I am a hedge fund portfolio manager who is currently investing my personal account and raising capital to launch a US equity strategy. Stock selection is both my passion and my profession, and I look forward to many good exchanges with my fellow bloggers at Seeking Alpha. Look for my blog launch shortly- I plan to offer an investment newsletter highlighting promising long-term investment ideas. Additionally, I plan to offer a couple online investing seminars aimed at the long-term, do-it-yourself investor and the aspiring hedge fund analyst/portfolio manager. By way of background, I received my MBA from an Ivy-league business school and worked at several tier-1 investment management firms for a number of years. I have performed equity research and portfolio management for both long-only and long-short diversified fund offerings.
Value investor seeking investment opportunities in which I can exploit my durable competitive advatanages of both a small capital base and patient long-term investment discipline. From a strategy perspective, I primarily seek out the rare situations where there is a positive expected value to an explicit near-term catalyst and the odds of realizing that value are generous in my favor. By taking advantage of these pricing inefficiencies, I believe I can compound wealth at an above-average rate over a long period of time, while incurring a below-average probability of permanent capital loss.
Or perhaps it's just better to say I look for 50-cent dollar bills.
I'm an MBA grad and Technology enthusiast. My expertise is in the IT and software space. I've been investing on my own account on and off for the last few years. I'm always looking to expand my investment knowledge, and I'm open to any good book recommendations!
About Jon Eikerts:
I'm a finance manager at a Global500 company, and soon to be a licensed CPA. I've been following the stock market closely for years, but just recently started trading on my own.
I am particularly interested in commodities, studying the health care and tech sectors, and macroeconomic research.
I have a BBA in Finance and a MS in Accounting.
I invest my free cash and my pension funds in value companies that have been beaten down which means many financial companies and also smaller companies where I believe they have a great potential.
I am currently an MBA Candidate at USC Marshall and I have been investing for over a decade. Prior to business school, I worked in business development sourcing new investment opportunities and clients for a merchant bank. Over the most recent summer, I was a summer associate at a leading global investment bank and I have also held numerous internships at private equity shops. I am currently a CFA level II candidate. I chose to contribute in an effort to foster a discussion around value investing.
CEO Somers Asset Management Inc.
Worked in lower Manhattan for nearly 30 years as an equity and fixed income strategist on the sell-side before managing market neutral hedge strategies and mutual funds as well as pension and endowment funds since the '90's
I am one of the rare computer scientists who also possesses skills in qualitative analysis. I am constantly working to improve both sides of that equation, which I view as vital to making sound financial decisions. I have come to relish the technical and psychological challenge that the markets present on a daily basis.
For me, successful investing is a journey, not a destination. My goal is the perfection of the art of trading and investing. My capital represents the armies that I deploy on the battlefield. I seek to ally my armies with those nations (companies) that have an edge over their adversaries, so that I may get my share of the concessions (and be able to field armies of ever increasing size). This is one way of looking at investing if you are a fan of strategy games like myself.
I follow the two most important rules of war:
"Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good."
-This relates to one not overextending one's capital i.e. using excessive leverage in an uncertain scenario. Napoleon became drunk with his own success, levered himself up to the hilt and lost his shirt in the end.
"That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives."
-Always understand where you are putting you money, your goals, and what will define success or failure ahead of time. Be able to estimate the risk/reward and probability of success and put these in your favor at every opportunity.
As for why I chose "TheRabble" as my persona. It is as much satirical as it is cover for when I feel the need to express myself in a harsh manner. It is also iconic of our modern day society, and what lies underneath a seemingly functional system of governance that has become the new theology of Christendom: democracy. Here is a final word of caution to the true believers:
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself."