Geoff Gannon December 22, 2006

On Some of My Favorite Sites

It’s the end of the year. A lot of bloggers try to do something special at this time – make a prediction, summarize the past year, look back, look ahead, etc. I am planning something special for you this weekend.

But, for now, I don’t have anything of my own to share. Rather, I’d like to share the fruits of other people’s labor.

So, I now present some great sites I don’t mention enough (and you probably don’t read enough):

Bill Rempel, a.ka. No DooDahs

I haven’t done an official count, but I think it’s safe to say the blogger who has given me the most material to work with this year was Bill Rempel. His blog is quite different from my own, but his posts always leave me with something to think about. Most recently, I wrote a post “On Gold and Rome” after reading Bill’s post entitled “Not Bullish On Gold“. Several of my best posts were written after reading something Bill wrote. If you haven’t checked out his blog yet, I encourage you to do so now.

By the way, you can see Bill’s responses to the questions posed by Ticker Sense in their Financial Blogger Outlook. Click the image of a table to see Bill’s views on housing, gold, the dollar, bonds, etc.

Fat Pitch Financials

George of Fat Pitch Financials is a value investor and (in many ways) a disciple of Warren Buffett. He looks for “fat pitches” whether they are spin-offs, arbitrage opportunities, or simply great businesses. He also started Value Investing News, a great place to browse some of the best recent articles and posts in the world of value investing.

Value Blog Review

As you probably know, Steven Rosales contributes to this site (in fact, he writes most of our book reviews). He also has his own site where you can find plenty of material that doesn’t appear here. He reviews books, blogs, and online resources of interest to new investors. He’s also started discussing a few of his early trades. This is a great site for new investors to check out. You’ll feel like a fellow traveler setting off on a journey into the world of investing together.


This great resource tracks about thirty investing “gurus” – people like Warren Buffett, Bill Miller, Marty Whitman, Seth Klarman, and Bruce Berkowitz. I love how easy this site is to browse. There are other sites that track some of these gurus. But, this one is by far the best. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Don’t wait until the New Year, bookmark this site today.

24/7 Wall St.

This is a site you want to check once a day – everyday. Make it a kind of ritual. There’s often something interesting here and they keep the material coming constantly. You can’t live on posts like mine alone, you need a balanced diet and 24/7 Wall St. is just the kind of blogging buffet (for once that’s not a typo!) that can add variety to your reading without lowering the quality of what you read.

Seeking Alpha

This is a breakfast (or possibly pre-breakfast) site. If you like the front page of The Wall Street Journal and you like blogs, you’ll love Seeking Alpha. Seriously, give this site a try. There’s a good chance you’ll be hooked after just one visit.

There’s a ton of content aggregated on this site. I must admit I don’t read every word of every post that appears on Seeking Alpha. But, I do browse it, and occasionally it leads me to a new blog worth reading regularly. That’s quite an achievement, because I already have more blogs to read than time to read them in. If you’re ever looking for something to read, this is the place to start.

There are plenty of other sites I really enjoy – in fact, far too many to name here. I’ve mentioned some of them enough in the past that you should know them well by now. For instance, I’m sure you’ve been to Value Discipline if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time.

You can browse my Value Investing Directory to find other great sites. I haven’t updated the directory in months – and it shows. Maybe I’ll make updating the directory a New Year’s resolution. A few of the sites have vanished since I linked to them. But, it’s still worth browsing the directory if you haven’t yet, because I do list quite a few sites and all of them are worth at least one look.