Barron’s: Financial blogs come of age

Very kind words in the electronic investor column this week about your humble blogger.

“Many investors seek answers on financial Weblogs (blogs), where opinions and suggestions fly fast and furious. Barely formatted text strings a few years ago, many of these sites have blossomed into sophisticated information destinations with big-time venture funding and professional staffing. Some are more trafficked than the Websites of traditional publishers, and many, like RGE Monitor (, are mixed-media tours de force. RGE highlights the TV appearances of co-founder Nouriel Roubini, a New York University economics professor (, which I guess makes it a vlog (video blog).

RGE OFTEN MAKES THE best Website lists of mainstream business publications like The Wall Street Journal ( It features granular coverage of the global financial crisis, and is steeped in macroeconomic expertise. A former White House adviser, Roubini headlines a collection of deep thinkers like former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers.

RGE Monitor links to the blogs of its commentators, including the Big Picture’s ( acerbic Barry Ritholtz (acerbic as in references to the Fed as “Wall Street’s bitch” and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson as “Hank the Destroyer”). A frequent CNBC ( commentator, Ritholtz is CEO at quantitative-research firm FusionIQ. He opines on everything from trading tactics to macroeconomics (sometimes to Barron’s) on a site that averages more than 65,000 daily visitors.”

Also mentioned: Ticker Sense, Bespoke Investments, Minyanville, Seeking Alpha, and RealClear Markets. Congrats to all.

Acerbic? Moi ?


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