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 Book, the worldwide leading toy retailer magazine. He also publishes a quarterly Industry Assessment on the Toy and Video Game space as well as a monthly Toy Newsletter both of which can be found on his website www.klosterstrading.com
After receiving my MBA from Columbia Business School, I worked at such firms as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Prior to business school I was an audit supervisor with KPMG in New York City. The CPA training has been invaluable for a career in finance. I also started and operated a private investment firm in Beverly Hills before moving back to the New York City area.
I am a long term value investor, but I am also interested in growth stocks when it is not overpriced.
I enjoy the process of finding out stocks with value, much like a gold-mining experience. Along the way, I also gained a lot of insight on various businesses.
Most of the time, I post articles and comments on Seeking Alpha to get opinions from other people, since it is important to get criticized and avoid the confirmatory bias. I also believe that small investors need to work together to share their research efforts in order to achieve an edge on information.
While I am passionate about investment, I am also passionate about many other things as well, such as Math, Machine Learning, Psychology and Philosophy. I believe life is about having fun, and a big part of that "fun" comes from constant learning and personal improvement.