Creating wealth through investing requires a sound strategy but if you’re not a Wall Street pro, you likely rely on experts for guidance. A financial advisor or wealth manager can provide you with advice on increasing your net worth but their counsel comes at a price. The Internet, however, can be a treasure trove of information if you know where to look.
RealtyShares has rounded up more than a dozen personal finance blogs that belong on the required reading list of any investor who’s serious about building sustainable wealth. These blogs are authored by industry experts and average Joes who share a common goal: to teach their readers how to potentially grow their asset base through sound investment decisions.
We’ve profiled them here, in no particular order. Whether you have $100,000 or $1 million to invest, these blogs can help steer you towards the right course. Keep in mind that investing always has risks and past performance is not indicative of future results.
A Wealth of Common Sense
CFA Ben Carlson is the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management but he pulls double duty as the voice behind A Wealth of Common Sense. On the blog, he takes a “less is more” approach in guiding his followers through the intricacies of investing and wealth management.
His expertise in managing both institutional and individual investor portfolios serves him well and his insightful posts reflect that insider perspective. He uses real-life examples to make even the most complex topic instantly relatable for any investor.
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Good Financial Cents
Jeff Rose is a Certified Financial Planner who believes that finance doesn’t have to be complicated. His blog, Good Financial Cents, serves up a steady diet of actionable posts for readers who have a voracious appetite for improving their bottom line.
The blog details Rose’s own experiences with real estate investing and peer-to-peer lending investments and he also includes case studies drawn from his own client base. Regardless of where you’re starting from, Good Financial Cents provides a clear roadmap to the same potential destination: a solid foundation of wealth.
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The White Coat Investor
As the name suggests, The White Coat Investor blog is geared towards physicians, particularly those who are aiming to create wealth while managing their student loan burdens. Jim Dahle, a full-time, board-certified emergency physician himself, launched The White Coat Investor after an experience with a fee-based financial advisor taught him that he had a lot to learn about finance.
Now, Dahle coaches his readers on the difference between earning a high income and being wealthy and why physicians in particular shouldn’t shy away from taking control of their investments. His ultimate goal? To help those who wear a white coat to get a fair shake from Wall Street.
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The Chicago Financial Planner
As a fee-only financial advisor, Roger Wohlner knows how important it is to offer investment advice that fits a client’s needs, versus trying to sell them on fee-loaded products. The Chicago Financial Planner is where he channels his knowledge into informative, highly readable posts on financial planning and retirement.
Wohlner covers a wide swath of ground on the blog, from demystifying investment fees to analyzing trends in the market. His times are designed to spark a conversation and inspire deeper thought on what it means to be a successful investor.
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Sam Dogen is a finance industry veteran who spent more than a decade working on Wall Street. He started Financial Samurai in 2009 as a way to make sense of the financial chaos that was happening across the country and in his own backyard.
His blog educates readers on how to slice through money’s mysteries so they can break through to the next level. If your financial goals center on early retirement or becoming an entrepreneur, this blog offers a complete play-by-play on how to work towards hitting your target.
Retire By 40
Joe Udo isn’t a finance professional; in fact, he worked as a computer engineer until burn out forced him to consider a different career option. His desire to retire two decades ahead of schedule lead to the creation of the Retire By 40 blog.
That’s where he discusses the different strategies he employs for creating passive income streams in order to move closer to his goal of early retirement. We recommend this blog to investors who have an interest in using dividends, peer-to-peer lending and real estate as tools for wealth creation.
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Investor Junkie is the brainchild of Larry Ludwig, a self-taught personal finance expert. His site is aimed at helping readers become better investors by leveraging their investments strategically in order to potentially make more money.
Stocks are always a hot topic on the blog but Ludwig and his team of contributors also cover alternative investments, including real estate crowdfunding. (Check out his recent write-up of our platform here.) You’ll also find a library of articles dedicated to navigating the entrepreneurial path.
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My Money Blog
After leaving graduate school and joining the 9 to 5 grind, Jonathan Ping decided there must be something more than just working until age 65. He began detailing the ins and outs of his personal finances on the My Money Blog as a hobby and it’s now become his full-time occupation.
The blog is a mash-up of reviews, market insight and progress updates on Ping’s own investments, including a foray into real estate crowdfunding. My Money Blog is a natural choice for any investor who’s got early retirement in their sights.
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Mr. Money Mustache
Mr. Money Mustache is a 30-something retiree who’s built a cult following of readers who want to learn how to invest smarter so they can ditch their day jobs sooner. His blog attracts a younger crowd but there’s plenty to learn here, regardless of what stage of retirement planning you’re in.
Smart investments are the secret to Mr. Money Mustache’s success and that’s just one of the things he covers on the site. If you’re already working on growing your wealth but you’re not sure what to do with it, this blog is a great place to learn the ropes.
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Todd Tresidder is a financial coach, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire who was able to retire at the ripe old age of 35. His blog, Financial Mentor, advocates personal development and fulfillment through the pursuit of financial freedom.
Tresidder offers his readers a step-by-step blueprint for building wealth that actually works. Each post is packed with practical, useful information that can help you become a more sophisticated investor as you chart a course towards financial independence.
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Freedom Thirty-Five Blog
The Freedom 35 Blog is offered by a financially-savvy Canadian millennial who goes by the name of Liquid Independence. Even though he still considers himself to be a beginner, he’s already made some impressive gains through investments in stock, farmland and real estate.
While some of the posts are specific to Canada-based investors, this blog is a great read for 20- and 30-somethings who are trying to balance student loan debt against their long-term financial goals.
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The Mad Fientist
The Mad Fientist is all about the science of financial independence and it’s chock full of solid advice on getting ahead. Aside from interviews with other top PF bloggers like the previously mentioned Todd Tressider and Mr. Money Mustache, the blog also features highly entertaining posts on everything from frugality to becoming an astronaut.
As if that wasn’t enough, readers can also sign up for free access to the FI Laboratory. That’s where you can track your progress as you pursue your long-term financial goals.
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The College Investor
Robert Farrington is a millennial money expert and he’s also the founder of The College Investor. He has a serious passion for finance and he started the blog to help millennials overcome what he perceives as the number one obstacle to wealth—student loans.
His solution? Building multiple income streams through investing and entrepreneurship. He and his blogging team take a deep dive into subjects like land investments, side hustles and residual income.
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Paula Pant is someone who firmly believes in taking control of your money and your life and she’s no stranger to our best blog round-ups. Her blog, Afford Anything, is largely geared towards real estate investors but we thought it deserving of another mention here.
This is the place to go if you need a primer on buying and managing a rental property or creating passive income. Paula built her own real estate empire from the ground up and she can teach you to do the same so you can live the good life without being tied to a time clock.
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Is there a personal finance blog you’d recommend for wealth-focused investors? Leave us a comment and tell us why it belongs on our list.