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I'm not a pro analyst, a pro investor, a hedge fund manager, or even a college graduate. I'm 25, which makes me, understandably, a bit naive and inexperienced in the world of investing - at least from most people's perspectives. In my defense, the stock market isn't what it used to be. Today, it's so future-based - Investors are making high-risk bets on companies like Tesla and Amazon (with some good reason) while forgetting that reputable companies such as McDonalds, Intel, and Starbucks who spend much of their time proving their worth over time.
I don't have much cash as I've spent a lot on school, but I like to invest across the board instead of just tech, and have enjoyed (or hated) owning companies such as Priceline, Limited Brands, American Airlines, Ford, Apple, and AMD among others. I do my own research, follow my gut, and buy or sell. I generally stay away from companies that I know nothing about such as a retail store or restaurant I've never heard of. I think that having personal experience with a product/brand helps me better gauge an investment. (i.e. I bought some Priceline stock literally days after buying my first Priceline vacation package back in 2012 due to its ease of use).
Why do I write articles for Seeking Alpha? Seeking Alpha is an excellent place for opinions and as a slight contrarian I generally have different perspectives from others, but I think that I'm not alone in these thoughts.
Some ideas I've had recently that aren't necessarily mainstream include:
1. Apple's Mac sales will start falling by as soon as next quarter for at least two quarters and may continue to fall consecutively unless MacBook Air and Pro prices or lowered or refreshed with an all new design (expected in mid-2016). Mac sales have been growing continuously (with the exception of the recession and a few single quarters of y/y declines due to refresh cycles)
2. Apple's iPad morphing into a mobile personal computer can can truly replace your laptop in a way different from a Surface. Today, this isn't possible and the iPad becoming a Mac isn't the solution. As the software and hardware for iPad expands, perhaps people with the intentions of doing more than Office and Netflix will come to have plenty of reason to own an iPad. As such, the iPad can slowly become a very big thing. This one is a bit out there, but I once suggested that AMD could create a semi-custom APU (after Zen) for Apple's Macs in order to offer a highly customizable x86 solution that would be many times more affordable than Intel. Apple has depressed the prices of Macs by a lot recently and making them even cheaper could allow the Mac to grow and reach market share levels that we thought would never come. If Intel keeps kicking AMD's ass though, you can scratch this idea off the list though. Next generation consoles arriving much sooner than expected. Specifically 2018, representing a 4-5 year life cycle of the PS4 and Xbox One. I believe that the current consoles are very underpowered - No 4K, no Virtual Reality, and it's slower than a equally priced gaming PC. Because of this, consoles are going to fall behind very quickly and the March arrival of a $600 Oculus could have profound effect on the gaming industry. Waiting another eight years may be too long, and I think that AMD will be the power behind the next generation.
George Moriarty is Executive Editor and VP Content at Seeking Alpha. He joined the company in January 2012 as Managing Editor of Opinion & Analysis and works closely with CEO Eli Hoffmann and other company leaders on content and publishing initiatives for the Seeking Alpha contributor community. George has worked as a financial journalist and editor since 1997, most recently as Editor-in-Chief at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Online Platforms. Prior to Merrill, he was Executive Editor at TheStreet.com. He lives in Bucks County, PA, with his wife, four young children and one dog. Please contact him via direct message.
Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
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I am Seeking Alpha's CEO and Editor-in-Chief. My love for the stock markets goes back to when I was a kid. Who else remembers combing through the stock quotes at the back of the business section of your local paper?
I joined Seeking Alpha in 2006 and launched Wall Street Breakfast and Market Currents, our top-of-class short-form breaking news for investors. In 2010 I became editor-in-chief and in 2015 I became CEO.
I live in Jerusalem with my wife and a bunch of exceptional kids. Most days, you'll find me making the commute from Jerusalem to Raanana. Occasionally I get to work from my home-office, from where I keep an eye on the beautiful Judean Hills.
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Long-time individual retail investor, whose investment objective is capital appreciation and dividend income through equities.
Our polestar metric: the quality and performance of the management of the corporation or bank.
We do not represent nor are associated with any corporation, government agency, non-profit, consulting firm, union, hedge fund, or any other organisation.
For the record, the undersigned is a he, with a wife and young daughter. Comically PR damage controllers and reputation agents protecting the sub-performing Management of one Bank have repeatedly tried to label us with the wrong gender to distract investors from what we have to say.
Started in Vacuum Tube computers; still on bleeding edge. Not afraid to throw any current technology under bus when I see a superior one in the wings. Won't throw a winner under the bus because of marketing hype.
I lost money on my investments until I learned how to invest. When money is involved, people tend to be naive and foolish. The more the money, the worse people's actions/outcomes.
Now a days, I am ready when opportunity knocks. Does this make me a lazy investor? What is the outcome of chasing opportunity? There will always be more opportunities if you are ready.
Investor, tech expert. B.S. chemistry undergraduate at SUNY Stony Brook. Doctoral Graduate of U. of Pennsylvania. I am a former Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, and Bear Stearns, as well as a Vice President of The Thomas Group. Profile picture: At sea transatlantic on Celebrity Equinox.
I have an MBA ( UT El Paso, it is not Ivy League ). So I understand what is happening in the business world. Markets are efficient. If a stock is too high, it gets shorted and price comes down. If a stock is too low, it is bought out and the price goes up. Nothing magical, just hard core risk analysis. If an organization is managed properly, then the employees are happy and nobody leaves. If an organization is not manged properly, then they always have hiring now signs.
I would love to work for Tesla Motors.
Many years ago I worked for Walgreens as a photo technician. One small problem, I am color blind. The company does not test people for color blindness like the US Military does for pilots. Walgreens simply was interested in knowing if I could count change and pass a drug test. My color perception was never asked of me.
So that, is the quality of people who are working in Corporate America. If your photo technician is color blind like me, what about the people working in the Pharmacy? The thought should make you shudder.
I worked for 18 months developing photos that I had no idea if they were good or not. I did everything else perfect in the lab as well as customer service. One day, I could no longer take the stress, of not knowing if the photos were any good, and I asked to no longer work in the photo lab.
The entire store management was in a state of shock, and the Head Photo Technician was terrified. When I left the photo lab, the lab went down the drain. You mean the "Color Blind" photo technician was keeping the place together? And it was such a relief not to work there anymore. Currently I have no job and I am not stressed out.
Moral of the story, Corporate America is stupid in that the most important aspect of a job is never the main reason someone is hired to do that job.
Walgreens is an Iconic American Company. What abut GM, Ford, Mc Donalds, Union Pacific Railroad, etc.
There are a lot of idiots out there and you are putting your life in their hands. With me if was only your photos.
Now you wonder why I chose Nikola Tesla as the photo for my picture. I am invested in Tesla Motors all the way. Read the story of his life on Wikipedia. He was treated like garbage by a lot of people, then a few smart people with big bucks, backed him up. Tesla had the last laugh.
I like investing in companies that have 1) wide economic moats, 2) good business prospects with increasing earnings, 3) easy-to-understand businesses and 4) trustworthy management. I would rather invest in quality companies at a fair or premium price than investing in mediocre companies at an undervalued price. My current investments include: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, MasterCard, Visa and Walmart.
Aaron Rockett has over ten years of experience as a Washington, DC filmmaker. Aaron worked for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS before forming www.thefullmonte.com in 2004, a website dedicated to reporting on conflict zones around the world. Throughout his travels he has produced numerous independent documentaries and video diaries. His independent short documentary, “Vacationing in Afghanistan” screened at film festivals, aired on PBS, and now has over a hundred thousand views online.
In addition, Aaron has shot for The History Channel, edited for Deutsche Welle (German Television) and was field producer in Afghanistan for two National Geographic Channel documentary specials, “Inside the Taliban,” and “Inside Al Qaeda.” He also edited seven films for USAID in Afghanistan focused on the country’s reconstruction effort.
In 2008, Aaron directed a feature length documentary film, “The Fixer: Afghanistan Behind the Scenes,” which was critically received at international film festivals and featured on CNN.
Aaron was Executive Producer for Verizon’s new cable system, FiOS1, producing a daily half-hour show featuring people, places, and stories in Washington, DC. Aaron has worked years as a video journalist for Verizon and has extensive experience teaching video journalism and editing for the Travel Channel, BBC, and Rosenblum Associates.
Aaron holds a master’s degree in strategic communication from American University and an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College of California.
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I am a semi-active investor who make weekly trades around a core position. My area of interest is technology. I hope to benefit other investors by conveying my personal analyses of equities and unique situations.
I have a PhD in biochemistry. My strengths include project management, data analysis, and communication.
Stefan Sidahmed works for a major defense consulting firm. A retired submarine office, he has served on 3 submarines and has experience in submarine operations, maintenance, construction and budgeting. Stefan has over 10 years of investing experience, mostly in stocks, options. Financial interests include investment analysis and macro economic trends.
Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
Sangamesh is an occasional investor. He regularly tracks US tech stocks. A few select software, internet and semiconductor companies are of interest to him. His most notable piece of published stock advice has been the one that very closely coincided with the dividend issue announcement by Apple - Now is a good time to be an Apple stock holder. His other articles focusing on financial ratio analysis were also well received. Of late due to his engagements in tech entrepreneurship; stock analysis has taken a back seat. But, he intends to return very soon to contributing on seeking alpha. He received his MBA from Purdue University. Stocks on his radar are: Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Activision Blizzard, Box, Jive, Intel, Cypress Semiconductor, and Applied Materials.
I'm an embedded software engineer specializing in systems on a chip hardware with PowerPC and ARM cores. I have an interest in what makes companies great, what makes them only so-so, and what makes them fail. I've been an independent investor for about 15 years. I do not sell short, nor am I an options trader. I'm strictly a long-term buy and hold investor in stocks. I used to have mutual funds, but have abandoned them in favor of individual stocks. My portfolio is sizeable, but I hold only about 25 individual stocks.
I have worked in the financial service industry for 40 years. My area of expertise is risk management and complex financial products. I have been a frequent speaker, on behalf of many financial firms, to financial professionals across the country.
I have extensive experience in statistics and actuarial science.
Siddharth is a software engineer with a keen interest in personal finance and renewable energy. He blogs at http://www.s1dd.com at night and makes embeddable financial widgets and portals at http://www.chartiq.com/ by day.