RESOURCES

Here is an incomplete list of good resources for news, data, analysis, or commentary on things finance and economics.

DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

CNBC Explains – A series of brief videos that might be helpful on a few topics in F300.

Investopedia – A key site everyone in F300 ought to spend some time browsing. Go here for basic definitions and explanations. The site also has many short tutorials on finance topics, as well as brief video explanations of key concepts.

>> Study materials for various professional exams and certifications in finance.
>> A list of tutorials on key topics in finance and economics.
>> Videos explaining the basics of various topics in finance and economics.

StudyFinance – A very interesting site consisting of simple lessons on all the key financial management topics. Visit it once or twice to see if might be more helpful to you than the text.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND STOCK MARKET DATA

Google Finance – One of the main sites for obtaining company financial information.

Morningstar – Another key site for company financial information. Morningstar has two advantages over Google and Yahoo!: (a) It offers more years of financial data and (b) it allows you to download financial statements into .xlsx files.

Yahoo! Finance – A third key site for company financial data and news.

Business Insights – Search with a company name or stock symbol and what will surface is the most recent news and reports regarding the firm. This is a useful site for anyone following company performance and stock prices. (It’s also a site that requires an IU login.)

FINANCIAL, BUSINESS, AND INVESTING NEWS AND ANALYSIS

You know the usual sources for business and financial news: The EconomistBloomberg’s BusinessweekFortuneForbesThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal. These two are more specifically finance-related:

CNBC – The most popular TV news site for business, finance, and investments. (To maintain that popularity, CNBC on-air personalities, and the writers and analysts behind them, often yield to melodrama. Sometimes even sensationalism.)

Seeking Alpha – A more sophisticated blog and news site for investors.

BLOGS WORTH BROWSING

Cafe Hayek – An Austrian perspective.

Enterprising Investor – Never a bad idea to browse through what’s on the minds of folks associated with the CFAland.

Marginal Revolution – A liberal, sometimes libertarian, sometimes Austrian perspective from guys at George Mason.

Spontaneous Finance – I started reading this guy’s comments in a LinkedIn group and liked his perspective. “Spontaneous” refers to a spontaneous order springing out of the Austrian view of markets.