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  • How Should We Improve Seeking Alpha's Comment Rating System?  [View instapost]
    Freya makes a good point. There is lot of articles that are a stretch of the truth if not outright lies with definite agenda. A lot of good authors & commentators have simply voted with their keyboards and left. A few like Thiazole have taken a lot of abuse and are still sharing their thoughts generously, some like John Lounsbury have handled the ugliness with a equinamity and courtesy that I really admired. It is tough to be polite when people are shouting at you.

    I myself post a lot more on these days and find that people are more polite and do not lash out just because they disagree, a lot less agendas more people trying to invest better.

    I also think that highlighting the commentator board leads to most of this behavior, as people fight and claw to get to the top of the list. On morningstar, there is no reward for commenting a lot and people respond when they have something to ask, tell or say. They also highlight quality comments by picking specific threads and picking out the best comments. I got a mention recently that really motivated me to comment there in quality not quantity.

    Bottom line is that you do not have a shortage of comments & commentators, maybe time to work on the quality, netiquette and argue fairly.

    On Dec 22 06:39 PM Freya wrote:

    > David, no matter how bad an article is:
    > The Authors go unscathed. An Article can be totally misleading, provide
    > false statements, use opinion as Fact, provide links which dispute
    > the Article itself because the Author Just read the Headline and
    > ran with it.
    > When confronted with Facts, They attack you and get their followers
    > to attack you. That's the Main reason I do not bother with Articles
    > anymore, there is no recourse against a truly abusive Author. <br/>
    > And they rarely retract the False and Misleading Opinions they just
    > presented as Facts.
    > I would like to add 2 buttons at the bottom of each Article. Fact?
    > Fiction?.
    > Commentators should be able to vote on each without being Attacked
    > by the Followers of the Author.
    Dec 23, 2009. 10:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Just How Much of a Eurozone Rebound Really Was There in Q3?  [View article]
    Interesting analysis.
    Dec 18, 2009. 05:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Picture: On Recession and Recovery  [View article]
    The relentless flow of money into the market from US & foreign investors would suggest that negative news will be swept away by the sea of liquidity. Unless we do see a genuine double dip...
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Zimbabwe as an Investment Destination  [View article]
    Given Mugabe's track record, that is one country that I would stay away without much thinking.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Down on the Farm: Do Farm Stocks Have a Place in a Balanced Portfolio?  [View article]
    Aren't there PR issues with foreigners buying local farmland, that we need to be worried about. Land is very emotional issue.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • On Bailouts and Moral Hazard  [View article]
    On credit expansion, one mistake I believe was to pass the credit card bill in an environment where banks were inclined to cut back on credit card limits. This did reduce household credit further than would have without the bill.
    I think Federal Reserve was right in saying that even if these reforms were appropriate, now was not the time to implement them. I do think that this might have also reduced financing to Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in the middle of a recession.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Trade Deficit Increases - Alternative Explanations  [View article]
    Prof McTeer,
    Roundabout way of saying Asian countries all supress their currencies and buy dollars. Do you also think that it is indicative of recovery of Domestic demand.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exchange Rates Revisited: U.S. Dollar and the Cost of Books  [View article]
    Move overy McDonald's index, move in paperback index.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exchange Rate Manipulation: Beggar My Neighbor, Or Myself?  [View article]
    It has been interesting to note that other countries are more supportive of the dollar than the US Treasury. Asia, Europe have suppressed the rise of their currencies by buying US debt, so that they can continue to export, instead of allowing the natural balance between consumption and investment to take effect.
    Nov 19, 2009. 11:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Dollar as a Funding Currency  [View article]
    ECB cares when EU exports to the US drops by more than 50% in the first 9 months of 2009.

    On Nov 10 03:52 AM Dave Wrixon wrote:

    > It is not even in the ECB remit to track the dollar. All they care
    > about are monetary conditions within the EU itself. Of course the
    > dollar may impact upon that indirectly but it will never be a primary
    > focus. Newton may have discovered gravity, but nobody as yet has
    > worked out how to control it.
    Nov 10, 2009. 01:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Dollar as a Funding Currency  [View article]
    Need to separate the reversion to mean dollar returning to the level pre-Lehmann after spiking during the crisis, from the loss of confidence or gain in confidence for other currencies.
    Nov 9, 2009. 05:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UBS, Credit Suisse: Capital Flight Fears Are Currently Unfounded  [View article]
    Assuming that money doesn't flow into any of the other tax shelters in the world.
    Nov 9, 2009. 04:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Reasons Europe ETFs Could Make a Comeback  [View article]
    The falling dollar is making me more reluctant to invest in Europe as I get a negative conversion for stock returns.
    Nov 9, 2009. 04:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Asia ETFs: Will Revised Asian Growth Forecasts Translate into Investment Gains?  [View article]
    The broadening of consumption in Asia is a story that is just starting to unfold.
    Nov 9, 2009. 04:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Christmas Lights Are Up: Don't Bother Investing in Europe For Now  [View article]
    Eastern Europe and the problems there don't get the coverage, they deserve. My post on the subject.
    Nov 9, 2009. 03:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment