In 2010, Barry L. Ritholtz was named one of the “15 Most Important Economic Journalists” in the United States. Ritholtz writes a column on investing for The Washington Post. He also contributes occasional column to Barron’s and Bloomberg. Previously, he authored the popular “Apprenticed Investor” columns at, a series geared towards educating novice and intermediate investors. Ritholtz has published more formal market analyses at Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Economist and He is a frequent commentator on economic data and financial markets.

In 2008-09, Ritholtz wrote the book Bailout Nation, which was published by Wiley in the summer of 2009. In 2013, Ritholtz launched Ritholtz Wealth Management, a financial planning and asset management firm, with over $100 million in assets. The firm offers a variety of services to the investing public.

Previously, Ritholtz was CEO and director of equity research at Fusion IQ, an online quantitative research firm. He continues to consult for the company and is working on numerous projects with them. Prior to that, Ritholtz was chief market strategist for Maxim Group a New York Investment bank, managing over $5 Billion in clients assets.

Ritholtz was dedicatee of the the 2007 Stock Trader’s Almanac‘s 40th Anniversary edition. Schools. Beyond his commentary and published articles, Ritholtz also authors The Big Picture — a leading financial weblog. The Big Picture covers investing and trading to macro economics, and everything else in between.

Ritholtz performed his graduate studies at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he focused on economics, anti-trust and corporate law.

After passing the Bar exams in New York and New Jersey, Ritholtz practiced law for a few years. He is on the Board of Directors of Democrasoft. He is also an investor in StockTwits, a Twitter based stock community.

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