10 Financial Pundits Turned Social Media Hounds

In an industry where everyone seems to have an opinion, these financial services veterans have learned to leverage Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media to their advantage.

Neil Barofsky Neil Barofsky

The former Special Inspector General of TARP has sharply criticized the Obama administration and the financial services industry, in his book "Bailout" and from a very active (and candid) Twitter feed. Sample Tweet: "@johndalytv what a load from Geithner. We suggested numerous paths in 2010 that he ignored. He CHOSE to ignore homeowners, plain and simple."

Twitter handle: @neilbarofsky

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Sallie Krawcheck Sallie Krawcheck

The former Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney head frequently blogs on her LinkedIn page. One sample post is entitled "What I Learned When I Got Fired (the First Time)." Until recently, Krawcheck was also very active on Twitter. (She has gone conspicuously silent ever since her name was bounced around as a candidate to run the Securities and Exchange Commission.)

Twitter handle: @SallieKrawcheck

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Brett King Brett King

Techies can follow the "Bank 3.0" author, onetime Bank Technology News Innovator of the Year and "foremost disruptor in the retail banking space" (his words, not ours) Brett King to keep abreast of far-reaching digital banking trends. A sample tweet: "@KarlAntle I'm sure before long compliance will be asking new customers to prove they aren't a robot."

Twitter handle: @BrettKing

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Nassim Taleb Nassim Taleb

Essayist and "Black Swan" author Nassim Taleb uses Twitter not to "promote," but to "correct" (again, his words, not ours). Case in point: he once got in a well-publicized Twitter fight with U.K. blogger Daniel Davies that somehow roped in New York Times economist Paul Krugman.

Twitter handle: @nntaleb

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Larry Summers Larry Summers

Economist and former Treasury Secretary Summers keeps the public in the loop of his numerous media appearances via his website (www.larrysummers.com) and on Twitter. Sample tweet: "Set your alarm clock! I will be a guest host on @SquawkNBC tomorrow at 6:30 am."

Twitter handle: @LHSummers

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Nouriel Roubini Nouriel Roubini

The economist, who notably predicted the collapse of the housing market (and the subsequent recession) back in 2006, shares his thoughts frequently via Twitter. Sample tweet: "Many advanced economies (EZ, UK, Japan) were in a recession in Q3 and/or Q4 of 2012. Can the US decouple from this risk as the cliff looms?" You can also peruse through his vast collection of white papers at www.roubini.com and read his blog on EconoMonitor.

Twitter handle: @Nouriel

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Lawrence McDonald Lawrence McDonald

The former Lehman Brothers vice president, now a consultant, is active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. McDonald also maintains a blog — useful, since he advertises himself as "Wall Street's most influential blogger" — though the posts are largely aggregates of his numerous television appearances.

Twitter handle: @covertbond

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Daniel Alpert Daniel Alpert

The founding managing partner of Westwood Capital LLC maintains a blog called Dan Alpert's Two Cents at EconoMonitor. He's also pretty candid when sharing his thoughts on Twitter. Sample tweet: "With all the excellent candidates tabled by so many wise folks, the White House bubble nominates another industry insider to head the #SEC."

Twitter Handle: @DanielAlpert

Christine Lagarde Christine Lagarde

You may be surprised to discover you can follow the managing director of the International Monetary Fund on Twitter. Sample tweet: "My message today: countries need to take courageous and cooperative action to spur a lasting recovery http://bit.ly/RahdQP."

Twitter handle: @lagarde

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Jennifer Schulz Jennifer Schulz

With 794 followers, Visa's Global Head of eCommerce may have yet to establish herself as a Twitter powerhouse, but she certainly appears interested in increasing her social media presence. A recent Visa press release included her Twitter handle as part of a quote's attribution.

Twitter handle: @Jen_Schulz

In an industry where everyone seems to have an opinion, these financial services veterans have learned to leverage Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media to their advantage.

Comments (3)
Brett King? Are you serious?? This is what is wrong with the industry.
Posted by TJR Easton | Thursday, December 06 2012 at 7:58PM ET
Brett King? Are you serious??
Posted by TJR Easton | Thursday, December 06 2012 at 8:00PM ET
What was your question TJR?
Posted by Brett King | Friday, December 07 2012 at 12:58AM ET
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