Chris Cook's background is in UK market regulation, latterly as a Director of the International Petroleum Exchange. In recent years, he has been a strategic market consultant and commentator, and has also been actively developing new partnership-based legal and financial structures or "enterprise models". Since 2011 Chris has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Security & Resilience Studies at University College London.
Professional working for the automotive supply chain; soccer coach., and overall nerd when it comes to plastics - worried about retirement, and really interested in starting a business to control my own destinty
Academic training in engineering, economics and accountancy. Worked in heavy engineering, iron and steel, pulp and paper factory construction, aerosols, consumer products, high tech electronics, metal fabrication, foundries, food and fisheries, international development, humanitarian aid, refugees, famine, development planning, aid coordination ... over 60 countries and mainly based in the USA. Line manager, consultant ... Public sector, private sector ... US and international companies, World Bank, UN.
Appalled at the decline in quality of professional accountancy ... concerned that modern analysts are not demanding higher standards of reporting ... concerned about the simplicity of money profit reporting on top of extremely important social consequences that are totally ignored in all the popular metrics.
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.
A career of experience in the Financial Services and Hedge Fund industries. Experienced, full time trader/investor only in my own account now looking to grow a good retirement asset base. Primarily invest in equity, fixed income and equity options. Continuously looking for good dividend plays particularly in the leveraged/indexed space.
"The only thing I know in life is that I know nothing". -Plato's Republic, (attributed to Socrates) "H'aint we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?" -Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain "All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." TE Lawrence I have a B.S. in Political Science and Economics. I currently work a with high risk demographic teaching basic financial skills, and I'm working toward certification in education. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and reading as many books on history, and investing that I can get my hands on. I believe that to fully understand where we are and where we are going we must have a grounded understanding of the past. I would recommend reading Nial Ferguson's War of the World if you would like to understand the current world's political, and financial climate.
Individual investor and casual macro economic student. Professionally an engineer with nearly 20 years of energy industry experience primarily in deepwater major capital projects ($500m to $5 billion) for companies ranging from small private equity funded to public super major international oil companies. Professional experience performing reserve and cash flow analysis for public accounting, banking, tax and estate, merger/acquisition, and business development purposes.
Small business owner (engineering consulting services) and energy investor through direct investment working/royalty interest in producing properties as well as exploration drilling.