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I'm founder and CEO of Seeking Alpha. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform, with thousands of contributors and millions of monthly visitors,... More
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  • 55% Of The Equity Buy Side Reads Seeking Alpha

    According to the most recent Erdos & Morgan study, Seeking Alpha is widely read by buy side equity investors:

    • 55% visited in the last year
    • 47% in the last month
    • 22% in the last week
    • 14% in the last day

    By job type, the percentage who read Seeking Alpha is:

    • 38% of Chief Investment Officers
    • 19% of Heads of Trading
    • 46% of Portfolio Managers
    • 46% of Directors of Research
    • 58% of Analysts

    By type of firm, the percentage who read Seeking Alpha is:

    • 45% of investment management firms
    • 50% of mutual fund firms
    • 44% of hedge funds

    By firm, by assets under management, our readership is:

    • 53% of firms managing under $100 million
    • 48% of firms managing $100-499 million
    • 46% of firms managing $500-999 million
    • 50% of firms managing $1 billion or over

    By firm type, our readership is:

    • 44% of corporate pension funds
    • 44% of other corporate funds
    • 47% of government municipal pension funds
    • 50% of other government public funds
    • 48% of endowments and foundations
    • 45% of hedge funds
    • 49% of insurance funds
    • 42% of trust funds
    • 49% of mutual funds
    • 58% of venture capital funds
    • 47% of private equity funds
    • 46% of personal asset funds
    Jul 31 7:15 AM | Link | 3 Comments
  • This Made My Day
    A direct message I just received from a user:

    "I am writing to let you know that SeekingAlpha has helped me rethink, reposition, and reinvent my entire financial existence in a very positive way. For many years until this past summer, I would occasionally happen on SA and read a few articles; I always found them interesting and stimulating, but I never followed up in any way. As a result of a significant change in my financial circumstances, however, I suddenly picked up on SA a couple of months ago and since then, it's been one huge home run for me. I visit SA daily and find it to be the best, richest, most honest, and most flexible financial website for personal investing. As a direct result of SA, I have rediscovered valuable things about stock investing that I learned 35 to 40 years ago, but forgot or put aside over time. It's all coming back to me now thanks to the marvellous authors and community on SA. And the results show in my personal investment portfolio--it's impressed even my personal investment advisor! SA is an excellent resource and I hope it's around for a very long time to come. Thanks to you and your team for your excellent efforts."

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
    Nov 17 5:56 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Rethinking how Seeking Alpha calculates Top Commenters
    We've been aware for a while that our Top Commenters leaderboard and badges are unsatisfactory. 

    Until now, we were calculating Top Commenters by a simple tally of the number of "likes" their comments received. The problem with that is that there are many groups on Seeking Alpha who repeatedly "like" their own members' comments, so the number of likes might not be an accurate recognition of comment quality.

    So we've decided to re-evaluate the algorithm we use to calculate Top Commenters. I suspect we'll still base the rankings on "likes", but we can be far more sophisticated, for example by taking account of the "authority" of the person who votes with a "like". (Think aboout Google's calculations of Page Rank based on links and the authority of the linking site.)

    While we rethink this, we're removing the Top Commenters badges and the link to the Top Commenters leaderboard in the footer of the site. But we're still storing all the data about "likes", so that when we launch the new algorithm it will take account of up to date data.

    If you have any thoughts about how we should calculate Top Commenters, we'd love to hear your ideas - please leave a comment below.
    Sep 18 9:18 AM | Link | 33 Comments
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