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If 2007 was the year of social media, then 2008 was the year of niche social media. If you’re a plugged-in money geek, you’ve likely outgrown your reliance on catch-all social media sites like Digg and Delicious. And if you’re a blogger, no longer is submitting your blog posts only to Digg and Delicious good [...]


If you haven’t yet signed up at, now would be a good day: Tip’d 2.0 has launched. The new version of Tip’d features several big updates, including social stock tickers, an investing videos category, and the Tip’d Top 100 (most popular financial Web sites).

It took a while for social media to infect financial vertical, but once it caught on, it gained momentum quickly. Social lending sites like Kiva got a ton of press; the social news site for finance, Tip’d, grew like a weed; and now that Twitter’s all the rage, we’re seeing some new money-themed Twitter-based services [...]

By now, you’ve probably heard some or all of these phrases: frozen credit markets, mortgage backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps. But just what the heck do they mean? How did we get into this global economic mess anyway? Well, I’m in no mood to try to explain it to you myself, especially [...]