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Top financial startups

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

With BillGuard headlining the top startups launching at TechCrunch Disrupt this year,  we’re seeing a big pickup in the quality and number of startups attacking the financial/investment field. Whether it’s just a bull market for startups in general or there’s a renewed interest in tackling the financial sector, there’s a ton of innovation out there.

Here’s a list of some of the top startups in the field.  Vote, add your own.  Let us know what you think.

It’s not meant as an exhaustive list — just to get the party started. Continue Reading »

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  • Best resources: BorntoSell.com’s killer covered call screener (transcript)

    Posted on June 5, 2011 at 8:59 am UTC

    On Tradestreaming Radio, we’re interviewing lots of innovative entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers all trying to make investors better at what they do. Check out our archives. Subscribe on iTunes.

    Audio transcription provided by Speechpad.com.

    Announcer: Live from the Internet, it’s Tradestreaming Radio with your host, Tradestreaming.com’s own Zack Miller.

    Zack: Hey, this is Zack Miller and you’re listening to Tradestreaming Radio. This is your place online to talk about tools, tech, and tips to help make you a better and more accurate investor. We help to bubble up some of the best and smartest people, sharing the most important ideas. That’s what Tradestreaming is all about.

    I appreciate you listening. You can find this podcast on iTunes at Tradestreaming. You can also find this podcast on my website, Tradestreaming.com. After the show is up, we will have the audio transcribed so you can find some text there. We’ll also put in some other valuable information as well, so I recommend you check that out.

    Today’s guest is Mike Scanlin, the founder of BornToSell.com. It’s an online call option research platform. Mike left a sweet job as a VC to pursue two different ideals. One is this sort of entrepreneurial idea. He wanted to prove to everybody in his life that he could branch out and do it on his own. The second was really to create “the resource” for covered calls online. There are a few other sites out there that do that. He’s totally hyper focused on making it the best, most usable, most functional place out there to really research covered calls. Covered call strategies are used for a variety of reasons. He’ll talk about why investors use these things.

    I was interested in understanding how he formed the company, some of the techniques he used to build awareness and traffic to his site, so where he was going with Born To Sell. It’s a great site. He’s got a lot of free content there. It’s a subscription model as well. I’ll put some links up to it on the website.

    He’s a treasure trove of information, both about technology and marketing, as well as obviously covered call strategies. He actually learned the strategy from his father, who was a stock broker, who used it to generate income on retirement portfolios. It’s really functional. I even said in the conversation that it felt like using one of the best tools I use in my practice, which is MailChimp. It’s a mail services provider. It has the same type of functionality and ease of use that some of the best online tools have. That’s not by chance. That’s something definitely programmed and designed in there. Continue Reading »

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  • Best investors of all time

    Posted on June 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm UTC

    If you could pick a team of investors — the best investors of all time — who would you pick first?

    I’ve assembled the beginning of a list (it’s just the beginning).  Are the best investors old-school value gurus like Ben Graham or more like the research and technology machines like Stevie Cohen’s SAC Capital?

    You make the call. Vote below. Continue Reading »

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  • Best books on behavioral finance

    Posted on June 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm UTC

    Finding the right books on behavioral investing, behavioral finance, behavioral economics (whatever you want to call it) is tough.

    I’ve compiled a list of some of the best selling behavioral finance books on Amazon.  While we can argue which are better (please rank/add your favorites!), it’s important to be able to start the discussion.

    From Thaler to Mauboussin to Montier to Shiller, there are a lot of books being written now on the behavioral aspects of investing. Some are good — some are better.

    What do you recommend? Continue Reading »

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  • Become a better investor by boosting your confidence – with Tim Sanders (podcast)

    Posted on May 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm UTC

    Sometimes the simplest things in life can make the biggest differences in our investing.

    Tim Sanders is a student of human nature, a best selling author of four books (including the new, Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence), and a consultant to Fortune 1000 businesses.

    He knows a lot of top investors and understands the investing process well.  He’ll tell us about a mastermind group he participates in that has increased one participant’s net worth by 400%. Continue Reading »

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  • Piggyback your way to wealth by learning from others — with Todd Tresidder (transcript)

    Posted on May 30, 2011 at 11:37 am UTC

    On Tradestreaming Radio, we’re interviewing lots of innovative entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers all trying to make investors better at what they do. Check out our archives. Subscribe on iTunes.

    Audio transcription provided by Speechpad.com.

    Announcer: Live from the Internet, it’s Tradestreaming Radio with your host, Tradestreaming.com’s own Zack Miller.

    Zack: Hey, this is Zack Miller, and this is Tradestreaming Radio where we help investors make better decisions through tips, tools, and technology. We interview some of the smartest people out there, whether their investors themselves, entrepreneurs, or service
    providers, and we help to bubble up really smart ideas so that you can make better informed decisions.

    You can find this podcast on iTunes. You can find the archives of our program there as well. You can come back through our website at Tradestreaming.com, where we have notes about each individual podcast. We’ll have a transcript up a few days after the podcast and other information that you’ll find useful.

    If you have any comments or suggestions, please come to the blog and leave us your comments. We’re always happy to hear. We’re trying to make this a better, more impactful podcast for you. If you’re listening to this podcast in iTunes, I would ask you to
    please come and give us a rating and let us know what you think about the podcast. Let other people know what you think about the podcast.

    Today we’re going to explore building wealth. It’s an issue that you see a lot of people marketing on the Internet. Many people seem to have very simple solutions, package solutions. I’ve always been wary of the entire, sort of, financial coaching and life coaching industry just because I find it hard to believe that some of the techniques these people became rich themselves off of were became replicable or that could be taught and learned by other people.

    Today we have a guest, Todd Tresidder, who is an ex-hedge fund guy who was able to retire at age 35 and has spent the past 15 years helping people sort of break through some of their bad habits, some of their behavioral asymptotes and help propel them into building wealth and achieving some of the financial goals that they have.

    I found Todd because he has an incredible repository of information. He has over a thousand published pages of content, free content for people at his site, FinancialMentor.com. I’ll have a link for that at the blog, so check that out. Continue Reading »

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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