Caiman Valores is a Colombian based independent investment and risk management consultancy. The consultancy specializes in South American listed companies as well as conducting regional economic and risk assessments.The principal of Caiman Valores "Matt Smith" has over a decade of experience in the investment management, banking and finance industries, with that time spent working in investment management, risk management, investment advisory and corporate strategy. Over the years, he has spent considerable time analyzing investment solutions as well as designing and implementing risk management frameworks for two global banking institutions. He has also advised on investment mandates and strategy for a number of privately owned funds management and advisory groups. Most recently, he has been involved in implementing and managing an enterprise risk framework within a global banking institution across its private banking, investment management and financial advisory divisions. Prior to embarking on a career in the financial services sector, he worked in the field of risk management in the government sector for a variety of government security agencies. He has travelled extensively through South America, speaks Spanish and enjoys learning about new cultures and languages as well as travel and adventure.He has a Master of Business Law from the University of Sydney. Prior to this he completed a Master of International Relations and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of New South Wales. Please feel free to contact him regarding investments, writing, or speaking opportunities via email at email@example.com.
I am a small time trader in my IRA. I have mostly invested in the market and utilized market timing successfully several times. I am a civil engineer by training and have worked in design engineering and project management. I am currently engineering director for a large water and sewer utility in North Carolina. Basically I know nothing about trading and I am learning.
Experienced Engineering major with MSc in Applied Finance. Strong understanding of equity/fixed income valuation and options pricing models including Binomial and Black-Scholes. Proficient in the structuring of financial products through combining of asset class, exotic options and market/client views to form capital protected notes, reverse convertibles and constant maturity swaps. Applies economic analysis and various equity valuation methods (mostly free cash flow, dividend discount and justified price multiples) to personal investments in the Entertainment, IT and Telecommunications sectors.
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.
Robert P. Balan has more than 4 decades of experience in the financial markets. Education in mining engineering, computer science, finance, and training in economics led to a commodity analysis career during the commodity boom of the early 1970s. Robert made a switch to global macro focus in the early 1980 when the commodity bull market waned, with specialization in foreign exchange. Robert wrote a very high profile daily FX analysis while Geneva-based in the mid-1980s (the first FX commentary with a real global readership, "most accessed" in the Reuters and Telerate networks from 1988 to 1994). He worked for Swiss Bank Corp and Union Bank of Switzerland (precursors of today’s new UBS) as head of technical research and as proprietary trader in various major finance centers (London, New York, and subsequently head of proprietary trading in Toronto, respectively) from late 1980s to mid-1990s. A stint at Bank of America as head of global technical research (in London and New York) followed in late 1990s to early 2000s. Robert did technical analysis for Saxo Bank (Denmark) in the mid-200s based in New York. He returned to Switzerland in 2004 as head of technical research and strategy, and FX and commodity market analyst for Swiss Life Asset Management in Zurich. He joined Diapason Commodities Management in 2008 as senior market strategist, and subsequently as Chief Market Strategist, utilizing fundamental macroeconomic drivers, and structural/technical data in modeling asset price and sector movements. Robert wrote a book on the Elliott Wave Principle in 1988, which was hailed by the London Society of Technical Analysts as “the best book ever written on the subject”. Robert is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), USA.