I am an IT and design professional who has picked up investing as a major hobby when I have concluded that I no longer have faith in the long-term ability of the socialist governments of Europe to provide for the level of pension and retirement that people have come to expect. I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and moved to Finland at age 13 and I have resided there ever since. I hold a dual Russian/Finnish citizenship and invest globally to maintain appropriate levels of sector and geographical diversification in my portfolio.
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Netherlands based non-professional stocktrader with a private portfolio; good at stockpicking; not good at options. I prefer companies with a good ROI, ROE, PEG-ratio, good and inspiring management, a durable competative advantage. BUY AND ACCUMULATE (B&A) is my approach. I'm in the market for the company's profit, not the stockprice in the first place.
M.Sc. econ. Studies also in accounting and finance. Currently working in the financial industry. Also an enthusiastic small scale retail investor interested in strategy ETFs, smart beta, small cap value stocks etc. Big believer of proper diversification to different asset classes and a value-minded investor by heart.
I am also quite interested in macro econ but I try not to mess with macro and investing too much, because i believe that timing the market is ultimately a loser's game.
I have written 2 dutch books on value investing: "Aandelen selecteren als waardebelegger" and "Beleggen in bull- en bearmarkten". See bol.com (search for the titles). As a mathematician (Ph.D.) I am most interested in investment strategies with statistically favorable returns. In particular I invest in net-nets (20-30% average annual returns). I find companies with low Enterprise Value/Earnings before Tax and Interest (EV/EBIT) and strong balance sheets (20% average annual returns) also very interesting. Since such stocks are rare I invest globally. Send me a message with your email address to get example articles of my premium research on Seeking Alpha.
I taught my self investing after I got tired of losing money in the hands of so called "professionals" over the years. I figured it's better if I lose my own money - at least I can blame no one else for my mistakes.
I immigrated to Canada from India in the 80's with $10 in my pocket and have not done badly. I am grateful to Canada for giving me the opportunity to succeed and build a good life. I lived in the US for a couple of years but returned to Canada. The similarities and differences between the two countries fascinate me, I have a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (I am a Ontario licensed Pharmacist), and was "retired" recently from the R&D department of a major Pharma company. I also have an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Over the last 15 years, through a combination of interest, hardwork and luck, I have accumulated a portfolio which has made me financially independent (at least on paper), while making all the rookie mistakes and enduring two big bear markets fully invested (the last one with leverage) and holding a full time professional job and raising a family. The 2007-09 bear market has taught me that technical's are important and its important to raise cash at the right time. I follow the economic indicators carefully with the hope of avoiding (at least partially) a bear market. I continue to learn from experience and the read economic and financial commentary voraciously. I like to think I am playing the long game which takes guts, skill and patience.
My investing style is value - with a GARP orientation. My experience is that a few home runs make up for a many strike-outs, though now I focus more on stealing singles. I realize that Investing is a "losers game", to win you need to minimize your losses but at the same time, if there is no risk, there is no gain. I like to be highly diversified and routinely follow over a 100 positions. I invest, not trade, waiting patiently for a fat pitch.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck investing.
Manu Hinduja is currently owner/operator of three privately held companies. These companies are involved in Private Investment Banking, Deal Making, and IT Consulting/Outsourcing. He is a Trustee of two publicly traded Mutual Fund called Prasad Growth Fund (ticker symbol PRGRX) and Oceanstone Fund (ticker symbol OSFDX)
Manu Hinduja has extensive experience in financial consulting and corporate management. In his versatile career, he worked at various increasingly responsible positions at Exxon in Texas, Louisiana, California and Alaska. At Exxon, he was a key member of the Prudhoe Bay Equity Team which successfully negotiated 1.6% extra equity for the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field worth over a Billion dollars for Exxon. He handled Alaska Operations for Exxon ($2 Billion projects). He was the Reserves Coordinator and a key negotiator for ConocoPhillips sale of the Huntington Beach Oil Field to Shell Oil. At Kelt Energy, he was Vice President Acquisitions directly affecting the phenomenal growth of the company through aggressive acquisitions culminating in a reverse merger in the London Stock Exchange and acquiring Carless PLC in a hostile leveraged buyout (a ₤200 deal).
Manu was Advisor, Chief Financial Officer at Schreiber Enterprises, the largest Appliance Distribution Company in Southern California in the early nineties. He has done many Oil & Gas Deals acting as Advisor and Investment Banker. Also, bought the USS Coral Sea, the largest aircraft carrier from the Navy and distributed the profits to the investors after cutting it up for scrap metal.
Manu Hinduja was born in Mumbai, India and graduated from IIT, Bombay before he came to the United States for his graduate studies. He got his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX and his MBA from Pepperdine Graduate School of Business.
Manu is an active public speaker on Metaphysical topics and Finance. He is an avid writer and poet.
I love life and want to live it to its fullest. My aim is to retire when I am forty and live on dividends. I have a modest life style so I think I can achieve it.
My first milestone is to
- earn in dividends what equals to 2 months of my average expenses by the time I hit 30
Margin of Safety is an old-fashioned value investor. He is living in freezing Finland, which helps him to cool down and focus on his three investment principles:
Don’t lose money
Don't lose money
Don't lose money
Margin of Safety leaves cool growth companies to the boyz from Wall Street and whomever they manage to shift the merchandise - boring is good and dull is beautiful when it comes to the investment returns. It's all about a margin of safety, discount to the intrinsic value, not being fooled by Mister Market, courage to disagree with the crowd and the patience to wait for the right opportunity.