The Seeking Alpha community mourns the tragic and premature death of longtime SA contributor Greg Newton. Dave Fry sadly reported that Greg suffered a fatal heart attack April 2, 2009 while driving to meet his fiancee in Florida. On his blog, Naked Shorts, and on the pages of SA, Greg's witty and biting critique of hedge fund industry hubris proved altogether prescient. Our thoughts are with Greg's loved ones at this time. May he rest in peace. --------------------------- Greg Newton was a veteran financial journalist who from 1988-2004 was President of The Metal Bulletin Holdings Corp of New York. His blog NakedShorts (http://nakedshorts.typepad.com/) took a witty and insightful angle on market developments, with a special focus on hedge funds and commodities.
Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
Mr. Greig joined Altin Holdings, LLC in August 2009 as Portfolio Manager. His responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s investment process and handling all aspects of portfolio allocation which include continuous portfolio monitoring, performance reporting and investment research. Prior to joining Altin Holdings, LLC, Mr. Greig began his investment management career in 1995 with Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., an Investment Adviser which managed in excess of $900 million for over 10,000 clients nationwide. Mr. Greig was the Associate Investment Officer and Vice President for Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd. From 2004-2008, he served as co-Portfolio Manager on five mutual funds with over 300M in assets. From May of 2008 to July of 2009, Mr. Greig was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Symphony Investment Group, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser specializing in the management and consulting of retirement plans. Additionally, Mr. Greig has developed and traded models utilizing alternative asset classes (futures, options, Forex, etc.) for his own portfolio since 1991.
Mr. Greig is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and Chartered Market Technician. He has also completed the Principles Level towards the Certificate in Investment Performance. Mr. Greig is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Statistics. In addition, Mr. Greig holds a Masters degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Mr. Greig is a member of the Financial Analyst Society of Detroit, and a member of the American MENSA Society.
My blog, Shastra (http://www.fiquant.wordpress.com/%20), is a commentary on Financial Markets from a Quantitative, Economic, Sociological and Azimovian perspective. I love exploring the dynamics behind financial markets from an Azimovian psycho-historical angle and observing the markets as it unfolds and affects the world around.
Evolution and Global Financial Markets are quite interesting and in a very crude sense, very similar. Survival of the fittest, various systems/philosophies playing each other out, sociological factors/variables interacting to form new dynamics, Hand of God (Governments/Central Banks!).
I intend to use this blog to publish some articles of finance and some of my own ideas about financial markets vis-a-vis evolution.
In Sanskrit, Shastra means knowledge which is based on principles that are held to be timeless. However, it also means a treatise or commentary written in explanation of an idea. In case ,you have not realized it already, "fiquant" is a play on piquant (meaning engagingly stimulating or provocative) and also indicates financial quant.
In the brokerage industry as a licensed registered representative for over 23 years (since August 1987), far removed from Wall Street, my office is located in a small boating town in South Florida.
I successfully passed the CAN SLIM Masters Program Exam based upon my knowledge of proven tactics for successful investing "in good times and bad." My ongoing efforts are aimed at assisting individual investors and institutional money managers with this systematic approach. We follow strict guidelines to both maximize gains, and minimize losses. Above average returns are our primary goal, and forever our focus.
Continuing my education beyond the industry's initial licensing requirements, I have kept up with more than two decades of industry-required and firm-required CE courses of instruction. I have funded my own additionally enriching high-level training which has included participation in investment industry summits concerning the effects of legal shifts in the industry (i.e. Sarbanes-Oxley, Hedge Fund Regulation). I have attended numerous conferences on Customer Relationship Management, Internet-based Commerce, Investor Relations and modern business-related topics. Through these experiences I have been privileged to hear directly from representatives in high level positions at large corporations, and also from government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities & Exchange Commission.
During my career, I had the privilege of seeing many small companies evolve from concepts on paper to well-funded companies working with capital raised from ordinary investors. I have a full understanding of how our system works, yet learn more every day through personal relationships with thousands of people on main street - real people willing to take risks in various investments for the potential profit that is promised!