Fourth Annual Plutus Awards Honor Financial Blogs and Recognize Best Products and Services

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The Fourth Annual Plutus Awards will be held on October 17th in St. Louis, and nominations will be open until September 23rd for the best financial blogs, products and services. The Plutus Awards – named after the god of wealth in Greek mythology – were created by Luke Landes, founder of Consumerism Commentary.

The Plutus Awards and their accompanying awards ceremony celebrate the hard work by the best independent writers over the past year. This is a chance to show appreciation for best practices and to bring more awareness to financial blogging.

*Updated with latest Financial Bloggers Conference info

Nominations for the Fourth Annual Plutus Awards are in progress, and the public has until September 23 to nominate their favorite blogs and writers. The Plutus 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 audiences. The Plutus Awards were created and are facilitated by Luke Landes, founder of Consumerism Commentary.

"The Plutus Awards and their accompanying awards ceremony celebrate the hard work by the best independent writers over the past year," Landes says. "This is a chance to show appreciation for best practices and to bring more awareness to financial blogging as a medium for communication of ideas. Through their expert opinions, bloggers can help shape the products and services offered within the financial industry by awarding the best with a winning vote."

Throughout the summer, the personal financial blogging community voted online for their choices in each award category. After nominations close on September 23, a committee of 25 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. Voting for the People's Choice award will continue after other nominations close.

The finalists will be announced online at and on social media channels on October 1, and the winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Financial Blogger Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 17 at 8:00 PM CDT. The ceremony will feature host Kevin McKee, a blogger and founder of financial tool Reward Boost and personal finance blog Thousandaire, and will be sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Following the ceremony, participants and conference attendees will be invited to a event sponsored by Scottrade.

Past winners of product-focused Plutus Awards include ING Direct (Best Savings or Money Market Account, Best Banking Website, Best Overall Bank), Chase Freedom (Best Credit Card), (Best Personal Finance Software), and LendingClub (Best Peer-to-Peer or Social Lending Service). This year's awards include new categories such as Best Fundraising Platform and Best Use of Social Media.

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 Financial Blogger Conference brings together the best in the online personal finance community. In attendance are more than 500 personal finance bloggers and financial minds with a combined total readership of more than 500,000 and millions of page views monthly. The conference is held October 17 through 20 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. 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.

About Scottrade
Online investing services firm, Scottrade, Inc., improves the lives of people by helping them overcome barriers to financial success. The online investment services firm was founded in 1980 to provide investors with a better way to invest and make their own trading decisions. Today, Scottrade operates the largest branch network among any online brokerage, with more than 500 branch offices across the country, and empowers clients through online trading tools and stock market research to buy stocks online, many at just $7 per trade.

About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments is among the most diversified financial services companies in the world, offering a full range of products and solutions for individual investors. The company’s fundamental mission is to help customers and clients achieve their financial goals. As America’s Retirement Leader (the no. 1 provider of 401(k)s and IRAs), Fidelity offers retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage services, college planning and many other products and services to more than 20 million individuals.

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