My 15-year career in the financial services industry includes my work in investment banking, buy- and sell-side equity research, and ops management for some of the industry's most prominent names. In addition to project management responsibilities, I have written copy for a range of marketing materials targeted to financial consultants and prospective investors. I also worked with the portfolio management team of Chase Asset Management, where I performed fundamental research on investment candidates in the retail industry.
I am presently a PhD Candidate in marketing at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada (is.gd/weO3eP). I've been investing since 2005 and am an avid reader of (and occasional commenter on) Seeking Alpha. I think Seeking Alpha and its contributors offer great ideas on and insights into both how and where to invest.
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Ray 69 worked as a supplier of marketing goodies to the international pharma industry for his whole working life. Retired wealthy by taking candy from the dummies that populate the industry. Even now while they proclaim to know the big pharma model is bust they still haven't got the guts to make the radical jump into the new world
I have a financial adviser who manages my nest egg. But I use his recommendations to be an occasional trader studying the performances of a few select stocks to catch the ups based on past trends that I believe will repeat.
I am a firm believer that we are an excess liquidity/hide (lie about) the inflation economy. The last Fed chairman and U.S. President to be at odds with one another were Greenspan/G. H. W. Bush ("I appointed Greenspan. He DISappointed me." Since then the Fed Chairman and President seem to be on the same page which I think is dangerous. It's similar to the Constitution bending or breaking (courtesy of the Legislative and Judiciary branches) in favor of a President-- also dangerous.
Evidence of excess liquidity: stock market appreciation from 1987 (post crash) to 14000 in 2007), dot com bubble, oil futures bubble, housing bubble, the existence of CNBC, unlimited credit (see also housing bubble), unlimited U.S. govt debt, Federal Reserve QE activity, explosion of gold until recent years (now under control of world forces IMHO), the many theories about phony inflation numbers which I believe, shadowstats.com.
Most admired people: George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ron Paul, Rick Santelli, Angela Merkel, Peter Schiff, Peter Schiff's father, Walter John Williams (shadowstats.com)
Least admired: Barack Obama, Paul Krugman and the entire Nobel Award Committee, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, John Roberts, Karl Rove, Charles Schumer
Too Ridiculous to Even Consider in this Context: Nancy "Astroturf" Pelosi