Sunday, July 22, 2012

News Being Offered

Etrade releases a News Widget

Funny, I have found less and less use for news as time goes on.    As electronic communications, blog posts and comments, tweets, emails, facebook posts, text messages, and other stuff that can be easily collected and analyzed in real time, the propagandists have a very easy time of seeing how their "work" impacts perceptions and viewpoints.    

For trading, it seems that news can be used as a contrarian indicator, when CNBC is pimping out an idea, the exact opposite is more likely to happen.    It is clearcut they are used as tools.

I don't have that much respect for Etrade, they almost went belly up a few years back, and there trading platform which initially was "neat" has not really evolved.    It is highly customizable, but simple things like font size cannot be easily controlled.    What could possibly be more important than font size?    

But Etrade does have some neat thing like realtime put call ratios, and ability to download into Excel format a boatload of stock price data, which seems so basic also, for those who want to backtest ideas with Excel and such.   So I keep them around. 

At any rate, I thought it amusing that they launch into "providing news" at this time.
Thank you for using E*TRADE 360.

We are pleased to let you know that the News & Video widget is now available within your E*TRADE 360 experience.

You can quickly add the News & Video widget by following these easy steps:
1.     Under the Accounts tab, select E*TRADE 360.
2.     Then click the Choose Your Features button in the upper right corner which will launch an overlay with a list of all the E*TRADE 360 widgets currently available.
3.     Click the Add button to the right of the News & Video icon.
4.     Select "X" to close "Choose Your Features"
With the addition of the News & Video widget, you now have the ability to view the latest news, commentary and press releases from a variety of sources including MarketWatch, Standard & Poor`s,, Minyanville and Trefis. Pro Elite customers, you can also enjoy the extra benefit of Dow Jones Newswires, Live CNBC TV and on-demand CNBC videos.

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