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The Best of the Best: Top Blogs That All Financial Advisors Should Be Following



blog_topIf you know us at all at Financial Social Media, you know we like to provide you with the best of the best — the best thought leaders, information, and resources you need to know about to stay ahead of the game as a financial advisor.  Today we’ve compiled the top blogs that professionals in the financial services industries should follow.  Some of these bloggers are at the top of their field and you may already know their names.  Some are up and comers that will be new to you.  Some are advisors writing for advisors.  Some are geared toward your clients, but pay attention, because it’s just as important to know what and where your potential customers are getting their information.  Each blog was selected for notability, linking behavior, content, niche, or influence potential.

For Advisors:

Nerd’s Eye View -  Michael Kitces is an expert on advanced financial planning issues.  Michael is coming at you advisor-to-advisor.

The Research Puzzle - This blog provides new ways of thinking and organizing resources (much of which he cultivates the research for) to solve a puzzle, usually of a financial nature. 

FT Alphaville - This blog from the Financial Times operates as a filter for relevant news and information for financial professionals.  Some unique features include running market commentary and the delivery of three early-morning briefing notes, daily. 

The Glass Hammer - From Nicki Gilmour, this blog has created a community for networking and gathering resources specifically for executives in financial services, among others.

LifeHealthPro - The LifeHealthPro blog has the content life and insurance advisors need to be reading to stay current and ahead of the curve.

Practically Speaking -  This blog from SEI”s Advisor Network hits on the major Practice Management concerns that advisors face on a daily basis.  Lead blogger, John Anderson, pulls in support from his Advisor Network team members with Tech Expert Raef Lee, Social Media Thought Leader Amy Sitnick and Investment Guru John Frownfelter to give this blog the well rounded advice that all advisors can use.

Investing:

Crossing Wall Street - CNN/Money named Eddy Elfenbein as “the best buy-and-hold blogger.” CNN also touted, “his free Buy List has beaten the S&P 500 for the last six years in a row.”

 - This blog from Bespoke Invest has a large media, financial institution, and investor following.  Bespoke creates a slew of research for original content and unique market perspectives.  As a bonus, they also post plenty of graphs and polls.

Abnormal Returns -  If you don’t already know the name and blog of private investor, Tadas Viskanta, you should.  After seven years of blogging, Viskanta is well known in the investing sphere.  Viskanta has created a “forecast-free investment blog” which consists of quotes and charts of the day, plus tons of links to relevant content.

Financial Culture:

DealBreaker - “DealBreaker covers the personalities and culture that shape the financial industry, offering original commentary, news and entertainment.” This blog is a nice change of pace for getting your market news with some witty pop culture thrown in.

The Reformed Broker - Joshua Brown is an investment advisor, author, and blogger.  You’ve most likely seen this name before.  Brown has established himself as a thought leader and is a major media contributor.  His blog is informative, entertaining, and the right amount of sarcastic.

Technology:

FPPad - More than just a blog.  Bill Winterberg, Certified Financial Planner and former engineer for HP and LeapFrog Toys, has created one of the leading resources of news and information about financial planning technology.

FierceFinanceIT - The blog for the FierceMarkets network is a prominent source of information and news on financial technology.

Marketing:

Advisor Websites - This wealth of resources from Advisor Websites offers website, SEO, social media, and other digital marketing information for advisors.

Retirement:

Retirement Researcher - Wade D. Pfau, Certified Financial Planner and American College Professor, collects research on financial planning and retirement for both consumers and planners alike. Pfau was recently selected for the Investment News Power 20 as a person expected to shape the financial advisory industry in 2013.

For Consumers:

CNA Finance - This finance blog by Joshua Rodriguez is geared towards consumers and hosts tons of valuable guest bloggers from the finance industry.

Above the Market - This well know finance and investing blog is from a broker/dealer and investment advisory firm.  Top post?  Investors’ 10 Most Common Behavioral Biases.

NewFiNation - This blog serves as a marketplace and community for advisors to market their unique “new finance” services to consumers.  The “new finance” content is relevant to advisors as well as consumers.

Frugal Rules - Listed as the no. 1 blog authority in the finance category by Technorati.com.  What’s even more impressive? This blog is only one year old.  Topics include investing, frugal living, and budgeting.

Daily Worth - This popular finance blog for women includes everything from personal investing to small business to living a full life.  This blog describes itself as  “the leading multi-platform financial media company for women who want more — more net worth, more self worth, and ultimately, more joy.”

And, of course, at Financial Social Media we think our blog is a “must-read” as well! If you agree, feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed.

Inspired yet?  With so many brilliant bloggers writing about issues in the financial services, we have to know, what blogs do you read?

Amy McIlwain
Author, speaker, and President at Financial Social Media, Amy McIlwain speaks at events around the world ranging from audiences of 1000 to small executive boardrooms. She's appeared on FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC as a social media expert and her book, The Social Advisor: Social Media Secrets of the Financial Industry, has been featured as a best-seller in the Amazon business category. Hire Amy to speak at your next event! Visit www.amymcilwain.com
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Author, speaker, and President at Financial Social Media, Amy McIlwain speaks at events around the world ranging from audiences of 1000 to small executive boardrooms. She's appeared on FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC as a social media expert and her book, The Social Advisor: Social Media Secrets of the Financial Industry, has been featured as a best-seller in the Amazon business category. Hire Amy to speak at your next event! Visit www.amymcilwain.com

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