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Henry Blodget

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Henry Blodget is Editor and CEO of The Business Insider, a business news and analysis site, and a host of Yahoo TechTicker, a finance show on Yahoo. He is a former equity research analyst, now barred from the securities industry, who was senior Internet analyst for CIBC Oppenheimer during the dot-com bubble and the head of the global Internet research team at Merrill Lynch.
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yep
Yep, he is awesome and successful.

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Got to admit...
my bias is positive if for no other reason than he has been successful at reinventing himself. That said, I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.

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Should still be in jail
Who wants to look at this or hear from him? I sure as hell don't. Don't think he has much to bring to the table, even if he were honest. Certainly, prettier faces to look at as well.

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This guy is aweful
I've listened to him before he was indicted for Securities fraud and after and I din't like nor trust him at either time. Maybe now he seems a little better obviously, but still not worth my time.

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Sometimes A Fraudster has Good Insight
Unlike many commentators Blodget actually thinks/talks outside the box, but in his case he doesn't really have a choice. Because he has been barred from the Securities industry

before you you know anything else about Blodget, you should know that he's likely committed Securities fraud (he settled out of court in 2003). So like it or not that is a caveat his future opinions will always carry.

In the gogo 90's Blodget was one of those tech analysts (for Merrill Lynch) that more or less claimed it wasn't a bubble and everything was going to the moon. Well he was wrong of course, but he was right often and boldy so for a very short but very prominent period at the end before the Y2K calamity.

of course he wasn't the only prominent megabull just perhaps one of the most famous, massive bull markets have a habit of making bulls look like geniuses. Even if they are really morons (lookin at you Abby Joseph cohen):)

But where he went wrong was having two price targets for his calls, one he shared with his peers at merill and another (higher) one he'd espouse on CNBC, with clients etc. And they were horridly different,

e.g. Blodget's opinion on LifeMinders

Public - Accumulate "We think LFMN presents an attractive investment."

Private - "I can't believe what a POS [piece of sh-t] that thing is."

http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/wallstreet.html

Oopsie doodle

So clearly the guy knows his stuff (LifeMinders was indeed garbage), you just don't know if he will actually tell you the truth.

These days Blodget has been very busy! Creating The Business Insider and Tech Ticker and other tabloid-ish media ventures. And they are very slickly produced and they are unafraid of covering topics the mass media is uncomfortable with. Most of what they produce/share is actually from external sources with the Blodget side acting as interviewers so I'm not really worried about the truthfulness of the information.

And that's a role that seems to serve him in particular well, his time in the industry and his own experience has apparently given him the ability to ask some pretty good questions of his guests. To see some angles the typical reporter might not. He also will entertain anyone he thinks is provocative no matter how far out of the matrix they may be, yet retains enough credibility to land some pretty high profile mainstream guests.

makes for some good and informative vids and articles.

Where he is considerably less good is when he is offering his own opinion. Perhaps understandably so given his past history, he seems afraid to take a strong stand on any issue and is far too equivocal of viewpoints that are often not really equally worthy. But that quality and his own past of untruthfulness makes his own opinion not really valuable.

In essence

Blodget the interviewer -4 stars

Blodget the commentator- 2 stars

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