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The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. - Keynes

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Weather Spark

Weather Spark

2/22/11

I care about the weather because I play golf. Other weather sites are riddled with advertisements. Weather Spark, for now, has no ads and a nice user interface. I approve.

Supernsetips

Supernsetips

4/20/10

All of these day trading stock tips websites that claim to be able to make you money are nothing more than marketing ploys. If the people running them really knew so much about investing, I promise you they would be billionaires and not trying to sell stock tips online.

My recommendation is that individual investors should avoid market speculation which is essentially gambling (betting on whether an asset will go up or down in a short time period), and instead focus on investing (putting money in an asset class which should appreciate over a long period of time, like "corporate bonds" or the "S&P500"). As a rule, individual investors would be best suited (and yes I realize this is very boring) to investing in index funds to maximize their personal financial gains in the long run. I would recommend a book written by Yale endowment chief David Swensen, which I think is the best book on personal investment (available for free at most libraries): http://www.amazon.com/Unconventional-Success-Fundamental-Approach-Investment/dp/*******383

StockMarketFunding

StockMarketFunding

2/14/10

Any site that claims it can "teach you how to making money trading stocks" is one to avoid. Everything you need to learn about investing, you can learn from books at the library and from free information online.

ALSO, generally speaking, the best place for anyone to invest their money is in index funds. The fees are cheaper than trading or other types of mutual funds, and the returns, on average over a long period of time, will be higher. The only thing you really need to learn about is diversification (owning, US stock index funds, versus US bond index funds, verus internetational index funds, versus other asset classes). But most importantly, remember, index funds! Here's a link to more information from a PBS interview with a very smart investor.

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/27/index_funds/

Yousendit

Yousendit

9/11/09

I don't love all the advertisements for me to upgrade, but otherwise, I love how yousendit.com makes it easy for me to send large attachments like photos, videos and music all for free. So I put up with the ads and love it anyway.

AnyOption

AnyOption

9/5/09

Binary Options themselves are not new or a scam - you can read about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_option (although I'm not sure about this website in particular)

However, individual investors would be well advised to avoid such instruments as they generally involve market speculation(betting on whether an asset will go up or down in a short time period), not investment (putting money in an asset class which should appreciate over a long period of time, like "corporate bonds" or the "S&P500"). As a rule, individual investors would be best suited (and yes I realize this is very boring) to investing in index funds to maximize their personal financial gains in the long run. I would recommend a book written by Yale endowment chief David Swensen, which I think is the best book on personal investment: http://www.amazon.com/Unconventional-Success-Fundamental-Approach-Investment/dp/*******383

Hope this helps.

MyMobileWatchdog

MyMobileWatchdog

8/1/09

I have some seriously concerns about the privacy aspects of this technology. Also, given the design of the website, I feel like the company selling this product is engaging in marketing that is close to fear-mongering (i.e., these horrible things will happen to your children unless you use our technology). Finally, I worry that busy parents will use products like this, assume it is enough to keep them safe, and then otherwise neglect them. Parents: please be skeptical.

Steamboat Pilot

Steamboat Pilot

7/28/09

It's rare to see local news done right online. However, the Steamboat Pilot seems to be doing it. The site has a great local feel with a focus on what matters to the community. It doesn't try to overreach by covering a lot of national or international news which people can find elsewhere. The layout is also clean and professional (so many local online news sites are not). I've never been to Steamboat Springs but this site had made me want to visit.

B&H Photo Video

B&H Photo Video

7/17/09

Really isn't a better site out there for camera equipment. Customer service, selection and quality of products are all great. Prices are market, but it is my belief that in this world you get what you pay for.

Elvis-presley-superstar.de

Elvis-presley-superstar.de

7/10/09

I haven't purchased the DVD from this site, but if you live in the US or Europe I would be careful. This site appears to be based in India. DVDs made in China or India often will have regional settings that make them incomparable with DVD players from the US and Europe.

Kosmix

Kosmix

7/2/09

Forget Bing and Google, I find Kosmix's search engine to be more useful than both. It pulls useful data from a number of sources including forums, wikipedia, how-to websites, and others. It also suggests related searches that I often find helpful. Admittedly, I don't use it more than Google, but I do use it whenever I am really researching topic.

Zagat

Zagat

7/2/09

I won't eat at a new restaurant without checking Zagat's guide. I also enjoy the Michelin Guide but it does not cover as many restaurants as Zagat's. I do not trust reviews on sites like Yelp's because all reviews seem to converge to 3.5 stars and the reviewers seem often not to know what they are talking about when it comes to food.

Fmdsa

Fmdsa

6/26/09

Fibromuscular dysplasia is an important and under diagnosed disease in the US. Fmdsa.com has some good information, but you can also read a recent WSJ article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB*******66763611.html - 5% of Americans may have it and are undiagnosed. Women are particularly susceptible.

More from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromuscular-dysplasia/DS01101

Ask your doctor about it today!

The Economist

The Economist

6/18/09

The Economist is the best source of news analysis anywhere. I read the Wall Street Journal to learn what happened. I read the Economist to understand why its important. The website is not that well designed but I tend to read it more often than the print edition (because it's more convenient) but both are well worth the money.

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

6/18/09

After the Wall Street Journal, I find Charlie Rose to be one of the best sources of information on current events. His interviews with world leaders give more insight into what's going on in the world than any other website on the internet.

WebMD

WebMD

6/18/09

There are a lot of ads on WebMD, but it still remains a reliable source for health information online. I don't google health information any longer because I don't trust most websites, but WebMD has real physicians reviewing content. Other good health websites are the Mayo Institute and Revolution Health.

Michelinguide.com

Michelinguide

6/18/09

Really the only international authority on fine dining. Zagats and Yelp are okay for casual Tuesday dinners, but if you want expert restaurant reviews, you should choose the Michelin Guide. I personally enjoy the New York and San Francisco guides. The only guide I have heard serious criticism of is the Japan Guide.

Kayak

Kayak

6/16/09

The first place I go when I'm planning a trip is Kayak so I can see the full range of prices and options on my flights. Kayak is not quite as good at hotels, particularly in non-mainstream locations, but for flights it's the best.

DLDHistory

DLDHistory

6/16/09

Disneyland history could be interesting, but this site needs some design help...I'd appreciate more pictures and less text.

SeatExpert

SeatExpert

6/16/09

I travel a lot for business and have long legs. I won't choose a seat on a plane I'm unfamiliar with unless I've checked it out first on Seat Expert.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

6/16/09

I won't stay in a hotel in another country unless I've read about it first on Trip Advisor. The site isn't so good for other travel topics, but for hotels, it's the best.

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