The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is one of the newest additions to the investing community at Fool.com, and it's another great way for investors to work together to beat the market. One of the features in CAPS allows users to set up a blog to talk about their picks, investing strategy, market view, or favorite baseball team (if they so desire).
I've scoured the CAPS blog universe to bring you a generous helping of the top blog posts of the past week.
More from the Homebuilder 101 class
Last week, I highlighted one part of a series on homebuilders that CAPS player floridabuilder has been writing. The link above will take you to another part of his series. This time, he takes it as a given that homebuilders such as Toll Brothers, KB Home (NYSE: KBH ) , and Pulte Homes (NYSE: PHM ) have been beaten up and will continue to struggle. What he asks, though, is whether some of the big banks, such as Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) and Wachovia, can possibly avoid serious struggles of the same type, since they poured so much money into the real estate sector in mid-craze.
So far, floridabuilder has written six parts in his series, and he's promising 20. So aside from checking out the above post, I also suggest you visit the main page of his blog and keep up with the updates as well as any past installments you may have missed.
My kind of biotech
In a blog post from earlier in the week, CAPS All-Star HelicalZz shares some thoughts on how investors can profit from the volatile biotech and pharma industries, without some of the characteristic volatility. Specifically, he highlights some of the companies, such as Corning (NYSE: GLW ) and Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB ) , that are involved in servicing the biotech and pharma industry.
Well, Fools, TMFHollywoodDan is back at it again. This week, CAPS TV brings us Paul "Selzhanik" Hooper, who has a great pitch for why investors should be taking a second look at video-rental specialist Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX ) . Think Blockbuster is moving toward a checkmate with its Total Access program? Think again. Hooper tells us why we should revisit the Netflix story and get bullish on Netflix 2.0.
Thirsty for more CAPS TV? Check out the outstanding pitch for Hansen Natural from one of the top players on CAPS -- 14-year-old David Kretzmann.
Zimbabwe: the best-performing stock market in 2007?
Living in the U.S. makes it pretty easy to get caught up in the problems currently facing our markets and economy. And looking out globally, you can easily focus on the prime-time economies in China and India. But in a very insightful blog post, stockshakers93 dives into the Zimbabwean stock market and explains why it has been soaring despite the country's imploding economy.
But Mr. Moody's said it was AAA ...
When things go wrong in the financial markets, finger-pointing is inevitable. Homebuilders, mortgage lenders, and borrowers have all been singled out. So have the ratings agencies, such as Moody's (NYSE: MCO ) and McGraw-Hill's Standard & Poor's. Investors in mortgage debt and other asset-backed securities are now criticizing the ratings that these companies provided, and the false sense of security that they created.
This week, CAPS player JR10022 blogged about these criticisms and talked about how some investors may need to look a little closer to home for where to place the blame.
How to get out of debt
Sometimes, when everything's going crazy, a good laugh isn't a bad idea. In a recent blog post, TMFMoby brings us a surefire way to reach out to Americans under a crush of debt and help them move toward a debt-free life.
Are the lows behind us?
Are you ready for the coming bear market? Do you have a stockpile of potable water all set? Well, CAPS All-Star camistocks suggests in a recent blog post that the bear market that many are expecting may not come after all. Read his take on what's ahead.
So now it's your turn -- get off the sidelines, join CAPS, and start up your own CAPS blog to share your knowledge and insights with the rest of the CAPS universe.
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Fool contributor Matt Koppenheffer shares some thoughts of his own on his CAPS blog. He owns shares of Bank of America but does not own shares of any of the other companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy does not have its own CAPS blog, but if it did, it would blow your mind.