Lutz is an acknowledged expert on the toy, consumer electronics, video game and craft space. His clients include one of the top three U.S. banks and about 30 leading hedge funds. Having lived on five Continents and speaking six languages, Lutz Muller managed as CEO five manufacturing companies, catering to U.S. and international mass retailers, between 1984 and 2002. He started his business intelligence consulting practice in 2003 and he derives his information from three primary sources. The first is his proprietary retailer panel which includes Wal-Mart, Target, ToysRUs, Gamestop, Best Buy, Walgreens, Costco, Dollar General, Michaels and Barnes + Noble. This panel provides him with sell-through data, shelf space changes, inventory levels and other pertinent metrics governing the major companies and products active in the four industry categories. The second are national buyers at the major mass retailers in the US [Wal-Mart, Target, ToysRUs, Amazon. Best Buy, Gamestop etc] and in Europe [ASDA, ToysRUs, Gamestop, Carrefour, Karstadt, Migros etc]. These provide color on trends and issues that have a bearing on the major manufacturers and products in the four industry categories. The last are mainly Chinese third-party manufacturers who provide insights into supply and inventory issues affecting the major companies or products in the four industry categories. Lutz consults with banks and hedge funds and hence does not trade in any stocks associated with companies active in the four industry categories on which Lutz is focused. Lutz also has a monthly column in the Toy Directory, North America's foremost toy and video game industry publication, and is a regular contributor to the Toy World Magazine Uk.. He also publishes a monthly Toy Newsletter both of which can be found on his website www.klosterstrading.com
Former sell-side media, consumer and internet research analyst for 15 years.
Why the pseudonym Lord Baltimore? He was a famous native american scout in the late 1800's as well as an intense character in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid who relentlessly tracked the two heroes. (A 1970s heavy metal band was similarly inspired by the film character in selecting its name.) I view investing a lot like tracking. It is a process of putting together clues found along a trail to determine the path of the target, which in this case is attractive investments - long or short.
I am an entrepreneur living in Cape Town South Africa. I am intensely interested in Economics and Finance and have taken responsibility for investing my own savings rather than trusting an adviser or wealth manager to do so for me.
Born and raised in the USA, graduated with a degree in Finance then worked at a multi-strategy global hedge fund for about 4 years analyzing stocks all over the world. In 2007 I left the USA and moved to China to study Chinese and start a business. Now, I am the CEO and Co-founder of eFin which provides wall street level research to main street investors via a proprietary algorithm. Our eFin scoe that takes into consideration hundreds of factors to provide the best period of time to make an investment in a stock.
Nevertheless, my experience working at the hedge fund and running my own business has improved vastly my investment making decisions. I believe Warren Buffett said it best “I am a better investor because I am a businessman and a better businessman because I am an investor”. I have had my share of busts and winners and have gotten wise enough to always look at both sides of every investment no matter how negative or optimistic the situation is.
David Kolpak, CFA, has been an equity research analyst based in Cleveland, Ohio since 1992. Specializing in consumer products, restaurants, retail and health care, his views have been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron's, USA Today, Reuters and Bloomberg.
I taught my self investing after I got tired of losing money in the hands of so called "professionals" over the years. I figured it's better if I lose my own money - at least I can blame no one else for my mistakes.
I immigrated to Canada from India in the 80's with $10 in my pocket and have not done badly. I am grateful to Canada for giving me the opportunity to succeed and build a good life. I lived in the US for a couple of years but returned to Canada. The similarities and differences between the two countries fascinate me, I have a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (I am a Ontario licensed Pharmacist), and was "retired" recently from the R&D department of a major Pharma company. I also have an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Over the last 15 years, through a combination of interest, hardwork and luck, I have accumulated a portfolio which has made me financially independent (at least on paper), while making all the rookie mistakes and enduring two big bear markets fully invested (the last one with leverage) and holding a full time professional job and raising a family. The 2007-09 bear market has taught me that technical's are important and its important to raise cash at the right time. I follow the economic indicators carefully with the hope of avoiding (at least partially) a bear market. I continue to learn from experience and the read economic and financial commentary voraciously. I like to think I am playing the long game which takes guts, skill and patience.
My investing style is value - with a GARP orientation. My experience is that a few home runs make up for a many strike-outs, though now I focus more on stealing singles. I realize that Investing is a "losers game", to win you need to minimize your losses but at the same time, if there is no risk, there is no gain. I like to be highly diversified and routinely follow over a 100 positions. I invest, not trade, waiting patiently for a fat pitch.
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