Bill Bishop (@niubi on Twitter) is one of the most important voices in the financial blogosphere on all things China. If the name sounds familiar to you, Bishop was one of the co-founders of MarketWatch prior to its sale to Dow Jones.
He’s spent decades visiting and living in China and also writes the blog Digicha. Pando Daily just referred to him as The Invisible Hand in a profile earlier this month:
When a popular Beijing-based media blog recently referred to Bill Bishop – a lone American armed with just a Twitter account and an email newsletter – as more influential than Hong Kong’s once-venerated South China Morning Post newspaper, it at first seemed like hyperbole. Writing on Danwei in June, editor Jeremy Goldkorn said Bishop “has more influence on global ‘diplomats, businessmen and others’ than the poor old Post, with its doomed business model, absence from the open Internet, and reliance on the patronage of the Kuok family [which owns the newspaper].”
If you believe, as I do, that China’s influence on world markets and economies is only going to grow, then following the right people on the topic is going to be important for us as investors.
With that in mind, I point you toward Bill’s just-launched Sinocism newsletter. It’s free to subscribe to, expect a daily (so far) briefing on all the stories that matter in and about China’s economy.