Advisor Technology | 03/30/2016
The Easiest Way to Keep Up with Financial News
When I first joined the world of finance, I knew I had to stay informed. The markets change daily and it’s important to stay on top of the latest news. Plus, current events are a goldmine for blog ideas.
So I started a collection. I added bookmarks to the top of my Chrome browser for my favorite financial blogs and news sites. Pretty soon, I accumulated enough links that I had to create a folder for them on my toolbar.
That was an okay solution. I would try to remember to visit each site a few times a week, but would sometimes go weeks before hitting some of them again.
You probably have the same problem: keeping up with the latest news doesn’t feel like a “productive” use of your time, so it often takes a backseat to pretty much everything else. As a result, when you do get a little time to catch up with the news, you can’t get to every site that you would like.
That was me every time. I’d get wrapped up in something at the Aleph Blog (like his latest brilliant piece on the election), then I would spend a little time on Radical Personal Finance, and before I knew it, an hour would have passed and I had some pressing matters to get to. Even though I had only gotten through five percent of my planned reading, I had to move on.
Not anymore. I decided to try a news aggregator – specifically Feedly. At Feedly, you can set up “feeds” that will pull the latest articles from as many websites as you want and display them in one place (see screenshot below). Now I can get a quick overview of the latest financial news and zero in on articles of interest in about twenty minutes a day and never feel like I’m falling behind.
A few tips for setting up your feeds:
- Limit each feed to ten websites. If you add too many sites, it’ll be overwhelming.
- Create separate feeds for high-producing sites and low-producing sites. Sites like MarketWatch and Forbes produce so much content that it’s nearly impossible to find content from lower-producing sites like advisor blogs when searching through a feed that mixes the two.
- Get specific. When adding a larger news organization to feeds, narrow your focus. Don’t add CNN. Add CNNMoney or CNN World Business News. That way you can stay focused on the subject at hand without getting distracted by the latest terrible thing Donald Trump said about women.
That’s it. Head on over to Feedly and set up your free account, then tell us about your favorite financial news and blogs so we can make sure we’re following them, too.
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