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How to Teach Yourself about Finance

EDUCATION How to Teach Yourself about Finance

The finance industry can be confusing and puzzling at times.  It is very similar to the political world too, in that it affects everybody, yet very few people actually take the time to get to know more about it or understand how it influences their way of life.

One of the most notable things about the finance industry is that you don’t need to be an expert to learn about the ins and outs of it. Here’s how you can learn all you need to know, whether you just want to keep up with the latest news or you’re looking for advice related to a service or product you are planning to buy.

Ways To Learn More About The Finance Industry:

Find Top News Websites

One of the easiest things to do is to discover the most notable websites for financial news, such as moneyweb.co.za or Fin24.com, and keep up with them as much as you can.

Business Week articles are also a great means of keeping up to date with where to invest, in the financial products and services industry. You’ll find yourself growing your personal knowledge of the finance industry in no time.

You can also follow some of the best finance people on twitter, to gain more insight as to what is going on in the finance industry on a global scale.

If you use an RSS reader make sure you’re subscribed to these websites so you can get the best news delivered to you as it happens without fail.

Get Social

Those of you who might be a little old fashioned might rail at this suggestion, but social media is a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the finance industry. Whether you follow finance news outlets like BDLive for all the latest news, developments, and opinion, you’ll also get the opportunity to connect with others who are looking to build their knowledge of the financial services industry or even just make new friends.

Remember that social media doesn’t always refer to sites like Twitter and Facebook. Sites like Issuu and Quora are also great for keeping up to date with what’s happening in the financssse world and are also good sites for connecting with others.

Buy Digital Books

In the modern world books have become unfashionable. However, you don’t need to read a physical book, you can simply download it onto your Kindle or another mobile device to read at your leisure. The great thing about books is that they go into much more depth than online articles and social media, and are often written in a way that are a lot more engaging and easier to understand.

Admittedly, they’re not as short and sharp as you might like, but if you want to learn about a particular author's point of view you’re going to learn a lot more in 400 pages than you are over 400 words. Books that have been published in conjunction with a news outlet like the Financial Times are often the best ones to target.

Your opportunities for learning about the financial industry are immense, whether you simply want to know more or are looking to get involved with it yourself in some way. Make the most of the opportunities available and gain the perspective you want.

 

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