Top 50 #Financial Twitter Influencers

Jen Cohen Crompton

We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Finance.

We’ve already published some great lists of Twiter influencers in big data, cloud computing, analytics, enterprise mobility, and human resources, and here is the next list – the Top 50 Financial Influencers on Twitter.

Note: Financial Twitter influencers were determined based on tweeted topics, influence as measured by Klout, number of followers, and number of tweets. Below are the “top” influencers at this time based on the combination of factors.

@WSJnumbersguy -The Numbers Guy/ @CarlBialik

Carl Bialik examines the way numbers are used, and abused. – New York, NY –

@CNNMoney – The world’s leading business and finance website and the online home to @fortunemagazine and @money magazine. –

@moneymorning – Money Morning
Money moves the markets; Money Morning lets you move first. – Baltimore, Maryland, USA –

@karldeeter – Karl Deeter
Financial adviser/analyst, at Irish Mortgage Brokers & Advisors. ie in Dublin. Blogger, commentator, Sun on Sunday, Columnist & flatpicker. – Dublin, Ireland –

@IreneAldridge – Irene Aldridge
World expert on high-frequency trading, author, fund manager, public speaker. –

@AAAMPblog – AAAMP Blog
The goal of the AAAMP Blog is to empower people to manage their own money. Find out more about me personally @kenfaulkenberry.- The Woodlands, TX –

@AwesomeFinance – Chris Smith
A man on a mission- to raise the personal finance IQs of young adults everywhere! – Seattle, WA –

@ColinTWilliams – Colin Williams
Building opportunities for finance professionals and their clients through the Web and Social Media – Australia –

@CoryRIchards – Cory Richards
Full time author and financial trader. I write non fiction and fiction. In between chapters I trade financial futures contracts. – La Quinta, CA –

@Nouriel – Nouriel Roubini
Professor at Stern School, NYU, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics (, blog at , co-author of Crisis Economics – New York –

@TimHartford – Tim Harford
Author of Adapt; Undercover Economist at the FT; presenter of More or Less, Radio 4. (Email v/website is the best for important messages.) Views my own, of course. – Oxford –

@Finance_Wire – Finance Wire
The latest on Financial Stock and ETFs. –

@BenChu_ – Ben Chu
Economics Editor of The Independent. Views my own. – London, England –

@Lagarde – Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Also follow @imfnews. Washington, DC –

@alessiorastani– Alessio Rastani
Experienced Stock Market and Forex trader. Keynote speaker on share trading. Mentor and dedicated to helping others succeed. – London, UK – – For Big Four Alumni & Pros- Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG, PwC – New York, NY, USA –

@finplan – Financial Planning
Financial Planning magazine and its associated brands are dedicated to the needs of the independent financial planner. –

@susanweiner – Susan Weiner, CFA
Writer-editor and chartered financial analyst (CFA) who helps financial professionals increase the impact of their writing on clients and prospects. –

@loral – Loral Langemeier
Best Selling Author, International Speaker, Money Expert – Zephyr Cove, Nevada –

@MarketWatch -MarketWatch
Tracking the pulse of the markets. Get business news, personal finance information and real-time commentary from MarketWatch. – San Francisco, CA –

@LewisFinancial – Bill Lewis
Com’l RE Sales/Finance since 1969. Specialize in Sr. Facilities, Apts, Office, Industrial, Bank Direct Assets. Kids (father of six), dogs, cabernet since… – Santa Cruz, CA –

@FinancialTimes – Financial Times
All the big stories on and updates from our news editors. Register to gain free access to up to eight FT articles per month  – London, UK –

@daily_finance – DailyFinance
DailyFinance helps its readers navigate through perilous economic times and make better decisions about their financial futures. Feed curated by @harrykeffron. – United States –

@Wealthfront – Wealthfront
Online Financial Advisor to the Tech Community – Silicon Valley –

@allanschoenberg – Allan Schoenberg
Exec Dir of Corp Comm at @cmegroup; husband/father; B2B; Arsenal; F1; economics/tech geek; write at @b2bvoices; living in London from Chicago

@MoneyNing – David Ning
Personal finance blogger helping individuals reach their retirement and financial freedom goals. – Irvine, CA –

@MichaelKitces – Michael Kitces
One nerd’s perspective on the financial planning world… Publisher of The Kitces Report and the blog Nerd’s Eye View at –

@EconomyUS – US Economy
US Economy News, Headlines, and Happenings, updated throughout the day, 24/7 – US, the hub of world economy

@qfinance_ – QFINANCE
The Ultimate Financial Resource. A collaboration of more than 300 of the world’s leading practitioners and visionaries in finance and financial management. – UK –

@Investopedia – Investopedia
We believe individuals can excel at managing their financial affairs. We strive to provide free educational content and tools to empower individual investors. –

@CBSMoneyWatch – CBS MoneyWatch
Personal finance advice, analysis and financial planning – New York, NY –

@YahooFinance – Yahoo! Finance
Y! Finance is the #1 financial news website. 100% feed-free tweets – New York, NY –

@BethKobliner – Beth Kobliner
Personal finance journalist, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability member who helped develop #MoneyAsYouGrow, and author of Get a Financial Life. – New York, NY –

@CNBCnow – What’s Trending / CNBC
CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage & business information. Follow for what’s trending. – Worldwide –

@tim – Tim Bradshaw
Tech & internet reporter @financialtimes. Recent transplant from London to SF. Views = mine, not FT’s. Retweets ≠ endorsements. San Francisco, CA –

@deborahgage – Deborah Gage
Reporter, Dow Jones VentureWire and, covering tech and start-ups from Silicon Valley. – San Jose, CA –

@Xconomy – Xconomy
Xconomy is the leading source for news about technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Boston, Detroit, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. – United States –

@KarleneSinRob – Karlene S. Robinson
Small Business & Alternative Financing Expert; Motivator; Author; New Book Coming Soon… Reach for your DREAMS! They do come true! – Washington, DC Metro Area –

@FinanceFeed – Financial News
Financial news direct to you via Tweet. Business credit, personal finance, business loans, factoring & more. – Southern California –

@SunFinancial – Suns Financial Diary
An electrical engineer happens to have the passion in personal finance. – Northern Virginia –

@NASBA_talks – NASBA
News, updates and important information for state boards, CPAs and other financial service professionals. –

@cfopub –
News and Insight for Financial Executives. Offering CFO Magazine, Webcasts, White Papers, Research, and Conferences. Accounting, Finance and more. – Boston, MA & New York, NY –

@davidkwaltz – David K. Waltz
Fortune 500 Financial Officer exploring strategy and finance excellence.. Author of Treasury Cafe blog. – Chicago –

@EarningsReports – Earnings Reports
Your source for the latest news on Corporate Earnings, Corporate Dividends and Corporate Stock Buy Backs. – ·

@TheStreet – The Street
Get the latest business, consumer and financial news. @kavehkm leads the charge. Send your feedback to @thestreet. We want to hear from you! – New York, NY –

@NYSEEuronext – (NYX) NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. – Global –

@mint –
The free way to see all your finances in one place—from any place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money, for free! – Mountain View, California –

@calculatedrisk – Bill McBride
Author of Calculated Risk – United States –

@retheauditors – Francine McKenna
Using tools instead of tools using me. Journalist/Speaker/CPA. Encantada de todo de America Latina. Accounting Watchdog @forbes Accountable @amerbanker Chicago –

@ryanavent – Ryan Avent
Economics correspondent for The Economist – Washington, DC –


About Jen Cohen Crompton

Jen Cohen Crompton is a SAP Blogging Correspondent reporting on big data, cloud computing, enterprise mobility, analytics, sports and tech, and anything else innovation-related. When she's not blogging, she can be caught marketing, using social media and/or presenting at conferences around the world. Disclosure: Jen is being compensated by SAP to produce a series of articles on the innovation topics covered on this site. The opinions reflected here are her own.

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13 Scary Statistics On Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]

Jacob Shriar

There is a serious problem with the way we work.

Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.

The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that it’s all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this. Besides the human element of caring for our employees, it’s costing them money, so they should care more about fixing it. Something as simple as saying thank you to your employees can have a huge effect on their engagement, not to mention it’s good for your level of happiness.

The infographic that we put together has some pretty shocking statistics in it, but there are a few common themes. Employees feel overworked, overwhelmed, and they don’t like what they do. Companies are noticing it, with 75% of them saying they can’t attract the right talent, and 83% of them feeling that their employer brand isn’t compelling. Companies that want to fix this need to be smart, and patient. This doesn’t happen overnight, but like I mentioned, it’s easy to do. Being patient might be the hardest thing for companies, and I understand how frustrating it can be not to see results right away, but it’s important that you invest in this, because the ROI of employee engagement is huge.

Here are 4 simple (and free) things you can do to get that passion back into employees. These are all based on research from Deloitte.

1.  Encourage side projects

Employees feel overworked and underappreciated, so as leaders, we need to stop overloading them to the point where they can’t handle the workload. Let them explore their own passions and interests, and work on side projects. Ideally, they wouldn’t have to be related to the company, but if you’re worried about them wasting time, you can set that boundary that it has to be related to the company. What this does, is give them autonomy, and let them improve on their skills (mastery), two of the biggest motivators for work.

Employees feel overworked and underappreciated, so as leaders, we need to stop overloading them to the point where they can’t handle the workload.

2.  Encourage workers to engage with customers

At Wistia, a video hosting company, they make everyone in the company do customer support during their onboarding, and they often rotate people into customer support. When I asked Chris, their CEO, why they do this, he mentioned to me that it’s so every single person in the company understands how their customers are using their product. What pains they’re having, what they like about it, it gets everyone on the same page. It keeps all employees in the loop, and can really motivate you to work when you’re talking directly with customers.

3.  Encourage workers to work cross-functionally

Both Apple and Google have created common areas in their offices, specifically and strategically located, so that different workers that don’t normally interact with each other can have a chance to chat.

This isn’t a coincidence. It’s meant for that collaborative learning, and building those relationships with your colleagues.

4.  Encourage networking in their industry

This is similar to number 2 on the list, but it’s important for employees to grow and learn more about what they do. It helps them build that passion for their industry. It’s important to go to networking events, and encourage your employees to participate in these things. Websites like Eventbrite or Meetup have lots of great resources, and most of the events on there are free.

13 Disturbing Facts About Employee Engagement [Infographic]

What do you do to increase employee engagement? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee survey tool that helps companies improve their corporate wellness, and have a better organizational culture.


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Lindsey LaManna

Supply chain fraud – whether perpetrated by suppliers, subcontractors, employees, or some combination of those – can take many forms. Among the most common are:

  • Falsified labor
  • Inflated bills or expense accounts
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Phantom vendor accounts or invoices
  • Bid rigging
  • Grey markets (counterfeit or knockoff products)
  • Failure to meet specifications (resulting in substandard or dangerous goods)
  • Unauthorized disbursements

LSAP_Smart Supply Chains_graphics_briefook inside

Perhaps the most damaging sources of supply chain fraud are internal, especially collusion between an employee and a supplier. Such partnerships help fraudsters evade independent checks and other controls, enabling them to steal larger amounts. The median loss from fraud committed
by a single thief was US$80,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Costs increase along with the number of perpetrators involved. Fraud involving two thieves had a median loss of US$200,000; fraud involving three people had a median loss of US$355,000; and fraud with four or more had a median loss of more than US$500,000, according to ACFE.

Build a culture to fight fraud

The most effective method to fight internal supply chain theft is to create a culture dedicated to fighting it. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Make sure the board and C-level executives understand the critical nature of the supply chain and the risk of fraud throughout the procurement lifecycle.
  • Market the organization’s supply chain policies internally and among contractors.
  • Institute policies that prohibit conflicts of interest, and cross-check employee and supplier data to uncover potential conflicts.
  • Define the rules for accepting gifts from suppliers and insist that all gifts be documented.
  • Require two employees to sign off on any proposed changes to suppliers.
  • Watch for staff defections to suppliers, and pay close attention to any supplier that has recently poached an employee.

About Lindsey LaManna

Lindsey LaManna is Social and Reporting Manager for the Digitalist Magazine by SAP Global Marketing. Follow @LindseyLaManna on Twitter, on LinkedIn or Google+.


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The Future Of Supplier Collaboration: 9 Things CPOs Want Their Managers To Know Now

Sundar Kamak

As a sourcing or procurement manager, you may think there’s nothing new about supplier collaboration. Your chief procurement officer (CPO) most likely disagrees.
Forward-thinking CPOs acknowledge the benefit of supplier partnerships. They not only value collaboration, but require a revolution in how their buying organization conducts its business and operations. “Procurement must start looking to suppliers for inspiration and new capability, stop prescribing specifications and start tapping into the expertise of suppliers,” writes David Rae in Procurement Leaders. The CEO expects it of your CPO, and your CPO expects it of you. For sourcing managers, this can be a lot of pressure.

Here are nine things your CPO wants you to know about how supplier collaboration is changing – and why it matters to your company’s future and your own future.

1. The need for supplier collaboration in procurement is greater than ever

Over half (65%) of procurement practitioners say procurement at their company is becoming more collaborative with suppliers, according to The Future of Procurement, Making Collaboration Pay Off, by Oxford Economics. Why? Because the pace of business has increased exponentially, and businesses must be able to respond to new market demands with agility and innovation. In this climate, buyers are relying on suppliers more than ever before. And buyers aren’t collaborating with suppliers merely as providers of materials and goods, but as strategic partners that can help create products that are competitive differentiators.

Supplier collaboration itself isn’t new. What’s new is that it’s taken on a much greater urgency and importance.

2. You’re probably not realizing the full collective power of your supplier relationships

Supplier collaboration has always been a function of maintaining a delicate balance between demand and supply. For the most part, the primary focus of the supplier relationship is ensuring the right materials are available at the right time and location. However, sourcing managers with a narrow focus on delivery are missing out on one of the greatest advantages of forging collaborative supplier partnerships: an opportunity to drive synergies that are otherwise perceived as impossible within the confines of the business. The game-changer is when you drive those synergies with thousands, not hundreds of suppliers. Look at the Apple Store as a prime example of collaboration en masse. Without the apps, the iPhone is just another ordinary phone!

3. Collaboration comes in more than one flavor

Suppliers don’t just collaborate with you to provide a critical component or service. They also work with your engineers to help ensure costs are optimized from the buyer’s perspective as well as the supplier’s side. They may even take over the provisioning of an entire end-to-end solution. Or co-design with your R&D team through joint research and development. These forms of collaboration aren’t new, but they are becoming more common and more critical. And they are becoming more impactful, because once you start extending any of these collaboration models to more and more suppliers, your capabilities as a business increase by orders of magnitude. If one good supplier can enable your company to build its brand, expand its reach, and establish its position as a market leader – imagine what’s possible when you work collaboratively with hundreds or thousands of suppliers.

4. Keeping product sustainability top of mind pays off

Facing increasing demand for sustainable products and production, companies are relying on suppliers to answer this new market requirement.

As a sourcing manager, you may need to go outside your comfort zone to think about new, innovative ways to collaborate for achieving sustainability. Recently, I heard from an acquaintance who is a CPO of a leading services company. His organization is currently collaborating with one of the largest suppliers in the world to adhere to regulatory mandates and consumer demand for “lean and green” lightbulbs. Although this approach was interesting to me, what really struck me was his observation on how this co-innovation with the supplier is spawning cost and resource optimization and the delivery of competitive products. As reported by Andrew Winston in The Harvard Business Review, Target and Walmart partnered to launch the Personal Care Sustainability Summit last year. So even competitors are collaborating with each other and with their suppliers in the name of sustainability.

5. Co-marketing is a win-win

Look at your list of suppliers. Does anyone have a brand that is bigger than your company’s? Believe it or not, almost all of us do. So why not seize the opportunity to raise your and your supplier’s brand profile in the marketplace?

Take Intel, for example. The laptop you’re working on right now may very well have an “Intel inside” sticker on it. That’s co-marketing at work. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 most valuable brands by Millward Brown Optimor, this largest supplier of microprocessors is world-renowned for its technology and innovation. For many companies that buy supplies from Intel, the decision to co-market is a strategic approach to convey that the product is reliable and provides real value for their computing needs.

6. Suppliers get to choose their customers, too

Increased competition for high-performing suppliers is changing the way procurement operates, say 58% of procurement executives in the Oxford Economics study. Buyers have a responsibility to the supplier – and to their CEO – to be a customer of choice. When the economy is going well, you might be able to dictate the supplier’s goods and services – and sometimes even the service delivery model. When times get tough (and they can very quickly), suppliers will typically reevaluate your organization’s needs to see whether they can continue service in a fiscally responsible manner. To secure suppliers’ attention in favorable and challenging economic conditions, your organization should establish collaborative and mutually productive partnerships with them.

7. Suppliers can help simplify operations

Cost optimization will always be one of your performance metrics; however, that is only one small part of the entire puzzle. What will help your organization get noticed is leveraging the supplier relationship to innovate new and better ways of managing the product line and operating the business while balancing risk and cost optimization. Ask yourself: Which functions are no longer needed? Can they be outsourced to a supplier that can perform them better? What can be automated?

8. Suppliers have a better grasp of your sourcing categories than you do

Understand your category like never before so that your organization can realize the full potential of its supplier investments while delivering products that are consistent and of high quality. How? By leveraging the wisdom of your suppliers. To be blunt: they know more than you do. Tap into that knowledge to gain a solid understanding of the product, market category, suppliers’ capabilities, and shifting dynamics in the industry, If a buyer does not understand these areas deeply, no amount of collaboration will empower a supplier to help your company innovate as well as optimize costs and resources.

9. Remember that there’s something in it for you as well

All of us want to do strategic, impactful work. Sourcing managers with aspirations of becoming CPOs should move beyond writing contracts and pushing PO requests by building strategic procurement skill sets. For example, a working knowledge in analytics allows you to choose suppliers that can shape the market and help a product succeed – and can catch the eye of the senior leadership team.

Sundar Kamak is global vice president of solutions marketing at Ariba, an SAP company.

For more on supplier collaboration, read Making Collaboration Pay Off, part of a series on the Future of Procurement, by Oxford Economics.


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Daisy Hernandez

Digital collaboration technology has revolutionized how we communicate and live our lives. The digital network – powered by search, social, and gamification technologies – has enabled the easy and rapid sharing of knowledge globally. Now it is easy to communicate and collaborate with others no matter their location, time zone, or geography.

In a business context, these same technologies are powering benefits across an organization. By connecting business areas, vital information needed to make critical decisions is no longer siloed and disjointed. Add to this the ability to incorporate business data, and decisions are now not only made collaboratively, but are informed by the latest business-critical information and data, whether it is back-end customer or financial data. This is where the real business benefits start to emerge.

Gartner predicts that 50% of large organizations will use internal social networks resembling Facebook by 2016. Thirty percent of these technologies will be considered to be as essential as email and telephones. Digital transformation is underway, and by using collaboration technology with integrated business data, businesses are starting to see staggering benefits.

Social collaboration: Going beyond information sharing

One of the most well-known benefits of social collaboration in a corporate environment is faster and tighter alignment during a project or process. However, a recent study conducted by Forrester Consulting indicates that the advantages run deep, and run throughout the enterprise. The following are five business benefits collaboration can deliver to your business today.

  1. Boost win rates and accelerate the sales cycle. The average sales deal requires a team effort, with individuals and knowledge that live outside the sales department. A Web-based network, accessible through any device, helps win new business and generate more revenue. By pulling expertise, information, and customer data together in one place, sales reps are able to collaborate within and outside of their organization to respond more quickly and accurately to incoming customer questions and needs.
  1. Improve the quality of onboarding and speed new hires’ time to productivity. Social solutions bring together people from across the organization as they collaborate on projects or teams. When a new hire joins the company, this community enables quick ramp-up as the new hire is able to quickly locate and connect to the experts and information they need to complete their job responsibilities. Add to this the fact that this solution houses the collective genius and lessons learned of the organization, and the result is a dynamic, continuous learning culture.
  1. Deliver unparalleled customer experience – every time. Whenever you can provide anyone on the front lines with the full customer story, everyone wins. Knowledge networks ensure that no matter who is interacting with the customer, they have the complete picture. Integrating backend data with real-time collaboration ensures that they are prepared with the latest data at their fingertips to understand the status of a current or prospective customer. For the customer, this means a seamless experience that is always informed, relevant, and meets their needs.
  1. Support business processes that are truly efficient, transparent, and accessible 24×7. Whether you are involved in marketing, IT, finance, or supply chain operations, it is not uncommon for employees to get lost in email chains and outdated spreadsheets and reports. If the ability to collaborate resides in a central location, existing business processes can be improved and supported. More important, taking this network into the mobile world helps ensure that employees have the information they need any time and anywhere.
  1. Create a future of work that appeals to young talent. Knowledge networks can be a cultural tool that not only serves the business, but also answers the needs of our youngest talent. For Millennials, operating in a digitally connected world is a normal part of life – and they could not imagine anything different in their workplace. In the Forrester report, one hiring manager stated, “Millennials would not like to work at [a] company that doesn’t have a collaboration tool. It’s unimaginable — we can’t hire without it.” Could you? Most likely not.

Now you can be part of shaping how organizations adopt and find value in social collaboration technology. Tell us what obstacles you are facing and the benefits you are reaping by taking part in this survey to help SAP develop our future perspective on social collaboration and how it affects us all as employees, managers, and businesses.


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