Skip to main content

Twitter, Stocktwits: markets for ideas

Just caught a new post from Zerobeta called, "How to be a market maker in ideas on Stocktwits", that serves as a great follow up to yesterday's post on filtering out noise and finding value in Twitter & Stocktwits.

Here's an excerpt from Zerobeta's post:

"The manner in which the market maker adjusts his/her bid-ask spread as information presents itself is crucial to success. Over the course of the day the market maker will get a ton of order flow and must discern which orders are contain no information (ie “noise trades”) and which trades contain relevant information (ie “informed trades”).

For example, if an informed trader hits the market maker’s offer, he/she knows to raise his bid/ask to adjust his inventory appropriately. In general, the best market makers are the ones who can filter through the noise and obtain the best information (and most informed bid-ask spread) at the lowest cost.

On StockTwits we are all market makers in ideas. The key is to separate the informed trades from the noise and get a nice stream of informed idea flow on your screen..."

Have a look at the full post to find out how to get the most value from the pool of ideas in the Stocktwits stream.

You may also want to check out Justin's earlier post, "On smart communities and Stocktwits", for more insight into why Stocktwits has been (thus far) a particularly useful and transparent market for ideas, and why it could become a model for the Twitter communities that will spring up in the future.

Popular posts from this blog

The Dot-Com Bubble in 1 Chart: InfoSpace

With all the recent talk of a new bubble in the making, thanks in part to the Yellen Fed's continued easy money stance, I thought it'd be instructive to revisit our previous stock market bubble - in one quick chart.

So here's what a real stock market bubble looks like. 

Here's what a bubble *really* looks like. InfoSpace in 1999-2001. $QQQ$BCORpic.twitter.com/xjsMk433H7
— David Shvartsman (@FinanceTrends) February 24, 2015
For those of you who are a little too young to recall it, this is a chart of InfoSpace at the height of the Nasdaq dot-com bubble in 1999-2001. This fallen angel soared to fantastic heights only to plummet back down to earth as the bubble, and InfoSpace's shady business plan, turned to rubble.

As detailed in our post, "Round trip stocks: Momentum booms and busts", InfoSpace rocketed from under $100 a share to over $1,300 a share in less than six months. 

In a pattern common to many parabolic shooting stars, the stock soon peaked and began a…

New! Finance Trends now at FinanceTrendsLetter.com

Update for our readers: Finance Trends has a new URL! 

Please bookmark our new web address at Financetrendsletter.com

Readers sticking with RSS updates should point your feed readers to our new Finance Trends feedburner.  



Thank you to all of our loyal readers who have been with us since the early days. Exciting stuff to come in the weeks ahead!

As a quick reminder, you can subscribe to our free email list to receive the Finance Trends Newsletter. You'll receive email updates about once every 4-8 weeks (about 2-3 times per quarter). 

Stay up to date with our real-time insights and updates on Twitter.

Moneyball: How the Red Sox Win Championships

Welcome, readers. To get the first look at brand new posts (like the following piece) and to receive our exclusive email list updates, please subscribe to the Finance Trends Newsletter.

The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series titleof the 21st century this week.

Having won their first Series in 86 years back in 2004, the last decade-plus has marked a very strong return to form for one of baseball's oldest big league clubs. So how did they do it?

Quick background: in late 2002, team owner and hedge fund manager,John W. Henry(with his partners)bought the Boston Red Sox and its historic Fenway Park for a reported sum of $695 million.

Henry and Co. quickly set out to find their ideal General Manager (GM) to help turn around their newly acquired, ailing ship.

This brings us to one of my favorite scenes from the 2011 film, Moneyball, in which John W. Henry (played by Arliss Howard) attempts to woo Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) over to Boston with an excellent job off…