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Economic News

The Economist

August 16, 2014

Price: $160/year

At a Glance:

  • Limited number of articles can be viewed each month without subscribing
  • Economic commentary and analysis wrapped in the writing style of a more mainstream paper
  • Coverage is broad
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The Economist is considered one of the best when it comes to news and analysis of economics. It provides analysis and commentary covering the world and making complicated issues understandable. The writing is straightforward and comes with a tongue-in-cheek attitude that livens up any topic. While it discusses and analyzes plenty of economics, the site also discusses politics, technology and culture to keep its readers well-rounded. The Economist comments on major data releases but also covers broader issues that ultimately touch upon economics.

Why would The Economist be useful for you, the individual investor? It informs you about the world and makes it easy to connect with current issues that have economic and financial consequences. In a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent, any investor who hopes to achieve success in the markets needs to understand that issues at home and half a world away can both impact your portfolio. The Economist provides the information to understand the “why.”

In-depth coverage is provided on a wide variety of issues that relate to the economy. Recent articles covered topics such as climate change, how America has lost its ‘oomph’ and what effects Chinese rebalancing will have on the rest of the world. There is also a convenient Economics A to Z section that defines every economics term imaginable in case you need clarification. The markets and data section provides a lot of data in beautiful graphic form. The information may or may not be relevant to your investment pursuits, but it will always be interesting. Everything done in a subtle, yet pointed style that is typical of The Economist.

Registered visitors to the website are allowed to read a limited number of articles each month without subscribing. A variety of payment plans are offered to make it appealing to readers. A two-year plan costs $279, a one-year plan costs $160 and there is a 12-week option for $45. The Economist also offers a variety of apps that you can use with your subscription.

Link: The Economist

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