I'm a private, full time trader interested in both long and short ideas. My training and background are in engineering including a decade of consulting engineering practice. I've since switched over to investing/trading which I've done full time for 15+ years and to which I bring a contrarian style. I've also recently become interested in writing and have published editorials at Forbes, PJM, and a few legacy newspapers.
I am a freelance writer, professional options trader, and MBA student. I am focused on building a value-oriented, income-generating portfolio of solid companies with good fundamentals. I publish the research I conduct in pursuit of this goal on Seeking Alpha. I look for cheap earnings, earnings growth, dividends, good returns on equity, and low price to books. This leads me to focus on sectors that are easy to understand and generate consistent revenue, such as restaurants, supermarkets, banks, insurers, utilities, telecoms, REITs, and energy companies. Passive indexing has reached a fever pitch in terms of popularity and I believe it has made many investors blind to the inherent risks in the market. Based on my learning and experience, I believe a slow and steady value-oriented approach complemented by conservative options strategies such as covered calls and cash-secured puts can outperform traditional long-only approaches over the long-term. Options and Canadian stocks are my specialties.
Prasanna Rajagopal comes with in-depth knowledge of the technology industry, having spent over 15 years in various sectors of the software industry. Prasanna loves to learn and write about business and investment opportunities in technology, media, retail, and industrial companies. Prasanna has a M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras.