Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stock Market Prognosticator - Blog Review

Another blog I enjoy reading is the Stock Market Prognosticator. As stated on the blog, the Stock Market Prognosticator takes "an alternative view of events in today's financial markets with an emphasis on value and contrarian investing." In taking the alternative view the Stock Market Prognosticator does an excellent job exploring little covered areas of the stock market.
As seen by the series of posts covering "Pink Sheets" (Parts I, II, III, IV, and V) the Stock Market Prognosticator takes the time to introduce readers to little covered and often ignored areas of the stock market. The Stock Market Prognosticator also provides a worthwhile discussion of more general topics related to investing as well. Overall, the Stock Market Prognosticator provides excellent value to those who seek the road less travelled.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Naked Capitalism - Blog Review

Blogs that provide links to relevant investing articles are easily my favorite category of blogs. One such blog that I have added to my daily read is Naked Capitalism. Several times a day the authors of Naked Capitalism post links and excerpts of timely financial, market, and economic news stories. In addition, Naked Capitalism also does a fine job of adding its own analysis to the cited content.
With a copious 100 plus posts each month, Naked Capitalism is a blog that provides its readers with fresh and thoughtful material in abundance. Those looking to add to their collection of blogs that provide worthwhile links will not find disappointment with Naked Capitalism.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Controlled Greed - Blog Review

Controlled Greed

Another fine blog I enjoy reading is Controlled Greed. Controlled Greed offers much to its readers. From detailing the authors current holdings and the rationale behind each selection to providing links and discussion of current news about investing Controlled Greed covers a wide range of topics related to fundamental investing.

As described on the site Controlled Greed is:

devoted to investing in undervalued stocks. The focus is global and typical investments can include net working capital discounts (also known as "net nets"), book value discounts, low P/E ratios, special situations and fallen angels.
Controlled Greed is a well written blog that I believe those interested in fundamental investing can learn much by reading.

Monday, September 03, 2007

SuperCash: The New Hedge Fund Capitalism - Book Review

SuperCash: The New Hedge Fund Capitalism (Wiley Trading)

What Is It About?

This book examines alternative approaches to success in the market. Looking at various techniques such as closed-end fund arbitrage, short-selling, and activism, the author explains to the reader how various strategies work and how an individual can mimic those strategies on a smaller scale. Well-written, the book is a quick read at just over 200 pages.

What Did I Get Out Of It As A New Investor?

The book introduces a new investor or trader to the allocation of assets using alternative investments. Using examples of 13D filings the author demonstrates how the new investor can profitably ride the coattails of professional activist investors. The author also takes the reader through a step by step explanation on how to implement a closed-end fund arbitrage strategy. Several other chapters walk the reader through various other strategies employed by hedge funds. Overall, the book did a good job helping me understand that there are many alternative avenues to investing success.

The Good News

A helpful book for a new investor or trader hoping to understand alternative classes of investing.

The Bad News

The author says don’t read his books.

The Bottom Line

An informative book that provides the new investor or trader with a basic understanding on how to implement alternative investing strategies.

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