Advisor Perspectives, a leading publisher serving financial advisors and the financial advisory community, has announced its Venerated Voices awards for commentaries published in 2019. Rankings were issued in four categories: The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm and Author, the Top 10 Venerated Voices by Commentary, and a new category, The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm and Author by Count.

The most popular topics in 2019 among were related to the threat of a recession, the federal debt burden and unwarranted speculation. Other popular topics included market volatility, oil prices and behavioral investing.

Leading the Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm category was Blackstone of New York City, followed by Hussman Funds of Maryland. In third place was Mauldin Economics.

Among individual commentators, the most-widely read was John Hussman of Hussman Funds. In second place was Byron Wien of Blackstone followed by Richard Bernstein of Richard Bernstein Advisors.

The most-widely read commentary of 2019, published on April 29th, was Page Two by Jeffrey Saut. In his first letter after leaving Raymond James, he praised small-cap stocks, discussed the current market highs, and gave his stocks and mutual fund investment ideas.

Ben Inker and John Thorndike of GMO took second place with the GMO Quarterly Letter, published January 25th. In it, Inker bemoaned the losses of 2018 and looked forward to a 5%+ return on portfolios in 2019. He detailed possibilities for asset allocations within a portfolio and discussed GMO’s process.

In third place was The Ten Surprises of 2019 by Byron Wien of Blackstone, published on January 3rd. In this piece, Wien analyzed each of his 2019 predictions from his annual letter for 2018. The majority of his predictions were correct, but a few that were off the mark included expectations of oil reaching $80/barrell, increasing inflation and the continuation of the Iran and NAFTA agreements.