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Alan Abelson

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Alan Abelson
Born(1925-10-12)October 12, 1925
New York City, U.S.
DiedMay 9, 2013(2013-05-09) (aged 87)
New York City
OccupationJournalist, Editor
Alma materCity College of New York
University of Iowa

Alan Abelson (October 12, 1925 – May 9, 2013) was a veteran financial journalist, and longtime writer of the influential Up and Down Wall Street column in Barron's Magazine.[citation needed]


He was editor of Barron's from 1981 until 1992.[1] Abelson's columns at Barron's often took a skeptical look at the investment favorites and fads of the day, and sometimes spawned controversy and even lawsuits.[2] While working for Barron's, he was responsible for editing the Investment News & Views section, writing corporate and industry features and the influential "Up and Down Wall Street" column. From July 1982 to October 1990, Abelson frequently appeared on NBC-TV's News at Sunrise as a business commentator.[3] In 1999, less than a year before the crash of the dot-com bubble, he warned, "the market is grossly overvalued, more so, indeed, than it was in 1987 before the crash."[4] Prior to working for Barron's, Abelson worked as a copy boy for the New York Journal- American. He eventually worked his way up to becoming a reporter and then onto the financial desk. From 1952 to 1956, Abelson worked as the stock-market columnist for the paper.[3]


Abelson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and English from City College of New York and later received his master's degree from the University of Iowa in creative writing.[3]


Abelson died of a heart attack at a New York City Hospital on May 9, 2013. He was 87.[5] Abelson was predeceased by his wife, the former Virginia Eloise Peterson, who died in 1999, and was survived by his two children, daughter Reed Abelson and son Justin Abelson, and five grandchildren.[6][7]

Awards and legacy[edit]


  1. ^ "Editor of Barron's Tells Staff He's Been Asked to Quit Post", By GERALDINE FABRIKANT, The New York Times, December 22, 1992. Retrieved Jan 31, 2010.
  2. ^ "Debasing Bernanke", Up and Down Wall Street column in Barron's Magazine, September 24, 2007, By Alan Abelson. Retrieved Jan 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Alan Abelson Bio | Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau". Premiere Speakers. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Bubble Trouble". Wall Street Journal. June 21, 1999. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Goerie". Archived from the original on 2018-02-03. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  6. ^ "Alan Abelson, Who at Barron’s Was a Thorn in Wall Street’s Side, Dies at 87", The New York Times May 10, 2013, by Douglas Martin, Retrieved Feb 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Alan Abelson Obituary", May 13, 2013, Retrieved Feb 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Winners and Finalists in Loeb Competition Announced". The Write News. May 19, 1998. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Robert W. Murphy, "New fiduciary responsibilities under the Pension Reform Act of 1974", Proceedings - Seminar on the Analysis of Security Prices, vol. 20, iss. 1, pp. 73–112, Center for Research in Security Prices, May 1975.
  10. ^ "News and Notes of AIChE", Chemical Engineering Progress, vol. 71, iss. 4, April 1975
  11. ^ Alan Abelson, "Up & down Wall Street", Barron's pp. 1, 27–28, 9 December 1974.