Scott Thompson is author of best-selling book: ART & SCIENCE OF VALUE INVESTING. Foreword written by PETER BUFFETT, son of billionaire value investor WARREN BUFFETT. Available at Amazon.com and www.ProValueSource.com Textbook ISBN# 9781300973959 Workbook ISBN# 9781304802804 Scott Thompson, is a disciple of value investors Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Ben Graham, and Phil Fisher, Scott implements disciplined value investing strategies. He enjoys identifying misplaced investment opportunities offering wide "margins of safety" between price & value. Scott earned his MBA, graduated "summa cum laude," and was named "Graduate Student of the Year." After college, he quickly worked his way up in several Fortune-500 companies and served as Vice President of an investment bank for years. Scott is the founder of the International Society of Value Investors (ISVI), and focuses on fundamentals. Like Buffett, Scott believes in philanthropy, and has donated thousands of dollars and volunteer hours. Scott serves on numerous non-profit boards, including "Courage Kenny," the 5th largest rehabilitation healthcare organization in the USA! He enjoys organizing charity events benefiting children with disabilities. Scott organized a large charity event in Minneapolis featuring friend PETER BUFFETT, author, musician, philanthropist, & son of billionaire investor WARREN BUFFETT. Scott's book “ART & SCIENCE OF VALUE INVESTING" is being adopted by universities across the USA. Scott also speaks at investor conferences & value investing seminars. If you know of a university interested to offer his Value Investing course, book, & workbook, visit: www.ProValueSource.com or email his team at: info@ProValueSource.com
Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism (some articles from Pragmatic Capitalism get syndicated on Seeking Alpha so please see the full site if you don't want to miss articles by Mr. Roche).
Orcam Financial Group, LLC (www.orcamgroup.com) is a low fee financial services firm offering asset management, personal advisory, consulting and educational services. Pragmatic Capitalism (http://pragcap.com) was founded by Cullen Roche in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Roche foresaw many of the events that led up to the crisis and felt that the government was slow to react and when it did finally react, responded with the wrong medicine.
Mr. Roche's primary areas of expertise include global macro portfolio construction, quantitative risk management, monetary economics and behavioral finance. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Roche worked at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where he worked on a team overseeing $500MM+ in assets under management. Upon leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Roche managed a private investment partnership for 7 years generating substantial positive alpha (high risk adjusted returns) without a single negative year of returns. He has since transitioned back to retail asset management to better serve the much needed low fee retail space with sophisticated but simple asset management and financial planning services.
Mr. Roche is also a prolific writer. In addition to the daily musings on his website, he is the author of the popular book “Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance” as well as “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”, one of the top 10 all-time most downloaded research papers on the SSRN academic research network. He was named one of the “Top Wall Street Economists, Experts and Opinion Leaders” of 2011 by Wall Street Economists and was named one of the “101 Best Finance People” by Business Insider where he was described as “one of the most influential economic thinkers today.” In 2015 Mr. Roche was named one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in finance by InvestmentNews. He is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, on CNBC and in the Financial Times.
Mr. Roche is a Georgetown University alumnus, growing up in the DC area and now living in Southern California with his wife Erica, troublesome collie Cal and 4 irritable laying hens. In addition to being a financial dork Cullen is an avid outdoorsman, mediocre gardener, proficient complex carbohydrate consumer (i.e., loves brownies and cake) and finisher of one of the most difficult IRONMAN races at Cabo in 2015.
Michael Johnston is the co-founder and senior analyst at ETF Database, an online investment resource for ETF investors. ETF Database offers a proprietary ETF Screener that allows investors to filter the universe of 900+ ETFs to find the right fund. ETF Database also provides news, analysis, commentary, and actionable investment ideas on a daily basis.
Zack Buckley is the founder and President of Buckley Capital Partners, a value-focused long/short equity hedge fund. BCP employs a fundamental approach that is research intensive and concentrated, generally with 10-15 core positions focused primarily in small cap equities. While BCP is long-biased, the fund occasionally shorts companies in situations with highly asymmetric risk-reward potential. Mr. Buckley is a contributing writer for Thestreet.com and Seekingalpha.com. Prior to launching Buckley Capital Partners, Mr. Buckley was an analyst at Baker Street Capital Management.