Sol Palha is the head financial analyst at Tactical Investor. He is a self-taught Student of the Markets, having widely read conventional and non-conventional texts on all aspects of technical analysis, Mass Psychology and philosophy (as he believes it can be quite useful in terms of market analysis). He has been studying the markets for over 18 years. He combines mass psychology, technical analysis and a new field of study that he has pioneered, Esoteric Cycle Analysis to determine market tops and bottoms. Mass Psychology and Technical analysis is a deadly combination, and has enabled us to accurately determine Market tops and bottoms in advance of the actual event. One should not confuse topping and bottoming action, with trying to predict the actual top or bottom------- An endeavor best left to fools with plenty of time on their hands and an inordinate capacity to deal with pain and failure.
I am an individual investor who saved for retirement. I lost big in the '99 dot-com bust and ran away from the market for a while. I also rode down the cliff during the 2008 financial bust but in 2009 I decided to double down on my savings. Today, I tend to focus on dividend stocks but I still rely heavily on ETFs. I try to do my research and buy for the long term.
I am an engineer by training and education. I have written and published extensively as an engineer. I have even served as President of an international engineering society. I am a methodical researcher, which presents itself in how I live my life. I grew up in middle America. I've lived in the South Pacific. I used to live in the Pacific Northwest and traveled extensively for work. I retired early to Ecuador in South America with a view of the ocean.
F.A.S.T. Graphs™ is a powerful research tool providing “essential fundamentals at a glance” on over 17,000 symbols. F.A.S.T. Graphs™ empowers the user to research stocks deeper and faster by allowing them to exploit the undeniable relationship and functional correlation between long-term earnings growth and market price. Warren Buffett, the greatest capital allocator of all time, said; “there are only two things that investor needs to know; how to value a company and how to think about stock prices.” With the F.A.S.T. Graphs™ at their disposal, users are able to perform both of these critical tasks… FAST. F.A.S.T. is an acronym for Fundamentals Analyzer Software Tool that takes all the hours of manual graphing of business fundamentals and reduces it to seconds, giving you critical information in an instant. With one glance you know a lot about the business you are graphing and its past, present and future value. F.A.S.T. Graphs™ should be the first step in every research project. Each graph is worth 1,000 words in describing a company’s growth, consistency and valuation.
With close to two decades in market analysis including writing hundreds of thousands of lines of code and countless hours back-testing trading systems we decided to take that vast experience and apply it to modern portfolio allocation strategies. PRIA Group's mission is to research and publish long term portfolio allocation strategies that outperform the stock and bond market while reducing investment risk. This means removing the guesswork if it is best to be in bonds, cash, stocks, or a combination of each.
As a contributor to the New Low Observer (http://www.newlowobserver.com/about-this-site), we intend to give new insights on a low risk approach to trading in dividend paying stocks for tax deferred accounts. The New Low Observer (http://www.newlowobserver.com/about-this-site) is not intended for regular or non-qualifying accounts however, the strategies and stocks mentioned can be used for non-qualifying accounts with the understanding of the consequences of potential short-term capital gains as well as the need for exceptional documentation for IRS purposes.
I have a professional background of working with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Although I am an economist (and probably because of that fact), I am adept at being resourceful and thinking in a multidisciplinary fashion. For this reason, my professional experience only reflects a wide perspective that I have gained through the years and should not connote an air of authority.
I follow earnings reports and market news to help identify opportunities in the market.
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MTR Investors Group was founded in mid 2008. Since that time our primary goal is to provide powerful and profitable investment research tools to stock and option investors/traders. We do not provide buy or sell recommendations on any stock, etf, or other investments. We simply provide powerful tools for stock and option investors and traders.
The following are the primary tools we provide (we also provide economic models and advanced charting):
I. Expert Option Search
Our Credit Spread. Iron Condor, Covered Call and Cash Secured Put screener is one of the most powerful tools we provide to the individual investor. Powerful features such probability of assignment, downside protection, and many others. Our screener helps option traders make the best decision possible when writing Covered Calls, Naked Puts, Credit Spreads, and Iron Condors.
Many investors use our option screener to monitor a long term portfolio and select the best covered calls to sell on their portfolios.
Option Writers/Sellers use our option screener to find options with the highest probability of expiring worthless.
II. Stock Miner
Stock Miner is use to analyze stocks from a monthly and weekly historical performance. We use Stock Miner for weekly and monthly trade setups.
III. Stock Market Scout (SMS) & Stock Market Level (SML)
We use SMS as a model to indicate allocating cash to an index ETF (such as SPY) by going long on Green, cash on Yellow, short on Red (or stay in cash). We use SML to indicate if the market is overbought or oversold. This is not a recommendation to buy or sell SPY.
I'm a self-taught investor who has written professionally about finance and investing/trading since 2009 through several content publishers and independent clients. I'd like to make an impact in the SA by publishing quality, thought-out articles about likely stock movements and related topics. I've done this before, just not on SA.
In terms of sectors, my strength is commodity-based stocks. I intend to write for SeekingAlpha, but will be sure to keep the article submissions clear from my trades/investments, so there's no conflict of interest.
I regularly speculate in P2P bonds and have some holdings in TIPS purchased in 2008-2010. As far as more mainstream stocks and bonds, I have a TSP vested in a small-cap index (Wilshire 4500 Completion Index).
Currently a private technology investors, who was involved in the software technology industry starting in 1981. Experienced technology fundamental analyst for a private hedge fund.
PROFILE: Baby-boomer managing own portfolio. Value investor seeking to diversify in multiple asset classes and constantly probing and exploring sectors that are poised for earnings growth and capital appreciation and at the same time offering a margin of safety.
>LIKES: ETFs, REITs, BDCs, Large Caps, Mid-cap Value Funds
>ICONS: Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffet,, Bill Gates, Ray Kurzweil, Jeffrey Grossman
>SECTORS: Energy, oil & gas, financials (global & domestic banks, insurance, investment banks), infrastructure plays, biotech, pharmaceuticals, transports (maritime & rail), M&A special situations.
PERISCOPE/PRISM: Trend Watcher, Dream Weaver, Sky Catcher
MY MANTRA: For finding good value stocks --> [*3i*] -->[Inspiration+Imagination+Innovation]
Analyst for an environmental consulting group. Graduate student studying advanced analytics. I follow the markets as a hobby.
Always seeking to learn something new about the markets. Mostly focused on long-term investing but interested in short-term trading as well. I enjoy sharing ideas and knowledge here on SA.