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By Adam Shell, USA TODAY NEW YORK — If you are risk averse, retired or nearing retirement, or just hate the thought of losing money, you probably view stocks as the financial equivalent of an atomic bomb. You know what could happen to your nest egg if the stock market blows up. The dot-com-driven stock plunge in 2000 and the Great Depression-like losses suffered in the recent financial crisis taught you all you need to know about the risks of owning stocks.
Are you reading the right stuff? Alexa.com is a web information resource that -- among other things -- ranks websites by their traffic data. Below is the May 2007 Alexa rankings I compiled of 30 popular financial blogs. The ranking is measured against all US websites in the Alexa universe, blogs or otherwise. For this list, I excluded the huge financial behemoths, and to make the cut, each blog had to be ranked in the top 1,000,000 most popular US websites. Links to most of these blogs are included further down on this page, under Links .