It used to be that when you wanted to learn something you had a to take a class on it or buy a book on it (or check out of your library), which made the barrier to knowledge high. With the rise of the internet, though, the access to information is plentiful. In fact, Google and other search engines allow you to ask the internet basically any question you’d like and you will almost always get an answer for it. The information is free and you can get it. You know the only problem with that? How do you know that the information is credible?
At the end of the day, it’s not enough to read one article and consider yourself an expert. We must constantly be learning and working to understand more. This is one of my favorite reasons to follow blogs. For subscribing- via email, an RSS feed reader, or or your method of choice- you get provided with information on a weekly basis (or more often?) that can help you continuously learn and grow.
Because I want to make it easy for you to do that too, here are a list of some of the best financial planning blogs.
- USAA Financial Advice Blog. USAA is a financial services company that offers banking, investment planning, and insurance for military members, past and present, and their families. While much of their blog is geared toward military families, there are still many articles that are applicable to civilian families as well.
- Dave Ramsey’s Blog. Dave Ramsey is a popular financial author and speaker who is famous for his “Debt Free Screams” on his radio show. A large portion of his blog is dedicated towards articles about getting out of debts and families who have done just that, but it also includes other posts like budgeting and saving money while shopping.
- Oblivious Investor. Colorado CPA Mike Piper writes this blog about how to be a successful investor without overwhelming yourself with complicated knowledge.
- VTX Capital. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on expensive brokerage fees, VTX Capital offers simple investing and financial coaching for beginners. If you’re not ready to invest in VTX Capital’s services (no pun intended), their blog has some great free advice.
- The Reformed Broker. Unlike many financial planning blogs, Joshua M. Brown doesn’t give you financial advice or tell you what to invest in; instead, he offers his thoughts on market-related issues. Josh is an on-air contributor to CNBC’s Halftime Report, so his thoughts on the financial world are legitimate insights instead of just your crazy uncle’s rants (or is that just mine?)
- Retirement Researcher. Retirement professor Wade D. Pfau, Ph.D., is an active researcher in retirement strategies, and his blog provides retirement information to both financial planners and do-it-yourselfers.
- Nerd’s Eye View by Michael Kitces. Kitces offers thoroughly researched information on his blog that financial advisors and consumers alike can trust. His website offers Certified Fincial Planner Continuing Education credits for site members who read the articles published on Wednesdays.
- DealBreaker. DealBreaker updates you on the latest market news, while also throwing in a dash of pop culture. One article I read referenced Leonardo DiCaprio!
- CNA Finance. This website offers the latest news on the financial market, specifically information on stocks, written so that the everyday investor can understand the stock market.
- Daily Worth. This blog offers money, career, business, and life advice geared specifically towards women.
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Are there any you think I might have missed? Be sure to let me know in the comments!