My investing experience dates back to high school years when I was first introduced to the stock market in economics classes and when I became fascinated by financial accounting. My first investing experience was rather painful: I lost a few thousand dollars on FOREX and penny stocks as I did not have a mentor or anybody knowledgeable about finance by my side. I still remember that time in details. After high school, I went to study economics with an emphasis on accounting at the University of Toronto. Four years later, with a finance degree under my belt, a decent experience gained in a few internships (where I got thanks to my soft skills, not my marks by any degree), I moved to Russia to work in investment banking, which I had decided was my passion a few years prior to that. I now live in Moscow, Russia, working as an Associate in Financial Advisory. Due to the ongoing economic crisis in Russia, invoked by the sanctions, the country's financial industry has found itself in a pathetic state. Hence, things have gotten slow at work which is why I have a lot of free time to develop my services on Seeking Alpha (I started back in 2013, my final year of school). I am a number-cruncher by nature. Hence, my analyses almost always involve financial modeling and various financial metrics' calculations. I feel that my job on Seeking Alpha is to identify investment opportunities among the smid-cap (small and medium cap) players in North America and Europe. Occasionally, I analyze a number of companies in a specific market segment in order to get a general idea about what is going on there as a whole. Sometimes, I write fairness opinion articles (I think nobody else on Seeking Alpha does that) on recent M&A transactions. I think that I bring value to my followers and other Seeking Alpha members by building analyses that are conservative in nature and present long-term views on individual companies. In my opinion, hard numbers are of more use to investors than tips, rumors, and guesstimates. Feel free to contact me here or through my email: email@example.com. You may also check my Linkedin: ru.linkedin.com/in/avaltsev/ and Twitter: twitter.com/av_banker
I am a novice investor, I live in Russia, at the moment I am a student. I learn to analyze companies with small capital and also ETFs. My portfolio strategy is the strategy of share repurchase, I'm trying to analyze how the market price if the company decide to buyback shares. Sometimes consider companies trading below $1 and suggest how best to hedge their risks. Sometimes companies that are traded below one dollar, can grow well in price and show good results in the future. I am interested in further consideration of the strategy of mergers and acquisitions. Now I decided to write articles on seekingalpha, as I am sure that this site will give me a great understanding of the market and will help to improve the skills of the investment.
I was the President of the Singapore CFA Society for 6 years and have traded stock options for more than 30 years. My strategies focus on selling Straddles against product with a long delta to take advantage of the positive drift of equities.
The best stock option opportunities are in the US, Hong Kong and South Korea markets.
I am a retired global analyst, currently busy in investing and writing articles about stocks at several investing publications and websites. I have also developed strategies for creating winning portfolios according to specific formulas.
In January 2015, I was ranked among the world’s top 10 financial bloggers according to TipRanks, which holds financial experts accountable for their recommendations by disclosing their stock ratings since 2009:
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I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2005. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio, I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies inside of it as a bit of an experiment.
I was mostly self taught, but do have a partially completed business degree behind me as well. In 2008, I quadrupled my money in the crash, and saw numerous opportunities that I jumped on throughout the next few years. By 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started.
I was previously an employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. Because of that experience, I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation a specialty of mine.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
I additionally make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at bandpower.whotrades.com.
Please note that the article that you are reading here was originally written on my blog and is republished in Seeking Alpha and other forums. Consequently, I neither track nor respond to comments here. I am sorry! ================ Editors' Note: Seeking Alpha monitors Dr. Damodaran blog and posts relevant articles on his behalf.
My name is Kay Herbert. I have been an amateur investor for about 35 years. I'm a mechanical engineer with a PhD from M.I.T with expertise in fluid-structure interaction and I work for a private company in product development. My passion is to solve problems in applied mathematics, I'm one of those people that dreams about math problems at night.
I am an experienced businessman and entrepreneur from an early age. My trajectory went from hauling wheeled carts of printer parts thru the streets of Philly and up cargo elevators. To key managerial roles within the financial industry 'complex'. My Start in the Financial world was in 1998. I've always been told, and have been, a 'thought leader' within my circles since the age of 7. From whiffle ball in the alley to seriously impactful business situations. Executive level Corporate Business Development, Sales Strategies via Key Strategic Relationships, Service Teams. Synergies. Particularly well rounded within the financial sector, from the phones straight up into roles including the most challenging industry topics. I am Degreed within the 'Media Tech' Complex, or 'B&C;Communications, Media, Telco' with a Business Minor specifically focused within these exact 'Communications' sectors. And did a stint in Italy traveling with professors from Temple University to Yale. This was focused around Art & Architcture; History & Printmaking, truly cannot leave that fact out. It has shaped my life to this very day, including post study travels across the world. Living abroad young opens your mind and the characters met along the way are never forgotten. Did it right...
Family runs a 55 year old TPA. This means the most detailed guidance & administration for your 401k plan document itself. The rules and regulations mandated et al. Pension Administration & Record Keeping Services. Our family firm has thrived/survived as an 80% consolidation within the market has dominated these days. Per Example; Ascensus, Paychecks or ADP.
We focus in person, can work nationwide. and seriously at fractional costs compared to anyone else we know of. In fact, we have survived because of this philosophy. Other TPA firms and related professionals send us work! This advanced consulting for smaller Businesses, Owners from doctors to attorneys, landscapers and non profits has certainly influenced my well rounded views of the markets. The cherished SMB plan administration sector. Hundreds if not thousands of business owners and Financial Professionals, Accountants and the IRS, over time. Why? We are a non producing TPA; meaning Advisors seek us out, as their TPA of choice to provide IRS mandates for plan design templates and further guide them with the massive amount of rules and regs, behind the scenes. Meaning, they will have time to seek out more business partners come audit season to advise correctly, ethically and to the letters of law. We can be and often are present at the long sales process to explain the always changing IRS and DOL rules; yet we do not pick investment options. The owner/FA does. No conflicts at all.
Other past work includes help in the designing, build and rolling out of Nationally Sold financial products. Creating and managing revenue generating marketing campaigns, with complete ownership of the related accounts. I have worked with and co-managed wholesalers nationwide, working with the best from all firms imagined. From full firm CE conference calls to executive retreats. Representing our well known Chief Economists, Gerontologists, Actuarial Geniuses, even Celebrities of many stripes for speaking slots at meetings, executive boards, management teams. Yes, the conference and key accounts circuit and 'believe me' all related experiences. I am well traveled, currently residing outside Philadelphia with my incredible family and am a proud father. A passionate musical and media fan, and family. I also play Dejembe and percussion 'in a band' called Mama Mac! She is a multi nominated musician including the Grammy Awards. If you read all of this, thank you. Message me. JBg
My trading approach is to focus on public but non-obvious information that had not yet been fully digested. I focus on data that had been publicly announced, but where analysts had not yet connected the dots.
The name cauchy: Augustin-Louis Cauchy was a French mathematician reputed as a pioneer of analysis. He was one of the first to refute and prove the theorems of Calculus.
Cauchy will be dedicated to in-depth contrarian research on selected stocks. My primary focus will be on credit closed-end funds and may dive into technology and Chinese stocks.
Respected investment heroes: Kyle Bass, David Einhorn, Howard Marks, and Bill Gross.
I run long-only family office assets with a focus on small-cap deep-value securities. In many cases value is hidden below the surface of simple financial metrics and screenable criteria. I'll publish notes on Seeking Alpha when I have something insightful to share that is not getting proper treatment from mainstream research channels. Please note, I'm very busy trying to relax. Writing articles and responding to emails is an after-hours activity. What I lack in publishing regularity, I hope to offset through quality of dialogue. I have met some ridiculously talented and brilliant analysts through Seeking Alpha. This is my true (selfish) motive for re-engaging in such a public forum.
I recently graduated with my finance degree from a state college here in Minnesota. While attending college, I was a board member for two on-campus investment funds. I love the finance/banking world and hope to find a career entry point into the industry.
My thoughts on here are simply that, thoughts. They are my own personal views of companies that I have followed while managing some of the equities in college. I currently do not have any specific industry that I specialize in. I have followed the industrial sector for about a year I decided to venture out and look at other areas of interest.
I'm very open to criticism. If you have read one of my articles and feel there was something lacking (in either the presentation layout, writing style or actual analysis) please don't hesitate to send me a PM. I welcome feedback, chatting with like-minded individuals and exploring other alternative investment ideas.
I founded Seeking Alpha, and lead it for its first 10 years until I passed the CEO role to Eli Hoffmann. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform.
I wrote the ETF Investment Guide (http://seekingalpha.com/article/15136-etf-investing-guide-one-page-summary-of-the-entire-guide), and I blog about startup best practices at http://davidjaxon.wordpress.com .
I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.
Mid Market M&A consultant specializing in technology and energy industries. Individual Investor for over 25 years. Growth oriented investments primarily in market leaders and technology leaders. Investment philosophy is long term buy and hold with average holding time of several years.
I have a keen sense of cutting through management and Investment banker commentary and seeing true value of companies. A lot of my views tend to be controversial for that reason but at the same time remarkably accurate.
To get a feel for my writing, readers can puruse a few of my recent against the grain calls:- with extremely high success rates.
I'm managing editor for SA PRO. I oversee SA PRO and Marketplace and support in a few other areas on the site. I'm always happy to hear from readers and contributors, whether to help with questions, hear your feedback, or learn how you're using the site. I've been working at SA since September 2012.
I've been investing for 6 years. I used to write articles for Seeking Alpha before becoming an editor (while I'm proud of the work I did, it probably would not have been up to our PRO standards, which is a good thing). I am probably one of SA's most frequent users, and have learned an immense amount from contributors, readers, and SA employees.
Beyond the market, I like reading, travel, writing, playing/writing/listening to music, and learning languages. Probably most relevant to ask me about SA, but you're welcome to get in touch on anything else as well.
Good experienced at: Macroeconomics, Corporate Finance, Valuation, Quantitative Methods. Do not like financial models where inputs are not discussed properly and argued mathematically. When doing the researches, I mark out the most important factors and try to forecast their values in the future using correlation analysis and regression analysis.
Daniel is currently the manager of Avaring Capital Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor that oversees one hedge fund. His primary focus is on finding businesses that are trading at a significant discount to their intrinsic value by employing a combination of Benjamin Graham's investment philosophy and a contrarian approach to the market and the securities therein.
I am Seeking Alpha's CEO and Editor-in-Chief. My love for the stock markets goes back to when I was a kid. Who else remembers combing through the stock quotes at the back of the business section of your local paper?
I joined Seeking Alpha in 2006 and launched Wall Street Breakfast and Market Currents, our top-of-class short-form breaking news for investors. In 2010 I became editor-in-chief and in 2015 I became CEO.
I live in Jerusalem with my wife and a bunch of exceptional kids. Most days, you'll find me making the commute from Jerusalem to Raanana. Occasionally I get to work from my home-office, from where I keep an eye on the beautiful Judean Hills.
To contact me, send me a direct message, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a retired electrical engineer and adjunct professor of math and engineering. I am also working on an engineering book.
I have been investing for over 30 years, starting off with stock index funds, bond funds, and stable value funds and later migrating in part to dividend paying stalwarts as retirement approached. I typically use a "buy and hold" strategy with an eye on the long-term.
I am a member of the "Apple cult" so until it is proven otherwise that Apple is not a great company that develops and sells great products that people love I will continue to buy their products and own their stock.
Holmes Osborne has been principal of Osborne Global Investments since 2004. Holmes holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a degree in finance from Syracuse University. He has been featured three times in the Wall Street Journal and once in Fortune Magazine and Investors' Business Daily. Holmes has written financial columns for Seeking Alpha, the Motley Fool, and theStreet.com. Client assets are held at Charles Schwab. He lives with his wife Jennifer and daughters Adelaide and Emily.
Buy-side analyst, trader and portfolio manager for over twenty years. Founder of Monarch Independent Research and Partner in Brightwood Advisors, a long-short investment fund. Always looking for new business, partnership or consulting opportunities. CFA, MBA.
Having been both a reader and a contributor on SA, I had a realization. Widely-known investment ideas are not very useful. This is because by the time general public knows about an opportunity, the inefficiency that caused it is usually gone. Fund managers who share their ideas, often do it after a rise in price, as they are trimming or selling their positions. And now, good ideas are often hidden behind a paywall.
Despite a plethora of well-written investment articles on SA, I rarely find a true investment gem here. My best ideas have mostly been my own. I suspect this is true for many of us.
Therefore, I began to work on a project to help me generate my own, original investment ideas. Reading is key to investing success, and reading about what works in investing should be even better. Having just started, I decided to share the project with SA readers. To check out the very early efforts, please go to www.readvest.com.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know and I will implement them.
Founder of "The Contrarian", a premium research service, featuring the "Bet The Farm" Portfolio. Actively investing since 1995, I have soared like an eagle, and been unmercifully humbled by the markets. Achieved positive returns in 2008, and turned an account with $60,310 on 1/1/2009 into an account with $3,177,937 on 11/30/2009. My best years have been 1995-2003, 2008-2012, and 2016-????. My worst years were 2013-2015. I believe inflation is coming, and we are at an inflection point in the markets.
Twenty year career as an investment analyst, investor, portfolio manager, consultant, and writer. Founder of Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd, which was incorporated in the spring of 2009. Dyed in the wool contrarian investor, who has learned, the hard way, that a good contrarian is only contrarian 20% of the time, but being right at key inflection points is the key to meaningful wealth creation in the markets. I believe we are near a meaningful inflection point, perhaps the biggest one yet, for the third time in the past 15 years.
Historically, I have had huge wins and impressive losses based on a concentrated, contrarian strategy. Trying to keep the good while filtering out the bad.
Seeking to run an all weather portfolio with minimal volatility and index overlays to capture my strategic and tactical recommendations along with a concentrated best ideas portfolio, which is my bread and butter, but the volatility only makes it suitable for a small piece of an investor's overall portfolio. The following are a couple of my favorite investment quotes.
"Life and investing are long ballgames." Julian Robertson
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure."
"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein
I’ve been on top of the world, and the world has been on top of me. I have learned to enjoy the perspective from each view, and use opportunities to persistently acquire knowledge, and enjoy the company of those around me, especially loved ones, family, and friends.
At heart, I am a market historian with an unrivaled passion for the capital markets. I have had a long history and specialization with concentrated positions and options trading. Made money in 2008 with a net long portfolio, deploying capital in some of the market's darkest hours into long positions including purchases of American Express, Atlas Energy, Crosstex, First Industrial Real Estate, General Growth Properties, Genworth, Macquarie Infrastructure, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and Vornado near their lows. Shorting, hedging, and option strategies also helped me in 2007 and 2009, and these are skills that I have developed ever since I started trading heavily in 1996.I enjoy reading, accumulating knowledge, and putting this knowledge to work in the active capital markets, learning lessons along the way.To this day, I continue to learn, and some of these learning lessons have been excruciatingly difficult ones, especially over the past several years, as I made mistakes allocating capital, including a sizable portion of my own capital (I always invest alongside my clients), to commodity related stocks. While all commodity related stocks have struggled since April of 2011, coal companies, which attracted me due to their extremely cheap valuations, and out-of-favor status (I am a strong believer in behavioral finance alongside fundamentals and technicals) have been the worst investing mistake of my career. The focus on the commodity arena has been the biggest mistake of my investment career thus far, yet in its aftermath, I see tremendous opportunity, even larger in scope than the fortuitous 2008/2009 environment.The capital that I accumulated and the confidence gained in navigating the treacherous investment waters of 2008 gave me the confidence to launch my own investment firm in the spring of 2009, right before the ultimate lows in the stock market. At the time I was working as a senior analyst at one of the largest RIA's in the country, and I felt strongly that the market environment was the best time since 1974/1975 to start an investment firm.
Prior to starting my firm, I was a senior analyst for three different firms over approximately 10 years (Charles Schwab, Redwood, Oxford), moving up in responsibility and scope at each stop along my journey. Since I was a paperboy, I have always had an interest in the investment markets. I love researching and finding opportunities. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, CAIA. After starting in the teaching program at Ball State University, I switched to a career in finance when I turned a small student loan into a substantial amount of capital. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance from Ball State.
Full disclosure, I am not currently a registered investment advisor, though I did serve in this capacity from 2009-2014, while owning Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd. Additionally, I held various securities licenses from 2000-2014, without a single complaint filed, and I continue to hold industry designations. At the end of 2014, I voluntarily let my state registration expire, as I transitioned the business to a different structure. Prior to this, I had passed, and held, various securities exams and licenses, including the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 exams, in addition to others, alongside my CFA and CAIA designations. Unfortunately, I did not file the proper paperwork to withdraw my state registration, and I did not disclose a personal arrangement, and subsequent civil case, between myself and a former close personal friend and client, that was initiated in 2011. I was unaware that I was required to disclose these items, and my securities attorney, at the time, did not advise me to do so. Previously, I had managed a portfolio for this gentleman, and we had taken an investment of approximately $7 million in 2009, and grown it to over $25 million at the beginning of 2012. After a difficult year of performance, an employee of the firm I owned, and friend, resigned in early 2013, and took the aforementioned client to a competing firm. As a result of not filing the proper paperwork, I agreed to a settlement, with a potential $2500 fine in the future, depending on if I choose to reapply to be a non-exempt advisor.