Private Investor - Ex FX trader - Freelance investment writer - Part-time blogger. Background in investing in small caps and day trading stocks. Now focused in longer term investing and detailed company analysis.
Data Center Knowledge - Contributor: writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Recently covered breaking news and actionable ideas REIT ideas for Benzinga "REIT Beat," now Contributor/Sr. REIT Expert. Select articles featured on Investopedia.com, Seeking Alpha, and published on Yahoo! Finance, Google, MSN, Finviz and many other financial portals. Recent Select Freelance contributor for Motley Fool, writing about REITs and real estate topics for the Financial Bureau.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
I am the Global Chief Investment Officer of UBS Wealth Management and the Chair of the UBS Global Investment Committee. In this capacity, I oversee the investment policy and strategy for approximately USD 2 trillion in invested assets.
I joined UBS as Head of Investment for the Chief Investment Office at UBS WM when the CIO was founded in 2011. Before joining UBS, I was co-founder and co-fund manager at Sonic Capital. I also served as a Managing Director at Matrix Capital Management and as a lecturer and acting dean at Harvard University. I am a frequent contributor to numerous financial media.
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.
60°North Investments tries its best to provide insightful articles on especially smaller companies around the world. With years of experience and relentless learning in the field of investments and a mindset towards life-long learning, 60°North Investments hopes to help investors spot and understand situations that provide intriguing risk/reward ratios.
Discussions, comments and cooperation proposals are warmly welcome (Twitter, Seeking Alpha, email).
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Robert W. Walter, Esq. is a securities attorney officing in Colorado. He represents small and mid-cap companies in capital market transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings, private placements, and M&A. He also is active in representing whistleblowers before the SEC in connection with potential violations of the federal securities laws.Since 2000 and 2012, he has also served as an instructor of continuing professional education (CPE) courses for the AICPA and IASeminars, London, England, respectively. He has written ten CPE courses and six books on SEC reporting and capital markets, corporate governance, small business financing, business ethics, business law, and financial statement fraud. Mr. Walter received the AICPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader award in 2015, 2014 and 2013, placing him among the top 20 AICPA instructors nationally. The opinions he expresses are his own.
The CPE courses authored by Mr. Walter include: Detecting and Investigating Financial Statement Fraud; Management's Discussion and Analysis Workshop; Corporate Governance Fundamentals; Understanding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; SEC Reporting for International Companies; Advanced Business Law for CPAs; Real World Business Ethics (for tax practitioners, for audit and accounting, and for business and industry); Tough Economic Times, Current Issues and Critical Ethical Judgments; AICPA's Guide to Financing the Small Business; Public Reporting Responsibilities: Putting Your Best Foot Forward; and the SEC and PCAOB Quarterly Update. Mr. Walter speaks extensively on SEC and PCAOB matters, IFRS, business ethics, and risk management.at national and state conferences.
Mr. Walter received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. In 2012, he completed coursework such that he is now eligible to sit for the CPA exam. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court of the State of Colorado. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, the Colorado bar, Mensa, the Author's Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Beta Gamma Sigma. His is also a former member of the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (2004 – 2005), which advises the PCAOB in carrying out its standard-setting responsibilities and consists of approximately 33 members from throughout the U.S. with expertise in accounting, auditing, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
I manage a $1B+ portfolio for a family office. Our investments include bonds, equities, hedge funds, and private investments with a wide geographical and asset class dispersion. I have a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and practiced for 30 years as a trial lawyer in commercial cases.
That fellow in my icon is, of course, Galileo Galilei. Eppur si muove.
(And about even that one should be skeptical.)
Simplistic value-investing ideas and commentary.
This contributor is a Sweden-based devoted student of the markets (and M.Sc. Finance holder).
Open-minded investment discussion on posts is much appreciated!
For other Seeking Alpha-related inquiries please use the private message function. Otherwise you find E(R) on Twitter (@EklundResearch) or through his investment research site eklundresearch.com.
Jim Roumell is Founder and President of Roumell Asset Management, LLC. Mr. Roumell founded the firm in 1998 after more than a decade as a financial advisor. Mr. Roumell is highlighted in, “The Art of Value Investing: How the World’s Best Investors Beat the Market” by John Heins and Whitney Tilson. Martin J. Whitman, Founder of Third Avenue Value Funds, says, "Jim's investment philosophies and his actual investments snugly fit into my criteria for securities investment." Mr. Roumell was selected to participate in, and won, two consecutive Wall Street Journal stock picking contests (in 2001 and 2002) before the contest was discontinued. He is a graduate of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Long Cast Advisers (LCA) is a Brooklyn based RIA that provides concentrated small cap investing to individuals, endowments and family offices. We do this with the most differentiated approach - individual stock selection - that is apart from and indifferent to the markets.
Our goal is to maximize the long term returns on client funds by allocating an agreed upon portion to small cap stocks balanced against cash. Then we seek to buy great companies that are changing and if we are right, we hold them. If we are wrong - and that will inevitably happen - we sell them.
With +12 years institutional research experience and +20 years investing our own funds, we know that we are not smarter than the market. But we are more patient and that allows us to envision opportunities unfolding over time, beyond the immediate present or next quarter.
Because we focus on smaller companies, we consider ourselves part owners of the businesses we invest in. We tend to engage with management at least minimally (and occasionally more), we also engage with customers and competitors, and notably, we won't invest in companies that sell products or services we would be ashamed to discuss: As best we can, we avoid businesses that drop bombs on people’s heads, despoil the environment, profit on suffering or await a bigger fool.
We are not market prognosticators. We view prognostication as Marx viewed religion; it is the opiate of the investment masses. Apart from using a benchmark for comparative purposes, and unless there is a direct corollary to a company or its valuation, we are generally indifferent to the overall market.
LCA is licensed and state registered. We use Interactive Brokers as a platform and third-party custodian for separately managed accounts. We describe our business as "the food truck version of a hedge fund" in that we select stocks and manage the portfolio like a fund, but the costs are lower and the approach is completely transparent. We manage appropriateness by allowing the client to select the target allocation between cash and stocks.
LCA's CIO is Avram ("Avi") Fisher and the firm's investment philosophy is informed by his >10 years experience as a sell-side analyst covering large-cap industrials, business services and E&C's, taking only the best parts - the in-depth research - while avoiding the short-term next-quarter beat-raise insanity. He has additional experience in private equity, as a private investigator and as a former cub reporter and writer. He continues to write, here and on his blog, as a way to organize his thoughts and to share some of his ideas with other like-minded patient, small cap investors.
Disclaimer: All content written on Seeking Alpha by Long Cast Advisers is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any specific security or class of security. LCA's opinions expressed herein address only select certain aspects of the companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, and is for discussion purposes only. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, LCA cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author's best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Equity investing is subject to various risks including the total loss of capital.
I am the Managing Director of a London based asset manager focused on financials. I have circa ten years of experience as a commercial banks analyst working for London investment banks and global hedge funds. I hold a double degree in Business Law and Economics and an MBA from one of the top 10 business schools.
Peter holds a MSc in Finance and is currently acting as a Research Assistant, supporting empirical corporate finance academic research. Aspiring to be an equity analyst he previously held roles in management consulting, investment banking and private equity.
My name is Scott Sumner and I have taught economics at Bentley University for the past 27 years. I earned a BA in economics at Wisconsin and a PhD at Chicago. My research has been in the field of monetary economics, particularly the role of the gold standard in the Great Depression. I had just begun research on the relationship between cultural values and neoliberal reforms, when I got pulled back into monetary economics by the current crisis.
NYC-based investment professional. Focus on value investing and growth at reasonable price within the context of long/short equity, with a bias toward long-term holding periods.
Lampert Capital Markets, Inc. is an emerging investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a broad array of financial services to a diversified client base comprised of corporations, institutions and high-net-worth individuals.
Our Chief Research Analyst, Charles Kaplan, worked as a research analyst, broker and adviser for over twenty years employed by such highly-regarded financial institutions as Herzog,Heine,Geduld; Merrill Lynch and Lampert Capital Markets. Published articles in Barron's, OTC Review Magazine and the Special Situations Newsletter as well as appeared on several financial programs. Taught Finance, Investment and Management courses at a host of colleges in the New York area.
For more information, please contact Charles Kaplan at 646-833-4918. Analyst Certification
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As Head of Global Investment Research for Alhambra Investment Partners, Jeff spearheads the investment research efforts while providing close contact to Alhambra’s client base.
Jeff joined Atlantic Capital Management, Inc., in Buffalo, NY, as an intern while completing studies at Canisius College. After graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Jeff took over the operations of that firm while adding to the portfolio management and stock research process.
In 2000, Jeff moved to West Palm Beach to join Tom Nolan with Atlantic Capital Management of Florida, Inc. During the early part of the 2000′s he began to develop the research capability that ACM is known for. As part of the portfolio management team, Jeff was an integral part in growing ACM and building the comprehensive research/management services, and then turning that investment research into outstanding investment performance.
As part of that research effort, Jeff authored and published numerous in-depth investment reports that ran contrary to established opinion. In the nearly year and a half run-up to the panic in 2008, Jeff analyzed and reported on the deteriorating state of the economy and markets. In early 2009, while conventional wisdom focused on near-perpetual gloom, his next series of reports provided insight into the formative ending process of the economic contraction and a comprehensive review of factors that were leading to the market’s resurrection.
In 2012, after the merger between ACM and Alhambra Investment Partners, Jeff came on board Alhambra as Head of Global Investment Research.
Currently, Jeff is published nationally at RealClearMarkets, ZeroHedge, Minyanville and Yahoo!Finance.
Jeff holds a FINRA Series 65 Investment Advisor License.
Individual investor with over 20 years of experience, starting with 100 shares of Pepsi Co and a few zero-coupon bonds, progressing to managing a portfolio of about 30 securities. Formerly a corporate finance manager focused on business development and financial analysis and reporting. The last 6 years of my corporate career were spent in Melbourne, Australia, and I am a CPA certified by CPA Australia.
I seek out investments with asymmetrical risk/reward profiles with limited and predictable downside risk while also having upside catalysts to assist in the value realization process. I also focus on event-driven investing which can often lead to a contrarian position. Please do not hesitate to send me a message via Seeking Alpha's platform if you have any questions.
I serve as the senior MLP research analyst for CBRE Clarion Securities, a global asset management firm based in Radnor, PA. My primary focus is on investing in Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) within a larger infrastructure investment team.
In 2008, Derek Pilecki founded Gator Capital Management (http://www.gatorcapital.com). At Gator, Derek is a Portfolio Manager and is the firm's Managing Member. Gator Capital Management serves as the advisor to the Gator Focus Fund. He can be reached at email@example.com.
From 2003 through 2008, Derek was a co-Chair of the Investment Committee and a Portfolio Manager for Goldman Sach’s Growth Equity Team, where he helped to manage $30 billion in high quality growth stocks. Derek was also a member of the portfolio management team responsible for the Goldman Sachs Capital Growth Fund, and provided primary coverage of the financial sector for the Growth Team.
Prior to Goldman, Derek was an Analyst at Clover Capital Management in Rochester, New York and Burridge Growth Partners (now part of Essex Investments) in Chicago, Illinois. Before entering graduate school, Derek worked at Fannie Mae providing risk analysis for the company’s mortgage investment portfolio.
Derek holds an MBA with honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Duke University.
50/50 Portfolio; June 2016 YOC 10.0% about 6 months before retirement, dividends at 72% of my gross employment income. I created a High Yield Investment dividend generator that contains a 50% weighting between agency mortgage REITs and BDCs.
My current investment method started January 2014 to concentrate on high yield equities that put more importance on income and less on capital appreciation. Investment purchase is based on each individual stock generating a minimum dividend per year. As long as stocks are generating income to meet or exceed my minimum dividend they will not be added too or removed. Currently all dividends are reinvested back into stocks that require their dividends to be increased to meet my minimum yearly dividend. We will see how this works over the years.
1) The REIT sector consists of residential and commercial property investments. What better way to invest in hundreds of properties without actually owing the physical property.
2) The BDC are Business Development Companies that invest in hundreds of businesses that create products and employment opportunities. Here again the BDC does all the research to lend to businesses and the investor does not have to actually own the physical business.
3) The investment selection is based on this principle; BDCs outperform when markets are going up (positive correlation), and mREITs, outperform when markets are going down (negative correlation). This is based on a research study performed by Wells Fargo titled “The 50/50 Portfolio, Milton Friedman’s Only “Free” Lunch. And runs through an analysis in demonstrating how combining BDCs and Agency mREITs leads to sustainable long-term alpha throughout cycles.
4) Capital gain does not apply to my investment method since this implies the anticipation of buy and hope for price increase in order to sell at a profit. I have already stated the HYBRID method holds investments based on cost basis and dividends per share as the method of yearly appreciation.
5) A bird in the hand is worth 10 in a bush, applies to this investment style. The return I get on my investment is what counts toward the recapture of my initial investment cost. I can calculate how many years it will take before my initial cost will be repaid and that investment now becomes perpetual income. I’m not a trader, just a buy, hold and collector (dividends * shares). I can’t count on capital appreciation since all investments will increase and decrease in any market cycle. Dividends I can count on as payment for investment risk that accumulates over time.
6) Update 20140612, Portfolio Plan; Build a portfolio that generates income 150% of minimum required. Example I need 10K from 30 stocks made up of REITs and BDCs. Diversification is already built into each stock because each one contains hundreds of properties and business, so 30 stocks is plenty. Now to generate 10K minimum income I will establish a 50% margin of error (or income default). So to get 10K minimum I will need 15K of income (10K * 1.5). This means each stock is required to generate at least $500/yr each. I can withstand a 33% hit in the dividends and still meet my 10K minimum requirement. That is 10 stocks can go to zero and the remaining 20 will create my minimum 10K.
7) Update 20140729, I do not invest in individual companies, too risky. The following is the logic behind this statement compared to BDC investments. If I invest in 30 dividend companies, anyone of them may have financial problems and drag down the portfolio very quickly. The Due-Diligence (DD) would take all my time to analyze past performance and make judgments for the future, and current events can tank a stock fast. Every company needs money to run operations and for capital improvements and this is where BDCs come into play. The individual company has to borrow funds and BDCs are there to provide the capital. So the BDC is like a bank to lend money. Each BDC may contain hundreds of separate loans going to hundreds of different companies making the BDC less risky than owning individual companies. If one of the companies that the BDC has a loan with goes bankrupt, the BDC will recover some if not all of the loan monies lent to the failed company, and the BDC will continue with a very small disruption to its bottom line. So in effect owing BDCs that contain hundreds of investments (loans to companies) earning a consistent repayment to principal and interest is safer than just owning an individual low yielding company. When you invest in a BDC or REIT you are investing in the managers that perform the DD by analyzing the companies first before loaning them money to run their business.
Owing 10 or more BDCs is like having investments in thousands of companies with a very low risk of any one individual company causing portfolio damage, while your portfolio grows faster with the high yields from BDCs and REITs.
8) I have developed FREE Excel applications for planning retirement during the accumulation and distribution phase, the links are in my articles, (Dividend Growth Calculator... and Predicting Retirement...) As I develop additional Excel 2010 applications I'll make them available to all SA members. We are all in the same boat trying to achieve a better life in retirement.