Carl Hanratty is a pseudonym used by an investor who performs fundamental research on public companies. He focuses on companies where he believes the market has greatly mispriced a company's prospects.
Grumpy Bear is a former research analyst who now invests his own money and provides independent research opinions. Most of the research is focused on short ideas because there are enough sell side analysts and paid promoters hyping stocks on the long side.
Professional investor managing a value-based special situations fund. Formerly managed a proprietary trading portfolio of equities and credit for a global investment bank. Prior to that, worked at a $10 billion multi-strategy hedge fund. Career training in merchant banking, private equity and M&A.
Robert W. Walter, Esq. is a securities attorney officing in Colorado. He represents small and mid-cap companies in capital market transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings, private placements, and M&A. He also is active in representing whistleblowers before the SEC in connection with potential violations of the federal securities laws.Since 2000 and 2012, he has also served as an instructor of continuing professional education (CPE) courses for the AICPA and IASeminars, London, England, respectively. He has written ten CPE courses and six books on SEC reporting and capital markets, corporate governance, small business financing, business ethics, business law, and financial statement fraud. Mr. Walter received the AICPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader award in 2015, 2014 and 2013, placing him among the top 20 AICPA instructors nationally. The opinions he expresses are his own.
The CPE courses authored by Mr. Walter include: Detecting and Investigating Financial Statement Fraud; Management's Discussion and Analysis Workshop; Corporate Governance Fundamentals; Understanding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; SEC Reporting for International Companies; Advanced Business Law for CPAs; Real World Business Ethics (for tax practitioners, for audit and accounting, and for business and industry); Tough Economic Times, Current Issues and Critical Ethical Judgments; AICPA's Guide to Financing the Small Business; Public Reporting Responsibilities: Putting Your Best Foot Forward; and the SEC and PCAOB Quarterly Update. Mr. Walter speaks extensively on SEC and PCAOB matters, IFRS, business ethics, and risk management.at national and state conferences.
Mr. Walter received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. In 2012, he completed coursework such that he is now eligible to sit for the CPA exam. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court of the State of Colorado. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, the Colorado bar, Mensa, the Author's Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Beta Gamma Sigma. His is also a former member of the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (2004 – 2005), which advises the PCAOB in carrying out its standard-setting responsibilities and consists of approximately 33 members from throughout the U.S. with expertise in accounting, auditing, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
Investment professional with over ten years of Wall Street experience. I began my career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Following my time at Merrill, I worked for approximately seven years in private equity. Currently, I manage money for both qualified and non-qualified clients. I would classify myself as a long/short investor with a value-based approach.
I'm a small business owner and investor. Previously, I was an intelligence officer and defense consultant with six years of experience in conflict zones.
I use a bimodal portfolio, applying strong offense and defense. Treasuries, cash, and short sales comprise roughly 50%. I stake the rest in high payout opportunities, including value, special situations, and growth at a reasonable price.
Finsight Funds aims to bring a modern approach to investing by coupling data with the latest academic and proprietary research. In our interconnected world of Big Data, it should be easier than ever to identify trends and forces shaping markets.
I follow a blend of value and growth investing. The truly exceptional companies with great returns have growth ahead of them, but come at a value price.
I began investing in the stock market more than 10 years ago. I have experience working on the buy-side for a wealth management firm, a large asset management firm (which managed in excess of $50 billion) and a small hedge fund (AUM of $50m). I am a CFA Level 3 candidate for June 2017.
The purpose and mission for Finsight Funds is to help allocate financial resources where they can provide the most value to the world.
Part of the goal in writing for Seeking Alpha is to listen to and understand the readers to the research, thoughts, and ideas that are presented.
"He who listens becomes the master of what is profitable."
Recently, a reader asked about my anonymity. My response, which I feel is appropriate to share here, was:
"I have thought much about the distinction between myself as a PM and the institution I am founding; while I would love to have my institution accomplish a lot, I do not want resulting personal fame or attention. I would prefer to be out of the limelight. For those reasons, I have decided to promote the institution rather than myself."
I am interested in small capitalized companies with a high optionality to the upside compared to the relative downside risk. I am grounded in a value based approach but will also explore special situations. I am a trained CPA and continue to practice in industry.
Warning: my twitter account is very random but will have a lot of economic and business items sprinkled with Green Bay Packer comments.
Ray Dirks has been a respected analyst on Wall Street for decades. Ray has written two books,” The Great Wall Street Scandal” and “Heads You Win, Tails You Win”, published by McGraw-Hill and Bantam Books respectively.
Dirks opened his own securities analysis firm after gaining much attention in the financial press during the 1970s and 1980s.
Ray earned his place in the history books while working as a securities research analyst. He got a tip from a disgruntled employee of a company called Equity Funding that this firm had built its business model upon massive commercial and accounting fraud. Most research analysts on Wall Street took Equity Funding's numbers at face value, and recommended the stock.
Dirks, however, began his own investigation, found the tip credible, then warned both his firm's top institutional clients (who sold out their positions) and the SEC. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to interest The Wall Street Journal in the story. It turned out that the tip was right, and Equity Funding eventually collapsed in a manner that would prefigure some of the scandals that have been seen on the Street today.
Former analyst at a long/short value-oriented hedge fund now managing a fund of my own. I believe it's important to put your money where your mouth is when investing, so I will generally write only about stocks that I own or am likely to purchase in the near future. For exclusive ideas and real-time access to my full portfolio, consider subscribing to my service, "Beating the Market with SoF".
Contrarian PM manages a research-focused domestic long-short fund. We focus on fundamental, bottom-up research. We are contrarian and gravitate to complicated special situations where our research process and hard work is a differentiator for us. We love shorting stocks and enjoy the hard work and attention to detail that the short side requires. On the long side, our performance is driven by finding unique situations early and our holding periods are frequently in excess of one year.
I am currently an investor with previous experience in corporate M&A and private equity. I look for both long and short opportunities in small to mid capitalization stocks that are often ignored or overbought in the marketplace. In long opportunities, I seek out deep value that is overlooked by the general public. In short opportunities, I look for highly promoted companies that are likely to be misrepresenting information to investors. I conduct the necessary due diligence to present the facts and try to eliminate the asymmetrical information gap that exists in these opportunities.
About the author: The author, CPA, uses forensic and technical accounting to uncover companies where earnings quality is deteriorating and growth may unsustainable. The author has experience in short-side equity research that served multi-billion dollar hedge funds and financial institutions. Prior to that, the author was as an auditor at a big four public accounting firm.
25 years in energy M&A/Corporate Finance business career. Senior officer for public E&P companies, including MLP, charged with overseeing (at different times) accounting, tax, legal, investment banking/analyst relations, investor relations, as well as business unit with land, engineering, geological and support functions. Used legal background to interface with and direct outside investment bankers, law firms and accounting firms in M&A transactions and offerings. Personal investments and trading 15 years.