Edward Harrison is the founder of the blog Credit Writedowns (www.creditwritedowns.com) and is a finance specialist at Global Macro Advisors. Previously, Edward was a strategy and finance executive at Deutsche Bank, Bain, and Yahoo. He started his career as a diplomat and speaks German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish and French. Edward holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/edwardnh. Contact him at edh at creditwritedowns dot com as that's the only mailbox he reads regularly.
We see Investment themes at work and at play every day in the economy — oftentimes across industries and categories — and other aspects of day to day life. It is the opposite of the typical Wall Street approach to research, which oftentimes overly focuses on a single industry at a time and results in missed opportunities. These themes are identified by looking at the intersection of shifting economics, demographics, psychographics, technologies, mixed in with regulatory mandates and other forces. In other words, looking at the real world that companies are operating in! Some businesses will adapt, while others will leap frog ahead riding these thematic tailwinds to profits and significant share price movements, and sadly there will be those left floundering too. For every Apple, there is a Palm and Blackberry. For every Facebook . . . a MySpace or Friendster. For every Netflix, there’s a Blockbuster. The list goes on and on, even in non-technology categories. By examining these thematic tailwinds, our goal is to identify mispriced securities relative to the business opportunities ahead and avoid those that are overly valued and or staring down the barrel of significant headwinds
Liu is currently the CEO of Capitol Isle Partners LLC a media consulting business focusing on corporate restructuring and new business development. He is a partner in Information Central, a newsletter content provider and web marketing company. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Goldmark Advisors, an investment banking boutique specializing in media situations. Liu has been a successful start-up and turnaround specialist in the media and publishing industry. He has spent his career advising companies in the fields of publishing, direct marketing and web-partnership marketing. In the past several years, he has consulted via Capital Isle Partners with well-known clients such as TV Guide, Primedia, Evercore Partners, Boardroom Reports and Willis Stein Partners. Before becoming a consultant, Liu has held several prestigious assignments. He was the Vice President of Consumer Marketing for American Media, Inc., publishers of The National Enquirer, STAR Magazine. Liu served as the Executive Vice President and co-founder of Lear Publishing, a consumer magazine company founded by Frances Lear (Norman Lear's ex-wife). He was also the President and Publisher of Network Publishing, the magazine division of the Providence Journal Company, and executed the hugely successful turn around of Soap Opera Digest. Liu is a long time investor focusing on value and strategic plays where his business experience in turnaround and restructuring work can be used to find and define opportunities in the market.
I have recently retired from the aerospace industry and now am focusing on establishing and building an income stream following a dividend income approach. I am also developing my knowledge of options to help enhance my income through the use of covered calls and cash secured puts.