Investment commentary authors often know the markets well, but lack writing and editing expertise. After all, they’re earning big bucks to manage money, not to write. You don’t want me to run your portfolio, but I’ve learned some lessons about how to edit investment commentary. I’ve edited and written commentary for a diverse group of clients.
My experience has inspired this list of steps for anyone who’d like to edit investment commentary or other articles.
Step 1. Analyze overall structure
Before you dig into the details of your commentary, look at its overall structure. Your analysis may lead you to delete or move entire sections to make the structure more reader-friendly.
First, identify the main themes of your commentary. You may decide after a quick reading that your themes are something like the following:
This was a volatile quarter, due mainly to disappointing corporate earnings and instability in the