A good replacement for the TB forum?
Finding a good place online to interact and exchange with like-minded people is not necessarily easy. When it comes to trading discussions, the Trading Blox forum was an island of its own, in a sea of less interesting, less civil, more day-trading-oriented forums.
Unfortunately, the Trading Blox forum closed its doors to non-customers a while ago, leaving a good chunk of people and readers of this blog orphans: you really do not want to spend too much time on Elite Trader in my opinion; and there are lots of interesting high-quality blogs, but the discussion is obviously more one-sided there.
So there was a gap… And hopefully the website that Anthony Garner (long-time Trading Blox forum contributor and author of a good book on trend following with ETFs) and Andreas Clenow (trend following fund manager and author of Following the Trend, a good book I still have to review in more detail) will prove to fill the spot left empty by the TB forum.
That website is Traders Place. I have not been very present online recently and I have only checked it out quickly, but it looks very promising. I’m sure will get a level of discussion as pleasant and interesting as the Trading Blox forum.
From what I gathered, it has already garnered (pun not intended) a decent following with a nice community forming there. Lots of readers were asking for alternatives to the TB forum. I think this is what you were after.
Below is the initial announcement made by Anthony Garner (on the TB forum) at the time of launching their site.
I have started www.tradersplace.net with Zurich based CTA Andreas Clenow. There is not too much on the site at the moment (other than some of our own research) but I am delighted and grateful that some old friends from this forum already have been kind enough to join up and make interesting and useful contributions.
Tim Arnold was good enough to give me permission to make this announcement and I very much expect and hope that Tim, Amin, Jake and the team will free to take a blog spot and use the forum on Traders’ Place to report news and views about Trading Blox and its latest features. Or indeed any other subject they care to air. They will be most welcome.
We very much hope to provide something of genuine mutual value and use to professional traders, money managers and investors as well as interested amateurs and beginners. What we are aiming for is to concentrate on the same high quality ideas and research which has characterised this forum here at Trading Blox since its inception but directed to a wider audience now that TB has understandably closed its doors to the general public.
At this stage the focus is very much on the CTA sphere but we intend to broaden out into the wider world of hedge funds and investments in general.
The site seems reasonably technically robust now but there are bound to be technical glitches to be fixed so please bear with us and report any errors you come across and we will do our best to fix then as promptly as we can.
Anyway, take a look and feel free to make any suggestions or comments. If you do join up, please make Traders’ Place a useful and interesting place to meet . Take a blog page for instance – report your monthly results if you choose to, write a monthly report, give us your ideas. Review books, give interesting quotes, give your views on the industry in general or any particular fund or investment or manager if you have something positive to say.
We do insist on real names for all to see – we feel it makes for greater responsibility and a more mature attitude and hope you would agree. If you care to give details of yourself or your business and interests that will be a bonus. We would like to aim for the same level of detail as you find on the Profile page of Linked In but clearly don’t feel bound to disclose more than you feel comfortable with.
We hope and believe that by giving your real names and details of your business you will be able to attract clients by the quality of your views and comments (if that is your aim). What we intend to avoid is the relentless plugging of damaging and misleading nonsense we so often see from some participants in the industry and would rather attract quality than quantity.
Frankly, for me at least, Traders’ Place is more for sheer pleasure than anything else and I hope that many like minded people will find the same.
If you have not, give it a try. Hopefully we’ll meet over there when I get back into blogging more regularly and being more active online generally.