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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Mystery Stocks, the G-Men...


Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.


Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering just about everything, from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Hey, here's an idea. We'll package some stocks/commodities/currencies/baseball cards in a basket and then trade it like it's a stock itself. John Q. Public will eat these things up.

  • A new Muni Bond ETF, via Index Universe and Abnormal Returns.
  • Is a VIX ETF going to happen? ETF Central and ETF Trends opine.
  • Feels a bit impractical, in my opinion. As they both note, VIX is a statistic, there's no there there. What of calender quirks (the natural selling on a Friday or pre-holiday) for example? Way too many moving parts here.

Deep Thoughts

  • Just a tad too much hype around rolling commercial paper and mortgage resets? Roger says yes.
  • And in a similar vein, Accrued Interest finds some holes inside the Ultra-Bear cave.
  • AllAboutAlpha delves into market neutral funds, and what August may (or may not) say about them.
  • Tim Phaehn with a Mystery Stock. Up 50% in one month.

Financial Blogs and You, Revisitied

  • Lots of discussion regarding the role of Financial blogs.
  • Jeff at A Dash of Insight gets the ball rolling.
  • I take up the baton, as does Muckdog.
  • And Jeff returns with a nice summation.
  • Bottom line imho is that I agree with Jeff. There's alot of valuable stuff out there, but it's always the task of the reader form their own opinions and to make what they can out of it. But we (blogs) bear some responsibility too.

On the subject of mainstream accuracy...

  • I went in pretty pessimistic about the Giants this season to begin with, and that's before we found out from ESPN "blogger" Chris Mortenson that Eli is out for a month.
  • Which is news to the Giants apparently, they say he's suiting up on Sunday.
  • But thenm are they really interested in Chris Simms?
  • So who to trust? I'd probably follow ProFootballTalk.
  • Not so much because he gets better scoops than the the ESPN guys. In fact lots of what he does is link to and opine on "mainstream" stories. Rather because he ADMITS he is running rumors when he is... um... running rumors. ESPN's attitude is more about bragging they got the "scoop" when it's right, and "hey, what do you want from us,they gave me bad info" when it's wrong. Like here.
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