Startup Covestor Combines Social Networking With Investing

Covestor lets its users easily mirror the portfolios of other successful investors. On the other hand, investors who want to showcase the stock-picking work they've done and build up their portfolios can use the technology to earn a following -- and get compensated in the process. Covestor's Simon Veingard explains.

Why Individual Stock-Picking Is Harder Than Ever

Whether investors can outwit the broader market over the long run is a perennial, hotly debated, topic. But computerized trading and virtual baskets of stocks are making the discerning of specific companies' fortunes matter less and less.