Top 7 Financial Magazines Smart Investors Should Read

Many millionaires and successful entrepreneurs swear by reading the morning newspaper or keeping up with monthly subscriptions. If you want to stay on top of the latest financial trends, as well as get solid, long-term insight you can use in your financial planning efforts, it can help to read financial magazines.

To get the most benefit out of these financial magazines, choose two or three and read them on a regular basis.

This will allow you to develop a solid understanding of which way the markets are blowing, as well as provide you with the information you can use to shore up your financial situation.

Here are 7 of the top financial magazines that are best for smart investors to consider reading:

1. Kiplinger’s

kiplingers magazineIf you are looking for practical advice and information on what to do next, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is an excellent choice. This magazine has long been the top choice of investors and economy-minded individuals for the personal finance topics.

You can subscribe monthly, and also to choose delivery of weekly Letters. The Kiplinger’s Tax Letter is a great add-on for those who want to make sure they are legally handling their taxes and investments properly while making the most of their money.

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

2. Barron’s

barronsGet investing ideas and analysis, and find quick links to your favorite companies on the Barron’s website. 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

investors business dailyIf you are a serious investor, this publication is a great choice. It’s a finance magazine aimed at investors and offers investment research and education so you 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 delivered right to your mailbox, or email inbox if you choose to read/subscriber online at, which is run by Investor’s Business Daily.

It’s solid information from a respected resource so you can be sure you’re always up on current events and have the most accurate information possible.

4. Bloomberg Businessweek

BusinessweekAlthough 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 portfolio.

Bloomberg Businessweek also features a website 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.

They offer three ways you can subscribe and receive this regular publication; print-only, mobile/web based, or tablet membership. Or choose all three and make sure you never miss any important information.

5. The Economist

the economistIf you are into economics and how the larger picture might change your smaller picture, The Economist is a 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 website of The Economist and you’ll really feel as though you have a handle on the situation — whether it’s a local or global effect and no matter what that situation is.

6. Forbes

forbesForbes magazine is a reliable source of information for news and financial updates. This business-focused magazine that published articles related to finances, economics, investing, and marketing.

They also report on things like technology, science, and law in relation to how these industries will affect our investments or business. They showcase up-and-coming entrepreneurs, startups and other business-related tech that are expected to change the future of our culture.

The mag is also well-known for it’s lists and rankings of the richest people and companies in America, like the Forbes 400.

7. Money

money magazineA subscription to Money magazine gives investors access to topics ranging from investing, saving, retirement and taxes. It also offers no-nonsense tips on lifestyle topics like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement.

The best part that will interest you as an investor though, is that you can read up on stocks, find out news about the economy, insurance rates, loans and more. They frequently do features on retirement-related topics by showcasing real-life case studies and stories.

No matter what stage of your life you’re in, Money magazine aims to share the advice you need.

Readers: There are many other financial magazines out there. What are your favorite financial publications?

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  1. 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!

    • 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. 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.