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 software, indicators, and trading methods so you can move onto the next level.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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
We have reviewed this site in the past but it has been a while and they have done a lot to improve it so we decided to look at it again.
TheMacroTrader.com Is a investment research firm that is dedicated to, as the logo says, global macro research and analytics. Their primary product is a weekly newsletter that gives economic commentary as well as actionable trading ideas across several asset classes. Last year is spite of the huge downturn in the world economy the newsletters model portfolios actually posted a slight gain. Basically these guys are good at what they do.
When it comes to the site they have done a lot to make it a better resource for all investors. Each Tuesday they post their Equity Risk Index which is a proprietary index that, as the name implies, is a measure of how much risk is built into the market. The higher the score the better the market is and the lower the score the more risky. They provide it as well as other risk indexes every weekend and give it out for free on the site delayed a few days. But as they explain it is not a tool to catch every little turning point, but instead the bigger moves.
Another great thing that they have added is a FREE Macro Trading 101 course that is sent out twice a week with a new topic that helps you to learn about the economy, asset classes, fundamental and technical analysis, as well as risk management tool and techniques. If you are a regular reader of BlogRaters you likely have noticed that we cover several finance and investment blogs. If you haven’t yet, you should go over and add them to your RSS reader as well as sign up for their free course.
Ever since the bull market in commodities started towards the end of 2001 there has been a huge influx of good and bad commodity related sites and blogs. Some do great job of teaching proper research and trading skills while others absolutely suck. We figured we would go through and point out a few of the good ones. Here is a very NON exhaustive list but it is a start. Over time we will be adding to, and modifying this list. In addition we will be doing some reviews of some of the better commodity blogs over the next few weeks.
Commodity Commentary and Research
The Macro Trader
Basic Commodity Info
Commodities and Futures
commodity trading basics
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.