Our annual list of who to follow on Twitter for 2018. It’s all about crypto this year.
It’s the end of the year, and for those of us in the newsroom who spend far too much time hunting tips, charts and RTs on Finance Twitter TWTR, -1.50% that means one thing: time to update our annual list of who to follow.
Our 2016 edition was all about the names that might offer a heads-up on market tumult (remember when we were worried about that?!). For 2017, we put together a comprehensive list that, honestly, still stands for 2018. (A full roundup is available in one Twitter list right here.) This year… it’s all about crypto.
But before we dive head-first into the blockchain, we’ve been asking you, our readers, for 2018 nominees and a few of you spotted that we were under-representing accounts covering Asia. Here are a few of your nominees to correct that oversight: Comrade Balding @BaldingsWorld, managing director/chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management Patrick Chovanec @prchovanec, and the technical-analysis focused @Sunchartist.
From our newsroom, a few general tips: Author and outspoken tweeter Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) is one to follow if you’re concerned about the “death of expertise.” Check out Bama @Bamabroker if you’re looking for tweets about commodities. Investment advisor Ross Gerber @GerberKawasaki has racked up over 44,000 followers with his market following tweets. ValueWalk (@valuewalk) is a good all-arounder on hedge funds and value investing. And may we recommend WSJ Millennials @WizJourn — it’s as perfect as it sounds.
Now let’s get down to it: 2017 was the year of the cryptocurrency. You know the story: Bitcoin BTCUSD, +0.88% is up 1,000% year-to-date, and the total crypto market cap has exploded to over $340 billion. Social chatter about the new asset class has blown up, and the followings of notable Crypto Twitter accounts have seen, well, crypto-like, 500%+ gains.
On this topic, EVERYONE has a differing opinion ranging from “fraud” to “the future” — and social media is often the place those opinions get aired and debated. Meanwhile, price moves happen quicker than you can tweet about it. For investors, sorting through the noise (not to mention the ICO pump and dumps) to find signals worth listening to is no easy thing.
Are cryptocurrencies a huge bubble, or just getting going? Is ether the next bitcoin? What’s the ideal crypto portfolio? Whatever your position, we hope these accounts will deliver the analysis and commentary you’re looking for in the year to come. (Who did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.)