Summary of Clash of the Financial Pundits

How the Media Influences Your Investment Decisions for Better or Worse

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Clash of the Financial Pundits book summary
Financial pundits can build your knowledge – but only if you listen critically.


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Financial pundits Joshua M. Brown and Jeff Macke explain how to listen to financial pundits with a critical ear, keeping in mind each speaker’s biases and your investment goals. Regular viewers of CNBC and other financial networks will relish their interviews with stars such as Jim Cramer and Ben Stein. The authors advise using financial commentary to build your knowledge, but not to guide your day-to-day investment decisions. At their best, the authors provide biting commentary on the clichés of financial television. At their worst, they indulge in some of those clichés. getAbstract recommends their insights – including the wise counsel to use financial media in moderation – to consumers of financial commentary.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why viewing financial commentary with skepticism makes sense
  • How to listen to financial pundits more critically


News and Noise
Financial news and commentary are everywhere – on cable television, blogs, in newsletters and on social media. For ordinary investors, sorting through it all and figuring out what to do is harder than ever. Some say you should turn it off altogether. Just build a diversified...
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About the Authors

Joshua M. Brown, a CNBC contributor, created The Reformed Broker financial blog and wrote Backstage Wall Street. Jeff Macke, a Yahoo Finance commentator, is a former hedge fund manager and part of the original on-air team at CNBC’s Fast Money.

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