If you're looking to getting started investing or perhaps you've already traded your first few shares, you'll need a good source of information from a variety of sources. Below are some of the better resources for investors all over the world.
Bloomberg – Started by current New York-city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the company offers not only news services but the renowned Bloomberg Terminal which is a specially constructed computer hooked up directly to the Boomberg mainframe via DSL or better. An expensive product itself you don't need it if you want to take matters into your own hands. The news services are excellent and cover much, if not all, of the world news.
Yahoo! - Second to Bloomberg is Yahoo! Which provides news and investing advice in addition to analysis and expert opinions. It's stock screener is useful and comprehensive and covers much of the world.
Finviz – Forget about tracking RSS feeds on your own, Finviz has made it simple to keep track of some of the better stock market news outlets based in America. Covering Yahoo! Bloomberg and others, the feed aggregator is extremely useful. Not only that, Finviz offers a great stock screener and constantly tracks the latest insider purchases and sales. There's almost too much information here so be sure to clear your brain by doing your own thinking!
Wall Street Journal – Said to be the paper of Wall Street, the WSJ is what just about everybody reads who wishes to be informed on anything and everything to do with the markets. Comprehensive coverage of the goings on along Wall Street, the paper has an exclusive hold on business matters in New York.
The Financial Times – London's financial paper reports mainly about happenings in England and Europe but, like many news outlets these days, incorporates world wide news from South America to Africa to Asia.
Marketwatch – One of the best online stock market websites out there complete with commentary from many of the experts in the field offering competing views, which enables you to make your own decisions.
The Economist – Simply one of the best and most global news magazines out there that covers everything from politics to the arts. Provides detailed information and critical essays on happenings around the world. They also release special reports for sale which focus on certain topics, countries or regions.
Newsletters – There is no better way to learn how to think than from those who have been doing it for years. Stock market newsletters can be a huge boon to the investor and can take much out of the confusion. Some newsletters are free and then offer separate paid services while others will cost a few hundred dollars or more for their information. Sites to check out include Marc Faber, Zeal, The Gartman Letter (with a free trial), and The Daily Reckoning.
TV – Probably the most commonly used medium for business information, there are numerous news outlets that provide everything from breaking news to in depth special Reports. For world reports and specials, try Bloomberg, for America-specific, try MSNBC, for Canada try the Business News Network.
Podcasts - A more modern approach to investing and analysis of the markets includes podcasts recorded by individuals all over the world. Many of the major news outlets have podcasts, but the more insightful ones are the individual podcasts run by financial managers or analysts who have no allegiance to anybody but themselves. Check out The Discipline Investor podcast or S&A Investor Radio with Frank Curzio.