10 Essential Economic Blogs
- Seeking Alpha Market Currents: If a tree falls in the forest without making a sound but with an economic impact, you’ll find out about it here. Even I can’t read everything they put out in the course of a day. It’s not just a fire hose, though. It’s curated enough to keep the information relevant.
- The Big Picture: You’re already reading Barry Ritholtz, right? Even if you aren’t you’ve probably seen him on the financial TV networks. There’s a reason for that. In addition to being a great talker this Wall St. money manager consistently pokes fact-based holes in received wisdom and popular opinion. He is also a New York Knicks fan. As a Chicago Cubs fan, I understand completely.
- Real Time Economics: One of several fine Wall Street Journal blogs. This one sifts through the numbers to find what matters.
- DealBook: Andrew Ross Sorkin and crew are a great source for all the deals and the news that’s going to impact the deals. They cover so many different things that you don’t need to know everything they report – but there’s guaranteed to be something important here for you.
- Financial Armageddon: Is Michael J. Panzner an alarmist or a realist? I vote for alarming realist. Panzner, a financial pro and writer, is smart and digs deep to find stories, angles and implications you won’t see in many other places. Despite the name of the blog, he’s definitely not a screamer.
- FT Alphaville: The view from Europe. A great outsider perspective on the U.S. and one of the best insider sources for news and perspective about the entire Euro mess.
- Zero Hedge: Don’t know much or care much about international economics? ZH will take care of both of those for you. The editors/writers all use pen names so all I can tell you about them is they’re smart and detail obsessed. These folks doubt everything—and I mean that as a compliment.
- Naked Capitalism: Views things more from the Keynes side, but facts and not ideology are the driving force here. NC isn’t so much in favor of government intervention as it is honest, well-regulated markets. These days that’s enough to make you a heretic.
- Calculated Risk: Bill McBride does a great job of connecting the dots as well as serving up brief, thorough and understandable synopses of key economic stats and news. He has an amazing ability to separate wheat from chaff.
- Mish’s Global Economic Analysis: Mish Shedlock, a registered investment advisor, is as good as it gets when it comes to finding the key facts, stories or stats in far distant lands. I define key as meaning “ripple with incredibly high likelihood of becoming a tsunami.”