NC Ranked #2 Among 100 Anglo-Saxon Financial Blogs

We are glad to be rank well in a new finance blog tally (thanks to loyal NC readers!), even though this survey is tongue in cheek (it has a methodology which has some logic to it but simultaneously pokes fun at methodologies).

And I also am ambivalent about self promotion. When I started out in the work world, professionals above the level of ambulance-chasers didn’t sell their services; they got referrals. They might be active in the community to get known and noticed, but the tacit assumption was if you were good at your work and kept at it, you’d develop a good reputation and more business would follow. For instance, when I joined McKinsey (1983), it didn’t pitch clients, it responded to inquiries.

But now it seems, people aren’t “active in the community,” they “network”. And the assumption now is that if you don’t talk yourself up, it must because you don’t have any impressive stuff about you or your business to tout.

So because the post, erm, “Psudo-Scientific Study” at Suitpossum: Post-Crisis Adventures in Financial Subversion, is clever, and all good businessfolk in the new millennium know they need to toot their own horns, below is the resulting ranking:

Actually, on a more serious front, NC was also among a handful of blogs mentioned in this report by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism (hat tip Doug, see p. 24, for instance):

Tow Center/Columbia Journalism School on "Post-Industrial Journalism" by

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  1. Marcie

    I have only been reading your blog for a few years but I am drawn to the clarity and directness of your posts. You don’t sugarcoat or spin and it is refreshing to have a place where the readers are informed and their comments reflective of intellectual precision. Like a teacher that appears when the student is ready you inspire those of us that are regulars here to bring cerebral curiosity and rigor to the debate in a way that is not threatening. Even if I don’t agree with you I strive to understand your point because it has value and I will learn from the dialogue. I am appreciative of your guest posts as they too are those I admire and respect and their posts always valuable and insightful.

    Thank you Yves for being here we need more genuineness and on Naked Capitalism you get it daily and in spades.

  2. tulsatime

    I have been reading this page since the early days, and always felt like I had wandered into a wonderful place that translated the truth out of the miasma of lies that financial news had become. I became aware of the black heart of the beast, and saw the truth of ‘high finance’.

    I guess it’s some comfort to know why the us is going to turn into a very unpleasant place in the near future. I hope Sen Warren is not immediately marginalized by the squid, she could use a good start, before the VP slot with hill comes up..;)

  3. Ruben

    The ranking might be a bit tongue-in-cheek but what is completely serious is the great quality of your blog. Sure it’s more widely read than most. Congrats!

  4. skippy

    “by highly specialized niche sites of analysis (Naked Capitalism,ScienceBlogs), and so on.” – CJS

    Skippy… Most umbrageous[!!!] Niche site[???]… cough… ummm… The k[no]w sacred cow site!

  5. LucyLulu

    I’ve only been around here maybe a year but hope I’ve found a permanent home. Not only the posts excellent but the comments from the readers you attract are the best to be found anywhere. This is a very humbling place indeed…….

    So how long must one be a loyal reader until the super-secret NC genius snack food recipe is shared?

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      Hahaha, thanks!

      I can’t speak for Matt and Lambert, but I wander over to my fridge and my usual nosh food is plain yogurt (none of this lowfat stuff, whole cow or goat milk). Also I drink a lot of diet soda these days (but made with sucralose, so not as bad as the aspartame norm).

      Also one of my cats regularly interferes with tries to participate in the drafting process.

      1. LucyLulu

        I’m in good shape right now then. I have leftover spinach in the fridge that I eat with a dollop of plain yogurt. I got the recipe from somebody from the middle east long ago. it’s delicious. Normally I can’t stand either spinach or plain yogurt but together they are delicious. Saute fresh spinach with butter and onions, add yogurt at the table, yum. Other people tend to be evenly mixed between loving it and wanting the (very easy) recipe or not caring for it much at all.

        1. kris

          Spinach and eggplants are quite tough to cook, but when cooked properly they are super delicious.

          Only we Mediterraneans know how to cook. The rest are just slow learners.

  6. Michael

    I was recently asked to name my favorite financial blog. That is a tough question, as there are several that deliver consistent quality content.

    Very few financial and econ sites offer both quality, and thought provoking content on a daily basis. Fewer still provide reader comment quality that is engaging enough for me to contiously read past the post.

    NC became part of my daily morning coffee routine over a year ago. Now that I think about it more, NC is the only site where I read deep into the comments of virtually every post.

    While NC was one of the 3 finance related blogs I listed as my favorite, this site is my personal number one for reader participation.

  7. evodevo

    They’re written in Anglo Saxon? Wow. In that case, in reference to the economy, Þæs ofereode, That was overcome, þisses swa mæg. so may this be. (Deor)

  8. ChrisPacific

    “Yes, I’ve taken something completely subjective and added a spurious quantitative element to it. Given that this is standard practice in the financial industry, there should be no problem.”

    That gave me a chuckle.

    I just had a look at Money Is The Way based on his comment, and I have to say I would count myself among the people that don’t get it. Maybe one of our fellow readers can enlighten me.

    Congrats on the ranking, by the way. I have some issues with his methodology but given that he admitted up front it was rubbish, I see no point in going into details.


    NC brings the legacy of muckraking powerfully, and actionably, into the future. Your rigor is evident and your contributors, excellent.

    Keep up the good work!

    (and I love Lambert, even though we fight. But don’t tell him so.)

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