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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

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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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  • How to break into the hedge fund industry with an internship

    Posted on October 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm UTC

    It’s not easy to break into the hedge fund industry.

    As today’s guest on Tradestreaming Radio (enrolled in a joint JD/MBA program at Harvard) can attest, even great credentials aren’t enough to land you your first job.

    I will respect our guest’s request for anonymity (he’s still got to fight for a job when he graduates). But this show is jam-packed as he shares

    • what works (and doesn’t) to land a hedge fund internship
    • how you can land a buy-side job without experience on Wall Street
    • how you can standout from other applicants
    • how hard work can help you penetrate the old-boys network
    • how to make sure research gives you an unfair advantage

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  • Tradestreaming users like new format of my newsletter (do you?)

    Posted on October 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm UTC

    If you haven’t noticed recent changes (or are not yet subscribed) to my weekly newsletter (Sundays), it appears that some recent tweaks to the format are being well received by the rest of us.

    The point of my weekly email is to help you quickly get a feel for all the cutting edge news and analysis impacting today’s serious investor.

    I’ve begun adding more links/news and categories including:

    • investment products
    • social media, technology and investing
    • investment strategies and research
    • the financial advisory business
    • investor behavior

    You can see an example here and subscribe here.

    By the way, I didn’t just randomly pick the new categories above — I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how investors learn to become better and how this information breaks down into categorization.

    The changes have resulted in a slightly higher open rate (how many people are opening my weekly message) and and almost double the numbers of clicks on links. I take that as a good thing.

     

    Are you reading my weekly Tradestreaming newsletter? What do you think — do you like the changes?

    What would you like to see more of from me?  Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Tradestreaming Cascade: The News You Need To Know (Week Of October 8, 2011)

    Posted on October 11, 2011 at 2:40 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.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Investment Products

    Evaluating Vanguard’s new LifeStrategy Funds (Oblivious Investor)
    Posted October 5, 2011

    Taking a slightly different tack with their pre-packaged retirement funds, Mike Piper seems to like the lower pricing and inclusion of international in the index firm’s fixed allocation funds.

    Social Media, Technology and Investing

    How to aggregate news like a pro (SmartBlog on Media)
    Posted September 30, 2011

    I wish I were Matt Drudge.  But I’m not.  This article provides concrete advice for those publisher looking to provide value by aggregating content — something Tradestreaming friend Meb Faber requested in his call for curated research offerings.

    The Power of Facebook and the Launch of Personal Capital (AdvisorGo)
    Posted Oct 5, 2011

    Weekly AdvisorGo podcast (I’m a co-host) looks into how Facebook changes affect advisors using Facebook and the recent launch of a startup with big plans for online delivery of financial services.

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  • The art of investing in wine, for beginners – by Dini Rao

    Posted on October 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm UTC

    How does a beginner learn about investing in wine?

    Well, I went to the source (literally). Dini Rao is currently the VP of Products for exclusive wine site, Lot18 and former Christie’s wine specialist and Amazon’s senior wine buyer.

    Dini takes us through the process that professionals go to invest in their choicest finds. From traveling to France to hiring a specialist to looking for value beyond the traditional geographies and labels, this episode was a quick overview of investing in wine.

    Check below — we’ve got free invites for Tradestreaming readers.

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  • A different (better?) way to track insider trading

    Posted on October 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm UTC

    I devoted an entire chapter in Tradestream to an investing strategy that mimicked insider trading.  You can check out my insider trading dashboard.

    Data’s been really good but the methodology is being question by new research.  While previous research (specifically, that done by Seyhun in his book Investing Intelligence from Insider Trading) focused on buckets of insiders (C-level execs, VP’s, external board members, etc), new findings show that investors can get even more granular.

    Like tracking individual insiders granular.follow the insiders

    In Decoding Insider Information, Cohen et. al. finds that by identifying profitable, opportunistic (individual) insiders, investors can create a portfolio that yields value-weighted abnormal returns of 82 basis points per month.

    Instead of grouping insiders together, this study filters out regular, noisy insider trading, of no value to investors trying to find someone trading on better information.  By looking at insiders who trade opportunistically (every once-in-a-while), piggybacking strategies can mimic just those trades that are imbued with meaningful information (assume the insider knows something.)

    —> Read Decoding Insider Information (American Journal of Finance)

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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