Objective information about retirement, financial planning and investments


Some Excellent Online Financial Resources


English: Taken from the internet, public teach...

I use social media and the web to interact with financial advisors, financial bloggers and writers and to keep up with the latest financial news.  Here are some excellent online financial resources, including some blogs and websites that I follow.

Websites and Media 

Market Watch is one of the best all around financial sites; I especially like their RetireMentors section which includes a variety of writers on topics useful to retirees and those planning for retirement.  Robert Powell (twitter @RJPIII) provides some great insights on retirement-related topics.

Morningstar is one of the best investing sites and their columnists provide some excellent insights into a variety of topics. I especially enjoy articles from their personal finance guru Christine Benz (twitter @christine_benz), Mark Miller (twitter @RetireRevised) and John Rekenthaler.

Investopedia is an excellent all-around financial website. They offer an almost encyclopedia-like range of definitions on countless financial terms and products. In addition, they offer insights on a wealth of financial, investing and retirement planning topics for both individuals and financial advisors. I have been a frequent Investopedia contributor for the past few years.

Go Banking Rates is a popular website dedicated to providing readers with information about the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as personal finance content and tools. I have contributed a number of articles to the site over the past year.

Financial Bloggers

Financial advisor Jim Blankenship’s (twitter @BlankenshipFP) site Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row is a must read blog for information on topics relating to retirement.  Jim is an expert on Social Security and also provides great information on IRAs, taxes, and a variety of essential financial planning topics.  Jim’s books on Social Security and IRAs are must reads.

Mike Piper’s blog Oblivious Investor does a great job discussing a variety of investing and retirement related topics.  Mike is also a published author on retirement, Social Security and several other topics.

Barbara Freidberg Personal Finance provides a wealth of information on a variety of personal finance and investing topics. Barbara does a great job of sharing her knowledge and experience in these areas with her readers in an easy-to-understand and actionable style.

Investor Junkie is published by long-time investor and entrepreneur Larry Ludwig. This site provides great information about investing, retirement and other related topics. Additionally, they do review of various financial products and service providers. I have contributed a number of articles to this site as well.

Frugal Rules is an excellent personal finance blog offering practical tips on investing, frugality, and a range of useful personal financial topics.

Robert Farrington’s blog The College Investor does a great job of discussing investing and a range of financial topics geared to younger investors.

Financial advisor Russ Thornton (twitter @RussThornton) focuses his practice on women clients and his blog Wealth Care for Women provides sound financial planning tips for women.

The Dollar Stretcher is one of the oldest but still one of the best all-purpose financial blogs out there.  Gary Foreman (twitter @Gary_Foreman) covers the full spectrum of personal financial topics.

The websites and blogs listed above are some of my favorites, but this is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  Are there financial sites or online resources that you would recommend?  Please feel free add to this list by leaving a comment.

Please contact me with any thoughts or suggestions about anything you’ve read here at The Chicago Financial Planner. Don’t miss any future posts, please subscribe via email. Please check out our resources page as well.

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Don't miss another post, subscribe via email

If you enjoyed this article, please enter your email address to receive the latest updates about financial planning, investments, and retirement plans.


  1. Thanks for the mention! I’m honored!

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words and mention Roger, I really appreciate it! I am honored to be included in such a list!

  3. Thanks for including me in this great list of online financial resources, Roger.

    I really appreciate it, and it was a nice surprise.

  4. Good list of resources and blogs. I especially like Jim Blankenship and Mike Piper’s blogs.

    • Roger Wohlner says

      Bryce thanks for your comment and I totally agree. Jim is very knowledgeable about Social Security and I often ask him questions on behalf of my clients. I enjoy Mike’s blog and his straightforward approach. I look forward to reconnecting with both at the FINCON conference next month.

  5. Nice list Roger. Jim Blankenship is a new one to me that I’ll have to check out. I’m also a huge fan of the Bogleheads forum for all things personal finance, not just investing.

    • Roger Wohlner says

      Matt thanks for the comment. Jim is a fellow advisor and a real expert on Social Security, retirement, taxes, and related topics. His blog is excellent.

  6. Great resources all around. I’d also like to mention some financial calculators I came across over here – http://financialmentor.com/calculator

    The calculators cover retirement, auto loans, credit cards and everything in between.

  7. The financial market has a substantial amount of info for us to digest before we decide on which one best suits our individual needs. Before embarking on a financial commitment journey, it is highly advisable to seek professional advise to fully grasp the terms and conditions for the long-term agreement period.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.