The mark of a great investor is a packed bookcase. You should be reading blogs and books on new investment strategies, reading the news in hunt of catalysts to take advantage of and reading history in search of patterns to apply to today’s markets.
On that note I’ve put together some of my favorite resources for you to peruse. Some are newsletters, some are blogs, some are random investment products; all of them have been used by me in the past to great positive effect. Note that some of these products must be purchased and I get a commission on some of the purchases. I don’t recommend a product unless I have actually benefitted from using it.
The resources will be sorted into the four pillars of the site that I discussed on my intro page: Personal Finance, Investing, Entrepreneurship and Economics.
Finally, there aren’t any books on this page because there are just too damn many to fit here. For my book recommendations see this page.
Morningstar is one of the best resources for investors on the web. The free resources on the site allow you to analyze stocks, bonds, ETFs and mutual funds as well as learn about personal finance. The premium membership has over 2,500 analyst reports that are constantly updated and input into databases to allow for screening.
James Altucher is one of the leading entrepreneurship and self-improvement authorities. His monthly newsletter introduces passive income opportunities, interviews with leading entrepreneurs and analysis of the most important technological trends. Plus (!) if you do a lifetime subscription you get a bunch of monthly book recommendations.
When I did Mises University several years ago I septupled (I think that means 7x) my knowledge of economics, history and general fun social science stuff in just a week. Tom Woods has brought together the best of the Mises U professors and several other great PHDs to teach Austrian Economics from the ground up, the history of economic thought, interest rate theory and if you’re into it, libertarianism.
Most discount brokers are about the same. They charge less than $15 for trades, add on a little for options, offer mostly useless free research and have a cool free trading platform with all kinds of charting software. TD Ameritrade is the one that I have found to be the easiest and quickest to set up. It charges $9.99 per trade, plus 75 cents per contract if you’re trading options.