Industry blogs are a vital source of information, but uncovering the ones that will really help your practice can be daunting. There are probably thousands of blogs in the financial services industry alone, which makes it hard to know where to begin. To help feed your need for accurate information, here is my rundown of blogs that I read on a regular basis to remain up-to-date on industry news and trends. Each of the blogs listed below have a proven track-record within the industry with extensive readership levels. They are known for quality and are ahead of the curve.
1. “Nerd’s Eye View” – by Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL
If you choose only one blog to read in the financial service industry, look no further than the “Nerd’s Eye View.” Michael Kitces, one of the industry’s most sought after speakers and leaders, delivers a consistent stream of relevant and quality content to his readers. I was fortunate enough to see him speak and meet him recently and can attest that his reputation is well deserved. His knowledge of the industry (from advanced financial planning concepts, branding/marketing strategies, as well as advisor technology needs) is second to none. In addition, his weekly post titled “Weekend Reading for Financial Planners” provides resources and recognition to other leaders in the industry as a recap of what he has read throughout the week.
2. “Good Financial Cents” – by Jeff Rose, CFP
One of the most charismatic bloggers in the financial services industry (watch his videos and you’ll see what I mean), Jeff Rose has built an entertaining and informative blog centered on money. His posts appeal to readers of any demographic because his message is delivered in an engaging array of content mediums (video, text, and audio). Talking about money and retirement planning may be a painful task for some investors, but Jeff delivers financial education in a way that invites his audience to have fun during the process.
3. “Above the Market” – by Bob Seawright
This blog continues to receive a significant amount of attention throughout the industry. Bob is a sought after speaker with a wealth of knowledge on advanced financial planning concepts as well as behavioral finance. I have been fortunate enough to work with Bob for the past 8+ years. His posts are thorough and he regularly interviews other leaders in the industry with his “5 Good Questions” posts. If you haven’t been on his blog yet, I highly recommend that you give it a chance.