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.
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Physical and financial commodity trader and Portfolio manager specializing in natural gas and petroleum commodities with 29 years of extensive and varied experience under a broad range of market conditions.
A proven track record of success employing a very methodical and disciplined trading style.
Skilled in both granular supply/demand analysis as well as the art of technical analysis.
Founding member of proprietary energy derivatives trading desk at Morgan Stanley, head energy trader at Chase Manhattan Bank, natural gas portfolio manager at Perennial Capital. Founding partner 4 Corners Global Trading, LLC
Specialties: Natural gas trading, Petroleum trading, derivatives, risk management, commodity futures, options expert, Technical analysis, fundamental analysis
Andy Hecht is the chief market strategist for Carden Capital and Carden Futures. Andy is a sought-after commodity and futures trader, an options expert and analyst. He spent nearly 35 years on Wall Street, including two decades on the trading desk of Phillip Brothers, which became Salomon Brothers and ultimately part of Citigroup.
Over the past two decades, he has researched, structured and executed some of the largest trades ever made, involving huge quantities of precious metals and bulk commodities.
Andy understands the market in a way many traders can’t imagine. He’s booked vessels, armored cars and trains to transport and store a wide range of commodities. And he’s worked directly with The United Nations and the legendary trading group Phibro.
Today, Andy remains in close contact with sources around the world and his network of traders.
“I have a vast Rolodex of information in my head… so many bull and bear markets. When something happens, I don’t have to think. I just react. History does tend to repeat itself over and over.”
His friends and mentors include highly regarded energy and precious metals traders, supply line specialists and international shipping companies that give him vast insight into the market.
Andy’s writing and analysis can be found on a number of market based websites including CQG. Andy lectures at colleges and Universities. He also contributes to Traders Magazine. He consults for companies involved in producing and consuming commodities. Andy's biweekly radio show, The Commodities Hour with Andy Hecht, can be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 PM EST on www.tfnn.com. Andy’s first book How to Make Money with Commodities, published by McGraw Hill was released in 2013 and has received excellent reviews. He is currently working on his second book, Luster. Andy held a Series 3 and Series 30 license from the National Futures Association and is associated as a collaborator and strategist with hedge funds. Andy is the commodity-expert for the website about.com and blogs on his own site technomentals.com.
Arvind Mallik and Jonathon Fite are the Managing Partners of KMF Investments, a Pure Pay for Performance Private Investment Partnership. We focus on finding deeply undervalued stocks across all industry sectors and geographies, with emphasis on world dominators, commodities and hard assets, and special situations. As value investors, we look at stocks as ownership stakes in real businesses, not merely as symbols with fluctuating ticker prices. Before founding KMF Investments in 2008, we were executives in the Strategy practice of Accenture for many years. As strategic and operational advisers to many of the world’s top companies, we helped clients create value for shareholders by developing innovative new products and services, improving sales and marketing, streamlining supply chain operations, and executing mergers and acquisitions. We apply our deep business and financial knowledge towards finding compelling investment opportunities.
Currently managing a long / short portfolio for a family office
BA in Economics from Yale University
MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business
Prior Investing Experience:
Leonard Green and Partners Private Equity
I work for a small long/short, value-oriented investment partnership. On the long side, we prefer to invest in high quality businesses that possess discernible competitive moats, which operate in industries with reliable, growing end markets. For short positions, we generally look for companies that operate in highly competitive markets with low barriers to entry. We also specialize in "special situation" shorts, which may include circumstances where we believe a company's management team has misled investors about business prospects or where the market has misread certain corporate developments.
A long term view into the future is paramount for successful investings. A foundation of quality research is the first step to a beautiful future.
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Petroleum Engineer, CSM '78 (project development, ops mgr) retired
to own / operate a small beachfront hotel in Mexico.
30 yrs as passive investor followed by past 15 as active investor
(small nestegg, trying to grow it).
Joe Cornell, CFA is the principal of Spin-Off Advisors, and the author of "Spin-Off To Pay-Off" (McGraw-Hill). Spin-Off Advisors is a Chicago based research boutique that provides independent research on spin-off situations. I have published "Spin-Off Research" since 1997. Spin-Off Research is a monthly institutional advisory report featuring continuous research on corporate spin-off activity.
Manage an investment fund that focuses on under-followed or misunderstood stocks, especially in the small cap area. The fund has a strong focus on businesses with "Ft. Knox" balance sheets, large & sustainable free cash flow yields, and management teams motivated to drive shareholder value. From 2008 through 2015, the investment fund has out-performed the S&P500 total return index by over 400 basis points per year, despite an average net cash position of close to 30% or more. We have also provided investment advice to some wealthy families and family offices. Email email@example.com, phone 310-426-2045.
I focus on investments in the oil & gas sector with an eye for dividend income and long-term capital appreciation. I typically allocate a portion of my own portfolio and devote some of my Seeking Alpha articles to small and medium sized companies offering compelling risk/reward propositions.
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I'm a CFA Charterholder and hold an MBA in Finance.
I spend a large amount of my free time analyzing and investing in energy companies of varying size. I'm currently covering oil and gas producers in the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford. I try to provide quarterly coverage for several companies. I also look at oil and gas producers globally, in search of strong value plays. Anytime I find one, I write about it.
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Full time Investor / Trader, 17 years.
Specialist in risk management, with intermediate trade focus, US stocks, international ETFs and commodities.
Believe in correlation of markets, must understand all markets to trade one well.
Self taught through continuous study of myself and other investors.
Extensive experience with short selling, futures and options.
Developing interest in international markets based on poltical change and policies.
Follow and read fundamentals but invest by listening to technical's.
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I focus on the microcap space (market cap below $250 million) because it is one of the most inefficient and "alpha rich" areas of the global equity market, which provides the greatest opportunity to generate alpha through fundamental research.
I use a bottom up, investment decision making process. The ideal investment has an asymmetric risk/return profile with a limited downside (e.g. high net cash balance, strong cash flow) and significant upside (e.g. asset value extraction, overlooked business model transition).
Microcaps are particularly attractive to the following groups:
Activist investors. A small absolute investment (on a dollar basis) can be leveraged into a relatively large position (as a percentage of shares outstanding), which provides a greater ability to demand change.
Private equity firms. The persistent microcap discount can be “arbed away” via an LBO with the new owners accruing all of the gains for themselves. The small absolute size of many microcaps on an EV basis significantly expands the number of firms able to pursue this strategy.
This inefficiency exists for several reasons.
A lack of analyst coverage due to lower trading volume (less soft dollars from HF/MF), the global settlement that permanently severed the link between research/banking and the rise in electronic trading/decimalization. Moreover, none of these trends are likely to reverse for the foreseeable future (if ever).
A lack of institutional products given the natural capacity constraint for new/existing managers.
An inability to effectively implement a passive approach (e.g. ETFs, index funds) due to the lower liquidity and wider bid/ask spread. However, each of these obstacles can be overcome by using a combination of electronic trading tools (e.g. algos) and patience in building a positive size.
Inaccurate and persistent misconceptions about microcaps (e.g. they are riskier than larger cap stocks).
I currently trade for my personal account but would like to move into the investment management side of the industry.
Own over 50 dividend paying stocks. Our holdings by sector. Animal Health/Dental: PDCO. Chemical/Agriculture: DOW, DD, FMC and MON. Consumer Defensive: KO, PG, MO, KMB, GIS, MDLZ, CLX, CL, KHC, HSY and SJM. Consumer Cyclical: SBUX, NKE and COH. Healthcare: ABT, ABBV, BMY,BAX, DGX, JNJ, LLY, PFE, MRK and HYH. Tech: ADP, ORCL, IBM, INTC, GLW, HPQ, HPE, NATI and TXN. Industrial: EMR, ITW, MMM, HON and GE. Financial: FITB. Telecom: T and VZ. Utility: AEP Miscellaneous: AVY, CDK, FAST, FBHS and SPGI.
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Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
Value Digger holds MSc. in Electrical Engineering, speaks four languages (English, French, Greek, German) and has lived in the U.S. for many years. Also, he is a full-time investor and a freelance writer with one of the highest Followers per Article (F/A) rates in Seeking Alpha. His F/A rate in Seeking Alpha is above 30.
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I'm currently an investment professional. In my spare time I invest in my personal account, focusing on event-driven and obscure equities, where I believe large mispricings exist.
I'm a young private investor. I prefer concentrated bets on small, quality businesses. I'm a strategic generalist, tactical specialist; I scan broadly looking for quirky things to become obsessed with for awhile, to accumulate clusters of competence in neglected niches. I'll place on my watch-list most anything that is predictable enough to value accurately, and wait for the right price. My idea horizons, which used to be ~1 year, seem to be lengthening. To the extent I pay attention to macro I outsource my beliefs to Scott Sumner/Market Monetarists; good guys with track records worth noticing.
My current top holdings are FN, KTCC, AGM, NVMI, EMAN, SILC, SLP, and SWIR.
I am an activist investor in US and Chinese stocks. I was previously an investment banker in New York Hong Kong and London for 9 years, focused on Equity Capital Markets. I look at both long ideas and short ideas and typically focus on a small number on names where I can spend the time to conduct very deep research. I spend my time living between Los Angeles and Beijing, China.