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11 reasons why 2011 was an outstanding year for investors

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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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  • Tradestreaming’s Best Retirement Book of 2011: Less Risk, More Return

    Posted on December 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm UTC

    I don’t know about you, but most of the retirees have only one requirement for their investments:

    Make some money and try not to lose any…

    Come to think of it, I think many of us now have that same investing mindset.

    Most investment managers — particularly, mutual fund managers who judge their performance against an arbitrary benchmark — are subject to the whims of the market.  Sure, they’d like to limit losses but if they’re an emerging market find manager and the BRICs get slammed, the fund is going to get slammed.

    For do-it-yourself investors who practice buy-and-hold, the theory is that by manning the hatches during poor investment periods and holding tight, returns will be better than if we attempted to buy and sell our way through the investing storm.

    That may be true but the trip is really nauseating, as we ride the ups and downs of the market.

    This year’s best book on retirement planning plots a different course.

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  • Tradestreaming’s Best Investment Book for 2011: Laughing at Wall Street

    Posted on December 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm UTC

    I hate to say this but most investment books suck (minus Tradestreaming, of course :-) )

    But seriously, books that try to teach something valuable about investing frequently miss their

    best investing book of 2011

    marks not because they’re poorly written (some are) or lack good research (some do).  There’s a problem in trying to distill the process down to a how-to approach, to a magic formula.

    Investing is a unfurling learning process and one that can be personalized to the investor. It’s hard to create a one-size-fits-all, get-rich-trying investment strategy that distills down so easily to a 250-page book.

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  • Tradestreaming’s Best Personal Finance Book of 2011: Millionaire Teacher

    Posted on December 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm UTC


  • 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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About Tradestreaming

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