I will usually quote and link specific sources within the posts themselves wherever possible. This page is intended as a catch-all for my general reading and browsing activities.

Each week I read The Economist, the FT (especially the Saturday edition) and The Week. Articles from here, unless especially interesting, will normally be covered in the weekly round up posts.

Online, I use the following regularly:

  • Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) for news and share data
  • Morningstar
  • Money Week and the rest of the Agora lifestyles newsletters
    (particularly The Right Side)
  • Sharecast / Digital Look share tips (via HL)
  • Investors Chronicle – weekly share tips (via HL), and monthly headlines
  • Crestmont Research publications, particularly their quarterly updates
  • Google Finance UK (share data)
  • I also lurk in many of the finance “sub-reddits” on the Reddit news aggregation site, though a lot of the user-submitted content here must be taken with a pinch of salt. Content is very much of variable quality and not for the faint-hearted.
  • On a similar note, once you are following the right people, Twitter is excellent for news/gossip, but not always to be trusted. Look at my account (@the7circles) to see who I follow.

When I started this blog I wasn’t really aware of the many useful UK personal finance blogs – most of the blogs I followed were in the US. Over the past few months I’ve come across quite a few UK-based sites. When I’ve had a few more months to see which I keep coming back to, I ‘ll put a shortlist here.

I’m also a big fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in general, and in the context of this site, Finance MOOCs in particular. I’ve taken quite a number of them over the last couple of years, but those that have had an impact on the website are:

  1. Managing my Money from the Open University, at FutureLearn
  2. Personal and Family Financial Planning from the University of Florida, at Coursera

These two courses have significantly influenced the structure and content of the “Cash and Debt” category of posts.

I must also mention a series of seminars given by David Stevenson (author of the Adventurous Investor column in the FT) at the SG London offices during 2012 and 2013, in support of the SG Listed Products range.

These lectures gave me the original idea to put together this blog, though it’s taken a while to come to fruition. David no longer gives the seminars in person, though he still works with SG and holds regular webinars.

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