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Anthony G. B. (Tony) Hayes BSc (Hons.), DIA, CFA.
Tony is an all-round investment professional with a broad range of credentials, skills, contacts and work experience in Canada, England, the United States and Australia. His career spanning four decades has been in the investment and mining industries as a corporate director, president, executive director, research manager, money manager as well as being a top-ranked Canadian metals and mining analyst in the 1970s and 1980s. Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland he now lives in Niagara-on-the Lake in the deep-south.of Canada.
My name is Phil Mause. I am a Senior Advisor with the Pacific Economics Group, focusing on energy, regulatory and valuation issues. I retired from 40 years of law practice earlier this year. I am a yield oriented investor and in the last two years, I have done reasonably well in junk bonds, BDCs, mortgage REITS, and dividend paying blue chip stocks. As an avocation, I dabble in stand up comedy.
Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds. He is a recognized expert on the global economy, monetary policy and international investing. An authority on currencies, he is a pioneer in the use of strategic currency investing to seek diversification and has been named a “Currency Guru” by Morningstar.
Axel Merk is a regular guest on CNBC, FoxBusiness and Bloomberg. His columns and interviews frequently appear in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other financial media around the world. Merk is a sought after expert speaker at industry conferences, including the annual conferences of the CFA, FPA and AAII organizations in 2011, as well as at universities, government organizations and think tanks. Merk's expertise encompasses topics ranging from the global economy, gold and currencies to sustainable wealth and personal finance. Axel Merk’s Book “Sustainable Wealth” was published by Wiley in 2009 and his newsletter Merk Insights reaches a wide audience of investors, analysts and media following global macroeconomic issues and implications to investing.
Mr. Merk, together with the Merk portfolio team, manages the Merk Hard, Asian and Absolute Return Currency Funds, as well as the Merk Currency Enhanced U.S. Equity Fund. He holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University.
Stephen Aniston is President of Volatility Advisors, a financial research firm that focuses on stock market volatility. The company operates VIXCONTANGO.COM, the best source for volatility data, analytics, trade alerts and research. Prior to his current endeavor, Mr. Aniston was a financial technology software manager, architect and developer with over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He was Technical Architect for the Merchant Bank at Goldman Sachs and Technology Vice President for the Investment Bank at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He also had stints at hedge fund investment firms (commonly called fund-of-funds) K2 Advisors and Ivy Asset Management. He graduated from Stanford University with an engineering degree in the late 90s
Joel Litman is Chief Investment Strategist at Valens Securities, Inc., Valens Equities (formerly Equity Analysis & Strategy, Inc.), and Valens Credit, LLC. He advises institutional clients in quantitative and fundamental analysis of corporate credit, equity, and macroeconomic investment strategy.
Litman serves as Chairman/CEO of Valens Securities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of COL Financial Group (PSE:COL).
Litman has held Manager/Director positions at Credit Suisse, Diamond Tech Partners (now PwC), Deloitte Consulting, HOLT Value Associates, and American Express. He has served as editor or author in Harvard Business Review, Strategic Finance, and others. He co-authored the highly-acclaimed book, DRIVEN: Business Strategy, Human Actions, and the Creation of Wealth.
Litman has taught or guest-lectured at Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Wharton, LBS, Hult IBS, SAIF Jiang Tong, and others. He has conducted seminars for CFA/CPA Societies, CalPERs, Fidelity, CSFB, HSBC, PwC, Oracle, the US State Dept. and others.
In education, Litman helped build The Institute of Strategy & Valuation; Credit Suisse’s HOLT University for investors and executives; the S.E.V. Concentration at the Driehaus College of Commerce at DePaul University; and the C.S.V. designation - Certified in Strategy & Value-Creation;
Intellectual property includes the Signal Flag patent; Return Driven Strategy©; Strategic Valuation™; and Credit Cash Flow Prime™.
Litman is a member of the Global CFA Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts. He received a B.S in Accounting from DePaul University. He is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and holds an MBA/MM from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Litman’s most important work is in assisting under-developed communities through elementary-through-college scholarships, job training programs, and microfinance lending, particularly in the Philippines.
I only look at stocks that have the possibility to double over a twelve month period and stocks in which the risk/reward ratio payout is high. In addition I focus on swing trade opportunities.
I focus more on valuations and risk/reward metrics as opposed to what make companies tick.
I have been a professional investor for over 20 years and during the past several years an economics analyst and financial writer for capital.gr, the biggest economic news portal in Greece.
I have managed money from time to time and have also done some seed venture capital projects in the past.