Top 5 Financial Magazines To Read

If you want to stay on top of the latest financial trends, as well as get solid, long-term insight that you can use in your financial planning efforts, it can help to read financial magazines.

Choose two or three magazines, and read them regularly. You’ll develop a solid understanding of which way the winds are blowing, and provide you with information you can use to shore up your own financial situation. Here are 5 of the top financial magazines that you should consider reading:

1. Kiplinger

If you are looking for practical advice and information on what to do next, Kiplinger is a great choice. This magazine has long been a top choice for personal finance topics. You can subscribe monthly, and also to choose delivery of weekly Letters. The Kiplinger Tax Letter is a great add-on for those who want to make sure that they are making the most of their money.

Kiplinger also has a great web site that you can visit for online information on topics including investing, insurance, taxes, retirement, and even small business.

2. Barron’s

Get investing ideas and analysis, and find quick links to your favorite companies on the Barron’s web site. Plenty of information and analysis on what’s happening in the markets, and how to profit from what’s happening day to day. There are also often personal finance stories that can help you make the most of your particular situation. As we’ve previously stated in our Barron’s review, are few magazines as respected as Barron’s when it comes to investing and finance.

3. Investor’s Business Daily

If you are a serious investor, this publication is a great choice. It’s a finance magazine aimed at investors, so you can get a lot of great information. Read the market analysis, as well as other commentary and information about finances and investing. You can get this magazine in the mail, or you can read online at, which is run by Investor’s Business Daily. Solid information from a respected resource.

4. Bloomberg Businessweek

Although it’s sometimes a little sensationalist, Businessweek is still one of the more respected business publications. You can get great insight into business and management, and read commentary on how the latest economic and political news will impact your money. Bloomberg Businessweek also features a web site that provides you with a comprehensive look at what’s happening right now, and helps you figure out how it is likely to affect you and your portfolio or finances.

5. The Economist

If you are into economics and how the larger picture might affect your own smaller picture, The Economist is very solid choice. This venerable publication has been around for a long time, and can bring in a view of the world. You can read about politics, economics, science and technology, and more, as well as read about business and finance. Visit the web site of The Economist and you’ll really feel as though you have a handle on the situation — no matter what that situation is.

Readers: There are a number of other financial magazines out there. What are your favorite financial publications?


  1. Mary Kaplan says:

    Do you have any suggestions for a person who is just starting to invest and wants to learn? It feels overwhelming as a beginner to read those investment periodicals. I realize that it is a good idea to start reading the articles and I am doing this. Do you recommend taking a finance class at a college or university? Or is this too academic and not practical? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Larry Ludwig says:

      Hi Mary,

      I don’t think the idea of taking a course at a college or university is bad. It just depends upon the subject. Do I think for example taking an economics course is bad? No. Is it directly applicable to daily use? Maybe. What are you looking to learn more about? Finance is a large subject it can be of many things. I also have a web page that talks about the best finance books.

      It doesn’t cover every subject, but at least the books I got the most out of.

      Let me just say, there are no short-cuts.. Read and keep reading.

  2. krantcents says:

    I read those and everyone I can get my hands on. I do not just limit my reading to business magazines. I like Fast Company, Wired, New Yorker, newspapers and online publications too.

  3. Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin says:

    I have subscribed to Investors Business Daily for years and never been disappointed by only complaint is that they provide TOO MUCH information that I cannot possibly read in an entire day =)

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