Rani Chopra is an independent financial analyst, creator and founder of ranichopra.com, a blog that informs and educates people on various business, finance and economic topics. Rani holds a Bachelors of Commerce and a Masters of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai. In 2010, Rani graduated from Pace University in New York with an MBA in Finance. She has also passed Level 2 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). Areas of interest include alternative investments, private equity and growth markets, especially that of India and China.
Charles (Chuck) C. Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs™. Chuck is also co-founder of an investment management firm. He has been working in the securities industry since 1970: he has been a partner with a private NYSE member firm, the President of a NASD firm, Vice President and Regional Marketing Director for a major AMEX listed company, and an Associate Vice President and Investment Consulting Services Coordinator for a major NYSE member firm. Prior to forming his own investment firm, he was a partner in a 30-year-old established registered investment advisory in Tampa, Florida. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tampa. Chuck is a sought-after public speaker who is very passionate about spreading the critical message of prudence in money management. Chuck is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Honor Medal.
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Alfstad Capital is a boutique independent investment management firm specializing in meeting the portfolio needs of institutions and funds actively managed in fixed income portfolios. Launched in 2005, Alfstad Capital’s investment consultants focus on portfolio profitability and growth. We first develop an in-depth knowledge of each client’s market niche, target their goals, and pursue them backed with thirty years of independent investment experience. Integrated with the scientific discipline of portfolio analytics, and capital markets analysis, our management strategy frequently results in total return investing.
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Mike Alfstad is an investment manager, finance columnist, and the founder and CEO of Alfstad Capital. After a lengthy career in bond trading and capital market investments, he founded Alfstad Capital to focus his finance acumen on the portfolio needs of financial institutions. He also acts as a consultant, bringing his 30 years of asset/liability risk analysis and cash flow management experience to CEO’s, several banks, and non-profit boards of directors.
Being Norwegian and very conservative, Mike has applied the time-tested investment discipline of Total Return to deep risk analysis versus reward probabilities for over twenty years, always keeping in mind that bond portfolios do well only when they are managed with an eye to the future and the recognition that interest rates are volatile and ever-changing.
A proud University of Washington alum and amateur horseback rider, Mike is proud to enjoy modest success as a vintage race car owner/driver within SOVREN, an organization whose significant proceeds support Seattle Children’s Hospital. He dreams of one day being as good on horseback as he is in the driver’s seat on the race courses across the U.S.
Michiel Telkamp, known as ‘Tele’ by his peers, has 15 years of experience as a broker in fixed-income securities and is currently a Registered Representative of Commonwealth. A former member of the US National Rugby Team, this spirited Dutchman is an avid cyclist and proud father of two.
Ann Wakeman joined Alfstad Capital in 2009, bringing two decades of experience in the fixed-income markets. Ann is integral to trading, operations, marketing and compliance in the firm. She keeps busy chauffeuring her two teenagers and volunteering for the Northwest Adoption Exchange.
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Starting as a summer intern in 1978, Kirk worked for 20 years as a scientist and engineer at Hewlett Packard's research and development department (R&D) designing solid state devices and components for optical communication. While he was at HP, Kirk invested ten to twenty percent per year of his salary. He made some mistakes early on (starting with paying high fees for "expert" advice that under performed) but soon he learned to invest his own money well enough to afford a life of "semi-retirement" to work for himself. In a way, since leaving HP in 1998, Kirk became his own "angel investor" using his his own money and investing success to finance his lifestyle in Los Altos, California to invest in a new career on the internet helping others do the same. More at http://kirklindstrom.com/About.html
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Ian Wyatt is an active investor, a well-regarded investment expert and an Internet entrepreneur. He is the Chief Investment Strategist at Wyatt Investment Research, and plays a leading role in each of the company’s investment newsletters and trading services.As a well-regarded market expert, Ian has written for Marketwatch, Zacks Investment Research, Seeking Alpha, Yahoo! Finance and The Burlington Free Press. He has been interviewed or quoted in articles in well-known publications including AOL Finance Blogging Stocks, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Barron Magazine, Barrons.com, Forbes.com, The Dick Davis Digest, The Dick Davis Income Digest, The Wall Street Transcript, TheStockAdvisors.com, Money Show Digest, The New Jersey Star Ledger, The Wisconsin State Journal and The Seattle Times.
In 1998, Ian combined two of his passions, stocks and the Internet, with the launch of a free investment web site with expert advice about investing in stocks.
Ian founded Business Financial Publishing and Wyatt Investment Research in 2001, publishing investment newsletters for individual investors. Since then, the company has evolved into an Internet content company publishing e-letters, special reports, newsletters, trading services and financial web sites.
Business Financial Publishing was named #185 on the 2008 Inc. Magazine Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies in the United States, achieving a 3-year growth rate of 1,303%. The company currently reaches over one million individual investors weekly through its free e-letters.
His first book, The Small-Cap Investor: Secrets to Winning Big with Small-Cap Stocks, was published by John Wiley & Sons in September 2009. Ian lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont with his wife Carrie.
As director of research at Portfolio123, I have long specialized in rules/factor-based equity investing strategies of the sort characterized as “Smart Alpha” in the July 2014 Journal of Portfolio Management. In addition, I formerly managed a high-yield fixed-income fund and conducted research involving quantitative asset allocation strategies such as are at the foundation of what today has come to be known as Robo Advising. I formerly edited the the Forbes Low Priced Stock Report, and served as an assistant research director at Value Line. I have long had a passion for investor education, which has resulted in my having conducted numerous seminars on stock selection and analysis, and the authoring of two books: Screening The Market and The Value Connection.
Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for 25 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. A prolific writer and speaker he appears regularly on CNBC and has spoken for the Foreign Policy Association. In addition to being quoted in the financial press daily, Chandler has been published in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Post. In 2009 Chandler was named a Business Visionary by Forbes.
Marc's commentary can be found at his blog (www.marctomarket.com) and twitter www.twitter.com/marcmakingsense
Street One Financial LLC (S1F or Street One) is an independent entity affiliated with Precision Securities, LLC., a full service registered broker dealer and a member of FINRA/SIPC. Street One specializes in educating, evaluating and trading ETFs, equities and options. Our firm assists portfolio managers in constructing their portfolios and identifying which ETF products may provide the best desired exposure by specific manager objective, fees and liquidity. The ETF/ETP landscape is evolving rapidly and has diversified quickly beyond passive equity index ETFs. Now actively managed strategies, fundamental and quantitative ETFs, as well as those that offer exposure to fixed income, commodities or even volatility indexes are available to all investors. Street One believes the key to understanding this rapidly changing environment is to learn how specific products work and where they may fit within a manager's portfolio. In addition to ETFs, options, and equities, we also handle closed end funds (CEF) trade execution and access to liquidity.
All Street One Financial trades are executed by Precision Securities, LLC.
Michal Slawny joined Seeking Alpha in August 2008 as the contributor relations manager where she builds and strengthens relationships with SA's contributors. She also oversees new contributor intake, creates contributor newsletters, and manages SA's author database.
Prior to joining Seeking Alpha, Michal was the media communications assistant for The Israel Project, an organization dedicated to educating the press and the public about Israel by providing journalists, leaders, and opinion-makers accurate information about Israel. Among other things, in this role Michal was involved in the inception and implementation of press events which were covered by major media outlets ranging from NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and Fox News to the Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent (London). She also conducted research, wrote and edited press material, and created and updated Web page content.
In 2005, Michal interned with Manning Selvage & Lee, one of the world's leading public relations firms. She also gained extensive public relations experience at Koteret Public Relations in Tel Aviv, where she was responsible for writing press releases and organizing photo shoots pitched to the Israeli and international press. Slawny graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism, focusing on public relations, and a B.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. While there, Slawny was heavily involved in student activism and reinstated Dawgs for Israel, heading the group for almost three years.
Michal may be reached at mslawny [at] seekingalpha.com.
Rani Chopra is an independent financial analyst, creator and founder of ranichopra.com, a blog that informs and educates people on various business, finance and economic topics.
Rani holds a Bachelors of Commerce and a Masters of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai. In 2010, Rani graduated from Pace University in New York with an MBA in Finance. She has also passed Level 2 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). Areas of interest include alternative investments, private equity and growth markets, especially that of India and China.