We once called Twitter the lifeblood of investing for some finance watchers, and that is likely more true now than ever before… particularly with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
and S&P 500
hitting a volatile stretch.
In recent years, we’ve seen the emergence of Finance Twitter celebs, companies have begun releasing major news on Twitter, and we’ve lived through two years with Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump posting about companies, the markets, oil prices, regulation, the Fed and your 401(k). And let’s not forget all those Elon Musk tweets.
MarketWatch has been tracking the space since its early days, and our Finance Twitter list (available right here) rounds up hundreds of accounts that we believe have something to offer the average investor. Some of these follows are just good fun, but most are analysts, investors or experts offering market or economic commentary, with a track record for solid guidance in good, bad and uncertain times.
The collective audience of the fintweeters in our list now stands at about 7.8 million followers and has doubled in size in the past two years, according to CrowdTangle data.
We’ve added some accounts recently (in the cannabis sector, for instance) and you can do as we do and follow the whole shebang by adding our Finance Twitter list to your TweetDeck or Twitter browser of choice.
But for those folks looking for a more curated selection, we’ve whittled it down here to 50 essential follows.
These 50 accounts are the tried and true who’ve remained the most relevant, engaging and active. Many have ballooned in following in recent years; some still keep a more low-key profile. At this moment, these are the most informative, entertaining and influential Finance Twitter accounts out there… or so we think. (And let us know if you disagree in the comments — we know you will!)
So here it is… the ultimate Twitter list to get stock-market news, financial insights — and be smarter with your money.
Downtown Josh Brown@ReformedBroker — The CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management has topped our Twitter follow lists since we first starting making them. Back when we first mentioned he was worth a follow, he had a 100K following. Today, it’s over 1 million. He comments on everything from politics to the economy to companies in the news, and wields big influence in the FinTwittersphere.
Joe Weisenthal@TheStalwart — The Bloomberg editor remains one of the kings of Finance Twitter.
Vitalik Buterin@VitalikButerin — AKA the “boy genius” of crypto, he’s a co-founder of decentralized cryptocurrency platform Ethereum. Back in February he tweeted a reminder that highly volatile cryptocurrencies “could drop to near-zero at any time”… and here he is in September with some more tough crypto love:
Charlie Lee@satoshilite — Another huge name in crypto, Lee is the creator of Litecoin and ex-director of engineering at Coinbase.
(If you’re looking for more names on crypto, here’s our complete list of The most important people to follow on bitcoin and cryptocurrency).
Barry Ritholtz@ritholtz — The Ritholtz Wealth Management CIO is good for stepping back and taking a good look at things, and his deeper market thoughts can be found at his blog, The Big Picture.
Bring the satire
Wu-Tang Financial@Wu_Tang_Finance — It’s impossible to pick just one of our fave tweets, so we picked three… you get the picture:
StockCats@StockCats — Whatever’s going on with the Dow, this is what you need to get you through the day.
Rudy Havenstein@RudyHavenstein — Named after the president of Germany’s Reichsbank in the 1920s, this account was once referred to by the head of the Minneapolis Fed as “an anonymous finance twitter troll.” Pretty much sums it up.
Analysts, investors, traders, et al.
Liz Ann Sonders@LizAnnSonders — The chief investment strategist of Charles Schwab & Co. shares her thoughts on the economy and markets.
Ivan the K@IvanTheK — The “Lead Independent Director of Finance Twitter,” or so reads his Twitter bio. Plenty of political commentary along with the markets stuff.
The_Real_Fly@The_Real_Fly — Sarcasm and shrewd market observations.
Charlie Bilello@charliebilello — Research director at Pension Partners, his charts and market stats are regularly among the top performing finance tweets out there (and have fed many a MarketWatch story).
Ben Carlson@awealthofcs — Financial blogger, author and occasional MarketWatch columnist, he tweets on all sorts of topics but bills himself as bringing “common sense” to the finance world.
Michael Batnick@michaelbatnick — Director of research at Ritholtz Wealth Management, and the tweeter of this chart that racked up over 10,000 likes:
Helene Meisler@hmeisler — She writes for The Street’s RealMoney.com and tweets snippets of rapid-fire insight on stocks.
Steve Burns@SJosephBurns — The guy behind the New Trader U blog/investor resource site offers up trading wisdom, useful links and motivating quotes.
Raoul Pal@RaoulGMI — Founder of Global Macro Investor, a newsletter for the world’s biggest hedge funds and pension funds.
Mark Yusko@MarkYusko — The founder and chief investment officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management has a lot to say about bitcoin of late, and likes to wax philosophical:
J.C. Parets@allstarcharts — Technical analysis and charts, charts, charts.
Five Minute Macro@5_min_macro — Tweeting trader, with a particular focus on rates and Europe markets, and a fair bit of sass.
LST@longshorttrader — Bio reads “Question unchallenged assumptions,” and if you’re looking for a short voice on your Twitter feed, here’s a good one to add.
Ryan Detrick@RyanDetrick — Senior market strategist at LPL Financial, and offers up solid historical stats, like this one from late November:
Jesse Colombo@TheBubbleBubble — An economic analyst who spends a lot of time watching and warning about bubbles. He was sending out flares in the years up to the U.S. 2008 financial crisis, so has developed a loyal following.
Keith McCullough@KeithMcCullough — CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management. To-the-point posts and analysis. He comments on the biggest moving issue of the day almost without fail, accompanied by a chart or observation.
Jeff Macke@JeffMacke — The investor and trader seems a deft hand at art, given his creative treatment of charts and company statements.
Urban Carmel@Ukarlewitz — Tweets out charts and research and has a UBS and Wharton background.
Cullen Roche@cullenroche — Popular macro investment manager, who has always got something to say.
Douglas Kass@DougKass — Like him or hate him (and plenty do), the president of Seabreeze Partners Management is always ready with a markets-related quip.
Ross Gerber@GerberKawasaki — The Tesla bull also has lots to say on tech stocks and the FAANGs.
Frances Coppola@Frances_Coppola — A former banker, she tweets about economics, finance, and a fair bit on Europe.
Steve Hanke@steve_hanke — A professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University. He also tracks forex as director of the troubled-currencies project at the Cato Institute. Asset bubbles? Hanke’s on it.
Justin Wolfers@JustinWolfers — The UMichEcon professor is all over politics and economics. This tweet storm responding to a Trump tweet on GDP racked up over 33,000 likes:
Wolf Richter@wolfofwolfst — Basically a roundup of the Wolf Street blog, but worth a follow just for that.
Sven Henrich@NorthmanTrader is a must-watch chart guy, with a healthy dose of snark.
Joel Kruger@joelkruger has nailed his recent market calls… you’ll be wanting to watch what he has to say ahead.
Getting sector specific…
Cannabis: Canada legalized it, and now pot stocks are all the rage. No doubt plenty of investors out there are plotting how to make their marijuana millions, but unknowns abound — and level-headed insight is key. Here are two names we recommend:
Trina Fraser @trinafraser — Cannabis lawyer well-connected in the industry, and someone to follow to keep tabs on evolving regulations in Canada and the U.S.
Deepak Anand@_deepakanand — Also super plugged in, this cannabis consultant previously worked in business development at a licensed pot producer.
Energy: It’s been quite a year for oil, and you’ll be wanting to track this space closely in 2019. Here are the names we recommend out of the #OOTT (Organization of Oil Trading Tweeters).
Samir Madani@Samir_Madani —Oil trader and “co-founder” of the #OOTT. Stockholm-based Madani seems to know everything about oil and everyone in the industry.
Amena Bakr @Amena__Bakr — Senior correspondent for Energy Intelligence Group. If there is an OPEC meeting going, she’s all over it.
Ole S. Hansen@Ole_S_Hansen — @SaxoBank’s head of commodity strategy is another must-follow in the oil world.
Holger Zschaepitz @Schuldensuehner — Self-described “market maniac” for Germany’s Die @Welt and another one to follow on Europe.
Tiho Brkan@TihoBrkan — Hong Kong-based wealth manager and worth a follow for his advice and charts, particularly on China.
Russian Market@russian_market — This Swiss-based blogger has been cited as one of the best/most entertaining to follow when it comes to Russia.
Personal Finance Twitter
Mr. Money Mustache@mrmoneymustache — Trying to learn about the “FIRE” (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement? This is where you start, with the man largely credited as the movement’s founder.
Erin Lowry@BrokeMillennial — The Broke Millennial’s goal: show people how to be broke no more. Lots of advice, and lots of personal stories.
Teresa Ghilarducci@tghilarducci — If you want to understand retirement, both for your own future and from a macro perspective, follow Ghilarducci, a labor economist.
J. Money@BudgetsAreSexy — Personal finance blogger who preaches fiscal responsibility. Plenty of quips and memes mixed in with the advice.
— Shawn Langlois, Maria LaMagna and Max Cherney contributed to this article.
View more information: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/finance-twitter-the-50-most-important-people-for-investors-to-follow-2018-12-13