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A professional but independent Quantative Analyst and occasional trader now in the midst of forming a new Capital fund. I believe in the motto, hold for the long term, optimise for the short term; that is ever since my *Market return and market share based optimization modelling *banking IT... More
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  • SeekingAlpha Should Track Performance Of Tips By Its Contributors 8 comments
    Oct 8, 2012 6:52 PM

    We believe the stock price for SeekingAlpha will rise, if it was publicly traded. Since more people will use it to get investment ideas. However, SeekingAlpha should update readers on the performance of various contributors on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. Analysts who predict or implicitly tip price movement correctly, should be given additional reward. They should be listed as top advice giver, if they are mostly right, within any time frame.

    Seeking Alpha is full of semi useful articles. We need a metric to separate the good contributors from the weak ones. This will increase Seekingalpha references by professional investors, as well as private ones. A rational indicator, as opposed to a hype indicator. The best analysis might get the least page views, while the worst, but controversial analysis might get the most views.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Nobody has a crystal ball. Binary events can play out differently than expected, even if the thesis presented at the time is sound based on current facts.
    21 Oct 2012, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    Author’s reply » Of course not, but it would be cool if the people who are right most in different time scales were awarded. For instance, you might have a low score in short term gain, but a high score in long term 1 year plus gain.
    21 Oct 2012, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • Zach Tripp
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    Not a bad idea in general but may be difficult to implement and manage. If someone makes a long recommendation, how do you track the "sell" to take profits? Maybe if Contributors had their live portfolios available with trades, than viewers can see past performance at least.
    26 Oct 2012, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
    , contributor
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    Author’s reply » you track based on time frame or portfolio update. If people were rewarded for updating their portfolio they might do it.
    30 Dec 2012, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • SKS1586
    , contributor
    Comments (548) | Send Message
    You have a perfect flawless strategy. This is a Win-Win-Win Strategy.
    1st Win for Seeking Alpha.
    2nd Win for the Contributor.
    3rd Win for the reader.
    Unfortunately your strategy is not understood by SeekingAlpha. They may not have resources to implement it. OR they are working @ implementing it but @ a turtle pace.
    If SeekingAlpha understands your Win-Win-Win strategy & is having difficulty implementing it, then they should ask you for helping them.
    30 Dec 2012, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • wretchedturkey
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    Comments (641) | Send Message
    I disagree. If a contributor does a good job, it will show as the number of followers & commentators will increase. Just like the markets - good contributors will increase in popularity organically and do not need superficial bumps from SA personnel.
    9 Jan 2013, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    Comments (1354) | Send Message
    Author’s reply » Not necessarily some of the biggest losses I made was following advice from SA contributors.
    9 Jan 2013, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • wretchedturkey
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    Comments (641) | Send Message
    And you still consider those contributors among your top and trusted contributors???


    Regardless, I think there`s more to judging a contributor than just accurate prognostications. For me, if one can help develop my investing skills and broaden my overall financial horizons & investing acumen, then that person is a more valuable contributor than one who simply guessed right on a stock or two.
    9 Jan 2013, 10:53 PM Reply Like
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