicts.

10. Money Beat

Money Beat is a financial blog that’s maintained by the Wall Street Journal, covering breaking news, mergers/acquisitions, banking news, private equity deals, hedge funds, and bankruptcy transactions. With many reports throughout the day, traders often use the financial blog as a source for opinions on the latest breaking news, particularly with big name stocks moving the markets.

11. Between the Hedges

Between the Hedges is a popular financial blog run by a hedge fund manager containing a wide array of market commentary. In addition to daily headlines, traders watch the blog for Bear Radar and Bull Radar posts that cover companies with unusual upside or downside volume as well as stocks with usual call/put option activity or positive news mentions.

12. Market Folly

Market Folly tracks prominent hedge funds and successful investors, providing updates on what they’ve been buying and selling. In particular, the coverage focuses on SEC filings, letters to Boards of Directors, investment conferences, and similar elements. The financial blog is popular among traders for insights as to what major hedge funds and other institutional investors are doing.

13. Carl Futia

Carl Futia’s financial blog provides insights into e-mini S&P trading and contrarian commentary on the markets. Most traders watch the blog’s Guesstimates, which provide commentary on S&P e-mini futures, the QQQ index, 10-year notes, euro-dollar, dollar-yen, crude oil, gold, silver, and other popular securities. Mr. Futia also runs a subscription-based blog and a trading seminar that provides real-time picks.

14. COTs Timer

COTs Timer is a financial blog focused on interpreting the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) weekly Commitments of Traders (“COT”) report, which provides trillions of dollars in positions in more than 200 markets, including gold, crude oil, natural gas, silver, forex, and equity indices. The reports are typically issued on Friday’s at 3:30pm EST and interpreted over the weekend.

15. Meb Faber Research

Meb Faber Research is a financial blog run by Mebane Faber, who is the co-founder of AlphaClone and manager of equity and global tactical asset allocation portfolios. On the blog, Mr. Faber discusses a variety of different topics, including general market commentary, macroeconomic commentary, and occasionally coverage on specific companies or assets experiencing unique dynamics.

16. Ticker Sense

Ticker Sense is a financial blog created and maintained by Birinyi Associates that’s primarily focused on providing aggregate data from financial blogs and newsletters. In particular, its Blogger Sentiment Polls provide insight into the financial blogosphere’s aggregate opinion on the overall market. Data from specific poll participants are also broken down to provide more specific insight.

17. Peridot Blog

Peridot Capital Management’s financial blog is focused primarily on providing general market commentary, as well as coverage on individual stocks or special situations. Unlike many other financial blogs, Peridot tends to post longer articles that go in-depth into unique situations or opportunities rather than short summaries of major events or real-time news alerts.

18. Dividend Growth Investor

Dividend Growth Investor has become a popular financial blog for fixed income investors, containing a lot of educational articles rather than solely market commentary or individual ideas. As its name suggests, the blog is focused largely on dividend paying stocks rather than value or growth stocks, which makes it better suited for conservative income investors.

19. Fallond Picks

Fallond Picks is a financial blog that provides daily financial commentary with a focus on technical analysis. With its focus on major indices, the financial blog is a favorite of short-term traders that primarily trade the major indices. In addition to a technical summary, there are also some discussions of the underlying fundamental causes of certain moves and insights into future price movement.

20. Value Plays

Todd Sullivan’s Value Plays financial blog is focused on identifying undervalued stocks with an upcoming catalyst that will help them unlock that value. With Mr. Sullivan’s experience as a General Partner at Rand Strategic Partners, he provides readers with timely broad market commentary and specific trading ideas, although much of the blog requires a subscription to access.

21. Institutional Investor’s Alpha

Institutional Investor’s Alpha is a financial blog focused on providing a wide array of news, analysis, and opinion content. In addition to its market coverage, the blog provides research and rankings for top hedge funds, accounting firms, service firms, and other financial firms for investors. Traders regularly use the resource when evaluating top service providers or when looking for quality commentary.

22. AlphaTrends

AlphaTrends is a financial blog maintained by Brian Shannon, a full-time trader, educator, and author of the book “Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes.” With a focus on technical analysis, the financial blog provides a combination of market analysis and stock trading ideas. Daily market summaries and ideas are provided to paying subscribers, while weekly summaries and ideas are provided for free.

23. ValueWalk

ValueWalk is a financial blog that began in January of 2010 with a focus on value investing and has since expanded in scope. As a full blown news website, an experienced team of financial writers now cover breaking financial news, hedge funds, asset managers, tech news, business news, and evergreen content designed to help educate traders and investors.

24. Kapitall Wire

Kapitall Wire is a financial blog that provides cutting-edge investment ideas, lively commentary, and timely analysis of companies enhanced by its proprietary interactive tools. The blog’s educational section also offers a variety of articles that break down complex trading concepts to make them accessible to an everyday audience, as well as refresher content for more experienced investors.

25. GuruFocus

GuruFocus is a financial blog focused on following top hedge fund managers and institutional investors by looking at SEC filings. In addition to its blog, which is partially maintained by a team of contributors and members, the website provides automated tools designed to help traders and investors track these large institutional investors and mimic their moves in their own portfolios.

26. Distressed Volatility

Distressed Volatility began in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis and has since grown to cover technical analysis, financial news, market calls, financial analysis, economic trends, geopolitics, and political volatility. Traders use the financial blog to gain both macroeconomic insights and specific trading ideas, with a focus on technical analysis more so than in-depth fundamental analysis.

27. Afraid to Trade

Afraid to Trade is a financial blog that covers breaking news, market trends, and specific trading ideas. Founder Cory Rosenbloom, CMT, also offers premium services including a series of trading lessons, mentorship, and other subscription services. Traders often use the financial blog as an educational resource, as well as to gain insights into various market trends or specific trading ideas.

28. eMini Academy Blog

eMini Academy offers educational programs for traders at a price, but its blog provides valuable insights for free. With a combination of market commentary and actionable trade ideas, both teachers at the trading academy, as well as successful students that completed the program, provide a great resource for traders. Traders should pay especially close attention to trade reviews for educational insights.

29. My Happy Trading

Andy Wang and Viet Ly’s My Happy Trading provides weekly wrap-ups, special commentary, and market forecasts written by Mr. Wang and Mr. Ly, as well as special guests and contributors. In addition to the market commentary, the financial blog provides live trades and exclusive content to subscribers. Traders can also use the website’s Happy Stock Meter to view companies that are in-play.

30. INO Traders Blog

INO is a leading provider of equities, futures, and options market tools and services since 1995. On its Traders Blog, the company provides a combination of individual ideas, macroeconomic insights, and weekly recaps. There are also many educational articles that draw on current events to make a point, although some of them draw upon the company’s proprietary trading algorithms for subscribers.

31. Notes from the Rabbit Hole

Gary Tanashian started Notes from the Rabbit Hole after operating a progressive medical component manufacturing company for over 20 years. Leveraging his experience with macroeconomic cycles and company fundamentals, Mr. Tanashian covers a wide variety of topics including technical analysis, macro market ratios, and risk management with both macro and specific commentary.

32. Scott’s Investments

Scott’s Investments was originally created to consolidate investment resources and strategies, and it later expanded to include commentary on investment strategies and free hypothetical portfolios tracked in real-time. Hypothetical portfolios include Ivy Portfolios, ETF Portfolios, High Yield Dividend Champions, Graham Value Stocks, Dual ETF Momentum Portfolios, and Permanent Portfolios.

33. Stock Gumshoe

Stock Gumshoe specializes in “sleuthing out” the investments being teased and tracking them to see, over time, whether it would have made sense to buy stocks based on the teaser ads they received. In addition to newsletter analysis, the financial blog provides contributor content, premium content to subscribers, and a lively community that actively contributes valuable comments.

34. TradeStation Blog

TradeStation provides a leading analysis and trading platform to active traders and certain institutional trader markets. With extensive experience in multiple markets, the TradeStation Blog provides insights into the foreign exchange markets, futures markets, equity markets, and other markets. Traders may find the Morning Market Briefings the most useful as a precursor to the trading day.

35. TradingSim Blog

TradingSim is a unique platform for replaying historic market movements in order to test trading strategies and train day traders. With expertise in back testing and day trading, the TradingSim Blog provides primarily educational content to both new and veteran traders. Traders may find information on chart setups and stock simulations especially interesting given the company’s background.

36. Big Picture

Barry Ritholtz’s Big Picture is a financial blog covering a wide variety of different topics. Leveraging his expertise in math, science, and law, Mr. Ritholtz writes about everything from specific trading ideas to the excesses of executive compensation to the top five unknown rock albums. Traders may want to pay particular attention to his “AM Reads” that provide a great digest of market news.

37. AAAMP Blog

The Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio Blog provides traders with an extensive source of educational materials related to portfolio management. The authors focus primarily on value investing concepts, but they also cover a wide variety of other topics including high probability strategies, market timing, stop loss order dynamics, and other topics that may interest a wider audience.

38. Crossing Wall Street

Eddie Elfenbein is well known in the investment community for beating the S&P 500 for the last seven years in a row. With a clear expertise in trading, he provides a diverse set of content on his Crossing Wall Street blog and was named CNN Money’s Best Buy and Hold Blogger. The blog primarily focuses on macroeconomic content, but the Buy List provides a great list of potential investment opportunities.

39. Dynamic Hedge

Dynamic Hedge provides data-driven analysis and a trader’s perspective of the markets as they unfold. Founded by the general partner of an investment management company focused on arbitrage strategies, the blog primarily focuses on quantitative opportunities, relative valuation, and correlational analyses, with a combination of timely material and educational content.

40. Points and Figures

Jeffrey Carter created Points and Figures to bring his insights as an angel investor and independent trader to the public. Using his expertise as an investor and trader, Mr. Carter provides a wide array of content including specific trade ideas, macroeconomic insights, and educational content. Traders may want to pay especially close attention to his insights on technology IPOs.

41. Dragonfly Capital

Gregory Harmon’s Dragonfly Capital Blog provides a combination of macro sentiments and individual trade ideas. As a Chartered Market Technician and Chartered Financial Analyst, Mr. Harmon’s trading ideas are widely followed with both free and premium content. Traders may want to pay closer attention to his Top Trade Ideas posts as a starting point for further research.

42. 1nvestor

Derald Muniz’s 1nvestor is a technically orientated financial blog that’s primarily focused on individual trade ideas. With experience in private and public equities, Mr. Muniz is a partner at Presidium Capital and writes about relatively advanced trading setups that often utilize options. Mr. Muniz provides both real-time trade ideas and trade reviews to provide educational insights.

43. All Star Charts

J.C. Paret’s All Star Charts provides promising chart setups for active traders. As a Chartered Market Technician, Mr. Paret focuses primarily on technical analysis in a variety of different markets ranging from heating oil to equity indices. Traders may want to pay close attention to the educational insights that are present in his articles alongside actionable trading ideas.

44. Kid Dynamite’s World

Kid Dynamite’s World began as a discussion of poker hands and theory into a former trader’s evaluation of financial markets. Beginning in 1999, the author spent eight years as a trader at a major Wall Street investment bank. The financial blog covers a variety of different topics ranging from macro commentary to specific trade ideas with a good amount of educational material in between.

45. Avondale’s Blog

Scott Krisiloff’s Avondale Asset Management Blog provides traders with a diverse set of interesting and useful content. As a CFA and CIO of Avondale Asset Management, Mr. Krisiloff focuses on a combination of macroeconomic insights and individual investment opinion. Traders may want to take an especially close look at his Company Notes Digests providing interesting notes on earnings calls.

46. Bclund

Brian Lund’s Bclund covers markets, trading, and life in ways that “demystify” the markets and help traders become more successful. With a focus on technical analysis, Mr. Lund’s content contains a mix of macro insights, specific ideas, and important lessons. Traders may want to pay especially close attention to Mr. Lund’s 10 Trade Ideas for the Week that discuss potential trade ideas in detail.

47. Downtown Trader

Joey Fundora’s Downtown Trader covers primarily technical opportunities in the market with some anecdotes and lessons included in each post. With eight years of experience as a private trader, Mr. Fundora’s content focuses on swing trading using technical analysis. Traders may want to use the blog as a resource for specific trading ideas to follow-up on with additional due diligence.

48. The Basis Point

The Basis Point is a mortgage and housing blog for consumers, investors, and industry professionals. Traders may want to keep an eye on the blog for its comprehensive coverage of housing and mortgage market indicators, which can influence individual stocks in the sector and the overall economy. The blog also covers other non-housing economic indicators in some detail.

49. Sizemore Insights

Charles Sizemore’s Sizemore Insights covers a wide array of different topics with a focus on international opportunities. As the founder of Macro Trend Investor and CIO of Sizemore Capital, Mr. Sizemore provides detailed insights into macroeconomic trends and foreign markets. Traders can also subscribe to his newsletter that’s focused on identifying and profiting from macro trends.

50. Wall Street Bean

Daniel Miller and Jason Robinson’s Wall Street Bean provides value investing ideas using a proprietary Bean Screen methodology. The Bean Screen is typically provided once per month with a list of 30 stocks in various sectors that rank highly. With a robust track record, the authors encourage traders and investors to use these ideas as a starting point for their own research.


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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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