Investors: How long do you keep a stock? Please Vote

Found a new fun and useful toy on the internet: BuzzDash. It allows you to create surveys real quick and easy. The survey comes with instructions to insert in your blog or website. If the BuzzDash folks think the survey is interesting to a wide audience, they run it on their website too.

Here’s my public survey for investors. I really wish I had before and after data for the latest events on Wall St to see if more people opt for trading over buy ‘n’ hold. Please vote now!

Coke Rewards vs Ipsos


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You can have my Coke Rewards points.  I recently heard of a bunch of complaints about the Coke Rewards program.  I want to tell people about a better offer from Ipsos.   In case you don’t know, Coke offers Rewards of gifts and prizes as a loyalty program for buying their products.  Ipsos offers Rewards of gifts and prizes in return for taking surveys.  Here’s why I think the Ipsos offer is better:

  1. My Coke Rewards make you buy products. Ipsos doesn’t cost anything and you are sometimes given the product for review.
  2. My Coke Rewards involves mostly sugary or artifically products. Ipsos surveys don’t have sugar.
  3. My Coke Rewards is mindless, Ipsos engages your brain at least a little.
  4. The My Coke Rewards program is ending soon, but Ipsos continues indefinitely.
  5. Ipsos has an affiliates program so I get a small payment when people sign up through my links.    

To be fair, both seem slower ways to actually get products than just buying products from your wages.  Ipsos possibly takes more time to do surveys than My Coke Rewards.  On the upside, anyone can sign up and earn rewards without spending any money.

I’d rather do the Ipsos survey program over My Coke Rewards.   I’ll give my Coke Reward points (from a 12-pack of Fanta) to the first person who comments on this article. 


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Roaming Around Paphos, Cyprus

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After Dr. Alexander Elder’s Traders Camp in Cyprus 2005, a few of us who wanted to see the rest of the island threw in together and spent the next three days exploring.   See earlier posts for descriptions of the class — this one is all about sightseeing.

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Traders Camp Bonus Day with Dr. Elder

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The 2005 Trader’s Camp with Dr. Alexander Elder officially ended on Friday.   Saturday turned into a bonus day with an impromtu invitation from Alex to sit in on his weekly top-down analysis of the markets, a.k.a. “homework”.    Now its one thing to be told how to do market analysis, a better thing to get ready-made spreadsheets for it, and best of all to look over the shoulder of a seasoned expert who can articulate his thoughts in real time.    We got all three as best-selling author Dr. Elder sorted through over 130 market indices and 237 sub-industry groups to find candidates stocks for the trading  week ahead.

Looking over Dr. Elder's shoulder

Looking over Dr. Elder's shoulder

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After Hours: Traders Camp Crossed The Line

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“Don’t take pictures of the checkpoint.”   “Watch out – its under military occupation.”   “You’re only allowed in for one day.”   In 2005, at Dr. Alex Elder’s Trader Camp in Cyprus, we knew these rules when we voted to venture, as a group, to Northern Cyprus, a territory controlled by the Turkish army and unrecognized by the United Nations.  A few campers had strong opinions about the unfortunate Greek vs Turkish conflict that cost thousands of lives on each side and declined the trip.  They spent their free day on the Greek side of the island.   The rest of us chipped in for the motor coach that took us for an unbelievably action-packed day.  

Kyrenia Castle, Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia Castle, Northern Cyprus

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Traders Camp After Hours in Cyprus

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At Dr. Elder’s Traders’ Camp 2005, the class hours were time for serious study and the dinner breaks were time for serious fun.  With 30 people total, it would have been far easier for Dr. Elder to just turn us loose to eat on our own or have the hotel buffet each night.   Instead, he arranged for us to indulge in the best of the local villages, which meant some wonderful meze feasts!   We set out in daylight to enjoy the sights on the way.

Alex Elder and Class Strolling in Cyprus

Alex Elder and Class Strolling Before Dinner

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Traders Camp in Cyprus – Sept 2005

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In Sept 2005,  I attended a week-long stock and commodity trading camp by Dr. Alexander Elder and Mr. David Weis on the island of Cyprus.  I learned two vastly different methods of technical analysis for trading, plus money management and all-important trading psychology.   The camp structure and side trips also helped me to meet other traders and create friendships that last to this day.   This post in the Cyprus series focuses on the seminar itself.

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