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How to beat Wall Street by using Facebook, reading tabloids and shopping – with Chris Camillo

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Chris Camillo isn’t a professional investor but he know how to invest.

book by Chris CamilloHe turned $20,000 into over $2,000,000 by shopping at the mall, connecting on Facebook, and reading tabloids. Without even looking at a balance sheet or income statement, Chris takes big bets on trends he believes others aren’t aware of.

Then he heads to Facebook to validate his ideas with his social network.

He tells all in a new book, Laughing at Wall Street:  How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can, Too

Join Chris and me as we discuss his investment philosophy, how it works, and why he believes it’s a better way to invest.

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  • The real reason investing clubs are drying up (and what we should do about it)

    Posted on December 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm UTC

    Like radio stations that play the Flock of Seagulls and barbers who know — really know — how to cut the high fade, investing clubs are quickly disappearing.

    But is that a bad thing?

    According to a recent Reuters article, there are only about 5500 investment clubs in the U.S., down from 60,000 during the tech bubble.

    “Oh, the numbers are definitely down,” says Adam Ritt, communications director for BetterInvesting, the Madison Heights, Michigan-based investors’ association whose members include clubs around the country. “It’s been a steady trend downward for a long time.”

    The article hypothesizes about the reasons for the investment club’s demise, citing poor stock market returns, online investment research, and less money around to invest.

    But these aren’t the real reasons investment clubs are disappearing.

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  • Optimizing your portfolio across multiple brokerage accounts – with Simon Roy

    Posted on December 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm UTC

    It’s been a real pain for investors which multiple brokerage accounts to get a birds-eye view of all their accounts. Startup investment manager, Jemstep takes account aggregation to a whole ‘nother level.portfolio manager and investment advisor

    Jemstep’s Simon Roy joins me on Tradestreaming Radio to talk about how his firm’s technology analyzes client portfolios. Once everything is thrown into the analytical blender, Jemstep clients are treated to a holding-by-holding analysis of their portfolios with concrete suggestions on how to improve/optimize their portfolios.

    This is exactly what I was describing in my book, Tradestream your Way to Profits, when I discussed the investing trend toward automated, professional-grade services.  Check out Jemstep’s video below as well.
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  • 11 reasons why 2011 was an outstanding year for investors

    Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm UTC

    2011 has been one of the best years on record for investors.

    That’s right — you heard me.  One of the best years for investors.

    I’m not talking about the S&P500 which is still down about 3% for the year.  The jury’s still out whether the year will end up in the green or red for investors.

    But performance is NOT what I’m talking about.

    2011 has been a great year for investors in other ways.  Individual investors have never had so much choice, low-cost investment options.  This year was a break-through for investors with new investing and research platforms mushrooming up around us as we slept.

    We’ve never seen such a real move of the financial industry to move to the same side of the investing table.

    Investors haven’t seen content — good content — written by women for womenData and apps are changing the way we research and invest — investing has become a collaborative process.

    The great thing is that I was writing about all these trends in 2010 when I published Tradestreaming.

    Now they’re a reality.

    So without further-ado (and as the New Year rapidly approaches), let me get to my 11 reasons why 2011 was an awesome year for investing.
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  • [free ebook] The Insightful Investor: How to use cutting-edge psychology to invest smarter

    Posted on December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm UTC

    Do you really want to become a better investor? Do you want to learn from your mistakes and learn to make better investment decisions?

    For decades, behavioral economics/finance has been uncovering all the ways we make mistakes as investors. What’s been missing is how to correct these mistakes — how to turn these behaviors on their heads and make better investments.

    The Insightful Investor does just that. In this free ebook, you’ll learn

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  • 10 things online investors should know that might surprise you

    Posted on December 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm UTC

    Online investing is changing rapidly.  New tools, investment platforms and advice are whirling around online and in social media.

    Here’s some ideas to cut through the noise.

    1. Touting Viagra-like performance until you can’t

    I can’t count how many times I’ve read newsletters or investing services online claim huge returns.  How I made 1000% on this no-name stock in 3 days – no risk! C’mon. The thing is — even smart investors fall for this sometimes.  Without a real way to provide transparent returns (audited?), many of these stock pumpers get rich while leaving their clients in a pool of stock-picking vomit.  Seriously, Chris Camillio (recent Tradestreaming guest) had his results audited.  So did fly-boy, microstock shorter, Tim Sykes.

    Seriously, if I weren’t locked-in to my broker dealer, I’d have Hedgeable managing my money (up 11% for 2011).  But that’s it — most of these guys are jokers.  We do need a better way to rate investment advice — Covestor and LikeAssets are just two ways.  We need more.

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Tradestreaming is a community of investors learning directly from experts. I’m Zack Miller, investor, entrepreneur, and founder of Tradestreaming.com and I literally wrote the book on how to invest in the age of Facebook and Twitter. Tradestreaming is the resource I’ve created to help me become a better investor.  I believe it will help you … Continue Reading