A fatally flawed business model.
Seeking Alpha seeks out and accepts articles written by any individual or group that pertain to the business of the author's choice. Thus they publish articles that pass their initial loose screening on any traded company under the sun. Many articles generate large amounts of contentious comments written usually by the same few followers of the subject stock. These exchanges are sometimes of great value to the reader involved with that stock.
Unfortunately, most of the lengthy commenters are by regulars who don't know the meaning or the value of the word brevity. It is hard to follow the comments.
A greater problem results from the way in which the article authors are compensated, which is by the number of clicks generated. Naturally this leads authors who desire a maximum of compensation to write articles solely on the most popular retail stocks: Apple, Google, Facebook, Sirius, Pandora, et al. So you are probably going to come up empty on your retail store or construction business.
And even as to the companies covered in depth, as noted, some are worthless because the small would-be analyst group that submits an article on a company of interest usually knows less about it than the "civilians" who frequent the site. And the articles and subsequent comments generated by the knowledgeable civilians can be just too hard to read and understand all.
In short, Seeking Alpha is a clever idea for dispersing news of a company to its hungry-for -knowledge shareholders that unfortunately should be seeking a better way to collecting and publishing articles by some very knowledgeable "civilians".
This review is the subjective opinion of an Investimonials member and not of Investimonials LLC
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