Michael K. MacLeod

Blogs are everywhere these days. With a few clicks any person can voice their opinions in a public forum on any subject – instantly. They rival newspapers and other professional sources as a source of insight and information, and while many offer little redeemable value there are blogs out there that know what they’re talking about.

With that in mind we searched the web looking for the 10 best investing blogs. We looked for independent finance and investing blogs that operate outside of the mainstream and offer non-biased analysis. We looked for contrarian writing that presents solutions and interpretations of the news rather that simply repeating the headlines.

Here’s a list of some of the 2010 Best Investing and Finance Blogs:

1. Dr. Housing Bubble – Providing a “candid account of what is going on in today’s housing market ,” the writers of this helpful blog analyze the causes, effects, and implications of the housing bubble – one of the largest asset bubbles of all time.

2.  Zero Hedge – “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” This cynical economic blog writes under the veil of pseudonyms (site founder “Tyler Durden” borrows his moniker from the film Fight Club) as a shield for their dissident opinions. Believing in the power of free speech, the blogs aims, among other things, to “skeptically examine, and when necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become…[to] provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint…[and to] facilitate information’s unending quest for freedom.”

3.  Mark Hanson Advisers – Run by mortgage bank vet Mark Hanson, this informative blog aims to turn the “daily, market-moving real estate and mortgage news flow and events into old news by the time it makes headlines.” His years of experience and training have allowed him to consistently make accurate and timely decisions about the housing and mortgage market.

4. Reggie Middleton’s BoomBustBlog – Using his background in financial analysis, freethinking and independent entrepreneur Reggie Middleton operates his BoomBustBlog outside of mainstream Wall Street. To ensure his research and analysis are of the highest quality, Middleton “assembled his own talented research staff…to pursue, analyze, and capitalize on global macroeconomic opportunities.”

5. Cara Community – Canadian investor and broker-dealer firm founder Bill Cara offers his insight on capital markets and social equity. Despite moments of eccentricity, he consistently presents explanations of the markets and his analysis in comprehensive detail.

6. Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis – Mike “Mish” Shedlock, a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management, runs this economic and financial blog that features daily commentary. “Mish” has also contributed to The Daily Reckoning.

7. Seeking Alpha – Comprised of over 60 contributors, including financial advisors, portfolio managers, analysts, and traders, Seeking Alpha is actually network of financial blogs. Thanks to its size and resources, this blog has articles and posts on an extensive array of topics that are clearly organized and easy to access.

8. Infectious Greed – Paul Kedrosky is the editor of Infectious Greed and is a renowned financial market analyst for CNBC television. His success as an investor as well as his degrees in economics of technology, finance and engineering color his unique and discerning analysis.

9. The Big Picture – Writing on investing, markets, and the economy for the past 15 years, Barry Ritholtz (with contributors) continues his analysis with The Big Picture, a blog designed to be easily accessible to people without a PhD in economics. He describes it as a “compendium of what a Wall Street money manager is looking at, thinking about, and writing on.” Barry Ritholtz has also contributed to The Daily Reckoning.

10. Peridot Capitalist – Run by the founder and President of Peridot Capital Management LLC Chad Brand, Peridot Capitalist has been touted as one of the best investment blogs on the web since its start in 2004. Specializing in customized personal finance and investment management services, Brand started the site to “open his knowledge base and asset management services to those outside his immediate family.”

Bonus Best Investing Blog Picks

11. Whiskey and Gunpowder and The Penny Sleuth – Both published by Agora Financial, these newsletters deliver the latest market research and advice everyday. The Penny Sleuth is one of the top sources for “actionable independent penny stock analysis, options strategies, and high growth opportunities.” Favoring commodities and opposing market intervention, Whiskey and Gunpowder features “insightful articles that explore a range of topics, including commodities, politics, technology, history,” and offers readers “in-depth analysis that the mainstream media will never give you.”

These are some of the best investing blogs the internet has to offer. Each is written with intelligence, consideration, and a bit of humor. However, this list is by no means exhaustive as there are plenty of other great investing blogs out there, and we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to write in the comment section about the investing blogs you read and trust.

Thanks for reading this installment of The Daily Reckoning Best of Series:  The 10 Best Investing and Finance Blogs

Michael MacLeod
Research Assistant for The Daily Reckoning

Michael K. MacLeod

Michael K. MacLeod is completing his degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. majoring in Economics with minors in Music and Philosophy. Adhering to the Austrian School of economics, he is a firm believer in evolutionary economics and is particularly fond of Joseph Schumpeter and his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy.  Michael hopes to bring his idea of '"creative destruction" to The Daily Reckoning on a daily basis, where he currently works as the Research Assistant.

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