Social Networking Meets Stock Investing

    January 4, 2007
 , Inc. has announced an agreement with A.R. Media, a New York-based media holding company, in launching a new Web site entitled Stockpickr – “The Stock Idea Network.”

Social Networking… Stock Investing… the two seem like a natural fit, right?

Yeah, I’m not convinced either.

At first glance, these concepts just don’t strike me as two great tastes that taste great together. Social networking is a quirky beast, rife with personalized layouts, photos galore, blogs cleft with tinges of lamentation, and message boards with gems of erudite, highbrow commentary such as, “OMG! Those pics are t3h r0x0rz! L337sp33k FTW!” (Or should I say “Sarcasm, FTW!”)

Conversely, stock investing is a world of suits, power lunches, analyzing trends and living on the bottom line. The only friends you make are the ones you plan to screw over later rather than sooner.

Nevertheless, Stockpickr is live and open for business.

These are some of the features that the site is touting:

•   The Stockpickr Recommendations Engine: an algorithm that generates stock ideas based on the correlations between an individual’s portfolio and those of major hedge funds and mutual funds, as well as other members of the site.

•   Browsing Professional & Peer Portfolios: a continuously expanded and updated database of the recent holdings of top Mutual and Hedge Funds that can be browsed by stock, portfolio or user.

•   Spotlight Portfolios: a daily collection of topical portfolios such as “The 9% Yield Club,” “Top-ranked ETFs,” and “Black Friday Stocks.”

•   Today’s Lists: daily updated lists of the biggest winners and losers, the latest activist situations, analyst downgrades, short squeezes, inexpensive low-priced stocks, and many other portfolios. The lists are presented in the Stockpickr format so readers can follow trends and see how other investors are playing them.

•   The Stockpickr Blog: regular updates on new investment ideas and site improvements.

•   Active Trader: regularly updated professional-quality trading systems such as “The QQQQ Sweet Spot,” “The Christmas System,” “Mean Reversion System,” and others.

“With Stockpickr we initially started off creating a tool that we could use to generate trading ideas from browsing the portfolios of the top hedge funds and investors,” said James Altucher, who also serves as the CEO of Stockpickr.

“However, it turned out to be even a stronger platform for investing knowledge once we opened it up to a community of active investors. With the addition of user base, Stockpickr will be the number one community site for exchanging stock ideas and investment knowledge.”

I know that social networking is all the rage these days, but this just doesn’t seem like a natural fit to me. Why would I want to share my best stock tips with everyone else? It seems counterintuitive to the very nature of the capitalist engine that drives the machine of commerce we call the stock market.

I could be way off base here, but I certainly wouldn’t imagine the likes of Gordon Gekko creating a Stockpickr profile.

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