Dan Plettner invests and licenses his own real time trading data to Covestor Ltd. Dan previously licensed his written content to DealFlow Media, for the Closed-End Fund Alert. Dan focuses his qualitative investigative research methods on Closed-End Funds and other underfollowed securities. His efforts seek to identify potential valuation changes which are unanticipated by median market participants. He believes readily available “quantitative research” is of minimal value for achieving outsized returns within any particular investing style. Dan Plettner was born in 1975 and has been investing since his teen years. After completing his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), he won the “NSD award” as a retail Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Dan relocated to Morgan Stanley’s International Headquarters in Manhattan where he served as a Closed-End Fund Product Specialist until 2000 and then attained his MBA from New York University.
Convergence Investment Management is a Registered Investment Advisory firm that focuses on unique opportunities within the Closed-End Fund and Exchange Traded Fund marketplaces. We believe that the markets, while very efficient, are not perfectly efficient and that opportunities for superior risk adjusted returns exist for those willing to put in the work to identify short-term price dislocations. Charles “Chad” Gray is Convergence Investment Management’s Portfolio Manager. Prior to launching Convergence, Mr. Gray spent much of professional his career in Silicon Valley developing better data analytics platforms and data management techniques, many of which have been applied to the Convergence approach. Mr. Gray earned both an M.B.A. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Engineering from Northwestern University. He has also earned the CFA designation and is an active member with the CFA Society of San Francisco.
My first bad experience was in Oct 1987, whenI lost my shirt but kept my pants. Every day I learn. Like to give a shout out to Apple for an unpleasant relearning of the importance of margins.
Some trading is based on dividend ex-dates and valuations. Also do a fair amount of trading in energy stocks. Always have a sense of the macro investment environment and look for stocks in the sectors with an advantage.
I like open minded investors, who will buy a stock based on the valuation.
Follow SEC form 4 fillings and keep watch lists based on insider buying - like to see a cluster of insider buying or a lot of insider purchases over a long term. Like lots of cash and no debt on balance sheet.
Will buy almost anything if it is cheap enough and there seems to be a catalyst.
Look at the financial statements very carefully.