After graduating from the Washington College of Law at American University John returned to his hometown of Saint Augustine Florida and began working in private practice. Prior to obtaining his law degree, John received a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and studied Finance and Accounting at the London School of Economics. As the President of Ancient City Alternatives LLC, a real estate investment company, John's experience in real estate law stems from an interest in real estate investment. As an attorney for Ginn & Patrou, John implements his business knowledge, real estate experience, and legal skills to ensure the best possible results for his clients. John is an active member in the Saint Augustine community and is involved in several community service organizations including the Saint Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club, the Hope for Haiti Foundation, and the Anastasia Baptist Church Youth Program. As a member of the Middle District Court of Florida, John is able to represent clients in matters arising under federal law in addition to Florida law. Website: www.ginnpatrou.com
I work for an insurance company as the director of underwriting. I am focused on creating and maximizing long term value. Analysis of BDC's, REIT's, Oil refineries, and Financials have been my primary focus. Strong management teams that align with their shareholders best interests have a much greater likelihood for success than those with conflicts of interest and little skin in the game.
Joseph has been an analyst, investor, and student of economic theory; money and banking; and statistical methods for evaluating and implementing risk/reward trading algorithms since 1972. Joseph is also an occasional contributor to financial publications and his essays are frequently cited by other financial websites and publications.
Since the end of the Great Recession, Joseph came to recognize that traditional methodologies for forecasting economic growth and investment asset pricing are no longer of value, and a broader understanding of the post Glass Steagall, financially engineered world that has driven markets and economies since the turn of the century is required today.
He has a good grasp of Shadow Banking, High Frequency Trading, and Dark Pools, and their impact on today’s markets. He has also spent considerable time understanding the new global paradigm of central bank involvement in experimental policy designed to better control economies.
Joseph doesn’t subscribe to a specific school of theory on economics. Rather, his thinking is based on a combination of the Classical School, the Austrian School, and the Keynesian School. He even sees the writings of Karl Marx as particularly instructive.
Joseph is particularly fond of the following quote from Albert Einstein and sees his own work as driven by that same passionate curiosity that Einstein refers to:
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Coming in a close second in terms of favorite quotes that express his views, Joseph embraces Lord Acton’s views expressed here:
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.
Every class is unfit to govern."
"Nishkama Capital LLC ("Nishkama") is an investment manager with a long / short equity strategy with a focus in the Technology, Media and Telecom (“TMT”) sectors. Nishkama also makes investments in other sectors such as Consumer, Industrials and Financials. The Founder is the Author of "The Emotionally Intelligent Investor: How Self-Awareness, Empathy and Intuition Drive Performance."
Eric Parnell, CFA, is the Founder and Director of Gerring Capital Partners. Gerring Capital is a registered investment advisory firm seeking attractive returns opportunities emphasizing value, quality and risk control. Eric also publishes The Universal premium service on Seeking Alpha targeting winning strategies in bear and bull markets across the asset class universe. Gerring Capital implements these strategies for its investors and then Eric discusses them on The Universal. Eric is also a Visiting Instructor at Ursinus College in the Department of Business and Economics. Prior to founding Gerring in 2005, Eric was the Director of Investment Communications at SEI Investments and an Economist at Moody’s Analytics.