Hello everyone! I was sitting back happily on Sunday with my copy of The Sunday Times Money+Business section and a good coffee (mmmm…..coffee) and it led to me thinking about my favourite regular things that I read to keep up on all things money.
(Obviously this is aside from here at the Financial Wilderness, which I’m sure is read religiously!)
So I put the question to some of my fellow bloggers and writers on what their favourite financial reading they’re suggest a check in with (that are not a blog) are. Here’s what they had to say:
Our pick of what other bloggers read:
The Sunday Times Financial section (from here at the Wilderness) + The Times Money Mentor (from Claire at MoneySavingCentral):
Most papers have really good finance sections, but I particularly like the one in the Sunday Times. The money section covers a variety of topics and there’s some of the columnists in there have a really engaging style on making slightly dry topics interesting.
What I really like though (and in fairness, many papers have this) is the inclusion of data tables showing accounts and mortgages with the best rates that you can track what’s happening in the broader market quickly – the most comment finance questions that come up are “where do I get the best bank account right now” and it provides a good answer to this fast.
Fellow blogger Claire has particular praise for the Money Mentor section which I’d echo – it acts as a series of tutoring and explainers on a range of topics, but often manages to be current. For instance, at the moment they’re looking at the potential impacts of negative interest rates and what it might mean for you.
Making sure you read a variety of papers (from Sara at Debt Camel):
When I posed this question to fellow bloggers, Sara noted the benefits from reading the coverage in a range of papers to get different perspectives on debate.
I think it’s a really important point – there’s never one side to an argument but sometimes with how news is presented (alas, particularly from the internet) it can feel more black and white than it really is. Reading multiple papers can give you new perspective, and forces you to critically evaluate your own viewpoint.
On a personal level I used to debate at Uni – it taught me there are real benefits to taking the time to understand why someone might not agree with you, and I’ve felt a variety of benefits from that.
MoneySavingExpert (from Katie at The Twenty Percent)
Martin Lewis was always going to sneak onto this list wasn’t he! The original “go-to finance help guide” this site is still an absolute treasure trove when you want to find out some information on deals quickly.
I’m sure many others who started finance blogs started were inspired by Martin’s work – it’s still something I know I consistently read on a weekly basis. I’ve appreciated the fact that he’s also campaigned on a number of financial issues I feel are important as well!
The HMRC Website and Guidance (From Emma at Bee Money Savvy)
Whilst admittedly probably the driest bit of reading (sorry HMRC, but you know it’s true) on our list today, it’s one I felt the benefits of myself on filling out my tax return at the weekend!
Tax returns can sometimes not exactly be the most intuitive things in the world, even to those who consider themselves financially experienced. However there is a lot of useful guidance on the HMRC website as to what something actually means and clarify your questions. If you’re filling out returns as as you’re self employed or a small business owner, the notes can be essential reading.
The Money Diaries feature at Refinery29 (from Collette at Cashback Collette)
I hadn’t come across this before, but Refinery 29 hosts a weekly money diaries feature. This tracks a variety of people on a range of difference salaries to see how they’save, spend and invest their money.
I’m not usually a fan of money diary type posts (I usually find them a bit dry to be honest) but I really enjoyed reading a few of these as they’re quite detailed in terms of people’s financial approaches and varied. I had read a similar thing BBC has been doing a similar thing called “My Money” and thought this was considerably superior.
The UKPersonalFinance Sub-Reddit (from here at the Wilderness)
I only used to drop into Reddit occasionally, but I’ve started getting involved with the /UKPersonalFinance subreddit recently. It’s a great opportunity for people to ask questions on financial issues that are bothering them.
Now there’s a good deal of fairly standard “what’s the best, what should I do” type questions, but there’s also been some really interesting scenarios that are new to me and I’ve been able to learn from. If you’re interested in learning about some more unusual investment scenarios or have a question on your own investments it’s a great place to get a range of viewpoints.
(And don’t forget you can always Contact Us at the Wilderness with any questions as well).
Tim Hale’s “Smarter Investing” (from Jennifer at Monthelia)
Funnily enough, this is a book that comes up as frequently referenced on the above subreddit, with many having come into investing through it.
I haven’t read this one myself, but I’ve seen multiple sources that this book is an excellent and clear guide on how to start investing sensibly, and come up with some good early plans for those newer to the market!
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay (from Emma at Sunshine and Rain)
Dave Ramsay is the other name that comes up frequently as the way people found an interest in learning to manage their finances! Emma notes that “for me, Dave Ramsay was a big wake up call and a really helpful guide. I also followed his Youtube channel for a while to help me get my head around finances, out of debt and into far better habits with spending and saving!”
The Financial Times ETF Hub (from Hannah at Koody)
For those investing in Exchange Traded Funded, Hannah finds the FT’s ETF’s hub as one of the best resources on the market. It provides opportunities to filter and identify particular type, product classes and classifications of ETF’s you might be interested in, and compare and contrast them easily.
Money by Rob Moore (from Fiona at MissPennyMoney)
Per Fiona: “It completely shakes up your perception and beliefs about money, and it’s in a really easy to read format – perfect for people who don’t get the financial jargon you get in other publications”.
Analyst reports from SumZero (from Kyle at Financial Wolves)
This one is for the more experiences investor, as SumZero is actually a closed community designed for those who are professional analysts to share experience and knowledge (and retail investors would largely expect to get rejected).
If you do qualify however, what’s contained within is a raft of research from those at the top of their field – Kyle uses this to guide is own investment decisions.
Do you have another good read?
Then let us know – I’m keen to keep this page a living document and if I like it and think it’s good I’ll happy put it in.
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