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September 22, 2017

How to talk the Finance talk

Written by

Nicola Weaver

Financial markets are constantly moving and changing. If you want to hold a conversation on the subject, you need to be up to date on your facts. You don’t need to read all of these publications, but dedicating an hour a day will help you master the financial small talk.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is the biggest name in financial news. It can be a bit dense, but if you’re willing to dedicate the time, it’s a fantastic resource. It’s like a rich seam of financial information just waiting to be mined by your curious mind!

The Economist

Not up to pore over the WSJ every day? We don’t blame you. The Economist is another great publication that provides more of an overview of trends rather than in-depth articles. It’s a great way to complement your WSJ reading.

The Economist is read far and wide by those at the top. As it happens, the publication once had a legendary advertising campaign that ran on the tops of London buses -- their argument being that anyone who had a top-floor, corner office would be able to see the ads.

No one wants to talk about spreadsheets all day long. The Economist is a witty, brilliant read that can turn you into a witty, brilliant conversationalist, be it with a client over a work dinner or just an elevator ride up from the parking with the VP. 

Wall Street Oasis

The Wall Street Oasis is a great site to navigate around. Start to participate in forums, where you will get information about all aspects of finance.

We recommend that you sign up as a user (they have over 440,000 users). If you do that, you'll receive six free modeling lessons and their top networking and interview tips.

The Morning Brew

The Morning Brew is an e-newsletter that brings headlines of the biggest topics straight to your inbox. You can just browse the summaries for a quick 15-minute read or navigate to the linked articles for a more in-depth view.

It’s a great idea to get into the habit of reading this daily - it’s a rich seam of financial information, and they give good interview tips, too!

For fun… Matt Levine at Bloomberg

For a more enjoyable read, check out Matt Levine’s pieces for Bloomberg. Instead of giving an exhaustive summary, Levine writes only on select, more interesting topics. Levine’s humorous and informative writing makes a great companion to another news source.

Personally, I love his take on Ray Dalio of Bridgewater fame, generally considered a guru in the investment space. Matt appears to believe he is a charlatan. Whether that is genuine or tongue-in-cheek is hard to tell.. Have a read for yourself and decide!

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