There are a bunch of ways to get high-speed information about markets. Most of them — like getting a Bloomberg terminal, for instance — will cost you an arm and a leg.
Thankfully, there’s Twitter. It’s become a place where even the biggest names on Wall Street go to get a word (or 143 characters) out into the universe, and it can move markets.
Business Insider has compiled a list of the best financial Tweeters for you to use. These are people we follow all day, and if you’re going to get serious about using this awesome tool, you should follow them too.
Or even better, you join the conversation yourself.
But you’d better add some value.
Occupation: Veteran fund manager
Why: He dominates Twitter when it comes to emerging markets and currencies.
Occupation: Euro-area economist at Bloomberg LP and author of: A Trader's Guide to the Euro Area: Economic Indicators, the ECB and the Euro Crisis.
Why: The Euro crisis isn't really over.
Why: His tweets on Bill Ackman's infamous Herbalife short were so good that the media raced to uncover his identity.
Why: There are facts, and then there are 'facts' on Wall Street, the person behind this account questions them both. Expect a lot of scepticism about what the financial community is talking about, and even scepticism about the issues the community isn't talking about. Raw numbers, data, stats, that's all here too.
Occupation: Senior currency strategist at Societe Generale
Why: He's extremely sharp. He keeps important conversations going on Twitter with great questions. But he'll also raise doubt on tweets.
Occupation: Head of FX Strategy at Societe Generale, based in London
Why: He's one of the highest-level strategists at SocGen, but he's also really informal and casual over Twitter. He engages other finance folks on Twitter and keeps the conversation going.
Occupation: M&G's retail bond team
Why: Their tweets are usually incredibly detailed, monitoring of the European bond market.
Occupation: Managing Director and Chief U.S. 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
Why: He has great insight on what businesses work, what businesses 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: The investment banking giant has finally opened up to the Twittersphere and they're really good at it. They have tweeted out great pictures, including Lloyd Blankfein in dad jeans, and they have taken some funny swipes at certain news publications.
Occupation: Societe Generale agricultural analyst
Why: This guy is on the ground actually checking out America's cornfields. He shares what he's seeing.
Hedge fund titan Carl Icahn
Occupation: Billionaire investor/ chairman of Icahn Enterprises
Why: He made Apple's market cap increase by $US17 billion with just two tweets.
Why: Elfenbein has smart, simple, direct commentary on stocks.
Occupation: Author, columnist, stock analyst, and frequent Bloomberg guest
Why: Witty, sardonic commentary on markets and the financial industry.
Occupation: Tech/Media/Telecom hedge fund analyst
Why: As you'd expect, he tweets all things TMT.
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.
Occupation: Co-founder of StockTwits
Why: He takes the pulse of what a lot of traders are talking about.
Occupation: RiskReversal.com editor
Why: Great analysis on equities and macro situations.
Occupation: Blogger, portfolio manager, self-proclaimed 'data junkie'
Why: Great stat guy -- population stats, retail... you name it.
Occupation: All Star Charts writer, president of Eagle Bay Capital
Why: He's a CMT, A Chartered Market Technician. In English that means he's your chart guy.
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 live 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: 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 U.S. Treasury Department and the International Monetary Fund, you won't want to miss what he has to say.
Occupation: Researcher and trader
Why: Knows tons about hte stock market in terms of valuations, dividends, asset allocation.
Occupation: Macro strategist that specialises in FX markets.
Why: Based out of Denmark, she's a great follow for Europe and currency news and developments.
Why: Always on top of what's going on in markets, a great conversationalist, and will *toss you a Schlitz*.
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: Emerging markets strategist
Why: He's one of the smartest emerging market strategists out there.
Occupation: PIMCO the largest bond fund in the world
Why: Their tweets have moved markets.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager, CEO of Iron Fire Capital
Why: Great insight on tech and China.
Occupation: Finance professor
Why: A great way to stay on top of what's going on in the U.K. and Ireland
Occupation: Senior economist for Credit Agricole
Why: He provides live commentary and analysis on events in the eurozone. Sometimes he'll tweet out his research notes.
Occupation: S&P Capital IQ's Chief Investment Strategist
Why: Seriously respected stock market historian.
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.
Occupation: Portfolio Manager at New River Investments
Why: He's good with all kinds of bonds...treasuries, munis, etc.
Occupation: He works for the 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.
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 U.S. but is still the go-to for analysis on China's economy.
Occupation: NYU Finance professor
Why: Professor Damodaran is known for his genius valuations. Catch some of that insight outside the classroom.
Occupation: Full time trader/blogger
Why: On top of the most important breaking data and news with a little sports sprinkled in if you're into that.
Why: Warning: 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.
Occupation: Equity trader
Why: He says he uses his Twitter account as a trading diary and he's not kidding about that.
Occupation: S&P Capital IQ's chief technical strategist
Why: Tweets out charts and great insight on equities.
Occupation: Chief economist at Maverick Intelligence
Why: London-based with a deep knowledge or European economies. A senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Why: If you like bonds, beer and (Chicago) sports, this guy's your man.
Occupation: Accountant and writer
Why: Awesome on forensic accounting.
Occupation: Economist/Dartmouth professor
Why: He's a former member of the Bank of England's MPC and very critical of the current UL government.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager
Why: Scottish money manager specializing in equities.
Why: Zero Hedge writes on the darker, more conspiracy theory side of finance, but this Twitter account is super fast and never stops.
Occuaption: Proprietary trader
Why: A U.K. based finance vet whose tweets sometimes veer from the market to politics and culture -- the humour stays though.
Occupation: Eurozone fixed income strategiest at Nomura
Why: Nomura macro guru; finalist for Wolfson prize on best solution to breakup the Euro.
Occupation: NYC based prop trader
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: 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: 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.
Occupation: Teacher at the New York Institute of Finance
Why: If you're into technical analysis, this guys was one of the first to do it.
Occupation: Twitter feed for Bespoke Investment Group - Financial Research and Money Management.
Why: Research, charts, the whole nine yards.
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: Options trader, writer for Schaeffers research
Why: Scared of volatility? This trader is always fixed on the VIX.
Occupation: Writer of Sinocism, a newsletter on China
Why: Beijing based. Has his ear on the ground pulling out the news that really matters in China and putting it in English.
Occupation: Options and volatility researcher
Why: Perfect if you want a side of philosophy (he has a Ph D.) with your options market know-how.
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: CEO of his website, Value Walk.
Why: Excellent hedge fund letter leaks.
Occupation: Economist at Capital Economics
Why: Awesome on U.S. housing.
Why: Fast on breaking headlines and London based, so you get a different point of view.
Handle: @MorganStanley, @MS_Econ
Occupation: American banking giant
Why: For a bank, Morgan Stanley has a solid feed, and will tweet out plenty of news and views.
Occupation: Chief Global Strategist at BTIG
Why: Smart commentary on politics, economics, and sometimes some decent music.
Occupation: Hedge fund manager
Why: London based, super smart, and an economist.
Occupation: Chief Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics
Why: An econ fact machine and Forbes contributor.
Occupation: Political scientist
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: Director of Research at Pension Partners
Why: Bilello is a CMT -- a chartist if you will, so expect a lot of those.
Occupation: Bloomberg China, Japan, Korea 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.
Occupation: Irish economist
Why: Huge chops on the Euro Zone and ECB, very funny.
Occupation: Technical Analyst at Miller Tabak
Why: Chart guru who sees patterns everyone needs to see.
Occupation: Trader of Italian government bonds
Why: Knows the crucial Italian bond market in and out and tweets it live.
Occupation: Chartist at Bloomberg
Why: The handle says it all. Just the facts and the charts that back them up. A former Bank of Canada Economist
Occupation: The Bureau of Labour Statistics
Why: Your source for labour statistics, other than Business Insider
Occupation: Investment advisor
Why: Cullen's blog has a lot of great insight... and he's funny.
Occupation: CEO of Vestact, an equities and asset management firm
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 econmoic indicators across international borders.
Occupation: Financial consultant based in Norway
Why: We're pretty sure he doesn't sleep. Always tweeting about the hottest topic in the market.
Occuaption: Economist, and analyst at Oxford Economics
Why: Expert on sovereign debt in emerging and frontier markets, and a must follow during Cyprus crisis
Why: A vet of McKinsey and UBS. His profile includes, 'Blocked by Zero Hedge since 2010,' which means he gets it.
Occuaption: Investment Advisor
Why: Brakke is always reading about investing and sharing the best tidbits succinctly -- then you can read if you're into it.
Occupation: Hedge funder
Why: Cranky, opinionated hedge funder that knows his stuff, and enjoys getting into fights.
Occupation: --- Former banker, now travelling around the world.
Why: Brilliant, not just on finance, but on politics, history, and culture.
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