I have been working in the fields of Estates & Trusts, Tax Planning and Charitable Planning for several years now. It was from this turn in my career that I developed an interest... no... an obsession... in investing. Reviewing client account statements and seeing the end results of the buy and hold strategy as executed over periods of decades has made me feel that buying and holding a core set of holdings is an excellent strategy for accumulating wealth. To that end, I took the Series 65 and formed a firm which operates as a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Florida. No clients as of yet, but I'm not stressing about that. For my own portfolio, which I run in a concentrated manner, i've got several companies that I deem to be "core holdings" and which I have no intention on selling, along with several other more opportunistic positions that I hold and trade around. Occasionally, I'll trade options positions, just for the purpose of utilizing the leverage they provide. I'm not in the top tax bracket, but I try to manage my portfolio with a tax sensitivity in anticipation of climbing into that bracket one day.... :)
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Investor for over 30 years in commercial real estate, broadcasting, outdoor advertising, oil/gas/coal properties and stocks. Concentration on technology and energy.
I spend most of my time reading through annual reports looking for a small-cap stock to feature in my monthly edition of "The Conservative Investor Digest." That is where you can find my best work, and that is where I focus my research. You can become a subscriber here: https://gumroad.com/l/HmqJx
I run the long-term investing website "The Conservative Income Investor" which can be found at: www.theconservativeincomeinvestor.com
I am a full-time trader and investor for my own proprietary accounts only. I have no direct or indirect interest in attracting clients of any kind. My primary investing interests reside in the equity markets of the US, Norway, Canada, Australia, and Singapore, with overweight positions in natural resources and energy-related companies.
After earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, I held assignments in marketing, and later in line management, at several of the world's largest financial institutions. After the 2008 economic crisis, I also tried to help reform the U.S. lending industry by advancing the cause of covered bonds as an alternative to mortgage-backed securities. Those efforts included co-founding a specialized online news publication.
As you read my postings in Seeking Alpha, please bear in mind:
1) I describe what I am seeing from my own vantage point. My expression of views is not intended as "advice" to anyone. Not SA readers. Not friends. Not family members. I have never told anyone to buy, sell or hold anything in particular.
2) Any thought or opinion I share is solely with the intent to help a reader arrive at his or her own conclusions. My only motivation is to "give back" stock research ideas, in appreciation for what I have learned from so many SA commenters and authors.
3) I always make clear in comments when I have a long position in a stock. If I sell a stock I have commented on because I have developed new doubts about it, I try to make a new comment to that effect somewhere on SA. I am also direct about positions which I hold underwater. I do not take short positions on individual stocks.
Rubicon Associates is headed by a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder with over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry focused on the analysis, investment and management of fixed income and preferred stock portfolios. Over the years, he has analyzed and invested in both public and private companies around the world as well as advised institutional clients on fixed income strategies and manager selection. The principal has been responsible for managing nearly seven billion dollars in credit investments across the capital structure and overseeing the research and trading of credit market activities. Rubicon Associates has written for Seeking Alpha, Learn Bonds, a newsletter and TheStreet.com in addition to advising institutional and private investors.
I have been working in the fields of Estates & Trusts, Tax Planning and Charitable Planning for several years now. It was from this turn in my career that I developed an interest... no... an obsession... in investing. Reviewing client account statements and seeing the end results of the buy and hold strategy as executed over periods of decades has made me feel that buying and holding a core set of holdings is an excellent strategy for accumulating wealth. To that end, I took the Series 65 and formed a firm which operates as a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Florida. No clients as of yet, but I'm not stressing about that.
For my own portfolio, which I run in a concentrated manner, i've got several companies that I deem to be "core holdings" and which I have no intention on selling, along with several other more opportunistic positions that I hold and trade around. Occasionally, I'll trade options positions, just for the purpose of utilizing the leverage they provide.
I'm not in the top tax bracket, but I try to manage my portfolio with a tax sensitivity in anticipation of climbing into that bracket one day.... :)
Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week. Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.
Jason Whitby is a Senior Financial Advisor at Investor Solutions (http://www.investorsolutions.com/) in Coconut Grove, FL. He has more than 10 years in the financial services industry providing financial planning and investment management for high net worth clients and institutions.
His prior experience encompasses security research, portfolio construction, and risk management. Prior to his financial services career, Jason was employed in the semiconductor industry working in engineering, sales and finance. Jason has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Santa Clara University with a concentration in Finance. Additionally, he is a Certified Financial Planning® practitioner as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Jason is an active volunteer and speaker for the Community Outreach program sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Miami-Dade. A University of Miami Adjunct Faculty, Jason also serves as a Board Member for the Financial Planning Association and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Bill Gross, called "the nation's most prominent bond investor" by the New York Times, is managing director of Pacific Investment Management (or PIMCO) and manages its Total Return fund, the world's largest bond fund and fifth largest mutual fund, and several smaller funds. He publishes a monthly letter discussing the bond market, and is the author of two books: Everything You've Heard About Investing Is Wrong! (http://tinyurl.com/nfc4x) and Bill Gross on Investing (http://tinyurl.com/nhmnj9).
Note: Mr. Gross is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Gross's public commentary. Visit PIMCO (http://www.pimco.com/)
Dr. Kris has two degrees from MIT because one just wasn't enough. Her life goal was to figure out the universe and having done that (at least to her satisfaction), she decided to tackle something even more difficult—the stock market.
Applying the scientific method along with an insatiably curious mind, she began trading stocks, futures, and options in order to find the holy grail to market success. She's discovered to her immense satisfaction that not only is there one way to succeed but many. Combining her love of cooking with the stock market, she's devised recipes for investment success designed to please the palate of most investors. Dr. Kris currently manages a private equity long/short portfolio and writes of her current research projects that appear on her website, StockMarketCookBook.com.
Her most exciting project is applying market timing models to Modern Portfolio Theory to not only give greater returns but at substantially lower levels of risk. (See PortfolioPreserver.com for further information.)
John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese and was trained as a domestic Japanese research analyst and money manager. In 1977 Thomas became the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist magazine and the Financial Times of London. Thomas traveled extensively throughout Asia, interviewing premiers, presidents and prime ministers, writing on macroeconomic trends, and producing countless features about individual companies. Thomas witnessed China’s cultural revolution and was one of the first American correspondents to enter China prior to the U.S. normalization of relations. Thomas authored several books about the Japanese financial system still in use by business schools today. In 1983 Thomas joined a top US investment bank in New York with the mandate to develop an international equity business for the firm. In 1985 he moved to London, England to establish a presence in Japanese equity derivatives for the firm. In 1989 Thomas was appointed a director of one of the big three Swiss Banks with a mandate to design sophisticated hedging strategies for the bank’s considerable holdings of Japanese equity warrants and convertible bonds. With the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, Thomas was drafted by the US Marine Corp to serve as a pilot. In 1990 Thomas became a pioneer in the nascent hedge fund industry by founding the first dedicated Japanese hedge fund. The firm managed segregated accounts for a variety of government agencies, banks, and high net worth individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After a decade of spectacular absolute and relative performance he sold his firm in 1999 and retired to manage his personal investments in the oil and gas industry. Seeing incredible opportunities in the marketplace and yearning for the adrenaline and satisfaction offered by active management, Thomas launched a new hedge fund in 2007. In his free time Thomas is a commercial aircraft pilot, long distance hiker and mountain climber, wine collector and avid photographer.
Problems with the media vis a vis finance is nothing new. And remember:
"It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and who comes short again and again because there is no effort without error or shortcoming but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst should he fail at least fails while daring greatly so his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt.
Mr. Hui has been involved in the equity markets since 1980, both on the buy side and the sell side. He is a CFA Charterholder, and has presented numerous papers to quantitative discussion groups (Sample topics include: How Global are Resource Sectors).