It’s that time again.
That is, time for you to clean out your Twitter closet as 2017 arrives. Toss the bots and Eggheads, and add a few names who might actually give good guidance in what is sure to be an interesting year for investors.
Twitter TWTR, +2.32% is the lifeblood of investing for some finance watchers, who consume posts as enthusiastically as the next U.S. president sends them out. But that hasn’t stopped the arguments over whether “fintweets” are actually of any use to average investors — or to their personal well-being, for that matter.
(Looking for a Twitter list with more “personal” in the “finance”? Head right here.)
Followers get about zilch from the Twitter account of Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) , who is clearly too busy wheeling and dealing behind the scenes to post. They get a bit more from Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn), but not a lot. Even so, a “just in case” follow is in order for financial heavyweights, no matter how often they tweet — who knows when they may have a spontaneous but important thought?
What Twitter does have is plenty of hardworking investors out there sharing their wins and fails, not to mention those provide an escape with some fintweet humor. @Wu_Tang_Finance anyone?
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn
If yo stocks start acting up, diversify again.
— Wu-Tang Financial (@Wu_Tang_Finance) December 6, 2016
Does that mean that financial Twitter is useful for the regular investor? Here’s what Josh Brown — the chief executive of Ritholtz Wealth and a worthy follow himself via the @ReformedBroker handle — had to say on the matter:
“I think it’s more entertaining for pros / savvy individuals. Not ‘useful’ in the traditional sense, the way a book or a blog post would be. It’s good for discovery of new ideas and perspectives, though.”
And Twitter can’t be beat for finding good, fast charts that tell a thousand words, or searching for what happened with nonfarm payrolls last week. It’s all there, with comments, says Helen Thomas, a former banker and hedge-fund partner.
“All of these things can help a retail person get the pulse of the market quickly, but also some genuine analysis in an easy-to-digest format,” says Thomas, who knocks out no-nonsense market commentary at @MarketBlondes.
So, in no particular order, here are 50-plus of the best fintweeters to follow:
1. @Schuldensuehner — Berlin-based Holger Zschaepitz, self-described “market maniac” for Germany’s Die @Welt. The senior editor at the economic and financial desk tweets a few good charts out daily on markets, such as all-rounders like this one:
Good morning. Asia mkts enjoying broad based strong rally helped by solid gains Wall St, higher oil, weaker Dollar & stabilizing bond yields pic.twitter.com/SxjGOKEjUr
— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) November 22, 2016
2. @LizAnnSonders — The chief investment strategist of Charles Schwab & Co. is a must-follow, who shares her thoughts on the economy and markets. Also follow her colleagues @KathyJones, chief fixed-income strategist and @JeffreyKleintop, chief global investment strategist.
3. @NorthmanTrader — Chartist who goes by “Northy” waxes wise on markets and technicals on his website here. Some of his tweets are locked, but he sneaks out a few that are always worth a look. You can also find him guesting at MarketWatch from time to time under his real name, Sven Henrich.
6. @ErikFossing — Erik Fossing Nielsen, group chief economist at UniCredit, is a good follow to line up if you want to keep a grip on the year in European politics. Events in 2017 may turn out to be a big black swan for global financial markets.
8. @CiovaccoCapital — Chris Ciovacco, founder and CEO of Ciovacco Capital Management, is a wise voice in the fintweet community. He posts a lot about the S&P 500 (always with a chart that makes you go “hmmm”) and blogs here.
9. @JLyonsFundMGMT — Dana Lyons, partner at J. Lyons Fund Management, runs this feed and can always be counted on to deliver an insightful chart or a trend you might have overlooked
10. @TDANSherrod — Nicole Sherrod, the managing director of trading at TD Ameritrade, posts on Twitter about top trades, charts on sector performance, schools on patterns, and similar topics. As well as on human stuff:
My son comes home from preschool each day covered in varying degrees of glitter. They are testing to see if I bathe him, aren’t they?
— Nicole Sherrod (@TDANSherrod) November 16, 2016
11. @SconsetCapital — Timothy Connolly, founder of Sconset Capital Management, is one of the few followed by Chanos. Connolly uses lots of CAPS and “!!!” in his tweets, but he tells it like it is, usually in two words or fewer. This wiseguy blogs as well.
Thank you, Captain Obvious. https://t.co/CwHP7i8Djf
— Timothy Connolly CFA (@SconsetCapital) December 5, 2016
12. @Samir_Madani — If you are watching global oil prices and OPEC action, then you’d be mad not to follow Samir (Sam) Madani, oil trader and co-founder of the #OOTT (Organization of Oil Trading Tweeters). Stockholm-based Madani seems to know everything about oil and everyone in the industry.
13. @Amena__Bakr — Checking out who these top fintweet accounts follow themselves is a great way to cover all the bases. Madani, for one, follows Bakr, Energy Intelligence Group’s Gulf energy correspondent. If there is an OPEC meeting going, she’s all over it. So check that box.
While you’re at it, those hungry for oil updates should follow Bloomberg’s chief energy correspondent @JavierBlas2 and MarketWatch’s own Myra Saefong at @MktwSaefong, as well as The Wall Street Journal’s @SaraKentWSJ and ThomsonReuters analyst @JKempEnergy.
14. @Brenda_Kelly — The trader and analyst stays well on top of Europe markets and elsewhere. It takes a big woman to admit stuff like this:
Managed to punch myself in the mouth unraveling the fairy lights.
— Brenda Kelly (@Brenda_Kelly) December 4, 2016
15. @IvanTheK — The “Lead Independent Director of Finance Twitter” description that graces his account page seems about right. Tongue-in-cheek that may be, but weets like this will make you one of his 20,000 or so slavish followers:
I’ve been in my mind,
It’s such a fine line,
That keeps me searching for a chart of gold. https://t.co/PkmJhkquUL
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) November 23, 2016
16. @StockCats — You had me at cats. Like Ivan, this stock trader delivers wisecrackery on a grand scale, and then some. Most days, a StockCats post can get you through:
“everyone had a plan until the POTUS sent out a Tweet saying the stock market was in a bubble” – 2017
— StockCats (@StockCats) November 17, 2016
17. @Financial_Orbit — Chris Bailey, founder of Financial Orbit, tweets on the dollar, stocks, the U.S., Europe, Asia. So, the whole shebang.
Today’s Password is:
Cuz you know, December is the best month for stocks or something like that.
— Helene Meisler (@hmeisler) December 1, 2016
19. @MarkYusko — The founder and chief investment officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management invoked Ferris Bueller in his latest quarterly letter. He called airlines “stupid cheap” in the summer, which became relevant once Warren Buffett got interested. He’s a nice guy, too.
21. @katie_martin_fx — Deputy head of fastFT, which delivers market-moving news and opinions. And she’s dead funny.
23. @vexmark — Mark Constantine digs up fine, fine charts, and probably has the best profile art out there.
25. @TheStalwart — Bloomberg TV editor Joe Weisenthal remains one of the kings of Twitter finance. Always a comment on the biggest finance issues of the day. And some snark.
29. @TheBubbleBubble — Economic analyst Jesse Colombo 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. Real estate is a thorn in his side, again.
30. @AnneMarieTrades — Anne Marie Baiynd, author of The Trading Book, has a loyal following for her astute tweets and charts that aren’t hard to understand.
31. @KeithMcCullough — the 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.
32. @ritholtz — Barry Ritholtz, chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management, 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.
33. @JeffMacke — The investor and trader seems a deft hand at art, given his creative treatment of charts and company statements. While you’re at it, don’t miss a follow for @The_Real_Fly , the brains behind iBankCoin , which is where both share their deep thoughts:
— Jeff Macke (@JeffMacke) November 22, 2016
35. @FXCM — Let’s roll over to currencies. Observations from global forex broker FXCM are worth your while. Trader positioning, chart patterns — the mysteries are explained for the non-chartists. They follow @BearBull_Trader , Mark Keiser, who tweets on forex and central banks and, sometimes, gifs.
37. @callieabost — Financial analyst Callie Bost is a stickler for those Dow record stats. And something of a Tar Heels fan too.
38. @Ukarlewitz, otherwise known as Urban Carmel, tweets out charts and research and has a UBS and Wharton background.
Probability $ DJIA rises next yr
66% of past 119 yrs
65% if prior yr up
66% if prior yr down
66% if prior yr up 20%
67% if PE in top quintile
— Urban Carmel (@ukarlewitz) December 2, 2016
39. @PredictedMkts — Sniffing through Urban Carmel’s follows unearthed this one. Great for stats on how long rallies have lasted for different securities.
Gold has fallen for 4 weeks in a row, dropping 9.7%, making this the biggest 4 week fall seen in the 178 weeks since 5 July 2013 #gold
— Predicted Markets (@PredictedMkts) December 4, 2016
40. @jsblokland — @Robeco fund manager Jeroen Blokland tweets out a lot of good stuff, like nice, clean bond charts. He’s definitely one to add as Europe heats up (or not) next year. He’s got a fair bit to say about oil as well.
— jeroen blokland (@jsblokland) December 5, 2016
41. @TihoBrkan is a Hong Kong-based wealth manager and worth a follow for his advice and charts.
42. @5_min_macro — As advertised.
We’re at the ‘everyone’s got a plan till they get punched in the face’ stage of the fixed income selloff.
— Five Minute Macro (@5_min_macro) December 1, 2016
43. @RaoulGMI — Raoul Pal founded Global Macro Investor, a newsletter for the world’s biggest hedge funds and pension funds. He runs Real Vision Television and is pretty convinced the U.S. economy is doomed. Here’s an interview he did with MarketWatch this year.
44. @z8angela — Angela Zhou, who describes herself as a day/swing stock/option trader who tracks technical charts and does analysis, is another one to add.
45. @zerohedge — Love it, hate it, Zerohedge still rolls with everything happening in finance. All the time.
46. @AndyBiotech — Getting sector specific, this so-called recovering scientist and biotech investor could come in real handy next year. Also on biotechs, try @emmarcourt from MarketWatch and then @megtirrell from Bloomberg.
My first Twitter Poll, please vote!
When do you think Trump tweet will hit the biopharma industry?
— Andy Biotech (@AndyBiotech) December 7, 2016
47. @Stephanie_Link — Managing director for U.S. Equities at TIAA Global Asset Management, Stephanie Link tweets out small nuggets of good information.
48. @marketminute — Michele Schneider, director of research and trading education at MarketGauge, tosses up techs and charts.
49. @JustinWolfers — UMichEcon professor Justin Wolfers is all over politics and economics.
50. @cullenroche — Popular macro investment manager Cullen Roche, who has always got something to say.
51. @JLyonsFundMgmt — Dana Lyons works pretty hard at putting his charts together, and they are explained clearly and concisely. His Tumblr spot is a good place to check out.
There are so many great accounts out there that we’ve undoubtedly overlooked some. Let us know if we have — and keep checking in to see if our list gets longer. You can subscribe to the list on Twitter here. Also, last year’s rundown is still worth a look — go see who else you might be missing here.
Finally, a shout-out to the MarketWatch team of reporters and editors. If you’ve made it this far, you probably already follow @MarketWatch, but, if not, there’s no time like the present. In individual names, try @mdecambre, @sarajolin, @MWMozee, @vicrek, @wlwatts, @RyanVlastelica, @SuechangMW, @wmwitkowski ,@jsadinolfi, @slangwise, @RachelKBeals and @AnoraJourno. Or subscribe to our list, which rounds up the whole team’s tweets: go to @MarketWatch and click on “lists”, then select MarketWatch Staff.
CORRECTION: An account that couldn’t be verified as Jim Chanos has been removed.