Investor's Business Daily

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Investor's Business Daily
IBD Logo.png
Type Financial research
Founder(s) William J. O'Neil
Founded 1984 (as Investor's Daily)
Headquarters 12655 Beatrice Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066
United States

Investor's Business Daily (IBD) is an American financial research and media company covering the stock market, international business, finance and economics. Founded in 1984 by William O'Neil as a print news publication, it is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.[1] IBD provides information about stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, commodities, and other financial instruments aimed at individual investors and financial professionals.[2]

In March, 2016, it was announced that IBD would become a weekly publication and focus more on digital operations.[3] The publication will continue to use the Investor's Business Daily name as it will continue to publish daily on its website.[2] In May 2016, the company officially switched to a weekly print publishing schedule and published its first issue of IBD Weekly while continuing to update its website daily.[4]


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Entrepreneur and stockbroker William O'Neil founded the newspaper in 1984 due to frustration with the lack of data about stocks in newspapers.[2] In 1991, the publication's name was changed from Investor's Daily to Investor's Business Daily.[5] In 1994, ten years after its founding, IBD was ranked among the fastest-growing newspapers in the country.[6]

In 2005, Pulitzer winner, Michael Ramirez, joined IBD. In 2008, Ramirez won a Pulitzer for his editorial cartooning with the company.[7]

In 2015, the IBD website was accessed by over 4 million monthly visitors.[2] In 2016, it was announced that the company would change its printing schedule to once a week, but continue to publish new content to its website daily.[1] In May 2016, the first issue of IBD Weekly was published while the media outlet continued to publish new digital content daily.[4]

During the 2016 presidential election in the U.S., IBD was one of two polls that consistently showed Donald Trump in the lead. Leading up to the election, IBD's poll was correctly dismissed as being an "outlying survey" and in the end missed the final popular vote tally by four percentage points in Trump's favor.[8][9]


IBD provides investor education through its Investor's Corner, the Big Picture, and online resources. The information provided expands on William O'Neil's previous books that detail the CAN SLIM investment strategy.[10] IBD includes several written sections that detail companies and news of interest. It covers internet and technology stocks in particular, and has a substantial editorial and opinion section. Every Monday in its weekly edition, IBD publishes a list of 50 stocks that are most attractive based on earnings, stock price performance, and other criteria used in the CAN SLIM strategy.[11]


There is general consensus among journalists, academics, and organizations which rate media bias that IBD has a conservative bias in its reporting and editorial content[12] [13]. The AllSides Media Bias Rating for IBD is "Lean Right" [14] while MediaBiasFactCheck classifies IBD as having a RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, stating "They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation."[15].

Notable errors and retractions[edit]

In July 2009, an editorial in Investor's Business Daily claimed that physicist Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the [British] National Health Service (NHS) would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."[16] Hawking has always lived in the United Kingdom and receives his medical care from the NHS. IBD later removed the editorial's reference to Hawking in its online version and appended an "Editor's Note" which said, "This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK."[17][18] Hawking himself responded, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."[19]


  1. ^ a b Lukas Alpert (4 March 2016). "Investor's Business Daily Will Become a Weekly". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chris Roush (4 March 2016). "Investor's Business Daily to Become a Weekly, 20 News Jobs to be Cut". Talking Biz News. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Greg Dool (7 March 2016). "Investor's Business Daily Reduces Print Schedule". Folio Magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Chris Roush (May 9, 2016). "Explaining the Changes at Investor's Business Daily". Talking Biz News. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "How Warren Buffet Is Not The Most Influential Investor of Our Time". Seeking Alpha. 29 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Greg Krikorian (20 January 1994). "Media: Financial Paper Closing In on Bottom Line". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Richard Perez-Pena (7 April 2008). "Washington Post Wins 6 Pulitzer Prizes". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Flint, Joe; Alpert, Lukas (November 9, 2016). "How the Media's Election Predictions Badly Missed the Mark". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "How Two Polls Predicted Trump's Surprise Victory". Fox News. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Kevin Marder (13 September 2011). "Conversation With a Maverick Investor". MarketWatch. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  11. ^ John Dobosz (23 February 2009). "Breaking Out With Bill O'Neill". Forbes. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  12. ^ ThinkProgress Retrieved 23 February 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Budak, Ceren (1 January 2016). "Fair and Balanced? Quantifying Media Bias through Crowdsourced Content Analysis". Public Opinion Quarterly. Volume 80 (Issue S1): 250–271.  More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help);
  14. ^ Retrieved 23 February 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Media Bias Fact Check Retrieved 23 February 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Robertson, Lori (August 13, 2009). "How to Not Prove a Point". Annenberg Public Policy Center. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  17. ^ Metz, Cade (2009-08-12). "Obama health reform critics face inconvenient truth". The Register. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  18. ^ Klein, Ezra (August 10, 2009). "How Stephen Hawking Proves That Investor's Business Daily's Editorial Page Tells Lies". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  19. ^ Damien McElroy, Stephen Hawking: I would not be alive without the NHS, The Daily Telegraph (August 12, 2009). Retrieved May 29, 2014.

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