Larry Dignan is executive editor of ZDNet news and blogs. Larry was most recently executive news editor at eWeek. Prior to that, he was news editor at Baseline, and also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CNET News.com. Visit: Between The Lines (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/)
More than 20 years experience in equity investment strategy, asset allocation, product development, portfolio management, and fundamental equity analysis on the buy-side..
• Experienced investment manager with a proven track record of adding alpha in actively managed equity and convertible bond portfolios.
• Formerly portfolio manager PineBridge US Focus equity portfolios.
Mr. Okamoto is the President of Viking Asset Management and has been employed in the securities industry since 1983. Mr. Okamoto performs due diligence and research of potential investments for the Funds, and he is responsible for all Viking trading operations.
Mr. Okamoto is widely recognized as an advanced trader and has more than 20 years of extensive experience in technical market analysis techniques. He has been a frequent speaker at national on-line trading venues. From 1987 to 1990, he hosted the television program, “The Income Report.” He has also appeared on CNN and The MacNeil-Lehrer Report. Before co-founding Viking in 2001, Mr. Okamoto co-founded and was the President of TradePortal.com, Inc. in 1999. TradePortal.com, Inc. was a software development company and its wholly owned subsidiary, TradePortal Securities, Inc., a direct access execution brokerage firm. Mr. Okamoto was instrumental in developing the proprietary Trade Matrix™ software platform offered by TradePortal Securities. His negotiations were key in selling a minority stake in TradePortal. com Inc. to Thomson Reuters Financial, a US$23 billion market cap company. He also held Vice President positions with Lehman Brothers, Prudential Securities and Paine Webber, and he was the founder of First Stage Capital, Inc which specializes in consulting to public and private companies. Mr. Okamoto serves on the board of directors of publicly traded Optex Systems Inc (OPXS:OTCBB).
I am currently the product marketing manager at Silver Peak Systems. Previously, I was an IT analyst and an award winning journalist for 20+ years running my own high-tech marketing consultancy and serving in leadership positions of various IT magazines.
Market observer and trader looking for the holey grail of trading to tell me if I should listen to the bulls or the bears. Plenty of both out there with rational explanations that are proven right or wrong only in history. But the market is future based and as such history and the track records of market pundits mean nothing to me.