I am the impassioned pundit at whyistherestillhunger.com.
I have long studied and written about hunger, as it killed some members of my family (a generation before me). Currently I am dedicating much of my life to convincing people that hunger can be abolished this year. A relatively small investment of about $30 billion would end the holocaust of hunger and slow population growth tremendously (as mothers are convinced that their children will survive).
I have also been studying and investing in alternative energy companies for several years. A generational shift in attitudes about the climate and air quality continues to move policy in the direction of cleaner energy.
Sharon di Stefano has spent 20 years as an analyst, beginning her career at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. specializing in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare information technology, and biopharmacology. Ms. di Stefano had also served as Senior Venture Officer for the Edison Innovation Fund, implemented through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that provided funding for early-stage life sciences companies. Industry experience includes laboratory research for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Department of Defense.
Ms. di Stefano received a Masters of Science degree, in Business, from Johns Hopkins University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in 1984 with a minor in biology.
- Founder and developer of a software system designed to detect earnings management in companies.
- Freelance analysis
- Former analyst at Mitsubishi UFG.
- Education: Diplom Volkswirt in Economics - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt
Consultant in the economics of renewable energy retrofitting - moving energy from liabilities to assets. Passionate student of the business scene, particularly commodities, currently not an active investor. Author, translator, blogger. Trading experience is more commodities than stocks.
The Federal Reserve has pegged interest rates to all time lows. This leaves income investors in a quandary - not knowing where to invest.
Bruce looks at the best income, growth, natural resource, and technology equities while taking a contrarian approach. ETFs can often be used to mitigate risk for investors who wish to take a "hands off" approach.
Bruce has degrees from Calvin College and the University of South Dakota and has been investing in the markets for 40 years.
James A. Kostohryz has accumulated over twenty years of experience investing and trading virtually every asset class across the globe.
Kostohryz started his investment career as an analyst at one of the US's largest asset management firms covering sectors as diverse as emerging markets, banking, energy, construction, real estate, metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became Chief Global Strategist and Head of International Investments for a major investment bank. Kostohryz currently manages his own investment firm, specializing in proprietary trading and institutional portfolio management advisory.
Born in Mexico, Kostohryz grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently writing a book about the impact of culture on economic development. He is a former NCAA and world-class decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
Kostohryz graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
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I have been researching and investing in stocks and options in my own accounts since 2006. I finished my MBA in 2007 and then worked as the Finance Manager at a start up for 7 years. I'm currently self-employed as an online marketing consultant, but investing is my true passion.
I've found that my skill lies in taking the time to read 10-K and 10-Q reports carefully and being able to then create realistic future projections. As a value investor I tend to look at cash flow as much as if not more than earnings and revenues.
My investment horizon is typically at least 5-10 years, and ideally I place my money into investments which I could see myself holding through retirement. That said, I do also enjoy allocating a small portion of my account to short term options plays.
In our free time, my wife and I love to travel the world. We've each been to over 45 countries and relish the opportunity to see how people live all around the world.
Ruzbeh Bacha is the founder and CEO of CityFALCON.com. CityFALCON is creating a level playing field for investors and traders by democratising access to financial news and tweets. CityFALCON sources and collate financial big data, and then using the power of social media and crowd curation, creates a comprehensive and timely resource for investors and traders.
He has worked in strategy and finance roles with KPMG, Nokia, Microsoft and Skype, can develop web applications himself, and follows the technology sector closely. He is a qualified accountant (ACA), and has an MBA from University of Oxford.
Portfolio Manager, attorney, finance author, a regular guest on North American media. Danielle Park is the author of the best selling myth-busting book “Juggling Dynamite: An insider’s wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts,” as well as a popular daily financial blog:www.jugglingdynamite.com
Danielle worked as an attorney until 1997 when she was recruited to work for an international securities firm. Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), she now helps to manage millions for some of North America’s wealthiest families as a Portfolio Manager and analyst at the independent investment counsel firm she co-founded Venable Park Investment Counsel Inc. www.venablepark.com. In recent years Danielle has been writing, speaking and educating industry professionals and investors on the risks and realities of investment behaviors as well as writing and producing her own health and wealth podcast series: “Not so common sense” and “Life Paths”.
A member of the internationally recognized CFA Institute, Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Danielle is also an avid health and fitness buff.
I'm an English language teacher in Spain who happened to discover a few nasty things about Tesla Motors. I'm paid by no one other than my students and my financial position won't be affected at all by swings in Tesla's stock price - or in any other stock.
I like to annoy people with my unsolicited opinions on a range of matters. Apparently a considerable number of folks like what I write.
I joined Seeking Alpha as a Senior Editor in June 2012. Currently, I manage the Dividends, Income & Retirement and Expert Insight platforms. D&I focuses on income investment strategies and dividend investment-focused content for investors from the accumulation stage to retirement. The purpose of Expert Insight is to expand and elevate the quality of Seeking Alpha's content by including articles from an industry insider's point of view, designed to help investors make more informed decisions as they consider specific sectors and trends within those sectors for their investing strategies, e.g., utilities or technology. Expert Insight articles offer more of a macro, 30,000-foot-view that goes beyond investment analysis or stock recommendations.
I also curate the Dividends & Income Digest, a bi-weekly publication that takes a look at a question that is compelling and relevant to the community, showcases the responses of DI thought leaders, and serves as a round-up of top DI articles.
I hope to continue to discover new voices and thought leaders through insightful articles and conversations in the comments threads. My goal is to draw a large, diverse audience to Seeking Alpha, and make our community THE go-to place to participate in investing research and exchange lucrative, unique, exciting investing knowledge and ideas. I'm always looking for new ideas and contributors, so please feel free to reach out to me. I'm eager to hear your thoughts and discover how we can work together to make Seeking Alpha the best site for investors on the web.
Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Ms. Webster also serves as a member of the board for several emerging companies and helps these innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services.
Karen is also an entrepreneur, who has successfully developed and launched several new ventures in the loyalty, on-line media, and social networking sectors, each of which was focused on introducing disruptive business models and product solutions to fill a market need. This includes PYMNTS.com, the leading media property focused innovation in the payments sector and a joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway’s Business Wire.
Karen is a frequent keynote speaker and author of numerous articles on the sources of innovation, strategy, loyalty, product design/bundling and pricing and platform strategies. Karen was a key contributor to Catalyst Code: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Dynamic Companies, (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and is credited with directing the research for the book and devising its trademarked 6-step Framework.
Karen has a long history of consulting, having served as the Managing Director of Global Marketing and Planning for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ US$6 billion management consulting practice and as COO for a US$200 million consulting subsidiary that is part of the MMC family of companies. She was an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, where she holds a Masters’ Degree in Marketing and developed and taught graduate level courses on business-to-business marketing.
Karen is a passionate philanthropist and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Board of the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance.
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Dana Blankenhorn http://www.danablankenhorn.com has been a business journalist since 1978, and a futurist all his life.He warned about the coming Houston oil collapse in 1979. He began making a living on the Internet in 1985. He launched the first e-commerce daily for CMP in 1994, warned of the coming dot-bomb at a-clue.com in 1997 and began covering the Internet of Things in 2003.Along the way he's written for a host of newspapers, magazines, news services and Web sites. Most recently he was at TheStreet.com, covering technology and investments. He still has time for freelance assignments. He lives in Atlanta.
I enjoy studying different trends in the economy and applying these trends to the financial markets.
Finding growth opportunities in undervalued stocks has always been a hobby of mine.
I am a software engineer by profession. Got interested in market analysis some time back and now I spend most of my free time researching equities. .
I am also a freelance financial writer , investor and consultant. I primarily look for market inefficiencies to generate long term alpha irrespective of holding time and sector.
I'm not a pro analyst, a pro investor, a hedge fund manager, or even a college graduate. I'm 25, which makes me, understandably, a bit naive and inexperienced in the world of investing - at least from most people's perspectives. In my defense, the stock market isn't what it used to be. Today, it's so future-based - Investors are making high-risk bets on companies like Tesla and Amazon (with some good reason) while forgetting that reputable companies such as McDonalds, Intel, and Starbucks who spend much of their time proving their worth over time.
I don't have much cash as I've spent a lot on school, but I like to invest across the board instead of just tech, and have enjoyed (or hated) owning companies such as Priceline, Limited Brands, American Airlines, Ford, Apple, and AMD among others. I do my own research, follow my gut, and buy or sell. I generally stay away from companies that I know nothing about such as a retail store or restaurant I've never heard of. I think that having personal experience with a product/brand helps me better gauge an investment. (i.e. I bought some Priceline stock literally days after buying my first Priceline vacation package back in 2012 due to its ease of use).
Why do I write articles for Seeking Alpha? Seeking Alpha is an excellent place for opinions and as a slight contrarian I generally have different perspectives from others, but I think that I'm not alone in these thoughts.
Some ideas I've had recently that aren't necessarily mainstream include:
1. Apple's Mac sales will start falling by as soon as next quarter for at least two quarters and may continue to fall consecutively unless MacBook Air and Pro prices or lowered or refreshed with an all new design (expected in mid-2016). Mac sales have been growing continuously (with the exception of the recession and a few single quarters of y/y declines due to refresh cycles)
2. Apple's iPad morphing into a mobile personal computer can can truly replace your laptop in a way different from a Surface. Today, this isn't possible and the iPad becoming a Mac isn't the solution. As the software and hardware for iPad expands, perhaps people with the intentions of doing more than Office and Netflix will come to have plenty of reason to own an iPad. As such, the iPad can slowly become a very big thing. This one is a bit out there, but I once suggested that AMD could create a semi-custom APU (after Zen) for Apple's Macs in order to offer a highly customizable x86 solution that would be many times more affordable than Intel. Apple has depressed the prices of Macs by a lot recently and making them even cheaper could allow the Mac to grow and reach market share levels that we thought would never come. If Intel keeps kicking AMD's ass though, you can scratch this idea off the list though. Next generation consoles arriving much sooner than expected. Specifically 2018, representing a 4-5 year life cycle of the PS4 and Xbox One. I believe that the current consoles are very underpowered - No 4K, no Virtual Reality, and it's slower than a equally priced gaming PC. Because of this, consoles are going to fall behind very quickly and the March arrival of a $600 Oculus could have profound effect on the gaming industry. Waiting another eight years may be too long, and I think that AMD will be the power behind the next generation.
I am an individual investor. My research in some companies has inspired me to use advanced trading strategies such as options/option spreads in order to achieve higher gains without drastically higher risk. I have a preference for investing in technology oriented industries. I write on seeking alpha simply to explain my reasoning behind positions on specific stocks. Since I tend to follow a few companies at a time closely, my positions are based on extensive knowledge of the stock and the company (reading 10-Q's, daily articles, quarterly reports, press releases, watching interviews and presentations, consulting owners of the product of the company, etc.). I write on Seeking Alpha to explain a thesis that I have developed about each stock.
I use value investing methods of analysis to search out undervalued companies using a combination of financial analysis and a qualitative assessment of management, industry & company fundamentals and circumstances to evaluate the odds of a successful investment. Emphasis is currently on consumer non-durables with strong brands and market shares, but there is no limit to such investments only. Past investments have included oil companies, consumer retail and consumer durables.
----->Top Idea #1: Zooplus, publ. Oct. 24th 2014, return since: +116.3%
----->Top Idea #2: Coca-Cola Bottling Co., publ. May 20th 2015, return: +72%
(calculated as of Sept 30th 2015)
I try to generate a couple of high probability ideas (2-3) every year and take very concentrated positions based on those ideas. Over the past 8 years this strategy has generated a 22,87% compounded average return net of all costs and taxes on my investment portfolio, with the strongest returns mostly during the past five years.
Current sectors under coverage by me at Seeking Alpha:
-personal & household goods
Disclaimer: all investment analyses and information written and published by me, as well as all comments, should not be considered as investment advice or used as such. All readers are strongly urged to perform their own research and due diligence on the equity shares and other investment products I have written about. I have no business or any other forms of relationship with the companies featured in my analyses, unless explicitly stated so in the article disclaimer.
Mira Inbar is a business development consultant, specializing in bringing new technologies to market in the energy and advanced materials sectors. She has extensive experience building new businesses and creating multi-million dollar partnerships in both the non-profit and private sectors.
Mira's current work focuses on developing go-to-market plans, building customer pipelines, brokering contracts, and raising financing for early-stage start-ups. She has worked across the energy and advanced materials sectors, specifically in energy storage, wind, sapphire, and commercial drone markets.
Prior to starting her own business, Mira worked at The Dow Chemical Company, where she helped launch the company's lithium-ion battery business and developed water partnerships for the company in Brazil. Prior to Dow, Mira was a manager at the non-profit conservation organization Forest Trends, where she launched and managed conservation programs throughout Africa and the Middle East.
She holds and MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS in Biology from Oberlin College. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Keith began his career as a research scientist (developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology) at the Australian National University, University of Oxford (UK), the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry (Munich, Germany) and finally Macquarie University (Sydney) where he held a Chair in Biology and established the Centre for Analytical Biotechnology. Pioneering the area of proteomics (with Marc Wilkins in his group coining the term), Keith established the world’s first government-funded Major National Proteomics Facility (Australian Proteome Analysis Facility) which was involved with industrialising protein science.
Keith left academe with his team to found Proteome Systems Ltd in 1999 to commercialise proteomics. The company had a strong focus on intellectual property, engineering/technology and bioinformatics. As CEO he led the company to ASX listing in 2004. Since 2005 Keith has been involved in new business development in biotech, e-health and other emerging technologies. Keith sees climate change and sustainable development as a major issue for humankind and also a major business disruptor/risk and opportunity.
Keith holds a Bachelor Agr Science from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering and received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for services to the Biotechnology Industry. He has received various industry awards including an Innovation Hero Medal from the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.
With 300 scientific papers and many patents written, Keith has a clear view of innovation in the Biotechnology and Climate/Renewable Energy space. He is not a financial advisor but his perspective adds relevance to decision-making concerning feasibility and investment in technology innovation.
Constantly working on evolving my investing approach, but my immutable goal is to provide objective analysis in the search for undervalued stocks.
"Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day." - Charlie Munger
Nathan's interest in the stock market arose from broader interests in theories of reification. Seeking Alpha has enabled him to challenge his own assumptions and expand his worldview.
Nathan is pursuing a career path in applied sciences.
Nathan was listed in "The Best Performers of Seeking Alpha: Vol 1" (2014). While other internal and external studies have compared the performance of Seeking Alpha writers, this computerized ranking was uniquely comprehensive in mining the text of articles for specific predictions, and placed Nathan within the top percentile of Seeking Alpha Contributors for his category.
I'm the author of five published books, an investor and a cancer survivor. I got my start thirty-two years ago doing research for a UCLA economics professor who wrote a stock-picking newsletter. I have been involved in information technology, dental and medical research (former clinical editor with Dentistry Today magazine) and software design. Right now, I'm finishing my sixth book, and writing articles on Seeking Alpha for others who (like me) enjoy doing extensive investment research and profiting from it.