Hi! I am Erik L. van Dijk, principal at LMG Emerge. LMG Emerge is an internationally-operating institutional investment consultant with offices in the Netherlands and at Mauritius. Our clients are pension plans and other institutional investors, family offices and HNW individuals. In close collaboration with our backbone partners LMG Capital (investment banking and private equity solutions), LMG Glocal (distribution and private client investment advice/tailor-making), Emirates NBD (MENA and Islamic Finance), Invest AD (Frontier Markets) and Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild (Developed Markets) we can offer global investment solutions to well-informed investors. We do advise on a set of Luxembourg-domiciled and regulated investment funds (NHS LMG GLOCAL Funds; in close collaboration with Novacap AM) through which we roll out our fund-of-fund based investment concept. Key element of our top-down approach is the asset allocation system that we built in close cooperation with Noble Prize Winner dr Harry Markowitz. During the last 5 years we have expanded the system in terms of number of asset classes and countries covered. With now about 100 nations covered by the system, we have established ourselves a reputation as Emerging Markets specialists. We believe that the role of New Economies has become ...More much more important. Not just in terms of our money flowing into those economies, but also the other way round with wealth funds and other big investors from those countries investing here. Either through portfolio investments or M&A's. We also provide our clients with asset manager selection services. Our recommendations are independent and transparent and based on thorough analysis of our manager database that contains more than 4,000 international managers with on average 5-10 products/strategies each. Our database backbone partners are eVestment Alliance (US) and Camradata (UK). We believe in active management when possible and passive solutions when necessary. Part of our so-called GLOCAL approach is also that believe that local managers are best-equipped to capture the low-hanging fruits in markets.
My name is Payman Winborn. Upon graduation from college in 1999 I founded a company that distributed computer hardware. Although this was a profitable business, I did not want to focus all my resources on one avenue of success, so I looked to diversify my interests. I explored real estate and finance as possible alternative businesses and discovered an interest and passion in futures trading. This is what I ultimately choose as a second source of income.
Initially, I imagined that day trading would be the ideal profession: no customers or staff, no inventory or rent and the possibility of unlimited income. And, more importantly, it presented me with the opportunity to work anywhere....from the privacy of my home or from the balcony of a hotel room overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Unfortunately, I knew little about the pitfalls of day trading for a living. To begin with, I spent countless hours reading books, studying charts and conducting research in an effort to become a profitable trader. Six years later, and after the loss of several hundred thousand dollars, my efforts finally resulted in the development of a highly profitable strategy.
This strategy is primarily based on technical analysis and was developed for ES E-Mini S&P 500 Futures contracts from CME Group but it also works in many other financial instruments such as Stocks (NYSE), Bonds, Currencies(Forex Spot), Commodities (Gold and Crude Oil From CME GROUP,Globex,NYMEX, CBOT,Brent Crud Oil From ICE Global Markets), Options, Global Indices and CFD’s with similar high accuracy.
In retrospect, I understand that the biggest barrier to my success was the fact that I tried to learn everything by myself. An experienced mentor could have helped me avoid that painful learning experience....and saved me a significant amount of money as well as many years of frustration.
Today I am an active, and profitable, trader. As a token of appreciation for my success, I now share my tools and experience with other day traders. I believe that my knowledge and skill can help others become successful traders and, in the summer of 2010, I began to publish my realtime market signals and daily results online in order to demonstrate the accuracy of my trading strategy.
Interested in technology and financial markets. Undergrad in engineering, MS in Comp Sci and an MBA in finance. Building tools for individual investors to make more informed decisions about the stocks and mutual funds they choose.
Identify businesses that have long-term sustainable growth opportunities and are trading at a good value.
This author reviewed, conducted investment due diligence, and/or advised on the investment in public and private equity, venture capital and alternative investments from 1987 until retirement in 2013. She also managed her own investments for over 30 years. From 1992 to 1996, she was the top paid investment professional at a globally diversified investment fund that grew from $675 million to over $1.1 billion in size. Perhaps more importantly, during that same time, she led the restructuring and elimination of under-performing legacy assets, freeing up capital for more productive use. She started her first company in late 1996. For many years she was an advocate for financial market transparency. She worked with private investors, family offices, endowment funds, foundations, non-profit organizations, the Boards of corporate and public pension funds and sovereign funds. She enjoyed working with investors that are large and small; public and private. She retired in 2013.
From a very young age, Steven learned the value of money and saving. He started saving money when he was only five, washing his father’s car and started to invest in Dutch shares when he was fourteen.
Following university in Amsterdam, Steven pursued a career in merchant banking in The Netherlands. Since 1989, he has been living and working in London.
Steven left the City in 1998 and since then, has been involved both as a founder as well as an early stage investor with a number of online and mobile telecoms ventures, including Ukonlineinvesting.com – a now defunct website which was aimed at longer term investors interested in making better informed investment decisions.
In 2009, Steven started Early-Retirement-Investor.com, a website aimed at professionals and expats wanting to retire earlier and richer. In 2010, Steven launched Dividend Income Investor, to demonstrate the benefits of dividend income investing based on his own unique investment research approach, buying shares at historically undervalued levels.
For more on Steven, click http://www.dividend-income-investor.com/about-steven-dotsch/
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
If it is easier, you can find my recent work sorted by country on this Seeking Alpha blog:
You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FrontierWriter
You can find me on Linked In here (I accept 98% of connection requests): http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-springer/42/b15/844
I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
With a background in experimental and quantitative psychology, I decided to leave the field of research to study human behavior in the context of the markets.
I was initially captivated by the striking resemblance between the complex adaptive patterns, we observed in regards to neural firing patterns and that of market behavior.
No lab experiment can compare to the amount of data available about of behavior of market participants. Consequently, I left the narrow confines of institutional psychology for the infinitely more interesting challenge of approximating the behavior of markets, as related to the behavior of the rather heterogeneous body of participants.
While working for the Swedish online brokerage Nordnet Bank, I learned that very little exists in terms of education for the private investor.
In conjunction with my partner, whose identity i regretfully cannot disclose - but, who is an avid author on this site, I founded InvestABC.dk
The purpose of the business was to educate the growing body of private investors in the rudimentary principles of sound investing. We hope that through an enligtenment of the public, we can help families avoid the calamity of faulty investing - a tendency, which unfortunately seems to have become overly abundant in these volatile times.