Former scientists and consultants doing trading and investing for side income. We like to develop and improvise rational frameworks to evaluating stocks and like looking for inefficiencies in the market. We like to identify the key value drivers and like developing easy to understand investment and trading strategies. See Seeking Alpha's policy on anonymous authors (http://seekingalpha.com/page/policy_anonymous_contributors).
Retired Engineer, consults on unusual and/or difficult technical and marketing problems.
Author of the Amazon E-Book "Rich Geeks and Gifts from Greeks"
Intel and Tektronix
DARPA Principal Investigator
Management experience including six startups
High level management training and experience
Long term investor, infrequent trading
I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) from Stanford University and a Masters Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems (now called Management Science and Engineering at Stanford).
I have been fascinated by the stock market since I was 14 (that is 37 years ago at writing). It has always struck me as the place to be.
In the last 10+ years I moved from what I would call the "herd mentality" to a more educated process. In particular, my years as a Principal Software Engineer in a derivatives software development company, interacting closely with Financial Engineers, showed me clearly the simple science behind this: "Mean Reversion is All We Know about the Game!"
Having always been a learning machine, I speak five languages, have worked as a sales agent, project manager, translator, computer consultant, software engineer, built a house with my own hands, published books and essays on literature, philosophy and art, have written for magazines of various kinds in different countries.
After retiring early in 2004, little by little, I have become a fund manager for some friends and myself, following the principles of value investing laid out by Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. You can read about my thoughts on a suitable portfolio structure for early retirees here.
My articles should not be considered to be any kind of investment advice. What suits me well is not necessarily good for others, as successful investing is somewhat like a marriage: If only one is perfect, the marriage won’t work. So please do your own research and remember Benjamin Graham's advice: “The investor’s chief problem — and even his worst enemy — is likely to be himself.”
I sincerely hope that my readers will ignore the Performance calculations provided by Seeking Alpha (although only to Pro subscribers, I believe). For reasons unknown to me, some of my European stock picks seem to be tracked inaccurately by Seeking Alpha's system. Spin-offs are not included in total return calculations and many of my correction requests didn't receive any answer at all. Moreover, my time frame almost never is as short as only 1 year (the maximum included in Seeking Alpha's table) and personally I consider the 1 year performance of my stock picks to be close to meaningless.
I began investing at the age of 14 and, at the age of 21, secured a job as a financial consultant at a top Wall Street firm. At 23, I was managing $65 million in client funds. Ultimately frustrated by Wall Street's prevalent practice of contradictory buy-side/sell-side analysis and behavior, I obtained my MBA from a top business school and became a proprietary trader contributing to a successful firm.
Having studied options trading, finance theories, efficient markets and economics, I learned that although not worthless, formal education was ultimately irrelevant to peak performance in real-world market application. Upon achieving consistent above-market returns, I started my own fund just 1 day before the market peak in October, 2007. Now I look to share ideas with the investing/trading community to help offset the toxic practices so prevalent on Wall Street.
INDEPENDENT Financial Advisor / Professional Investor- with over 30 years of navigating the Stock market's "fear and greed" cycles that challenge the average investor. Investment strategies that combine Theory, Practice and Experience to produce Portfolios focused on achieving positive returns over a period of time. Providing advice in helping to avoid the pitfalls and traps that wreak havoc on your portfolio with a focus on Income and Capital Preservation.
I manage the capital of only a handful of families and I see it as my number one job to protect their financial security. They don’t pay me to sell them investment products, beat an index, abandon true investing for mindless diversification or follow the Wall Street lemmings down the primrose path. I manage their money exactly as I manage my own so I don’t take any risk at all unless I strongly believe it is worth taking.
Blogging here on SA is part of my research. I write to find out what I think.
I invite you to join the family of satisfied clients send an e-mail :email@example.com
I have worked in the healthcare sector for over 10 years. I have a background in statistical analysis as well as biology. I have developed a system designed to uncover a company's true value. I primarily research and trade stocks in the biotech sector. My investment strategy is simple, research a company from all angles to determine it's worth. I buy undervalued stocks and hold until my target price is reached. I have benefited from articles on SA and I hope to offer some the same value in my articles.
I am a retired engineer with a PhD in Engineering Science (mostly exotic math) together with a Masters in Statistics. I currently manage my website www.superchargeretirementincome.com, where I use my math background to select high-return, low-volatility investments. I also love teaching so I also provide a number of tutorials about all aspects of investing. I am an avid reader and have read just about every book I could find on the stock market. I am still learning so I welcome comments and suggestions. Over the years I have learned that there is no “holy grail”; you cannot receive a good return without taking risks. However, you can choose your investments to reduce risks and those are the kind of investments I like to make. Although financial markets are my passion, engineering is my profession. I have spent the last 30+ years as a program manager at a large aerospace company, working on improving defenses for our U.S. Army customers.
Marc is the founder and owner of Advanced Investor Technologies, LLC, as well as the publisher and editor at the internationally acclaimed web site www.ChecktheMarkets.com.
He holds an MS in Clinical Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, and is a former senior vice-president of Investments for two major brokerage firms. Besides his role as an investment publisher and analyst, he serves as a marketing consultant to the investment publishing and investment media industries.
In his role as a financial editor, he specializes in unique investment strategies, wealth preservation, understanding the investment markets ,value stocks, precious metals and energy stocks, emerging growth companies, ETFs, tax issues as well as "the psychology of investing". Besides his loved ones, he sees his personal "calling" as someone who helps others succeed and achieve financial security.He's been a motivational speaker and personal development specialist for over 35 years.
In addition, he's been interviewed on such popular media sites as The Money Show and The Oxford Club. Marc is a published author who has written hundreds of articles for a wide variety of investment newsletters and web sites. He has a special passion for helping "make the complex more simple", and is a big advocate of the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Successfully Simple) approach to investing and living life.
Awarded a 2015 "Top 50 Financial Blogger" by TipRanks.com
- Ranked #44 out of 4,408 bloggers (#106 out of 8,174 overall experts) as of 8/18/15
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Natty Greene is an avid investor who is always on the hunt for undiscovered small cap gems benefitting from secular growth trends with an eye toward those stocks with increased insider or institutional ownership and potential acquisition targets.
CEO of StockDotGenie.Com, a Technical Analysis (TA) charting platform targeted at new and novice traders who want to incorporate TA into their trading skills, but without taking years to learn and master the finer points.
YouTube Video on StockDotGenie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK1_x3Czuso
The educational website that supports the trading site is a practical and fundamental base for new traders to obtain an appreciation of both TA and the importance of correctly managing risk.
My major at Missouri Western State Univ. was Computer Science. Beginning in 1989 I was the research director of a non-profit clinical research foundation then called Search Alliance. Our research focus included vaccines and antivirals. I subsequently started BioLogic, a consulting firm that focused on partnering emerging biotech’s with large Pharmaceuticals. BioLogic was instrumental in obtaining large pharmaceutical deals for the biotech's we represented.
I invest in stocks utilizing every shred of information that technical, fundamental, human, social and internet sciences can provide. The more you know about a companies products, services, customers and investors, the greater your chances of being on the right side of a trade.
"There are lots of shortcuts to losing money."
David White is a software/firmware/marketing professional and a long time investor. He has worked in the networking field, the semiconductor equipment field, the mainframe computer field, and the pharmaceutical/scientific instrumentation field. He has bachelor's degrees in bioresource sciences and biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry. He has done significant graduate work in EECS and business at Stanford (through SITN) and UC Santa Cruz. He was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems (about 1/3 of an MS in EECS) by the Stanford Computer Science Department. He also took most of Stanford's undergraduate Computer Science curriculum.
Private investment analyst and writer with an interest in companies with emerging technologies oriented towards improving healthcare, alternative investments, emerging markets, and technology.
Spent my entire 28 year career on Wall Street with over a decade at Bear Stearns. No "Wall Street Titan" in real life but WST is an alias that I've used for years on Yahoo so I use it when I write on SA. I have gained a significant amount of knowledge regarding the stem cell sector over the years and have recently launched a premium service covering this exciting area.
Who I Am:
I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I plan to continue doing so in my retirement.
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing philosophy tends toward the long-term, value side of the spectrum, but I'm not opposed to occasional flings on attractive, speculative opportunities.
My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and momentum-based strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha:
I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago, and could not be more true in my case. When I did research professionally, I learned that writing it up forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. I consider it an essential part and parcel of doing any research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader.
As I started to contribute articles here, they grew out of research for my personal investment portfolios. They're based on things I've uncovered that are of interest to me and may be of interest to others of like mind. For many more-seasoned investors some of the things I write about are old-hat. My primary purposes in writing them are to help clarify my thinking and to get feedback from others who may have very different opinions. It's those thoughtful comments that make Seeking Alpha such an important resource. To that end, I try to actively engage myself in the comment streams in my articles, contributing what I can and learning from others.
As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. I hope to bring that approach to my interactions and contributions on Seeking Alpha and welcome critical commentary on anything I may contribute here.
I encourage and welcome your comments. I try to respond to most insights, elaborations, and questions to the best of my ability. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I tend to ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). So, go ahead, start a conversation in the comment threads. It's one of the best things about Seeking Alpha.
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies:
I maintain two portfolios. My income portfolio is a taxable account. I try to keep it separate from the growth portfolio which is housed in a series of IRAs, traditional and Roth.
My income focus is on tax-advantaged income. In 2016 I face minimum required withdrawals from my tax-deferred accounts, so tax efficiency is an important consideration.With the need to take withdrawals I expect to shift my taxable accounts to more growth-focused (unrealized cap gains) investments. Making this shift while retaining income is my overarching priority for 2015. To that end, I expect to be generating more of my income from options as I gradually phase out my high-yield investments.
The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a very long term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
I am a believer in the precepts of MPT (Modern Portfolio Theory). I'm aware that MPT doesn't get a lot of respect by some of the DIY investors at Seeking Alpha. My readings in the field indicate to me that the research solidly supports the overall MPT approaches to investing. So, I am a believer in diversification. Not the sort of diversification that means I hold equity positions in every sector; the sort that means I hold positions in the full spectrum of asset classes with a watchful eye on correlations and a willingness to rebalance among asset classes, even when it goes against my gut feelings. By asset classes, I mean high level asset classes: Domestic and international equity, sovereign and corporate debt, emerging markets (equity and debt), real estate, commodities and so forth. I try to adapt that approach to both my income and growth investing.
Who Is Left Banker?
Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. It refers, too, to the left bank of the Gironde where some of my favorite wines are produced. When I'm feeling particularly flush, they're one of the splurges I'll treat myself to. So there is a major place in my heart for both common references for Left Banker.
Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
I've chosen to remain anonymous. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name.
Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante. I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with a research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
Marty Chilberg is a seasoned financial professional with over 30 years of executive leadership, board, consulting and advisory experience. He began his career as a certified public accountant (CPA). He moved to Silicon Valley in 1981 to begin his career in the software industry, working for Atari, Daisy Systems, Symantec and Visio. He took Symantec and Visio through their initial public offerings as their Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. From 1997 to present, his time has been spent on consulting and advisory services while joining several corporate and community boards. For the past several years the majority of his activities have been focused on investing.
I have been an investor for a number of years but it's only in the last couple of years that I have made dividends and, perhaps more importantly, the growth of them, the focus of my investment approach. My priority will therefore be on stocks that either pay stable and high dividends and/or are increasing them at a high rate.
Armed with a doctorate in Neuroscience, reading about and actively investing is a deep interest of mine. Rather than preaching to more financially-qualified MBAs/CEOs/hedge fund managers, I want to raise interesting questions and state observations that I hope will draw some interest and debate into investment strategies and ultimately, improve my odds of becoming a billionaire!
Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Hon B.Sc graduate (with distinction) in Science and Economics with over 15 years in investing experience. He holds a PMP (Project Management Professional) designation. TipRanks Top 100 Blogger of 2015 (also 2013, 2014). Seeks undervalued, unappreciated value stock ideas. Follows Warren Buffet's mantra: do not lose money. For a better mobile experience on Seeking Alpha click on the top right menu icon on most browsers and select "request desktop site".
I'm a private, full time trader interested in both long and short ideas. My training and background are in engineering including a decade of consulting engineering practice. I've since switched over to investing/trading which I've done full time for 15+ years and to which I bring a contrarian style. I've also recently become interested in writing and have published editorials at Forbes, PJM, and a few legacy newspapers.
Andrew Left's Citron Research (http://www.citronresearch.com/) (formally known as Stocklemon.com) seeks to expose companies whose management is in some way misleading investors. Left digs into SEC filings, financials, management histories and other data to uncover such situations, and he is usually short the stocks he writes about. Mr. Left has been publishing for 7 years and has created a track record that is unrivaled in short selling. Mr. Left has been cited in Barron's, Wall St Journal, CNBC and other major publications repeatedly for his work. Mr. Left was also an invited speaker at the reknown Master Investor Conference.
Visit: Citron Research (http://www.citronresearch.com/)
StockMatusow.com Writers are:
Scott Matusow; Team Leader, owner and founder of StockMatusow.com.
Scott is an independent investor/writer/trader and team leader of StockMatusow.com.
He has have about fifteen years of stock market experience which include trading, investing, and managing his family’s trust as well as his personal account.
Scott has had the most success in trading/investing in smaller cap growth companies. Because Scott is not 'officially trained' in the markets, he see things 'outside the box.' Scott uses his ability to read situations and emotion, charts, times and sales, historical data, and macroeconomic and other market forces to predict stock price movements. Using these allowed for him to completely divest his own and family's money near the top of the market before the 2008 financial crisis.
Scott has his own online talk show which can be heard at www.scottmatusow.com/radio .
During market hours, we engage in talk about Stocks and Politics. After hours, Scott engages in a variety of talk issues from Poker, Sports, Politics, Current Events and whatever the chat room people wish to talk about.
Other places you can follow Scott are:
Kyle Dennis; writer, analyst, trader, website design, and team member of Stockmatusow.com.
Kyle has a Biology degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and specializes in trading the biotechnology sector.
Kyle has extensive experience in researching, writing, and editing articles that have been published in scientific journals. He uses these experiences to write and comment about the potential of various biotechnology companies. Kyle specializes in evaluating trial success, drug potential, and market valuations.
As an investor/trader, Kyle likes to focus on chart analysis and investor/trader sentiment to identify good entry and exit points.
Kyle can also be followed at www.twitter.com/kylewdennis @kylewdennis
Michael Kovar; writer, editor, investor, trader and team member of stockmatusow.com
Michael has spent over ten years in financial roles with companies large and small. Recently, he spent time in a consulting role with Thomson Reuters legal headquarters in Eagan, MN. He currently works in an analyst position with a healthcare organization. Since 2011, Michael has worked with Scott Matusow to help research and edit articles for Stockmatusow.com.
Michael can be followed at www.twitter.com/MMK_3399 @MMK_3399
I have a diverse background—as a financial journalist, resident physician, mixed martial artist, painter, entrepreneur, chemistry instructor and web developer—that enabled me to pioneer the “Integrated Investing Research” approach.
I provide consulting to clients, both the retail and professional investors. I accurately forecasted many clinical trials, such as the Flint Trials for Intercept, the Ascend Trials for InterMune and the Affinity Trials MannKind, just to name a few. Through Vincata Enterprises, LLC, I helped many clients to unlock substantial values for their investments.
As an expert in biopharmaceutical analysis, I am also more than capable of analyzing any other industries. Though not shown on Seeking Alpha, I have picked an aggregate basket of outperforming stocks.
Investing in biotech is highly risky, but it can be quite rewarding when investors have an edge in data analysis. Physicians who are rigidly scientific tend to lack the analytical prowess of financial experts. Conversely, financiers usually do not possess a physician’s medical expertise. Likewise, scientists are skillful in data analysis; yet they might not be familiar with a physician’s prescribing patterns, which is a requisite to successful biotech investing.
You can visit my website at https://www.retailinvestor360.com for business inquiry.
As an avid stock trader I am always searching for new opportunities. I utilize a very research heavy approach in my strategy that has done quite well for me over the years. I have earned a degree in Physics and an MBA in Finance. Although my educational background is an unconventional pairing, both have served me well. I am currently a consultant that specializes in small business development.
I've made the decision to no longer contribute content on this platform. I've done so due to irreconcilable differences of opinion with the editors of Seeking Alpha regarding what I believe to be inconsistent, absent and deeply biased editorial oversight. Favoritism is the motive that moves these decisions and is granted not on the basis of merit, but on thematic considerations (short-position articles are given massive leeway) and on pragmatic considerations (who can make Seeking Alpha the most money). For readers, this creates a problematic environment where a marketplace of competing ideas is crushed in favor of compliance to preconceived and sterile thinking. Participation in "The Marketplace" is coerced in order for one's contributions to be labelled "premium" even if that content is far from the meaning that the word "premium" implies. Additionally, certain contributors are allowed to play by their own rules and in so doing the well being of all investors is compromised. While I applaud the idea of moving the markets through well researched and articulated ideation, I deplore manipulation of the market through false pretense and deliberate, unethical and morally repugnant activities. When I have brought my concerns to the editors, I've been told unequivocally that these matters don't concern them or, alternatively, that they do not wish to play the role of regulators. In both instances, I find these responses unacceptable if only because the core idea of Seeking Alpha as the democratization of the stock market through the publication of buy-side analysis is so worth protecting. I leave you, my readers, with a deep sense of gratitude for all the encouragement you've given me. In my absence, I ask only that you do your own due diligence and recognize that the opinions of bloggers, such as myself, are not to be acted upon. No opinion expressed by any contributor, most especially myself, constitutes an offer or suggestion to buy, sell, or hold any security. Always consult an investment professional before making any investment decision. In the absence of professional guidance, learn all that you can about one particular sector of investment. Follow the development of not only the companies involved, but the science, technology and persons associated with the business sector you've chosen. Remember your successes and learn from your mistakes.
Always be well...
P.S. Scrying Biotech is not, and has never been a pseudonym. It's just the coolest logo in biotech blogging. My name is, Michael Webb. And I live in the greatest city on earth - Seattle, Washington.
I am currently a Junior at the George Washington University and have been investing since the sixth grade with my own money. I am very interested in the pharmaceutical sectors, but will buy just about any stock if I feel that the company is undervalued. I hope to provide some helpful insight, and to in turn learn a lot from the rest of the investment community.