Best Personal Finance Newsletters to Master Your Money in 2021

Back in the day, I used to get all my news through RSS feeds. I’d subscribe to a few blogs, pop into some news sites, and get my information relatively quickly.

The problem with that approach is that you’re spending a lot of time reading stories that might not be important.

Then came newsletters – curated emails that included the top news of the past day. It wasn’t “real-time” but it was good enough. It’s like opening up a newspaper with your morning coffee.

Then I expanded it to include newsletters that did more than share the news – it shared personal finance knowledge that often serves as a good reminder of what you should be focusing on.

Below, we have put together a list of the very best free personal finance newsletters that will keep you on top of current events and trends in the business world, investing, and more.

(while this is not an exhaustive list, we’ve tried to find the best free newsletters)

Table of Contents
  1. Morning Brew
  2. Motley Fool Stock Advisor
  3. The Hustle
  4. Robinhood Snacks
  5. Finimize
  6. The Penny Hoarder
  7. The Street
  8. Two Cents
  9. Jill on Money
  10. Clark Howard
  11. Minority Mindset
  12. Your Money by the New York Times
  13. Final Thoughts

Morning Brew

Morning Brew is a free personal finance newsletter that covers stock market trends and current events in the business world crisply and concisely that keeps readers engaged and informed.

While it was designed with millennial entrepreneurs in mind, Morning Brew’s most popular newsletter, often referred to as the Daily Brew, is relevant to investors in all age brackets that are looking for investment updates in a quick and digestible read. This isn’t a newsletter for stock pickers, it’s general business news to help you be informed when you start your day.

This daily email newsletter stands out with its sharp and aesthetically appealing design.

With separate sections for markets, trade and international news, and workforce, readers will be on top of the latest with trade negotiations, global news and trends affecting the banking world. Aside from the Daily Brew, they also offer the Emerging Tech Brew, Retail Brew and the Turnout.

The newsletter ends with interesting facts tidbits of history and facts ranging from business, trading, and media. There’s even a referral program where you can get various types of swag when you refer other readers including stickers, t-shirts, and mugs.

Get the Morning Brew

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

The Motley Fool Stock Advisor isn’t a free newsletter but it’s one of the oldest paid and most respected stock picking newsletters. It’s a monthly email that includes two stock picks as well as “Best Buys Now” – which are 10 timely purchases that they believe will outperform the market in the near future (3-5 years).

They also have Starter Stocks, which they believe are good foundational stocks for new investors, as well as a community of investors you can interact with to learn more.

You may think, as I initially did, that this newsletter is for stock pickers only and not a buy and hold investor – that would be a mistake. When they recommend a stock, they recommend that you hold them for a minimum of three to five years.

Any wise investor knows that the market can change on a dime but if you invest in solid companies over the long term, you’ll beat any short-term volatility.

It’s normally $199 for a year of unlimited access but they are now offering it at a discount for just $99 – and it includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can sign up to see it all for yourself and cancel if you decide it’s not for you. We have a more detailed review of the Motley Fool Stock Advisor service if you are interested in a deeper dive into what it offers.

Check out the Motley Fool

The Hustle

If you’re looking for the latest in the tech industry without reading through dry and dense material, the Hustle is perfect for you. The Hustle is a free business newsletter that provides daily news for all things related to stocks, technology, and business, but it reads more like a story than a staunch tech newsletter.

Geared towards business professionals, the hustle offers bite-sized daily new segments as well as in-depth coverage of tech companies.

The Hustle offers easy to digest the news, comparable to its tech industry focused counterparts like Wired or TechCrunch.

Their Q & A Section gives practical answers to questions like “What the Heck is Pre-Wealth Management?” which also explains how stock options for employees at startups are handled.

With its clean design and vibrant images, The Hustle gives you a seamless experience from start to finish.

Get the Hustle

Robinhood Snacks

For beginning investors and more experienced investors alike, Robinhood Snacks will give you comprehensive financial news in a short read.

Not only do they cover a wide range of topics in a concise manner (think/like ), they also give you patterns, case studies, and key takeaways about newer companies on the rise like Weworks.

Robinhood Snacks will also give you an analysis of companies and the upside and downside of certain investments.

Robinhood Snacks’ lighthearted friendly tone will make you feel informed, entertained, and ready to make better decisions about your investments.

And if you don’t have a Robinhood brokerage account, you can get a free share of stock when you sign up – click here to claim your free stock

Get Robinhood Snacks

Finimize

Finimize is a free daily personal finance newsletter that lives up to its promise of giving you “Today’s top financial news in 3 minutes. For free.”

Practical strategies for ETFs and understanding investing.

Finimize offers a free daily newsletter that allows you to concentrate on sections of interest, such as analysis on markets, cryptocurrencies, and community reviews on investment providers.

For a quick read with information-packed yet concise content, Finimize will keep you up to date on investment strategies, retirement, in daily digests and packs and guides.

Finimize provides a community where they can share their thoughts and recommendations on financial tools, tips, and strategies.

Also, Finimize offers a useful Guides section that features resources such as “how do wealth managers work” and Tips for “Investing Like the 1%”. financial This is a valuable source of financial education for experienced and new investors alike.

Get Finimize

The Penny Hoarder

Aside from freebies and deals, The Penny Hoarder provides access to a free money boot camp and other personal finance resources. It’s one of my favorite personal finance sites because they share a lot of actionable information for people of all financial backgrounds. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, they have resources to help. If you’re looking to increase the amount of life insurance you have, they can help. There’s something for everyone on the site.

Along with that, expect to see a compilation of their recent posts with useful and practical information about investing, credit repair, budgeting, and saving money. It’s a solid all-around newsletter with a lot of actionable advice.

The Street

The Street has an array of free newsletters to choose from that focus on different areas ranging from news, top picks, as well as potential pitfalls and threats to the market.

“Breaking News Alerts” will keep you on top of major market events that could potentially affect your investments.

“Winners and Losers” focuses on the highs and lows of each trading day, as well as paying attention to sudden events like a major selloff that could catch you off guard.

“Jim Cramer’s Daily Booyah” gives you his take on what is moving the market right now.

If you just want the highlights of the week, “The Street Rewind” captures news, trends, and top stories of the week.

“The Street Top 10” Stories curates the most popular reads and trending stories.

Two Cents

Two Cents is a sub-blog of Lifehacker that delivers daily personal finance and investment strategies to your inbox.

Two Cents covers personal finance topics such as budgeting, paying off debt, understanding tax brackets, and planning for retirement. Aside from financial planning and personal finance, you also get valuable information about how to protect yourself identity theft and fraud.

Aside from personal finance, Two Cents examines legislative changes that affect your wallet and wealth building strategies.

This is a valuable resource for making better financial decisions and planning for the future in simple terms.

Jill on Money

Jill Schlesinger, author of “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money” draws from her background as a financial planner to provide practical advice you can take right now to get the most out of your money.

This newsletter focuses on how to create sustainable financial habits that help you strategically take control of your money.

Here, you will also learn about charitable giving, changes in the economy, and how to spend strategically and properly manage your finances.

Clark Howard

For readers who are focused on consumer trends and investing, Clark Howard’s Daily Money Newsletter is chock full of practical advice on saving more, spending less, and how to invest and save for retirement.

Clark Howard is a consumer advocate and money expert who offers an engaging daily newsletter packed with money-saving tips, scams to watch out for, and product reviews.

As an added perk, you will also get information on retail and restaurant deals!

Minority Mindset

Minority Mindset is a daily financial newsletter that delivers digestible bites of business news, how it affects the market, and what to expect moving forward. Readers will also learn about trends and how sustainable those trends will be moving forward.

Written in an upbeat friendly tone, Minority Mindset gives quick and important facts through a well-formatted newsletter divided into sections for the Financial Tip of the Day as well as What happened, and how does it affect my wallet?

The newsletter also features a fun “Mind Break” which features business-related fun facts that tie into pop culture and ends with sound bites of inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who came up from nothing and made something out of themselves.

Your Money by the New York Times

Your Money by the New York Times is a free money newsletter from the New York Times and it addresses how current events can directly affect your money. It covers practical tips for adjusting spending habits, investing, and student loans.

Readers can enjoy access to a limited number of free articles, the convenience of an app as well as varying subscription plans for access to more content.

While not entirely free, they offer discounts in their subscription plan at $3.75 per week with 4 free weeks, billed at $1 per week. We wanted to make sure we included it though despite it costing money.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are looking for resources to learn how to invest or ready to explore in-depth articles that will help you, there is something for everyone, whether you want to skim the headlines or read in-depth articles.

Integrating financial newsletters into your daily or weekly read will help you make better investments, optimize your portfolio, and take control of your money.

Now we want to hear from you – which newsletters are you going to subscribe to?

Are you subscribed to others that are not on this list? Tell us about it in the comments section!

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Jim Wang

About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a thirty-something father of three who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard's Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology - Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

One of his favorite tools (here's my treasure chest of tools,, everything I use) is Personal Capital, which enables him to manage his finances in just 15-minutes each month. They also offer financial planning, such as a Retirement Planning Tool that can tell you if you're on track to retire when you want. It's free.

He is also diversifying his investment portfolio by adding a little bit of real estate. But not rental homes, because he doesn't want a second job, it's diversified small investments in a few commercial properties and a farm in Illinois via AcreTrader.

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