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The Second Festival of Stocks

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September 18, 2006 | Others | Author Asif

Geoff Gannon is hosting the second Festival of Stocks this week on his website Gannon On Investing. This “festival” consists of a lot of interesting blog posts about stock investing and coverage of both well known stocks like Nintendo (NTDOY), Sony (SNE), Costco (COST), Overstock.com (OSTK) and Dell (DELL) as well as little known stocks like The Buckle (BKE) and Lifetime Brands (LCUT).

Given the quality of posts in this second festival, I am looking forward to the next festival to be hosted by Value Investing and a Few Cigar Butts.

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Traveling To Oregon

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August 31, 2006 | Others | Author Asif

I am spending some time in beautiful Oregon over the long Labor Day weekend and hence the next SINLetter will be delayed a little. Subscribers should receive it before trading starts on Tuesday, September 5th instead of Friday, September 1st. As usual I will post the investment newsletter online a week after it is sent to subscribers. Have a great weekend.

A view from the top of Spencer’s Butte in Eugene, Oregon (click picture to enlarge)

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SINLetter Mentioned On TheStreet.com

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August 28, 2006 | Others | Author Asif

The Dogs of The Dow ETF post was mentioned in TheStreet.com’s Blog Watch column on Monday. If WisdomTree or some other ETF provider were to launch such an ETF, I would definitely consider investing in it.

WisdomTree recently launched a few high dividend yielding Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as you can see from this ETFtrends post.

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ETFtrends and Merriman on Money

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August 11, 2006 | Others | Author Asif

I recently started contributing content to ETFtrends.com, a leading website with comprehensive coverage of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and my first post Diamonds (DIA) Are Forever is now online. So if you would like to learn more about ETFs, hop on over and check out ETFtrends.com.

Paul Merriman of Merriman Capital Management started a blog called Merriman on Money in December 2005 and it has some excellent content for individual investors. I have exchanged emails with Paul in the past and have also posted some of his articles like The Ultimate Buy-and-Hold Strategy in  the articles section of SINLetter.

Both ETFtrends and Merriman on Money are listed in the resources page of SINLetter along with various other investment resources such as trading costs for leading online discount brokers like TradeKing and Ameritrade Izone.

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It Is Finally Out In The Open

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August 8, 2006 | Others | Author Asif

SINLetter is primarily a website dedicated to stock investing and hence it should come as no surprise that many first time visitors find SINLetter by searching for terms like “stock investment newsletter” or “infosys 2006 split”. While examining the website logs, I was very surprised to find that quite a few visitors also came looking for an image I uploaded a long time ago that contains the database schema for an ecommerce shopping cart. I posted a link to this image on a web developer forum and forgot all about it until I started seeing consistent traffic to my website on account of this image.

I created this database schema and the corresponding code for an ecommerce shopping cart a long time ago for a potential client. Since there are no links to this image from within SINLetter, I figured I would bring it out in the open through this blog so that visitors who want to build a shopping cart can use it. With the abundance of stable and feature rich commercial shopping carts like ZenCart and ecommerce hosting plans, I cannot imagine why someone would want to build a shopping cart from scratch.

For those brave programmers who want to build a shopping cart, given below is the schema I created.

Shopping Cart Database Schema
(click on the picture to see a bigger image)

The code uses a two dimensional array to retain items in the shopping cart. If you would like the ASP code, let me know using our contact us form and I will email it to you.

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