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Become a GEI Reporter - help expand knowledge

By volunteering, you may gain better access to events

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This is an idea that I have had for awhile, but now seems a good time to launch it.

 

In fact, I have acting in this capacity for GEI already from time-to-time, and so my idea is merely extending the privilege to others. Meantime, I am asking for feedback on the idea from other GEI members.

 

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. Become a GEI Reporter - help expand GEI Members' knowledge .

 

The idea in a Nutshell:

 

+ GEI will launch a new "Featured articles" section, for topics of interest to Global Edge Investors and Green Energy Investors dotcom readers (the topics to be discussed is on of the things that I want to explore on this thread.)

 

+ Anyone who is a member of could offer articles as a "Guest Submission". If their articles are well received, then the writer will be asked to join GEI as a "GEI Reporter."

 

+ Assuming the section is well-received and grows, a few GEI Reporters who are most active, and whose work generates many positive comments may become "GEI Columnists".

 

Once we has a few writers in both categories, I will have start a GEI Reporters and Columnist section, giving some background on each of our official GEI writers.

 

One advantage of being identified in this way, is that you may be able to then get business cards printed identifying yourself as a GEI reporter. This should then be sufficient to gain admission as a member of PRESS to events that will be of interest to the reporter and GEI as a whole.

 

+ What do people think? Do we have up-and-coming reporters amongst us?

 

+ What sorts of topics should GEI be aiming to cover in the new Featured Articles section?

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One advantage of being identified in this way, is that you may be able to then get business cards printed identifying yourself as a GEI reporter. This should then be sufficient to gain admission as a member of PRESS to events that will be of interest to the reporter and GEI as a whole.

I have my own business card which identifies me as: "Global Edge Investors, Founder" and I have used that card on occasion to gain access to events of interest to this site. I don't do this more than 2-3 times a year, and it often is for mining or resource-investing related events.

 

In each case, I have offered to write an article about the event, promising that it will be published on GEI, and sometimes elsewhere as well. (I always keep such promises.) Often, the event organiser will ask for the website's URL to see if is a suitable place to cover their event. So far, this has never been a problem, but I have been selective in the types of events I choose to cover for GEI.

 

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I think that a section identifying our reporters, and giving a Biography and a summary of their articles will be essential to maintain credibility for this new reporting effort.

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A recent event I attended this way was the FOOD EXPO in Hong Kong. Below is an excerpt for the article that I wrote:

 

A REVIEW OF FOOD EXPO 2011

 

The Chinese love food... and herbal medicine too. So it should not surprise anyone that there is a big turnout for this year's Food Expo.

 

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Even so, I was a little overwhelmed at the size of the crowds that turned up at the HK Exhibition and Conference Center on a quiet Saturday in mid summer. I reckon this must be the most successful of the many shows sponsored by the HK Trade Development organisation. Special crowd control arrangements, which I had not seen before, were in place.

 

Why? The variety of food is staggering. It ranges from Chinese herbs used in TCM, to specialty teas and wines, to seafood and specialised meats from Italy. One of the most popular sections was the Gourmet section, complete with its own international team of chef presenters, which was so packed that we could hardly get into it. Do I need to go again tomorrow? Maybe.

 

Some of the individual booths that we stopped at will give a flavor of our own interests and some of the variety that a food addict can sample.

 

I made a beeline to the Canadian section, because I wanted to see what sort of food was coming from North America. The first booth that caught my eye was the one sponsored by the Canadian Ginseng Exporters Association. There was plenty Ginseng there on offer, but I didn't see many Canadians. All of the 3 or 4 people manning the booth seemed to Hong Kong Chinese. When I enquired about this, I was told they worked in the HK office of the organisation, and the "Canadian Canadians" had been at the booth in the morning, but they had meetings all afternoon.

 

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I wanted to learn something of the nature of the ginseng exporting business, since I had been told by a HK friend that many Chinese prefer Korean or Chinese ginseng to the North American product.

 

My first surprise was that ginseng was found in Canada as early as 1716, and it is not a new product. The market for the new world product is different. Korean ginseng is red and "wet" and is often sold in liquid form and drunk down in a single gulp. People prefer to buy Canadian and US ginseng in "dry" form as chips, or powder. When it is brewed in hot water, it makes an excellent and refreshing tea.

 

The Ontario ginseng exporters have had to struggle to control costs. The weak US dollar has meant that US ginseng can undercut Canadians, whose costs are expressed in the stronger US dollar. They Canadians have have to cut their Canadian dollar export prices to stay competitive.

 

This was the Ginseng organisation's seventh year at the HK exhibition and they were please to be on the "public" side, rather than the pure commercial trade side. There seemed to be strong interest in the booth from the general public, who was stocking up and taking advantage of buying various of their products at specially discounted prices.

 

...continues...

 

PRESS

Dr Nathan Bubb

Kowloon Highrise

Hong Kong, SAR

CHINA

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Global Edge Investors, Founder

Green Energy Investors.com

"Online Forum for investors"

 

GEI forum for investors concerned about rising energy prices inflation and the impact on their investments. Discuss issues companies and ideas with other successful investors globally.

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Ginseng has a long, interesting and largely unknown (at least in the west) history in America. Previously known as the "Sang trade" it was for a period extremely profitable. As you stated American ginseng was discovered in Canada in 1716 by a Jesuit priest who was working evangalising amongst the Iroquois Indians. He heard of a root used for medicinal purposes by the indians and thought it likely that it was Ginseng. Reasoning that the environment of French Canada closely resembled that of Manchuria, he began searching for examples of this wondrous herb growing in the Canadian hardwood forests and after three months of searching he discovered American ginseng growing near Montreal. Shortly after this a vigorous export of ginseng from Canada to China began, where the demand for American ginseng was quickly established. Before long ginseng was discovered growing in the wild in New England resulting in many fortunes being made.

 

 

By the end of the nineteenth century the wild root was near extinction in North America due to over-harvesting and the destruction of its natural habitat. At this point, farmers began cultivating it. Since the 1960s the trade in American ginseng has grown steadily.

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What sort of topics? Anything that is usually covered on this forum, so anything from investing, politics, education, general economics

 

What sort of articles? Opinion pieces or analysis? For example, if I were to write about university education in the UK, it would be mostly my opinion of it (although I think there are statistics available to support some points)

 

I am interested in writing, although I'm not sure how to write. I've become accustomed to using 40+ references in academic reports at university and using a style that is usually reserved for academic journals. One of the things that really pisses me off though is in articles where they don't reference anything and just proclaim stuff wildly to suit their own purpose (I see this a lot on the BBC)

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What sort of topics? Anything that is usually covered on this forum, so anything from investing, politics, education, general economics

 

What sort of articles? Opinion pieces or analysis? For example, if I were to write about university education in the UK, it would be mostly my opinion of it (although I think there are statistics available to support some points)

 

I am interested in writing, although I'm not sure how to write. I've become accustomed to using 40+ references in academic reports at university and using a style that is usually reserved for academic journals. One of the things that really pisses me off though is in articles where they don't reference anything and just proclaim stuff wildly to suit their own purpose (I see this a lot on the BBC)

Write about what interests you - as a GEI Guest writer.

 

If teh article(s) strick/s a cord here, and generates plenty of interest, then we may ask you to become a GEI Regular Reporter.

 

I will plan to let the articles run on Main for awhile, and then transfer them to a New Section as interest begins to wane.

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Become a GEI Reporter - help expand knowledge

By volunteering, you may gain better access to events

==============================================

 

This is an idea that I have had for awhile, but now seems a good time to launch it.

 

In fact, I have acting in this capacity for GEI already from time-to-time, and so my idea is merely extending the privilege to others. Meantime, I am asking for feedback on the idea from other GEI members.

 

ClicheReporter460x276.jpg

. Become a GEI Reporter - help expand GEI Members' knowledge .

 

The idea in a Nutshell:

 

+ GEI will launch a new "Featured articles" section, for topics of interest to Global Edge Investors and Green Energy Investors dotcom readers (the topics to be discussed is on of the things that I want to explore on this thread.)

 

+ Anyone who is a member of could offer articles as a "Guest Submission". If their articles are well received, then the writer will be asked to join GEI as a "GEI Reporter."

 

+ Assuming the section is well-received and grows, a few GEI Reporters who are most active, and whose work generates many positive comments may become "GEI Columnists".

 

Once we has a few writers in both categories, I will have start a GEI Reporters and Columnist section, giving some background on each of our official GEI writers.

 

One advantage of being identified in this way, is that you may be able to then get business cards printed identifying yourself as a GEI reporter. This should then be sufficient to gain admission as a member of PRESS to events that will be of interest to the reporter and GEI as a whole.

 

+ What do people think? Do we have up-and-coming reporters amongst us?

 

+ What sorts of topics should GEI be aiming to cover in the new Featured Articles section?

 

 

Interesting idea that could lead to some new spin off topics on GEI. I view GEI as a community with a continual stream of consciousness, with popular topics that grow and develop and are discussed over time. This conscious aspect is what lurkers and members read and post about, but there is another aspect, it could be viewed as the subconscious aspect. The untapped knowledge, that we all have, but isn't necessarily shared, perhaps because it's not always fully clear where this should be posted on GEI, or it is shared but lost in time under the discussion topics.

 

I also post on another website www.bigmiketrading.com (BMT), and if you look there, it's really more a resource based forum where traders can find and exchange information regarding different trading platforms/data feeds/brokers/indicators etc. It's structured in such a way that it's relatively easy to find resources you are looking for. So BMT is structured towards sharing resources and discussion develops around that, whereas with GEI the focus is on discussion of various topics, and some resources come out through the discussion.

 

If you post a topic on GEI that contains mainly information, useful to others, it tends to get buried by the current affairs, investment and trading topics that are more active on GEI. One example is that I posted a topic about a website - What element are you interested in Investing in? about www.elementinvesting.com, a site that has useful information about many elements on the periodic table that may hold an investment interest for people, but since it was not something that would spark a debate or a lot of discussion, it quickly got buried under more popular discussion topics, and so it now could be viewed as a lost resource within GEI. Unless readers happened to be on GEI around the time it was posted, they missed it. The GEI "market" is one where everyone is continually going long discussion and debate, this in effect creates a de facto short on resourceful information since more people "buy" discussion topics than information resources.

 

What I think would be useful on GEI is a GEI resources section where members can present websites, blogs of interest or perhaps events to the rest of the community, and perhaps members could do this by writing their report on it, and linking to it. Over time this could form a resource for everyone, one where the information could be retained rather than drowned out by new discussion.

 

I'll write a report on www.sentimentrader.com, a well organised website I've recently found that has a lot of useful sentiment, volatiitiy, breadth, fund flow, survey, COT, and cash level indicators and reports. I may also include alternatives such as a run down on what the competition/alternatives are. Hopefully others might find that useful.

 

In the Featured Articles section I would like to see an Untapped Knowledge section, one where each member is encouraged to bring something new to GEI, whether it be about useful websites others may be aware of, or events in the mining industry, or whatever.

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Guest submission GEI Report on the SentimenTrader website, from PositiveDeviant;

 

 

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17th September 2011

www.sentimenTrader.com

 

 

There are a seemingly endless supply of technical indicators a trader or investor can choose from, and since many are derived solely from one data series - the price of a security, it's important to complement these by including sentiment indicators as part of any market analysis.

 

SentimenTrader began in 2001 and is operated by Jason Goepfert, a trader of 15 years, the founder and president of Sundial Capital Research, Inc.

 

Sundial's focus is on "the research and practical application of mass psychology to the financial markets". Their work has been mentioned in prominent media such as Barron's, CNN, CNBC, SFO Magazine, The Economist, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Active Trader, Futures, TheStreet.com and TradingMarkets.

 

SentimenTrader is a subcription access website, they offer a 14 day trial with no obligation, along with options to subscribe on a monthly ($25), quarterly ($70) or yearly ($250) basis.

 

 

Once you're logged in you find a well organized page with a bar along the top with drop down menus available under most headings, aside from the "Intraday" heading.

 

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Drop down menus

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The "Stocks" "Bonds" and "More" headings have further sub-menus allowing you to get the information you are looking for quickly. To start out, I found it was useful to head for the "Complete List" sections, you can then scroll down the list of available confidence indexes, models and indicators to get an idea of what is available. There is a lot of information on SentimenTrader and it seems quite comprehensive. Eg For stocks there are: proprietary models, numerous Volatilty, Put/Call ratio, Breadth and Sector indicators along with many economic surveys. There are also many indicators for each of COT, Shorts, Cash levels (eg Mutual fund cash) and Rydex. On the complete list page data is in the following format;

 

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The data is available to download in Excel format for those that wish to, the last column is a Bullish - Bearish scale that allows a quick glance showing how bullish or bearish the reading is. You can also bring up charts depicting the data;

 

Example chart;

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For Bonds, there are indicators for Rydex fund flows, Put/Call ratios, Trader Commitments and Surveys. What caught my eye was the Treasury Bond Indicator Score, this a form of composite indicator proprietary to SentimentTrader where they weighted and combined data from sentiment indicators for the bond market, together with put/call ratios, Rydex mutual fund flows, sentiment surveys and Commitments of Traders data. The result is an overbought/oversold indicator that looks very useful;

 

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For Commodities, there are indicators for Trader Commitments, Public Opinion, Rydex Fund Flow and Individual Contracts. For the Individual Contracts, all major Currencies, Energy, Metals, Grains, Softs and Meat contracts are covered, although it should be noted that Platinum and Palladium are not featured. Seasonality charts are also available for each contract listed within the Individual Contracts section.

 

The "Public Opinion" charts are of notable interest, an excerpt from an explanation on the website;

 

"To calculate this gauge of public opinion, we have created an index based on many of the established surveys currently in existence, some of which are noted below. We have looked at the history of the surveys to determine how accurately they have measured extremes in the past, and weighted their influence in our indicator appropriately based off that analysis."

 

The following is SentimenTrader's Public Opinion chart for silver as it was towards the end of April 2011;

 

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This chart played an important role in my analysis of the silver market back then, I was not a subscriber back then, but I found this chart and it led me to their website. The analysis was posted on www.GreenEnergyInvestors.com (GEI), with others contributing their's also, in a collaborative effort that led to a very timely and profitable top call in silver. Even some of the non-traders took action, such as swapping silver for gold.

 

The initial thread on GEI that started that process, "$50-ish Peak in Silver Coming? Hunting the Top " can be found at:

 

www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=14696&st=0&p=212977&hl=+silver +peak&fromsearch=1entry212977

 

 

 

 

(Part 2 follows)

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Moving on to the Models section, these are also proprietary to SentimenTrader;

 

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In a similar vein to the Treasury Bond Indicator Score these are weighted composites of sentiment indicators, also depicted as oscillators, suggesting overbought/oversold conditions. These are offered over a variety of timeframes, from intraday to a few days, weeks or months. Since I mainly trade E-Mini NASDAQ futures the STEM.MR NASDAQ is of potential interest (although I haven't properly studied it yet) and could be useful as a filter for trading signals from other indicators, as it suggests points where rallies may be overdone, and where sell-off's may be nearing an end.

 

 

The charts on the Intraday section show two week periods for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100, and are updated every 15 minutes, charts showing the STEM.MR model are shown beneath each, along with cumulative tick, a price oscillator, breadth charts, VIX and Put/Call ratios. This isn't part of the site I generally use since I prefer to have my own charts set up through my trading platform with my own settings applied however for those not at their normal workstation it's helpful to have on the site, rather than you having to look elsewhere.

 

 

Finally, under the More section you can find seasonality charts for each month of the year for the S&P 500 with data covering 1950 - 2006. You can also check seasonal performance of the S&P 500 around various holidays eg Labor Day, New Year's Day etc. This is an interesting feature I haven't come across before and allows you to quickly gain an understanding of market activity around various seasonal dates.

 

 

Other features I like from this website are the Sentiment Summary on the main page that gives a brief run down for the day and some commentary, both on a 1 to 5 day and 1 to 3 month basis. As a subscriber you also get a daily email with interesting commentary and analysis including general equity market indicators, and also details and analysis of the top sentiment stories, the most recent being about a Wall Street research report highlighting a long-term sell signal from the Coppock Curve indicator. You can also create a list of your favorite charts, saving you time when you want to refer back to your preferred charts.

 

 

 

Overall I think sentimenTrader is well worth the subscription. The fact that all of the information is well organized and formatted makes it very user friendly and they've covered a lot of bases with the range of content, making it appealing to both the trading and investing community. I'm also a big fan of their proprietary indicators.

 

Recommended.

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Nice charts and link

 

PD:

"What I think would be useful on GEI is a GEI resources section where members can present websites, blogs of interest or perhaps events to the rest of the community, and perhaps members could do this by writing their report on it, and linking to it. Over time this could form a resource for everyone, one where the information could be retained rather than drowned out by new discussion."

 

That's what I had in mind for the Investor's Education section

 

Maybe I should change the name and move it up ??

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Nice charts and link

 

PD:

"What I think would be useful on GEI is a GEI resources section where members can present websites, blogs of interest or perhaps events to the rest of the community, and perhaps members could do this by writing their report on it, and linking to it. Over time this could form a resource for everyone, one where the information could be retained rather than drowned out by new discussion."

 

That's what I had in mind for the Investor's Education section

 

Maybe I should change the name and move it up ??

 

Ok, sounds good, would it be possible to get mod privileges so I can make a couple of amendments to it? It would also be useful as sometimes I go back over my journal and see mistakes I'd like to correct.

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