Originally from Cincinnati, I have lived in New York since 2007. I have worked for a startup hedge fund and more recently for W.P. Carey & Company, a real estate investment firm. I graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor's in History, and later studied Finance at Columbia University. When not thinking about the market, I am either reading, training for triathlons, watching the Cincinnati Reds, or playing guitar in Central Park.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump.
Thomas has co-authored a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that is available on Amazon.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
First off, I view the entire monetary and financial system as something of a Ponzi scheme. Starting with currency that is debt, and running straight though a global economic model that is based on a premise of infinite growth in a finite world. This won't end well. I'd go a step further and suggest that our materialistic value and belief system is another way in which we're building castles on sand... but I digress.
I view that markets as a casino, and frankly, I like gambling. So I rather enjoy the game, and love reading Seeking Alpha and anything that feeds my appetite for knowledge and insight. I prefer technical analysis to fundamental analysis because I find the "behavioral" side of investing more interesting than longer term projections based on numerical analysis.
I believe in micro-caps. I believe the market rewards growth above all else, and growth is easiest and most explosive when a company is young and small. As a company matures, its growth inevitably slows. Microcap stocks tend to be extremely volatile so I believe strongly in taking profits on the way up (or exiting quickly if the entry point proves poor). I attempt to buy stocks that are pulling back in the midst of a longer term uptrend. I hold anywhere from hours to years, but usually in the 3-6 month range.
I committed every investing cardinal sin between first entering the markets in 1999 and 2002, losing 90% of my money. Since then, I've found an approach that works reasonably well for me. My average return has been about 25% annually since 2003.
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Just a retired old guy living in Iowa. I do read everyday, and also I form my own opinions in view of how wrong most people have been throughout history about what was really going on. Governments are liars; paper money is soon worthless; war is a business in league with big banks and much of the media----leaving an old guy reading stuff in Iowa fighting for the truth against long odds. The very notion that anyone would seriously believe some illiterate muslim youths could learn to fly large heavy body airplanes and crash them into things on 911 shows how totally ignorant most Americans are. I attempt to think the unthinkable as long as it has logic on its side.
MACRO ECONOMIST with interest in P.M. & Miners. Wholeheartedly reject the inherently flawed & programmed to fail Fractional Reserve Banking System where $=Debt. I read Barrons' and IBD quotidian and am of the belief that b/c the FED has painted itself into a corner via nearly 7 years of ZIRP and ENDLESS QE, thus the Equities market is on the brink of collapse as banks have no incentive to lend (see $2.7Tn in EXCESS Reserves, which the FED pays interest to banks on over and above their required 10% ratios) and they will NEVER raise rates unless they intend to purposefully blow up the system. The Chapwood Institutes CPI measure, which is a REAL barometer of inflation that employs 500 of the most commonly bought items, concluded after a 5 year study from 2010 thru June of this year that REAL Inflation is at 9.9% YEAR OVER YEAR! They also found that since 2010, we've experienced YoY Depressions of 5%, which have culminated with a 22% Depression over the last 5 years! Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are out the window! REAL Wages are down significantly since 2007, and there has been NO GROWTH in REVENUES since 2010. In fact, when I plotted REVENUE GROWTH for S&P from 2010-2015, it's actually negative. I then removed Auto Sales from the 5 year period and the graph looks like a 90degree angle, like Y= -X!!! This is because another asset bubble in Autos in brewing via NINJA loans circa 2006 whereby buyers can amortize the cost of a new $25,000 car for 8.5 years with 22.5% interest rates for $500 down and these securitized BLOCKS of car loans are now selling well, despite the fact that 35% of them are ABSOLUTELY GOING TO DEFAULT as nobody is going to pay $150K over 9 years to buy a $25K car! BTW, the marrow of our GNP, consumer spending, is manifestly not happening as Inventory levels of retail items currently sits at $136.7Bn and one of my favorite indicators, the Baltic Dry Index, which measures trade between countries, is frighteningly low, presaging a massive contraction of credit, which is destroying the veracity of all FIATS. China has an endgame scenario, and thanks to the 1,000 metric tons per month they got back via massive re-hypothecation AKA STEALING of others allocated Gold, they and Russia both have over 30,000 mTons, while we won't allow an audit of Ft Knox b/c it's simple. We have no gold and more importantly, we have no silver stockpiles! With the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII, I think we have a solid bottom under Au and Ag, and I expect Ag to outperform Au 5-6:1 over the next 5 years, which is not to say I don't think gold will be massively revalued to the upside as it is the speciously strong USD on the (DXY) which has caused oil, gold, silver, and platinoid metals to get annihilated further over the past 15 months. I strongly suggest buying Gold Mining Banks like First Mining Finance (FFGMF) or Brazil Resources (BRIZF) as they are buying 'in situ' gold for $7-$15/oz, depending on the grade of ore, and First Mining has a dream team of Managers including Eric Sprott, Rick Rule, Keith Neumeyer, Marin Katusa, and Doug Casey and buyers of this 32M share GOLD Bank include George Soros, Carl Icahn, Stanley Druckenmiller and Ray Dalio, and more Billionaires are pouring in, realizing the potential of First Mining Finance, which already has 21 mines and plans to get to ownership of over 40 in the next 6 weeks while prices remain risible! Brazil Resources is headed by CEO Amir Adnani, who Rick Rule absolutely loves and who has bought 9 PHENOMENAL Gold Mines in Brazil, all adjacent to roads, water and electricity, and most of which have superb metallurgy (g/t), PLUS Amir threw a freeby in the mix and added one of his most coveted Uranium assets, located in the Athabasca Basin of Canada, juxtapose one of Cameco's largest Uranium mines in for kicks. Rule owns 20% of BRIZF and he is also CEO of UEC-Uranium Energy Corp. Uranium prices, like Au and Ag prices MUST RISE to meet oncoming demand. There are currently 82 Nuclear Facilities being built on the planet, and with spot Uranium prices at $38 and break even point at $75, Fission Uranium (FCUUF), Uranerz (URZ), and (UEC) are smart very cheap plays, while Cameco (CCJ) is the Guerilla of Uranium investments. Currently, I like the VIX, a healthy mix of Majors like Goldcorp and Newmont, Mid-Majors like Alamos Gold, Kirkland Gold, Fresnillo Plc, Tahoe Resources, Silver Wheaton, First Majestic, Pan American Silver, Guyanna Goldfields, Klondex Mines, Semafo, Richland Gold, Alacer Gold, Pretium Resources, Seabridge Gold, etc. I know of about 40 others that are currently $2.50 and under, just ask b/c with just $..87, I can show you a miner that is one of my LT favorites which has massive FCF and trades at just 5.1X FCF!