The finance industry is highly competitive and fast-changing. Finance professionals are expected to quickly adapt to new trends and developments in the field, and the pressure can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there are many ways to stay informed as a professional in this industry.

We asked 15 members of Forbes Finance Council about their favorite resources to stay in the loop in their industry. Read on for their curated list of books, podcasts, blogs and more to help fellow finance professionals stay on top of industry developments.

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is The Tim Ferriss Show. This podcast includes interviews with world-class performers from a variety of areas in business, the arts, sports, entertainment, etc. I glean many great ideas from the esteemed guests on the show. Countless times I will stop the recording to take notes that I use for later business development opportunities. It is a great resource. – Sarah Hanna, ECS North

2. Marginal Revolution

There are lots of sources to binge on news and startup updates. I find that the most valuable thing most people can do is take a step back and try to understand the deeper forces that are shaping the industry as a whole. For that, Tyler Cowen’s blog Marginal Revolution is one of my favorites. – Sandeep Sood, Kunai


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3. Financial Executives International

I would recommend joining a financial networking organization to stay informed on the latest industry developments. I belong to many, but

Almost two-thirds of financial services professionals have increased their productivity while working from home during the coronavirus crisis.

A new report from lobby group Humans in Finance found that 63% of survey respondents were more productive working remotely, with 18% experiencing a decline. Some 70% said their work-life balance had improved, while 58% reported improved health and wellbeing.

The survey – Remote Working in Finance: COVID-19 & Beyond – quizzed more than 600 finance professionals in over 80 locations across 6 continents. In addition to the above findings, it reveals that:

  • only 3% want to work entirely from the office post-COVID
  • 95% believe employers should offer a range of remote / in-office workplace options
  • 80% are excited by the prospect of working from any location they choose
  • 83% believe remote working could reduce carbon emissions / improve the environment
  • 75% say firms will struggle to attract and retain talent if they fail to adopt flexible working long term
  • 55% would consider changing jobs if an alternative offered greater flexibility – for women under 40 with children, this proportion is 73%.

The report also highlights some of the negatives associated with remote working due to coronavirus, such as the blurring of work and personal life (cited by 67% of respondents) and weakened relationships with colleagues and client (62%).

But the overwhelming majority of those asked (86%) say these issues could be addressed if companies update their approach to work post-Covid.

Is the office dead?

So does this mean the death of the office, at least for the financial services sector? The survey says not, 90% of respondents indicating a preference for a hybrid model combining a mix of office-based and remote working.

The key factor is employee: 95% of those asked say employers should offer a variety of