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Market Heist

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MarketHeist is a new site just launched earlier this year that organizes financial products to help visitors find the tools they need. It is a one stop shop for investing and trading products, services, educations and media. They provide ratings, reviews, educational media, and designed to give visitors the ability to easily compare a ton of credible products in one place. By following their guides and browsing through their product listings, it should help your learning curve by pointing you to the right tools, books, mentors, etc. right away.

They take high class investing products from talented investors and investment companies in the industry and make sure they’re right for individual investors and traders. You can get to know the products through demos and interviews with the companies. Before you open your wallet to sign up for a service or tool, MarketHeist helps you learn to use the product using their tutorials and blogs to see if its right for you.

If you’re just starting to manage your own money, this is a great place to start learning about the stock market as well as find the correct tools to help you accomplish your financial goals.  For experienced traders, the warehouse of products on MarketHeist helps narrow your search for charting softwareindicators, and trading methods so you can move onto the next level.

Stock Bee

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We first came across Stock Bee back in January of 2007 when we were forwarded this great post on “Beating the market on $1.25 per week”.  Ever since we have been avid readers as the Bee has helped us to separate the wheat from the chaff as the saying goes.

The Bee is loaded with useful info.  One article that we really like is “Can you learn from trading books?” Since we are avid readers of all things financial we have been asked several times from friends questions like “what book should I get to learn to trade?”  or “does that book show you how to make money trading?”  Honestly if these are the questions you have then you must read this post.

Overall we would have to say that if you are a relatively active trader then you should add Stock Bee to your RSS and even consider joining the members only blog.

Happy Trading,

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Chris Perruna.com

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Chris Perruna.com

Chris Perruna is one of the better known stock trading bloggers out there.  He is a part-time trader who primarily uses the CANSLIM method of trading and has gotten quite a bit of good press for his accurate calls.  One of his most popular and definitely a very useful post is on position sizing and expectancy.  Here he provides a post explaining position sizing along with some excellent and very useful spreadsheets that help you figure out risk management for your trading system.

Aside from picking individual stocks, Chris is also very adept at calling the market.  Here is a chart with his recent calls along with a history of his recent posts calling out tops and bottoms.  As you can tell he is an experienced market technician and has done a good job at helping his readers navigate the crazy markets that we have experienced the past couple of years.

In addition to his blog and his regular posts he also is active on twitter.  If you are interested in the stock market, are already an active trader, and especially if you are an active CANSLIM trader you will find worthwhile content on his site.  A definite must add to your RSS reader.

Happy Trading,

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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,
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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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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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VIXandMore.com

VIXandMore.com

If you trade stocks you probably look at the VIX. Some people use it more than others and some have even built trading systems that focus almost entirely on the VIX. Now you can even trade the VIX in the futures and options markets. So where other than the CBOE can we get good info about the VIX’s uses? One of the better sites that we have seen that deals with the VIX is VIXandMore.com. They look at the VIX from several diifferent angles such as for an indicator of sentiment to a trading vehicle.

The writer at VIXandMore also writes about some different model portfolios and trades that he does. Obviously the VIX and market sentiment are an integral component to his trading. Looking at a lot of his charts he also uses Bollinger Bands a lot. So you can tell that he is a fan of volatility as a tool to trade.

If all this kinda sounds like praise it is because it is. We have followed VIXandMore for a while now and appreciate his sound advice and insights into how this space of the market works. If you trade add this site to your RSS reader.

Happy Blogging,

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RGE Monitor.com

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Are you one of those type of people that not only want to sound informed and sound smart but actually be better informed and understand what you are talking about? Well if you do and you like talking investments than this is one of the better blogs to read. These guys run a subscription based service that is known on the street as a great piece of research. They pump out timely economic advice and discuss different perceptions on a wide array of topics. Well lucky for all of us they also have two great blogs. Nouriel Roubini and Brad Setser are both excellent analysts and economists. Lately they have covered a lot of topics regarding energy, oil, and all things Asia.

Want to know all about Level 3 mark to model? Do you even know what that is? Well if the answers to those questions go Yes, but No, then you will want to read this Level 3 If you have read about it anywhere else then they probably got there info from these guys.

They aren’t perfect but if you want to be far better informed then anyone you know. Or just like knowledge for knowledge sake you can’t miss making RGE Monitor a regular stop in your RSS reader.

Happy Blogging,
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TicketStrategies.com

TicketStrategies.com

We came across this blog on BloggingZoom.com and liked it right off the bat. The author while not like an old school scalper that stands at the corner of all your favorite events selling tickets does sell and broker tickets to several different events.

First off before you go thinking “well I don’t like scalpers” let us ask you something. Do you buy clothing at the store? Do you buy groceries? Do you buy anything? If the answer is yes then ticket brokering shouldn’t bother you at all. They are just working within the confines of the law of supply and demand. If people want it bad enough and can’t get it somewhere else cheaper than they can buy it from me. That is what selling anything be it a car, jeans, watermelon, a DVD, etc. So if you are a capitalist ticket brokering is all right. Besides if you don’t like the prices the broker is offering the tickets at then find them cheaper. Oh you are saying that you can’t find them cheaper? Well at least someone has them for you.

Back to the blog. We here at Blograters loved the concept immediately because in our younger years a few of us made more than a couple of bucks at it. In high school and college a group of us went to anything and everything that came our way and we did it all for free (actually usually we went at a profit) and that “free” price usually included out ticket, our dates ticket, dinner, t-shirts or CD’s from the concert, and we usually still had a couple of bucks left over. A few times we had a lot of bucks left over.

At ticketstrategies.com they have several articles explaining everything from how to sell tickets to how to get discounts, advance purchases, and other perks that ticket insiders know. We being veterans of the whole ticket broker world have still managed to learn a lot. For instance did you know that many times you can buy tickets before they go on sale to the regular public? Well you don’t “need” a black American Express card (Although it can help) you just need to know where to look. How about if you just want group discounts on tickets. Yes, they exist and that link can show you how.

Basically this site shows you the ins and out of tickets. If you like concerts, sporting events, etc. and you don’t like spending a fortune this is a great site for you to check out and learn some of the tricks.

Happy Blogging and Scalping…..oh I mean Brokering,
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