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Blogger Profile: Dylan Ratigan

Dylan Ratigan hosts Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan weekdays from 9 -11AM ET on MSNBC and the Dylan Ratigan Show Sundays from 7-9PM ET on WABC Radio.

Ratigan was most recently anchor and co-creator of CNBC's Fast Money, co-anchor of CNBC's Closing Bell, and has also been a regular contributor to MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Prior to joining CNBC, Ratigan served as a Global Managing Editor at Bloomberg News until March 2003. He joined Bloomberg News in 1995 and was a driving force in building the organization, expanding half a dozen new print beats, including IPOs, derivatives and mergers and acquisitions and then helping to expand their television network by creating and hosting their first successful two-hour morning show. Ratigan spent his last two years there off-camera implementing and supervising Bloomberg's network of banking and finance coverage worldwide with more than 100 reporters in more than 50 countries.

Ratigan previously worked as a regular on-air contributor to ABC News and has published articles in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune. He began his career at the Portsmouth Herald in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Ratigan holds a Bachelor of Arts in political economics from Union College.

Dylan Ratigan's Blogs

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Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

February 3rd, 2012

Auction 2012: Greedy Bastards and Student Debt

Imagine a product so irresistible that most Americans thought they couldn't live without it.  Every President talked of its importance, and it was perceived of as the key to you or your child's future.  There was a limited supply, and prices kept going up.  The best business to be in ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

January 10th, 2012

Auction 2012: Top 10 Reasons to Get Money Out

Tonight we see returns from the New Hampshire primary, the second contest in the Republican Presidential nomination. Most people think of this as an election, where voters go to the polls and select their preferred candidate. But I believe, and an increasing number of viewers believe, that our political system ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

November 5th, 2011

Bought Justice and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court looms over our political landscape like a giant, immovable object. Americans have traditionally respected the court's purview, believing that it serves justice, dispassionately. Yet the most controversial decision of the last twenty five years -- Bush v. Gore -- has profoundly shaken that sentiment. And other decisions, ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

October 24th, 2011

How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Sand?

It's somewhat rare to hear a Senator tell the truth about American foreign policy, but we did get a glimpse of reality last week when Senator Lindsey Graham lustily talked about the death of Gadhafi. He said, "There's a lot of money to be made in the future in Libya. ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

October 20th, 2011

To Be With the 99%, President Obama Must Fire Tim Geithner

In my last piece, I talked about how Tim Geithner's job over the past five years has been to (a) print money, (b) give it to rich friends, and (c) deny everyone else legal and financial rights. This shows up everywhere, from the 0% you get on your savings account ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

October 16th, 2011

Constitutional Moments: The People's Voice

Today we face a crushing burden of foreclosures, dropping incomes, and a financial elite that has bought our government. The elite consensus is powerful enough to prevent change, no matter who is elected. The situation seems, at least in electoral terms, hopeless. Yet, America has been here before, and has ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

October 3rd, 2011

Get Money Out: Making Waves

Three years ago, I left my 15-year career as a financial professional, because I was disgusted and disturbed by the rampant evidence of corruption in the relationship between our banking system and our government. At the time the Tea Party was emerging and I was confident that between their exploding ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

September 29th, 2011

Building a Digital Wave to Get Money Out

Yesterday we announced the formation of a petition to get money out of our political system, and a draft amendment to the Constitution that will do it. More than 27,000 people signed up in less than 9 hours, our servers were overwhelmed and in one day the petition accrued more ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

September 28th, 2011

Get Money Out: Join 100,000 Americans

Money has bought our politics. Only we the people can take it back. But, HOW? I have asked a professional lobbyist and a series of Constitutional scholars. They tell me that it will require a large, unrelenting, organized group aligned around a Constitutional Amendment to Get Money Out of politics. ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

September 23rd, 2011

Get Money Out: We the People, not the Politicians

Today, the America I see is more corrupt than I have ever seen in my entire life. I am ashamed of this country, angry, because our current political order mocks the phrase "we the people". Today I'm starting a series on money and politics with my friends at the Huffington ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

July 24th, 2011

The Real Debt Deal

"So that goes back to a much bigger issue which is we have a whole host of contracts, that were entered into during better times that unfortunately have to be rewritten." ~ Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, a trillion dollar money management firm. Forgiving debt is fundamental to American history. ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 16th, 2011

America for Sale: Is Goldman Sachs Buying Your City?

Introducing America for Sale, a new Huffington Post-Dylan Ratigan Show collaboration. In Chicago, it's the sale of parking meters to the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi. In Indiana, it's the sale of the northern toll road to a Spanish and Australian joint venture. In Wisconsin it's public health and ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 8th, 2011

Firewater and Fracking: Who Can We Trust?

"Firewater?" will be on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC from this Wednesday June 8 to this Friday June 10, 2011, at 4pm. I want you to join me on a journey into the heart of our political discourse. It starts with a question that we've been wrestling with for ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 26th, 2011

Hooked on Hope

"By the end of my first term, we're going to make sure that everybody's got decent health care in this country. We can do that." -- Barack Obama, 2008 Last week, we heard from one of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters -- moral philosopher Dr. Cornel West. In 2008, West ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 18th, 2011

Debt Ceiling Politics: Fearocracy or Democracy?

Osama Bin Laden's death cast the fear in our politics into stark relief. One of the weirdest cultural reactions after the announcement of his killing was how the Miley Cyrus song "Party in the U.S.A" got a renewed lease on life on Youtube. That song became the unofficial anthem marking ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 5th, 2011

Obama's Moment: Will He Tell Us to Keep Shopping?

It's hard, even today, to really remember the carnage of 9/11, the sense of piercing fear in what had been a placid lake of prosperity. At that moment, anything great and anything terrible was possible. People remember him with a bullhorn on top of rubble, but President George W. Bush ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

April 29th, 2011

How Much Longer for the "Royals"?

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Tomorrow we will see a wedding between a Prince and a soon-to-be Princess. Polling in the US and UK shows that the public itself is largely apathetic, but we in the media can't seem to get enough of ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

March 27th, 2011

Collective Bargaining for Homeowners: Heroism or Terrorism? My Exclusive Interview With Steven Lerner

Last night, I interviewed the man at the center of a new swirling controversy. Stephen Lerner, a veteran union organizer, wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks. And this week, he was caught on tape talking about a "mortgage strike" against the big banks. He ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

March 14th, 2011

Rescue Choppers or Corporate Jets?

I've been glued to my TV and computer all weekend watching the horrors unfold in Japan. I don't know very much about the Japanese budgetary situation, how much the clean-up is going to cost, etc. But I know that no one in Japan right now is worrying about the Japanese ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

February 5th, 2011

A Mortgage Isn't a Life Sentence

This is the segment I did with someone who walked away from his mortgage, his home, and his $120,000 down payment after wrestling with the bank for months. It's powerful, and it's hopeful."It feels great," Burton said without hesitation. "I'm starting again. I've still got my talent; I've got my ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

July 2nd, 2010

Fix America? Fix the Politicians

Today we end Fix It week on my show, although we hope to keep this recurring theme.  But the largest hindrance to solutions for all of the problems we've discussed - be it the Deficit, Energy, Education or the Wars -- goes back to one place:  the current Political Process ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 28th, 2010

Fix the Deficit: Clawbacks Before Cutbacks

Today we launched Fix It week on my show. I hope this week will help aid what I believe is already a growing movement to finally acknowledge and address the long-standing issues that continue to unnecessarily harm our great country. Fortuitously, considering the recent news from the G20, we kick ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 26th, 2010

Wall Street Reform: Politicians Lie, Media Applauds, America Suffers

The same Washington spinsters who have driven our country into the ground seem to be out in full force this morning, claiming that their latest policy "victory" is the most "sweeping change" of our financial regulatory since the Great Depression.Actually, it is nothing more than window dressing. The real sweeping ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 24th, 2010

They Keep Stealing - Why Keep Paying?

The dire straits of the middle class of America has made it near impossible for our politicians to keep up the pretense that our current government truly works for the "people." Between the multiple overt and secretive bailouts, the massive bonuses and the circular use of our tax money to ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

May 21st, 2010

Who Will Your Senator Stand With Now?

At this very instant, many of those in our Senate are in danger of being led off the plank by outgoing Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Chris Dodd. With cloture passing, Senator Dodd now has one final chance to present a manager's amendment to make a weak bill stronger ... continue reading

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  • February 3rd, 2012

    Auction 2012: Greedy Bastards and Student Debt

    Imagine a product so irresistible that most Americans thought they couldn't live without it.  Every President talked of its importance, and it was perceived of ...

  • January 10th, 2012

    Auction 2012: Top 10 Reasons to Get Money Out

    Tonight we see returns from the New Hampshire primary, the second contest in the Republican Presidential nomination. Most people think of this as an election, ...

  • November 5th, 2011

    Bought Justice and the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court looms over our political landscape like a giant, immovable object. Americans have traditionally respected the court's purview, believing that it serves justice, ...

  • October 24th, 2011

    How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Sand?

    It's somewhat rare to hear a Senator tell the truth about American foreign policy, but we did get a glimpse of reality last week when ...

  • October 20th, 2011

    To Be With the 99%, President Obama Must Fire Tim Geithner

    In my last piece, I talked about how Tim Geithner's job over the past five years has been to (a) print money, (b) give it ...

  • October 16th, 2011

    Constitutional Moments: The People's Voice

    Today we face a crushing burden of foreclosures, dropping incomes, and a financial elite that has bought our government. The elite consensus is powerful enough ...

  • October 3rd, 2011

    Get Money Out: Making Waves

    Three years ago, I left my 15-year career as a financial professional, because I was disgusted and disturbed by the rampant evidence of corruption in ...

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