I qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK and have been investing and trading ever since - some 20 years. I look for industry and economic trends coupled with lazy market valuations where the underlying company story is yet to be understood by the market at large.
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area in 2007.
Full Time Micro Cap Investor. Founder of MicroCapClub.com
Founded in 2011, MicroCapClub is an exclusive forum for experienced microcap investors focused on microcap companies (sub $300m market cap). MicroCapClub was created to be a platform for experienced microcap investors to share and discuss stock ideas. MicroCapClub’s mission is to foster the highest quality microcap investor Community, produce Educational content for investors, and promote better Leadership in the microcap arena.
Eric Falkenstein (http://www.efalken.com) works for Walleye Software, based in Minneapolis. His blog, Falkenblog (http://falkenblog.blogspot.com/), is mainly about economics and finance. Prior published articles are kept here (http://www.efalken.com/papers/index.html).
Prior to his current position, Eric was a long/short equity portfolio manager at Deephaven Capital Management and Telluride Capital Management. Prior to that, at Moody's he developed RiskCalcTM, the leading tool for estimating private firm default risk. At KeyCorp bank, he was Head of Capital Allocations and Quantitative Research, and implemented various capital allocation processes around the bank. He has a PhD in economics from Northwestern University. His recent book, Finding Alpha, was published by Wiley Finance.
Visit his blog: Falkenblog (http://falkenblog.blogspot.com/)
Andy Harless is an economist specializing in macroeconomics, with particular interests in labor and finance. Since finishing his doctorate at Harvard University in 1994, he has been involved in a number of projects related to economics, including writing econometric software, developing quantitative methods to forecast US Treasury yields, and co-authoring The Indebted Society with James Medoff. He also has experience trading several types of financial futures. His occasional writing has appeared in various publications such as Barron’s and Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. Currently he is Chief Economist at Atlantic Asset Management (http://www.atlanticasset.com/). Opinions expressed in his articles (as well as any errors or omissions) are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Atlantic Asset Management or its officers.
Visit his blog: Employment, Interest and Money (http://blog.andyharless.com)
I occasionally perform research when weighing investment decisions. I share some of this research here.
This is not personal financial advice. I don't know your individual circumstances or risk tolerance.
Also, nothing I publish is a guarantee. I cannot tell the future and so I will often be wrong. Even some of the historical analysis I conduct may contain errors.
Ian’s Insider Corner research focuses primarily on long-term dividend-paying companies with stable and reliable growth, stocks suitable for individual retirement accounts. Ian also looks for “niche” shorter-term trading opportunities, and coverage. During the 3-years Ian worked at Kerrisdale Capital, the New York-based activist hedge fund had great success exposing fraudulent companies. Kerrisdale Capital returned almost 200% in 2011, and more than 300% in total. Ian Bezek offers in-depth coverage of all the stocks in his “IMF” portfolio.
Gabriel Oriente is a student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently interning for HSAX & CO., LLC., a hedge fund in Park City, Utah. He will be studying abroad in Sydney, Australia for the Fall semester and he can be contacted at email@example.com.
Jeffrey Saut is Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates.
Mr. Saut began his career on a trading desk in New York City. In 1973, he joined E.F . Hutton, where he began following equities and writing research. He subsequently worked as a securities analyst for Wheat First Securities, and then Branch Cabell, where he ran the equity research group as director of research and acted as portfolio manager for the firm's affiliate, Exeter Capital Management. As director of research, he built the research and institutional sales departments for the regional brokerage firm Ferris, Baker and Watts, Inc. and subsequently Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.
Mr. Saut is well known for his insightful and colorful commentary regarding the stock market, and he makes regular media appearances.
Note: Mr. Saut is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Saut's public commentary.
I am a Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Lead Researcher at the Institute for the Geospheres' Dynamics, Russian Academy of Sciences. Founding member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality
Published three monographs in economics and finances:
Deterministic mechanics of pricing
Mechanics of personal income distribution
mechanomics. Economics as Classical Mechanics
All available on amazon.com
The author of 50+ articles and working papers on macroeconomics and finances, all available via RePEc (http://ideas.repec.org/e/pki113.html)
Co-editor of the journal "Theoretical and Practical Research in Economic Fields"
Jeffrey Dow Jones is the managing editor for Alpine Advisor. He has previously worked for PaineWebber/UBS and Ford Motor Credit Company, and he spent the last decade co-managing a group of hedge funds. He holds a degree in Business Economics with a specialization in Computer Programming from The University of California - Los Angeles.
He publishes a free weekly newsletter at AlpineAdvisor.info.
Warren Mosler is currently the Present of Valance Co, Inc. located in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, where he resides.
In 1982, Mosler was a founder of Illinois Income Investors that evolved into the III investment companies. Over the years, he pioneered numerous investment strategies that utilized US Government securities, mortgage backed securities, LIBOR swaps and LIBOR caps, and financial futures markets in market neutral, 0 duration strategies. In 1986, he originated the 'mortgage swap' and in 1996 orchestrated the largest futures delivery to date (over $20 billion notional) in Japan. He also created a swap futures contract currently operational (in a muted form) by a major exchange. III was rated number one by MAR in risk adjusted returns for the previous 10 years in 1997 when he turned control over to his partners.
Mosler is also Chairman and majority shareholder of Consulier Engineering (CSLR), President and founder of Mosler Automotive (http://www.moslerauto.com), which manufactures the MT900 sports car in Riviera Beach, Florida; Co-Founder and Distinguished Research Associate of The Center for Full Employment And Price Stability at the University of Missouri in Kansas City; Senior Associate Fellow, Cambridge Center for Economic and Public Policy, Downing College, Cambridge, UK; and Associate Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Bachelor of Mathematics U of Waterloo 1987, ACM SIGCHI Co-Chair 1990 &1992. Canadian.
Formerly software and large-scale systems integration professional. Taught over 500 people C++ in the late 80s. Kickoff for several large projects including NCR Co-operation (1989), Algorithmics RiskWatch II (1992), (now Conexys) FaxForward (1996) and (now Lavalife) Webpersonals (1998), on all but Co-Operation I was responsible for the major APIs, user interface/experience decisions, and in the last two for the underlying support infrastructure.
Many other clients (70 total) in finance, telecom and other privacy-sensitive fields, online/VoIP services and communications, continuous improvement, customer relationship management, wiki and semantic web technology, and integration of all above w/voice, throughout 80s to 90s.
Developed a capital asset model sufficient to operationally bridge macro- to micro-economics in 1999, innovative aspects of which include defining human capital as social, instructional and individual, each with different operational characteristics, plus infrastructural, natural and finally financial, which is a projection or agreement to abstract the other five (with dynamics of its own). Generally a fan of Kahneman, Sen, Thurow, James Galbraith, Daly, Costanza, Jacobs.
Have worked on large scale infrastructure, energy, transport and general urban and land use policy since 2000. Authored three clauses of World Mayors agreement on climate change (2005). Presently an advocate of biodiversity backed money perhaps mediated by gold/carbon/commodity, of narrowing the 'price of life gap' and 'digital divide', also an advocate of various schemes (Keynes, Geitner) to discourage trade surplus and systemic imbalances, and full cost accounting. Researching how scientific and spiritual advice inform and influence market values.
Interested in discussing these topics and practical use of operational capital asset models for large scale infrastructure (transport, electricity, building) decisions especially "smart grid" issues.
Available for private or public presentations on cleantech, green economics, infrastructure from regional/municipal to large corporate scale, and other more mundane topics. Some people may find me very funny but depending on your audience you may wish to ensure they are not armed. Particularly on the subjects of diversification vs. ethical investing, social responsibility or green marketing or rural broadband or agriculture, you're likely to hear some unusual opinions.
Erwan Mahe is an asset allocation and options strategies adviser for the largest European Asset Management firms.
Publishing macro-economic research, he has been managing leading European financial brokers since 1987, and sold his company, Paresco Futures, to the OTCexgroup in 2005.
He is now there in charge of large institutional investors.
Jeffrey is a small time landlord and investor living in Lexington, KY; he recently graduated with a BA in general studies. As a die hard value investor, he finds micro and nano cap companies to be of great interest (and increasingly, the most undervalued). Check out his blog at www.ragnarisapirate.blogspot.com.
Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases.
To contact Derek, email him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)
Robert Herbst is an independent airline industry consultant. He is the founder of AirlineFinancials.com which provides industry analysis and commentary for major US airlines. In addition to consulting work, Mr. Herbst was a commercial airline pilot for over 35 years. His aviation experience and financial background provide a unique analytical perspective into the airline industry.
Robert Herbst has been interviewed, quoted and referenced in most every major US media outlet and several outside the US.
Firat Uenlue is currently residing in Germany. His book titled 'Beyond Chimerica: Understanding the Dynamics' was published in 2011.
Born to Kurdish parents in Istanbul, Turkey his family moved to Germany when he was just four years old. In Germany he benefited from the generous education system and the friendliness of its people. Later on he graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Würzburg in 'Modern China'. He also spent time studying at China's famous Peking University, the National Taiwan University in Taipei and Yonsei University in Seoul.
He speaks seven languages and has travelled extensively through Asia and Europe and believes that careful study as well as on the ground knowledge is needed in order to fully assess the region.
Edward is a macro economist, who specializes in growth and productivity theory, demographic processes and their impact on macro performance, and the underlying dynamics of migration flows. Edward is based in Barcelona, and is currently engaged in research into the impact of aging, longevity, fertility and migration on economic growth. He is also working on a book which has the working title: Population, The Ultimate Non-renewable Resource? He is a regular contributor to a number of economics weblogs, including India Economy Blog, A Fistful of Euros, Global Economy Matters and Demography Matters. He was, in fact, a founding member of all these weblogs. Edward follows in detail the Indian, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese economies. He also has a more than a passing interest in the economies of Turkey and Brazil and in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe. Visit Edward's sites:
Edward Hugh Too (http://edwardhughtoo.blogspot.com/)
Global Economy Does Matter (http://globaleconomydoesmatter.blogspot.com/index.html)
Demography Matters (http://demographymatters.blogspot.com/)
Prieur du Plessis has 27 years' experience in professional investment research and portfolio management. More than 1,400 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He has also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment.
Prieur is chairman and principal shareholder of South African-based Plexus Asset Management, which he founded in 1995. The group conducts investment management, investment consulting, private equity and real estate activities in South Africa and other countries.
Plexus is the South African partner of John Mauldin, author of the Thoughts from the Frontline e-letter, and also has an exclusive licensing agreement with California-based Research Affiliates for managing and distributing its enhanced Fundamental Index methodology in the Pan-African area.
Prieur is professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, teaching investment management. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa, actively developing economic, cultural and scientific relations between Slovenia and South Africa.
Prieur lives by the words “living to run, running to live”. This motto manifests itself directly in his management style and keen participation in long-distance running, and also in Plexus’s sponsorship of the annual Plexus Races (marathon, half-marathon and 8km). The primary goal of these events is to raise funds for a number of charities, especially Proud Partners – an organisation formed by Plexus in co-operation with Prieur’s wife, Isabel Verwey (former TV producer and presenter), which uplifts previously disadvantaged communities through the provision of musical instruments and tuition to a large number of schools.
Prieur is 55 years old and lives with his wife and two children in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. In addition to running, his recreational activities include reading, travelling, motor cycling and scripophily.
Mick was editor-in-chief and VP of Content at Seeking Alpha from November 2005 to April 2010.
He's now the head of content at Covestor.
Contact him by emailing mbweinstein (at) gmail.com or follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mickwe) or on his Tumblog (mickw.com).
Boutique state-registered RIA, specializing in (1) liability driven investment strategies and (2) an active investment strategy focused primarily on macro, small/micro cap, and distressed opportunities.
Marshall Auerback has 28 years of experience in the investment management business, serving as a global portfolio strategist for RAB Capital Plc, a UK-based fund management group, and an economic consultant to PIMCO, the world's largest bond fund management group. He also serves as a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and Economists for Peace and Security.
My website is www.newdeal20.org (you can see all of my work listed under the "Brain Trusters" heading).
Alpha Dinar (pseudonym) is co-founder of Alphadinar.com (http://alphadinar.com), one of the first English financial blogs in Kuwait and the GCC region. Alpha Dinar earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting, Finance, and Management with Distinction from a reputable US University. He is also a CFA Level II candidate.
Tim Steinle is co-manager of the U.S. Global Investors Eastern European Fund (EUROX), a mutual fund focused on dynamic companies in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and other countries of the Eastern European region. The fund has $465 million in assets under management.
Shlomi Cohen is a veteran Israeli financial journalist and stock analyst who writes the popular 'Buy, Sell, Hold' column for Israel's leading financial publication, Globes.
Cohen provides in-depth analysis of Israeli and non-Israeli stocks traded on Wall Street, with particular attention to the impact of emerging technologies and executive management strategy. Cohen also manages a virtual portfolio on Globes, which he updates regularly alongside his commentary.
Visit his site: Globes (http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/default.htm)
Mr. Becker has more than 15-years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, C-level industry executive, drug developer, Wall Street securities analyst and registered financial advisor. He is also an online communications pioneer, popular blogger, and a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Before establishing MD Becker Partners LLC (www.mdbpartners.com) in 2008, he served as president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors for several publicly-traded biotechnology companies including commercial-stage Cytogen Corporation (acquired by EUSA Pharma) and development-stage VioQuest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
While at Cytogen, Mr. Becker held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Business Development, Industry Relations, Investor Relations and Chief Executive Officer of AxCell Biosciences, a subsidiary of Cytogen focused on signal transduction pathways. During his tenure at Cytogen, Mr. Becker raised in excess of $130 million in new capital through both public offerings and private placements and in-licensed Caphosol(c), a topical oral agent and prescription medical device for the treatment of oral mucositis and xerostomia.
Prior to joining Cytogen, Mr. Becker was with Wayne Hummer Investments LLC, a Chicago-based regional brokerage firm, where he held senior positions as a biotechnology securities analyst, financial advisor and portfolio manager. He was also the founder and Executive Editor of Beck on Biotech, a monthly biotechnology investment newsletter published from July 1998 through March 2001. Mr. Becker was previously with Kidder, Peabody & Co., Gruntal & Co., L.L.C., and Kemper Securities. He has previously held the following financial licenses: Series 7 (Registered Representative), Series 16 (Securities Analyst), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent) and Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).
Mr. Becker plays an active leadership role as an advocate for the biotechnology industry. He is past Chairman and member of the board of trustees with BioNJ, which is New Jersey's trade association for biotechnology companies, and is currently a member of BioNJ, Pennsylvania Bio, the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), and the Pharmaceutical Consulting Consortium, Inc. (PCCI). Mr. Becker placed as a biotechnology/life sciences finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in both 2004 and 2005 and was listed in BusinessWeek's "CEO's 40 and Under" article in December 2006. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
MD Becker Partners newsletter site can be found at: http://lifesciencedigest.com
I am the founder of asensio.com a noted short-selling organization recognized as the Pioneer of Activist Short Selling. It has successfully advocated against more than 52 companies that we believed to be misleading investors. Early on the New York Times called asensio.com's work "something radical and remarkable." I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and went to work in Venezuela during that nation’s economic boom period, which occurred after the Venezuelan government nationalized its domestic petroleum industry. I left Venezuela as government policy began to shift away from free markets to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business where I obtained a Master’s degree in investment management and finance.
Read more about asensio.com's history here: http://www.asensio.com/?page_id=7 Read more about our work at asensio.com.
In 1996, asensio.com began releasing short-focused research on the internet, becoming the first organization of its kind, the innovator of Strong Sell recommendations, and was the first and remains the only SEC and FINRA registered broker-dealer to have focused on short-selling research and trading. Our status as a unique member of FINRA and a pioneer in activist short selling generated conflicts with other FINRA members and FINRA's staff determined to bar me from membership in their private organization. We are constantly attempting to correct this disagreement. Today the firm and the site are independent of FINRA.
A statement pertaining to the FINRA matter is available here http://www.asensio.com/?page_id=7370 A disclosure statement can be found at http://www.asensio.com/?page_id=7374
Alon Bochman is Managing Partner of Stepwise Capital, a New York‐based investment partnership that combines value-investing principles with rigorous statistical methods to create a portfolio of differentiated strategies which seek to systematically exploit structural market inefficiencies. Prior to founding Stepwise, Mr. Bochman spent two years managing an equity portfolio for SC Fundamental. Mr. Bochman began his career as a programmer. He co-founded and sold a social networking software firm to Thomson-Reuters. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University at Albany. He is a CFA charterholder.
Saj Karsan founded an investment and research firm that is based on the principles of value investing. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, has completed all three CFA exams, and has an engineering degree from McGill University. Visit his blog, Barel Karsan (http://barelkarsan.com/).