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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.

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/0743228383

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/

TheStreet

TheStreet

12/13/07

Horrible ads on thestreet.com - They underline words in the text of their articles such that it seems like the site is providing you with additional useful information. But instead, the underlined links in the article are simply advertisements. Poor form--the website is tricking me into helping them make money and not providing me any value in return.

Bartiromo.com

Bartiromo

10/16/08

Maria Bartiromo is without insight and so is her book - Maria Bartiromo, CNBC's "money honey," hosts several popular shows on the stock-market watching network. She's entertaining to watch, she asks tough questions, but at the end of the day she lacks any real insight. This came through in her book, and this comes through whenever she is interviewed. It sounds mean, but I wish people would stop asking her what she thinks....

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.

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.

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/0743228383

Hope this helps.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

9/16/08

The new Wall Street Journal site design is horrible - Call me old fashion, but I do not like the new Wall Street Journal website design. I can't skim the headlines in a single column like I used to....

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance

6/13/07

Yahoo Finance, get better please - I like Yahoo Finance. I've been using it since the late 90s. But honestly, it hasn't gotten much better. No innovations, no cool new features or analytics. Still the same junky, simple interface. Terry Semel, for $100M a year you think you could work on improving this product offering? Does anyone know of any better, free portfolio management tools out there?

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente

6/26/07

Good, cheap healthcare - Kaiser has gotten a lot of bad press over the years, but they offer good, cheap health insurance. They have high deductible monthly plans starting at $80 a month for an individual. Although they emphasize efficiency, they doctors are not that bad and do care about their patients. Kaiser is probably best for young, healthy people and lower income families. But net net, good value healthcare can be had by all.

Gofugyourself.typepad

Gofugyourself.typepad

7/17/07

Liza Minnelli is so scary - Did anyone see her in Arrested Development? She was frightening. And here she is frightening again--this time without pants.

Big-boards.com

Big-boards

11/14/07

Forum Rankings - Useful list of the world's largest forums, sortable by topic, size, activity, and type of software. Who knew Gaia Online was the biggest forum in the world?

Attentionmeter.com

Attentionmeter

12/10/07

Great web traffic measurement mash up - This very cool site allows you to compare a website's traffic on Compete, Alexa, Quantcast, and Technorati. This is particularly useful as none of these services on their own is especially accurate.

Avc.blogs

Avc.blogs

12/14/07

Best tech blog by a VC - Fred Wilson, a general partner at Union Square Ventures in New York, presents a forthright look at VC investing in the tech industry. Fred isn't brilliant, but there's not a lot of bull$#*!, and he's a decently interesting fellow. He posts on tech companies, the VC industry, music, and other random things of interest to him. Definitely worth reading if you interested in technology or the venture industry.

Panjiva

Panjiva

12/30/07

Research on overseas suppliers - Having previously suffered through the challenges of sourcing contract manufacturing in China, I've been looking for a tool like Panjiva to help me research overseas suppliers.

The service certifies companies based on past performance along criteria such as customer loyalty, experience, management quality, and environmental responsibility. Panjiva hasn't been around very long (2006) but they have been working with Elie Tahari, a well-run high-end fashion company, which gives me some faith in the quality of their data. Also, the company was founded by a solid team from Harvard and MIT. If you're looking for a supplier in the apparel space, it's probably worth the fee.

Dealbook.blogs.nytimes

Dealbook.blogs.nytimes

6/13/07

Dealbook is a good financial blog - Dealbook is a good way to get all the day's financial news in one email. Andrew Ross Sorkin has done well for himself.

Microcapspeculator.googlepages

Microcapspeculator.googlepages

2/22/08

Good Finance Blog search engine (better than normal Google) - This works much better than Google for finding posts in financial blogs and is great for doing stock research.

Aman Resorts

Aman Resorts

4/21/08

The nicest resort hotels in the world - Aman resorts provide guests with a unique experience, in which every bit of your stay feels steeped in luxury. Zagat rated Aman as the number one brand of hotels in the world in 2007 for good reason. But do not be deceived, every bit of the luxury you are looking for is built into the price. Expect to spend at least at $1000 a day at most locations. However, if you have the money, Aman is worth it.

AccuConference

AccuConference

4/27/08

Reliable conference call service - Good quality and reliable service for conference calls. I'm not sure how the prices stack up with competitors, but there are no monthly fees--you just pay per minute per caller.

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