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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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  • We’re Modular!
    One of the features we recently added is the ability for you to customize Seeking Alpha to fit your specific interests. Our quote pages, portfolio pages, dashboards and profile pages are now fully customizable. Pages can be rearranged so you can save your preferences and see the topics that interest you, first. We’ve found that creating a customized experience is a key factor in helping you find what you want to see, faster.  
    How to customize your pages
    Look for the small arrows on the right side of the blue section headers on Quote, Portfolio, Profile and Dashboard Pages. (Dashboards are the pages you can find from the navigation bar such as Macro View, Stocks & Sectors, Global Markets, ETFs and Investing Ideas.) Clicking the arrow brings up a small drop-down box that enables you to move a unit to the top of the page or move it up, down or minimize. 
    As my background (and passion) is technology, I’ve changed my Stocks & Sectors page so that I see Internet articles at the top of the page.
    Try it and see what you think!
    Jun 13 3:49 AM | Link | Comment!
  • New Instablogs I'm Watching
    Bill Downey -- independent investor/ trader involved with the study of the Gold and Silver markets since the mid 1980s.

    Houston Ray -- private investor focusing upon diversified, long stock positions and dividend growth and income. Advocate of fundamental investment analysis. Uses technical analysis as confirmation / reinforcement. Use of options for income or downside protection.

    Ken Monohan -- spent 20 years in various positions at various investment banks and trading firms. Extensive experience in risk and volatility arbitrage, market making, market structure, and legal and regulatory issues. Currently the Founder and Principal of Vizier Ltd.

    Ryan Mallory -- co-founder of Shareplanner Inc, a financial website devoted to Day-Trading, Swing-Trading (both long & short) and exchange-traded funds.

    Tupac Shakur -- the nom de plume for a portfolio manager who specializes in private equity investments. "Believes in the power of ideas over the cult of personality."

    Chris Shenfield -- runs an asset management fund, Darvas Green LLC, focusing on various equity, real estate, and Latin American business investments. Also serves as Senior Counsel to Three Square Associates, a privately-held real estate and securities investment firm. 

    Ethan Backus -- currently lives in Southern China and is passionate about stocks and financial instruments in China and Southeast Asia. Recently awarded the Confucius Scholarship by the Chinese Government to study at Yunnan Normal University. He is "currently fascinated" by what he sees as "a monumental bubble in real estate and other asset classes". Being fluent in Mandarin and having spent several years living in China has given him a unique perspective on what is going on in the world's fastest growing and most convoluted economy.

    Detma Markets  -- 35 years trading the markets for major global banks and for his CTA – Brun Capital Management – and working for one of the world's leading hedge funds,  decided to pack it in and devote his time to research and trading his own account.

    Bio Runup -- part time trader with a full time interest in trading BioTech stocks with upcoming catalyst dates, usually from the FDA (new drug or medical device) or a release of clinical trial data. Opens positions months before the catalyst date and sells on the hype before that date passes.

    -- currently trades for a New York based multi-strategy hedge fund where his primary focus is on trading equity index futures.

    Sheldon J. Wishnia -- principal and portfolio manager of S.J. Wishnia & Co., Inc., a fee-only registered investment advisor. The firm began as Seattle Trust on May 17, 2000 and was reorganized into S.J. Wishnia & Co., Inc. in 2005.

    Al Vickery -- portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Strategist at A.L. Waters Capital Focused on Gold, Platinum Group Metals, Energy, and Alternative Energy.
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    May 13 8:40 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Why don't IR people use Seeking Alpha?
    We received an email from an investor relations professional who submitted an article to us for publication. We refused it, and he asked why.

    Should we accept IR people as Contributors? No, because it wouldn't be best for our readers. Our readers want to know what investors think about stocks. Investors own stocks because they are positive about them, whereas company executives and IR people are positive about their company because that's their job.

    Nonetheless, IR people can get a ton of exposure on Seeking Alpha without contributing articles. They can StockTalk all the info they want about their companies, and the info appears on our home page and quote pages. (By connecting to Twitter on our site, they can use StockTalk to reach Seeking Alpha's audience and also Twitter readers in one shot.) With a little thought (eg. mentioning ticker symbols of competing companies in StockTalks), they can introduce their companies to readers who don't know them but would be interested to hear about them.

    They can also write Instablogs, and comment on articles.

    Seeking Alpha is an ideal location for IR people. Contributors and articles are vetted, comments are moderated, and we have an article dispute process that ensures accuracy.

    More important, Seeking Alpha has a dream audience for IR professionals. Our readers are not day traders. They are the investor base companies want to own their stock: investment professionals and serious individual investors.

    But we've had a really hard time getting IR people engaged in Seeking Alpha in any way. We've offered to transcribe companies' conference calls at little more than cost, to show IR people how to use StockTalk, and to give IR people greater prominence as company representatives. The take up has been almost zero, so we gave up.

    IR people could use StockTalk to inform our readers about:
    -News advisories
    -Comments on industry developments
    -Conf call info.
    -Research alerts
    -Presentation links and alerts
    -Media coverage references and links

    ... but they never do.

    Apr 15 11:51 AM | Link | 43 Comments
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