Thanks to a severe case of ADD and being one of the fastest readers you will ever meet, I read dozens of different business blogs and news feeds every day. If itwasntfor my obsessive compulsive disorder and pathological fear of missing out on some essential scrap of information I could get by with fewer. Heres my Top 10, which I suppose would do for business owners who dont realize how essential it is to track the Papua, New Guinea, commodities exchange and keep up to date on the latest mining information out of Mongolia.*
Seeking Alpha Market Currents: If a tree falls in the forest without making a sound but with an economic impact, youll find out about it here. Even I cant read everything they put out in the course of a day. Its not just a fire hose, though. Its curated enough to keep the information relevant.
The Big Picture: Youre already reading Barry Ritholtz, right? Even if you arent youve probably seen him on the financial TV networks. Theres a reason for that. In addition to being a great talker this Wall St. money manager consistently pokes fact-based holes in received wisdom and popular opinion. He is also a New York Knicks fan. As a Chicago Cubs fan, I understand completely.
Real Time Economics: One of several fine Wall Street Journal blogs. This one sifts through the numbers to find what matters.
DealBook: Andrew Ross Sorkin and crew are a great source for all the deals and the news thats going to impact the deals. They cover so many different things that you dont need to know everything they report but theres guaranteed to be something important here for you.
Financial Armageddon: Is Michael J. Panzner an alarmist or a realist? I vote for alarming realist. Panzner, a financial pro and writer, is smart and digs deep to find stories, angles and implications you wont see in many other places. Despite the name of the blog, hes definitely not a screamer.
FT Alphaville: The view from Europe. A great outsider perspective on the U.S. and one of the best insider sources for news and perspective about the entire Euro mess.
Zero Hedge: Dont know much or care much about international economics? ZH will take care of both of those for you. The editors/writers all use pen names so all I can tell you about them is theyre smart and detail obsessed. These folks doubt everythingand I mean that as a compliment.
Naked Capitalism: Views things more from the Keynes side, but facts and not ideology are the driving force here. NC isnt so much in favor of government intervention as it is honest, well-regulated markets. These days thats enough to make you a heretic.
Calculated Risk: Bill McBride does a great job of connecting the dots as well as serving up brief, thorough and understandable synopses of key economic stats and news. He has an amazing ability to separate wheat from chaff.
Mishs Global Economic Analysis: Mish Shedlock, a registered investment advisor, is as good as it gets when it comes to finding the key facts, stories or stats in far distant lands. I define key as meaning ripple with incredibly high likelihood of becoming a tsunami.
Ive left out a bunch of great ones, but Id be remiss if I didnt also mention my two must-listen podcasts:NPRs Planet MoneyandEconTalk. Planet Money pulls off the amazing feat of being great for people who know a lot about economics and those who know nothing at all about it. EconTalk is hosted by George Mason U. Professor Russ Roberts. He goes deep into a top with interesting hour-long conversations on a particular topic.
My self-diagnosis of my mental health may or may not be true. However, I am an incredibly fast reader. While I dont even know if New Guinea has a commodities exchange, the mining news from Mongolia actually can be important.
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