CNBC's Wall Street sensation Maria Bartiromo — aka the "Money Honey" — is pleased to report that beleaguered investors are not taking their market frustrations out on her. "I'm the messenger," she tells TV Guide Online. "People realize it's not my fault."
Actually, the trailblazing journalist (she's the first person, female or male, to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange) has seen her popularity rise as the Dow and Nasdaq have plummeted. To wit, her program Market Week with Maria Bartiromo — which celebrates its one-year anniversary Friday with a one-hour special — is CNBC's fastest-growing show. "It's been an unbelievable year," marvels Bartiromo, who admits that all the economic upheaval has made her job that much more thrilling. "Just following the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour daily fluctuations of the market has been very exciting."
Bartiromo — who the National Review once called the "Sharon Stone of business cable" — says the best advice she can offer wary investors is not to give up. "What you want to do is take a look at what you own, where your money is and ask yourself if the story still makes sense," explains the 33-year-old Brooklyn native. "Often times, people forget that markets change... and you have to always make sure that the reasons behind you buying in the first place are still there. And if they are, you want to do nothing.
"The worst thing I think an investor can do is get panicked out of the market," she adds, "just selling everything without having scrutinized what's going on."
To help make sense of all the madness, Friday's milestone installment of Market Week (airing 7 pm/ET) features such industry bigwigs as Ford Motor Company's Jacques Nasser, Citigroup's Robert Rubin, USA Network's Barry Diller, EMC Corporation's Chairman Michael Ruettgers and General Electric's Jack Welch. Previews Bartiromo: "We're going to ask them, 'Look, the first quarter just ended, where are we now?'"
And where would Bartiromo be now had Regis Philbin asked her and not Kelly Ripa to become his permanent co-host on Live? She's not speculating, although the NYU grad insists that, "It would take a really phenomenal opportunity for me to ever walk away from business news. I am really, really pleased with what I'm doing."