My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at how to build a personal online research team.

The print version had the full headline How to build your own financial dream team, while the online version when with Curate your personal investment resources.

The goal here is to take advantage of the huge amount of investment news and resources without getting overwhelmed.

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“Our goals here are threefold: First, to help you sift through the daily fire hose of information that seems to overwhelm so many investors; second, showing you how to filter out that which is unhelpful (or even worse, money-losing); and third, to create an efficient process that allows you to become more informed about finance.

You can cherry-pick some of the best techniques and shortcuts I have learned over the years. These will allow you to spend less than 15 minutes a day sifting through lots of material, then selecting only the most important and interesting items to read. My daily commute allows me almost 90 minutes of pleasurable, uninterrupted reading time of some of the smartest and most interesting writing in the English-speaking world. (See this for a flavor of my routine.)”

I suspect there are lots of shortcuts and tips that will find helpful in today’s column.



Curate your personal investment resources
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, June 15 2014    http://wapo.st/SL5r5U

Category: Apprenticed Investor

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4 Responses to “Curate Your Personal Investment Resources”

  1. Todd in SM says:

    Thanks a TON, Barry. This is huge, and helps on a project I am working.

    Incredibly nice of you to share these techniques.

  2. boveri says:

    The daily Big Picture provides a well-filtered assortment of worthy and readable reads that I haven’t seen matched elsewhere.

  3. Jim says:

    One tip I share with clients is when they get the big worry articles forwarded from their friends is to do something similar to a snopes.com test and that is to see what other articles the author has written. If every one is a doom and gloom scenario then they can safely ignore it and the author.

  4. intlacct says:


    I meant to compliment you on the recent collections you have provided. Both in variety and quality – just excellent. There were so many but a couple that stood out were the Jim Carrey commencement, the long Q&A with the Buzz Feed and HuffPost gentleman (Jonah Perretti – sp?), and others whose focus escapes me now.

    I would strongly encourage anyone interested in successful investing to read the books under the home study course at http://www.efficientfrontier.com. I had a luxurious life at one point and would spend a month or two in a very remote area with nothing but time and these books (and the kids, of course). By really absorbing Global Asset Allocation by Ibbotson and Brinson and Devil Take the Hindmost by CHancellor and of course Common Sense on Mutual Funds by Bogle, and others, investors would be doing themselves the biggest favor.

    By focusing on general approaches, what works longer term, what the research says (and take everyone’s opinion with a grain of salt, the daily noise recedes.

    My $0.02.