In the third part of our guide to the top Twitter forex influencers, we shall be taking a look at five more financial journalists with a huge reach and influence in the social media sphere. As well as being the ones to break the most important news stories, these people are often central to their dissemination throughout the online world through their social media accounts, being at the heart of the most important online conversations. That’s why it’s crucial to follow and engage with these people if you want to keep abreast of all the things that are happening in the world of currencies trading. This will help you to gain a broader knowledge of the factors that affect currency movements and gauge the trends that are affecting prices in real time.
Twitter Followers: 25,586
Klout Score: 67
Sara Eisen is a Bloomberg TV correspondent and a contributor on the ‘Bloomberg Surveillance’ and ‘Lunch Money’ programmes. Her main expertise is in macroeconomics, with a focus on fixed income and currency markets. Having graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism, she went on to present for ForexTV before landing the Bloomberg gig.
Recently, she has been heavily involved in covering the European debt crisis for Bloomberg, interviewing finance ministers and political leaders in Germany, Greece, and the other Eurozone countries directly impacted by the crisis. She was also the main on-the-ground correspondent during the earthquake in Japan and the subsequent crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
In addition to covering these major events, she has interviewed several leading figures in the finance world, including regional Fed presidents James Bullard, Charles Plosser Richard Fisher, and Eric Rosengren, and has reported from several meetings of the G20 and the IMF. Last year, she made her first appearance in print with a book called ‘Currencies After the Crash’, an illuminating collection of essays on the topic of forex by a range of experts on the topic, with commentary from Eisen.
Twitter Followers: 17,233
Klout Score: 67
FT Alphaville’s Izabella Kaminska began her journalistic career by heading out, on her own initiative, to Kabul for a week to report on Afghanistan’s emerging business and banking industry while staying with mercenaries. It was a pretty big risk, given the situation in the country at that time, but she managed to avoid getting killed and succeeded in selling her story to a business magazine. This led to a graduate training scheme with Reuters in 2004, followed by stints as a natural gas reporter at Platts, an associate editor at BP’s internal magazine, and a producer at CNBC.
She joined FT’s Alphaville team in 2008, just as the financial crisis was in full swing, and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her interest in economics comes from a childhood fascination with ancient economies, particularly the Roman Empire, and studied Ancient History at University College London before doing a masters in Journalism at the London College of Printing.
Twitter Followers: 16,092
Klout Score: 67
Neil Irwin is a journalist and author, working as a columnist for the Washington Post and as the economics editor of Wonkblog, which is a spin-off blog from the Post that covers policy news and analysis. His daily Econ Agenda column is a must-read for forex traders, covering the latest trends in economics and finance with an eye for the policies that affect them both.
Irwin has worked at the Post since 2000s, covering topics such as the regional economy in Washington, internet companies, and economic development. Between 2007 and 2012, he covered economics and the Federal Reserve, and played a leading role in the Post’s coverage of the financial crisis and the subsequent recession. In addition to his work at the Post, he is a frequent guest on television, providing expert economic analysis on MSNBC, CNBC, and the PBS Newshour.
Recently, he authored a book about the reaction of the world’s central banks to the financial crisis called ‘The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire’. As well as being a thrilling document of how these men dealt with the crisis, it also gives the whole thing some context by looking at the history of central banks from 17th century Sweden to the Age of Greenspan.
Michael de la Merced
Twitter Followers: 10128
Klout Score: 62
Michael de la Merced has worked at the New York times and its spinoff business website, Dealbook, since 2006, covering finance and Wall Street. His main areas of specialization include mergers and acquisitions, white-collar crime, private equity, and bankruptcy/restructuring, although he is conversant across the entire spectrum of financial news. His ability to write about complex topics in an engaging, conversational manner has seen him rise fast in the world of finance journalism, having only completed his degree a few months before he was hired by the Times, and his influence across the financial world has been amplified considerably by his active engagement with social media.
Twitter Followers: 8,596
Klout Score: 64
Alice Ross started her career as the Deputy Money Editor at the Financial Times, before being promoted to being the main Currencies Correspondent for the paper. While her main professional focus is on the forex market, she tweets about a wide variety of things connected with the world of finance, bringing a more holistic view to what is quite a specialised subject matter. Needless to say, if you are a forex trader with a Twitter feed, you have to follow Alice Ross.
Other articles in this series:
Top Twitter Forex Influencers Part 1
Top Twitter Forex Influencers Part 2- Journalists
Top Twitter Forex Influencers Part 4 – Journalists (continued)
Top Twitter Forex Influencers Part 5 – Journalists (continued)