Bill Ackman, one of the most famous hedge fund managers and founder of Pershing Square Capital, joined twitter last week.
While @billackman1 has yet to tweet, some of his rivals and industry counterparts have been tweeting for a while.
With huge names like Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, Lloyd Blankfein, Jeff Gundlach and Ben Bernanke spewing 140-character nuggets, the social network is a platform for serious finance gurus.
Beyond the jabberings of the small-time players, these CEOs, hedge funders, and big players have the power to sway markets in 140 characters, and they often take to Twitter to give their two cents. And it’s smart stuff.
We asked Business Insider journalists to give us their must-follow tweeters for a mix of sharp analysis, killer humor, serious personality, and breakthrough insight.
If you want to see to all their tweets at once, you can follow the full list on Twitter here.
We’re always looking for more smart people to follow, especially voices that tend to be underrepresented in finance. You can send your suggestions to email@example.com
(This is an updated version of last year’s list, written by Lucinda Shen and Linette Lopez, which you can find here.)
Occupation: Billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn Enterprises.
Why: He’s not super active on Twitter, but he did increase Apple’s market cap by $17 billion with two tweets.
Occupation: CEO of Goldman Sachs
Why: A day in the life of a Wall Street executive.
Occupation: Former Fed Chair, distinguished fellows at Brookings Institute.
Why: Since he left his post at the Federal Reserve in 2014, Bernanke has been vocal and opinionated in public about everything from politics to Greek’s debt crisis.
Although it seems like his Twitter account recently hit a lull, we’re hoping it picks up soon.
Occupation:Strategist at Societe Generale, based in London.
Why: He’s one of the highest-level strategists at the French bank, but he’s casual on Twitter. He engages other finance folks and keeps the conversation going.
Occupation: Founder of DoubleLine Capital LP, an investment firm.
Why: Barron’s hails Gundlach as “the new bond king.” As expected, he tweets about bonds. A lot.
Occupation: Chief Economic Adviser, Allianz. Chair of Pres. Obama’s Global Development Council. Author, NYT/WSJ bestseller When Markets Collide.
Why: The former CEO of PIMCO reacts to economic news on Twitter.
Occupation: Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Why: No explanation needed, really. Buffett is one of the most famous (and richest) investors in the world.
Occupation: He was, until recently, chief US economist at Deutsche Bank.
Why: He tweets instant reactions to all of the high-frequency economic data. He also tweets out Deutsche Bank research. Very handy.
Occupation: Founder of TF Market Advisors.
Why: He follows the bond market like a hawk.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager for Bronte Capital.
Why: He has great insight into which businesses work, which don’t, and how the market and its actors will get it wrong.
Occupation: Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, Bloomberg contributor.
Why: Besides being a smart investor, this guy has a great eye for stories that will make you laugh.
Why: Elfenbein has smart, simple, direct commentary on stocks.
Occupation: M&G’s retail bond team.
Why: Their tweets are incredibly detailed and provide analysis of the European bond market.
Occupation: Author, columnist, stock analyst, and frequent Bloomberg guest.
Why: Witty, sardonic commentary on markets and the financial industry.
Occupation: Macro strategist that specializes in FX markets.
Why: Based out of Denmark, she’s a great follow for Europe and currency news and developments.
Occupation: Teacher at the New York Institute of Finance.
Why: If you’re into technical analysis, this guy was one of the first to do it.
Occupation: Fixed income portfolio manager.
Why: Schawel is one of the few CFA charterholders on Twitter. He offers sharp insights into interest rates, inflation, and monetary policy.
Why: His tweets on Bill Ackman’s infamous Herbalife short were so good that the media raced to uncover his identity.
Occupation: Cofounder of StockTwits.
Why: He takes the pulse of what a lot of traders are talking about.
Occupation: Blogger, portfolio manager, self-proclaimed “data junkie”.
Why: Great stat guy — population stats, retail… you name it.
Occupation: RiskReversal.com editor, CNBC contributor.
Why: Merrill/SAC Capital vet and options market whiz kid.
Occupation: Former investment banker. He may have been a trader.
Why: Always online, flooding Twitter with puns about whatever’s going on in finance, especially as covered by CNBC and Bloomberg.
Occupation: Financial advisor, blogger, and CNBC contributor.
Why: Josh Brown’s Twitter feed is funny and smart, like the man himself.
Occupation: Cynicism and skepticism.
Why: Tweets about everything from markets, venture capital, the White House and The Office
Occupation: Fixed Income arbitrage trader.
Why: If he sees it in the market, you’ll see it on his Twitter feed.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager/economist.
Why: Mark Dow is an active trader who brings awesome global macro insights to Twitter. Sporting experience as an economist at both the US Treasury Department and the International Monetary Fund, you won’t want to miss what he has to say.
Occupation: Researcher and trader.
Why: Knows tonnes about the stock market in terms of valuations, dividends and asset allocation.
The St. Louis Fed
Occupation: The official account of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Why: Far and away the best Tweeter of all the Feds, and you know how clutch that is.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager, CEO of EMJ Capital.
Why: Great insight on tech and China.
Brian M. Lucey
Occupation: Finance professor.
Why: A great way to stay on top of what’s going on in the UK and Ireland.
Occupation: Senior economist for Pictet Wealth Management
Why: He provides live commentary and analysis on events in the eurozone. Sometimes he’ll tweet out his research notes.
Muddy Waters Research
Occupation: Research firm focused on the short side.
Why: Short seller Carson Block’s research firm is on Twitter sending out updates, research and insight.
Guillermo Roditi Dominguez
Occupation: Portfolio Manager at New River Investments.
Why: He’s good with all kinds of bonds.
Occupation: Senior financial sector expert, International Monetary Fund.
Why: IMF expert with insights on all things the financial sector.
Occupation: Government bond trader.
Why: He’s a veteran in the industry.
Occupation: CIO at Hover Networks, and PM at New River Investments.
Why: Self-described “amateur economist and investor” but nothing about his knowledge is amateurish. Makes solid charts.
Occupation: Managing Director, Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management.
Why: He’s a former professor at Tsinghua University and has offered critical on the ground insight on China for years. He recently moved back to the US but is still the go-to for analysis on China’s economy.
Occupation: NYU Stern School of Business professor.
Why: Professor Damodaran is known for his genius valuations. Catch some of that insight outside the classroom.
Occupation: Portfolio manager and market strategist, Yahoo finance contributor.
Why: This account is for traders. Detrick tweets fast and furiously about how the market is doing and where traders are going.
Occupation: Industry vet at UBS.
Why: Tweets out a lot of charts and research. A vet of McKinsey and UBS. His profile includes, “Blocked by Zero Hedge since 2010,” which means he gets it.
Occupation: Chief economist at Manulife and John Hancock Asset Management.
Why: London-based with a deep knowledge or European economies. A senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Occupation: Economist/Dartmouth professor.
Why: He’s a former member of the Bank of England’s MPC and very critical of the current UK government.
Why: Zero Hedge writes on the darker, more conspiracy theory side of finance, but this Twitter account is super fast and never stops.
Why: Nomura macro guru; finalist for Wolfson prize on best solution to breakup the Euro.
Occupation: NYC based prop trader at SMB Capital Management.
Why: A good combination of taking the small picture of what’s going on with day to day big story equity moves, and then putting it in context with the wider market.
Occupation: Managing Director at Zor Capital LLC, an NYC based investment management firm.
Why: Fahmy’s trading strategy marries fundamental analysis of equities with solid technical knowledge of the market and it shows on his Twitter feed.
Bespoke Investment Group
Occupation: Twitter feed for Bespoke Investment Group – Financial Research and Money Management.
Why: Research, charts, the whole nine yards.
Wu Tang Financial
Why: Market commentary Tweeted out as if ODB himself were on the other end. If you’re into Wu Tang (or laughing) you’ve got to follow this feed.
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
Why: While Musk isn’t as traditional of a financier as others on the list, he does like to taunt hedge funds in 140 character bursts. His tweets can make Tesla’s stock price swing wildly.
Occupation: Writer of Sinocism, a newsletter on China.
Why: Relocated to DC after 10 years in Beijing. Has his ear on the ground pulling out the news that really matters in China and putting it in English.
Occupation: Global cross-asset investment strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Why: Perfect if you want a side of philosophy (he has a PhD) with your options market know-how. His tweets are protected.
Occupation: S&P Dow Jones Indices senior index analyst.
Why: Silverblatt might be the authority on all things related to the S&P 500.
Occupation: Economist at Aberdeen Asset Management.
Why: Awesome on US housing.
Occupation: Asset allocation fund manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
Why: London based, super smart, and an economist.
Occupation: Chief Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics.
Why: An econ fact machine and Forbes contributor.
Occupation: Political scientist, president of the Eurasia Group.
Why: Great commentary on all things markets and politics — sometimes he writes poetry.
Occupation: Global Head of Economics/Chief Economist at Bloomberg LP.
Why: Formerly at Deutsche Bank. Expect a ton of cool charts, facts, and a few opinions.
Occupation: Bloomberg’s Chief Asia economist. Author of Understanding China’s Economic Indicators.
Why: If you care about Asia, you need to follow this account.
Occupation: Blogger at American Enterprise Institute, CNBC contributor, and columnist.
Why: Pethokoukis always provides sharp commentary on the day’s economic events.
Occupation: Founder and editor of Abnormal Returns.
Why: Abnormal returns is a smart “forecast-free investment blog”, and one of the oldest ones in the game.
Lorcan Roche Kelly
Occupation: Editor at Bloomberg Markets.
Why: Huge chops on the Euro Zone and ECB, very funny.
Occupation: Chief Market Technician at MKM Partners.
Why: Chart guru who sees patterns everyone needs to see.
Occupation: Macroeconomist advising Federal Reserve.
Why: A smart economist that does a solid job with media and attending cool events. Friends with Christine Lagarde.
Occupation: Trader of Italian government bonds at Banca IMI.
Why: Knows the crucial Italian bond market in and out and tweets it live.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupation: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Why: Your source for labor statistics, other than Business Insider.
Occupation: Investment manager and founder of Orcam Financial Group.
Why: Cullen’s blog has a lot of great insight… and he’s funny.
Occupation: CEO of Vestact, an equities and asset management firm.
Why: It’s a great way to follow up on publically listed companies as well as major stocks picks from Vestact.
Occupation: A feed for Markit Senior Economists.
Why: Tons of insight on econ data from all over the world from a crack team of pros.
Occupation: Fixed Income Strategist at SEB.
Why: No one else covers Scandanavian bonds like she does — which means she’s smart about bonds in general.
Occupation: The statistical office of the European Union.
Why: Great source for Eurocrisis stats.
Occupation: Chief Economist at Markit.
Why: Markit is the firm that produces the world’s PMI reports. He tweets some the best charts with side-by-side comparisons of economic indicators across international borders.
Occupation: Economist and analyst at Oxford Economics.
Why: Expert on sovereign debt in emerging and frontier markets, and a must follow during Cyprus crisis.
Occupation: Investment Adviser.
Why: Brakke is always reading about investing and sharing the best tidbits succinctly — then you can read if you’re into it.
Occupation: Senior Research Advisor, Frontline Analysts.
Why: Brilliant, not just on finance, but on politics, history, and culture.
Eric Scott Hunsader
Occupation: Founded Nanex, created NxCore.
Why: Inscrutable though important and incisive work on the market, especially high-frequency trades.
Occupation: Former FOHF portfolio manager, corporate credit analyst, and onetime tax accountant-in-training, now a self-professed fund geek, credit nerd, interested in high-net-worth clients, niche assets.
Why: Her twitter feed provides regular hedge fund updates.
Why: Not just smart with breaking news in finance, Carlson offers historical perspectives of market trends.
Occupation: A former domestic adviser to President Ronald Reagan and Treasury official to George H. W. Bush, Bartlett is a historian and economist.
Why: Bartlett looks into all kinds of economic policy with intelligence and quite a bit of humor.
Occupation: Smith is an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University and a freelance writer.
Why: Smart commentary on the economy and current events that are funny and at times snarky. Smith often writes about wealth inequality and trade.
Occupation: Portolio Manager at TAM Capital Management. Author of investment blog Capital Observer.
Why: Analysis and insight.
Brattle St. Capital
Occupation: Anonymous trader.
Why: Breaks down stocks along with charts.
Long Short Trader
Occupation: Blogger for thelongshorttrader.
Why: Writes about special situation investing, frauds, fads, failures, macro, and other topics.
Occupation: Portfolio manager at Robeco Asset Management.
Why: Charts. Charts. Charts.
Occupation: Finance blog on global economy, financial markets, asset management, risk management, derivatives, policy, regulation.
Why: Charts, quotes, and constant updates on everything from brent crude to the VIX.
Occupation: Stock Trader, Speculator.
Why: Cats, plus marketplace. It’s the internet on crack.
Occupation: Cohost of “What’d You Miss?” on BloombergTV. Editor at Bloomberg News.
Why: Minute-by-minute updates make this account a must-follow when you’re trying to stay with the market.
Occupation: CNBC anchor and former Wall Street Journal writer.
Why: Minute-by-minute update of market movement.
Occupation: Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Surveillance.
Why: Great collection of finance articles from the internet.
Occupation: Bloomberg News writer.
Why: Covers the Federal Reserve and US economy.
Occupation: Editor-in-charge of U.S. Investments at @Reuters
Why: Not only does she cover all things PIMCO, Ablan also posts constant market updates.
Occupation: Reporter for the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog.
Why: His bio says that he’s trying to quit twitter, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. If this list doesn’t suffice, the multitutudes of accounts retweeted by Kadhim will help you find more to follow.
Occupation: Contributor to the Bloomberg View.
Why: Incisive commentary on the market and economy along with insider looks. Nobody writes like Levine.
Occupation: Chief US Economist, Bloomberg LP.
Why: Insight into the US economy, dollar, and other benchmark economic data.
Occupation: Partner, co-founder and co-head of equity trading of Themis Trading LLC and co-author of “Broken Markets — How High Frequency Trading and Predatory Practices on Wall Street are Destroying Investor Confidence.”
Why: Joe is an anti-high frequency trading crusader, and testified in front of Congress this summer.
Occupation: Bloomberg eurozone economist.
Why: Insight into the eurozone and analysis on how to fix it.
Occupation: Chief Economist at Bloomberg
Why: Just about every chart you could want on European markets and labor markets, along with links to his analysis. His coverage of the Greek referendum over the summer was vast.
Occupation: Cofounder of AQR Capital Management.
Why: Smart commentary on investing on economics policy.
Occupation: Head of Public Policy at Facebook. Previously Managing Editor at the South China Morning Post.
Why: Well-curated articles and tweets about China, Hong Kong, and the Asian arena. He’s got his boots on the ground in Hong Kong, so it’s a good place to look if you want news about China and dodge the great firewall.
Occupation: anonymous investor who tweets. A lot.
Why: Hilarious commentary of both politics and the economy.
Occupation: Formerly at Bear Stearns, then cofounder of multibillion-dollar hedge fund firm. Now an independent investor and publisher at The Felder Report.
Why: Insight into investment banking news.
Occupation: Global Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Partners.
Why: Straightforward tweets on his opinions from equities to the Fed.
Occupation: An M&A banker and the blogger behind The Epicurean Dealmaker.
Why: He has stopped blogging but continues tweeting with sharp views on finance news as well as culture and politics.
Occupation: Global chief economist at emerging market-focused investment bank Renaissance Capital.
Why: Great analysis on all things emerging markets.
Occupation: Head of Macro Strategies at Algebris Investments and Portfolio Manager for the Algebris Macro Credit Fund
Why: Gallo is a regular on Bloomberg TV and great on all things eurozone economics.
Occupation: Head of market structure and technology research at Greenwich Associates.
Why: McPartland is a market-structure expert and an active tweeter, posting links to the biggest stories in finance.
Occupation: Global Macro Economist, founder of Sri-Kumar Global Strategies Inc. and Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute.
Why: Smart commentary on the macro-economic trends and interest rates combined with frequent updates makes this tweeter a must-follow.
Occupation: Founder of OptionsHawk.com
Why: Joe tweets much of his analysis from his website, as well as price notifications and what to watch.
Occuption: Editor in Chief of American Banker
Why: Marc was one of the first journalists to report seriously about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He tweets sharp analysis about fintech, as well as traditional financial regulation and policy.
Occupation: ETF analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.
Why: All the tweets you’ve ever wanted to read (or not) about the booming ETF segment.
Occupation: Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg News.
Why: News and analysis of US markets
Occupation: Former Business Insider editor and current managing editor of Yahoo Finance
Why: Financial news and analysis, with the occasional witty joke thrown in.
Occupation: Journalist, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and co-author of several books on business gone wrong
Why: McLean is the expert on business gone wrong, having written at length about the Enron scandal. She has previously written for Slate and Fortune.
Occupation: Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs
Why: A candid look at the life of a GS executive.
The Long View
Occupation: This former Bridgewater Associates employee runs a $1 billion commodity portfolio
Why: Charts. All the charts.
Liz Ann Sonders
Occupation: Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab
Why: Plenty of charts and stats. Some related to markets, others not. A great source of interesting tidbits.
Occupation: Switzerland-based financial blogger
Why: While his true identity is unkown, russian_market has been widely recognized as one of the best follows when it comes to decrypting financial news out of Russia.
Occupation: Equity sales trader at Baird, author of “Bull and Baird,” a market blog exploring market catalysts.
Why: Solid market analysis, stock charts and the occasional delicious food photo/recipe.
Occupation: University of Michigan professor, NYTimes contributor and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.
Why: Tweets about economic policy and current events
Occupation: Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times Opinion columnist
Why: Lengthy but valuable tweetstorms with news and analysis of current events.
Occupation: Washington D.C. bureau chief for American Banker
Why: Rob has covered banking policy for 17 years, his keen tweets reflect his experience.
Occupation: Washington correspondent for the New York Times
Why: Tweets about news, politics and economics.
Occupation: Forbes reporter covering science and medicine
Why: Everything you need to know about current trends in science and biotech research, funding and news.
Occupation: Wall Street Journal investing columnist
Why: Excellent investment advice and trends
Occupation: Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund
Why: A look inside the daily thoughts of the famous hedge fund manager
Occupation: Senior editor, economic and financial desk, at Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.
Why: The self-described “market maniac” tweets out daily charts on the market in English.
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