I have extensive experience that primarily revolves around the forest products and related industries. This includes work in the areas of financial management, investment research, commodity analysis, securities transactions, financing, strategic planning, and M&A. My academic background includes an MBA along with an undergraduate degree in business.
I am a freelance writer, professional options trader, and MBA student. I am focused on building a value-oriented, income-generating portfolio of solid companies with good fundamentals. I publish the research I conduct in pursuit of this goal on Seeking Alpha. I look for cheap earnings, earnings growth, dividends, good returns on equity, and low price to books. This leads me to focus on sectors that are easy to understand and generate consistent revenue, such as restaurants, supermarkets, banks, insurers, utilities, telecoms, REITs, and energy companies. Passive indexing has reached a fever pitch in terms of popularity and I believe it has made many investors blind to the inherent risks in the market. Based on my learning and experience, I believe a slow and steady value-oriented approach complemented by conservative options strategies such as covered calls and cash-secured puts can outperform traditional long-only approaches over the long-term. Options and Canadian stocks are my specialties.
Don MacShane worked on Wall Street and in the investment field for 38 years. He was mainly involved in the fixed income area as head of the trading desk for a major firm. He then became president of an investment advisory firm and retired recently after 16 years.
Value Scouter(slinj) is value investor who follows value investing school of thoughts.
His investment thesis centers around 1) Net-net stock where the company trades significant below liquidation value; 2) company with lasting moat that is trading at discount to its intrinsic value based on one of the valuation approaches.
His investment thesis focus on predictability and safety of the investment. He is a loyal Graham, Buffett, Klarman value investor follower. His objective is to become good at asset allocation. At times, he may be interested in speculative plays with a small portion of the capital, particular in the biotech arena.
My work consists in procuring investment situations for clients where the estimated monetary value of a quoted financial security is significantly higher than its market cost; thus establishing a margin of safety in investments that allows for market outperformance and a lower risk profile in the long term. During this time I have successfully identified and invested in inefficiently priced financial securities that with few exceptions have outperformed global equity markets.
My experience is further divided into two types of investments:
1.) General Equity Investments: Investments in companies whose true value is unrecognised by equity markets.
+Asset Value. Shares of companies selling for much less than their net asset value, liquidation value or those that have substantial hidden assets.
+Earnings Power Value. Shares of companies selling for much less than their cost of capital times their earnings, normalised earnings or their earnings potential.
+Great businesses at great prices. Shares of companies with excellent ROIC levels and competitive advantages selling for a price unreflective of such characteristics.
2.) Special Situations: Financial opportunities characterised by an unlocking of value via a complicated or uncommon financial structure that tend to be disregarded by market participants.
To realise the aforementioned investments, I read a great number of financial documents, reports and news articles daily and analyse and model my findings. While doing so my strategic framing and approach is two-fold:
+ Defensive Strategy: Monitoring and analysing the composition of the client’s securities portfolio and acting accordingly when the estimated value of a financial security changes.
+ Offensive Strategy: Exploring the global marketplace in search for investment opportunities, analysing them quantitatively and qualitatively and comparing them to the client’s opportunity cost (i.e. cash, current portfolio positions or other potential investments).