The 19 Best Investment Blogs You Can Learn From

19 best investment blogsBeing 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 investment blogs. 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):

Alright, here are the Best Investment Blogs:

Matt Alden, Dividend Monk

TD AmeritradeMatt 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

dividend ninjaAvrom 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

aaamp blogKen 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

investor junkieLarry 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

bclundI 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

Money MambaI’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

Oblivious InvestorMike 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

Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture

The Big PictureBarry’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

Average Joes MoneyJoe 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

chicago financial plannerI 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

Intelligent Speculator

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!  

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  1. says

    Nice list of blogs :-) It is really important to choose an appropriate financial advisor, as putting the hard earned money in someone else hands is always full of risks. Besides that, it is also important to pay thoughtful attention to the short-term and long-term investment goals. For example, a retirement plan, planning for taxes, higher education of children, or property distribution to the heir. Accordingly, an investor can narrate ones goals to the advisor and derive advices with respect to same.

  2. says

    I read all the dividend investing blogs above. I also just started Don’t Quit Your Day Job, which I’m really enjoying – probably because I like data. There are are few on this list that I haven’t heard of and will have to check out in the future.

  3. says

    Great list Robert! I follow quite a few of them myself. Great point about not being able to learn everything from one blog. There is so much to investing and you just can’t get everything you need from one individual blog.

  4. Six figure investor says

    For the younger CI reader, i suggest a blog that puts the theory of these other blogs into action to demonstrate how saving/investing gets results with a real life detailed financial plan. The best one out there is

  5. says

    You’re too kind – I’m humbled to be included amongst such great sites. Unlike many on the list, I started with mutual funds, only to switch to individual stocks in 2009 (while retaining some funds, of course).

    As for a female run blog, I recently started following Makin’ Sense Babe: . She hits a lot of topics, but so far I’ve found her investing advice pretty hilarious (and good).

  6. says

    Great list of blogs! Tons of really intelligent men made it to this list, and they definitely deserve it! But I’m somewhat disappointed with the fact that there are no blogs written by women on this list. Women tend to have a more conservative investment style, but also tend to have more steady returns than men. I’d love to see a list that is more female friendly.

  7. says

    Thanks for the mention Robert; I appreciate it. There are certainly a lot of good blogs on this list.

    From what I’ve read, investment returns tend to be statistically superior for women because they’re more likely to have the patience to buy and hold long-term investments rather than to try to time the market or have high portfolio turnover. Several of the blogs on this list promote pure index investing or long term value investing, so they generally promote the same investment principles that have been researched to result in better returns for women.

    A few investing sites I can think of off the top of my head that are run by women are Insider Monkey, Dividend Girl, and SPBrunner.

  8. says

    The Dividend Ninja sounds like my kind of thing, for what should be obvious reasons. ; )

    Seriously though, a good list with a number of quality blogs, many of which I have in RSS. The RSS subscriptions just got a bit bigger though.

    I think you’ve got it right that you gain more from the personal approach that fills a particular niche. The broad market stuff is nice but doesn’t really help you learn as much as drilling down into an individual investment philosophy. From there it’s just a matter of using what works for you then discarding the rest, and over time you can build your own plan that fits your psychological trading comfort zone like a glove.

  9. says

    Robert, of course you put this post together on a day I’m traveling! Thanks for mentioning my little blog.

    When I was an advisor, mutual fund companies would approach me from time to time with “Women and Investing” seminar materials for my female clients. Sadly, I found most of them to be full of bogus stereotypes and truisms. My clients would have kicked my ass if I’d (…especially as a man) delivered one of those.

    I’ll echo PK above: I also like Makin Sense Babe.

  10. Jesse says

    These are all really good sites, thanks. I like The site is new & seems to be growing. The author shares a lot of interesting info. Also, worth following on twitter @dividendbuddy

  11. says

    I also like the blogs of Dividend Monk. He represents a very simple way of dividend investing and all his blogs are always very useful for the investors to get the knowledge about the dividend stocks. He also provides the charts and updated list of stocks.

  12. iFrugal says

    Very helpful thank you!

    I have started trying to learn about personal finance and embrace that journey while I am in college. I still have a lot to learn.

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