I am an American trader and a Vanderbilt University alumnus currently living in San Francisco. I'm mostly interested in income investing using dividends, preferred stocks and other debt instruments, and pair trading. I fundamentally analyze every business from the top down. In my personal life, I have a strong Jewish faith and enjoy playing Scrabble and entrepreneurship.
I run a small, private long/short portfolio. I focus on long term value, with a full expectation of showing paper losses in the short-term. Agnostic on the topic of catalysts. Wary of false precision. Usually ignorant of quarterly results and analyst forecasts. Seeking durable insights on business models and industry trends, and general wisdom.
I am an avid investor over 65 with a background in statistics that somehow led me to a 30 plus year career in politics as a legislative advocate specializing in state/local finance with a focus on US state budgets. My wife who is a securities attorney with a background in business and I work together to maintain and increase our wealth. I retired at the age of 52, had my first child at the age of 58, and my wife is 25 years my junior which requires a variable model in order to meet our investment goals.We just graduated our oldest son and he has employment and a great future so is no longer a financial factor .We manage the majority of our investments through Charles Schwab so make our own trades, we own our own home in one of the better neighborhoods in Austin, Texas and we have zero debt. We do our own research here on Seeking Alpha, the Schwab ,the Street and Yahoo Finance websites.
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Microcap Monster is focused on small-cap and micro-cap trading with a specific interest in finding the latest penny stock or OTC scams and either alerting the public to our findings or using the findings to short the stocks we research, or both. Although we identify potential research targets in many ways, much of our work involves tracking reverse mergers with an intent to profit from market manipulations commonly associated with these stocks.
Gopal Gantayat is the President of The Free Investors ("TFI"), an independent registered investment advisor in New Jersey, and the Portfolio Manager for our flagship Mosaic Portfolio, a long-term, total-return-focused equity portfolio.
Gopal received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with specialization in Finance, Accounting and Management. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Finance. In the 13 years of his professional career before he founded TFI, Gopal played numerous management and analyst roles in technology departments of financial service firms.
At TFI, we approach investing in stocks with the mindset of a long-term business owner, not as a trader. Before investing in a company, we do a thorough, bottoms-up analysis of the company. When we buy the stock of a company, our intention is to hold it for years and decades to come unless there is a significant change in the future business prospect of the company.
As a researcher and technical writer, I frequently write for SeekingAlpha where I present my bullish or bearish case on a stock that I own or sell short. I have worked in the Canadian financial industry (fully licensed, providing services to high net worth individuals and families).
My interests cover a wide variety of subjects and greatly influences how I assess a business. I use technical analysis, literary analysis, a computer scientist's perspective, an understanding of psychology and sociology, marketing, history, and more when making my assessments.
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