Erin E. Arvedlund is a financial journalist who has written for Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, the Moscow Times, The New York Times, TheStreet.com, and Portfolio.com. On Feb. 1, 2011, her "Your Money" column debuted in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2001 she wrote the second article (and the first outside of industry publication MARHedge) questioning Bernard Madoff's demand for investor secrecy and his "enviably steady gains" in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for Barron's. Her first book, also on Madoff, Too Good to be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff, was published in August, 2009.
Exhibit 104 of the SEC's eventual investigation of Madoff mentions the Arvedlund article:
"Madoff said that when the MarHedge and Barron's [sic] articles came out, he expected the SEC to come to him, and that he was surprised the SEC didn't follow up with him. He also mentioned that Erin Arvedlund ("That idiot woman from Barron's.") didn't know what she was talking about, and that it was obvious she was not familiar with the industry."
Arvedlund's father was a money manager in Wilmington, Delaware, where she was raised. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1984 and Archmere Academy in 1988, both in Wilmington. She attended Tufts University before starting her career at Dow Jones News Service. She lives in Philadelphia.
- Arvedlund, Erin E. (May 7, 2001). "Don't Ask, Don't Tell – Bernie Madoff is so secretive, he even asks investors to keep mum". Barron's. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
- Arvedlund, Erin (2009). Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-287-3.
- Interview of Bernard L. Madoff, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- DiStefano, Joseph (August 11, 2009). "PhillyDeals: Arvedlund was right: Madoff was too good to be true". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 11, 2009.[dead link]