The financial world is dynamic and reverberating. Experts in the field can predict what might happen from day to day and how it might affect national and global markets, but there’s a reason why they call it a forecast: Knowing the price of gold tomorrow is about as reliable as knowing whether or not it’s going to rain. When many people think “finance” they think numbers and algorithms, so you’d expect reading news sources to be as captivating as reading binary code. To me, reading a real-time stock ticker is as exciting as watching a tied playoff game or a summer blockbuster — there are winners and losers and you never know what’s going to happen next!
Financial majors might be required to stay current with what’s happening to fulfill certain course requirements. (When I was in college pursuing my accounting degree, I had a professor that required me to do so, and I require my students to do the same.) Many resist — I did! — and don’t understand the importance of staying on trend. Whether you land a job as a financial advisor, financial analyst, financial consultant or portfolio manager, your knowledge of the ever-evolving financial landscape will set you apart in the eyes of your employer as contemporary, nimble, and essential.
Here are the top three sources I turn to for reliable and, yes, interesting financial news.
The Economist: I love this magazine because it covers not only global financial issues but also how the topic ripples across science, technology, culture, and more.
The Wall Street Journal: I teach 11-week terms, and this iconic newspaper offers a deal of 10 issues for $10 — perfect for even a college student’s budget! My students hate it at the beginning, but by the end of term they’re loving it! I use interesting articles for our weekly online discussion boards. Suddenly students become wrapped up in debating issues such as free college tuition, and the breadth of business and finance starts to come alive.
Mad Money: I always try to catch this provocative TV show hosted by Jim Cramer on CNBC when I can. He discusses emerging stocks, how to value them, and what to look out for. I’ve had the students in my Financial Reporting and Control course compare their work to his recommendations and see who’s right. It’s really fun!
All three rely on industry experts to make the world of finance tangible. If you’re considering a degree in finance, you’ll want to find a program that draws on similar industry experience, equipping you for success in the real world. To read more about the Johnson & Wales University’s online Master of Science in Finance degree, click here.