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 believe that a intelligently-diversified portfolio combined with smart risk-taking and thorough analysis is the key to investment success. I have a strong interest in identifying unique opportunities in:
*Highly Developed International Markets
*Healthcare, Tech, and Energy
*Large-Cap Japanese Stocks
I also strongly believe in aligning investment strategy with current global economic trends and monetary and fiscal policy, such as by observing long term and short-term macroeconomic trends, analyzing current events, and interpreting central bank speak.
"You learn so much more from the bad experiences in your life than the good ones. Make sure to take the time to reflect on them. If you don't, a precious opportunity will have gone to waste. Remember that pain plus reflection equals progress."- Bridgewater Associates' Ray Dalio
"I'm no genius, but I'm smart in spots and I stay around those spots."
- IBM CEO Tom Watson
Vahan Janjigian is Chief Investment Officer at Greenwich Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. He is also editor of the Bottom Line's Money Masters Stock Report. He previously served as Chief Investment Strategist at Forbes Media, LLC and has served on the finance faculties of several universities, including Baruch College, Boston College, Northeastern University, and University of Delaware.
NYC-based investment professional. Focus on value investing and growth at reasonable price within the context of long/short equity, with a bias toward long-term holding periods.
My name is Mike McNeil and I’m the author of The Dividend Guy Blog along with the owner and portfolio manager over at Dividend Stocks Rock. I earned my bachelor degree in finance-marketing, own a CFP title along with an MBA in financial services. Besides being a passionate investor, I’m also happily married with three beautiful children.
I started my online venture to educate people about investing and to be able to spend more time with my family.
I used to struggle with the same issues millions of small investors deal with on a daily basis. Which stocks to buy? When to sell them? How to find the time to manage my portfolio? How to diversify? I wasn’t into dividend investing until I looked in depth at my portfolio returns and realized I was having difficulty keeping up with the market.
The root of the problem was a very poorly built portfolio that lacked structure and the components required to build a sturdy base. I made good money from the stock market but I was taking unnecessary risk to achieve my investing goals.
From that point on, I was determined to create a portfolio strategy that would allow me to benefit from dividend growth stocks as a solid foundation. Since then, I manage my portfolio with a stress free method that enables me to cash out dividend payments even when the market goes sour.
Spent over 30 years in computer systems work, many different functions. Owned my own business for awhile. Got tired of it (managing employees is not my baliwick) and stopped doing it professionally. Did other things, off and on, for some more years and finally bumped into this investing/trading stuff. "Looks like a challenge" said I and jumped in (I've found I'm happiest learning new things and overcoming challenges - this certainly qualifies as a challenge).
Still on the steep side of the learning curve, but with facilities like Seeking Alpha, internet availability of all sorts of information and dedication, I'm beginning to improve my performance.
As part of that learning, I've recently been working on learning technical analysis of charts.
I Have been using covered call options for a while and had good success with that, so I'm currently studying and playing with small positions using other option strategies.
Being interested in a lot of different things, I had a desire to check out natural gas, due to its environmental and potential cost benefits. Fortunately, before I dabbled in it, I had already learned to not trade on emotion and had started getting familiar with how I might more effectively use technical analysis of charts. My first foray into NG, using UNG, I made a small return in a short time, thanks to the charts.
As time goes on, I'm discovering additional resources. It looks like I might enjoy doing this for a long time.
Because of my background, I guess, I'm a big believer in "community knowledge". That is what any one of us knows is available to all the community members, except for those that need a serious "attitude adjustment".
I enjoy learning from all and sharing what I may have to contribute.
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
I am 23 years old and have so far been president of a small business international exports company, Adam International Inc. and currently at work for getting a holding company, Diutinus International, up and running.
My investment research goes back to when I was a senior in high school and took money from wiping down tables at the Westin Hotel and took my total $4 thousand dollars I had saved up 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.
My style also weighed towards my personality of being against crowd opinion and wanting to "buy when there is blood in the streets" and "sell once your cab driver tells you stock tips."
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).
I suffer from Insomnia and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) but unlike from turning door handles or stepping on cracks, my OCD is with the market , which is something useful..
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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Harry Long is the inventor of Hedged Contango Capture and Hedged Convexity Capture and is the Managing Partner of ZOMMA, the world's most innovative strategy index creator.
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ZOMMA helps investors create long term value by replacing reckless emotional decision making with cutting-edge technology based upon objective evidence.
Mr. Long is a graduate of Rice University with a B.A. in Economics.
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Daryl Montgomery is the organizer of the New York Investing meetup, a 7,000 member educational group that provides the public with unbiased stock, bond, currency and commodity market information. For details, see: http://ow.ly/Y6CNhT (it's free to join). The group is the largest investing meetup in the world. It holds monthly general meetings, offers small classes on investing topics, has webinars and provides individual tutoring.
Montgomery, a former professor and expert witness in court cases on data reliability (up to the Supreme Court), has written a number of books on investing and approximately 700 articles on financial topics. He was formerly the chief blogger for the "Helicopter Economics Investing Guide". He has done extensive research on optimal use of technical indicators. Montgomery has never worked for, nor has any association with any Wall Street company and this allows him to bring an independent perspective to market analysis.
The New York Investing meetup's strength is in calling market turns. It called the top in gold and silver in March 2008 and the exact day of the oil bottom in February 2009 and almost the exact peak price in Silver in 2011. The group went to an all-cash position starting in September 2015. The New York Investing meetup uses its own approach to technical analysis and currently has access to a proprietary model that predicts tops and bottoms in stocks and commodities.
Andrew Corn is the Chief Investment Officer of E5A Funds LLC, a firm specializing in alternative investments. E5A is best known for its global investment process.
Until June 2010 Corn was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer - Equities of the Beacon Trust Company. Mr. Corn ran the firm’s equity investment team managing three long only strategies and in 2008/9 a long/short fund. He also served on the firm’s senior management team.
Mr. Corn was also responsible for Beacon Indexes which publishes three indexes tracked by ETFs.
Prior to joining Beacon Trust Company, Corn was the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Clear Asset Management. He developed the vision and premise of the firm's investment process, multifactor models, and trading strategy. Corn was named Emerging Manager of the Year for Equities in 2007 by Opal Financial Group and “Portfolio Manager of the Month” of March 2007 in Investor’s Business Daily. During this time he also founded Clear Indexes LLC which developed custom indexes for packaged products such as ETFs and custom institutional benchmarks. He has participated in bell ringing for seven ETFs. Mr. Corn also established a popular index and portfolio design contest with 14 leading Universities. Both firms were sold to Beacon Trust in 2008.
Until May 2004, he was SVP of TheStreet.com and SVP of its institutional broker-dealer subsidiary, Independent Research Group.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Citigate, Inc. From 1989 until 2000, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Admaster Communications, a specialty financial communications firm, and MasterApproach, an investment industry focused consultant and software developer. Both were sold in 2001 to Citigate. As CEO, Mr. Corn consulted on product development and marketing for institutional money managers, mutual funds, hedge funds, investment banks, pension consultants, and brokerages. He also wrote and/or designed and produced hundreds of analyst presentations, IPO road shows and M&A announcements. Through this process he worked with CEOs, CFOs, research analysts, venture capitalists, investment bankers across sectors and market caps and gained his initial perspective on analyzing public companies. He also co-founded and sold a magazine publishing firm as well as a custom applications and web solutions firm.
Mr. Corn is a former board member of Junior Achievement of NY and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and guest in the financial media.
The views expressed on this blog are his own and not reviewed by any outside entity.
Visit his blog: at http://e5afundsllc.wordpress.com
I have been in the market since 1981. I have set international records in option trading contests, as well as lost a few fortunes of my own while trading. I have written many articles for trading magazines both on and offline and have been featured in a Large Metro Daily.
It really means crap though, unless you can make an Amazing Living as a Trader. Not getting by as a Trader, but makin' it; Big-time... That's where I come in.
My main interests are in technical analysis of stock movements and option strategies. I have even designed a (Free) covered call excel sheet that traders use to define the best covered call strategy for themselves and/or their clients.
You will find me at my computer constantly pouring over stock charts of various timeframes against various technical analysis tools that I use. I also monitor what "the crowd" watches so I can be comfortably ahead of them, as usual.
I also do a mean Christopher Walken impersonation of him doing technical analysis of companies and their charts: http://stocktwits.com/WalkenTalken
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Founded in 2007, Forexpros is a definitive source for tools and information relating to the financial markets such as real-time quotes and streaming charts, up-to-date financial news, technical analysis, brokers directory & listings, an economic calendar, and tools & calculators. The site provides in-depth information on Currencies, Indices & Stocks, Futures and Options, Commodities, and Rates & Bonds. With a growing readership worldwide, Forexpros is a leading global financial portal that is constantly committed to launching innovative features and sections to ensure an optimal one-stop source for its readers.
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Greg Anderson is a recent graduate of Indiana University where he majored in Policy Analysis & Finance. In the past Greg interned at the BBC in London where he worked in the Finance and Licensing Department as well as at various Law Firms in his hometown, Washington, DC. In his spare time Greg enjoys playing Racquetball, Golf and Ice Hockey. Greg is currently working for Seeking Alpha.
I am a small-time writer/blogger who dreams big and enjoys researching and writing about biotechs and pharmaceuticals. My work experiences include food safety, water quality, pesticides, food additives, paints, plastics and pharmaceutical precursors. My focus as of late has been researching the treatment options for many cancers and prevention of their recurrence. Additional recent research has been in the stem cell field, an exciting field in its infancy but now becoming a teenager! My ongoing goal for investors is attempting to find under-the-radar or oversold pharmaceuticals or biotechs for investment potential.
James Hudson graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2010 with a BA in Economics. He is excited to be working for Seeking Alpha as an intern within the Contributor Relations department and has worked previously in electronics and telecommunications sales.
I work at Zacks Investment Research.
I have served as an intern for Seeking Alpha.
I have also worked in retail banking in my home state of Omaha, Nebraska.
I received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Indiana University. Thanks to my
time at IU, I have become an avid road cyclist.
As former COO of Seeking Alpha I worked with the marketing, growth, bus dev and technology teams to help drive the growth of the company. I am interested in a mix of low risk long-term investments as well as exciting growth opportunities. Prior to Seeking Alpha I helped found and build 2 technology startups (one in the security field www.camero-tech.com and one internet company www.mystudiyo.com) and worked as a Principal for a Venture Capital Fund. I started my career as an equities analyst working for a number of London-based investment banks including UBS & Flemings.
FXedu (http://www.fxedu.com) provides affordable, online currency trading courses that encompass the entire learning curve, from beginner to expert. Making sound decisions is a prerequisite to achieving your financial goals in the forex market. FXedu offers courses that can be accessed 24/7, with competent instructors ready to answer your questions. FXedu's team of instructors pride themselves in thoroughly answering questions and patiently guiding each and every student through the course. Our instructors have years of experience trading various financial markets.
Mike Conlon has over 12 years of trading experience, with a focus on forex, as well as stocks, options, and futures. He has worked previously at Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette (DLJ). Mike also writes our daily blog, "Forex in Four!" and mentors traders on a 1 on 1 basis. He runs a small, automated managed forex fund.
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I currently and simultaneously pursue my two professional passions: Risk Management and Business Valuation.
As a fully licensed commercial insurance broker, I take special pleasure in meeting with executives at all sorts of companies. In bringing them value regarding risk management, I am compensated in many ways--one of the most important is their adding to my perspective of the macro-economy.
I am an avid reader, and am very quick to point out that my business hero, Warren Buffett, has been the greatest teacher of my professional career.
Bill is Chief Investment Officer of Luby Asset Management LLC, an investment management company in Tiburon, California. He also publishes the VIX and More (http://vixandmore.blogspot.com/) blog and an investment newsletter. His research and trading interests focus on volatility, market sentiment, technical analysis, ETPs and options. Bill was previously a business strategy consultant. When not trading or blogging, he can often be found running, hiking, and kayaking in Northern California. Bill has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University. Visit Bill's blog, VIX and More (http://vixandmore.blogspot.com/)
Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
I'm a well-informed retail investor and post on SA in order to expose my thought process to critical examination and comment from readers. It makes me a better investor.
I'm particularly proud of bullish macro articles posted in 2009 and later, in which I presented ideas that encouraged me to invest very profitably in a rising market. I also did articles on individual stocks, many of which contained insights not available elsewhere. Finally, I wrote a number of thoughtful articles critical of financialism and the lack of ethics on Wall Street.
I do not post for compensation, as I am concerned that editorial policy encourages and pays a premium for articles that invite the reader to speculate on the short term movements of microcaps, penny stocks, and controversial issues. The best way for me to monetize my insights is to invest accordingly.
As a retail investor, I don't give investment advice. I write about what I'm investing in, and the thought process involved in decision making and stock selection. Hopefully some of what I write is of benefit to others, by sharing my experience as I interpret it and helping them improve their investment thinking and process.
Michael Tarsala, CMT, heads the Quantitative Analysis team at Reuters Insider. He previously was Managing Analyst of Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research and headed a real-time equity content offering called Thomson Squawk Box. He also worked as an analyst at Briefing.com. where he helped found the BriefingTrader service. He generates scans, screens and signals using unique Thomson Reuters tools.