Plutus 2.0 Awards Winners

by Flexo on October 3, 2011

In the town of Schaumburg, Illinois, almost 300 personal finance bloggers eagerly awaited the defining moment of the Financial Blogger Conference, the crowning of the kings and queens of the prom, the Plutus 2.0 Awards. The winners were live-blogged at 5:00 PM Central Time on Saturday, October 1, on plutusawards.com and on Twitter with the help of Suba from Wealth Informatics. Tom Drake from Canadian Finance Blog and I, with assistance from Matt Jabs of Debt Free Adventure and DIY Natural, presented the winners of this set of categories with Plutus Awards trophies.

In addition to the trophies, winners of each of these categories will receive a $20.11 gift card from Consumerism Commentary.

This is the second set of categories. The first set focuses on the best financial products as services, as voted by the financial blogging community. This second set recognizes the best blogs, bloggers, and blog-related products as voted by fellow bloggers and their audiences. The focus is on independent writers rather than mainstream media and large corporations’ public relations departments.

Plutus Award WinnerPlutus Awards winners are welcome but certainly not required to display this achievement proudly using the attached image. The following code can be used to insert the image onto a website. A link back to plutusawards.com is optional.

<a href="http://www.plutusawards.com/"><img src="http://www.plutusawards.com/images/PlutusAwards-winner1.jpg" alt="Plutus Award Winner" title="Plutus Award Winner" /></a>

In a few days, I will send an email to each winner to confirm delivery of the prizes. After that, I plan to begin preparing for the Third Annual Plutus Awards, culminating in a ceremony to be held at next year’s Financial Blogger Conference.

Congratulations to all winners!

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Plutus Awards Winners

by Flexo on October 3, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, Tom Drake and Flexo announced the winners of the Second Annual Plutus Awards for a live audience in the Garden Marquis of the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Illinois. In the first set of awards, the community of personal finance bloggers voted for their favorite products and services. The event was live-blogged here on plutusawards.com and on Twitter.

The opinions of personal finance bloggers are important; this is a community of superfans and superusers, and companies would do well to take their opinions seriously when creating or improving financial products and services. The Plutus Awards are stamps of approval for companies that are taking the best approaches.

Plutus Award FinalistPlutus Awards finalists are welcome to display this achievement proudly using the attached image. The following code can be used to insert the image onto a website. A link back to plutusawards.com is optional.

<a href="http://www.plutusawards.com/"><img src="http://www.plutusawards.com/images/PlutusAwards-winner1.jpg" alt="Plutus Award Finalist" title="Plutus Award Winner" /></a>

Included is a list of the Plutus Award winners in this first group of awards, recognizing the best financial products and services. The list of the winners for the second group of awards, recognizing the best financial blogs, bloggers, and blog-related products, will be posted later today.

  • Best Savings or Money Market Account:
    • Finalist: Ally Bank
    • Finalist: HSBC Direct
    • Winner: ING Direct
    • Finalist: SmartyPig
    • Finalist: USAA
  • Best Checking or Transaction Account:
    • Finalist: Ally Bank
    • Winner: ING Direct
    • Finalist: PerkStreet
    • Finalist: USAA
    • Finalist: Wells Fargo
  • Best Banking Website:
    • Finalist: allybank.com
    • Winner: ingdirect.com
    • Finalist: perkstreet.com
    • Finalist: usaa.com
    • Finalist: wellsfargo.com
  • Best Overall Bank:
    • Finalist: Ally Bank
    • Winner: ING Direct
    • Finalist: PerkStreet
    • Finalist: USAA
    • Finalist: Wells Fargo
  • Best Discount Brokerage:
    • Finalist: Fidelity
    • Finalist: Schwab
    • Finalist: Scottrade
    • Finalist: Sharebuilder
    • Winner: TD Ameritrade/Waterhouse
  • Best Credit Card:
    • Finalist: Blue Cash from American Express
    • Winner: Chase Freedom
    • Finalist: Citi Forward
    • Finalist: Costco TruEarnings from American Express
    • Finalist: Discover More Card
  • Best Personal Finance Management Software:
    • Finalist: Adaptu
    • Finalist: Microsoft Excel
    • Winner: Mint
    • Finalist: Quicken
    • Finalist: You Need a Budget
  • Best Budgeting Software:
    • Finalist: Microsoft Excel
    • Winner: Mint
    • Finalist: Mvelopes
    • Finalist: Quicken
    • Finalist: You Need a Budget
  • Best Tax Preparation Software:
    • Finalist: H&R Block
    • Finalist: TaxACT
    • Finalist: TaxCut
    • Finalist: TaxSlayer
    • Winner: TurboTax
  • Best Peer-to-Peer or Social Lending Service:
    • Finalist: CommunityLend
    • Finalist: Kiva
    • Winner: LendingClub
    • Finalist: Prosper
  • Best Mobile Personal Finance Application:
    • Finalist: Bloomberg
    • Finalist: Chase Bank
    • Winner: Mint
    • Finalist: MoneyWell
    • Finalist: You Need a Budget
  • Best New Personal Finance Book:
    • Finalist: The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy, by Liz Pulliam Weston
    • Finalist: Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money, by Clark Howard
    • Winner: Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, by Kimberly Palmer
    • Finalist: The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime, by MJ DeMarco
    • Finalist: Psych Yourself Rich: Get the Mindset and Discipline You Need to Build Your Financial Life, by Farnoosh Torabi

Stay tuned for the remainder of the Plutus Awards winners!

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