John Lounsbury, Managing Editor and Co-founder of Global Economic Intersection, provides comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services to a small number of families on a fee only basis. He has a background which includes 34 years with a major international corporation, 25 years in R&D management and corporate staff positions. More recently he was a Series 6, 7, 63 licensed representative with a major insurance company brokerage from 1992 to 2001. Since 2002 he has operated his own sole proprietorship business. Specific interests include political and economic history, econometric analysis and investment strategy analysis. Recreational activities include hiking, non-technical mountaineering and alpine skiing. He is also founding partner and managing editor of EconIntersect.com.
BA in philosophy and political economy. Small business owner/operator since 1978, now retired. Fixed income and consumer essentials equities investor. Sometimes real estate developer. I began studying money and monetary systems after the 1982 crash that plunged my home Province, Alberta, into a long and deep depression. The "arithmetic" focus of my monetary analysis follows from reading C.H. Douglas who began writing about monetary system defects in the early 1920s and who eventually invented his "social credit" monetary system that received a wide international airing during the 1930s Depression. Douglas's contemporary but not collaborator Irving Fisher is the best known of the American monetary reformers of that era. 2008 is 1929 all over again, so in late 2008 I discovered Seeking Alpha and began writing about our monetary system defects in the hope of raising monetary awareness and promoting the kinds of reforms that can prevent a repeat of the 1930s Depression.
MA Capital Management (MACM) is an investment management firm founded by professional investors and traders with decades of experience at some of the largest banks, hedge funds and asset managers around the world.
MACM has been providing investment management services to some of the largest institutional investors in the world since 2003. As of 2012, MACM has started offering institutional quality investment management services to individual investors as well.
MACM is the advisor to the MA Absolute Return fund, a multi-strategy fund that dynamically invests across stock indices, managed futures and bonds to produce absolute returns.
Online Trading Academy Senior Instructor and Trader Mentor
As a former stockbroker, brokerage trader, and hedge fund trader, Brandon brings various market views and insight to his trading classes and lectures. A wealth of knowledge, he has held NASD securities series 7 and 63 licenses. Brandon has appeared as a guest on CNBC Asia's Cash Flow and conducted special seminars for CNBC staff on technical analysis of the financial markets.
Up until a century ago, there appears to have been a fairly equal emphasis on economic theory and observation. Although the interest in economics has probably always been a consequence of the need of the state to acquire resources, we are now at the point where the discipline of economics is both completely at the service of ideological camps and completely convinced of its own objectivity and scientific underpinnings.
I have taken an interest in markets since 2008, after which my already scant regard for conventional wisdom in the modern social sciences plunged even further. I try to understand historical price behavior and see what it says about present market conditions.
Private investor. Bought first stock in 1965. Held on for 20 years, following dad's advice, The Bulldog Philosophy: "Bite on to something that's got some meat to it and hold on until they chain you down, shoot you in the head, and tear it away from you with your teeth still attached to the carcass." Ahem.
Been through it all: the Crash after LBJ called for Guns and Butter & raised taxes & spending; Nixon campaigning to the right and governing to the left (stocks crash); the fear-mongering claims of the late `60s and `70s that the earth was heading into another Ice Age and the whole planet would soon be frozen, and if that didn't get us, exponential population growth would; the Nifty Fifty Crash (the first media/big NY House promoted stock con & ensuing blowout);
the first time the media and the government told us the world was running out of oil and prices spiked and stocks tanked; the Carter Years: 20% interest rates, 70% tax rates, & stagflation; the October `87 Crash; the `80s real estate crash after "tax reform" and the ensuing S&L Blowout along with 2200 lending institutions busting out over the next 7 years;
the fear-mongering claims beginning in the late `80s and continuing today that the planet is heating up to the point of boiling over (seas overflowing; islands disappearing; parts of the US East Coast under water; massive starvation from heated grounds causing soil erosion; coral reefs dying; fish and animals dying; Florida gone!); Papa Bush's sharp turn to the left: a huge tax increase, the multi-billion-dollar handicap bill that busted thousands of small businesses, and the sex discrimination law, all costing businesses billions and producing the ensuing bad economy and stock turn down (big boon for lawyers, per usual);
the Clinton Administration attacks on every business sector: cigs, pharms, techs, banks, etc.; the Asian Contagion; the Y2-K Con (over $650 billion spent for absolutely nothing according to CNN; never mentioned again by the media or the government; they simply moved on to other scary predictions: Saddam Hussein, e.g.); the March 10, 2000 Dotbomb Explosion and tech blood bath aftermath; 15 years of Greenspan's manic interest rate moves; 9-11; the government forcing lending institutions to create the subprime loan (beginning in the `90s under Clinton) and the ensuing Cash-Credit-Crunch Crash of `08; 5 years of constant threats and attacks against Wall St., investors, Banks, savers, entrepreneurs, all forms of natural earth fuels, and most business sectors by Obama. Still standing.
Not a broker. Never been one. Not a tout. Never been one. Do not own or run a hedge fund. Never have. Do not own or run a mutual fund. Never have. Do not receive any type of compensation for bullish or bearish statements. Never have. Never will.
Traded futures for four years in the 1980s, mostly index futures, but some commodities. Quit. Too antzy to sit in front of a screen all day. To heck with the money; would rather be broke than bored.
Hate charts. Refuse to read one. Don't send or tell me about them. If you do I'll delete you and them from my life. Must therefore dig through financial records and study ratios and try to figure out whether a company is actually doing what it claims. Some really boring stuff, trust me.
Have no idea at any time which way markets are going. Don't ask me. When someone tries to tout me on market direction, I stick my thumbs in my ears. If you write an article predicting market direction, I'll put you on my inexperienced boob list or my sham-artist list, and will not read you anymore until you mature or turn honest, whichever the case.
Occupation: Never had one. A drunkard by nature. Played golf when a child. Poker when I still had the brain of one.
My One Finite Absolute in Stock Investing: Never, ever buy a stock because an emissary from one of the Big New York Houses or Big National Banks touts it. When they upgrade or tout one, stay far away from not only that company—but that entire sector. If you happen to be invested in that company, take a second look at your investment. For it may be time to flee. The reverse is true when they downgrade one: you might want to take a look at buying it. No exceptions!!
First rule I pass on to young investors: Be humble about your investing and trading abilities, for if you do not, markets will eventually make you so.
Second Rule: Learn from your successful elders. For if they are still standing in the investment world when they are past 55 (and are not mere salesmen or touts or novices) and are still investing, they had to be doing something right—because it is a cruel environment that few survive.
Third Rule: Understand that, as soon as you step onto the investing field, you are dealing with heartless predators who work 24-hours a day to find ways to get your money out of your pockets and into theirs. The only way you can stop them from doing that is to start an account at a conservative brokerage firm that doesn't send you fliers every week telling you how its brilliant employees can make money for you or manage your money for you. Invest your money in companies that have good products, well-established management, good balance sheets, and have proven they can make it through hard times—which are bound to come every few years or so. Put your shares in an account that does not charge you for holding them, and leave them there as long as possible. You're about as safe from predators as you can possibly be, if you follow this rule.
Fourth Rule: Get the idea of making money by trading stocks out of your head. You're not going to be able to do it. If you think you're that good of a trader, trade futures—where you have a tremendous amount of leverage. If you are as good a trader as you think, you can make more money trading futures than you can find a place to put it. Of course, about 98% of futures traders lose money, so don't get your hopes too high on replacing Mexico Slim on the Forbes 400.
Fifth Rule: Invest; don't trade. Invest; don't save.
Help friends and family with their investments gratis. They all have to have jobs.
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.
Paul Allen is editor of WallStreetCourier.com
WallStreetCourier.com is an independent research- and investment advisor for selected stock market information. The main vision of WSC is to provide high quality market research for individuals, hedge funds, and institutional investors with different trading horizons.
Mike Holt is a Senior VP, Wealth Management Strategist with The MDE Group, an innovative Wealth Management Firm located in Morristown, NJ that manages over $1 billion for corporate executives and other high net worth individuals located across the US. Mike's diverse background includes auditing financial services firms in NY for a Big 4 CPA firm, a 3-year foreign assignment to Saudi Arabia during which he also travelled extensively, primarily in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the provision of sophisticated income and estate tax services to partners, directors, and executives at ARAMCO, KKR, Citibank, Lloyds, Lehman Brothers, McKinsey & Co., and Pfizer among others.
He is also a CFP and a PFS, and since 1994 he has been helping clients of The MDE Group to accumulate wealth, and then to preserve that wealth against the backdrop of an increasingly uncertain economic and market environment. Mike's dedication to his clients has driven him to draw upon his broad experience and intense curiosity about the world to investigate global macro risks that have become increasingly relevant to both the successful management of their portfolios and, more importantly, their overall financial well being and that of their families.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal State, Long Beach and participated in the MS Taxation program at Pace University in New York.
Please note that the views I express in my posts and comments do not always reflect the views of The MDE Group.
John Lux is a former market maker, investment banker, security analyst, venture capitalist. He works now as a financial consultant for venture and public companies and as a private investor. He has degrees and experience in law and quantitative analysis. He is the author of several books, including "How to Find a Home Run Stock," How the Shorts Raid Your Stock, Destroy Your Company and What to Do About It," "Bash the Stock Bashers!," and "How to Pick Hot Reverse Merger Penny Stocks."
Most recently, Markos Kaminis predicted the stock market correction of 2015 through a series of prescient reports in August. (see proof here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3482226-investor-who-predicted-the-stock-market-correction-offers-an-update ) Markos warned his followers to stop buying dips in stocks, raise cash levels for a near-term collapse and special buying opportunity, and he suggested aggressive investors or those in need of portfolio hedge use a volatility instrument to do so. He profited 30-fold in a matter of days on his contrarian view in August.
Markos N. Kaminis generated a 23% average annual return on "Strong Buy" stock selections over 5 years and ranked 2nd among a group of 60 analysts in-house as a Senior Equity Analyst over a seven-year period at Standard & Poor's. After proving his value in-house, he was promoted into a special role as an idea generator, supporting the portfolios of institutional clients as well as driving performance within S&P's recommended lists and portfolios. At times, Markos was responsible for up to 10% of the firm's entire "Strong Buy" list and is due a great deal of credit for the group's outstanding performance during his tenure.
Markos followed a group of 30-40 Small and Mid-Cap firms, and was charged with finding new buy and sell candidates across industry sectors. He generated a 23% average annual return over five years on his "Strong Buy" recommendations, and 26% over three years ended 2004. He was ranked 1st of 60 analysts in-house for his "Strong Buy" performance over 4 years (2nd over 5).
Markos also authored IPO research and wrote for high-level newsletters, The Outlook, Equity Insights and Emerging Opportunities, as well as for BusinessWeek Online. He represented his firm as an analytical expert commentator for major media, including television, Internet and through quotes and interviews in reputable publications.
What I want you to know about my plans: After witnessing the worst of Wall Street firsthand and having the ideal vision of my childhood career choice corrupted by reality, I almost switched to full-time charity work at age 40 and still have plans for a non-profit. However, I've since determined to put my stock selection skills, earned through blood, sweat and tears, to better use, and to make my own way. I've determined to give investors something rare, a dignified partner who can manage money with integrity and a clear conscience about the degree of due diligence behind investment decisions... someone who cares more about your money than your wife. I hope readers will become followers of my column here & at my blog, so that when our numbers are substantial, we might start an investment fund or two.
Prior to his Wall Street career, Mr. Kaminis spent time in the back-office, as a mutual fund accountant, where he managed for a time the work of two men. Before this, from age 11 to age 25, he worked as a carpenter's apprentice and carpenter with his father, in both commercial and residential projects. Mr. Kaminis has an intimate knowledge of the real estate and construction market, as well as the restaurant industry. However, as a generalist stock analyst, he showed the ability to learn any and the most complicated of industries in short time - and he gamed every challenge presented to him.
Mr. Kaminis earned his MBA at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and his BA at Temple University in Philadelphia. However, Markos has been studying the stock market since age 13, when he determined his career path. He made his first investment at age 16, and funded much of his undergraduate education with the proceeds of his investing success.
Mr. Kaminis continues to keep busy forecasting the economic path and securities market activity. Markos is considering the eventual start-up a long/short capital appreciation hedge fund. Such a fund would limit risk through beta reduction, using a diversification strategy targeting sector & industry and long & short position inclusion. At the same time, Markos' theoretical fund would seek maximum capital appreciation through the exploitation of Mr. Kaminis' inherent economic & market discernment gift and proven stock selection skills. Mr. Kaminis also has a team of a select few analysts, technicians, strategists and economists that he has been impressed by over the years, which he expects to tap for the project when the time is right. Mr. Kaminis welcomes your interest in such a potential forward effort, and looks forward to discussing his plans with those appropriate and within legal constraints.
Markos is involved in very early stage entrepreneurial efforts in the testing of certain business models, all of which he intends to tie to a planned non-profit project. The tie will be that the businesses will give employment opportunity to individuals who would otherwise have difficulty finding gainful employment. It will house and heal the homeless, ex-convicts, those completing rehabilitation efforts for drug and other addictions, and others in need of help.
Markos is currently Directing the widely syndicated blog he founded, "Wall Street Greek," and is writing for other well-known publications besides advancing several businesses. Markos' column is syndicated across sites like the Boston Globe, Kiplinger Magazine, UPI and other reputable newspaper and TV websites, as well as private networks, Amazon Kindle, iPhone and more. In the past, he has written for RealMoney.com, Motley Fool and others. Requests to research specific companies are welcome, as we serve our readers. You may contact us via the blog contact info.
Mr. Kaminis welcomes you to follow him here at Seeking Alpha, where he is proud to be a long-time contributor to this strong team of writers. He considers the Seeking Alpha team and management close friends, and for you, people worth knowing and following.
Visit his site: Wall Street Greek (http://www.wallstreetgreek.blogspot.com/)
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.
Erik is the senior market technician for Prometheus Market Insight and has been performing chart analysis since 1995. The software program that he developed to monitor long-term stock market trends has correctly identified 92% of the cyclical turning points in the S&P 500 index since 1940. His Gold Currency Index has predicted every major trend change in the US gold market since its creation in 2005.
I was born and raised in southern Alberta and graduated from the department of Structural Engineering Technology at S.A.I.T. in Calgary. My background is mainly in construction management although I spent 10 years selling real estate where I gained some very valuable knowledge about how commercial real estate is valued, and how rising or falling rates affect real estate so severely.
But my passion, an interest that developed at a very early age, became the the study of stock markets and the methods of analyzing them using technical analysis. When I was 11 years of age, I came across a book at the public library on the topic that so intrigued me that I decided I absolutely had to have that book. So I stole it. Ever since that day, my lifelong passion has only grown and evolved to where it is today.
When it comes to commentary, I try to post well thought out, well written comments, some quite short, some quite lengthy. But I try to contribute very positively to the entire community at SA. Admittedly, I often have a tough time keeping the humor out of my posts but I seem to be forgiven for it most of the time. The situations where I could capitalize on an opportunity for a quick chuckle present themselves so often that I just have to jump on it once in a while.
I only discovered recently that I like to write and much to my surprise, it appears that I actually have a bit of a talent for it. I sometimes wonder how my life might be different had I realized decades ago that I can actually put together a paragraph that readers sometimes find entertaining and yet informative. It's even been suggested on more than one occasion that I might even have more writing skills than I give myself credit for and that perhaps I should write a book or two. I don't think I'm quite ready for a book yet, but I'm starting to believe that I could actually do it. A humorous novel wouldn't be a stretch I don't think! But for now, I'm just beginning to publish articles at the urging of a few friends and at the behest of 4 different websites that in the past 6 months have actually approached me, urging me to write. Considering that I've gained a few decades worth of knowledge about technical analysis of markets, and have gained a real good understanding of where debt and money comes from, it's possible that I might have all the pieces required to present some reasonably logical and helpful insights.
I'm madly in love with my two big beautiful and healthy grown children, western Canada and myself. My ex-wife (divorced in '96) is a great gal and she and I have never been better friends than we are now. I know what you're gonna ask next. The answer is "not a chance"!
If you copy the link below and paste it into your browser, you can see the general area of Canada where I live and play. I just wish I had more time and resources to do a lot more visiting and playing in the the incredibly beautiful province next door, British Columbia. Western Alberta is truly beautiful, but British Columbia... that province gives an entirely new meaning to the word. In face God lives there. Not only does He live there, but I met Him one day at a swank little ocean-side pub at Sydney Harbour on Vancouver Island. At least he 'told me' he was God and for some reason I believed him. Let me tell you that story...
Man, did God and I tie one on. You know how in the bible it talks about "40 days and 40 nights"? Well I can tell ya, when you're out on a night on the town with that guy, it's all about 40 chicken wings and 40 drinks. And I was more than happy to pay the entire bar tab because... well I was out on a night on the town with God. At the end of the evening I was more than a just a bit concerned though about driving back to the hotel because my legs... well let's just say they were a little bit wobbly. But "God" told me that I had nothing to worry about. He told me to "go ahead, drive home" and gave me his phone number just to put my groggy mind at ease. He said I could call Him at any time if I had any trouble.
Wouldn't you know it, I got about two blocks away from the pub when I saw the old UFO lights in my rear view mirror. And as luck would have it I soon found myself in the back seat of a police cruiser heading west when my hotel was to the east. But no worries... I had God's phone number in my pocket. When we got to the 'detention center', I was allowed one phone call, thank God. I dialed His number and guess what... it rang the phone on the desk only 10 feet from where I was standing. A cop answered it. The same cop who'd given me the free ride in his spiffy cruiser. Jesus Christ, I'd been duped by God of all people!!!
Anyway here's where God lives and where I plan on retiring. Next time I run into Him though, it's gonna be His turn to pick up the freakin' bar tab:
I hope you enjoy my writing enough to hit the "recommend" button a time or two... and I truly wish you well, bid you great health and hope you prosper wildly.
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
Please visit my blogsites:
Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
The Rest of U.S. (for and about political Centrists) http://newcentristera.wordpress.com
and my brand-new blog about Markets:
Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com
Econ Grapher currently publishes the Econ Grapher blog. He previously worked in markets, trading, investment management, and corporate strategy. He has also set up two internet research businesses in stock research and economic research.
Consultant with extensive experience in finance and investment. Provides weekly analysis, which strives to unearth contrarian economic and finance ideas through an all-encompassing examination of the available information. Writings in the public domain are widely recognised as having foretold the dangers that were implicit in the excessive credit creation of recent years.
Ilian Yotov is a longtime FX Strategist, known among industry peers as the creator of The Quarters Theory, a revolutionary methodology applied to the price behavior of currency exchange rates. His FX market analysis, outlook and forecasts are sought by popular financial publications worldwide and he is a regular guest speaker at industry events.
For over 12 years, Ilian has also been committed to the education of retail FX traders, and has been recognized as one of the leading Forex educators in the world, helping thousands of currency traders worldwide. Ilian Yotov is the Chief FX Strategist at Allthingsforex.com where he brings a combination of in-depth knowledge and expertise with innovative strategies and trading techniques. He is responsible for driving the company’s research initiatives and for turning them into actionable trade ideas and trading strategies.
Ilian Yotov is author of the book "The Quarters Theory: The Revolutionary New Foreign Currencies Trading Method", published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
I bring a ton of real world experience to my commentaries on real estate prices and mortgages.
My work in real estate is as a lender, owner, mortgage originator, and commentator. I have owned more than 285 properties. I have made hundreds of real estate loans for my portfolio. I have reviewed the finances of thousands of homeowners to advise them on a new mortgage. That's my grad school in real estate.
HousingStory.net, my blog, centers on real estate prices and mortgages. The key blog publication, 10 Key Charts to See Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, has had over 500,000 readers.
In my day job I am a loan officer for a federally-chartered credit union. I love to originate jumbo mortgages at killer rates.
Mark Bern (formerly K202) intends to continue writing solo and has shed other work-related relationships that required anonymity.
CPA since 1990 a CFA charter holder since 2000. He has a bachelors degree in Business Admin. with a concentration in Economics. His experience includes both private and public sector and careers in accounting, financial and market analysis, product development, transportation services and investment management.
Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books.
Her editorials appear in 27 languages and 200 newspapers syndicated by Inter Press Service, and her book reviews appear on SeekingAlpha.com. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in USA) Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor; and Challenge, Mainichi (Japan), El Diario (Venezuela), World Economic Herald (China), LeMonde Diplomatique (France) and Australian Financial Review.
Since becoming a full-time media executive in 2004, Hazel has stepped down from many of her board memberships, including Calvert Social Investment Fund (1982-2005), the Social Investment Forum and the Social Venture Network. She has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California-Berkeley, and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980.She remains on the International Council of the Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, Sao Paulo, Brasil; serves on the Program Council of FORUM 2000, Prague, Czechoslovakia, founded by the late President Vaclav Havel; is a World Business Academy Fellow; an active member of the National Press Club (Washington DC), and a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. She is an Honorary Member of the Club of Rome. She shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. In 2007, she was elected a Fellow to Britain’s Royal Society of Arts, founded in 1754.
She leads the Transforming Finance initiative, created the Green Transition Scoreboard®, co-developed with Calvert the GDP alternative renamed the Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators, co-organized the Beyond GDP conference for the European Commission, and funded three Beyond GDP surveys, finding strong support worldwide for ESG metrics in national accounting.
In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was honored as a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America. In 2012, she was honored with the Reuters Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development of ESG & Investing at TBLI Europe. In 2013, she was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame.
Her 2014 monograph, Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age, published by ICAEW and Tomorrow’s Company, UK, is available for free download from www.ethicalmarkets.com.
Keith wrote Minyanville.com’s Housing Market Report and just launched his Capital Preservation Real Estate Report on June 1.
The focus of Keith’s writings and presentations has been to prepare people for the continued housing market decline that he sees as almost inevitable. His new report broadens his reach to include commercial real estate, mortgage-backed securities and REITs.
Keith’s in-depth housing market articles have been posted regularly on major websites such as BUSINESS INSIDER, REAL CLEAR MARKETS, MINYANVILLE and MARKETWATCH.
Keith has been interviewed extensively including a recent appearance on Yahoo Finance’s “Daily Ticker” show which was seen by more than 100,000 viewers. He was recently interviewed on Bloomberg TV’s “Bottom Line.” He has also appeared twice on the Wall Street Journal’s syndicated Michael Castner radio show. Keith’s interviews can be seen at www.keithjurow.com.
He gave major presentations in Manhattan in 2012 before organizations such as the Financial Policy Council, the Rotary Club of New York, and a Family Office conference for high net worth investors.
Keith is a graduate of Cornell University and received both an M.A. and a PhD from the Graduate Faculty of the New School in Manhattan.
I'm a philosopher who took a long sabbatical in finance, from currency options trading on Wall St. to financial and economic consulting in SE Asia. I started out chopping wood and carrying water, as the Zen saying goes, in Upstate NY, and, after enlightenment, currently chop wood and carry water.
Mark Alexander is an insurance professional who began managing personal and family investments in late 2007 due to perceived weakness in the fundamental analysis performed by most traditional mutual funds.
Doug Short is first-wave boomer with a lifelong interest in markets and the economy. His professional career had been a satisfying split between academia (English Professor at North Carolina State University) and Information technology (IBM and GSK).
Doug retired in 2006 to devote himself full-time to his dshort.com financial website. The domain has now been acquired by Advisor Perspectives, and Doug has been appointed the Vice President of Research.
Doug is especially interested in the economy, long-term market trends and behavioral finance.
I am director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and a visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where I will teach microeconomics and public finance. I also write about economics, finance, and life at dmarron.com. From 2002 to early 2009, I served in various senior positions in the White House and Congress including: Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and Executive Director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC). In short, I’ve been blessed to serve at some of the best acronyms in government. Before my government service, I had a varied career as a professor, consultant, and entrepreneur. In the mid-1990s, I taught economics and finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. I then spent about a year-and-a-half consulting on antitrust cases at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC. After that, I took the plunge into the world of new ventures, serving as Chief Financial Officer of a health care software start-up in Austin, TX. After that fascinating experience, I started my career in public service. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.A. in Mathematics a couple miles down the road at Harvard.
My perspective comes from somewhat out on the edge in many ways. I live on the fringe of the wilds here on the outskirts of Squamish BC, and my backyard receives quite a bit of bear traffic, real ones, not just the market kind like me. My wife and I spend most of our free time in the mountains, ski mountaineering in the winter and climbing in the summer.
I have co-founded, managed, and sold a couple of reasonably successful businesses including The Edge Climbing Centre, one of North America’s first major indoor climbing gyms. I have also co-owned and managed a manufacturing and export business.
Although I don’t own a TV I watched the US congressional hearings that dealt with the financial crisis through live feeds on CNN on line. I can’t imagine any reality show that could be more riveting than this. And scary. Anyone who believes the media has overblown the severity of the financial crisis needs to watch this stuff. This is real news, unfiltered.
I have spent significant time in the last couple of years, as I also did in my younger years, in the Himalayas, sleeping in the open, or staying with villagers who have no plumbing, central heating, or even furniture as we think of it. I believe I need to keep doing this as it keeps me grounded and it gives me persecutive on the crazy consumerist society I come from.
The photo of me was taken after a week in the mountains, sunburnt, unshaven and happy.
Email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the "one exception to the Gang of 535" on Capitol Hill.
Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies! He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have seventeen grandchildren.
While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul's limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve's inflationary measures. He also was a key member of the Gold Commission, advocating a return to a gold standard for our currency. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.
Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the International Relations committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.
Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including The Revolution: A Manifesto, Pillars of Prosperity, The Case for Gold, and A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans for Freedom, and countless others.
Dr. Paul's consistent voting record prompted one Congressman to comment that "Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers' ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are." Another Congresswoman added that "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few."
Elliott Morss has spent most of his career teaching and working as an economic consultant to developing countries on issues of trade, finance, and environmental preservation.
Dr. Morss received a B.A. from Williams College in 1960 and a Ph.D. in political economy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard, Boston University, Brandeis, and most recently at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires.
For several years, he worked in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund. He later helped establish Development Alternatives, Inc. (dai.com), a firm that became the largest contractor to the U.S. foreign assistance program (AID). Since his first IMF assignment in Ghana in 1966, he has worked in 45 countries.
He has been the President of the Asia-Pacific Group, a British Virgin Islands for profit company with investments in Cambodia, China, and Myanmar. With Dr. Zhu Jia-Ming, he established Green China, an American NGO with the mission to increase the dialogue in China on the trade-offs between economic growth and environmental preservation.
Dr. Morss has co-authored six books and published more than 50 articles in professional journals.
He is currently available for consulting assignments.