September 3, 2014

Best Investment Blogs 2014

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The investment world is seen as a treacherous land to navigate by people who don't understand it, but to those who do, it is a place where huge profits can be made. The main thing separating you from them is a certain level of knowledge and understanding.

You can pick up investing know-how by regularly reading investment blogs. Whether you’re an investing novice or seasoned veteran, CreditDonkey has compiled a list of 10 of the best investing blogs around.

These blogs were picked from the plethora of options available on the Internet. We wanted to give you options that are updated frequently, have informative content, and feature some of the leading thinkers on investing and finance matters. This list is a “starter kit” to amp up your investing game.

Best Blog for Reducing Your Investment Risk

Aleph Blog
The biggest fear for many investors, and why so many people fear the market, is, understandably, loss of capital. So learning how to reduce your risk in the market while still taking home the spoils is an ongoing task. That’s the focus of this blog, written by David Merkel, an investment professional who runs Aleph Investments. Merkel’s background is very strong and credible, including a stint as leading commentator for RealMoney.com (2003-2007), where Jim Cramer, one of the strongest personalities for everyday investors, is a lead writer.

Why we like it: Merkel answers a lot of his readers’ emails in blog posts. He also has many educational posts that explain different facets of investing and how to reduce your risk. He incorporates book reviews into his blog posts to give readers insight into sources that can help them expand their investment horizons.

Best Blogs for Investing in Blue-Chip Companies

Crossing Wall Street
If what you’re after is more of a passive investing strategy, then Eddy Elfenbein’s blog is a great resource. Crossing Wall Street was named the best buy-and-hold blog by CNN Money. Buy-and-hold investing is a strategy that focuses on buying stocks and holding them for a long time, regardless of the day-to-day fluctuations in the market.

“The key to doing well on Wall Street is actually very simple: Buy and hold shares of outstanding companies,” Elfenbein writes on his blog. “But too many investors never learn this valuable lesson. Or if they do learn it, they learn it the hard way.”

Why we like it: Elfenbein’s strategy may sound appealing to people who don’t have time to monitor investments all day long or those who want to take a more laid-back approach to investing. It certainly doesn’t hurt that his strategy has also proven to be successful. CNN Money praises him for beating the S&P 500 for the last six years with his Buy List, which is free to access.

Barron’s Stocks to Watch
If you prefer buying stock in well-known companies that have a strong track record, rather than trying to uncover the next big boom at the risk of busting, Stocks to Watch will give you up-to-date insights on the trends affecting the prices of major U.S. stocks and the overall U.S. stock market. It is written by Ben Levisohn, a former stock trader who has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and BusinessWeek. Levisohn breaks down many of the factors that go into determining the success of a stock, including earnings reports, corporate strategies, and insights from analysts.

Why we like it: Being able to own a piece of companies that you hear about every day in the news can make investing more stimulating. You want a solid purchase, but you also want to know what some investors are overlooking. This blog shows that sometimes the best investments can be hidden in plain sight.

Best Blog for Taking the Headaches Out of Investing

Oblivious Investor
Designed for readers who want to invest but are also afraid of all the headaches and stress that come with keeping up with the day-to-day frenzy of the markets, the Oblivious Investor helps you achieve “Simple, Low-Maintenance Investing.”

It’s written by Mike Piper, a former adviser with Edward Jones and tax accountant for a large Chicago real estate firm. Keeping in line with his theme of simplicity, Piper also writes investing guides that mimic Cliff’s Notes to give readers a quick go-to guide for learning different areas of investing. Piper focuses on keeping investing simple by ignoring the media, staying disciplined, diversifying your portfolio, and keeping costs to a minimum.

Why we like it: Anything that makes investing less stressful and helps contribute to its low maintenance is usually a positive. Piper delves into a variety of topics to help you make the best decisions for investments, including the various types of accounts, how they can affect your taxes, and other decisions that can help you with your investments.

Best Blog for Sector-Specific Investing

The Daily Gold
While there are plenty of blogs available that provide a macro view of the investing world, this list wouldn’t be complete without a strong blog dedicated to one investment sector. If you’re interested in investing in metals, then look no further and dive straight into this blog, written by Jordan Roy-Byrne. If you’re also looking for a way to complement your current portfolio or just learn more about investing in metals, this is a great resource, as well. Areas Roy-Byrne focuses on in his blog are market timing, stock selection, and global capital markets.

Why we like it: Investing in metals is generally either heavily supported or ridiculed. The Daily Gold gives credence to the validity of following this investment strategy. Roy-Byrne’s premium portfolio has a three-year return that beats major metal indices. His work has been featured on many major sites, including CNBC, Barrons, and Yahoo Finance.

Best Economic-Focused Blogs

The Big Picture
Here’s an investing blog written by someone who is successful in the industry, does not let any political bias cloud his investing advice, and tells you like it is. His name is Barry Ritholtz, founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management, which was started in 2013 and currently has $163 million in assets. Ritholtz is highly respected among people in all walks of the investing world, from the most well-known names all the way down to everyday people, for his straight-shooter approach and non-biased views on the market.

Why we like it: Ritholtz takes a look at the investing world from a strictly fact-based perspective, without any ideology throwing his advice one way or the other. According to The Daily Beast, “he is as harsh on Obama as he was on Bush.” His blog also boasts a strong readership and comments section, and he updates frequently throughout the day to keep you posted on what’s going on in his world.

The Reformed Broker
On the other hand, there’s the blog written by Joshua Brown, CEO of the aforementioned Ritholtz Wealth Management, pitting the firm’s two key players as competitors in the financial blogosphere. Where Ritholtz is revered for his directness, Brown has developed a strong readership for his irreverence. The blog shies away from financial advice and recommendations, preferring to take a broad look at the market and provide insights for investors from Brown’s take on what’s happening out there.

Why we like it: In a field that tends to elicit yawns and blank stares, The Reformed Broker gets its acclaim from pulling from many different themes and tools, including “statistics, satire, anecdotes, pop culture references, sarcasm, fact, fantasy, and any other device that I feel necessary to get my points across,” according to Brown. The blog updates frequently, as its goal is to provide real-time information as events unfold.

Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis
Mike Shedlock, or “Mish,” is a registered investment adviser for SitkaPacific Capital Management, which has a goal of strong performance and low volatility. Mish’s blog does not focus on his business but rather takes a view of global economics and the effect it has on the current market.

Why we like it: Mish updates multiple times a day and has many comments on most of his articles, showing a strong readership. This following is attributable to his interesting takes on global events that could have both small and far-reaching economic impacts. As an investor, it’s a good idea to have your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the economy - in the U.S. as well as in other markets around the globe – so you are aware of anything that can have a ripple effect on where your money is going.

Best Aggregate News Blogs

Abnormal Returns
This blog focuses on educating investors and sharing the gems of knowledge sprinkled throughout the investing world. It is written by Tadas Viskanta, a private investor with over 20 years of experience, who has made a name for himself in the investing world after seven years of blogging about his investment insights.

Why we like it: The Chart of the Day, which always provides an interesting snapshot on varying aspects of the investing world, is also very educational. Daily links provide a variety of resources on different areas you want to stay on top of, including markets, investing strategy, the U.S. economy, and global economy.

Zero Hedge
Zero Hedge is not exactly a blog, but more of a news website and content aggregator with some blog entries mixed in. Its high readership and influence on the financial industry make it a worthy inclusion to cap off this list. The site reports on economics, Wall Street, and other aspects of the financial sector. Zero Hedge is written by a group of editors who file under the pseudonym “Tyler Durden,” the feisty character from Fight Club. One of Zero Hedge’s claims to fame is the exposure of Goldman Sachs and flash trading in 2009.

Why we like it: If the “Tyler Durden” pseudonym isn’t enough of a reason to like Zero Hedge, there’s also the mystique of not knowing which of the editors filed under that name. But this cloaking isn’t because of a lack of street cred. All of the editors have worked in the financial field previously or currently, leading to the site’s high credibility and readership (which reached 1.8 million readers per month, according to Quantcast). Even though critics claim Zero Hedge has too much conspiracy theory and an apocalyptic worldview, many financial journalists and successful investors cite Zero Hedge. The editors claim about two-thirds of the site’s readership is located on Wall Street.


You don’t need us to tell you that knowledge is power. The fact is, knowledge can go a long way toward real wealth, as long as you invest with your eyes wide open (as losses do happen) and have your wits about you. The goal is that those losses are few and minimal, and the rewards are oh-so sweet. Reading up on the economy and the stock market would do us a lot of good, whether you own specific company stock, just like to keep your eye on what’s going on in the economy, or want to know how you should allocate your funds in your 401(k).

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