If 2020 taught us anything, it was the importance of simplicity.
When life feels overcomplicated and overwhelming, many of us have an urge to simplify and focus on what’s important — that’s likely why shows such as Netflix’s “The Home Edit” and books like Marie Kondo’s have become popular in recent years.
MarketWatch wants to help you do the same thing when it comes to your Twitter feed. With so many accounts out there to follow, we’re here to point you to the best of the best.
Of course, we think you should follow us on Twitter if you’re not already (@MarketWatch), as well as the accounts of our brilliant staffers.
But when it comes to the rest of your feed, we’re also here to help.
MarketWatchers care about business, investing, personal finance and retirement, which is why we’ve got you covered in a variety of categories.
Here are those we think are worth following on Twitter in 2021.
The best of business and finance
If you’re looking to add just a few new follows to your feed, this category is a great place to start.
These are some of the accounts our reporters follow the most closely, for breaking news, as well as commentary on what it all means.
Josh Brown and team: When it comes to markets and finance commentary on Twitter, Josh Brown, an adviser at Ritholtz Wealth Management, is one of the best-known, and the best overall.
We quote him regularly here at MarketWatch, not only for his finance insights, but for his humor.
He doesn’t tweet as frequently these days as he used to, but he’s still a solid follow in our books.
Book signing, raising money to feed families affected by the pandemic this winter, details: https://t.co/BRvjRzEk78
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) November 19, 2020
Brown isn’t the only member of the Ritholtz team worth a follow. Michael Batnick, the company’s director of research who is also a podcaster, and Barry Ritholtz himself are also some of MarketWatch’s favorite accounts.
Levine has a unique Twitter style — some might call it minimalist — and he’s a must-follow for everyone, from those just starting to learn about finance to those who are decades-long veterans.
One of his recurring favorite topics is white-collar crime and fraud, but he explains pretty much every hot topic that you’ll want to have a take on.
— Matt Levine (@matt_levine) August 7, 2020
Some of our other favorites, for general business and finance insights, include Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El-Erian, New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway, the data visualization team at Chartr and Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck.
Trying to make sense of the latest jobs report? Curious about the path a post-coronavirus recovery could take?
Then you may want to follow at least a few economists on Twitter, and these are some of the best.
Paul Krugman: With more than 4.6 million followers, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman is an obvious choice among the best economists on Twitter. He is an author and New York Times columnist, and if you’re trying to be part of the overall cultural conversation on economics, following him is a must.
Janet Yellen: Yellen, current nominee for treasury secretary and former Federal Reserve chair, is a more recent presence on Twitter. But she has already used the platform to share information about rebuilding the economy after the coronavirus pandemic, and public trust. We’re looking forward to following how she continues to use Twitter in the future.
Joseph Stiglitz: Nobel laureate and writer Joseph Stiglitz uses Twitter largely to share his latest pieces on topics including democracy, Big Tech and Janet Yellen’s nomination. During the pandemic, he has also been speaking on virtual panels, so follow him to see when he’ll be live.
Health care and COVID-19
When it comes to the biggest crisis of 2020, we’re still not out of the woods.
We’ll be following the distribution of vaccines, and the subsequent impact on people and economies across the world, well into 2021.
So here are some of the best follows on those topics.
Malia Jones and “Dear Pandemic”: Jones is a researcher who works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work centers on infectious disease and social epidemiology, demography and geography, and she is also a creator of the project “Dear Pandemic.”
Along with fellow researchers and experts on topics including nursing, mental health, demography, health policy, economics and epidemiology, “Dear Pandemic” has a mission to spread truthful information at a time of COVID-19 “overwhelm,” the group’s website says.
If you’re trying to sift through the noise, Jones and “Dear Pandemic” are both great follows.
Caitlin Rivers: Rivers is also a researcher, at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Her specialties include epidemiology, outbreak science and health security, which make her a natural follow during this health crisis.
She frequently shares updates from the CDC, as well as other research she trusts.
He has gained tens of thousands of followers because of his frequent updates, including one timeline he made about the milestones researchers have made in developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
This will go down in history as one of science and medical research’s greatest achievements. Perhaps the most impressive.
I put together a preliminary timeline of some key milestones to show how several years of work were compressed into months. pic.twitter.com/BPcaZwDFkl
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) November 28, 2020
This year, MarketWatch has seen huge interest in the future of electric vehicles and the companies that make them, including Tesla Nio Xpeng and Luminar If you’re trying to make sense of their sky-high valuations, you may want to add these follows to your feed.
Daniel Ives: If you follow MarketWatch and Barron’s closely, you’ll likely recognize the name Daniel Ives, a tech analyst at Wedbush. He is a well-known voice on Tesla and the electric-vehicle industry in general, and you can follow him on Twitter for his latest insights.
Bradford Cornell: For more diversity of thought about Tesla and EVs, you’ll likely want to include Cornell, managing director at Berkeley Research Group and senior adviser of Cornell Capital Group. MarketWatch recently quoted him on Tesla’s future, and his thoughts will make you think (and if you’re a Tesla bull, might make you concerned … or even hot under the collar).
Bitcoin has risen to new highs in December 2020, and some experts say this is only the beginning. If you’re curious about the progress that cryptocurrency could see in the next few years, here are some suggestions of who to follow.
Vitalik Buterin: Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, a decentralized cryptocurrency platform, has made our “best-follow” list before. He continues to be a standout, with more than 1 million followers who rely on him for cryptocurrency commentary and sobering advice.
Please don’t do things like this. I would NEVER recommend anyone take out a personal loan to buy ETH or other ethereum assets. pic.twitter.com/zCbbtUlvtQ
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) December 14, 2020
Anna Irrera: For broader insight on financial technology and cryptocurrency, Anna Irrera, a correspondent at Reuters, is a great follow. She will keep you informed on mergers and acquisitions, new technologies and what it all means.
Revolut is getting into merchant acquiring, with a new service allowing businesses to accept online card payments
It’s expanding its product range and taking on established rivals like Stripe and Adyen as the boom in digital payments continues
— Anna Irrera (@annairrera) December 4, 2020
The business side of sports
This year was a strange one for the sports business, since leagues had to deal with new protocols related to COVID-19. If you’re interested in the business side of sports — and sports betting — here are some people we recommend following.
Liz Mullen: Mullen writes for Sports Business Journal about representation of professional athletes by agents and unions and covers sports labor. As a bonus, she also likes to write about horse racing, if that’s your thing.
Matt Powell: Powell is a well-respected expert on sports and retail. He’s the senior industry advisor at NPD Group.
Growth Opportunities for Sports Retail Heading into 2021 https://t.co/Whtatnh0GL
— Matt Powell (@NPDMattPowell) December 16, 2020
Robert Raiola: Raiola is the co-author of the book “Winning Tax Strategies for Athletes & Entertainers.” An expert on sports tax law, Raiola’s feed is filled with the tax implications of everything pro sports teams and players do.
Bobby Marks: Marks worked in the NBA for 20 years, most recently as the assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. He’s now ESPN’s Front Office Insider and offers insight into what it’s like to run an NBA team.
MarketWatch loves to cover all aspects of personal finance, from spending and saving to tax policy, so we feel confident in suggesting some of the best of the best in personal-finance on Twitter.
Michelle Singletary: A columnist at the Washington Post, Singletary covers a wide range of topics. If you want to choose just a few personal-finance experts for your feed, she should be one of them.
Covid-19 has created new jobs — for scammers preying on the unemployed https://t.co/jdJAFQQcNd
— Michelle Singletary (@SingletaryM) December 16, 2020
Erin Lowry: Known as the “Broke Millennial,” Lowry is an author of three books, including “Broke Millennial Takes on Investing,” and her latest, “Broke Millennial Talks Money.” She makes personal finance easy to understand and accessible for people of all ages.
Don’t wait until you’re actually ready to retire to start thinking about retirement.
To those arguing against student loan debt forgiveness, especially those arguing that it doesn’t help those who need it, I urge you to reconsider on the basis of racial inequality 👇https://t.co/aGpBl4w6g8
— Tanja Hester 😷 BLM 🏳️🌈🌏 (@our_nextlife) November 17, 2020
Joseph Coughlin: For all things related to longevity, follow Coughlin, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He shares his own insights, as well as articles he thinks are of note to his followers.
Several members of MarketWatch’s staff contributed to this article, including Alessandra Malito, Shawn Langlois, Jaimy Lee and Weston Blasi.