Blogs and Web Sites you may want to follow
The following is a list of blogs and websites that CrisisMaven has followed and observed over the last few months and that readers may want to check out from time to time.
Note: neither the sequence of how the blogs are listed here nor any comments by CrisisMaven are an endorsement nor criticism of any particular blog. It is for you, the reader, to establish whether or not they are of interest to you and how and how much each may help you gain insights or form an opinion.
Many of the blogs mentioned are actually in rather direct opposition to views CrisisMaven holds but for that reason you should consider reading since it not only helps clarify one’s own position but equally with each postulate we believe we can refute it strengthens our own position or if not, leads to an even deeper understanding of the matter.
So the way these blogs are lined up here is deliberately chosen as to not lead to second-guessing at what is (more) recommended reading or not – if they’re listed anywhere in this post they’re worthwhile visiting at least once and not to come away with intellectual loss, so to speak. While many just comment current or past events, often from an unusual angle, some of those even give insights you will not find in traditional news outlets, or if, then months later when the news has been corroborated, is already common knowledge or the opinion has become almost mainstream. Some are on CrisisMaven’s blog roll, others are not, again – blog roll policy is guided by other criteria than what drives inclusion in this particular post.
Thanks to “Financial Armageddon” I found Gongol.com’s “EconDirectory – Annotated directory of business and economics weblogs”. This lists over 150 weblogs and sites that deal with economics – worth a visit if you want to see who’s most fashionable (and they don’t get their visits for nothing – in the competitive sphere of the Internet it’s good content, nothing else, that attracts visitors)!
Please check out also our satire section towards the end of this post (any suggestions? please leave acomment!).
List of Blogs and Web Sites
MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis by “Mike Shedlock (Mish) … a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management”.
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden (a pseudonym) and a host of others, often in investigative journalism mode.
The Automatic Earth – always good for a fresh take on old debates, like the deflation/inflation conundrum.
ducati998 who has spent time writing ripostes to my take on deflationary vs. inflationary effects of defaults etc.
The Volokh Conspiracy … “… is a group blog. Most … are law professors.” writing about all and sundry and often fresh takes on the economy. Like at Zero Hedge, often readers’ comments are as worthy of reading as the articles.
The ReadWriteWeb – not only economics but just about everything, always noteworthy.
The Curious Capitalist – Commentary on the economy, the markets, and business – TIME magazine’s (CNN) economics blog.
“Analyse + Aktion” – despite its strange web site domain an interesting blog on politics and economics, mostly in German.
Financial Armageddon “Insights on debt, derivatives, government guarantees, the retirement system and the coming economic unravelling”. They’ve now featured this article and listed a few of the blogs and sites mentioned above and below, in a post titled “Media Appearance…and Other Items of Interest” but they’ve also provided a list from Gongol.com’s latest EconDirectory listing the top 15 economics blogs, Financial Armageddon having risen now to position 12. Not all of the 15 busiest sites are yet listed here (might after I’ve studied the ones I haven’t covered), so go visit.
Brad DeLong – “Grasping Reality with Our Minions, Our Machines, and Our Mental Powers – The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist J. Bradford DeLong: Fair, Balanced, Reality-Based, and Mulish, Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley”
Lupo Cattivo (“the bad wolf”) and its successor site lupo cattivo – gegen die Weltherrschaft – Nachrichten-Hintergründe-Informationen intriguingly in English, German, Italian and French and thus sometimes unusual takes on historical perspectives.
The Baseline Scenario – CrisisMaven begs to often differ, but they always cover their ground at least thoroughly.
Samizdata.net’s blog – often interesting posts with even more interesting links to subjects from climate to the economy to politics to history.
information aesthetics – Where form follows data always worth a visit if you want to be up to date in data visualisation of economic, financial, historical and political data or events!
And in a similar vein Gaertner’s Blog – Die Weltwirtschaft vom Pazifik aus, mostly German, with links to very good charts and graphs on current events; see also his slideshare presence “GapaNews” with tons of graphs on economcis and trends.
EvilSpeculator “bent on market domination” – ” … dedicated to identifying trends in the financial markets” and often has interesting articles that go beyond investing.
EUobserver Blogs – if you want to follow the European Union and not get mired in its hundreds of thousands of pages issued each year (what better way to hide calamity than in stacks of paper no one will ever read), then often this blog will point out critical developments that you might have otherwise missed.
Money and Markets – “With over 500,000 active readers, Weiss Research is one of the most widely read investment newsletter publishers in the U.S.”. They have time and again warned, like few others, of developments that later came true exactly as predicted.
TaxProf Blog – A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network – now, this choice may surprise you and only accidentally did CrisisMaven find it but it often has articles that show how government’s and lawmakers’ (or the judiciary’s) decisions influence economic or financial decisions. So, as they often recommend when speaking about portfolios, it’s a good admixture.
TIMESONLINE “David Finkelstein’s rolling guide to opinion on the web” – mostly centered on the United Kingdom.
BlindReason “Current events, policy, technology, venture capital and anything else of daily interest” – a bit in a league with Financial Armageddon, MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis, Zero Hedge and the like.
Decoding Wall Street – while often just content with giving investment advice and opinion, you often find background commentary as well.
Uncommon Wisdom – as the name says.
The Big Picture – “written by and for investment professionals, as well as anyone else interested in investing, markets, and the economy. We key in on what you should — and more importantly, what you should not — do with your money. … been writing about these topics for ~15 years, and blogging since 2003. … one of the best reviewed finance blogs on the web.” CrisisMaven has yet to get there .
Business Insider – many an interesting story each day, several subsections.
billy blog … alternative economic thinking – indeed, so far, and probably forever, the prize goes to Billy for economic views most contradicting those of CrisisMaven! And therefore a must-read.
Krugman-in-Wonderland – “Analysis and criticism of America’s most prominent public intellectual and champion of Keynesian economics. I am part of the Austrian School of Economics, and I critique Krugman’s writings from that perspective” by Prof. William L. Anderson who teaches “economics at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland”.
Ludwig von Mises Institute – bulwark of Austrian Economics, but no matter how you think about the Austrians, check out their rich e-Book and media library! They have a handy concise collection of market data and run a blog.
EconomyInCrisis.org “The website and news blog for Concerned Citizens, an organization dedicated to educating legislators and the American public in regards to the destruction of our country’s industrial base, the impact on national and economic security, and the effect on our standard of living. We publish critical but overlooked facts and figures, keeping our readers up-to-date with daily articles regarding the U.S. economy.”
ECONLOG “Arnold Kling, Bryan Caplan, and David Henderson blog on issues and insights in economics.” (At the Library of Economics and Liberty “… dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought.”
Angry Bear “Slightly left of center economic commentary on news, politics, and the economy …” – often commenting on today’s economic news in the US.
Early Warning – on “Risks to Global Civilization” – this deals with broader issues than just economics.
Planet Yelnick – Commentary on politics, technology and stock markets guided by Elliott Wave principles – a quote from its About says it all: “On Cheer’s, Cliff Claven said ‘If you go back in history and take every president, you’ll find that the numerical value of each letter in their last name was equally divisible into the year in which they were elected. By my calculation, our next president has to be named Yelnick McWawa.’ Yelnick stands as a reminder that all forecasters will eventually be hoist by their own petard.”
Al Fin – “Priceless treasure guide disguised as the confused ramblings of a misanthropic iconoclast. The next level is not for the timid, not for the easily discouraged.”
EURO-MED.DK – Euromediterranien – Euromediterranean – a blog in Danish, English and German by Anders Bruun Laursen.
The Coming Economic Depression – “Professional researcher. … research[ing] info for 10-15 hours a day. Sometimes 7 days a week … try hard to find info that is not mainstream news.”
Economist’s View – apart from comment, often carries interesting link lists.
Mostly Economics – “Mostly on research work in Economics and Financial System with focus on India”.
Open Mind – get a second view on statistics and other subjects.
Floatingsheep “If we can float a sheep, we can do anything.” – Like infosthetics very good articles on data visualisation in time and space,
Fabius Maximus – “The post-WWII geopolitical and financial regimes are ending. The era of cheap energy is ending. And none can foretell what comes next.” – Also with a good “newswire” collection of articles.
Gates of Vienna – out of the ordinary comment and news feeds.
Coordination Problem – another dissenter in economics and otherwise.
EconompicData – “Darn Nice Economic Eye Candy” – another good site about economic data visualisation.
MotherJones – “Smart, fearless journalism” that and the Huffington Post are places to visit at least from time to time.
The Huffington Post – “The Internet Newspaper: News Blogs Video Community”
IntelliBriefs – “… bring you Intelligence briefs on Geopolitics, Security and Intelligence from around the world. …”
Bubble Meter – “A housing bubble blog dedicated to tracking the continuing decline of the housing bubble throughout the USA. It is a long and slow decline. …”
The Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter does what it says – keeping track of mortgage banks gone bust since the crisis began and reporting daily on the “progress” made in this respect; includes a forum as well.
So, once more: sequence and detail in mentioning is not meant as an endorsement, critique or qualification of any sort – that’s for each reader’s tastes to decide, but if it’s mentioned here CrsisMaven found it worthwhile reading at times. And apologies to all I have failed to remember – when I do they will be included, as well as newly found sources by and by.
Of course, modesty demands to list last those blogs where CrisisMaven has been invited to post as a guest.
Humour and satire
If you feel it’s time to take economics and capitalism (or other fearfully successful competing systems) with a grain of salt, then check out the following resources (without limit or warranty on the side of CrisisMaven, including ruptures to your diaphragm):
The People’s Cube “the best source of korrekt opinion and all sorts progressive” (no, you’re wrong, that’s not a typo, check your spelling!)
CrisisMaven with his temper worthy of a dead Spaniard now challenges you to find examples that can surpass this feat and then leave a comment.
If you have other sources to share, and don’t be too shy to promote your own blog, as long as it is dealing with subjects such as finance, economics and the history of or current events in the economy at large or politics that bear upon it, please add a comment (comments are moderated but not censored if, within reason, they are relevant).
(See statistical material in our References section!)