Best of Banking Blogs

There are a ton of blogs out there, and sometimes it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially when we’re talking about finance and investment banking blogs. I’ve done my best to assemble here the best of the internet: a blend of news and humor, insightful commentary and satire. There is definitely something for everyone, and plenty of sources for intra-office link sharing.

  • DealBreaker – Set this one as your homepage. Updated between 5 and 10 times daily, DealBreaker brings you the real news with hilarious commentary. A perfect blend of humor and fact.
  • The Leveraged Sellout – Written anonymously, this blog is a scathing, sarcastic critique of the Wall Street culture and the people who exemplify it. A favorite around the office.
  • Banker’s Ball – Another New York lifestyle blog written for the banking audience. Occasionally runs some great articles, but only updated once a week or so.
  • iBanking Oasis – More of a forum and less of a blog, the homepage stories are selected daily from threads started by visitors. The discussions are enlightening, but often laced with a bit too much machismo. Still a great resource.
  • The All Nighter – A satirical look at investment banking from a junior perspective. Funny articles that any I-Banker can relate to.
  • Under the Counter – This blog focuses on the people that run Wall Street and make tons more money than I ever will. Also sometimes strays to macroeconomic topics.
  • Going Private – The tagline says it best: “The sardonic memoirs of a private equity professional”. This blog covers all things PE, with the occasional extremely insightful post on industry trends and our perceptions of the market.
  • Living the Dream – Another humorous take on Investment Banking, unfortunately less frequently updated than some of the others on this list. The post on the 5 stages of banking is a classic.
  • An Investment Banker’s Take on Life – I became a fan of this one after the author ran a series of five posts detailing the history of investment banking, starting even before John Pierpont Morgan’s arrival in New York City in 1857. He’s now begun a similar series on Private Equity that is equally interesting.
  • The Stalwart – This one reads like an online version of the Journal or The Economist, though slightly less formal. Some interesting articles, and not always centered on business.
  • Trader Mike – The list wouldn’t be complete without a trading blog. Not much humor here, just an interesting look at the market as well as individual stocks. Also gets into some trading strategy, and is definitely not too complex for a beginner. A solid, educational read for those wanting to learn about trading.

That’s all I have for now, I hope I’ve been able to add a few links to your bookmarks/RSS readers. Now you tell me: Have I missed any? Share your own favorite links in the comments.

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  • This list was what I was looking for – alas I think it is now out of date – any chance of updating?

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  •  Wow – i know it’s an old post but i’ve been through the list and most of them have now dissapeared. Considering the date of the post and the following banking apocolypse i would guess there are a few intersting stories as to where the authors got to….. time for an update?

Bill D'Alessandro