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Posted on June 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I’m proud to announce the official sales launch of my book, Tradestream your Way to Profits: How to Build a Killer Portfolio in the Age of Social Media.

It’s been a *long haul* and I received a lot of great help/support from many of the investment industry’s top thinkers.  Thanks to everyone who’s listened to my ideas, helped me vet them, contributed their own perspectives and helped propel this work forward (you know who you are :-) )

I think this is just the beginning of an exploration of the new modes of investment research empowered by the Internet in general and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in particular.  There is a ton of great stuff going on at startups in Silicon Valley, New York, Europe and Israel.

I plan to continue to analyze tradestreaming strategies and the new technology platforms enabling this all to happen.

Bonus Material

To accompany the launch of the book, I’ve compiled an ebook entitled “Tradestreaming and the Future of Investing”.  It’s a compendium of opinions from many of the online investing industry’s thought leaders from a variety of different disciplines.  It’s a really interesting view about where we are and where we’re headed in financial communications, research, and investing.

Hedge fund analysts, financial advisors and brokers, investment advisors, investment relations professionals, Internet entrepreneurs, and all investors will find something useful and thought-provoking.

You can download it here (.pdf).

What to do next

I’ve got a lot more interesting stuff to share: weekly tips, updates, special offers, etc.  Make sure you sign up for my free mailing list here.

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  • Where to buy Tradestreaming

    Posted on June 29, 2010 at 9:57 am UTC

    I’m grateful for your attention, and happy that we have opportunities to communicate in various places on the web. If you’re interested in having a souvenir of all these interactions, boy have I got the gift for you!

    Where to buy Tradestreaming

    800 CEO Read (recommended for bulk purchases)

    Amazon

    Amazon Canada

    Barnes & Noble

    Books-a-Million

    Borders

    IndieBound

    Wiley (the publisher)

    Buying this book supports my last year’s efforts to better understand the trends in online finance, investing and social media.  I believe the product — this book — makes those who use it better.

    I think this book will be more than “interesting,” but instead, that it will be useful to you. I’ve worked hard to make that something I can promise.

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  • What is Tradestreaming: Screening 2.0

    Posted on June 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm UTC

    Top investment gurus like Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and Joel Greenblatt didn’t only help investors enjoy huge market-beating returns in their funds.  They also left behind the keys to the (investing) castle: the methodologies they applied in their market-trouncing performance.  They’ve written books, complete with formulas and strategies, that propelled them to the top of their games and gains.  Tradestreaming aims to recreate these strategies as we pave our own way to outperformance.

    Because a small number of expert investors wrote extensively about their investing techniques, we can now create complicated computer programs to reenact their strategies and apply them to today’s stock markets.  Screening 2.0 is all about using smart technology to bring history’s best investors back to life.

    Technology-driven investing

    Stock screens have been around for decades.  Using screens, we can filter through thousands of investment candidates on the prowl for the ideal investment.  Old screens merely searched databases of stocks using specific criteria (i.e. all large cap stocks with a p/e less than 20 and a growth rate over 7%). Unfortunately, for most investors, these screens fail — searching for specific stocks tells us nothing about the success of such a strategy.

    Screening 2.0, lead by analysis and money management firm, Validea, allows us to recreate history’s best investment strategies, computerize them, and then look for stocks that guru investors like Ken Fisher and Marty Zweig would have purchased themselves.  Screening 2.0 is the marriage of search technologies and artificial intelligence with quantitative investing.

    More Resources

    Make sure you check out the Tradestreaming for the Internet’s best stock screening resources.

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  • Video Review: Trefis

    Posted on June 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm UTC

    Trefis.com is a great site to model up technology companies. There are some great tools — some analytical, some social, that allow investors to play around with growth/profitability assumptions to forecast a stock price.

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  • Best investment newsletter resources

    Posted on June 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm UTC

    Throughout the writing of my book, Tradestreaming, I’ve been asked time and time again if there are any good resources (lists, really) of the top investment newsletters. Unfortunately, there aren’t any all-encompassing sites that investors can tap. This post is a start. Please comment or contact me if you have anything to add, as well.

    Top investment newsletter resources

    There a couple of firms that market multiple newsletters.  Sometimes, these are just publishing firms that produce different products.  Others, like Forbes, market 3rd part newsletters.

    Diversified investment newsletter businesses

    InvestorPlace: Philips Newsletters, a giant in the financial newsletter place, uses InvestorPlace as its flagship site to market its newsletters.

    StockTwits: More blogs/trading systems than traditional investment newsletters, StockTwits’ store sells subscriptions to the blogs of many of StockTwits’ top investors and analysts.

    Cabot: In the business for 40 years, Cabot publishes a variety of newsletters.

    MoneyWeek: The UK’s best selling finance magazine also offers a variety of subscription investment letters.

    Stansberry Research: Another 800lb gorilla in the financial newsletter space, Stansberry publishes almost 20 different subscription newsletters

    Motley Fool: Of course, we couldn’t leave out The Fool — they’re got a stable of about 10 newsletters.

    3rd part newsletter distributors

    Forbes Newsletters: In addition to the Forbes.com site, the old business mag distributes both their own premium newsletters as well as leading newsletters like Al Frank’s Prudent Speculator and the Obeweis Report.

    Financial newsletter directories

    MarketWatch Newsletter Directory: Dow Jones’ MarketWatch has a database of many of the industry’s top financial newsletters.

    Newsletter Access: This site claims a directory of over 9000 investment letters

    Seeking Alpha’s Newsletter Authors: The financial content aggregator has a listing of all its authors categorized as newsletter authors

    Investment Newsletter Benchmarking

    Hulbert Financial Digest: Mark Hulbert has been following the performance of top newsletters for heaven-knows how many years.  He publishes a newsletter himself of his findings on which newsletters exhibit top performance — and which don’t.

    Investimonials: Users submit their own rankings on many of the industry’s leading investment newsletters.

    Crowdsourced Trading Strategies

    Zignals: Not sure why more people don’t know about this Irish firm but they allow users to publish trading strategies and investors to subscribe to them.

    Academic Research

    The Equity Performance of Investment Newsletters

    Herding Among Investment Newsletters: Theory and Evidence

    Market Timing Ability and Volatility Implied in Investment Newsletters’ Asset Allocation Recommendations

    The Performance of Investment Newsletters

    How to Start an Investment Newsletter

    NewsletterGrowth: This is a shameless plug for a site that I’m incubating that really helpful for investment newsletter writers/publishers and people thinking about getting into the business to maximize their writing, marketing, and monetization of their investment newsletters.  Check it out — there’s also a 20+ page ebook about how to start an investment newsletter.

    What to do next

    I’ve got a lot more interesting stuff to share: weekly tips, updates, special offers, etc.  Make sure you sign up for my free mailing list here.

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  • Chart.ly’s new beta screencasting tool enables analysts to up their games

    Posted on June 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm UTC

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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