Best Personal Finance And Investment Magazines

Fundamental resources for a self-directed investor

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The finance magazines listed here provide sound financial education. Commercial Eye / Stone / GettyImages

Because there are so many finance magazines on the market, selecting the right ones to read regularly may seem daunting. I have compiled a short list that will get you headed in the right direction on your path to mastering the basics of investing and personal finance. Spend a few hours per month and you'll pick up knowledge at a fast pace.

My personal preference: if I had time to read only one personal finance magazine my top pick would be one of Kiplinger's publications.

But don't take my word for it. Browse through the selection below and find one that fits your reading style.

Best finance magazines that cover personal finance

Kiplinger

I think Kiplinger offers some of the best practical, no-nonsense and objective personal financial advice you can find. For example, they pick their top 25 mutual funds every year, and at the end of the year they objectively compare their picks to an equivalent portfolio of index funds and publish the results, which often show that the index funds outperform. Kiplinger offers monthly magazine subscriptions broken into specific topics as well as the Kiplinger Letter and the Kiplinger Tax Letter which come out weekly. They also have the Kiplinger Retirement Report.

Money Magazine

This monthly publication does a fantastic job of profiling real people and the financial steps they can take. They offer solid advice for all income levels.

But when they start talking about the "5 Funds to Own Now" or other such commercialized headlines, just roll your eyes and flip the page. The financial planning industry has a saying for those types of headlines; we call them investment pornography.

Best finance magazines covering investment topics

Investor's Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily is a finance magazine for the serious investor. It's a well respected publication that offers market and stock analysis for those who want to pick and choose their own stocks and bonds. I've never personally subscribed, but I've always heard great things about this publication.

Wall Street Journal

All it takes to keep your finger on the pulse of what's going on in Corporate America is a quick read of the front cover of the Wall Street Journal each morning.

Best news magazines that cover finance, business, markets and the economy

The Economist

Although not a dedicated finance magazine, this is one of my all time favorite publications. I find the articles help me gain perspective on what is going on here in the United States by framing things in a more global context. The Economist describes itself as an "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion." This one is a must read.

US News & World Report

Although US News & World Report is not a finance magazine, it has an excellent money section that is sure to give you insight into the latest market and economic events. The pulse of what's going on is usually summarized nicely.

New York Times

The New York Times has an outstanding reputation for quality journalism. Rather than sensation, you'll get a thoughtful analysis of current issues.

Business Week

Business Week, a weekly publication, is going to give you insight into business and management trends across the globe.

Of course there are many, many more financial magazines on the market. You don't need to read them all - a sampling of the ones above and you'll get all the financial news and education you'll need.

For those near retirement I'd also check out my top ten retirement blogs, which all offer great coverage of age 55+ related topics.