Ron Hiram currently manages investment portfolios and assists earlier stage companies in their capital raising efforts. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellnet Solutions, Ltd., a supplier of remotely managed networks of public wireless terminals providing voice as well as value-added data services in developing countries, from April 2008 until March 2010. From 2003 to May 2008, Mr. Hiram was a Managing Partner of Eurofund 2000 L.P., a venture capital fund focused on Israeli-related companies in the telecommunications, information technology and microelectronic spheres. Previously, from 2001-2002, Mr. Hiram co-headed TeleSoft Partners' investment activities in Israel. TeleSoft Partners is a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on companies developing telecommunication-related technologies. Between1994-2000, Mr. Hiram served as Managing Director and Partner at Soros Fund Management LLC ("Soros"), an international hedge fund in New York, devoting the bulk of his time to private equity investments. Prior to joining Soros, Mr. Hiram worked at Lehman Brothers for thirteen years (also in New York), most recently serving as Managing Director of a workout and restructuring group. Mr. Hiram has served on the boards of directors of companies publicly listed in the U.S., including Ulticom, Inc. since January 2000 and Comverse Technology, Inc. from 1985-1986 and from 2001-2006 (including as chairman of the board from May 2006 to December 2006). Mr. Hiram also served on the board of TASE listed E. Wardinon Ltd. (2005-2007) and on the boards of numerous privately held companies. Mr. Hiram received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and a B.Comm. from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1979.
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
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Mercenary Trader (www.mercenarytrader.com) was created by traders, for traders. We are aggressive swing traders who routinely combine fundamentals, technicals and sentiment with deep awareness of global macro and rigorous analysis of individual equities.
See all of our content, including free educational materials on the theory and practice of trading, at www.mercenarytrader.com
Dr. Lewis is is the editor of the Silver-Coin-Investor.com and The Lewis Mariani Silver Letters He is a health professional who has been teaching, writing, and publishing information about silver and precious metals investing for regular people for over 7 years.
GoldCore is a respected international bullion dealer; an expert in the execution and logistics of the highly specialised precious metals market.
GoldCore has been providing precious metal investment solutions for an International client base since 2003.The Executive Director of GoldCore, Mark, writes articles in Irish and international financial newspapers, journals and magazines. His daily market updates are quoted and reported in the international financial press on a daily basis. Dow Jones MarketWatch, International Business Times, Bloomberg, Dow Jones Newswires, CNN Money, Associated Press, the International Herald Tribune, the Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, the FT and many others have all featured his analysis. He was the MoneyMate and Investor Magazine Financial Analyst of 2006. He is one of 22 international analysts who predict gold’s future weekly movement in the Bloomberg Weekly Gold Survey and is featured in the annual Reuters Precious Metals Poll.
David Galland is Managing Director of Casey Research, LLC. (http://www.caseyresearch.com/), and the Executive Director of the Explorers' League. His career in the resource and financial services industry dates back to a stint working underground at the Climax mine in Colorado, following college. Over the course of his career he has worked in a publishing and/or editorial capacity with Gold Newsletter, the Aden Analysis, Wealth Magazine and Outstanding Investments, among others. He currently serves as Managing Editor for Doug Casey's International Speculator, Casey Investment Alert, and What We Now Know. In addition to his work in financial publishing, David has served as the Conference Director for the annual New Orleans Investment Conference (1979 to 1987), as a founding partner and Director for the Blanchard Group of Mutual Funds, and was a founding partner and Executive Vice President of EverBank, one of the biggest recent success stories in online financial services.
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Avery B. Goodman is a licensed attorney and the author of the action-packed Wall Street thriller "The Synod".
He holds a B.A. from Emory University, where he concentrated on history and economics. He also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles Law School and is a member of the Bar, licensed to practice law in several jurisdictions.
Mr. Goodman serves on the roster of neutral arbitrators of the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). His career has consisted not only of prosecuting cases on behalf of clients, but also in sitting in judgment on the cases involving others, and making important decisions on intra-industry and customer disputes involving securities issues.
An independent investor for decades, Mr. Goodman has observed that markets are subject to frighteningly high levels of disinformation. Investors desperately need a voice of logic, reason and common sense. For that reason, he is now sharing thoughts with the community.
Amine Bouchentouf is the Best-Selling Author of "Commodities For Dummies" and a globally recognized expert covering the commodities markets. He has been analyzing energy, metals and agricultural markets for about a decade and has an established track record in the industry. In 2006, Amine recommended to his readers and investors going long gold when it was trading at around $500 per troy ounce. In 2008, Amine reiterated buying gold as a safe haven against global market dislocations; traders who followed his advice generated almost 400% returns on this one trade alone.
Amine is the author of COMMODITIES FOR DUMMIES, the best-selling book published by John Wiley & Sons. In the book Amine analyzes crude oil, gold, natural gas, coal, platinum and other major commodities; the book is used as a primer by many individuals entering the markets, and also as a refresher course by seasoned traders. According to Dr. James Newsome, former chairman of the NYMEX, it's "a handy and comprehensive guide which experienced market participants will find useful and newcomers to the marketplace will find indispensable".
Amine is also a founder and partner of COMMODITIES INVESTORS LLC, an advisory firm dedicated to providing insightful information and analysis on all things commodities. Amine's investment philosophy is centered around value investing and fundamental analysis, and seeks to generate returns by identifying undervalued assets with clear growth catalysts. He covers energy, metals and agricultural commodities.
Amine graduated with a degree in Economics from Middlebury College and is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. He can be reached at email@example.com and you can also follow him on twitter.com/commodityINVST.
I am a value investor but with an emphasis on two things: Technicals and Dividends. This emphasis lets me play it safe and minimize my risk.
Assuming a value stock is actually a good deal and not just a value trap, with many there eventually should come a chart pattern that shows that others are beginning to realize what you realize: That this stock is undervalued. This also lets you time your investments for maximum returns.
Dividends, meaning safe and dependable dividends and not "sucker yields", also are a strong subplay on value. "Getting paid to wait" for a turnaround is not only an efficient return on your money while waiting for the turnaround, it also brings substantial piece of mind.
Last year (2010), I called chart breakouts on value plays XOM (Symmetrical Triangle), Alcoa (Double Bottom), Lowe's (Ascending Triangle), Goldman Sachs (Ascending Triangle) and most recently JPM Chase (ascending triangle), as well as noting the S&P Rising Three Methods in late September that portended a beautiful upswing.
I am an honors graduate from University of Florida and I've been an investor for 4 years now and loved every minute of it. The Great Recession was not the easiest time to learn the ropes, but "A calm sea never made a great sailor". I look forward to getting any and all feedback, and wish all of you the best of luck in your investing.
I have been investing in individual stocks and mutual funds since the mid 1980's, with a focus on options (mostly covered calls) since 2009. I also invest in residential rental real estate.
Jacob H. Zamansky is the principal of Zamansky LLC (http://www.zamansky.com/), a leading securities arbitration and class action litigation firm in New York which represents both individuals and institutions in structured note, complex securities, hedge fund, and employment-related arbitrations and litigations. He is one of the country's foremost authorities for investors claiming broker wrongdoing, or for brokers claiming wrongful termination or other misconduct by their employer.
Mr. Zamansky was at the forefront of recent efforts to "clean up" Wall Street. In 2001, he successfully sued former Merrill Lynch analyst Henry Blodget on behalf of a New York pediatrician misled by Blodget's stock research. The case's successful resolution was the catalyst for New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to investigate the conflicts of interest on Wall Street and resulted in the well-reported $1.4 billion Global Settlement, which included many of the biggest names on Wall Street. More recently, Mr. Zamansky is one of the leading litigators and opinion leaders of the subprime mortgage crisis and the related hedge fund collapses, as well as on the misconduct associated with the wide sale of complex structured products to retail investors, representing both investors and mortgage borrowers who were defrauded by Wall Street firms and mortgage lenders.
Visit Jake Zamansky's blog (http://www.zamansky.com/category/blog/)
Mark Mansfield has 3 years of experience in brokerage with Fidelity Investments. Mark has passed two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam, interned as a fixed income analyst for Principal Global Investors, and has an MBA-Finance from Indiana University.
Jeff Nielson is from Canada and is a writer/editor for Bullion Bulls Canada (http://www.bullionbullscanada.com/#content). He has a personal background in law and economics. Bullion Bulls Canada provides general macro-economic and political commentary, since the precious metals markets are among the most complex (and misunderstood) in the world.
It also provides basic coverage of Canadian precious metals mining companies. Canada is the global leader in mining exploration, and Canadian-listed mining companies (on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Venture Exchange) are responsible for the majority of the world's most-promising discoveries.
Tyler Durden (a pseudonym) represents the idea that a return to truly efficient markets is a possibility and a necessity. After having experienced the inner workings of capitalism at various asset managers and advisors, Tyler believes that the current model is flawed and a deleveraging at every level of modern society is needed to reinspire the fundamental entrepreneurial spirit. Visit his blog: ZeroHedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/)
I'm the Director of Research at Wonder. Come check it out (askwonder.com)
Previously, I worked for Seeking Alpha from 2008-2015. During that time, I was involved in building out the PRO and Marketplace subscription platforms, and also spent time writing 'Wall Street Breakfast' and writing for the Breaking News team.
Before joining Seeking Alpha, I co-founded a (short-lived) start-up for crowd-sourced angel investing and worked in the private banking division of a boutique bank. I've got an M.Sc. in applied economics from Georgia Southern University, and a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
My husband and I live in Israel with our two children.
My perspective comes from somewhat out on the edge in many ways. I live on the fringe of the wilds here on the outskirts of Squamish BC, and my backyard receives quite a bit of bear traffic, real ones, not just the market kind like me. My wife and I spend most of our free time in the mountains, ski mountaineering in the winter and climbing in the summer.
I have co-founded, managed, and sold a couple of reasonably successful businesses including The Edge Climbing Centre, one of North America’s first major indoor climbing gyms. I have also co-owned and managed a manufacturing and export business.
Although I don’t own a TV I watched the US congressional hearings that dealt with the financial crisis through live feeds on CNN on line. I can’t imagine any reality show that could be more riveting than this. And scary. Anyone who believes the media has overblown the severity of the financial crisis needs to watch this stuff. This is real news, unfiltered.
I have spent significant time in the last couple of years, as I also did in my younger years, in the Himalayas, sleeping in the open, or staying with villagers who have no plumbing, central heating, or even furniture as we think of it. I believe I need to keep doing this as it keeps me grounded and it gives me persecutive on the crazy consumerist society I come from.
The photo of me was taken after a week in the mountains, sunburnt, unshaven and happy.
Email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marin Katusa, who works with Casey Research (http://www.caseyresearch.com/), is an accomplished investment analyst who specializes in the junior resource sector. He left a successful teaching career to pursue analyzing and investing in junior resource companies. In addition, he is a member of the Vancouver Angel Forum where he and his colleagues evaluate early seed investment opportunities. Marin also manages a portfolio of international real estate projects. Using advanced mathematical skills, he has created a diagnostic resource market tool that analyzes and compares hundreds of investment variables. Through his own investments, Marin has established a network of relationships with many of the key players in the junior resource sector in Vancouver. Marin has the connections, the mathematical and analytical acumen to bring the best investment ideas and most promising Private Placement offerings to Casey Research subscribers.
News stories will bring you the daily rounds, we bring you the dirt, the things that are behind what is happening.
If anything the last decade has told us there are always consequences. A simple case of cause and effect. An effect is what happens as a result of the cause.
Stay with us as we look at the causes for movements in the gold price and the causes for movements in gold related companies. We’ll show you the companies that can prosper and those that may not.
Econophile is Jeff Harding, a real estate investor and former lawyer in Santa Barbara, California. He is a principal of Montecito Analytics, LLC. He has many years of experience in business cycles, real estate investments, and finance. He also was financing director of a home builder. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Investment at Santa Barbara City College.
He writes The Daily Capitalist, a blog dealing with economics, finance, and investment risk. He is a frequent contributor to Zero Hedge, Minyanville, and his articles are republished or linked to on many other blogs, such as the Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Economics, Wall Street Journal, Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell, and many others.
The Daily Capitalist blog takes a fresh, unconventional look at current economics. In light of the poor track record of most economists before and during our economic crisis, it's time to think about different approaches explaining economic activity. The blog is also an advocate of new methods of evaluating investment risk in light of this most recent blow-up.
The Daily Capitalist does not give investment or market advice and doesn't sell or promote any investment products.
Jeff Harding is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and U.C., Hastings College of the Law. He is a longtime student of economics.
He may be reached at: email@example.com
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
Daryl Montgomery is the organizer of the New York Investing meetup, a 7,000 member educational group that provides the public with unbiased stock, bond, currency and commodity market information. For details, see: http://ow.ly/Y6CNhT (it's free to join). The group is the largest investing meetup in the world. It holds monthly general meetings, offers small classes on investing topics, has webinars and provides individual tutoring.
Montgomery, a former professor and expert witness in court cases on data reliability (up to the Supreme Court), has written a number of books on investing and approximately 700 articles on financial topics. He was formerly the chief blogger for the "Helicopter Economics Investing Guide". He has done extensive research on optimal use of technical indicators. Montgomery has never worked for, nor has any association with any Wall Street company and this allows him to bring an independent perspective to market analysis.
The New York Investing meetup's strength is in calling market turns. It called the top in gold and silver in March 2008 and the exact day of the oil bottom in February 2009 and almost the exact peak price in Silver in 2011. The group went to an all-cash position starting in September 2015. The New York Investing meetup uses its own approach to technical analysis and currently has access to a proprietary model that predicts tops and bottoms in stocks and commodities.
I wrote a book called DISCIPLINE. I am a father, a financial analyst, an economist, a programmer, and a privacy and security specialist. I am curious about everything.
Prieur du Plessis has 27 years' experience in professional investment research and portfolio management. More than 1,400 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He has also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment.
Prieur is chairman and principal shareholder of South African-based Plexus Asset Management, which he founded in 1995. The group conducts investment management, investment consulting, private equity and real estate activities in South Africa and other countries.
Plexus is the South African partner of John Mauldin, author of the Thoughts from the Frontline e-letter, and also has an exclusive licensing agreement with California-based Research Affiliates for managing and distributing its enhanced Fundamental Index methodology in the Pan-African area.
Prieur is professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, teaching investment management. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa, actively developing economic, cultural and scientific relations between Slovenia and South Africa.
Prieur lives by the words “living to run, running to live”. This motto manifests itself directly in his management style and keen participation in long-distance running, and also in Plexus’s sponsorship of the annual Plexus Races (marathon, half-marathon and 8km). The primary goal of these events is to raise funds for a number of charities, especially Proud Partners – an organisation formed by Plexus in co-operation with Prieur’s wife, Isabel Verwey (former TV producer and presenter), which uplifts previously disadvantaged communities through the provision of musical instruments and tuition to a large number of schools.
Prieur is 55 years old and lives with his wife and two children in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. In addition to running, his recreational activities include reading, travelling, motor cycling and scripophily.
I possess 10+ years of trading and investing experience, with a focus on precious metals, currency, energy, and technology markets. My decisions are based on market cycles, valuation metrics, technical analysis, and industry-specific trends and technologies. I typically hold positions for several years.
I also run InformedTrades.com, a site dedicated to helping individuals learn to trade the world's financial markets.
Bob McTeer is a Distinguished Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), covering macro-economic issues, including monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax and education policy. NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan market-oriented public policy institute headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Washington, D.C. See www.ncpa.org.
Prior to joining the NCPA in January 2007, Bob was Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System from November 4, 2004 through November 22, 2006. The Texas A&M University System is composed of 9 universities, 7 state agencies and a statewide health science center. The system has approximately 25,000 employees and budgets totaling $2.5 billion. Its universities have approximately 102,000 students, including about 45,000 at its flagship, Texas A&M University in College Station.
Before becoming Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, Bob had a 36-year career with the Federal Reserve System, including 14 years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). While at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in the 1970s, Bob taught economics as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. While he ran the Richmond Fed’s Baltimore Branch in the 1980s, Bob taught two classes per semester in the evening program of The Johns Hopkins University.
Bob got his B.B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia and taught there for two years before joining the Fed in 1968. His graduate education was financed by a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) fellowship. He holds an honorary doctorate in the Humane Letters from Austin College.
Bob serves on the Boards of Directors the Westwood Holdings Group, and Refocus Group. He is a former member of the Board of Overseers of UGA’s Terry College of Business, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 1991. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a national association of free enterprise scholars and others who advocate market solutions to public policy problems, and a former board member of the National Council on Economic Education. Bob was featured as a Texas Legend in Business in 2004 by the Texas Cable News Network.
As a Fed policymaker, Bob gained a national reputation as an independent voice, or maverick, dissenting from the Alan Greenspan majority twice in 1999 and once in 2002.
His dissents and his outspoken views and plain talk got him the labels “Lone Star Loner” and “The Lonesome Dove.” He says he’s been called worse.
Bob’s free-market views in general and his vigorous support of free-trade in particular, gave the Dallas Fed its reputation during his tenure as “The Free-Enterprise Fed.” Bob is a CNBC contributor. He has written numerous opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal and other publications and has spoken worldwide.
Bob’s poetry and vignettes have been featured twice on the Dallas Community News Network. You may find these and other articles and speeches on www.BobMcTeer.com.
Michael Ashton has been a recognized leader in developing the U.S. inflation derivatives market. He traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps in 2003 and, as a dealer, was a primary liquidity-provider in that market for two large banks. He represented about one-third of interbank swaps volume during his tenures at those firms. He invented and was the sole market-maker for the CME CPI Futures contract. He has written and spoken extensively about the use of inflation-indexed products for hedging real exposures, and has written more broadly in a commentary format about the rates markets and macroeconomy. Mr. Ashton is currently the managing principal at Enduring Investments LLC. His comments on this site and others are not posted in that role, and no opinions of his should be construed to be recommendations of or to reflect the views of his employer. He recently published "What's Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All."