9 Resources That Will Make You Look Smarter About the Economy

Want to get a better understanding of the big picture elements affecting your business and personal finances? Here are nine ways to easily stay informed every day.

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Economic and financial news can sound like gibberish to the uninitiated, filled with jargon, numbers and indicators that can be hard to decipher. Just having a basic understanding of how the economy works is a challenge, but then you need to track its ups and downs and understand all the different elements that can influence it.

Just listen to the economists themselves – they often disagree with each other, even on fundamentals, not to mention temporary market moves. This can make things even more confusing and prevent you from making good decisions for yourself and providing solid information to your customers.

Let these nine resources teach you the basics, keep you informed, and offer perspective on everything from your personal finances to your business operations.

A true classic, Steven Silbiger’s oft-reviewed summary of the information taught at the nation’s most elite business schools gives you a solid overview of financial, legal, marketing, and other essential business principles. It’s a quick and convenient way to familiarize yourself with the factors influencing your business and help you identify blind spots in your planning.

Want to keep up to date with daily news that you can use? Morning Brew arrives straight to your inbox and delivers succinct news about the world and the economy. Simply scan the Brew on your phone for a quick download of information or click on it when you see a particularly interesting story you want to learn more about.

You might be familiar with MarketWatch if you’re an NPR listener, and Barron’s is one of the great bastions of financial and business journalism.

In between, they offer a range of podcasts covering everything from today’s market news to innovative and experimental ideas around money and economics. Find a new favorite or choose from the wide variety of options available in these six podcasts.

Sure, The WSJ is essential reading for financially savvy professionals, but you may find it a little daunting. However, The newspaper offers a wide variety of coverage, from entertainment to sports, as well as commentary from distinguished and engaging columnists.

You’re sure to find something interesting here, and just a quick scan each day will make you feel more caught up in the world of finance.

If you want to delve into the impact of politics, sociology and the environment on the economy, The Economist has been one to watch since its creation in 1843.

Here you will get a broader perspective on the complexities of our changing world and their impact on the economy, both short and long term.

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Want to go back to school and get a basic education in economics without ever setting foot in a classroom? Khan Academy offers AP-level and standard micro- and macro-economics study programs so you can experience a systematic and comprehensive approach to your economic self-education.

University lectures and courses

Want to go even further? Many renowned universities offer lectures and courses that are free and accessible to the public. Access thought leaders and find out what they are saying about Harvard, Yale, Wharton, Stanford and other higher education centers.

Your personal financial advisor

The best way to learn more about how the economy as a whole is affecting you and your business is to contact a financial advisor. They will help you understand the implications of tax policy, inflation and other financial factors on your own portfolio, so you can put your knowledge into practice.

Christy Murdock is a real estate agent, freelance writer, coach and consultant and owner of Writing Real Estate. She is also the creator of the online course Crafting the Property Description: The Step-by-Step Formula for Reluctant Real Estate Writers. Follow Real Estate Writing on TwitterInstagram and YouTube.