100 Best Damn Stock Traders on Twitter

by Ryon Harms on January 4, 2010

People always ask me, “Can I really make money on Twitter?” Usually I answer with a long-winded response about listening first, then starting conversations and so on until I see their eyes gloss over. But when I tell them there are also some very direct ways to start making money—like harvesting free, actionable stock tips from some of today’s most talented traders—their eyes tend to clear up in a hurry.

Twitter is a natural habitat for stock traders. After all, information is the lifeblood of the public markets—the more you know and the sooner you know it the greater your advantage. And if there are two principals that define the essence of Twitter, it’s an overabundance of free information travelling at the speed of real time.

Thousands of traders gravitate towards Twitter-powered services like StockTwits, where you can watch the day’s stock market news unfold in real time according to the thoughts of retail and institutional investors. StockTwits aptly calls this collective stream of free market consciousness, “The Human Ticker.” And while StockTwits and others do a great job filtering out non-investment related information, there’s still the question, “Who should I listen to?”

To make it easier on you, I’ve done some research and created a Twitter list called the “100 Best Damn Stock Traders on Twitter.” The only way to be 100% sure of how solid an investor’s advice really is would be to wade through thousands of tweets to measure how their advice panned out in the market over the trailing 12-24 months. I love to do the leg work for my readers, but not that much. Instead I decided to use metrics driven by the Twitter community itself.

With a few exceptions*, all 100 list members must:

  1. be on a least 30 Twitter lists. Getting added to Twitter lists by others is among most efficient way to measure the long-term quality of a person’s tweets.
  2. have more than 1,000 followers. There are many great Twitter users with less followers, but the number of followers usually points to a prolific contributor.
  3. have more followers than following. Following more people than you follow isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a red flag for a strategy aimed to pump follower stats, making it easier to have 1000+ followers.

Confession: I actually only found 95 stock traders that fit the bill for this list. That’s why I’m asking you, the reader, to help me finish off the list. If you know of any or come across any stock traders that you think are worth adding to the list (whether they meet the criteria above or not) kindly leave their Twitter handle as a comment on this post.

So without further adieu, I give you: 100 Best Damn Stock Traders on Twitter

*I made a few exceptions based on the relevance of an investor’s tweets when they met two out of three criteria but were on the borderline on the third.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

traderkat January 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

TraderFlorida would be a good addition.

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Ryon Harms January 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

Great suggestion. I’ve added them to the list!

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Doug January 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

zippertheory

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Ryon Harms January 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thanks, Doug. I’ll keep an eye out on zippertheory.

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TheSocialExec January 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Happy to hear it! Let's stay in touch and thanks for all the great content on Twitter. It makes a difference!

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TheSocialExec January 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Thanks, I will keep an eye out for your tweets. You are half way there on many of the key metrics. Keep it up and thanks for the comment.

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ChartingStock January 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Thank you very much for the inclusion on the list-very much appreciated. As always-risk management in the form of option protection, stop-loss orders & appropriate position sizing can contribute to long term trading success. You've put together a great list that should help traders worldwide. I would nominate @WallStCS Wall Street Cheat Sheet for inclusion as well. Keep up the great work & thank you once again.
@ChartingStock

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TheSocialExec January 6, 2010 at 3:39 am

Great suggestion. I will add @WallStCS to the list for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

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@chartingstock January 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Thank you very much for the inclusion on the list-very much appreciated. As always-risk management in the form of option protection, stop-loss orders & appropriate position sizing can contribute to long term trading success. You've put together a great list that should help traders worldwide. I would nominate @WallStCS Wall Street Cheat Sheet for inclusion as well. Keep up the great work & thank you once again.

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ZMoose12 January 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thank you so much for the nomination my man, it means a lot!

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TheSocialExec January 6, 2010 at 3:42 am

Any time, Zachary. You're already on 52 lists and have less than 1,000 followers that says a lot in itself.

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TheSocialExec January 6, 2010 at 3:32 am

Hey Craig, great picks but I've already included them in the list. Thanks.

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TheSocialExec January 6, 2010 at 4:47 am

Yes, I agree, except he's already on the list.

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Jay @marketfolly January 7, 2010 at 6:19 am

Excellent compilation and resource, thanks for sharing it and honored to be included. Will definitely share this with our readers. Thanks.

Jay
@marketfolly

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TheSocialExec January 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Thanks, Jay. Looking forward to seeing what you put together for your readers.

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Symbaloo.com June 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm

You should think about putting these and future lists into a webmix on Symbaloo.com that way your followers can get an interactive visual of your list. When you click on any person on your list from the webmix their last 5 tweets will be displayed in the center. Here is an example we made for NBA players on Twitter: http://bit.ly/NBATweets

Let me know if I can answer any questions
Daniela @Symbaloo.com
Community Manager
Symbaloo.com

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SPXTrader November 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

I'd have to go with @Dan_Passarelli

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Scott November 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

With 147 checking/day, I nominate:
@Jan_Ermanovics

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Josh Steinberg November 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

It's been over 1 yr since we all started this so I thought I'd post some results. The results so far show that out of the “100 Best Damn Stock Traders on Twitter.”, @Jan_Ermanovics was not only #1 but has surpassed the 2nd best performance by 182% for the year.

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TheSocialExec November 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

Wow. That\’s impressive. What was your methodology and can we see the results for the rest of the traders? Thanks for sharing your results!

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TheSocialExec January 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. I definitely included @ZorTrades in my original list.

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TheSocialExec January 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Thanks, Charles. I'm sure your follower count will increase over time. Thanks for the great content and the free calculator tool. I'll check it out.

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