Stephen Aniston is 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. Prior to that he 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.
Currently, he is President of Money Loop, a financial research firm that focuses on volatility. The company operates VIXCONTANGO.COM, the best source for volatility data, analytics, trade alerts, dashboards and reports on the internet. VIXCONTANGO provides real-time data and daily analysis of the VIX Futures Curve (VX), the CBOE spot VIX indices (VXST, VIX, VXV, VXMT) and the S&P 500 index (SPX). Our proprietary indicators, the VIX Contango Oscillator (VCO) and the VIX Term Roll Oscillator (VTRO), aggregate volatility expectations across time and help investors identify opportunities to exploit futures contango rollover in Volatility ETFs for trading profits. By monitoring changes in volatility expectations, investors can also spot important turning points in the markets and time them successfully.
I have retired from a 35 years career in the semiconductor industry. I now have the time to do the deep research necessary for successful investing.
I freely provide investment information for friends and family.
I am a member of MENSA, which means precisely nothing except I wake up in the middle of the night doing pointless math problems in my head:)
I've been in investment management since 1990, currently as a long-only money manager for Alsin Capital. I received my law degree from the University of Oregon in 1984, worked as an accountant for the international accounting firm KPMG, then got involved in investing. I've written over 300 columns for The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, Realmoney.com and SeekingAlpha.com.
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.
I graduated with a BSEE from NCSU. Following technology companies and developments is a hobby of mine when I have free time. A few years ago I started investing, and have tremendously enjoyed it. I try and share a unique view from an engineering vice an investor standpoint, and enjoy learning from others in the SA community.