Category Archives: Blogging

Stock Pick Bob’s Advice

Stock Pick Bob in one of the godfathers of the investing blog world.  He started posting back in May of 2003.  Here is the first post that we could find on his site, here talking about St Jude Medical.   His newest post (as of May 2nd 2009) is here and is on Building a Portfolio: “Intelligent Design” or “Natural Selection”.

As long time readers and any successful trader will tell you it is a prerequisite of success that you evolve.  In the case of this blog we have been able to watch Bob evolve as an investor and trader for several years now.   While we didn’t find his blog until 2006, he has been around for a while and does an excellent job in teaching and helping the readers see what and why he is looking at different stocks.  While he continually lets readers know that none of this is construed to be investment advice, it is obvious that he is a seasoned investor and is worth reading for his insights alone.

Happy Blogging and Investing,

Team Blograters

Read the Prospectus

Read the Prospectus is a great site for traders interested in technical analysis.  It is an even better site for traders who use Think Or Swim as their trading platform.  Read the Prospectus is a master thinkscipt programmer and regularly gives away excellent thinkscripts.  If you use Think Or Swim then you MUST read this blog.

Even if you dont use Think or Swim, this blog is still very much worth reading if you use or are learning to use technical analysis in your trading.  You see the writer of this blog doesn’t just write indicators and trading systems but also explains why he decided to write it.  If he needs an indicator that no one else has then he builds it.  Who wouldn’t love to know the exact originations of stochastics and whey the investor needed it (attributed but not really invented by George Lane, and not really stochastics either)?  Or sit along side Appel as he figured out MACD and how to use it.

This blog gives you this opportunity as Read the Prospectus lets you come along for the ride as the writer discusses the why and the how of each of his indicators.  In addition he still has them for free.  This is a wonderful resource for all technical analysts, and a must have resource for fellow Think or Swimmers.

Happy Trading and Blogging,

Team Blograter

TradingGoddess.Com

TradingGoddess.com

The TradingGoddess.com as the name implies is managed by a woman trader. She has been writing on her blog since October of 2006. Over that time she has consistently improved and expanded the scope of the site. Whereas she used to write all of the content she now has several other contributors that write useful insightful posts.

The posts range from Personal Finance advice to Oil to Trader Education, and even articles on Currency Trading. Basically if you can trade it or if it has to do with money you can gain some valuable insight from coming here. Finally there are the classic stock scans that always include a picture of some model. These types of posts are kind of Trading Goddess classic posts.

If you trade stocks or just want to learn about them you should add this site to your RSS Reader and read it regularly. By the way you may be wondering what the Trading Goddess looks like, after all she calls herself a Goddess. Well look no further then her Twitter page and you can see that she’s actually pretty hot.

Happy Blogging,
BlogRaters

DistressedVolatility.com

DistressedVolatility.com

DistressedVolatility.com is a relatively new blog that is dedicated to following the global financial markets.  The topics range anywhere from unusual option activity to George Soros in Davos, Switzerland.

As the name implies DistressedVolatility looks at options in depth.  For instance in this post he looks at the SP500 and the sentiment using put call ratios, the VIX, and even short interest. Here in another post he correctly called the big move up in TBT right before it made a breakout to the upside. He not only called it but he provided a good explanation as to why you would get in.

Altogether this is a good blog and is definitely worth putting in your RSS reader. You can also follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/Dvolatility

Happy Blogging,
Blograters.com

Heritage Insurance

Beginning in 1974, Heritage Insurance Service, Inc. has striven to bring the best insurance prices in the industry to the public. Since then, Heritage Insurance has become one of the largest independent insurance brokers in the nation, selling personal lines in over 25 states, and commercial and truck insurance in all of the lower 48 states.

Heritage Insurance takes pride in customer satisfaction and originally joined the Better Business Bureau July 1st, 1979. They have remained in good standing and have a current rating of A+ by The Better Business Bureau.
They provide many different types of insurance to cover all your insurance needs. Unlike many of our competitors, we have the ability to search through many different companies to find you the lowest price. We currently represent 115 companies and are continually obtaining new insurance markets to ensure our rates are the most competitive.

Being one of the largest insurance brokers in the nation, they have specialists that deal with just about any line of insurance. They are consistently among the cheapest in the industry in Homeowners, Umbrella Policies, Motorcycle Insurance, RV and ATV insurance, Life and Health Insurance, Commercial policies, and especially in Auto and Truck insurance
We invite you to compare us to other insurance companies and see for yourself the difference in price, quality, and service. We feel confident that you’ll find that we’re the best in the business. You may contact us by phone or go to our website Heritage Insurance to learn more and receive a free quote.

ColoradoLasikSurgeryGuide.com

ColoradoLasikSurgeryGuide.com

Here at Blograters we don’t usually do reviews like this but after reading about this project on CourtneyTuttle.com we thought that it was worth going over.

First off as the site explains it is about Lasik in Colorado. If you go to Courtney’s site you can read about his case study. He is taking this site from nothing to the stated goal of page one and probably spot one in Google searches for Colorado Lasik and a few other variations of the keywords. Why is he doing this with a subject that he knows nothing about? To make money and try something out. He goes into a lot more detail on his site but basically if you target good niche keywords you can be on the first page relatively fast. If you put relevant and original content it is even useful. Combine those with an e-book, adsense, etc. that is relevant and you can have a fairly low maintenance money making site.

Courtney is currently doing a whole series on Keyword Sniping and if you are a blogger you should go read it. In fact as we have mentioned before on this site if you blog you should read Courtney site every time he posts.

Happy Blogging,
Blog Raters

AlephBlog.com

AlephBlog.com

AlephBlog.com is David Merkel’s investment blog. If you read TheStreet.com or Realmoney.com you probably recognize his name. He has been a contributor since 2003. He primarily writes about stock and bond portfolio management. He started the blog so that he could do have more one on one interaction with readers and do less structured writing. So while he mainly cover equity and bond portfolios he can now talk about anything he wishes.

If you click on his investment books from which I have benefited page you will notice right off the bat that he is primarily a value investor. The Intelligent Investor, The Aggressive Conservative Investor, Value Investing, and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits are books that are and should be on every serious investors bookshelf.

Looking at his categories the top four things that he writes about are Stocks, Macro Economics, Portfolio Management, and Bonds. His writing style is easy going and not very confrontational. He lays out valid points for almost everything he writes and figures that if you like it you will keep reading and if you don’t you will move on. In this reviewers opinion his blog is a nice break from all of the (absolutely no shame at all) self promoters out there.

If you want common sense investment advice and wisdom then you should make the AlephBlog.com a regular stop and add it to your RSS reader. David Merkel is a investor that happens to be a good writer and is worth listening to.

Happy Blogging,
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TheFloat.typepad.com

TheFloat.com

TheFloat.com is a blog written by some of the people at Interlake Capital Management. While we don’t know much about the money management firm we do that they are smart. Their blog entries are insightful and over time you kind of get a feel for what they look at. They are also skeptical which pays in the investment world. They question stupid statements like this one that the heard on CNBC. They also do mini Linkfests every few days. Most of their commentary is useful for perspective if not always actionable.

One nice feature is that because they are also out trying to get more money to manage they sometimes post things regarding presentation that they have done such as this on on 401K’s.

Basically if you read this blog regularly you will find all kinds of interesting and useful information regardless of where your investment knowledge stands. As we state quite frequently here at BlogRaters you should add this blog to your feed reader and read it often.

Happy Blogging,
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DailySpeculations.com

DailySpeculations.com

DailySpeculations.com is Victor Niederhoffers blog. It started because he has long had an e-mail list named “the spec list.” He is the man who runs it but everyone from the spec list contributes to it. So what do they talk about? You might think that because it is called Daily Speculations and the owner of the site runs a hedge fund that it only deals with stocks and other tradeable securities but you would be wrong. DailySpeculations deals in stocks, bonds, futures, options, statistics, software, philosophy, literature, history, people. world events, etc. Basically Victor has a bunch of really intelligent people contribute whatever they feel like. The result for the most part a very insightful blog where you can learn something or at least get a different perspective on something almost every day.

So who is Victor Niederhoffer? If you have been trading for a long time you have heard of him. He was one of the most successful hedge fund managers for about 15 years ending in 1998 when he had a series of unfortunate events and a case of overleverage leading to his fund “blowing up” and the saying goes. He then came back and had a wonderful three year run but once again getting hit very hard back in August. A lot of people do not like listening to him because they don’t want to hear anything from someone who has blown up twice but there are a few reasons to read his writings. First if you have read his two books “Education Of A Speculator” and “Practical Speculation” you have learned a lot. You have learned to question and test everything if nothing else (and I would venture to say you have learned a lot more). Second is that you can look at the other fruits of his labor, namely that his shop has helped produce such trader legends as Monroe Trout, Toby Crabel, Roy Niederhoffer, and several other successful traders. So why has he blown up twice you might ask. I am not totally sure but I think it is probably the psychological aspect of trading that has gotten him and not his processes for finding trades. Basically a little overconfidence now and then when you are leveraged can wipe you out in a short time. Enough about Vic and back to the blog.

Here are some fairly recent insightful posts.
Vic on Practice
Levered ETF’s
Fired
Capitalism In Schools

These are illustrative of the types of writings you will find over at DailySpeculations.com It is a treasure trove of insights into all sorts of things. Go and read it and then go and read more of it. There is a lot of content and lot of good content.

Happy Blogging,
Blog Raters

TheMacroTrader.com

TheMacroTrader.com

TheMacroTrader.com is the blog to the newsletter of the same name. Macro trading as explained in this post is basically looking at any asset class, in any country, using a variety of strategies looking for the best risk to reward opportunities in the globe. They are trying to fill the void in good global research. We all hear about George Soros, Paul Tudor Jones, Bruce Kovner, and several other legendary Macro Managers but we never get to see research reports that explain what global markets to invest in or why precious metals should go up or why emerging market bonds are a good buy. TheMacroTrader.comis aiming to narrow that gap with their newsletter and blog.

One of the more recent posts Global Watch List gives charts of the countries currently passing their proprietary liquidity/trend screens. They have also shown us some of the criteria they look for when investing in foreign markets here with this post on the Singapore EWS etf.

We have found that with a few exceptions the majority of investment or stock blogs out there cater almost exclusively to the US stock market and while there is nothing wrong with that there are several other opportunities out there to exploit and profit from. TheMacroTrader.com focuses on every market that they can. So far their posts have covered global stock indexes, junk bond/high yield bond trading models, and systematic vs discretionary trading.

Basically if you want a glimpse into what global macro is all about and more specifically you want to see some examples of the type of trading a global manager does you would be well advised to stop by TheMacroTrader.com often and add it to your feed reader.

Happy Blogging,
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