The concept of survival of the fittest is appropriate in the discussion of financial publications today. The rise of digital media has rendered the traditional paper and print model nearly useless. However, those that have survived have done so because they possess the superior insight, analytics and reporting that make them an asset to any reader. In this article we’ll look at 10 top business magazines that stand above the rest and should be in the weekly rotation of anyone wishing to stay ahead of the market.
Top 10 Financial Magazines of All Time:
Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) *on sale now
Entrepreneur magazine is the premier source for everything small business. Get the latest small business information in out latest issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. I love reading it for their insightful business advice. I really feel like it's taken my business to the next level.
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The Economist (@TheEconomist)
The Economist enjoys the best reputation of any publication on this list. They offer a wider analysis of the economy by examining not only US policy but the broader forces at work across the globe. Any reader will quickly learn just how interconnected the geopolitical fabric of the economy really is. The high quality of writing may require some time to absorb and understand but the insight is unparalleled.
Kiplinger’s (@Kiplinger) *on sale now
Kiplinger’s is a close competitor to Money magazine. They similarly offer financial tips and advice that is widely applicable across various demographics. Reader’s looking for concise, actionable content should start here. The publication has long embraced the list format to deliver information on topics like preventing identity theft to optimizing your 529 plan asset allocation. Sale: $11.97 ($1.20/issue) Cover Price:
Barron’s offers a deeper dive into the fundamentals of publicly traded companies. The acumen offered by the writers empowers readers to make good decisions when investing in either fixed income of equities. Much of the terminology comes from the world of CFAs and CFPs who lend credence to measurements like alpha, beta and the yield curve. Regularly reading Barron’s will, in short time, make one conversant in the fundamental aspects of analyst terminology.
Bloomberg Businessweek (@Business) *on sale now
Bloomberg sits at the intersection of politics and business. The authors draw provocative connections between the machinations of politicians and the economic results. This magazine is for the politically minded who want to make informed investing and financial decisions. In keeping with the origins of the company the publication relies on a robust array of market analytics to gauge immediate and long-term movements.
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Consumer Reports (@ConsumerReports)
Many don’t see Consumer Reports as one of the best financial magazines, however, they’re prudent evaluation of the fees assessed on investment products will serve anyone well. The reviews provided are in-depth and share the detail that can only be gleaned from actual experience. The magazine’s recent article on the cost of college and burden of loan repayment resonated with much of the millennial generation.
Inc. (@Inc) *on sale now
Readers of Inc have their finger on the pulse of emerging technology, business and ideas in the finance world. Many of the personality profiles reveal the nascent shifts in the marketplace that are sure to drive valuations in publically traded companies. The publication covers a wide range of topics. This is a great choice for those who want to be at the edge of revolutionary business practices and tech start up disrupters.
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Fortune keeps a tight focus on the biggest of the big companies. The articles take cues from their list of ‘Fortune 500’ companies to understand broader movements in the US economy. Readers enjoy the connections between government policy makers and how their decisions influence the business climate. The current event news stories are among the best reporting.
U.S. News & World Report (@usnews)
This is a great resource for breezy pieces covering personal finance, the economy and even personal interest stories. The magazine is known for their popular ranking guides that distill the most important facts about everything from companies to business schools. Use this magazine to get down to the numbers when considering a mutual fund, new car or education.
Investor’s Business Daily (@IBDinvestors)
Those interested in understanding the daily market fluctuations need this top investment magazine. The publication provides detail on both index movements as well as buy/sell ratings for individual securities. This is truly the investor’s magazine. The writers use quarterly data to assess the projected earnings of major market movers.
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The advice is procedural and driven by analytics so that any reader can make an informed decision. Money magazine is for all income levels as they regularly provide on-point advice from choosing between a Roth IRA and traditional IRA or what home renovation offers the best return.
Fast Company (@FastCompany) *on sale now
Fast Company is a monthly American business magazine published in print and online that focuses on technology, business, and design. They are known as the hip guide to the business revolution, featuring the latest business news and trends, cutting-edge entrepreneurs and the very fastest growing companies.
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