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  • Is the New Generation of Financial Content an Opportunity or Threat for Investor Relations? [View article]
    Donald -- that's a thought-provoking suggestion. In the meantime, what's to stop you calling an Investor Relations person and saying "I'm a Seeking Alpha contributor; here's a link to my author page on Seeking Alpha so you can see the my articles on the site"? That describes the relationship exactly as it is, and shows them that you are influential because you have a large readership on SA.

    veckknows -- Brett Steenbarger is absolutely terrific, and I feel honored to have him as a contributor to Seeking Alpha. For those who don't know him, his bio and articles are here:
    and his blog is here:

    It's characteristic of what's going on in financial media that someone of his talent and experience is writing articles about stocks and the market. Investor Relations people are starting to realize that people like Brett are excellent writers with deep expertise, but don't fall into the traditional category of professional journalists.
    Mar 27, 2008. 03:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Betsy Eisenberg Joins Seeking Alpha To Lead Business Development [View article]
    Dan, thanks for pointing to that. Doug MacIntyre is a terrific writer, and I love the lists he does. I'm not sure he got his numbers right, though.
    Mar 26, 2008. 06:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the New Generation of Financial Content an Opportunity or Threat for Investor Relations? [View article]
    Wez, sorry I misunderstood your comment. You're right -- comments can be a problem. The overall quality of comments on Seeking Alpha is excellent; readers often write a few paragraphs of really smart thoughts in response to articles. The high overall quality then makes what you called "the venemous rants" stand out even more.

    You should see some interesting developments with comments on Seeking Alpha in the near future. One of the things we're developing is a system for readers to report abusive comments which we hope will go a large way to solving the problem.
    Mar 26, 2008. 06:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the New Generation of Financial Content an Opportunity or Threat for Investor Relations? [View article]
    Thank you all for your comments!

    Zenalgorith and Mark -- thank you for your kind comments. Seeking Alpha is now 40 people, and this sort of feedback makes a big difference to us all.

    David -- I think you're right that the community becomes self-governing. We're already seeing that in comments: the weaker articles get an immediate critical response from readers.

    Wez -- Negative articles on stocks are a shock for many people, because the mainstream websites usually publish only news and positive stories on stocks. People just aren't used to an article saying that a company is in trouble or its stock is overvalued. But we want to publish those articles because (a) investors need to know when there's a case to sell as well as when there's a case to buy, and (b) if you're never negative, then your positive comments don't carry weight. Perhaps these reasons are why Elliot Spitzer forced the sell-side analysts to publish percentages for their buy, hold and sell ratings -- because he realized they never rated stocks a Sell.
    Mar 26, 2008. 02:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the New Generation of Financial Content an Opportunity or Threat for Investor Relations? [View article]
    PAD, I'm actually short TSCM (please see the disclosure at the bottom of the interview), so I'm not qualified to comment on this. But I think TSCM is a great company that has grown its business tremendously over the last year.
    Mar 26, 2008. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Seeking Alpha ETF Investing Guide [View article]

    Thanks for your kind comment.

    ETFs for retirement accounts are a fascinating issue. Most plan administrators don't offer ETFs, so you don't even have the option to use them. One reason might be that if you're adding small amounts regularly to your retirement account, the trading fees would take too large a bite out of your capital. On the other hand, since ETF fees are so low, they're well suited for long term investing like retirement accounts. For that reason, some companies are trying to pool ETF trades among multiple accounts to reduce or eliminate the trading fees.

    Not sure if that answers your question though...

    Mar 26, 2008. 12:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Bill Gross is right, how should equity managers invest? [View article]
    Sorry this article got sliced. This probably happened by mistake when we moved to our new website.

    But it strikes me that Bill Gross's remarks were remarkably prescient. I just wished I remembered my questions on them!
    Mar 26, 2008. 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Municipal Bond ETFs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    We've added two new Barclays muni bond ETFs:

    iShares S&P California Municipal Bond Fund (CMF)
    iShares S&P New York Municipal Bond Fund (NYF)

    (Thanks JohnB.)
    Mar 24, 2008. 04:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Palm’s Good News: The Centro is a Hit. That’s the Bad News Too. [View article]
    You can find suppliers for any product by doing a search for the product name using the search box on every Seeking Alpha page, and then filtering the results by Transcripts.

    The only component supplier that talked about the Centro this quarter was Anadigics (ANAD).

    To find the actual discussion of the product, click on the Single Page View at the top of the transcript and then search for the product name in your browser, usually using Control + F.
    Mar 23, 2008. 04:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing's Dreamliner Delays Will Cost Them [View article]
    This now looks like a prescient article. I found it because I was trying the search function, searching for "787". The results are particularly interesting if you filter by "Transcripts" after the initial search -- you see all the companies that have mentioned the 787 on their conference calls.
    Mar 19, 2008. 05:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Currency ETFs and ETNs [View article]
    We just added two new ETNs to this page: the Chinese Renminbi ETN and the Indian Rupee ETN. We also added a link in the Further Reading section to Matt Hougan's short but excellent article on them.
    Mar 18, 2008. 12:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons from the Toyota Prius for Alt Energy Stocks [View article]
    One point I didn't address in my post: if the economic payback to home improvements is positive, why don't more people do it, particularly when they are building a home from scratch? My guess is that most consumers and builders realize that green technology is very immature, and are waiting for prices to fall.
    Mar 14, 2008. 08:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Prius Conundrum [View article]
    Terrific article, Felix. I added another perspective here:
    Mar 14, 2008. 08:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lessons from the Toyota Prius for Alt Energy Stocks [View article]
    Great point, CrossProfit. My guess is that solar water heaters in Israel are one of the exceptional cases where "green" technology is economically compelling because:

    - the climate is conducive to solar heaters
    - most people live in apartment buildings, so the costs can be shared
    - solar water heaters in Israel are cheap and simple, so upfront costs are low.

    What do you think?
    Mar 14, 2008. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Shouldn't Own DIA, SPY Or QQQ [View article]
    Jess, thanks for your comment. It illustrates an important point: when you're deciding on the ETFs to include in your portfolio, don't rely on the portfolio I put together when the Guide was originally written, as the ETF landscape is changing so fast.

    I hope that what readers will take away from "chapters" like this one is the principles: think about which indexes are the right ones to include, and go for the lowest cost and most liquid ETFs that track those indexes.
    Mar 8, 2008. 03:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment