Mark McQueen is President & CEO of Wellington Financial LP, a privately-held corporate debt fund with offices in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Toronto. He has led Wellington's growth from its inception as a $7 million fund in 2000 to its current $600 million investment program ($200 million fund size). He was previously a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking of a leading independent investment bank, and before that part of a team that advised on over $25 billion in transactions as a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions group at a Canadian bank-owned investment dealer. Mark received credit training at a Canadian Chartered bank and was certified for commercial lending in 1995. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Toronto Port Authority, and several non-profit organizations. He is not licenced to give investment advice. All posts are Opinion Pieces and were copied by Seeking Alpha from their original publication site at www.wellingtonfund.com/blog. Visit his site: Wellington Financial (http://www.wellingtonfund.com/) and blog (http://www.wellingtonfund.com/blog/index.php)
I am a first time investor who is learning the tricks of the trade. My preferred strategy thus far is buy and hold with an emphasis on sustainable dividend yield. I am currently long MSFT, COP and JNJ. I am very concentrated because I am still in the building phase of my portfolio.
I am a substitute teacher currently working on his school librarian certification. I have an intense personal interest in technology, which I try to avoid investing in too heavily because I understand that my interests could blind my judgement.
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Trained as a scientific programmer, I worked on war game software for NORAD (North American Air Defense) and statistical software for Abbott Labs. For most of my 40-year career developed and sold financial and accounting software.
Was principal or founder of 3 small (5-30 employees) software companies.
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PhD in Computational Physics. Developing new models for stock trading (focusing on long SVXY). Predicting future accurately enough for trading purposes is surprisingly difficult... :)
Contrarian investment philosophy. I am in particular interested in undervalued technology stocks with multiple x upside potential and limited downside risk.
I am currently long $MSFT, $LNVGY, $INTC, $CRAY, $VRNG, $OCAT, $F, $TLT, $ALU and $NOK. $NOK (and now $ALU) are still the largest position in my portfolio, although I sold 70% of my $NOK position since the Devices and Services deal with Microsoft was announced. $NOK/ALU, and $TLT are currently my largest individual stock/ETF positions.
I also swing trade inverse volatility (long $SVXY) depending on market trends. I do not touch $VIX or other direct volatility products under any circumstances.
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