I like the idea of aggregators, and considered building one with Bloggerator. The problem with the ones like RealClear Markets is that they are 1) poorly designed 2) have too much information/links 3) not edited with useful value added information.
IMO, for the site to work you either need to have value added editing, or user based participation where it gets rewarded. . .Seeking Alpha works because they have a nice (edited) layout, and were first movers. They will lose out to the next best designed competitor that either 1)does a better job of sending traffic to the blog’s site, or 2) shares revenue with the bloggers. Rempel had a good couple posts on the business of blogging here and here.
Forbes had a shot but is doing their best to muck it up. Take 60% of your revenue then just run ads for the Forbes blog network for two months? Ridiculous.
What are some other good examples of aggregators that I have missed? Any that share revenue with users?
Re-read this great paper this morning: The Rewards of Multi-Asset-Class Investing. The paper begins with this quote. If you extrapolate land=real assets, business=stocks, and reserve=bonds, then that is pretty close to the endowment allocation:
“Let every man divide his money into three parts, and invest a third in land, a third in business, and a third let him keep in reserve.” —Talmud Circa 1200 BC–500 AD
Lone Pine, Blue Ridge, Tiger, and Viking all hold Mastercard (MA) – at all time highs here.
The first active ETF begins trading today, the Bear Stearns Current Yield Fund (YYY). Yawn.
Lots of Ibbotson Charts here (nod reader SF).
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