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Finovate and the future of financial startups

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I wasn’t at Finovate so I can’t be accused of drinking the Kool Aid.

But it seems to me that startups targeting the financial industry are not only interesting again, but downright exciting.

As the winners were announced, I couldn’t help but think that the long-anticipated changes people in the industry (and out) have been waiting for are a lot closer to being reality.

Ultimately, this is about the future of investing, startups, and the $11,000,000,000,000 question.

Couple of themes are emerging from the winner’s circle…
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  • Tradestreaming Cascade: The news you need to know (week of October 2, 2011)

    Posted on October 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm UTC

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    Every week, I send out an email (free) to my subscribers summarizing the must-see events of the past week. It’s everything about the intersection of technology, social media and investing.

    Sign up in the sidebar, at the end of this post, or by going here.

    You’ll get your 1st issue on Sunday.

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    A better solution to socially responsible investing (Larry Swedroe)
    A recent study shows that there is a price to pay for socially responsible investing: namely, raising the cost of capital for sin stocks.  That said, Swedroe recommends avoiding SRI and donating the difference in returns to an investor’s favorite charity.

    New jobs package should open up crowdfunding (Amy Cortese/NYT)
    A friend of Tradestreaming, Amy Cortese penned a New York Times editorial describing some of the changes tabled in the Obama administration’s new jobs package.  This one — with rare bipartisan support — may change the way small businesses raise capital and how investors can tap these new sources of returns.

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  • Using stock screeners to uncover value stocks – with Screener.co’s Lenny Grover

    Posted on October 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm UTC

    Many smart investors use stock screeners to help filter through thousands of investment candidates. How else can you quickly go through TONS OF DATA?!

    We’re going to tell you how to do just that.

    Today’s guest on Tradestreaming Radio, Lenny Grover is the founder of Screener.co — really one of the most robust, powerful stock screeners on the market.

    It puts the power of institutional research tools like Bloomberg into the hands of all investors — for a fraction of the price.

    Lenny talks to us about the need to use technology tools like Screener.co, why and how he developed this software, and actually shares with us his investment methodology as he searches for value stocks.

    Lenny’s also giving Tradestreaming listeners a free 60 day (normally only 30) trial of Screener.co.

    Kaching, nice bonus.

    Drop me a line at zack at tradestreaming.com (where at =@) to request it and we’ll send you out a special code.

    GET THE GOODIES BELOW

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  • Picking stocks alongside hedge funds — with SumZero’s Divya Narendra

    Posted on October 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm UTC

    While many of us spend our time reading, learning and publishing investment ideas on the public tradestream, there are a ton of awesome investment ideas hidden away in private online communities.

    This week’s guest on Tradestreaming Radio founded and runs probably the largest of these expert networks, SumZero.  Divya Narendra has almost 6000 professional stock researchers registered on his site from all the top hedge funds, mutual funds and even prop trading desks.

    Divya shares how he built the site, who and how people use the site to generate investment ideas and find finance jobs, and his vision of the future for the site.
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  • Stock Twits, Estimize, and the future of social investing – with Leigh Drogen

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm UTC

    Leigh Drogen played an integral role in StockTwits‘ success. Now, he’s on to his own startup, Estimize, which takes aim at improving financial estimates with a decidedly social approach.

    Drogen shares his own experience and history as an investor and now entrepreneur as he’s one of the most vocal proponents of using a mix of social media communications to enhance the investing process.

    He’ll share his vision of social investing and how Estimize should help investors become more accurate.
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  • Lifecycle investing – with Ian Ayres

    Posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm UTC

    Sometimes big ideas attract a lot of flack.by Ian Ayres

    Such is the central idea behind Ian Ayres’ book: Lifecycle Investing: A New, Safe, and Audacious Way to Improve the Value of your Retirement Portfolio.

    Built upon a central idea of Paul Samuelson, the book was ultimately spurned by Samuelson.

    Even Ayres’ colleague, leading economist Robert Shiller lent his approbation only to come onto Amazon later to clarify his views.
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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