Important Change at Across the Curve

March 24th, 2009 8:55 pm | by John Jansen |

Change is a simple one syllable word.  Barack Obama convinced the nation that he is an agent of change and earned himself a seat in the Oval Office for four years.  In the 1960s singer Sam Cooke wrote and sang a moving ballad, “A Change Is Gonna Come” which captured the ethos of that time.  Spring is upon us and the cycle of change will transform the natural world in a most elemental way. 

          And so it is that I will shortly implement change at Across The Curve and I wish to describe the changes and my reasons for them. 

          Let me begin with the reasons first.  Writing this blog is a labor of love, but it is work, nonetheless.  Most days I am scouring the internet for relevant stories at 6AM and I generally do not finish until 4:30PM.  Those who have been reading the blog for a while know that in the crisis period from July 2008 through November 2008, I updated the blog throughout the weekend as stories broke.  In several instances, I was one of the first commentators to offer a cogent opinion on the swirling events.

          My point is that the fine product which I produce does not just happen, but requires solid effort.

          Now a brief personal note.  I did spend three decades on Wall Street, but never hit the financial home run.  I certainly did quite well, but the exigencies of circumstances and life are such that I do not have financial security and need to spend several more years earning some money.  I am currently dipping into the pot of capital at Across The Curve and by the end of this year that process will become painful.  Consequently, I need to earn some money.

          Therefore, beginning on April 11, 2009 I will begin a password protected system under which some material will remain free and other material will be available for twenty-five dollars per month.  I plan to keep my opening comments free and place my constant sector updates behind the veil of password protection.  Everything will be freely available on the web five business days after it is posted.

          I do not do this lightly nor do I do this without some trepidation.  However, the price is quite nominal. If I assume twenty trading days in a month, then it is just $1.25 per day.  On an average day I post about ten times a day.  That works out to about 13 cents per post.

          More important than the cost is the benefits that many have derived from my efforts.  Many readers have written to me and have thanked me for the insights I have offered because the factual information which I am providing has helped them to crystallize their thoughts and has helped them to trade profitably.  The credit markets have been the gateway and the lead market for most of the last eighteen months and have driven movements in other financial markets. 

Against that background, the information I publish has also been invaluable to traders in the equity market and the foreign exchange market. This blog is also an important tool and resource for money mangers that are too small to garner extensive coverage from Wall Street. I think that the blog fills an important void for those professionals who might otherwise fall between the cracks and keeps them in touch with the heartbeat of the markets. It is universally useful and traders in the different markets have written to me of its pertinence. 

I wish very much to continue to publish this blog.  I need your help, your understanding and your willingness to pay a nominal monthly charge.  Thank you for all your kind words in the past and for your future support. 

         

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  1. 56 Responses to “Important Change at Across the Curve”

  2. By Dr.Dan on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Are you kidding ? or this is ttrue ?

  3. By SFO_DEAL on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Little early for April Fool’s, no?

  4. By Nick on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Good luck with that. I do not know how Bloomberg, HSBC or JPM would react if their content is re-sold, or used as a solicitation to sell other content, by a third party without authorization.
    I think a strength of this blog has been the mix b/n the data and the commentary, and the daily updates have been coming with amazing regularity, and it has been invaluable for the stay-at-home bankers without a Bloomberg.
    Good luck! I would have hoped that an advertising model would work (people place banners even in their feeds).

  5. By Tom Lindmark on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    I know exactly where you are coming from and I wish you success. I’m sure you know you’re bucking conventional wisdon. I get too much information from your blog not to subscribe so I’ll be there.

    One thought. I’ll publicize what you’re doing on my puny blog and maybe send over a subscriber or two. If others do the same maybe you can pull this off.

  6. By Hannibal on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Rock on, man. I hope you take AMEX :)

  7. By longtime lurker on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Man you had me goin until I noticed the April 11

  8. By Tom Durff on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Rephrasing Buffett, we can see who the freeloaders are when the tide goes out. Dealing with some of the same financial issues as you, but this $25 per month will be well worth it. Hard to believe the amount of effort you put into this blog. Yet the first three cheap f’s above can’t seem to see it or want to contribute. Just want to suck it for free. To hell with em.

  9. By Jake on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    love the site and will gladly pay the $25 (with the hope that my work will expense it!). either way, i wish you luck

  10. By Mike on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    I read virtually every post on this blog. $25/month seems like a lot though. Maybe $10? A nickel a post with the title offered?

    I really think that there is something to the ability to charge a small amount for a small amount of information.

    $300/year is about what the WSJ or FT costs. Outside of a few trade publications, I don’t know of any magazine that costs that much.

    Regardless, I wish you the best of luck.

  11. By J Cauchy on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Agree with Mike, it’s a no-brainer for me at $10-15/month. $25/month gives me pause. I realize these are small amounts but they reflect my actual usage of the site. The content is excellent, no doubt about that.

    I will probably wait to see how much I use the free site in its restricted form.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

  12. By Michael Krause on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Yea second on the $10/mo…

  13. By MFL on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    This is a great information source, and Im a loyal reader.

    I have learned so much from this blog, it seems like a small price to pay, but wish there were some other way.

    The advertising option seems like a good alternative.

  14. By jhodge on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    NOOOOOOO

  15. By Ryan on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’ll be happy to pay it but just want more commentary on the shortend of the eurodollars. Would be happy to prepay a year for that.

  16. By IF on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I read your blog and I think it is excellent. It gives me a better understanding of a market, that I would otherwise not know much about. I also completely understand the position you are in. You are making a hard choice.

    Now, I don’t trade bonds (and very rarely stock). For me reading this blog is more of an intellectual exercise. I will keep reading what you offer for free, but I don’t think I can justify paying the amount you are proposing. I sincerely thank you for your work so far and wish you the best of luck!

  17. By Dave on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    Good luck on the new venture. I charge for my service and just recently launched a members only area.

    You should get at least a decent amount of subscribers as there are really no other sites out there that cover bonds like you do. In fact there are only three other fixed income blogs that I follow, and none of them cover things with as much detail as you.

    I find it funny how everyone expects to get others work for free. In fact a lot of people feel entitled to other peoples work.

    I hope you have success right from the start but will add that it may take a while to get a large paying readership but if you keep at it you will see results. My site has taken a while for things to take off, I started the paid service back in November of 2007 and am just now seeing real results.

    Happy Trading,
    Dave

  18. By GreenAB on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    i second IF´s comment.

    your fine blog taught me a lot about the fixed income markets.
    thank you for the countless hours you spent for free making it possible!

    but in the end i´m a stock only trader.
    i´m interested what´s going on in fixed income but it doesn´t influence my trading decisions.

    so i have to make the hard choice and opt for the few free comments that will be left.

    wish there would the chance on a advertising model, though i know that´s unrealistic.

    anyway – THANK YOU very much for your outstanding work so far.

    i absolutely understand your decision and wish you maximum success!

  19. By BL on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    One suggestion I would have is that you consider selling specific items, like research notes and short descriptions of the inner workings of the bond market. Sort of like the guys at High Frequency Economics issue short notes to clients. Then the blog becomes an advertisement for the products.

    You might also consider a podcast. You could do things like Russ Roberts does with EconTalk (BondTalk?). Or like Horowitz does with TDI.

    For me, $25/mo would eat up to much of the personal portfolio I manage, given I don’t trade all that much. And I get a constant free feed of analysis from the Bloomberg podcasts.

  20. By septizoniom2 on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    john: i love you site and your posts. you are often insightful and pithy and your writing is quite good. also, and most importantly, your humanity, humility, sincerity and sensibility comes through your writing in many posts in a truly touching way. yours is one of the few sites i feel a real sense of the person writing. this is a rare gift.
    i do think you should consider again advertising rather than fees. you should have the widest audience possible so that many can benefit from your writing, and not just from your insights and analsis.

  21. By Scott on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I like your blog, but that price is too steep for me.

    Thank you.

  22. By coolmama on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I started reading the Uk’s Housepricecrash site in early 2007 and have wandered far and wide ,
    Mish, Denninger, NakedCapitalism, Big picture, Bonddad , Suddendebt inter alia. Your blog is up there with all these, and I thank you. I appreciate your hard work, but don’t trade so will gratefully accept the titbits I am allowed to view.
    I would add that you have attracted a very high quality of comment poster which enhances the site.

  23. By JohnSmith on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    This is a great blog with some really insightful comments.

    However, I don’t think I will be paying $25 a month, its a little too expensive.

    Charging for a service rapidy alters the expectations of your reader base. For example, what would happen if you were to go on holiday?

    You have a right to receive compensation for your labours, but have you considered a more donations based approach?

  24. By Steve on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John, might I offer some advice? If you want to charge, you’re going to have to substantially beef up the members-only section of the site. Your blog is helpful to me as an equity research analyst, but I’ve only seen a handful of posts that I would say were A+ and worth paying for. You would have to write more about your thoughts on strategy, what you’re trading, more prop analysis, etc. Links to Bloomberg stories and quotes on spreads aint gonna cut it.

  25. By GS on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    First of all – thanks for all of your work so far. I read a LOT of blogs every day, and your comments are among the most valuable.

    Having said that, I’m not in a position to pay for this info. I closely follow between 20-30 financial blogs and this is just one of them. It’s hard to justify a subscription with all of the free information that is available from other sources, and my expense budget is limited, especially in times like this when the portfolio I manage has shrunk significantly due to market losses and redemptions.

    Good luck with everything. It is unfortunate that this is the direction you are taking things. I will miss reading your comments throughout the day and I will miss your insight.

  26. By Kevin Mackey on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    Thanks for all of your hard work. It does not go unnoticed, nor under-appreciated. I do not think the $25/mo is too much for very timely, accurate information in this environment. More so, the commentary section is generally thought provoking and can provide additional sources of information on the respective subject. I would like to think that those willing to pay are those that will continue to provide this additional insight, another added benefit to the “member’s section”. Good luck, and thanks again!

  27. By Brian on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    While I am a loyal reader and big fan of the blog and the effort you put forth to provide the financial community with a comprehensive insight in to the credit markets, I must agree with others and say that if you are going to charge for your info (especially if its $25/month) the members section is going to have to be substantially enhanced. Just providing links and info that one can get from Bloomberg, the Treasury website or the WSJ doesn’t warrant paying for. I absolutely appreciate your experience, commentary and contact with professionals still operating in the community, and that is what needs to be highlighted if you indeed to decide to make this a subscription based site.

  28. By SG Hammer on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John…put the entire site behind the paid password fence! Do not give anything away for free anymore, especially your experience and insights. I’ll gladly pay and those that don’t probably have little to gain by the information anyway.

  29. By Dave in SV on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,
    As a daily reader, I have appreciated your insights into the bond market and I sincerely wish you the best of luck (and can relate to your personal story too, minus 20 years.) However, I am 100% tech equity (starting in 2000-ouch!), so reading this blog was more of trying to be a well rounded investor than a necessity for me. I’m trying to count pennies so I’ll probably not be able to pay the monthly rate, regrettably. I hope I am the exception and that you get many paying subscribers, you deserve it. Regards, Dave in SV

  30. By Levi on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John, thanks so much for the blog to date.. I am a retail advisor and read the blog for information to make me a more well rounded advisor for clients.

    I know this blog tends to take a more technical tone, which is great because over the months I’m starting to understand the jargon via osmosis a bit.

    Now I’ve got another decision to make.. on top of whether or not its safe to approach the long end of the curve, equities, international, etc… now to pay or not to pay :)

    I’d follow the others in the comments here to ask that a bit of a glossary or “guide” to some of the quoting terminology or price action be posted as aprt of the pay service. Would help put me over the fence…

    Thanks again… and ignore those freeloaders. Where do people think these things come from? Who pays the URL fee? Who pays your internet connection fee? Ahh.. but that’s for another conversation.

  31. By bob on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I second the $10/month fee, and then make the whole site fee based if you want. It seems like an ideal price-point for a subscription blog. Like one other poster said, I read a ton of blogs, and if everyone started charging $25/month I couldn’t do that. $10/month seems more reasonable.

  32. By John C. Lately on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    Sounds like a very reasonable price.

  33. By Greg on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John – I completely empathize with your situation. I have considered starting a blog several times. It is a huge commitment of both time and energy, and it isn’t like Google is going to install a $35,000 toilet in your home office :)

    I would echo a few cautions mentioned above: it is not lawful to republish closing prices from Bloomberg, the WSJ or many other data providers. If your blog is free, they don’t have much incentive to go after you. If you are doing a blog for profit, you may have to pay them a licensing fee. The more successful and well known your blog gets, the more likely they will chose to enforce.

    It is nice to have closing levels in one convenient place, but I think the real value added of your blog comes from the commentary and opinions you give – as well as other commenters :)

    Other web sites already offer closing prices, charting, etc. It would take an enormous effort on your part to duplicate those capabilities, but not sure it would add much value anyways. Better to focus on great commentary, which is your strength and where you can add a lot of value

    I have not seen any sites (other than sell side firms) that offer any analytic reports of the market. Giving quantitative analysis of why these bonds look rich/cheap versus alternatives would make your site very unique. Not everyone has a Bloomberg, and quite honestly their analytics have slipped as they focus more and more on news. I imagine many buy side firms would gladly pay $25/mo to reduce their dependence on sell side analytic reports — plus it would enhance your commentary

    Best of luck to you

  34. By Rookie on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    Can I sign up for $10/mo please? If yes, e-mail me at cfageek@yahoo.com. Thank you.

    Rookie

  35. By Kevin on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,
    Love the blog and content, but as many others are going to the way of fees, fewer bloggers will be followed. I understand you do not have endless resources, but neither do most of us.

    Why not generate revenue through ad links? I hear google has a pretty good program that can generate some real dollars with good traffic.

  36. By Matt on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    In the spirit of the blog I think a dutch aution is in order.

    Assume John has a minimum amount he is willing to make a month, say $1,250. Thats 50 people paying $25.

    Now willing subscribers send in the maximum amount they would pay each mounth. The lowest bid that clears $1,250 would be the rate.
    For instance 150 people bid. 10 are willing to pay $25, 20 are willing to pay $20, 70 are willing to pay $12.50 and 50 are willing to pay $10.

    There are 100 people willing to pay $12.50 or more and meets Johns minimum of $1,250. So the rate is set at $12.50.

    I realize there are all kinds of problems with getting bidders to actually subscribe, and having a fair bidding system, but just an idea.

  37. By SD on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    I have been a regular reader of your blog and love your pithy, insightful and humorous commentaries.

    I don’t trade the US bond markets, so I won’t be able to afford the monthly fee. I wish you all the very best, in your endeavour and hope that you get many paying subscribers.

    I will continue to visit your blog, for accessing those sections, that you deem are free to the public. A big thankyou for all the good work that you have been doing for us.

  38. By flypaper on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    Hi John,

    You provide great information and have developed a large following, so you should have no problems monetizing that. I’d suggest, however, that you consider the pros and cons of advertising vs. a subscription-based model.

  39. By ejsmith on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    Thanks for providing this great blog. As an equity trader I find your forum is a tremendous resource for fixed-income news. Unfortunately, I think the fee might destroy the comments as new posters probably won’t be willing to pay for the resource and will go somewhere else. Eventually that will hollow out the dynamic that makes the comments so valuable.
    I love your work and wish you all the best. Good luck.

  40. By Not a Bond Trader on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for all your hard work. I will echos some of the above.

    I don’t trade bonds, I just came here to read and learn about them. So I cannot justify paying $25/month for this Blog in it’s present form.

    If you want to charge that much, I would suggest you go higher, $50/mo, and give more trading direction, buy/sell points, post your own trades etc. I would not be subscribing, but bond traders would, I should hope.

    Or go with the $10/month, for the Blog in it’s present form, as has been suggested above.

    There are Blogs that charge around $40/month and give e-mail alerts to real-time trading signals from proprietary trading systems, market analysis and more, for stocks and equity futures. Compared to those, $25/month for this Blog in it’s present form seems a bit high.

    Why not bring in Google ads on one side, and directly sell banner ads on the top/bottom and other sides? Then charge $10/month for subscribers, if you keep the Blog in it’s current form. You seem to have the contacts at Bond related companies to round up some advertisers.

    You could also do YouTube videos/Blog articles on the basics of Bond trading, use them to attract readers to the daily Blog. There are many guys doing similar for stocks etc, seems to me a market for the videos for Bonds is out there. Both general basics/how-to, and daily analysis of the market. There is a huge gap in most peoples understanding of the Bond market, mine included. Videos get the points across in a way that textbooks cannot.

    Good luck with whatever you decide. Best Wishes.

  41. By esb on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    A buffoon named Charles Kirk tried this and went from being a rising, influential blogger to being a meaningless footnote in the history of business/economics/financial sites.

    Failure to understand the behavior of internet users leads to only one place, oblivion.

    So adios, its been nice knowin’ ya.

  42. By GreenAB on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    maybe there´s another way to pay John for his efforts.

    everyone of us agrees that there´s a need for fixed income tracking and the web is certainly lacking blogs dealing with this market.

    on my daily reading list are free blogs like market beat, dealjournal, realtime economics (all three operated by WSJ) and techtrader daily (barrons).

    there has to be interest by the forementioned WSJ, barrons, but also marketwatch or reuters to establish a fixed income blog which would allow them distinguish theirselves from their competitors.

    John is one of the rare people who are qualified to do such a job.

    John, if that´s an option for you – i´m sure the friends of the blog support such an initiative by emailing those financial sites to get you installed.

  43. By Michael on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I will probably come much less often when you do that, but good luck.

  44. By James Bond Trader on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    Good luck John! You do have the best bond trading blog on the net. I myself am under hard financial burden (who isn’t these days?) so while I won’t be able to fully join your next endeavor I will wish you the best.

  45. By Anog on Mar 25, 2009 | Reply

    I come to hear a market participant. If there is a clash between doing it and blogging it, I would urge doing it and dropping a lot of the blogging. Also, this fits in with repairing your earnings.

    It occured to me recently that I should pay something to the bloggers I read regularly. But I am not a market participant and do not make any money from the material.

    I visit blogs which help clarify the recent events. In fact, my reasons for returning to the blogs are altered by the blogs themselves and what they discuss.

    I don’t believe I could use the blogs without having had some self-education in economics, finance, accounting, business history.

    One of the earliest entries in Across The Curve raised the question of who could be reading this market technical stuff? Well me. And I have to remind myself not just to gloss over stuff, which can happen, but go off in search of meaning. For instance, I keep forgetting what IG 11 means. And I went a few weeks like that. Then finally I realised I was glossing over and then I went to MarkIt (the owner site), wikipedia, web search engines, various sites, until I got the message about corporate bonds.

    So, I take responsibility for myself and look stuff up.

    The cost and profit issue won’t go away, I know. And human nature hasn’t changed. So all the blogs might end up being owned by the same crowd. But that would be a loss.

    I am happy to pay. But I am not in the category of being attached to an institution. Nor am I a market participant. Nor am I paid to report on anything related to finance or economics. I think you need different categories. And you might also need to give us something physical in return. What ends up on my PC which I own?

  46. By Chris on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    John,
    Thanks for all your info to date – it has been invaluable during a period of a lot of confusion, and there are very few blogs that I know of that are truly “professional” like this one is.

    I have to confess to being slightly confused again, though: on the one hand I don’t think you should be working for nothing, especially if it is your work, not your hobby. On the other hand, charging for a service has lots of implications – are you ready to be posting every day, even when on holiday, etc?

    But I say again – thanks so much for all your work so far!

    Chris

  47. By Gregor on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    You’re making the right move. Well done.

    G

  48. By Guy on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    Your posts are very informative,and I wish you the best of luck.

    I wonder if I can get TARP funds to pay for the subscription.

    Anyone?

  49. By SP on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    I concur with some of the hesitancy above on the 25/mo. If you must do it, it might be easier to start at a lower price point and go up as your paid readership becomes more established and spreads the good word about your paid content than to start high, gradually lose readers and end up lowering the price and hence perception of value. I don’t think you will have more than one shot to get this right, readers are fickle. You’ll also need to throw out occasional freebies or free previews to encourage people to actually sign up after the initial burst of loyal readers. It’s going to be a lot of effort to make it work.

    One question – Have you thought of providing book reviews and links to Amazon which would earn you commission? I would appreciate your opinions on bond-related books and be happy to buy from your links. This type of book tends to be quite expensive and your practiced eye, opinions and recommendations would carry weight with me.

    Good luck and keep up the good work.

  50. By AndrewBW on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    Well, I’m disappointed. I’ve enjoyed reading ATC but since I’m nothing more than an information geek, paying really isn’t in the card. Nonetheless, if this is where you really want to go, don’t pay any attention to the carping comments above. It’s your blog and you don’t owe anyone anything. Best of luck.

  51. By BJ on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    I like the blog, but not enough to justify the fee. We’ll see how I feel next month without intraday access to ATC…

    I would seriously consider the fee if you can provide additional commentary, prices levels, etc. It might be helpful to hook up with additional folks to create a minyanville.com like site (buzz and banter) for the fixed income markets. Could be very profitable! I would suggest adding some corporate bond, high yield, bank debt, distressed and non-agy RMBS commentary.

  52. By Nancy on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply

    I am glad you posted this, so that people could comment.

    I’m just a quirky old woman who has absolutely NO positions, no vested interest; I have no bonds, stocks, nothing really but a deep fascination with what has transpired in this world over the past few years economically. I am an historian and an infomaniac, and I dont want these amazing events to be forgotten.

    So it hasnt been your Bond numbers I’ve been looking at, it has been your synthesis of information and what YOU think about that information. I know you work hard at this, just as, I’ll bet, you have worked hard at your job on “da Wall Street” all these years.

    Now, one reader commented that you might have some copyright/fair use issues; I thought that was a good point. However, you being where you are, you may have other sources than standards like Bloomberg.

    I have read some saying that 25 a month is too expensive. I think they may be right. You might try lowering your monthly, save your critical content for paid users, but continue to every once in a while post an essay, opinion, piece, an interesting link, or whatever. Then you can see how the wind blows. I mean, you still need to continue to expand your readership so…..you will need to have something to draw them in.

    Another thought is to put up a tip jar for donations. You might be surprised, one way or the other (heh), as to how much you make. Some of the more successful folks will place a paypal donation link, and every so often, moan a bit to their readers to donate. This approah is kind of like that resturanteur who stopped pricing his meals and is just asking people to pay what they think it is worth.

    I just wish you the very best of luck, and I think your should do more writing, on whatever you are inclined to write about.

    Cheers,

    Nancy

  53. By Vikram on Mar 27, 2009 | Reply

    Many of us reading the blog do not trade bonds. In fact most retail investors will primarily trade ETFs and do not have the *NEED* for the detailed information. What I do appreciate is the insight.

    $25/month is frankly at the higher end of what blogs charge. An equity oriented blog I pay for has a lot more updates, at least a hundred updated charts (equities) with a whole bunch of expensive to buy indicators, and snippets of commentary from tons of important research providers. $25/quarter is something I might consider; else I will just peruse it on a weekend or something along that line.

    Advertisement revenue is perhaps the best model for income generation. Since your blog is specific to bonds, there are not that many web-sites which offer web-real-estate you will have to compete with; the payment per click is likely to be fairly high.

  54. By Robert on Mar 30, 2009 | Reply

    Just started reading your posts and find them very helpful, but hard to understand the shorthand for this newbie. $25/month is way out of my range. Anyway to get some advertising to support your efforts? There are a lot of discount bond dealers who are trying to attract new clients.

  55. By JL on Mar 31, 2009 | Reply

    Tip jar is indeed an excellent idea…
    Can’t afford the fee JJ.

  56. By Maximus on Apr 2, 2009 | Reply

    I really liked Matt’s dutch auction idea, personally I also don’t day-trade, am a blog reader and fan for clarity and commentary. I think I could afford in the range of 10 for the insights, 25 just turns me away at this time.

    Awesome blog though, my preferred and trusted source for fixed income analysis.

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