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TradeStream Your Way to Profits: Building a Killer Portfolio in the Age of Social Media Hardcover – June 21, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470575116 ISBN-10: 0470575115 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470575115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470575116
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

There's no doubt that the emergence of social media has taken overthe Internet landscape. The remarkable growth of Facebook andTwitter has forced everyone, including investors, to takenotice—and provided an unprecedented level of access to someof the world's most talented investors and resources in theprocess.

While this phenomenon has taken the world by storm, a majorityof investors are still unaware of what it takes to build aprofitable portfolio in the age of social media. That's why authorZack Miller has created TradeStream Your Way to Profits.Miller embodies the nexus between asset management, equityresearch, and new Internet distribution technologies. As an assetmanager, he writes extensively about the changes and opportunitiesin online finance for investors, advisors, and investor relationsprofessionals—and now, with his new book, he'll show you howthese changes have allowed savvy investors to make the most oftheir time in today's dynamic markets.

TradeStream Your Way to Profits skillfully outlines a newway to look at investing that utilizes the Internet and socialmedia to better research and mimic successful investing strategies.Chapter by chapter, Miller analyzes how social media enablesinvestors to profit via eight different types of investmentapproaches, from cloning top hedge fund managers' stock picks toidentifying and piggybacking the next Warren Buffett. Along theway, he explains each strategy in detail—why it works, itshistorical performance, and how to implement it—and revealshow to use different tactics to exploit the power of socialmedia.

While some of the strategies discussed have been studiedclosely, others are so new that they're just beginning to beresearched. Regardless, all have been inspired by the transparencythat the Internet provides and most can be implemented via freewebsites.

The Internet has created totally new models and methods forresearching and making investments. TradeStream Your Way toProfits explores these changes and explains the many ways youcan financially benefit from them.

Don't forget to visit www.tradestreaming.com, a website createdspecifically for the readers of this book, free of charge, toexpound on some of the concepts found here.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Tradestream Your Way To Profits

"Finally all investors have the tools available to beat thepros. Zack Miller describes these tools perfectly. This book turnsthe investing game upside down and gives the power back to thesmall investor."
—James Altucher, Columnist, Dow Jones; Asset Manager

"Zack Miller is an excellent source when it comes to using newonline tools to vet investment ideas. His first book is a broadsurvey of emerging investment strategies that take advantage of thewide array of financial tools and content that you can findonline—from blogs to Twitter. There's a lot of noise out inthe TradeStream, but this book helps you cut through that to findthe truly useful information."
—Michelle Leder, founder of footnoted.org, a MorningstarCompany

While you can gain instant access to information on any givenstock with the click of a mouse, the truth is that sorting throughall that data—and building a profitable portfolio fromit—can be both time-consuming and difficult.

But by blending resourceful use of the Internet with socialmedia such as Twitter and Facebook, you can quickly learn how tomimic some of today's most successful investment approaches and usethem to achieve outsized returns. That's what TradeStream YourWay to Profits is all about, and with author Zack Miller'sguidance, you'll gain a firm understanding of how this approach canbe incorporated into your everyday investment endeavors.

Written with the serious investor in mind, thisreliable resourcewill show you how to:

  • Invest for the long term utilizing streaming information,guru tips, and many other tools found in the world of financialsocial media

  • Glean tips from experts in this growing field

  • Use new tools to sort through the mounds of datacurrently available and make sense of it all

And much more

Customer Reviews

Reading this book made me aware of a many new and fascinating websites which are already helping me in my work as a professional investment advisor.
James Levy
One of its great strengths is its readability: TS clearly describes the dynamics of 'piggybacking' guru investors, for example, and limits jargon for its own sake.
kurt oeler
This book did quite a good job explaining how to take advantage of new Internet tools (like social media network, Twitter) in identifying winning investments.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Biz Book Reader on July 8, 2010
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"TradeStream" is a very helpful resource for self-directed investors interested in learning about the latest tools and trends in the field of investment research. Miller lays out different categories of the latest services and suggests how each might be employed to generate investment ideas and/or evaluate the potential of various trades. He helpfully describes the theoretical backgrounds and, in many cases, provides some information assessing the effectiveness of the tools as well.

I didn't give the book five stars because for me, Miller's book would be more helpful if he provided a stronger and more explicit overall framework for how to use the tools, particularly with some sensitivity toward different investor objectives, risk profiles and levels of attentiveness (a framework exists in pieces throughout the book but could be better pulled together in an introductory or concluding chapter). In addition, his evaluation of the effectiveness of the different resources could be more consistently rigorous (e.g., adjusting for beta, comparing to standard indices) rather than merely citing different studies which all use their own standards. Lastly, the book's credibility would benefit from more objectivity (for example he repeatedly promotes Seeking Alpha, where he once worked and may still have an ownership interest) -- that may well be a matter of editing rather than actual judgement, but nonetheless it undermines the reading experience.

That said, this is a great place for new or confused online investors who want to know where to look for different kinds of help. If you are investing any amount of money online, your best return all year might come from buying "Tradestream."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Levy on September 16, 2010
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I have long been an avid follower of Zack Miller's groundbreaking Tradestreaming Blog, and was eager to get my hands on his book of the same title. I was not disappointed. Reading the book is like drinking from a firehose, as the flow of ideas and social media applications to the investment industry (both for the professional and private investor) is non stop. Reading this book made me aware of a many new and fascinating websites which are already helping me in my work as a professional investment advisor. Something BIG is happening at the intersection of Social Media and Investment Management, and this book demonstrates why Zack Miller is considered the world's leading authority in this new area.

I would recommend this book very highly both to investment professionals who want to become aware of the cutting edge of our industry, as well as to private investors who seek to take control of their own investment decisions with confidence, knowing that the Tradestreaming methods described in this book can offer them best investment guidance available in the world today, regardless of the size of their portfolio and without abusive fees.

Any reader of this book should have the book in one hand, and an internet access in the other, as the author mentions so many interesting and intriguing websites with such a convincing eagerness to share with the reader that it is impossible to resist the urge to enter these websites and explore for yourself.

This is a book that many investment professionals wish that they had written. It is a seminal work which will no doubt be recognized as such in the coming years, and indeed by be ¨ahead of is time¨. I encourage investors to read this book, as it pays an investment return to the reader many times that of its purchase price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CLIFF WACHTEL on July 30, 2010
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Finally, here's a one-stop guide to the Internet for investors and traders.
This is one of the few new investment books that any serious investor or marketer of financial services truly, truly must read, likely to become the definitive guide to using financial social media to improve investment performance.
All serious investors or trader realize that they need guidance, and that there is a lot of great advice on the internet, much of it for little or no cost.
Few would dispute that they'd be more profitable following the moves of proven experts.
The trick is to sift through the vast online universe to locate the best sources.
The idea is simple enough, but it took someone with deep expertise in online media, financial planning, and fund management to distill the best the Internet has to offer.
The book provides an overview of how changes in the internet, financial research, social media and online content have given us unprecedented access to some the best investment advice. It then examines 8 different strategies for using online investing resources and provides practical advice for how to implement these 8 approaches, which are:
Expert Bloggers: How to access the best blogs for new ideas
Imitate Proven Stars: How to build a portfolio made of the top picks of the your chosen gurus.
Join Expert Communities: How to locate and use online communities to identify and monitor professional or amateur experts.
* Online Resources For Monitoring Crowd Sentiment.
* Screening 2.0: How to create screens suing the same parameters as the pros.
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Zack Miller, MBA, is the Managing Director of Lighthouse Capital, a boutique investment firm providing wealth management services for U.S. and international clients. Previously, he ran business development for Seeking Alpha, one of the first financial websites to harness the full power of social media and continues to consult in the field. His financial career began as an analyst at a global hedge fund managing $2 billion. His area of expertise is discovering and analyzing undervalued stocks, particularly those of small-cap technology companies. Zack has been a contributor for both SeekingAlpha.com and AOL's Bloggingstocks and has been an occasional guest on CNBC's Squawk Box. Zack holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Harvard University. He is securities licensed by FINRA in the U.S.

(Lighthouse Capital offers securities through and is a member of Portfolio Resources Group, Inc., a FINRA, SIPC, MSRB, NFA, and SIFMA member.)