It's the start of a long weekend, so I thought I'd share what I read every day to get a feel for the markets. There's so much stuff out there, it's impossible for any one person to cover it all. But here's what I've found useful, so head to the beach, load up your laptop or Eye-Pad, and enjoy!
http://www.marketwatch.com/ Marketwatch is a nice web site full of both news and interesting commentary. It also has a very active user community that never fails to chime in on most any topic. I find that reading the comments is often as useful as the articles, mostly for their contrarian value.
http://www.finviz.com/ Finviz is the Swiss Army knife of financial web sites. Its main focus is on charts and numbers rather than news and commentary. It's fast, free, and well laid out. It also has a great stock screener.
http://seekingalpha.com/ Seeking Alpha is more for the serious trader than Marketwatch. Lots of excellent news and commentary here too. The user contributions tend to be more sophisticated than over on Marketwatch.
http://www.morningstar.com/ A relatively new addition to my reading list, Morningstar has an extensive site, most of which I haven't explored yet. This is where I get the Morningstar Market Fair Value Indicator I often refer to in my posts.
In addition to these web sites, there are a few blogs I read:
http://quantifiableedges.blogspot.com/ Quantifiable Edges, by Rob Hanna is interesting. Most every day, he does an analysis of what happened in the past when certain current market trends existed, carrying out the results of a hypothetical investment 10 days. There's also a paid section (that I don't subscribe to).
http://humblestudentofthemarkets.blogspot.com Cam Hui is the Humble Student of the Markets and publishes interesting macro-view commentary on market-related topics. His blog is well-written, well-researched, and thought provoking.
http://www.buysellmodel.com/ This is J-Trader's Market Analysis. He recently was kind enough to contact me and bring this blog to my attention. He has a quant system going that he makes freely available and posts daily updates. I've just started following this one, but it looks pretty impressive so far.
This isn't reading, but I also generally have CNBC going on a separate monitor, usually with the sound down low. I never make trading decisions based on the endless parade of talking heads that appear there, but I find it is a useful source for breaking news. You can subscribe to a real-time news feed, but then you're stuck having to watch and evaluate every item that pops up to get any benefit from it. CNBC does this work for you.
And finally, although this one is no longer published, it is the greatest gem in the blogosphere on the psychology of trading as far as I'm concerned. I refer of course to the great Dr. Brett Steenbarger's http://traderfeed.blogspot.com/. He was kind enough to leave it up when he took his services private last year. Even though it's no longer current, I highly recommend it to anyone who trades the market, from beginner to expert. There's something in here for everyone.
All of these sources are free. I don't subscribe to any pay services, not particularly because they're any better or worse, but simply because there's already so much good free information out there, I would never have time to get around to anything more.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any of these information sources in any way other than as a regular reader.
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