Third Annual Plutus Awards Recognize Best Financial Blogs, Products and Services

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The Plutus Awards, presented at the first annual Financial Blogger Conference, or FinCon, honor the best personal finance products, services and writing, as voted by the personal finance blogging community.

The Plutus Awards ceremony exists to celebrate and bring attention to well-deserved financial authors who use blogging as the medium of choice, as well as to the best financial products and services as chosen by these experts.

Consumerism Commentary today announces the winners of the Third Annual Plutus Awards. The Awards, named after the god of wealth in Greek mythology, recognize the best financial blogs, products and services, as voted on by the personal finance blogging community and their readers. The Plutus Awards were created and are facilitated by Luke Landes, founder of

“The last few years have seen significant growth among the personal finance blogging community,” Landes says. “The valuable writing, opinions and analysis by a wide variety of expert authors can be of great use to a broad audience. The Plutus Awards ceremony exists to celebrate and bring attention to well-deserved financial authors who use blogging as the medium of choice, as well as to the best financial products and services as chosen by these experts."

Over the past four weeks, the personal finance blogging community voted online for their choices in each award category. Today a committee of 15 financial bloggers will cast votes for the finalists in each category by secret ballot to determine the ultimate winners. A People's Choice Plutus Award will also go to the winner of the favorite overall personal finance blog, as voted by readers and social media followers.

The winning blogs will be announced during a ceremony at the Financial Blogger Conference in Denver, Colorado and online in real-time today at 8:30 PM MDT. Public voting for the People’s Choice Award will continue at until the winner is announced on the website and the @PlutusAwards Twitter account. Authors who represent winning blogs will receive a prize package and a badge to display on their websites. Product-focused categories were announced this morning on the website.

The 2012 Plutus Award winners in product categories, as selected by the personal finance blogging community, include:

Best Savings or Money Market Account: ING Direct
Best Checking or Transaction Account: ING Direct
Best Banking Website: ING Direct
Best Overall Bank: ING Direct
Best Discount Brokerage: Scottrade
Best Credit Card: Chase Freedom
Best Personal Finance Software:
Best Personal Financial Software - Desktop or Web:
Best Personal Financial Software - Mobile:
Best Peer-to-Peer or Social Lending Service: Lending Club
Best New Book: The Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, by Andrew Hallam

See the full list of finalists in each product category of the 2012 Plutus Awards.

Founded in 2003, Consumerism Commentary was launched by Luke Landes. The site offers personal finance advice, commentary on the economy, behavioral finance, and delves into everyday money issues like saving, budgeting, credit and debt. The blog has been named one of MSN Money's top 100 money websites for 2012 by Liz Weston. Consumerism Commentary is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that best meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit

About the Financial Blogger Conference
The first annual Financial Blogger Conference brings together the best in the online personal finance community. In attendance are more than 150 personal finance bloggers with a combined total readership of more than 500,000 and millions of page views monthly.
The conference is held September 6 through 9 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The Financial Blogger Conference was created by participants in the online personal finance blogging community. It is independently owned and operated by Philip Taylor of PT Money, LLC, who also runs PT Money: Personal Finance.

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