I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor. "Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet." -David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"
Specializes in Value Investing, Dividend Investing, ETF Investing and Market-Neutral/Long-Short Strategies. Although I have been learning to appreciate reading the SEC documents (10-K, 10-Q, Conference Calls, etc.), my methodologies tend to lean towards Quantitative Value along with Fundamental Analysis done with Morningstar, Value Line and Thomson Reuters databases (Quantitative Portfolio Management).
It is looking at the forest from the trees mentality. There are strengths and weaknesses in either being: 1) a very detailed person and 2) a "Big Picture" guy. I may miss some details along the way. However, this helps me look at the "Big Picture" in broad brush strokes and helps me determine the long-run economics of a company from a high level.
I am an experienced professional with expertise in financial statement analysis, value investing, and financial modeling. Past employment with the government (Internal Revenue Service), banking, insurance, and accounting service sectors. In addition, I am also CFA® charterholder and a licensed CPA with individual and corporate tax compliance experience.
After a couple of lost years with speculations and intraday trades, around the age of 30, I realised it's an dead end. It took me a year to change my way of thinking. I met a great person who tought me how to look on investing into good businesses, the power of compounding and dividends. Thank you Ales!
I felt in love with value investing. Now it's my hobby, my second job, and I hope it will be my living too.