Equanimity is one of the most powerful attributes to possess in investment management. Opportunities are always available in the market but it is a job that requires extensive research, analysis, objectiveness, and sometimes secondary opinion. Disclaimer: All articles provided are for entertainment purposes only. Interpret everything as opinion rather than fact and do your own due diligence. These statements are not an offer to buy or sell any security.
Named by Fortune as one of its "50 Great Investors". Acknowledged as cash flow expert by WSJ, Fortune, Forbes.com and Smartmoney.com. In September 2007 Equities Magazine column predicted collapses of Lehman, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. Entered capital markets in 1977. Broker, IPO banker, analyst and futures trader during career.
Founded: TrophyInvesting.com (2016), Dynastywealth.com (2014), Onlinefinancialsector.com (2007), StockDiagnostics.com (2002).
Currently: Analyst for Dynasty Wealth, Author of Trophy Investing micro-cap letter. Passion is finding 10 baggers.
Gene is an economist and portfolio manager of several multi-asset strategies at United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC. He previously was a columnist for The Street’s Real Money site, covering economics, in addition to his role as Chief Investment Strategist at an RIA that manages investment grade bond separate account strategies. Previously, as Director of Investments at Genworth Financial Wealth Management in Los Angeles, Gene helped manage $9 billion in assets as a strategist and portfolio manager. At Genworth, Gene helped drive asset allocation, risk management and manager selection decisions for a multi-asset, multi-manager Unified Managed Account series of model portfolios. Prior to Genworth, Gene was Director, Investment Management & Guidance at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. At Merrill Lynch, Gene led a six-member quantitative analysis team and served as the asset allocation strategist for the firm’s Institutional Consulting Group, which oversees $350 billion in assets. At Merrill Lynch, he was a member of the committee that determined the forward-looking capital market assumptions for risk, return and correlations used in financial planning and asset allocation throughout the firm. He began his career in 1989 at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York as a research analyst, helping manage fixed income portfolios.
He has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston, where he attended on a full National Merit Scholarship. Gene is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the CFA Institute.
I read annual reports and related materials daily, and have found that Buffett was very right about how knowledge works like compound interest. What I've found in assessing companies is that the truly great ones downplay their position, while the pie in the sky market opportunities usually represent stagnant capital and/or intense competition (weak margins). The longer the horizon, the less competition you will face in regards to price paid versus value, but too much dependency on growth also leaves you vulnerable to permanent loss when growth fails to materialize. Lastly, never discount the value of a great capital allocator at the helm. A CEO of a company earning 20% ROE that keeps 75% of the company's earnings each year will have made capital allocation decisions representing half of the equity of the company within 5 years.
Focused on boring low/no-growth industries with valuations wildly divergent from their cash flow based valuation. To end up in my price target, it's gotta be quantifiable, no qualitative upsides.
In between: Crossfit fanatic
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 Loftis is the founder of Ridgewood Capital Management LLC. His primary focus is value-oriented equity investing in the small and mid cap sectors. Michael is a former investment banker (Lehman Brothers and Barclays) and former M&A and securities law attorney (Mayer Brown and Keating Muething & Klekamp).
Chad Brand is the founder and President of Peridot Capital Management LLC, a money management firm that provides investment management services to individuals and their families. Chad also publishes a blog which has been named one of the best investment-related blogs by many industry sources including Forbes, Capital Magazine, 24/7 Wall Street, and Daily Reckoning.
Mr. Barac is the founder and Managing Member of the General Partner, Barac Capital Management, LLC. Prior to founding the General Partner, Mr. Barac held a variety of roles in institutional securities research and trading.
Mr. Barac graduated from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) in 1989 and received a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) in 1998. During his graduate studies, Mr. Barac’s broad-based business studies included a focus on international business which included an internship with Bank Boston’s media and telecommunications lending group in Buenos Aires, Argentina and an international exchange semester at the E.S.A.D.E. Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Following his graduate studies, Mr. Barac went to work for Moody’s Investors Services in New York, New York in 1998 and transferred to their London, England offices in 1999. At Moody’s, Mr. Barac became a Senior Credit Officer/Vice-President and lead analyst with responsibility for the credit ratings of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of high-profile European leveraged finance companies. As an expert in leveraged finance and corporate credit risk analysis, Mr. Barac was a regular speaker for Moody’s and was regularly quoted by major financial publications (e.g. the Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and The Times of London).
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Barac worked at Schroders Investment Management, an investment management firm with assets under management in excess of $200 billion, headquartered in London, England. At Schroder’s, Mr. Barac was responsible for identifying profitable fixed-income trade ideas from within a portfolio of European high-yield and investment grade corporate bond issuers. Mr. Barac’s work at Schroder’s earned him selection for the company’s elite merit-based Business Leadership Program.
Mr. Barac continued his work in corporate securities analysis with Barclay’s Capital (also in London, England) where he worked as a Director in their Principal Strategies Group from 2007 to 2008. At Barclays, Mr. Barac was a proprietary analyst and trader responsible for investing a portion of Barclay’s capital through a combination of bonds, stocks, and fixed-income derivatives (credit default swaps).
Following his return from London to Austin, Texas in 2008, Mr. Barac founded, established, and now actively manages the Barac Value Fund, L.P.
Investment professional and CFA charterholder. I write on Seeking Alpha as a personal hobby and to elicit feedback on specific ideas and topics, help organize my thinking, and connect with intelligent people.
Having always been a learning machine, I speak five languages, have worked as a sales agent, project manager, translator, computer consultant, software engineer, built a house with my own hands, published books and essays on literature, philosophy and art, have written for magazines of various kinds in different countries.
After retiring early in 2004, little by little, I have become a fund manager for some friends and myself, following the principles of value investing laid out by Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. You can read about my thoughts on a suitable portfolio structure for early retirees here.
My articles should not be considered to be any kind of investment advice. What suits me well is not necessarily good for others, as successful investing is somewhat like a marriage: If only one is perfect, the marriage won’t work. So please do your own research and remember Benjamin Graham's advice: “The investor’s chief problem — and even his worst enemy — is likely to be himself.”
I sincerely hope that my readers will ignore the Performance calculations provided by Seeking Alpha (although only to Pro subscribers, I believe). For reasons unknown to me, some of my European stock picks seem to be tracked inaccurately by Seeking Alpha's system. Spin-offs are not included in total return calculations and many of my correction requests didn't receive any answer at all. Moreover, my time frame almost never is as short as only 1 year (the maximum included in Seeking Alpha's table) and personally I consider the 1 year performance of my stock picks to be close to meaningless.
Drexel University Student Graduating in Spring - 2017
2nd Place National Student Analyst Competition - Institutional Investor Magazine 2015
Currently studying for the Series 65.
Macro, Mid-Cap, Value, Growth at Reasonable Levels, Options, Gold
Most of my day is spent analyzing, trading/investing and building new ideas. I first examine macro trends/environments since the world of investing is more diverse and global than ever. From there, I break down companies and commodities to common sense, then value the asset on a micro level. I am not opposed to new ideas, and like getting out of my comfort zone. Sometimes my breakdowns are simple, other times they take more research. I enjoy options trading and have learned a great deal from this strategy. I am a passionate investor and hope you enjoy my articles and assessments.
Feel free to message me for comments, questions or suggestions. I'm not a closed minded person, and am always up to learn something new.
I am a graduate in Economics, Law and Strategy, currently working as a portfolio manager. However, foremost, I am an investor! My strategy is twofold and aims primarily at value stocks. I like Joel Greenblatt's magic formula as a general starting point, but many companies in there can be tricky stocks, so I perform extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis to pick the best ones. My articles represent (parts of) this analysis and I always like to discuss different standpoints on stocks like these. A second strategic focus is dividend growth investing, as I believe it to provide the steadiest stream of income for retirement over time. My main problem with it is that companies with an increasing and attractive dividend are not often undervalued. Consequently, I perform less transactions in this area. However, sometimes the market just blurts out a gem cheaply, and I can simply not resist. My last two transactions include PM at $79 and RDS at € 20. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Cheers, The Investing Dutchman
I've been contributing to SA since 2011, with a break to join the PRO editorial team from 2013-2015. I got my Series 7 and 63 back in 2000, and watched the dot-com bubble peak and then burst in real time at a small, tech-focused retail brokerage in NYC.
B.A. in economics and MBA from top 10 business school. I have over 10 years of M&A / corporate finance experience. Currently head the New York Shock Exchange (www.newyorkshockexchange.com), a youth mentorship program that teaches investment management skills and competitive basketball skills.
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A*L was established in 2010 by Jon Carnes, a growth and value-oriented investor who lived for six years (from 2005 to 2011) in China where he researched and invested in dozens of Chinese companies, first long (2005-2009) and then primarily short (2010-2012). Mr. Carnes outperformed other investors by performing extensive “on the ground” due diligence, conducted by a team of experienced analysts and local researchers. His investment opinions were greatly respected by other China focused fund managers attracted to the booming economy but wary of getting duped.
Over several years of scrutinizing over a hundred companies in every corner of China, Mr. Carnes realized that many of those that had gone public were seriously exaggerating their financial performance in their SEC filings. Investors raced to invest billions into Chinese companies that were dishonest and legally accountable to no one, a recipe for disaster for investors, both large and small.
Deciding to take action, Mr. Carnes decided to publicly expose the most egregious frauds he had discovered over the years, focusing on the worst offenders: companies that had exaggerated their profitability by at least 100%. In February 2010, he published a series of reports titled “Management Leaving Investors Stuck at the Pumps” showing that China Natural Gas (formerly NASDAQ: CHNG) management defrauded investors by failing to disclose and likely misappropriating $20 million from an acquisition of an undisclosed related party.
Unfortunately, when CHNG discovered that Mr. Carnes wrote the reports, its chairman Qinan Ji responded by sending an agent to threaten him where he lived in China. Frightened by Ji’s threat, Mr. Carnes removed the reports from the Internet. From this point onward Mr. Carnes knew that publishing the truth while living in China might get him killed.
Mr. Carnes nevertheless chose to remain in China to continue exposing fraud. Knowing that the safety of his researchers depended upon absolute secrecy and anonymity, he published my reports anonymously online using the obvious pseudonym “Alfred Little.” Beginning with CHNG, over the next two years Mr. Carnes exposed a diverse array of investment fraud committed by a U.S. listed Chinese companies.
After two years, CHNG Chairman Qinan Ji’s effort to conceal his fraud finally failed. On 9/21/11 NASDAQ halted trading of CHNG and on 3/8/12 CHNG was delisted. Most importantly, on 5/14/12 the SEC filed fraud charges against CHNG and its Chairman Qinan Ji.
Two more of the companies that Mr. Carnes first exposed faced the same fate. On 2/22/12 the SEC charged Puda Coal (formerly AMEX: PUDA) Chairman Ming Zhao with fraud, confirming each of the allegations in his 4/8/11 report, “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors.”
Then on 4/23/12 the SEC charged SinoTech Energy (formerly NASDAQ: CTE) and two of its officers with fraud. On 8/16/11, Mr. Carnes was the first to blow the whistle exposing CTE’s massive fraud in a report titled “SinoTech Energy: Enhanced Oil Recovery or Capital Extraction.” Unlike other numerous smaller “reverse merger” frauds, Sinotech was a $168 million IPO listed on NASDAQ underwritten by UBS and Lazard Capital Markets and audited by Ernst & Young.
Three companies, Deer Consumer Products (“DEER”), Sino Clean Energy (“SCEI”) and Silvercorp Metals (“SVM”) criticized in reports published by A*L sued Mr. Carnes for defamation. The three companies coordinated their legal and retaliatory efforts, both in the U.S., Canada and China to silence Mr. Carnes.
The epic battle that followed ended swiftly in a complete rout. NASDAQ delisted DEER and SCEI. SVM and DEER both lost their defamation claims against Mr. Carnes. SCEI abandoned its defamation claim against Mr. Carnes.
After winning the battle against DEER, SCEI and SVM, A*L emerged with the best track record of any China focused investment blog.
Suhail Capital Management is a Cayman Domiciled Private Investment Firm. We focus on event driven long/short opportunities in what we believe to be seriously mispriced global listed securities.
Hedge fund analyst, 6 years investing experience, mainly looking for special situation opportunities in small-mid cap firms with significantly asymmetric risk/reward profile
Equanimity is one of the most powerful attributes to possess in investment management. Opportunities are always available in the market but it is a job that requires extensive research, analysis, objectiveness, and sometimes secondary opinion.
Disclaimer: All articles provided are for entertainment purposes only. Interpret everything as opinion rather than fact and do your own due diligence. These statements are not an offer to buy or sell any security.
Extract Capital is a resource-focused investment fund with a concentration in the junior mining sector. Our core investments are smaller capitalization securities that often do not have positive cash flow.
RH Analytics specializes in deep-dive fundamental research on companies and sectors. We focus on topics where we believe there is a disconnect between current perceptions of the investment opportunity and the underlying reality. Our work dispels the myth and illuminates the reality.
Devonshire Capital is a Boston-based hedge fund with investments in technology. The fund is managed by leading industry experts. Devonshire Capital does not just focus on long/short strategy and profit generation. It focuses on identifying true value in the technology industry.
Fund is represented by Matt Stack, a former venture capitalist. Mr. Stack serves as a technology adviser to a variety of institutions and family offices overseeing and directing over $500M. Over the past decade, Matt has acquired and developed a collection of minority interests in companies across North America ranging from small university spin outs to mid-sized industrial technology companies. Matt also serves as an adviser to a number of privately held companies, where he manages and supervises technology and high performance computing investments.
Investment manager at Rugged Group LLC, an independent, fee-only registered investment advisor based in New York that I formed in August 2015. Find out more and follow my blog here. Email: brian [at] ruggedgrp [dot com]
Prescience Point's founders have over 25 years of combined Wall Street experience, and a significant track-record of successful short recommendations.
The sole focus of our company is to conduct comprehensive fundamental research, and uncover companies that are engaging in fraudulent or misleading business practices. We partner with leading hedge funds, private investigators, accountants, lawyers and industry experts to conduct our research process. We take an activist role to communicate our findings to regulators, shareholders, and other public constituents.
Our firm was founded on the belief that investors deserve full and complete honesty, transparency and accountability from corporations they invest with. We set high expectations and standards for our research process and opinions, and strive to achieve the respect from our readers for our integrity, intellectual honesty, analytical rigor, and accuracy of our conclusions.
I'm a young private investor. I prefer concentrated bets on small, quality businesses. I'm a strategic generalist, tactical specialist; I scan broadly looking for quirky things to become obsessed with for awhile, to accumulate clusters of competence in neglected niches. I'll place on my watch-list most anything that is predictable enough to value accurately, and wait for the right price. My idea horizons, which used to be ~1 year, seem to be lengthening. To the extent I pay attention to macro I outsource my beliefs to Scott Sumner/Market Monetarists; good guys with track records worth noticing.
My current top holdings are FN, KTCC, AGM, NVMI, EMAN, SILC, SLP, and SWIR.
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area in 2007.
Currently I am the Chief Analyst at sharpeequities.com.
For more information on my current endeavor, feel free to find me on LinkedIn.