Column Recommends IEM for Election Watchers

In response to a request for online election resources the writer of a column recommends the IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS (, "a Wall Street for political junkies that lets you trade shares tied to a candidate's fortunes. For example, if you think John Kerry's due for a popularity bump, scoop up his stock while it's on the ebb and wait for the magic to happen. Not only are the daily share prices an excellent indicator of who's hot, but there's money to be made; starting accounts can be opened for up to $500, and the whole shebang's actually regulated by the federal government."