The Top Nine Finance Experts to Follow on LinkedIn

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These nine LinkedIn finance influencers are well worth following:

With almost a half-billion users as of December 30, 2018, LinkedIn is among the top social media sites in the world.

For corporate finance professionals, who have no shortage of expert resources to read, view and engage with on LinkedIn, it's difficult to narrow the list down to a handful of "must follow" influencers.

To pitch in, we've built a list of business and finance experts to regularly follow on LinkedIn. It's a short list, but it does include some of the most brilliant financial minds in the business.

1. Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor of Allianz. El-Erian, a former CEO at PIMCO, the global investment giant, is a solid go-to LinkedIn source, penning articles on global trade and finance issues. Recent articles include “Why China Shouldn't Wait Out Trade Feud with U.S." and “Seven Things to Keep in Mind About Turkey." He also posts frequently on IMF and global economic expansion issues.

2. Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest. Krawcheck is one of the leading lights on Wall Street, and a genuine fintech pioneer with Ellevest, a female-focused money management platform. Her weekly “Money in 60 Seconds" LinkedIn post is a must read for finance and investment professionals. A recent post entitled “The Power of Third Acts in Women's Careers" is indicative of not only her business acumen, but her tireless advocacy for women in the workplace.

3. John Battelle, executive chairman, co-founder and CEO of NewCo. An avid venture capitalist and finance experts, Battelle has 35 investments in new companies, mostly in the media, technology, and consumer mobile sectors. Battelle isn't shy about expressing his candid assessments on how businesses should be run. Check out his “Predictions for 2019" LinkedIn post, and see where he stands on some of the big business issues of the day, including why 2019 will be a “terrible year" for the financial markets.

4. Nilly Essaides, senior finance director at The Hackett Group. Essaides regularly takes on tough corporate finance and tax issues, with a recent post on how companies spent their tax cut money a good example of her candid assessment of global corporate finance issues. Essaides also takes a holistic (and futuristic) view of corporate finance issues, with posts like “How Finance Can Enhance Enterprise" and “What Are the Key Issues for Finance in 2019?"

5. Lex Sokolin, global director fintech strategy at Autonomous Research. One of LinkedIn's top voices on the topic of finance and technology, the UK-based Sokolin advises corporate finance executives and start-up entrepreneurs on how to make better sense of key fintech issues like cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, and future innovation.

6. Alicia Garcia-Herrero, chief economist for Asia Pacific at NATIXIS. Garcia-Herrero is another top voice on finance and economics on LinkedIn. Based in Hong Kong, Garcia-Herrero's special expertise is China, and where the Pacific Rim giant is headed economically and geopolitically. Her articles on China are critical for global companies trying get a leg up in that market specifically and Asia in general, especially on import, trade, and currency issues.

7. Larysa Melnychuk, managing director of the FP&A Trends Club. Melnychuk, the founder of the London FP&A Board, is a thought leader among corporate finance professionals, mainly for her forward-leaning views on what life is really like for senior financial executives. She talk about their day-to-day lives, the big decisions they make (and why), and how the views of real-life financial practitioners impact best practice development among big brand corporations around the world.

8. Edward Yardeni, president and chief investment strategist at Yardeni Research. Yardeni's posts on investing and economics are a regular stop for institutional investors, who can count on a healthy dose of real-world advice from Yardeni. His best-selling book “Predicting the Markets" is often a jumping-off point for Yardeni's LinkedIn posts, which delve into topical issues critical to corporate executives, like world trade, global financial crisis implications, and Federal Reserve policy—all with an insider's take.

9. Chris Argent, strategy and planning manager at Vodafone. Argent's day job is impressive enough, but it's his sideline gig as group owner of the LinkedIn group “Generation CFO," which has almost 70,000 members, that brings him to the front of the line. If you want a true insider's take on what makes finance professionals tick, and what trends and challenges they'll be experiencing sooner rather than later, Argent delivers the goods.

The Takeaway

These aren't the only smart and savvy LinkedIn finance and economics influencers, but each of the nine listed above belongs on your "must read" list.

Check them out when you're looking for some stimulating takes on life in the corporate finance world.

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