I have watched, listened, learned and played the markets for about 25 years. At first my interest reflected a natural curiosity about business, but after legal training I graduated into a more educated and holistic view of the market as a reflection of litigation, law, news, market share, patents, finance, share volume, competition, competent management, philosophy and data.
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I'm a chihuahua -- a VERY well trained one, I might add. Since my master handles all the bills, I could care less about investments. Nevertheless, I often find myself with a quite a bit of spare time on my paws and, given the dearth of toys that "fit" me, I turned instead to research of a condition that occasionally seems to affect my master -- "Bagholders Affective Syndrome." Seekingalpha is a positive goldmine of data for me! If I can find a cure, no doubt a Nobel will be waiting with my name on it! Of course, I'm presuming the Nobel committee hasn't anything against chihuahuas.
WHO AM I?
Old (55+). BS & MBA in finance. 17 years in financial services industry. Owned/operated small business for 8 years. Professional investor for past 13 years.
The best description would be swing trader/investor over multiple time frames. My objective is to outperform the market on a risk adjusted basis. I treat my investing as a business by measuring my performance continually and setting up systems that force me to reexamine my decisions and manage portfolio risk. I actively invest about 40% of my net worth and continually move profits from an active to passive (indexed) platform. I believe a indexed/diversified portfolio approach is best for most (certainly my wife) but also believe that trading/investing is a skill that some can capitalize on.
I currently own long term stocks like JNJ/PEP/NSRGY that I would be happy to hold forever, however, I will sell if they reach an extreme overvalued level. Most of my active trading involves opportunities that will occur over a period of 1 week to 6 months.
SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT MARKETS AND INVESTING
The best description of markets I've ever heard is that "Markets Are Social Systems" (Ray Dalio, Bridgewater). Prior to that I'd heard markets described as "A Game" from people as diverse as Joseph Granville and Bill Drunkenmiller. The description of markets as "A Game" never really sat right for me.... it was missing something. The "Social System" description is perfect for me because it reminds me that not everyone thinks or is looking at the market like I am.
I believe that investing is like most professions. Some will be better than average, some worse than average, and the vast majority average. Those above average will educate themselves, spend more time on their profession, treat investing seriously and have a love for the "game".
For me... the most important characteristic for success is self reflection... the ability to question yourself and your decisions. If you can't take a loss, you will never outperform.
In most professions it pays to specialize, same with respect to investing. Concentrate on what you do best, gain an edge.
If you are looking at the same thing as everyone else, what are the odds that you have special insight? If you do a professional search, you will find that very few professional investors in the large cap space are generating much alpha. Too many people looking at the same thing.
In crisis there is opportunity (Yes, old chinese proverb) . Pay attention to how you "feel" when you invest. If you are frightened to hit the "buy" button, it's probably a good trade.
Spend more time thinking and less time acting. Accept the feedback the market provides... it's not personal.
Favorite Quote.... "The Truth is rarely pure and never simple" Oscar Wilde 1895. Yes, picked that up in a Irish Bar (Cairns AUS).
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Jeff is the President of NewArc Investments Inc., manager of both individual and institutional investments. Jeff is a registered investment advisor, and portfolio manager for NewArc's investment programs.
Jeff is a former college professor with a hands-on, real world attitude. His quantitative modeling helped inform state and local officials in Wisconsin for more than a decade. A Public Policy analyst, he taught advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin, and analyzed many issues related to state tax policy.
Jeff began in the financial business as Research Director for trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He investigated anomalies in the standard option pricing models, taught classes for beginning options traders, and developed new forecasting techniques. In 1991 he established a general research consultancy, working with professional traders at all of the Chicago financial exchanges. In 1998 he started NewArc Investments, Inc.
Jeff has a commitment to the specific needs of individual investors. It is not a one-size-fits all approach, but one that emphasizes the unique circumstances of each client.
Jeff also serves on the board of two small technology companies (currently Chairman at one). He is occasionally as an expert witness in legal cases involving financial markets and hedging.
I have been interested in the market my entire life. From my first equity purchase when I was 15- Chrysler just before the government bailout to managing the portfolio of my father- and outperforming the major indexes with lower risk for over 20 years, I have been attracted to the intellectual and financial challenges of identifying opportunity and making above average returns- again on a risk adjusted basis.
Professionally, I am currently the CFO of a post-start up software development company with a focus on mobile telecom applications. I have served as the CFO,COO, CRO and President of public and private companies. My academic background includes a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the University of Michigan. I have CPA and CGMA designations.
Generally, I seek outsized appreciation opportunities with below average risk and often favor stocks that have downside protection through one or more of the following- robust dividend yield, high book value, cash balance or other backstop. I tend to shy away from momentum stocks and those with very high PEs or PEGs.
Rick Husband has 30 years experience in buying and selling natural gas, oil, NGL feedstocks and other commodities for exploration & production companies, mid-stream entities and refineries. He has also participated on the hedge committees for several of those companies, and holds a BSBA from the University of Denver in economics. He is a Roving Neihoffian Econometrician.
Earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in 2010 and Pre-Pharmacy/B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2006. Over six years of direct experience in translational research in oncology investigating the molecular/cellular mechanisms of carcinogenesis focused on biomarker identification and validation working in a multi-disciplinary matrix environment across academia, contract research organizations and industry.
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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!"
Jennifer's areas of expertise include energy trends —their economic and geopolitical implications—and resource sustainability issues. Other interests include shale oil and natural gas, climate change, green and efficient infrastructure, China, India, and the energy-water nexus.
Her work has been published in various academic, policy and business publications such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Economist Intelligence Unit’s Executive Briefing, Journal of Structured Finance, Lloyd's List, D CEO, Energy Trends Insider, Financial Sense, and many others. She has been interviewed for numerous radio broadcasts and news stories, and presented her work at various conferences. From Dec 2010 to April 2013, she was the CEO/President of a global affairs organization focused on cutting edge trends. She organized and moderated panels on global gas, energy security, energy infrastructure finance, and urban development.
She has a master's degree from London School of Economics, and bachelor's in finance/marketing. She is principal of Concept Elemental, a strategic communications consultancy focusing on knowledge work, and includes over fifteen years of financial services industry work. She works with a top University, "translating" cutting edge research as well.
Author of the value investing newsletter detailing the formation of the "Punch Card Portfolio" (http://valueinvestorcanada.blogspot.com/). Devon Shire is an accountant and an investor with 15 years experience managing a private portfolio. Devon Shire's preferred portfolio management style is a concentrated approach, investing only when finding opportunities that offer a sufficient discount to the intrinsic value of a business. Devon can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). I am a patent attorney and my specialties include bio-medical devices, surgery, drug delivery, microbiology and nanotechnology. Prior to the USPTO, I worked in the IT and biotechnology industries.
My training as a patent attorney gives me the skills to analyze investment opportunities in new technologies and my job with the USPTO gives me access to the search tools and instruments of a patent examiner which I use to research stocks in my spare time and debunk questionable articles regarding new technologies posted by others.
I've been investing ever since I turned 18 (since 1998). My primary goal here on Seeking Alpha is to research investment opportunities, make money, have lively debates, and have fun.
Grant Zeng has over 10 years of professional experience in equity research and analysis. Grant joined Zacks Investment Research Inc. in March 2006, and currently is a senior equity analyst covering biotech/pharma industry. Before joining Zacks, Grant worked for TheStreet.com as a biotech analyst from 2005-2006. From Sept 2001 to December 2003, Grant worked for China Pacific Insurance Co. as an senior equity/fund analyst. Grant was a healthcare equity analyst with Young & Partners, LLC from Aug 2000 to September 2001. Grant had also teaching and researching experience in pharmaceutical science.
Grant Zeng obtained his MBA with a major in Finance in 2000 from McMaster University, Canada. He also holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; Master of Pharmacology and Bachelor of Medicine from Second Military Medical University, China.
Grant Zeng is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
I am an individual investor who has been actively involved in the healthcare and biotechnology space for over 15 years. I hold a PhD in the biomedical sciences and have worked in both large pharmaceutical and small biotech companies. I make investments based on the fundamentals of a company and if I believe they have a superior technology or products compared to the competition. I'm an investor who believes patience pays off.
Dave Fish is Executive Editor for The Moneypaper and co-manager (since 1999) of the MP 63 Fund (Symbol: DRIPX), a fund that invests exclusively in companies that offer Direct Investment (or Dividend Reinvestment) Plans. He is also the author of the U.S. Dividend Champions spreadsheet (and PDF), which is updated at the end of each month...and lists companies that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years. (Separate tabs list "Contenders" that have increased their payouts for 10-24 years and "Challengers" that have increased their payouts for 5-9 years.) http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp
At Valuentum, we think the best opportunities arise from a complete understanding of all investing disciplines in order to identify the most attractive stocks at any given time. Valuentum therefore analyzes each stock across a wide spectrum of philosophies, from deep value through momentum investing. We think companies that are attractive from a number of investment perspectives--whether it be growth, value, momentum, etc.--have the greatest probability of capital appreciation and relative outperformance. The more investors that are interested in the stock for reasons based on their respective investment mandates, the more likely it will move higher.
Brian Nelson is the President of Equity Research at Valuentum Securities, an investment research firm serving individual and institutional investors, as well as financial advisors. Before founding Valuentum, Mr. Nelson worked as a director at Morningstar, where he was responsible for training and methodology development within the firm's equity and credit research department. Prior to that position, he served as a senior industrials securities analyst, covering aerospace, airlines, construction and environmental services companies. Before joining Morningstar in February 2006, Mr. Nelson worked for a small capitalization fund covering a variety of sectors for an aggressive growth investment management firm in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University. Mr. Nelson has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Get to Know Brian:
Brian led the charge in developing Morningstar's issuer credit ratings, developing and rolling-out one of the firm's proprietary credit metrics, the Cash Flow Cushion. http://select.morningstar.com/welcome/credit/pdfs/Morningstar_CashFlowCushion.pdf
Brian is frequently quoted in the media and has been a frequent guest on Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV, and the Money Show.
Mr. Nelson is very experienced in valuing equities, developing Morningstar's discounted cash-flow model used to derive the fair value estimates for the company's entire equity coverage universe.
Brian worked on a small cap fund and a micro cap fund that were ranked within the top 10th percentile and top 1st percentile within the Small Cap Lipper Growth Universe, respectively, in 2005.
Mr. Nelson is also a contributor to Seeking Alpha and an opinion leader in the Industrial Goods space.
You can reach Brian at email@example.com.
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I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have been active in the markets for several years, and am primarily focused on long/short equities.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lehigh University, where I double majored in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in History. My major track focused on Investments and Financial Analysis. While at Lehigh, I was the Head Portfolio Manager of the Investment Management Group, a student group that manages three portfolios, one long/short and two long only. I have had two internships, one a summer internship at a large bank, and another helping to manage the Lehigh University Endowment for nearly a year.
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BA in economics from UConn. MBA in finance from Wharton. Worked as securities analyst and portfolio manager for an insurance company and a bank from 1960 through 1983. Retired at age of 53. Private investor from then until now. I am 86 years young. I like to write poetry and short stories. And, I am the Chief Inspector of Sunrises and Sunsets on Earth (self appointed).
I am 59 years old with almost 35 years seniority at CSX. I presently work a remote control, one man yard job at Wyoming Yard here in West Michigan. I have been interested in railroads for over 50 years now and have followed the comings and goings here in West Michigan of freight and passenger service over the years.