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During my collegiate and graduate career, I became very interested in the financial markets and investing in general. Since then, it has become one of my greatest passions. While staying true to the teachings of the greats, such as Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, and Warren Buffett, I have embraced additional methodologies and ideas which I believe can only enhance my skills as an investor.
I have a BBA in both Business Administration/Finance and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Business Administration/Finance. All degrees were obtained at Millsaps College located in Jackson, MS. I am currently studying for the CFP exam.
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Here are some of my principal investing guidelines:
1) Strong Potential for Growth -- This can be internal or external. Small Cap or Large Cap. Many people believe in the hot "growth" stocks in the smaller cap spaces, but overlook a larger, more prominent company's prospects for growth. Never overlook an opportunity.
2) Financial Fundamentals -- Just I preached not overlooking a larger company for the preconceived notion of no-slow growth, don't overlook a smaller company on the notion that it is not a "safe" investment. While no stock can be classified as truly safe, many small companies with solid fundamentals on their financial statements (liquidity ratios, Cash Flow generation, etc.) can be even more "safe" then their much larger counterparts that could be drowning in debt.
3) Look for the Ratios: I strongly follow undervalued companies using ratios such as the PEG, P/E, P/C, and P/B to help me identify companies that are trading at a discount. As such, I am typically a long term player -- however, I do not hesitate to make neccessary updates to my portfolio as a change in fundamentals takes place.
4) REMOVE EMOTION FROM THE EQUATION. By far the most important lesson in investing. Don't panic in a bear run and sell, and don't get caught up in a bull run and buy. 99% of the time you will wind up buying high and selling low if you let your emotions get the best of you.
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
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Grant Zeng has over 10 years of professional experience in equity research and analysis. Grant joined Zacks Investment Research Inc. in March 2006, and currently is a senior equity analyst covering biotech/pharma industry. Before joining Zacks, Grant worked for TheStreet.com as a biotech analyst from 2005-2006. From Sept 2001 to December 2003, Grant worked for China Pacific Insurance Co. as an senior equity/fund analyst. Grant was a healthcare equity analyst with Young & Partners, LLC from Aug 2000 to September 2001. Grant had also teaching and researching experience in pharmaceutical science.
Grant Zeng obtained his MBA with a major in Finance in 2000 from McMaster University, Canada. He also holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; Master of Pharmacology and Bachelor of Medicine from Second Military Medical University, China.
Grant Zeng is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
Allan Harris is an outspoken advocate for technical analysis via pattern recognition as the only effective methodology for making money trading the stock market. Allan has been involved in the markets for 40 years, starting as an options trader while attending law school in the late 1970's and ultimately becoming a professional trader after retiring from the practice of law in 1994. A prolific contributor to various stock market forums, including the Gilder Technology Forum in the 1990's, he started his own free stock market blog in 2004 that later evolved into AllanTrends.com, a subscription based trading service based upon a proprietary trend identification algorithm. Using a novel staggered profit taking strategy his service trades intermediate and short term trends in a basket of stocks and ETF's with outstanding trending characteristics.
I focus on analyzing micro and small-cap companies that appear to poised for outsized gains compared to the market. I reach my investing decisions based upon fundamental, technical, and macro indicators. I have previously worked as a volatility trader and long/short equity analyst.
Independent writer/trader/investor that tends to write more for informational purposes than to advance a particular trading position. My positions can change dramatically as new information comes to my attention. All stocks are risky. Please, don't follow me into a penny stock without realizing they are HIGHLY risky and you can lose ALL of your investment. No payment in any form is accepted for my writing by any company or other party. I only receive that which comes from writing on Seeking Alpha.
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