The finance industry is highly competitive and fast-changing. Finance professionals are expected to quickly adapt to new trends and developments in the field, and the pressure can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there are many ways to stay informed as a professional in this industry.
We asked 15 members of Forbes Finance Council about their favorite resources to stay in the loop in their industry. Read on for their curated list of books, podcasts, blogs and more to help fellow finance professionals stay on top of industry developments.
1. The Tim Ferriss Show
One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is The Tim Ferriss Show. This podcast includes interviews with world-class performers from a variety of areas in business, the arts, sports, entertainment, etc. I glean many great ideas from the esteemed guests on the show. Countless times I will stop the recording to take notes that I use for later business development opportunities. It is a great resource. – Sarah Hanna, ECS North
2. Marginal Revolution
There are lots of sources to binge on news and startup updates. I find that the most valuable thing most people can do is take a step back and try to understand the deeper forces that are shaping the industry as a whole. For that, Tyler Cowen’s blog Marginal Revolution is one of my favorites. – Sandeep Sood, Kunai
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3. Financial Executives International
I would recommend joining a financial networking organization to stay informed on the latest industry developments. I belong to many, but one I would recommend is Financial Executives International (FEI), which has a members-only message board called FEI Connect. This virtual forum is a place to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics based on the experience of other senior financial executives. – Dave Sackett, ULVAC Technologies, Inc.
4. Money With Friends
I’m a huge fan of the Money With Friends podcast. Hosts Bobbi Rebell and Joe Saul-Sehy offer up some of the most entertaining content in the industry while interviewing personal finance thought leaders from around the country. They cover recent headlines in finance and give commentary and thoughts on the veracity and impact of those stories. It keeps me up to speed! – Danielle Kunkle Roberts, Boomer Benefits
5. Michael Kitces
I’ve found Michael Kitces’ blog and podcast to be great resources and would highly recommend them for other finance professionals. His topics are tied to current trends, which is helpful in making real-time business decisions—especially in the finance industry where things change so rapidly. I also appreciate his focus on topics related to financial wellness as we navigate our “new normal.” – Marthin De Beer, BrightPlan
6. DataTrek Morning Briefing
In addition to Forbes, I recommend DataTrek Morning Briefing—a “Daily Guide to Markets, Data and Disruption.” It’s a newsletter for finance professionals to stay on top of industry developments. It’s a uniquely insightful analysis of how major events around the world are impacting the American financial industry. New readers can get a free two-week trial. – James Schenck, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed Credit Union)
7. Farnam Street
Farnam Street (named after the street where Berkshire Hathaway’s HQ and Buffett’s house reside) has consistently been my favorite spot for business, investing and personal growth resources. Self-described as “signal in a world full of noise,” the website provides loads of mental models, interviews and thought-provoking content. – Gregory Ostrowski, Scarborough Capital Management
8. Invest Like The Best
The best podcast to understand business and investment frameworks and strategies is Invest Like the Best by Patrick O’Shaughnessy. I think there are more practical insights from industry leaders in this podcast than any top MBA program can teach you. – Andres Garcia-Amaya, Zoe Financial
9. CFO Thought Leader
The CFO Thought Leader podcast is one of my go-to sources for information when I’m looking to learn more on a specific topic. They make it easy to search for and find topics I’m interested in, and I love the range and depth of their interviews. Most of the episodes are about the length of my workouts, which helps me make the most of my time. – Kerri Thurston, C2F0
10. Capital Journal
I recommend Gerald F. Seib’s Capital Journal column from the Wall Street Journal. It covers what is going on in Washington, D.C., and its effect on the U.S. economy. It also links to other news sources outside the WSJ that wouldn’t necessarily be paired directly with the WSJ (e.g., the New Yorker, etc.), which shows a diversity of thought. – Aaron Spool, Eventus Advisory Group, LLC
11. The Weekly Take
The Weekly Take podcast by Spencer Levy, senior economist at CBRE, is a must-listen for anyone connected to commercial real estate. There’s a mountain of data right now on topics such as the future of office space, but it lags two to three months behind fast-changing events reshaping the industry. Spencer’s ability to provide real-time analysis and challenge conventional narratives makes him an invaluable resource. – John Ward, Bridge Investment Group
12. Underdog Empowerment
Underdog Empowerment is one of the best podcasts to help you develop and stay on top of your game. Host Zachary Babcock has a very powerful story, going from being in jail to turning his life around and showing others how they can also do it. He interviews some of the top names—such as Grant Cordone and Neil Patel—and breaks down some of their top tips for success and growth. – Khurram Chohan, Together CFO
13. Money & Markets
Money & Markets is my favorite blog for staying up to date with the stock market and the finance industry. In addition, the accompanying podcast, The Bull and The Bear, is about current events and the markets. The blog is updated daily and the podcasts are short and sweet, so it’s easy to stay on top of them. It’s practical, concise and on point and my favorite resource by far! – Gabriela Berrospi, Latino Wall Street
14. Money For The Rest Of Us
I highly recommend David Stein’s podcast Money for the Rest of Us. His big-picture approach empowers his audience to understand finance at the macro and micro levels. He goes beyond the typical cookie-cutter stock commentary, teaching principles that are extremely valuable for anyone looking to understand their money in terms of investing and the economy. – Justin Goodbread, Heritage Investors
15. Between Now and Success
Steve Sanduski has a terrific podcast and blog that I highly recommend for fellow finance professionals—both are called Between Now and Success. Steve has been in the industry for nearly 30 years and is the co-founder of Peak Advisor Alliance. He’s interviewed some notable guests on his show, including David Bach, Tony Robbins, Joe Duran, Anthony Scaramucci and Peter Mallouk. – Bill Keen, Keen Wealth Advisors