When trading stocks, you want to make sure that you are well-informed so you stay ahead of the curve with your investments. Therefore, I want to introduce you to a number of online resources that can help you make better investment decisions by providing you with high-quality news about developments on the stock market. I am part of lemon.markets 🍋, an early stage startup from Berlin, Germany that is working on building a trading API so everyone can create their own brokerage experience at the stock market. Let’s get started!
While this may be true for a lot of areas in life, it is especially important for making investment-decisions. You don’t want to be the guy/gal that buys stocks based on vague assumptions or even is purely uninformed. Instead, you want to do thorough research and then make decisions based on the results of that research.
While there are a lot of ways to achieve a good basis for decision making, in this article we want to focus on online resources that provide you with information about trends and developments in the stock market. This list is nowhere near complete, as there are (tens of?) thousands of available stock market news websites/podcasts/YouTube channels/newsletters. But we still think that they may be a good starting point if you are just starting out in the investment world (and, of course also, when you are already a bit more experienced, more knowledge never hurt anyone 💁♂️).
Let’s start with a few websites that focus on providing you with a good overview of current developments in the market and up-to-date stock price data. Essentially, they all go into a similar direction so we don’t want to bore you with an endless list of providers that do (almost) the same thing. Instead, we are going to introduce three (in our humble opinion) cool options. Check them out and decide for yourself — maybe they are a great option to scrape data from and build an awesome trading strategy out of it?
Yahoo Finance is one of the household names when it comes to access to stock market news (and data). The website comes with a few powerful tools that offer you a holistic “stock market experience”. For example, they have a news section with the most recent developments in the (investing) world, intuitive charts and key figures for important/trending stocks/indices or different Watchlists informing you about top performers Additionally, you have the option to customise your Yahoo experience by linking your brokerage account(s) to conveniently monitor your portfolio(s) in one place.
Market Watch is another interesting alternative in the stock market news section. What we especially like about it is the investing subpage of the website where you can get the most recent headlines, conveniently subdivided by different industries. In fact, we liked it so much that we decided to use it for one of our projects, where we implemented a trading strategy that automatically makes investment decisions based on sentiment scores of news headlines — read the article here!
The great thing about Market Watch is the simple UI that displays tickers and price movements along with their articles, which makes it very easy to follow the news presented on the website (or create an automated trading strategy out of it 😏).
If you ever wanted to know more about a specific investment term, chances are high that you stumbled across Investopedia at some point. The website can be described as the Wikipedia for investing, but the offer does not end there. Actually, Investopedia also offers a lot of additional services like current market news and a whole section on trending stocks/topics. You can also use a simulator to “learn stock trading” with paper money. Investopedia is therefore a great starting point to get familiar with the most important terms/concepts and become more confident over time.
As mentioned above, the list of stock market news website goes on and on, which is why we’ll make a hard limit (yup, it’s possible to make API jokes) here and head over to some alternative formats. However, feel free to also check out some of the other popular websites like Bloomberg Europe, Financial Times, Seeking Alpha, Benzinga or Google Finance to find the one that suits you best 🙂
While news are great, you sometimes might be looking for something else that allows you to address a different need. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We don’t think there ever was a more literal company name — and what you see is what you get. The Stock News API offers a very simple interface that allows you to extract news on different stocks/equities via their tickers. You can specify your requests by focusing on different topics, extracting video news or determining a corresponding sentiment score. The API is sleek and elegant and allows you to easily integrate stock market news into your trading projects. And who knows, maybe you even have an idea for combining the Stock News API with the lemon.markets API? 😏
Finimize has been in the news in recent weeks because of its acquisition through the Scottish investment company abrdn. Finimize grew rapidly over the last few years and now has ~1 million subscribers to its newsletter. However, what may be even more interesting is the Finimize community that actively discusses all things investing and regularly meets up for specific events. Along with a sleek mobile app that conveniently displays current news in written or audio form (depending on what you prefer), Finimize is the go-to place for many amateur and professional investors. Maybe it’s also exactly the right place for you?
For some of you, it may be too much of a time effort to go looking for relevant information all by yourself. It can be hard to distinguish between news that are actually meaningful and such that are basically not worth talking about. A solution might be to sign up for a newsletter that conveniently sends relevant information directly to your inbox. Luckily, there a number of great options out there that make sure that you are always up-to-date.
Sifted is one of the most important names in the European start-up scene. The media site that is backed by the Financial Times offers valuable insights on all things happening within the (European) entrepreneurial landscape. While their focus is on breaking news on innovative start-up companies, one of their focus areas is FinTech, with important stories and reports on developments being published regularly. Thus, it comes with no surprise that Sifted also offers a convenient newsletter that informs you about the FinTech scene once a week. Even though this is not stock news per se, it can still be a great tool to stay up-to-date with all things FinTech and spot future trends that will help you make better investment decisions.
Say what you will about Robinhood, but they brought investing at the stock market to the masses with their easy-to-use and modern mobile application. Although the public opinion about the company has massively decreased in the course of the r/wallstreetbets affair (if you need a reminder, read here) and their different ways of making money has sparked criticism from different sides, it is still the #1 option for many (American) people. Besides their main product, the mobile app, Robinhood also offers a number of additional services. One of them is Robinhood Snacks, a daily newsletter that, if we believe Robinhood, takes only 3 minutes to read. Sounds like a minimum effort for staying ahead of the curve, doesn’t it?
It seems almost illegal to create a list of online resources without including a number of podcasts. Therefore, we won’t even try. In recent years, podcasts have rapidly found their way into mass consumption. And for a reason: you can listen to them while you take the subway to work, wash your dishes at night or drink your morning coffee. We identified three examples which we think will bring value to you.
Ohne Aktien wird schwer from OMR and TradeRepublic
This is a podcast for the German-speaking users. OMR, a leading platform for online marketing hosts a daily (well, Mon-Fri) podcast concerned with delivering up-to-date stock news. The podcast is supported by Trade Republic, a neo-broker from Berlin that recently closed a large financing round valuating the company at around $5 billion dollars. The ~10 minute long episodes give you a condensed overview each morning, which is why it is a perfect way to start your day.
Odd Lots, the in-house podcast by media company Bloomberg, is run by Joe Weisenthal, a news director covering all topics concerned with the stock market and Tracy Alloway, an executive editor for Bloomberg Markets who, prior to her work at Bloomberg, used to work as a financial correspondent for the Financial Times. The podcast, which is released twice a week, covers all financial topics and newest developments at the stock market.
There is a reason why Investopedia makes our list twice. While the website itself already offers great value the Investopedia service is extended by a great podcast: The Investopedia Express. Hosted by Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief of Investopedia, sheds a weekly light on all important stories in finance and global economics. A great thing about this podcast are the frequent guests, with which Silver sits down to analyse developments or share insights. Highly recommended.
This concludes our list of online resources for high-quality stock market news. We hope you could find an option that suits your needs. In the end, there are different preferences regarding consumption of content, which is why it is important (and great) that there are so many different alternatives out there.
Do you think there is something missing on our list? Let us know in the comments. Otherwise we are looking forward to welcoming you to lemon.markets, where you can put all your newly-gained knowledge into action and create your own brokerage experience at the stock market. We are really excited to see what you are building with us.
See you there 🍋