Martin Fridson is, according to The New York Times, “one of Wall Street’s most thoughtful and perceptive analysts.” The Financial Management Association International named him its Financial Executive of the Year in 2002. In 2000, Fridson became the youngest person ever inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame. He was dubbed "the dean of the high yield bond market" in conjunction with being voted onto the Institutional Investor All-America research team. According to Barron’s, “No one brings more insight or a better reputation for integrity to the junk-bond market than Marty Fridson.” Grant’s Interest Rate Observer labeled him “indispensable.” Investment manager Michael McAdams described Fridson as “a hybrid of Stephen Hawking and Studs Terkel.” Pensions & Investments called his satirical writing on financial markets “worthy of Jonathan Swift.”
Fridson received his B.A. cum laude in history from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has been a guest lecturer at the graduate business schools of Babson, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, New York University, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Wharton, as well as the Amsterdam Institute of Finance. In January 1990, Institutional Investor selected Martin Fridson for its list of "The Next Generation of Financial Leaders." The New York Society of Security Analysts, in July 1994, called Fridson "one of our best known members." In 1997, Worth Magazine included Fridson’s Investment Illusions among the 22 books published since 1841 constituting its investor’s core library. Library Journal named Fridson’s It Was A Very Good Year one of the best business books of 1998. Ross Perot wrote that Fridson’s 2000 book, How to Be a Billionaire, “offers fascinating insight into the subject of building wealth.” In 2000, The Green Magazine called Fridson’s Financial Statement Analysis “one of the most useful investment books ever.” The Boston Globe said that Fridson’s 2006 book, Unwarranted Intrusions: The Case against Government Intervention in the Marketplace, merits inclusion in the short list of best business books of the decade.