Bruce Craig is an attorney, He lives in New York City with his wife after moving from Madison, Wisconsin in 2000. He retired from the Wisconsin Department of Justice in 1997, after 30 years of service, in the capacity of Assistant Attorney General and served, of counsel, with a Madison law firm for two years thereafter. His primary responsibility at the Wisconsin Department of Justice was as a litigating attorney in its Office of Consumer Protection, duties included a number of cases against pyramid schemes. He was also involved in anti-trust litigation and in the area of criminal appeals. While in New York he has volunteered with the New York Legal Assistance Group, the New York Attorney General's office, and with the Attorney General's project at Columbia Law School. He is presently inactive as a volunteer, but has been active on Seeking Alpha and other forums dealing with the subject of pyramid schemes.
How I got interested in Herbalife is a curious story. Talking to my friend of 49 years about how, somehow he might sometime have sex with his wife after 5 years of suffering, unrequited love. Then the new problem was; Instead of getting a job to help family finances she joined Herbalife, What could he do or say? I suggested he say only one time what he thought, then shut UP.,
Herbalife was still around after being such an obvious scam? So I got curious.
I'm a retired guy having sold my California home in 2007, then traveling around the world with my daughter and then settling down. I have a Master's in psychiatric social work from the U of Michigan. I became interested in the markets in 1985 and was able to do extensive research at the SF Public Library, Business Branch , which then had many expensive market newsletters. My research was centered around, does anybody know anything? The Elliott Wave Theory explained and predicted the market and social trends and I believe is the missing explanation for economic and social history. Now I also follow the work of the econophysicsts, Dr, Didier Sornette and Dr. Eugene Stanley among others which supports the Elliott wave belief of fractal degrees of trends ( at least 8 degrees by Dr. Stanley's study of 200million trades) and waves (log peroidic, similar to Elliott Waves) in the markets. Check out videolectures.net for some great lectures on bubbles, rare events, complex systems and prediction of financial crises.
When younger I was not able to make money in the markets despite some accurate technical analysis on my part. Example, In 1989 I had put options increase 26 x ( $50 to $13) in 1 1/2 hours, from the last hour of Friday trading to the first half hour Monday morning when the ticker went out and I was in lust, 3000 miles from home with a woman I still love today and didn't turn on the tv. My recommendation to younger people is, don't turn on the tv in a similar situation, but leave s sell stop at 20x. My hierarchy of vices, I realized had lust/love before greed and gluttony. Now a little cooled out, maybe I can do better, seeing love as stable, lust and profits as transitory and profits harder to find the lust.
Disclosure: I might buy some HLF at $ 0.01 for a bounce to $0.04.
I am interested in researching and writing unique articles that combine politics and finance. With a background in Political Science and Economics, I often look at the impact regulations have on the bottom line. I generally take a short perspective when looking at companies.
Too many companies get away with lying to investors and the public. I hope that my articles can shine some light on the misstatements made by various management teams and add to improved corporate governance in this country.
Issamar Ginzberg is a business adviser, marketing expert, and speaker, who has have the privilege of lecturing and consulting for political parties,companies like Google, Tel Aviv University, the Administrator's Forum, JTI, NBN, the Jewish National Fund, Revenue Seminar, JBNF, Nefesh B'Nefesh, and other venues all over the globe.
Rabbi Issamar also writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post and The English Update.
Drawing upon more than a quarter century of experience teaching economics and finance at several prestigious colleges and universities, Richard now shares his vast wealth of knowledge with our readers. Richard is an expert in the field of risk management and reinsurance, and he’s guided more than 10,000 students in preparing for careers in the financial services industry. Known for his libertarian leanings, Richard is a scholar of the Austrian School of Economics methodology and has written extensively on macroeconomics. Richard holds a doctorate in the field of economics.
Value investor with about 25 years experience. Im an active trader but don't trade every day. Only when I find something worth buying or selling. Tend to scale in and out of positions.
I like stocks below book value, with low PEs, turnarounds & stocks with meaningful insider buying. (Hard to find nowdays)
I think MLMs are scams and the country & world would be a better place if most were shut down and/or regulated heavily. I have no position in any of them so my opinion is not tainted by potential gains or losses. Im rooting heavily for Ackman in his quest against the evil & dishonesty of HLF.
Apparently, I own a tiny bit of NUS via FBALX. Its less than 1/10th of 1% of the fund. Kind of makes me throw up a little bit.
I have been an active investor in US equities and options since 1991. I do mostly position trades based on deep fundamental research and contrarian approach. During the 1991-2009 period my investment returns may be characterized as stellar. However, my investment record since 2009 was terrible.
I consider myself an amateur investor. However, in all these years I learned a thing or two about equity markets and valuations. Though I do short equities often, going by my record – I admit that I am not a successful short seller. That is not to say my analyses were wrong, rather it is just that my timing is far from being perfect.
I am a registered professional engineer and Professor of Civil Engineering at a major US university in my day job. The professional code of ethics for engineers dictates that, when making public pronouncements such as article authorship or comments on articles, I should disclose on whose behalf I am making those statements. I present all my equity and market related commentary and analyses on public forums such as Seeking Alpha in my capacity as an amateur investor. The analysis presented and the associated statements and assertions represent only my views and are in no way associated with my employer or my profession.
Independent investor with extensive financial experience. Numerous years of trading securities, personal portfolio manager. Main interests are in tech and banking. Personal focus is on tech growth opportunities and deep value plays in the banking sector. Happy to respond to article comments, but often unable to do so because of hectic work schedule.
Former Electrical Engineer for the Bell system. Just looking to maximize my retirement income by selecting under valued stocks that are likely to realize large upward movement in a short period of time.