Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011. Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own. As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors. Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
“I started off being interested in [Engineering / Technical Field] back and thought I would do that for a few years. But after getting exposed to stock market I realized that I was much more interested in pursuing a carrier in investment profession because I want to make an impact and work in something much faster-paced. Currently Working as a portfolio risk analyst in BlackRock.
Student at Westminster College in Fulton, MO majoring in both Finance and Economics. Chief Financial Officer of Blue Blazers Investment Committee, a student-run campus organization which manages a long-term portfolio worth over $500,000 of the college endowment.
Former Management Consultant at a large big four accounting firm focusing on strategic initiatives, current state assessment and large global organizational transformations. Experienced in process improvement and design as well as project management, and organizational strategy and change management. Currently attending law school.
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I am 25 years old. My style also weighed towards my personality of being against crowd opinion.
I was born contrarian, an Austrian economist by education, and a value-investor by preference. Thus for investments
I also believe in a three legged approach towards risk management: studying complexity theory, black swans, and most importantly the anti-fragile.
The 2 sides (investment and philosophy) overlap with one another (risk management) to create a unique framework.
The laws of unintended consequences have never been more prominent. Thus with the elites prognosis for trying to:
1. fix 2008 2. get their 2-3% inflation and 3. get global growth out of the anemic >2% range, the law of unintended consequences has never been more crucial.
History is littered with the corpses of many that thought what they were doing was correct and just.
Therefore one should not be fragile.
By understanding financial history, cycles, and theory - the individual can position themselves to be 'anti-fragile' and prosper from the disorder.
If I had to sum up my investing philosophy it would go as followed: Austrian Economic theory for finding imbalances and bubbles in a macro world view (countries printing money, high debts, artificial interest rates, etc). Use a contrarian opinion with regards to sectors and industries (example: everyone hates uranium and precious metal miners in 2014). Then use my value investment criteria for analyzing individual companies inside the sector or industry (which company in the hated sector is profitable and trading at a discount relative to cash/sales/assets).
My investment research and obsession for economics goes back to when I was a senior in high school and put the money I made from wiping down tables at the Westin Hotel (total $4 thousand dollars) and invested it in the bear market of 2009.
My investment style after witnessing the 2008 collapse and the harmful intervention in the market from the government helped form my thesis: Anytime the government has interfered in the market, it causes mal-investment which sooner or later will be corrected. Hence the Austrian Trade Cycle Theory is key to my work.
Most likely any company I write about I own shares in. So if investors are worried about allocating capital to companies/funds I recommend, know that I am a shareholder. And I hope nobody believes that I would invest in something that would make me lose money. So that should be enough human incentive on my behalf.
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