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.
So, if you want to continue to learn and read smart and interesting investment ideas, follow the people 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. I also focused on individual blogs, not larger commercial enterprises. While there are a lot of great professional blogs, I get the most out of an individual (or duo or trio in some cases) perspective.
Here are the 19 best investment blogs you should know (in alphabetical order by author, except for the anonymous bloggers):
Matt Alden, Dividend Monk
Matt has been blogging about dividend stocks for years at Dividend Monk. What I love about him is that his investing style is very similar to my own – index funds and dividend value stocks. Why I find Matt’s site so useful is that he takes the time to really dive in-depth on individual stocks and showcases his research with charts and other data. He also have a free dividend investing newsletter that has great information as well.
Matt’s Blog: Dividend Monk
Follow him on Twitter: @DividendMonk
A favorite post: Dividend Stock Report
Avrom Digance, The Dividend Ninja
Avrom shares his personal journey through investing on Dividend Ninja. He works part-time, but also writes for a finance magazine and still finds time to write for Dividend Ninja. He got started investing after the Great Recession, when he wanted to take more control. I like Avrom because he keeps a simple strategy focused around asset allocation, index funds, and dividend stocks. I’m also a huge fan of The Dividend Ninja Philosophy.
Avrom’s Blog: Dividend Ninja
Follow him on Twitter: @DividendNinja
A favorite post: The Dividend Ninja Philosophy (not really a post, but still awesome)
Ken Faulkenberry, AAAMP Blog
Ken works in finance and blogs at the AAAMP Blog, short for the Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio Blog (whew). Regardless of the name, Ken is a great resource for value investors. He highlights a lot of great techniques to help investors get started investing. He blog focuses more on overall strategies, but he shares the “Whys” behind things, which is important.
Ken’s Blog: AAAMP Blog
Follow him on Twitter: @aaampblog
A favorite post: Investment Portfolio Management Basics
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 Do You Become a Great Investor? Learn How to Shop
Brian Lund, bclund Blog
I discovered Brian on Stocktwits last year and have been following him ever since. He promotes himself as writing about the intersection of markets, trading, and life. I find that his insights are incredibly informative, and he also tends to include some humor in my Twitter feed, which is nice. He articles not only contain good market insights, but he typically weaves a story along with them, which makes them good reads.
Brian’s Blog: bclund
Follow him on Twitter: @bclund
A favorite post: 5 Reasons You Deserve to Lose Every Penny in the Market
JT McGee, Money Mamba
I’ve been following JT for a while, and loved his stuff so much, I asked if he’d join me and write an article once a week here. I’m glad he did, but when he’s not here, he’s blogging at his own site, Money Mamba. JT is all about the data and the numbers. I like that, along with the fact that he can coherently explain complex topics and illustrate his point with the numbers to back it up. He is also good at looking at macro-economic trends, and analyzing the potential effect on individual companies.
JT’s Blog: Money Mamba
Follow him on Twitter: @JT_McGee
A favorite post: The Best Industries to Invest In
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
Mark Riddix, Buy Like Buffett
Mark at Buy LIke Buffett was actually one of the very first investing blogs that I read when I got started blogging. He started blogging in 2008, and also has a financial advising that he also runs. What I like about Mark’s site is that he mixes solid investing strategies and ideas with specific analysis of individual companies. He shares his insights and leverages his knowledge to help his readers.
Mark’s Blog: Buy Like Buffett
Follow him on Twitter: @BuyLikeBuffett
A favorite post: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Investing in ETFs
Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
Barry’s blog is one of my newest discoveries, and I have to say, 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: Why Do Investors Lie to Themselves?
Joe Saul-Sehy, The Free Financial Advisor
Joe from Average Joe’s Money (the blog at The Free Financial Advisor) is all about providing straight-forward advice that you can implement immediately. He focuses more on investing that anything else, but does cover a wide variety of personal finance topics from time to time. Joe used to work as a financial advisor, but since sold his company and now just focuses on writing. The bottom line is that Joe provides a unique perspective to investing (from being a ex-financial advisor).
Joe’s Blog: Average Joe’s Money Blog
Follow him on Twitter: @averagejoemoney
A favorite post: Hiring a Financial Advisor – Clues from the Receptionist
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
Dividend Growth Investor
The Dividend Growth Investor blog is one of my regular reads, specifically because of the in-depth stock research. As I’ve mentioned several times here before, I just don’t have the time to due super-research on a broad range of investments, so I appreciate when others do have the time and share what they’ve learned. Dividend Growth Investor is one of those places where you can get in-depth insight, accompanied by home-made charts and other graphs.
The Blog: Dividend Growth Investor
A favorite post: The World’s Best Dividend Portfolio
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: @dqydj_net
A favorite post: S&P 500 Return Calculator
The Intelligent Speculator is another investment blog that I’ve been following for a long time. The website is a play on Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor (one of my 5 Best Investing Books to Get Started). However, as the author notes, Benjamin Graham doesn’t believe in speculating, while this blogger does. What I appreciate about the Intelligent Speculator is the use of charts and other data to back up all the author’s opinions – it’s a nice combination of insight and opinion.
The Blog: Intelligent Speculator
Follow on Twitter: @intelligentspec
A favorite post: One Big Reason to Believe in Google’s Stock
Jon, Novel Investor
Jon at the Novel Investor believes in a philosophy that at some point in time you’ll have to invest your money. Whether because you choose to on your own, or because you invest in a 401k. Regardless, almost everyone invests, and Jon tries to provide a basic understanding of potential investments. I like how Jon can break down big concepts into simple strategies, like my favorite post below.
The Blog: Novel Investor
Follow on Twitter: @NovelInvestor
A favorite post: Best Energy Stocks and ETFs for a Natural Gas Boom
Kid Dynamite’s World
Kid Dynamite is another blog I discovered through investing social media. Kid Dynamite is a former trader who spent 8 years on Wall Street and now discusses the financial markets on his blog. Kid Dynamite is another blogger who entwines a bit of story-telling with his market thoughts, which I appreciate. He gives solid lessons on trading and investing if you can pull them out of the story! Plus, he’s a poker player, if you’re into that kind of thing.
The Blog: Kid Dynamite’s World
Follow on Twitter: @kiddynamiteblog
A favorite post: “When I Was Your Age…” You Young Whippersnappers Have No Idea
Mich, Beating the Index
Mich’s site focuses almost exclusively on the oil and gas sector, largely in Canada (but elsewhere as well). For Mich, what started as a passion about investing involved into specifically the oil and gas niche. I enjoy Mich’s site because I do have a lot of oil and gas plays in my own investment portfolio, and I think that he does a lot of great research to back-up his opinions. I also appreciate the graphs and charts that he includes in his posts.
The Blog: Beating the Index
Follow on Twitter: @BeatingTheIndex
A favorite post: Oil & Gas Analysis Unveiled
The Passive Income Earner
The Passive Income Earner is another great investment blog that focuses on generating passive income through dividends and other investments. One of the many Canadian bloggers on this list, the Passive Income earner combines in-depth stock research with highlights of his own dividend investing goals in his dividend income recap posts. I like the accountability and semi-transparency, which is pretty rare in the investing blog space.
The Blog: The Passive Income Earner
Follow on Twitter: @DividendEarner
A favorite post: Dividend Income – February 2013
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.
What other great investment blogs do you know of? Let me know in the comments!