I’ve been asked to serve as moderator of the Financial Blogging panel at BlogWorld, to be held September 20-21 in Las Vegas.
We’ve got a great panel planned. The panel, entitled “How Financial Blogs Influence the Markets” features four compelling panelists:
• Paul Kedrosky, author of the Infectious Greed blog and frequent CNBC guest. Paul is also a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and a strategist with southern California quant firm Ten Asset Management.
• Howard Lindzon, founder of vlog WallStrip (acquired by CBS) and author of the Howard Lindzon blog. Those who’ve seen Howard’s television appearances or follow his tweets @howardlindzon know that he’s funny and provocative. Much like possible VP candidate Joe Biden, when Howard opens his mouth you have no idea what he might say.
• Felix Salmon, author of the Market Movers blog on Conde Nast Portfolio.com. Felix has the eye of a skeptic and often points out gaps in premises taken as fact by others. His days working for Nouriel Roubini keep him from seeing the rosy side of things. He’s been a leader in discussions of blogonomics and, of course, maintains the (sort of) weekly Ben Stein Watch, where he notes the often ludicrous statements made by comic actor cum financial writer Ben Stein.
• Jim Ledbetter, editor of The Big Money, a new financial website to be launched by Slate.com. Jim, a veteran financial writer, formerly served as deputy managing editor of CNNMoney and previously was a senior editor at Time and editor-in-chief of The Industry Standard Europe.
The panel brings together a mix of practitioners and financial journalists, independent bloggers and media-owned properties, all bringing unique perspectives to the discussion. And, the panel is geographically diverse with two Canadians (Paul and Howard) and a Brit (Felix).
Blog World should be a fun event. Other speakers include Steve Rubel, Chris Brogan, Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Jane Hamsher, Zappos CEO Tony Hseih and dozens of others. If you’re not already registered for BlogWorld, here’s the Blog World registration page.
Financial blogging is one of the more interesting segments of the blogging space. Despite the huge financial news presence of companies like Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Reuters and various newspapers, blogs frequently are ahead of the mainstream media in grasping the significance of key trends. Alacra’s own Research Recap was writing posts about the emerging subprime crisis months before the Wall Street Journal picked it up. During the panel, we’ll discuss why that’s the case. Other topics I plan to cover include blogonomics, the impact of microblogs like Twitter and whether blogs are rapidly becoming the new form of trade publication.
What questions would you like to see the panel discuss? Post your ideas in the comments or send me a tweet @graubart.
See you in Vegas...