If you are into trading, finance, or really anything to do with the financial markets you should be reading Barry Ritholtz regularly. If you like Jazz you should stop by at least weekly. You might be wondering why would I go to a market blog to read about music? Well Barry does an excellent job of blending together his primary interests. If you got to his site you will see that in the header he has six different categories. They are Markets, Economy, Federal Reserve, Housing, Energy, and Digital Media. He uses the digital media category quite liberally covering everything from the Ipod and what it has done for APPL to Friday Night Jazz.
That being said the vast majority of his content is related to the markets. He posts at least once a day but usually 2-3 times. He hails from the trading world and then became a market strategist. These days he runs his own research firm Ritholtz Research and Analytics. The research is good, clean, and easy to read. That talent comes through on his blog. In addition to the blog and the research firm Barry also writes for TheStreet.com.
Here are some samples of his work.
One from today explaining where the SP500 returns have come from SP500
Here is one on The Baltic Dry Index. Have you ever heard of it? Well it is actually useful so read this post and learn about it.
And the the whopper. Here is one of many excellent articles on the housing market and its effects on other industries and sectors Housing Slowdown and its Effects. If you want to know more about housing and the economy Barry is the man. He has a ton of posts related to this and they are well written so that the layman can read it and the professional can profit from it.
As you can tell I like this blog. I have been reading it for a few years now and throughout the trading day I go back to it 1-3 times. Yes, I get it in my RSS reader but guess what? I like reading the whole thing right away with all the charts. Whereas many of my feeds I read the headline and move on I think I read 90% of his posts all the way through. So go and make The Big Picture part of your daily readings. You will become smarter after day 2.