Being a good investor is all about education. There are so many facets to investing, that one person or blog just doesn’t have everything. In fact, you can spend years and years researching investing, and there will still be things to learn or stones left to turn. That’s why it’s important to turn to the best investing blogs.
This is the third edition of the best investing blogs to follow. We stared this list to put together a single resource of amazing investors and their blogs – and over time that list has changed and evolved.
So, if you want to continue to learn and read about interesting investment ideas, follow the investing blogs on this list. While they may not all be professional investors (although some are, and make a living from it), they all write about their experiences and share their knowledge.
Get your bookmarks ready, here are the 20 best investing blogs of 2016:
The Best Investing Blogs of 2016
This list of the best investing blogs of 2016 is in alphabetical order by last name (so please don't think this is force-ranked in any way).
Jim Blankenship, Financial Ducks In A Row
Jim is a financial planning expert and he shares his knowledge across a variety of platforms. His blog Financial Ducks in a Row talks about guidance for your retirement, education funding, and more. While not strictly investment focused – it really helps you understand the structure of vehicles for your investments (which can sometimes be a bigger battle).
Jim's Blog: Financial Ducks In A Row
Follow him on Twitter: @FinancialDucks
A favorite post: Ready, Set Go! When To Start A Pension Payout
Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker
Josh has a fun blog (and Twitter account), where he shares his market insights, and insights on pretty much everything that crosses his mind. That's what makes following Josh Brown so interesting – the guy is a pro-investor and is on every major financial news network at least once a week. Yet he blogs, and is interesting – just check out my favorite post from this year below!
Josh's Blog: The Reformed Broker
Follow him on Twitter: @reformedbroker
A favorite post: Guarding Against Unforced Errors
Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense
Ben does a great job explaining really complex investment stuff in a simple way. He doesn't get too caught up in this hot trend or that, but he uses real life examples to highlight bigger, more important concepts. Be blogs almost everyday, and the articles are pretty good length. Check it out if you want some macro level insights.
Ben's Blog: A Wealth of Common Sense
Follow him on Twitter: @awealthofcs
A favorite post: Managing Risk vs. Managing Returns
Kathryn Cicoletti, Ms. Cheat Sheet
Kathryn is on of my favorite investing bloggers because she is a former investment analyst who has moved on to infuse comedy with money. Her videos about investing are hilarious, and at the same time, she's spot on with the topic she's covering. If you enjoy humor and money, you're going to love Kathryn's blog.
Kathryn's Blog: Ms. Cheat Sheet
Follow her on Twitter: @mscheatsheet
A favorite post: Times Are Tough. Here's an Oh$hit Investment Portfolio
Jim Dahle, The White Coat Investor
Jim Dahle has a blog focused on investing and issues facing doctors and other high net worth individuals. While that seems pretty niche, the topics he covers really apply to most investors and anybody who invests and has student loan debt (another big area facing doctors). What I love about Jim's site is that he isn't afraid to cover topics in detail – and some of his articles are very in-depth.
Jim's Blog: The White Coat Investor
Follow him on Twitter: @WCInvestor
A favorite post: The Mega Backdoor Roth IRA
Sam Dogen, Financial Samurai
Sam from the Financial Samurai is another ex-Wall Street guy that writes about personal finance and investing. Sam has some of the most unique articles on the web – all incredibly thoughtful and well written. Everything he publishes not only informs, but creates a conversation on what is likely one of the most engaged investing blogs online as well. Not all of his articles are investing related, but many are. His articles also tend to go deeper and more complex than most.
Sam's Blog: Financial Samurai
Follow him on Twitter: @financialsamura
A favorite post: The Average Net Worth For The Above Average Person
Eddy Elfenbein, Crossing Wall Street
Eddy is the founder of Crossing Wall Street, a very market and stock centric blog where he shares his insights on the market and individual companies. He is traditionally a buy and hold investor, which seems to be getting rarer and rarer these days. He has also beaten the S&P500 7 out of the last 8 years. Check out his stuff!
Eddy's Blog: Crossing Wall Street
Follow him on Twitter: @EddyElfenbein
A favorite post: Sinking Small Caps
Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View
Michael's site is self described as commentary on financial planning, but as a consumer and investor, I find a ton of knowledge from his insights on how the system works (and doesn't work) to your advantage. He doesn't just cover investing, but his insights into the latest on government regulations concerning your investment vehicles (like IRAs) has been incredibly helpful over time.
Michael's Blog: Nerd's Eye View
Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelKitces
A favorite post: How To Do A Backdoor Roth IRA (Safely)
Larry Ludwig, Investor Junkie
Larry has been blogging at Investor Junkie for several years. What I appreciate about Larry is that he is NOT an investment professional. In fact, he is a small business owner who’s had a passion for investing since he was young (very similar to my story). He focuses a lot on investing, but also takes it to the next level and focuses on investing on a bigger level – any money you set aside to grow in the end.
Larry’s Blog: Investor Junkie
Follow him on Twitter: @InvestorJunkie
A favorite post: How To Get Started Investing
Michael Piper, Oblivious Investor
Mike is one of the more well-known investing bloggers, who is now a published author several times over. He writes a lot of practical investing-focused personal finance articles, with a focus around diversification, reducing expenses and fees, and ignoring the media…funny coming from a blogger, but very valid none-the-less. Mike is also a CPA, and continually highlights that investing doesn’t have to be complicated.
Mike’s Blog: Oblivious Investor
Follow him on Twitter: @michaelrpiper
A favorite post: Why Invest in Index Funds
Ben Reynolds, Sure Dividend
Ben's site is one of the newest blogs to make the list (even though it's several years old). He's done a great job of providing excellent content with a focus on dividend stocks. He provides in-depth analysis, and his site is easy to read, with charts and graphs to back up most topics. He writes new content multiple times a week, so stop by and see if it's in your wheelhouse.
Ben's Blog: Sure Dividend
Follow him on Twitter: @SureDividend
A favorite post: 15 Actionable Quotes From Warren Buffett's 2015 Annual Report
Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
I discovered Barry's blog three years ago, and I have been reading it weekly ever since. He posts multiple times a day, so there is always something to read. I love his combination of investing insight and general commentary. Barry is a professional money manager who has been blogging since 2003 and writing for even longer than that. He basically shares his thoughts on the market and the economy, and anything else that’s on his mind. I find it very easy to read, yet very interesting at the same time. Plus, his articles are on the shorter side (on average), which is reader-friendly.
Barry’s Blog: The Big Picture
Follow him on Twitter: @ritholtz
A favorite post: The Great Minimum Wage Experiment
Jeff Rose, Good Financial Cents
Jeff is an amazing blogger and business person. He doesn't always blog about investing, but when it does, it's typically practical advice that anyone can follow. Outside of his blog, Jeff is a Certified Financial Planner and often posts about struggles he sees on his Facebook page or Twitter. Besides that, his blog is probably the best designed finance blog out there.
Jeff's Blog: Good Financial Cents
Follow him on Twitter: @jjeffrose
A favorite post: 11 Ways To Invest $100,000 With Confidence
Todd Tresidder, Financial Mentor
Todd is the founder of Financial Mentor, where he is a financial coach that helps people figure out their financial lives and invest for the future. Todd is a very no-nonsense guy, and from the few times I've met him and reading his articles, I enjoy his style. His goal is to help people almost from a behavior finance perspective, with some common sense reality thrown in. Check it out – he covers 80% investing and 20% personal finance.
Todd's Blog: Financial Mentor
Follow him on Twitter: @FinancialMentor
A favorite post: A Ridiculously Simple Way To Build Wealth
Joe Udo, Retire By 40
Joe writes about his goal (which he achieved) to retire by 40. Through a combination of frugal living and investing his money wisely, he was able to build up a nest egg that he now lives off of. This is another blog that isn't totally investment related, but I would venture that 60-70% of his articles are about investing, and every article is enjoyable. This is on my weekly must read list.
Joe's Blog: Retire by 40
Follow him on Twitter: @RetirebyForty
A favorite post: How to Save $50,000 Per Year in Your Tax Advantaged Accounts
Tadas Viskanta, Abnormal Returns
Tadas Viskanta is the founder and editor of Abnormal Returns since it was launched in 2005. He is a really smart guy, and shares a lot of great content every day on his site. If you want something to read in the financial world, stop by and check out his daily round up posts. The gold, though, is when he actually shares his thoughts – typically by aggregating some other peoples thoughts together and adding to it, or lambasting them. Either way, it's good stuff.
Tadas' Blog: Abnormal Returns
Follow him on Twitter: @AbnormalReturns
A favorite post: Good Investment Advice Doesn't Need Updating All That Often
Roger Wohlner, The Chicago Financial Planner
I stumbled upon Rogers blog last year and have been impressed by the content. Roger is a fee-only financial advisor who started to blog to share his knowledge and experience as a financial planner. While I don’t always completely agree with everything Roger writes, that’s okay – because as I mentioned above, you just can’t learn everything in one place, and seeing different perpectives from these best investment blogs is a great start.
Roger’s Blog: The Chicago Financial Planner
Follow him on Twitter: @rwohlner
A favorite post: Avoid These 9 Investing Mistakes
The Dividend Guy Blog
The Dividend Guy Blog was another early read of mine, and I appreciate their continued research and insight over time. What I enjoy about the Dividend Guy Blog is that not only do they continually put their opinion out there for others, but they back it up with concrete facts or other underlying rationale. While they’re not always right, they aren’t afraid to put it out there. They also track their favorite dividend stocks, and aren’t afraid of losers (which is rare in the investment blog space).
The Blog: The Dividend Guy Blog
Follow on Twitter: @TheDividendGuy
A favorite post: My Investing Pains and How I’ve Solved Them
Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (DQYDJ) is another site that I started follow last year, specifically because of the awesome macro-economic insight. DQYDJ is much more technical than any other site on this best investment blog list, and it’s much more macro-economic focused, but it provides a ton of great insights that are relevant to investors everywhere. Furthermore, they put together their own economic calculators and showcase how they made them and what data they used. Amazing!
The Blog: Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Follow on Twitter: @dqydjHQ
A favorite post: S&P 500 Return Calculator
The Mad FIentist
The Mad FIentist is a play on words – it's a site about a scientist achieving financial independence (get the FI part now)? The goal of the site is to show you strategies that can help you retire even sooner. There are a variety of articles that focus on tax avoidance strategies, and ways to invest to get the most out of your money if you plan to retire early.
The Blog: The Mad FIentist
Follow him on Twitter: @madfientist
A favorite post: Lessons From Business School
There are a lot of other great personal finance and investing blogs out there, but I tried to focus on blogs that spent 50-80% or more of their time writing exclusively about investing.
If you know of other great investing blogs, please share them in the comments below!