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Job Descriptions: The Financial Pundit


Snap judgments about the monkey with the darts.

There's financial punditry and there's financial punditry. CNN's (TWX) Ali Velshi falls into the first category, as did Lou Dobbs before he took to calling himself Mr. Independent and started railing against a myriad of perceived injustices. The folks who broadcast from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange - financial pundits all of them.

But financial punditry -- not the Maria Bartiromo variety, but the other kind -- well, that's a whole other ball of wax. It involves offering advice to a nameless, faceless audience without knowing its risk profile or time horizon. And it's a big leap of faith, especially when you consider the impossibility of outsmarting the market.

Certainly, a gentle ribbing's in order.

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