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Given that our audience tends to be from the Millennial Generation, it is safe to say that these resources will feed your appetite for intriguing topics and content. In fact, I insist that these sites are some of the most valuable for news on investing, fund news, markets (Buy-Side and Sell-Side), macroeconomy, and everything in between.

I’ll chop it up into the best site(s) for each category…hopefully they are useful for you guys!

Note: the gigantic news sites and publications like Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance, CNBC, Forbes, BusinessWeek, etc. cover most of these categories so I didn’t list them. I listed those that offer more focused coverage.

INVESTING

Investopedia: http://www.investopedia.com/

Investing and finance dictionary. Everything investing, everything finance. Personal finance, trading tips included.

Best features: Tutorials & videos for visual learners, mobile app with “Word of the Day” for daily knowledge add, simple definitions & examples for each vocabulary word

NASDAQ IPO Site: http://www.nasdaq.com/markets/ipos/

Self-explanatory. Everything IPO. History of IPOs, performances since IPO, upcoming IPOs, recently filed and withdrawn IPOs.

Musings on Markets (Aswath Damodaran): http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/

Storied NYU Stern Professor Aswath Damodaran’s blog that is extremely insightful and offers unique perspectives on valuation. He is somewhat of a valuation king.

Seeking Alpha: http://seekingalpha.com/

Investor-driven market stories with in-depth analysis on stock picks, industry overviews, value investing plays, and many more. Strong buy & hold emphasis for traditional investors.

Best features: Writers do their due diligence before posting articles, healthy discussions in comments section (similar to UI 🙂 ), email alerts/newsletter

Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com/

Smart writers aiming to educate and deepen your knowledge. Offer solid advice for a price.

Best features: Daily buzz that is updated hourly, strong community of knowledgeable investors

MARKETS

NY Times’ DealBook: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/

M&A and Capital Raising news, VC/PE/HF news, trending finance news provided by one of best publications in the world. It focuses on the big M&A news, while WSJ has pretty much every deal. Good source for prospective bankers. Covers some IPOs, management shifts, and a lot of legal news from Wall Street.

Best feature: Covers most popular Wall Street topics from head to toe

PE Hub: http://www.pehub.com/

All things Private Equity.

US Small Business Association: http://www.sba.gov/content/venture-capital

Defines Venture Capital, its process, and the way its equity structuring works.

Entrepreneur magazine: http://www.entrepreneur.com/

Advice for entrepreneurs, funding news, everything startup + VC.

FinAlternatives: http://www.finalternatives.com/

Hedge Fund + Private Equity news

Best feature: At the end of the day, we all want to know what the hell hedge fund managers do and invest in.

MACROECONOMY

Subscribe to The Economist NOW!

It’s the best and offers some of the most professional insight on macro developments, and is published weekly.

Subscribe to Financial Times NOW! Or check out the non-premium articles –> http://www.ft.com/home/uk

British publication that offers wide breadth of macro coverage and is widely trusted as a top worldwide publication

MacroDigest: http://www.macrodigest.com/

Curation of content from around the world. Covers fundamentally important news for the global economy.

*If you are interested in trending macro new from regions and/or countries, just google news for the respective areas.

Read Quartz NOW! –> http://qz.com/

Super interesting, fun, and global perspectives on trending topics from the US and abroad. 

Best features: Super accredited writers, very interactive and interesting topics with supporting evidence from impressive graphs.

CAREER 

Mergers & Inquisitions: http://www.mergersandinquisitions.com/

If you want to break into Investment Banking, this place is the shiznit. All written by a former banker who is an expert at the entire process of recruiting, interviewing, and on the job details. He demystifies the world of banking.

Wall Street Oasis: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/

IB forum for bankers, by bankers. Driven by its users. Best for college students trying to break in–especially if not at a “target” school. I’ve actually connected with several other WSO users at my university.

However, be wary of the content that is posted because it is commonly written by high schoolers who think they are already 2nd year analysts at Goldman!!! If I had a dime for every time I saw “Models and Bottles”…

Best features: Extremely funny, helpful, and insightful posts by people just like yourself. Can be distracting however.

JUST FOR LOLS

Leveraged Sellout: http://www.leveragedsellout.com/

Hilarious website started by former banker that basically satirizes the world of banking for your entertainment. He wrote a book as well, actually. Funny anecdotes for down time.

Funny Money Blog: http://www.funnymoneyblog.com/

Pokes fun at the mundane world of personal finance.

BOOKS

The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham (stock investing “bible”), Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher, Damodaran on Valuation by Aswath Damodaran (valuation), Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis, The Big Short by Michael Lewis, Investment Banking by Joshua Rosenbaum and Joshua Pearl, Principles by Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates (life+work skills), How to Read a Financial Report by John A. Tracy, Black Swan by Nassim Taleb The Little Book that Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt. These are just a handful of the hundreds of great finance books.

MOVIES

Wall Street (one of the best), Margin Call (one of the best), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Trading Places, Trillion Dollar Bet, Floored, Barbarians at the Gate, Arbitrage, Rogue Trader, Boiler Room (one of the best), The Ascent of Money (one of the best), Inside Job (one of the best), Too Big to Fail.

No…Wolf of Wall Street is not a great finance movie. Entertaining? Definitely. Gordon Gekko in Wall Street provides the best combination of real-world finance industry exposure and entertainment.

Hope this helped give you some really valuable resources to improve your finance and investing knowledge. It’s hard to not find value by reading/watching even one of these.

Good luck with finals! You’re probably chained to some desk in some dim-lit library, paying off fellow students to fetch you food, ordering a port-a-potty to your table so you don’t lose your spot. You’re probably feeling like Leo (above), except for much different reasons…but hopefully you can de-stress with these sites, books, and movies! If you’re not in the library, well, then, this is awkward.

Comments

  1. Alex Kablanian:

    Have you checked out Dan Primack’s email list? It basically gives a quick run down every morning of major deals, IPOs, VC funding, PE Firm deals and other interesting info. Pretty cool to read every morning to get a sense of what’s going on: http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=2087267012&n=1 Idk if you’ve heard of it but its cool. Also all the sites on here are awesome, loving the blog

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