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The 18 Best Financial Tumblrs

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Yes, there are a handful of Wall Street and economy-watching types on the blogging site better known for lighter fare.

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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Tumblr, a New York-based startup, is bringing the art of blogging back, and the business world is joining in, too.

Now that a lot of online self-disclosure takes place on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter, blog platforms like Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Blogspot have gotten much less attention. Tumblr is like a twist on those old-school platforms. It makes it easier for posts to go viral with re-blogging. It's like re-tweeting but for longer posts. This is one reason why Tumblrs are so commonly used for disseminating memes with short half-lives. The ease of sharing photos makes it great for everything from fashion pics to animated GIFs. There is even a bizarre Tumblr that posts the same exact picture of Full House's Dave Coulier every day.

The blog platform that has proved itself ideal for silly pictures of animals might not seem like the best place for financial types. After all, StockTwits and Twitter have really cemented themselves as the social networks for trader gab. But there are a few people in the money world that are using Tumblr to talk Wall Street and the economy. Here are some of them.
1. CNN Money Tech
On the serious side, mainstream news outlets are using the viral-friendly, lowbrow visual nature of Tumblr very well. CNN Money Tech journalists often use Tumblr as a medium for news and commentary outside of their main website.
2. Businessweek
Businessweek, the business magazine of record, has some top designers that make its graphics, infographics, and compelling cover art. This makes Businessweek a shoo-in for a great Tumblr that showcases its brilliant visual stories.
3. FT Alphaville
The FT Alphaville makes for extremely informative reading through the trading day. Like other mainstream media outlets, Alphavillians use Tumblr to look at the lighter side of financial markets, but they also highlight interesting charts and telling quotes.
4. Felix Salmon
When Reuters' Felix Salmon isn't yelling at Timothy Geithner on the phone and maintaining his main blog, he occasionally puts a more lighthearted post on his Tumblr.
5. The Economist
The Economist, the venerable British news magazine, isn't known for photos and art, but its covers and fascinating charts often find their way onto Tumblr.
6. Nasdaq
Nasdaq OMX Group (NASDAQ:NDAQ) also blogs some really interesting business news, images, and quotes on its Tumblr, with real time Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) quotes as well.
7. When in Finance
When in Finance posts GIFs and pictures that mostly have nothing to do with money at all, but are pretty useful for illustrating market news. For example, this GIF of a brilliant woman using a beanbag chair to fling a cat across the room accurately depicts the market's reaction to the latest Fed announcement. WIF is a pretty good for finance geek inside jokes like this one.
8. Strange Bloomberg Headlines
This is a great example of the single-topic blog. Bloomberg writers very often try to cram too much information into a brief headline, and sometimes it gets weird. Strange Bloomberg Headlines is mostly a collection of Bloomberg's weirdest and most out-of-touch titles (like "Teens Dying from Sunbed Tanning Curb $5 Billion Industry." Poor industry!) but there are a few blog posts with some wit and snark over current events, too.
9. Things Apple Is Worth More Than
This infrequently updated -- but occasionally mind-blowing-- blog is curated by Josh Brown, a god of the financial Twittersphere that also writes The Reformed Broker.

While Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been on the the wane as of late, it is pretty amazing to think that one company is worth more than the entire US interstate highway system or America's carrier fleet. Comparisons like that really put Apple's insane market cap into perspective.
10. Fed Valentines
This meme isn't really going on anymore, but it's worth seeing if you haven't yet. Fed Valentines is a sort of econ-nerd remix of the Ryan Gosling "Hey, Girl" memes. Ben Bernanke takes the role of a lovelorn economist, promising an unnamed female some quantitative pleasin'
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11. Market Memes
This one is similar to When in Finance and has a bunch of memes similar to the ones that circulate on the Internet, but mostly the kind that only traders would appreciate.
12. The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces Blog
Financial media poses problems for the profession of photojournalism. Photographers look for peak action, decisive moments, and emotion to tell compelling stories with photos. Finance is a high-stakes game with far-reaching consequences and plenty of emotion, but it mostly just looks like people clicking around on computers. All too often, the papers run with the old image of a broker with their hands on their face against a backdrop of a chart or a bunch of screens. This Tumblr, got a lot of attention in the summer of 2011, when it came back to poke fun of this familiar trope.
13. We Are the 99 Percent
This Occupy Wall Street-associated blog is an absolutely heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of a terrible economy. These people's stories go far deeper than an uptick in initial claims. It's also a reminder of how much worse others have it . Sometimes people meet personal financial ruin through little fault of their own.
14-18. Independents
There are quite a few independent bloggers making use of Tumblr, far too many to name.

If the tech startup economy and venture capital fascinate you, Fred Wilson and Alex Wagner are must-follows. Alea frequently blogs about hardcore economics and central banks. Young Jerry Khaochoyan, a UCLA undergraduate, has some pretty good articles about technical analysis on his blog The Armo Trader. Love charts? We Love Datavis is a great aggregator of clever data visualizations, many of which touch on the financial sphere.
Twitter: @vincent_trivett
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