Chief Information Officer ERA Living 1999 - 2009, Owner Integrated Networks 1995-1999, Information Technology Engineer Digitech Solutions 1987-1995, Registered Investment Advisor 1980-1987, Managing Partner Buttonwood Securities 1975-1980, Registered Rep. Tucker Anthony & R.L. Day 1973-1975, Amherst College, B.A. 1973
I live in beautiful British Columbia! As an outdoor enthusiast raised by an uncle and a father who were avid BC outdoors people, BC is a perfect home for myself. My uncle a geologist travelled around the province for his work, and sometimes took an excited me with him, to go on adventures! He had a great regard for geology, investing, sustainable resource development, was involved in the development and success of several British Columbia mining projects and he loved and admired BC wildlife! A percentage of his capital gains he donated to wildlife rehabilitation centres throughout BC, a tradition I continue. He had a marvellous collection of wildlife photos, including photos of very shy/elusive, gorgeous animals such as the lynx. Today I continue his tradition of donating some of my investment proceeds, for wildlife conservation/rehab ie. injured animals or for instance orphaned bear cubs from sports hunting, which is primarily hunting animals for fun (it is illegal in several nations i.e. Kenya, Botswana, Costa Rica...) not sustenance. In my spare time I actively research companies seeking value added opportunities in well managed companies with growing EPS, whose management is shareholder friendly, ie. dividends but also invests in innovation and R&D for future growth. I also consider sustainability practices such as in house recycling and other responsible/progressive practices. I studied economics and environmental science at Simon Fraser Univ. and have worked in venture capital lending for new technology start-ups in BC. Due to a personal commitment to ongoing learning I often upgrade my work skills, take more courses ect... and personal development workshops. I like to inspire others to do the same. I like researching and the due diligence process of selecting stocks to trade/invest in however I do have a very focused outlook on long-term profitability and dividend growth. I hold or have held shares in Apple, Hains, Micron, Lennar, Delta Airways, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and many others. Financial health is important but so is physical/emotional health to overall wellness, so please all remember to exercise regularly it is fun, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. When you are healthier your cognition improves, ie. exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain key for clear thinking. The key is research, facts and learning from other people such as other traders and investors on Seeking Alpha. All the best! Erica Denison
I am teaching and doing research in mathematics at University Paris 12. I have a PhD in Dynamical Systems from the University of Orsay.My main hobbies are investing, programming, playing pool, parenting and playing backgammon.I am co-founder of a startup which helps institutions digitize and organize paper documents. We hope to complete an OCR software developed in house that will allow indexing scanned books.
My father founded an extremely successful Investment Management firm in 1969. He has taught me a great deal about investing in stocks and how to look at companies. I have a considerable amount of expertise using computers and compose music using a Yamaha MO8 synthesizer.
FROM INSIDE SILICON VALLEY: Sorting the truth or likely truth from the noise is a key attribute of the successful investor. My commentary is a distillation of some of this effort relative to particular stocks and investment areas. My publishing at this point in time is limited to the blogsphere, Stocktwits as a Tweeter (@RobertinGatos), and Seeking Alpha posts as both an author (one article and trying to find time for more) and frequent commentator. I have no doubt that this truth seeking effort has been a great aid in my own efforts to be a successful high tech stock investor, which now goes back over 30 years.
Professionally, I was an Engineering Manager in two pioneering Silicon Valley high technology companies, Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor. Some will recall that Fairchild was formed by the group that William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor of Bell Labs fame. had brought together at Shockley Labs to commercialize this device. I joined Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Labs in Palo Alto in 1973. It was at the time affectionately called "Fairchild Tech" due to its propensity to create spinoffs including National Semiconductor, AMD and Intel.
I joined Intel in in 1977 as Manager of their Analytical Lab start up and retired from Intel's senior management ranks in 1998. I joined a startup called Metara as a BOD member and ultimately as VP and Chief Technology Officer. I facilitated the generation of 17 automated mass spectrometry patents and became an expert on analytical technology patents as a result. I retired a second time in 2006 due to the fact that Metara ran out of capital before the first product was fully debugged. Venture caps can be fickle people.
Through out this time, I was surrounded by high tech business activity including management and ultimately startup financing. I stayed familiar with the high tech business press throughout this time and attended relevant Silicon Valley events including many Valley technology investment conferences and shareholder meetings beginning well before the Santa Clara Valley area was called Silicon Valley.
My start as a high tech investor occurred in 1981 when my first Intel stock options became exercisable. I used margin to exercise, buy and hold my Intel stock while I added margin to buy companies like MSFT, CSCO, ORCL, JDSU, SUNW and QCOM from the 80's forward. Needless to say the returns were outstanding. I had the luck of being exposed to long term LEAP call investing by a follow Intel manager and used this technique as additional leverage for most of my tech investments since the very beginning.
I used to love to bet against Merrill Lynch'sTom Kurlak who was known as THE Intel analyst of the time. He would make a negative call on Intel that I knew was way off the mark and use this opportunity for entry into my next set of Intel LEAP calls. That taught me to take advantage of Wall Street whenever possible rather than be their victim.
My original investment specialty was tech stocks however I have expanded my expertise in many key sectors. I follow high tech trends and business activity on a daily basis. I have added Financials to this tracking in particular since the bad behavior of the Investment Banks and now regular Banks (derivatives and lending practices) has led to multiple ugly stock market crashes. Notable examples include the crash of 2008 and the 2000 dot.com bubble with more yet to come, at least in the absence of better regulation.
I am a firm believer in understanding the business model, the business fundamentals and competitive environment for any company that I invest in. I look for competent management and high performance financials that demonstrate a strong possibility of on-going earnings and revenue growth. I read CEO pronouncements with my competence and BS detector on high (for example Ballmer pegs both needles - I'll let you guess which end of the scales). Drilling into a company’s financial fundamentals is a downstream step. Excessive debt is a red flag even if it is for so called good reason -- it limits company margins and business options, and can be representative a poofly performing business segment a company is in. I avoid those kinds of businesses in spite of what may be labeled as strong positive cash flow. Debt leads to sluggish earnings growth and limits company flexibility. It can also lead to ugly surprises, stock dilution for example. Technology company stock buybacks leave me cold. If they cannot make more money by growing their own business with the money, they will flatline or worse.
When the opportunity permits, I try to be ready to buy good companies that I believe have been beaten up inappropriately or are under appreciated (the Tom Kurlak example). I also try to buy companies that I know and understand inside and out or work on getting to there if I invest. Fewer companies,
As an experienced leader with more than 20 years of expertise directing accounting and finance aspects of securities litigation, corporate audits and Dodd-Frank whistleblower investigations, Jim is proficient in simultaneously managing multiple project teams and collaborating with attorneys, investigators and financial professionals to develop case theories, draft accounting sections of complaints, streamline intensive document reviews and prepare for depositions to maximize the probability of achieving optimal results.
At Milberg, Jim has worked on securities fraud cases that resulted in total settlements in excess of $5.4 billion. Some of his most notable cases include In re Tyco Int’l Ltd., Securities Litigation, In re Raytheon Company Securities Litigation, In re Biovail Corp. Securities Litigation, and In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation. In addition, Jim has assisted attorneys with numerous derivative, False Claims Act (whistleblower) cases and ERISA cases, including In re General Electric Company ERISA Litigation and In re Morgan Stanley ERISA Litigation.
Jim co-authored "Financial Statement Fraud Casebook: Baking the Ledgers and Cooking the Books", which was published by Wiley and he also writes for Milberg's Class Action Central blog and Whistleblower Today web site.
Anthony is currently an MBA student in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a software engineer at the early stage of career. He then worked as a sell-side equity research associate covering Hong Kong listed infrastructure companies before joining the business school. He had 8 years of personal investment experience in China, Hong Kong and US market applying long term value investing.
I have been investing personally since 2008. I graduated from UMass Lowell with my BSBA in May 2009 and received an MBA with a Finance concentration in December 2012. I am pursuing my CFA certification and have currently (as of June 2014) passed 2 of the 3 examinations.