Week In Review: Best Of The StockTwits Blog Network

Let’s be honest, you could pretty much throw a dart any day of the week at the StockTwits Blog Network, and end up hitting a post that is better than 99% of the other stuff out there that passes as financial blogging.  So to say these are “The Best of….” is a little disingenuous; let’s just say these are some of the posts from the last week that caught my attention and I think will interest you.

There’s not one for kids.  God knows there’s not one for marriage.  And there sure as hell is not one for that “Made in China” wireless keyboard I bought last week.  But The Reformed Broker suggests there might me one for the markets.  “What If Someone Wrote an Owner’s Manual for the Financial Markets?”

Success in trading depends on your ability to constantly re-evaluate and refine your process. The Minimalist Trader takes us through the steps he is taking to do just that in “When in Doubt: Get out.”

Gold ($GC_F) as a tell for the US Dollar ($DX_F) and a predictor for QE3 is what The FX Cafe brings us in “Forget the FOMC…I Am Watching Gold Today.”

Jeff Carter of Points and Figures makes a compelling case for why the Midwest is going to be a major center of entrepreneurial activity in the coming years.  And the photo of a lovely corn-feed cowgirl “working” on her tractor doesn’t hurt his case one bit.  “Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Move to the Midwest.”

Kid Dynamite’s World is starting a “Trading Rules” series, and “Trading Rule #1: Know What You Don’t Know” & “Trading Rule #2: Know Why You’re In A Trade,” kick it off.

“Market Games” influence our psychology and can cause us to be out of sync with our trading, as Ivanhoff Capital explains in this post.

Investing With Options uses a rant and a Blazing Saddles reference to illustrate where we are in the markets right now.  “The Echo Chamber is Getting Full.”

Even if StockTwits hadn’t given me a massive six-figure advance to join their blog network I would still tell you they are the best thing going right now for market content.  CEO and Founder Howard Lidzon shows in “The StockTwits Social Heatmap – Finding Signal inside StockTwits” how that content has been harnessed in a powerful new discovery tool.

One of the ways to be successful in trading is to specialize.  Lydia Idem is a specialist in sterling ($GBPUSD & $EURGBP) and on her blog, FaithMightFX she posts a daily commentary and curated linkfest focusing on it like a laser.  “Sterling Digest, April 26 2012: double-dip musings” is a prime example.

Traders often focus only on the micro and lose track of important macro factors.  The relationship between the $EEM and the $SPY is one of those macro factors that Dragonfly Capital analyzes in “Macro Flows Set from Emerging Markets into US Markets.”  And an update on the current S&P 500 wave count is worth a read as well.  “1923: Revisiting the Long Term Bullish Elliot Wave for the S&P 500.”

Crossing Wall Street provides a comprehensive look at where we are in the current earnings season, and give us some hints about what is to come in “CWS Market Review – April 27, 2012.”

If you are a technical trader, as JC Parets of All Star Charts is, then his post “My Technical Books, Blogs, and Tools” is a must read.  As a bonus he also give us his “for fun” Blog list, whiCh aLthoUgh guilty of one glariNg omission, is a pretty gooD list.

Once thought of as virginally pure structured products, the public is finally starting to understand that not all ETF’s are created equal.  Abnormal Returns post “Avoiding bad ETF’s” helps you to do just that.

And finally, the question of whether or not Apple Inc. ($AAPL) will regain its all-time highs again is still open.  But The Stock Sage highlights some interesting correlations between analysts price targets on it and its recent sell off in “Did the Analyst Mark the Top for $AAPL.”

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