CYNICONOMICS is run by F.F. Wiley and Ginger Snap – professional names for two veterans of the asset management industry. Our blog is based on our portfolio management experience and F.F.'s ongoing research, and motivated by our respective, midlife crises. Most people drive around in convertibles and reinterpret their wedding vows. We made up new names and started the blog. And F.F. has drafted a book, which one day he’ll finish up and publish.
Eli Inkrot is a writer. Check out his website: thecurrencyoftime.com, his articles here on Seeking Alpha or his book - "You Don't Have A Money Problem" - on Amazon.com.
Additionally, here is a quick bio:
Eli has held the title of Vice President and Portfolio Manager at EDMP Inc. - a money management firm - along with Vice President for F.A.S.T. Graphs - a financial software company.
Prior to that, he began his investment career as an analyst in private real estate for a public pension fund. During his time in real estate he was the lead for a variety of accounts with net asset values totaling nearly two billion dollars. Eli received a Master’s in Finance from the University of Tampa where he earned “highest honors” whilst receiving the distinction of being named the “most outstanding graduate student.” He also holds undergraduate degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University, graduating “magna cum laude” with distinct honors in each major. During his tenure at Otterbein, Eli was a member of the varsity golf team, held the departmental Senator position for Business, Economics and Accounting and studied abroad in the Netherlands.
Where to start? I hold a PhD in Physics (U of T), worked for NASA in Washington, DC (during the Apollo program), there met a futures trader, who introduced me to trading - I blame him. Changed direction at 30 and won a CTA license and worked with a boutique futures house in California. Over the years, I have started and operated a variety of real businesses producing real products.
For the past few years, I own and operate a greetings card business (humorous cards), and have somehow got involved in blogging in the financial markets (which are humorous in themselves). I have recently been invited to write an educational blog for MoneyWeek magazine in the UK, where I reside. I just cannot bear the idea of retiring; in fact, I am busier now than I have been for many years.
My Motto: Life is for living - and variety really is the spice of life. Keep happy!
Random Idea (pseudonym) is a manager of an investment fund focusing on absolute returns through equities and commodities. Previously he worked in finacial risk management for a $10+ billion hedge fund and on the sell side covering commodities and commodity based equities. He holds the CFA charter and a MBA from the University of Chicago.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump.
Thomas has co-authored a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that is available on Amazon.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
Dominic Lombardo, FRM received his MBA in Management and Finance, and is certified by the CFA Institute.
He later received a diploma (Credit Analysis) from New York University. Dominic had received the Series 7 and 63 certification from FINRA when he was a small-cap analyst and economics editor for a weekly newsletter. He received the FRM (Financial Risk Manager) designation in 2014.
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Amvona publishes critical articles on Faith, Investing, Economics and Technology.
The Finding Alpha category of Amvona profiles investments made, including case studies, economic discussion and explanations of the investment rationales.
more at: http://www.amvona.com/about-us
Jim Bradley provides corporate financial management and has worked as a consultant. He has designed and implemented several cash flow and financial management systems and also managed the secondary marketing sales of several hundred bond market products. You can see his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamestbradley
Erick, Co-Editor of TechCrunch (www.techcrunch.com), has been covering startups and technology news for 14 years. At Business 2.0 he wrote feature stories and ran their main blog, Next Net, which has nearly 50,000 RSS subscribers. He also does a lot of video work and hosts regular panels of industry luminaries called Disruptor Round Tables. Prior to Business 2.0, Erick was an editor-at-large for eCompany and a contributing editor for Fortune. In 1999, Schonfeld won the prize for best information technology submission at London’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and in 2001 he won the prize for best space submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris. In 1996 and 1997, Schonfeld was recognized in the TJFR Business News Reporter’s list of the “best and brightest financial journalists under the age of 30.” He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, and NY1, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Schonfeld graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.
Mercenary Trader (www.mercenarytrader.com) was created by traders, for traders. We are aggressive swing traders who routinely combine fundamentals, technicals and sentiment with deep awareness of global macro and rigorous analysis of individual equities.
See all of our content, including free educational materials on the theory and practice of trading, at www.mercenarytrader.com
My name is Phil Mause. I am a Senior Advisor with the Pacific Economics Group, focusing on energy, regulatory and valuation issues. I retired from 40 years of law practice earlier this year. I am a yield oriented investor and in the last two years, I have done reasonably well in junk bonds, BDCs, mortgage REITS, and dividend paying blue chip stocks. As an avocation, I dabble in stand up comedy.
Keith wrote Minyanville.com’s Housing Market Report and just launched his Capital Preservation Real Estate Report on June 1.
The focus of Keith’s writings and presentations has been to prepare people for the continued housing market decline that he sees as almost inevitable. His new report broadens his reach to include commercial real estate, mortgage-backed securities and REITs.
Keith’s in-depth housing market articles have been posted regularly on major websites such as BUSINESS INSIDER, REAL CLEAR MARKETS, MINYANVILLE and MARKETWATCH.
Keith has been interviewed extensively including a recent appearance on Yahoo Finance’s “Daily Ticker” show which was seen by more than 100,000 viewers. He was recently interviewed on Bloomberg TV’s “Bottom Line.” He has also appeared twice on the Wall Street Journal’s syndicated Michael Castner radio show. Keith’s interviews can be seen at www.keithjurow.com.
He gave major presentations in Manhattan in 2012 before organizations such as the Financial Policy Council, the Rotary Club of New York, and a Family Office conference for high net worth investors.
Keith is a graduate of Cornell University and received both an M.A. and a PhD from the Graduate Faculty of the New School in Manhattan.
I am the Chief of Operations at Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of the large privately held software company, Wolfram Research. I manage teams of programmers developing custom applications for business and, government, applying advanced analytic methods to practical challenges. I played a major role in the development of many of the financial features of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. I have been at Wolfram for over 15 years. My academic background is in the social sciences and analytic methods in the social sciences, including finance, economics, statistics, modeling, simulation, and operations research. I studied at the University of Chicago, both undergrad and grad. I am also an individual investor with 30 years experience, mostly using mutual funds and fundamental analysis, plus specific investments in the financial sector. My contributions on Seeking Alpha focus on the financial sector and monetary economics, and what analysis of those areas can tell us about other macro trends. I also discuss portfolio theory, formal methods in finance, modeling and simulation of financial prices and economic time series, government statistical releases, financial regulation, and monetary policy.
Martin O. Hutchinson is an investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience, Hutchinson has worked on both Wall Street and Fleet Street and is a leading expert on the international financial markets. At Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Hutchinson was a Senior Vice President in charge of the institution’s derivative operations, one of the most challenging units to run. He also served as a director of Gestion Integral de Negocios, a Spanish private-equity firm, and as an advisor to the Korean conglomerate, Sunkyong Corp. But it was Hutchinson’s work in Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia that solidified his reputation as a true “hands-on” expert on the developing economies. As the U.S. Treasury Advisor to Croatia in 1996, he helped the country establish its own T-bill program, launch its first government bond issue, and start a forward currency market. Hutchinson returned to the United States, was named Business and Economics Editor at United Press International, and was able to jump-start the financial-news operation of that historic wire service. In October 2000, Hutchinson began writing “The Bear’s Lair,” a weekly investment column that appears on the Prudent Bear Web site. Hutchinson earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Harvard University. He lives in upstate New York.
Hale Stewart spent 5 years as a bond broker in the late 1990s before returning to law school in the early 2000s. He is currently a tax lawyer in Houston, Texas. He has an LLM from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in domestic and international taxation where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and is also a Chartered Asset Manager, Chartered Wealth Manager and Chartered Trust and Estate Planner from the American Academy of Financial Management. He is the author of the book US Captive Insurance Law. You can read him daily at the XE.com currency blog (http://community.xe.com/blog/xe-market-analysis).
I bring a ton of real world experience to my commentaries on real estate prices and mortgages.
My work in real estate is as a lender, owner, mortgage originator, and commentator. I have owned more than 285 properties. I have made hundreds of real estate loans for my portfolio. I have reviewed the finances of thousands of homeowners to advise them on a new mortgage. That's my grad school in real estate.
HousingStory.net, my blog, centers on real estate prices and mortgages. The key blog publication, 10 Key Charts to See Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, has had over 500,000 readers.
In my day job I am a loan officer for a federally-chartered credit union. I love to originate jumbo mortgages at killer rates.
The One Eyed Guide (http://www.oneeyedguide.com) is Bob Small who: solo traveled to 25 countries by age 21, has a degree in Economics, an MBA from Columbia University in Marketing and Finance, has been a brand manager, was a licensed stock and options broker during the 87 crash, ran a $450 million dollar business, and raised $8 million for charity.
The One Eyed Guide tries to identify the economic theory that best fits the facts behind critical events and market movements (or at least the best current thinking) so that trends can be better forecast.
The name "One Eyed Guide" recognizes the fact that any economic forecast cannot "see" all factors. It's derived from Robert Heinlein's saying in the novel Puppet Masters: "In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is in for a hell of a rough ride."
Chris is the Founder and Managing Director of Maple Leaf Metals Exchange Inc. He possesses a Chartered Accountant designation and is a former Senior Auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP where he provided audit and assurance services to Fortune 500 companies, as well as independent businesses. He left Deloitte to aid Euro Pacific Canada Inc., an IIROC dealer-member, during its formative period by serving as Chief Financial Officer before founding Maple Leaf Metals Exchange Inc.
The author has a background in Chemical Engineering and an MBA specializing in Finance and Biotech Management. He is primarily focused on alternative investment strategies that aren't widely covered in the mainstream press such as hedging strategies, non-market correlated instruments, high-yield investments, international/developing markets, small biotechs and arbitrage.
In addition to his contributions here at Seeking Alpha you can also visit him at his blog ETFBase (http://www.etfbase.com/), which provides free independent stock research, a real-time personal accounting of his personal trading portfolio, market commentary, and personal finance advice.
Visit: ETFBase (http://www.etfbase.com/)
George Spritzer, CFA is a registered investment advisor at Southland Investments and specializes in managing closed-end funds for individuals.
George uses the following investment strategies:1) Opportunistic Closed-end fund investing: Buy CEFs at larger than normal discounts to NAV and sell them when the discounts narrow. 2) Exploit special situations: tender offers, fund terminations, fund activism, rights offerings etc.
The Atlanta Fed's macroblog provides commentary on economic topics including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, financial issues and Southeast regional trends. Authors for macroblog are Dave Altig and other Atlanta Fed economists.
I was born and raised in Murmansk, Russia (the home for Russia’s northern navy fleet, think Tom Clancy’s Red October). I immigrated to the US from Russia in 1991 with all my family – my three brothers, my father, and my stepmother.
My professional career is easily described in one sentence: I invest, I educate, I write, and I could not dream of doing anything else. Here is a slightly more detailed curriculum vitae:
I am Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates, Inc (IMA), a value investment firm based in Denver, Colorado. After I received my graduate and undergraduate degrees in finance (cum laude, but who cares) from the University of Colorado at Denver, and finished my CFA designation (three years of my life that are a vague recollection at this point), I wanted to keep learning. I figured the best way to learn is to teach. At first I taught an undergraduate class at the University of Colorado at Denver and later a graduate investment class at the same university that I designed based on my day job. Currently I am on sabbatical from teaching for a while.
I found that the university classroom was not big enough for me, so I started writing and, let’s be honest, I needed to let my genetically embedded Russian sarcasm out. I’ve written articles for the Financial Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Christian Science Monitor, New York Post, Institutional Investor … and the list goes on.
I was profiled in Barron’s, and have been interviewed by Value Investor Insight, Welling@Weeden, BusinessWeek, BNN, CNBC, and countless radio shows.
Finally, my biggest achievement – well actually second biggest; I count quitting smoking in 1992 as the biggest – I’ve authored the Little Book of Sideways Markets (Wiley, 2010) and Active Value Investing (Wiley, 2007).
Editor for The Biotech Forum, the #2 subscribed to Marketplace investment service offered through SeekingAlpha. Top 5% ranked analyst (TipRanks) 2013 through first half of 2015. Daily contributor for Real Money Pro. Hedge fund manager from 2008 to 2011. Previously technology executive at Fortune 100 firm for a decade.
Please go to biotechforumsa.com for more on the Biotech Forum service available through SeekingAlpha. For Free Investment Reports on a variety of topics go to bretjenseninvests.com
I design and make products to meet market niches. Focus currently managing two lift-boats deployed in ARAMCO and project managing building another one, or two; so keenly interested in which way the oil-wind blows.
Editor and publisher of the Wall Street Examiner- http://wallstreetexaminer.com and The Wall Street Examiner Professional Edition, a proprietary service for professional investors and sophisticated individual investors.
Host and moderator Bears Chat- http://forums.wallstreetexaminer.com and The Stool Pigeons Wire http://capitalstool.com
Host and Commentator- Radio Free Wall Street- http://radiofreewallstreet.fm
Contributor to Marketwatch, Financial Sense, Minyanville, and Business Insider.
Web publisher since 2000. Extensive coverage of Fed Operations since 2002.
We strive to build highly disciplined, sensible client portfolios. Portfolios that are focused on investing in businesses with solid free cash flows and solid dividend payouts. We buy businesses, not stocks.
Tim is a Registered Investment Advisor.