Bookstaber is Senior Policy Adviser to the Director at the SEC, in the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation. He is the author of A Demon of Our Own Design (Wiley, 2007). The book was prescient in laying out the sources of the current crisis: leverage, tight coupling and the complexity from innovative product. Bookstaber worked at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, until the end of 2008, and before that ran the Quantitative Equity Fund at FrontPoint Partners. He was in charge of risk management at Moore Capital Management, another hedge fund with over $10 billion in assets. He served as the managing director in charge of firm-wide risk management at Salomon Brothers and was a member of Salomon's powerful Risk Management Committee. Bookstaber also spent ten years at Morgan Stanley, first designing and marketing derivative instruments, then as a proprietary trader, and concluding his tenure there as Morgan Stanley's first market risk manager. In addition to A Demon of Our Own Design, he is the author of three other books and scores of articles on finance topics ranging from option theory to risk management. He has won the Graham and Dodd Scroll from the Financial Analysts Federation and the Roger F. Murray Award from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance for his research. Bookstaber was named to this year’s Conde Nast Portfolio 25 list of technical innovators, in the company of Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Eric Schmidt. He recently testified in the Senate on derivative regulation, and has also testified before both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee on the current financial crisis and required regulatory reform. Bookstaber has a Ph.D in Economics from M.I.T.
I invest (technically) part-time, but I love the markets and immerse myself in them daily. I enjoy writing about my investment ideas as it helps me to organize my thoughts and I am happy to share if it helps others. I invite criticism as it will help sharpen my ideas, so please tell me where, in your opinion, I am going wrong.
Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
Italian, double master degree student at University LIUC (Italy) and Robert Gordon University (UK). Strongly passionate for the Investment Management industry and attracted from the Hedge Funds sector . Worldwide oriented, with various experiences abroad both working and studying. Loves red wine and manages a winery in Marche (Italy).
Robert W. Mathews is a consultant advising on investments and related debt financing, refinancing or restructuring as a Managing Director at Corporate Debt Advisors. He is also a financial advisor on acquisitions by Japanese strategic investors in the USA as a Senior Advisor of GR associates.
He has 12 years of consulting experience dealing with challenging situations both with acquisitions and with distressed deals requiring negotiated solutions and creative problem solving to resolve issues. His banking background consists of 23 years of analysis of investment opportunities and business risks, assets and debt capacity for borrowers in the corporate, real estate, project finance, financial institutions and international sectors at the Chase Manhattan Bank and Barclays in New York, Tokyo, and London.
He has been instrumental in closing over ninety transactions in a variety of industries including consumer products, retail, healthcare, energy, electric power, mining, metals, chemicals, transportation, infrastructure, and real estate.
I am a Business Development/Marketing professional in Sunnyvale, California. My hobby is News and Economics, and when I'm not coaching or fishing or hanging out with my family I like to comment on articles or share my thoughts on my blog.
I am a college professor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY (since 1991) and have run my own manufacturing technical & managerial consulting firm, David P. Larkin & Associates for twenty years. I have two associate degrees from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY, a Bachelors from Clarkson University in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and a Masters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Manufacturing Management. I have 20+ years of industry experience prior to joining the college, working for Texas Instruments, Harris Corporation, United Nuclear and the Watervliet Arsenal. I also have completed a four-year certified machinist apprenticeship program.