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 (U.C.L.A.) 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.
I am a very small time investor compared to those who trade for a living. I have been interested in the stock market and investing since the early 80's, fascinated by what empirically and statistically works. My main financial objective now is to provide income for my wife and myself in retirement, have enough money saved to provide health care/ assistant living expenses for each of us, and to pass on anything that is left over to our heirs. Some have asked so I am listing my current equity portfolio. I am not yet fully invested, so names may be added over time. I am particularly interested in adding some industrial and financial names to the mix.
Health care/ bio tech: GILD, CELG, ABBV, AMGN
Health care/ distribution: CAH
Consumer: JNJ, PM, FLO
Tech: QCOM, AAPL
REIT's: DLR. OHI, DOC, WPC, VTR, HASI, NSA
Tel Com: VZ, T
Small Cap Bio Tech Spec: DVAX
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