Computerized Investing > September/October 2007

On the Internet: Web Sites for Message Boards

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Web Sites for Message Boards

Today more and more investors are turning to message boards for investing tips, insight, and commentaries. Message boards provide a unique source for gathering information from fellow investors, although they can be a dangerous environment: It is important to remember that many things you read are sheer speculation. The vast majority of message boards are free, though many require registration.

A new trend in message boards is peer reviewing, where posters can judge how accurate and important other members’ posts are. Peer-to-peer interaction is also moving beyond simply reading each other’s opinions, to reviewing posts and, in some cases, competing for the site’s attention.

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