Former portfolio manager of a $400mm hedge fund. Currently a private investor. BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
I manage a $1B+ portfolio for a family office. Our investments include bonds, equities, hedge funds, and private investments with a wide geographical and asset class dispersion. I have a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and practiced for 30 years as a trial lawyer in commercial cases.
That fellow in my icon is, of course, Galileo Galilei. Eppur si muove.
You can email me at Montana.Skeptic@gmail.com & follow me on Twitter where I am @MontanaSkeptic1
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I am a graduate of the U.S Army Ranger school and a former member of the 1st Ranger Battalion and The Old Guard (U.S Army Honor Guard.) I am currently employed as a law enforcement officer in California.
I have approximately 12 years experience as a retail investor. I trade with 10% of my portfolio as I find trading keeps me on the market's pulse. Otherwise I tend to invest in value stocks.
Best of luck in your investments, Chuck
I am an experienced businessman and entrepreneur from an early age. My range of experiences, from hauling wheeled carts of printer parts, thru the city streets in Philly, To executive, managerial roles in the financial industry. Started in the Financial world on Oct. 5th 1998. I've always been told, and have proven to be a 'thought leader' within my circles. With Alley-ball disputes to serious & impactful business 'situations' the same basic skills apply. Executive, Corporate Business Development, Strategic Relationships, Sales & Service; Teams. Implementing policies to achieve Synergie and break down Siloes. I am 'Particularly' well rounded within the financial sector. Clients directly on 'the phones' turned fast into sr. roles including the most challenging compliance and legal topics. Product build to launch. I am passionate about media tech. My degree is customized for our 'Media Tech' Complex. What was 'B&C; Communications, Media, PR. advertising was all rolled into 'Telecomm with Business' PSU 1st yr offered. A specifically tailored degree, poised for the new 'Communications' sectors. In Rome, Italy, I studied Anthropological Communications Theory, a Graduate of Temple University in Rome, Italy involved excursions with professors from Temple to Yale. Art & Architcture; History, Printmaking. Self made and self paid: NO SILVER SPOON! These experiences have shaped my life and provided direction; a light to guide one thru the unknown pathways, life. Post study travels and adventures criss crossed the world. Living abroad opens your mind. The characters met along the way, the inexplicable experiences, adventures and back alleys explored can never forgotten. Every day, I'm reminded of a world filled with people who mostly just want to live a 'good' life. Close your eyes and open your mind !! We are good at heart. It's too easy to forget. Apply this to your business, interests.
Family runs a 60 year old TPA. In 8th grade; reconciling Pension Plans as a side job was 'normal'. A TPA provides navigation for K plans and pensions, record keeping to documentation for IRS and DOL Regs. A TPA guides the advising process for other pros. And business owners. Pensions, Administration & Record Keeping, every client is different as we focus on the SMB market. (Small/mid sized) Our firm has survived as an 85% consolidation within the industry. Prices from others have quadrupled; headlines about fees never discuss why (Regulations force biz owners to spend more $, passed along as a fee to your money). We still can charge 1/3- 1/2. Being capable and word of mouth referred being laser focused on SMB. Per Example; Ascensus, Paychecks or ADP will charge per minute, like a legal firm for services we include as basic. Whats the difference if 3-7k saved in plan fees over ones biz or career? Such large 'Compounded' savings over 20 years will put $hundreds of thousands$ lost in fees - back into ones retirement account. Allowing our clients an opportunity to live a better life. Work 5-7 less years! Just because they are not losing $ to fees.
We focus in person & work nationwide. Other TPA firms and related professionals send us work, so they can focus on selling. The advanced consulting offered to any SMB from doctors to attorneys, landscapers and non profits, Most of all, We are one of the few remaining 'non producing' TPA firms. Meaning we don't sell any fund or fund family - the choices do not matter to us. No influence from a hot product or commissions; no open cross selling, unless asked to provide. Advisors will seek us out as their TPA of choice to provide the best implementation of plans knowing all DOL/IRS mandates for plan design templates will be followed. This means they will now have more time to prospect, work with partners. Come audit time; SMB resources are limited. We will advise correctly, ethically and to the letters of law. We can be and are often present during the 'long sales process' to explain the always changing IRS and DOL rules; yet we do not pick investment options. The owner/FA does. No conflicts at all. Our level of participation is up to the Biz owner & FA, Attorneys choice. You cannot do this at the larger firms. They offer what they offer and charge what they charge. Period.
My other extensive experiences & work includes the designing, build and roll out of Nationally Sold financial products. Creating and managing revenue generating marketing campaigns, with complete ownership of the related accounts. I have worked with and co-managed wholesalers nationwide, working with the best from all firms imagined. From full firm CE conference calls to executive retreats. Representing our well known Chief Economists, Gerontologists, Actuarial Geniuses, even Celebrities of many stripes for speaking slots at meetings, executive boards, management teams. Yes, the conference and key accounts circuit and 'believe me' all related experiences. I am well traveled, currently residing outside Philadelphia with my incredible family and a proud father. A passionate musical and media fan, and family. I also play Dejembe and percussion 'in a band' called Mama Mac! The band is a multi nominated, including Mama & Papa Mac attending the Grammy Awards. I also run an environmental start up concept; EcoSpike. If you read all of this, thank you. Message me. JBg
Chris Ciovacco is the founder and CEO of Ciovacco Capital Management (CCM), an independent money management firm serving individual investors nationwide. The thoroughly researched and backtested CCM Market Model answers these important questions: (1) How much should we allocate to risk assets?, (2) How much should we allocate to conservative assets?, (3) What are the most attractive risk assets?, and (4) What are the most attractive conservative assets?
Chris is an expert in identifying the best ETFs from a wide variety of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and precious metals. The CCM Market Model compares over 130 different ETFs to identify the most attractive risk-reward opportunities.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from The Georgia Institute of Technology with a co-operative degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to founding Ciovacco Capital Management in 1999, Mr. Ciovacco worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Atlanta for five years earning a strong reputation for his independent research and high integrity. While at Georgia Tech, he gained valuable experience working as a co-op for IBM (1985-1990). During his time with Morgan Stanley, Chris received extensive training which included extended stays in NYC at the World Trade Center.
His areas of expertise include technical analysis and market model development. CCM’s popular weekly technical analysis videos on YouTube have been viewed over 700,000 times. Chris’ years of experience and research led to the creation of the thoroughly backtested CCM Market Model, which serves as the foundation for the management of separate accounts for individuals and businesses.
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I've been investing full time for over 15 years. I use a proprietary model based on a modified Graham, DCF & PE analysis. Results can be viewed at our website (address below). As a result of past investment decisions I was able to turn my attention to full time investing & research which has always been my passion. This site & website below are the best forums to share ideas and research. I've also developed several financial analysis templates detailed on the IIEX website available to site supporters. I am not in the brokerage/finance industry & am not a professional at finance or any related field. I have a degree in engineering although I spent most of my career in management & very little doing engineering calculations. Website: http://www.iiex.club/
Charles (Chuck) C. Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs™. Chuck is also co-founder of an investment management firm. He has been working in the securities industry since 1970: he has been a partner with a private NYSE member firm, the President of a NASD firm, Vice President and Regional Marketing Director for a major AMEX listed company, and an Associate Vice President and Investment Consulting Services Coordinator for a major NYSE member firm. Prior to forming his own investment firm, he was a partner in a 30-year-old established registered investment advisory in Tampa, Florida. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tampa. Chuck is a sought-after public speaker who is very passionate about spreading the critical message of prudence in money management. Chuck is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Honor Medal.
I am a paramedic. I am not an analyst, I am not a financial adviser, I cannot predict the future, nor am I privy to any insider information. My only intention is to provide retail investors with the science and to clear up some of the misinformation spread by everyone with internet access.
I'm a private, full time trader interested in both long and short ideas. My training and background are in engineering including a decade of consulting engineering practice. I've since switched over to investing/trading which I've done full time for 15+ years and to which I bring a contrarian style. I've also recently become interested in writing and have published editorials at Forbes, PJM, and a few legacy newspapers.
Zachary is the lead analyst for Stock Waves, a service provided by Elliottwavetrader.net. He began working in finance as an investment adviser in 2008. In 2010 he began to study technical analysis and specifically Elliott Wave Theory and took to it immediately. He continues to push the boundaries on how sentiment drives the perception of fundamentals and how some fundamentals can influence sentiment. Among his most notable recent market calls include the recent June and September 2013 bottoms in Facebook, the January 2013 pre-earnings bottom in GOOG, the November $69 low in BA, the April 2013 low in FSLR as well as the $59 top, the May low in GRPN, the October 23rd low in CMG, and many more.
Founder of "The Contrarian", a premium research service, featuring the "Bet The Farm" Portfolio. Actively investing since 1995, I have soared like an eagle, and been unmercifully humbled by the markets. Achieved positive returns in 2008, and turned an account with $60,310 on 1/1/2009 into an account with $3,177,937 on 11/30/2009. My best years have been 1995-2003, 2008-2012, and 2016-????. My worst years were 2013-2015. I believe inflation is coming, and we are at an inflection point in the markets.
Twenty year career as an investment analyst, investor, portfolio manager, consultant, and writer. Founder of Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd, which was incorporated in the spring of 2009. Dyed in the wool contrarian investor, who has learned, the hard way, that a good contrarian is only contrarian 20% of the time, but being right at key inflection points is the key to meaningful wealth creation in the markets. I believe we are near a meaningful inflection point, perhaps the biggest one yet, for the third time in the past 15 years.
Historically, I have had huge wins and impressive losses based on a concentrated, contrarian strategy. Trying to keep the good while filtering out the bad.
Seeking to run an all weather portfolio with minimal volatility and index overlays to capture my strategic and tactical recommendations along with a concentrated best ideas portfolio, which is my bread and butter, but the volatility only makes it suitable for a small piece of an investor's overall portfolio. The following are a couple of my favorite investment quotes.
"Life and investing are long ballgames." Julian Robertson
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure."
"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein
I’ve been on top of the world, and the world has been on top of me. I have learned to enjoy the perspective from each view, and use opportunities to persistently acquire knowledge, and enjoy the company of those around me, especially loved ones, family, and friends.
At heart, I am a market historian with an unrivaled passion for the capital markets. I have had a long history and specialization with concentrated positions and options trading. Made money in 2008 with a net long portfolio, deploying capital in some of the market's darkest hours into long positions including purchases of American Express, Atlas Energy, Crosstex, First Industrial Real Estate, General Growth Properties, Genworth, Macquarie Infrastructure, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and Vornado near their lows. Shorting, hedging, and option strategies also helped me in 2007 and 2009, and these are skills that I have developed ever since I started trading heavily in 1996.I enjoy reading, accumulating knowledge, and putting this knowledge to work in the active capital markets, learning lessons along the way.To this day, I continue to learn, and some of these learning lessons have been excruciatingly difficult ones, especially over the past several years, as I made mistakes allocating capital, including a sizable portion of my own capital (I always invest alongside my clients), to commodity related stocks. While all commodity related stocks have struggled since April of 2011, coal companies, which attracted me due to their extremely cheap valuations, and out-of-favor status (I am a strong believer in behavioral finance alongside fundamentals and technicals) have been the worst investing mistake of my career. The focus on the commodity arena has been the biggest mistake of my investment career thus far, yet in its aftermath, I see tremendous opportunity, even larger in scope than the fortuitous 2008/2009 environment.The capital that I accumulated and the confidence gained in navigating the treacherous investment waters of 2008 gave me the confidence to launch my own investment firm in the spring of 2009, right before the ultimate lows in the stock market. At the time I was working as a senior analyst at one of the largest RIA's in the country, and I felt strongly that the market environment was the best time since 1974/1975 to start an investment firm.
Prior to starting my firm, I was a senior analyst for three different firms over approximately 10 years (Charles Schwab, Redwood, Oxford), moving up in responsibility and scope at each stop along my journey. Since I was a paperboy, I have always had an interest in the investment markets. I love researching and finding opportunities. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, CAIA. After starting in the teaching program at Ball State University, I switched to a career in finance when I turned a small student loan into a substantial amount of capital. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance from Ball State.
Full disclosure, I am not currently a registered investment advisor, though I did serve in this capacity from 2009-2014, while owning Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd. Additionally, I held various securities licenses from 2000-2014, without a single complaint filed, and I continue to hold industry designations. At the end of 2014, I voluntarily let my state registration expire, as I transitioned the business to a different structure. Prior to this, I had passed, and held, various securities exams and licenses, including the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 exams, in addition to others, alongside my CFA and CAIA designations. Unfortunately, I did not file the proper paperwork to withdraw my state registration, and I did not disclose a personal arrangement, and subsequent civil case, between myself and a former close personal friend and client, that was initiated in 2011. I was unaware that I was required to disclose these items, and my securities attorney, at the time, did not advise me to do so. Previously, I had managed a portfolio for this gentleman, and we had taken an investment of approximately $7 million in 2009, and grown it to over $25 million at the beginning of 2012. After a difficult year of performance, an employee of the firm I owned, and friend, resigned in early 2013, and took the aforementioned client to a competing firm. As a result of not filing the proper paperwork, I agreed to a settlement, with a potential $2500 fine in the future, depending on if I choose to reapply to be a non-exempt advisor.
Jeff is the President of NewArc Investments Inc., manager of both individual and institutional investments. Jeff is a registered investment advisor, and portfolio manager for NewArc's investment programs. Jeff is a former college professor with a hands-on, real world attitude. His quantitative modeling helped inform state and local officials in Wisconsin for more than a decade. A Public Policy analyst, he taught advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin, and analyzed many issues related to state tax policy. Jeff began in the financial business as Research Director for trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He investigated anomalies in the standard option pricing models, taught classes for beginning options traders, and developed new forecasting techniques. In 1991 he established a general research consultancy, working with professional traders at all of the Chicago financial exchanges. In 1998 he started NewArc Investments, Inc. Jeff has a commitment to the specific needs of individual investors. It is not a one-size-fits all approach, but one that emphasizes the unique circumstances of each client. Jeff also serves on the board of two small technology companies (currently Chairman at one). He is occasionally as an expert witness in legal cases involving financial markets and hedging.
Avi Gilburt is a lawyer and accountant by training. He formerly was a partner and National Director at a national firm.
Mr. Gilburt is also the Managing Member of Gilburt Financial Services, LLC, which provides:
- Financial market analysis to the public through ElliottWaveTrader.net;
- Elliott Wave market analysis to institutional clients;
- Specific stock analysis to retail clients; and
- Webinars and personal coaching on Elliott Wave analysis.
He is also the Managing Member of the of the consulting firm of Gilburt & Associates, LLC, which specializes in transaction structuring and tax services.
Michael A. Gayed, CFA, winner of the 2016 Dow Award and 2015 NAAIM Wagner Award, is chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager at Pension Partners, LLC., an investment advisor which manages mutual funds and separate accounts according to its ATAC strategies. Prior to this role, Gayed served as a portfolio manager for a large international investment group, trading long/short investment ideas in an effort to capture excess returns. From 2004 to 2008, Gayed was a strategist at AmeriCap Advisers LLC, a registered investment advisory firm that managed equity portfolios for large institutional clients. In 2007, he launched his own long/short hedge fund, using various trading strategies focused on taking advantage of stock market anomalies. Follow him on Twitter @pensionpartners and YouTube youtube.com/pensionpartners. He has re-released his father's 1990 book Intermarket Analysis and Investing, now available on Amazon.com.
I am the Chief of Operations at Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of the large privately held software company, Wolfram Research. I manage teams of programmers developing custom applications for business and, government, applying advanced analytic methods to practical challenges. I played a major role in the development of many of the financial features of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. I have been at Wolfram for over 15 years. My academic background is in the social sciences and analytic methods in the social sciences, including finance, economics, statistics, modeling, simulation, and operations research. I studied at the University of Chicago, both undergrad and grad. I am also an individual investor with 30 years experience, mostly using mutual funds and fundamental analysis, plus specific investments in the financial sector. My contributions on Seeking Alpha focus on the financial sector and monetary economics, and what analysis of those areas can tell us about other macro trends. I also discuss portfolio theory, formal methods in finance, modeling and simulation of financial prices and economic time series, government statistical releases, financial regulation, and monetary policy.
Kevin Feldman, CFP® is an investment professional with 20 years experience in asset management. He was most recently Managing Director in the iShares® unit of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager where he had responsibility for iShares marketing, analytics and education efforts.
Prior to BlackRock, Kevin held senior roles at Vanguard and Charles Schwab.
Kevin earned a BA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MPA degree from Harvard University.
Bron Suchecki has worked in the precious metals markets since 1994, when he joined the Perth Mint as an Administration Officer in their Sydney retail outlet. In 1998 he moved to Perth to work in the then fledgling Depository division. He has held a number of roles since then in the treasury, risk and governance areas of the Mint.
All posts are Bron's personal opinion and not endorsed by the Perth Mint in any way.
I am currently General Partner and Director of Torchwood Capital Management, a CFA operating in the Atlanta area. Formerly, I was VP and business manager for the HFT group at Citi Capital Markets. I then traded my own capital for several years before founding Torchwood.
Jake Huneycutt is a former L/S Portfolio Manager. Jake holds an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Emory University. He earned a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. Jake is originally from Johnson City, TN and currently splits time between Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA.
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
Kid Dynamite is now on Twitter: #KidDynamiteBlog
Kid Dynamite (pseudonym) spent 8 years as a trader at a major Wall Street investment bank. from June 1999 thru April 2005 he specialized in portfolio trading, and from May 2005 thru November 2007 he was the head trader for an internal hedge fund on the buy side of the same firm. Kid Dynamite managed a multi-billion dollar merger arbitrage portfolio, and continued to implement portfolio trading related strategies as well.
If you are interested in intelligent discussion about any of my blog posts, or have questions, please visit Kid Dynamite's World (http://kiddynamitesworld.com).