Tim Iacono is the founder of the investment website 'Iacono Research', a subscription service providing market commentary and investment advisory services specializing in natural resources. He also writes a financial blog known as 'The Mess That Greenspan Made', a sometimes irreverent look at the many and varied after-effects of the Greenspan term at the Federal Reserve. Use the links below to visit Tim's website/blog.
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
Christopher (Chris) Versace is widely referred to as The Thematic Investor because of the unique way he examines the intersection of economics, demographics, psychographics, technology and regulatory mandates on the global stage. Mr. Versace uses those intersections to identify key themes and structural shifts, as well as those companies best positioned to benefit from them, which provides a differentiated clarity and understanding to investors and executives. His insights are the culmination of more than 20 years analyzing industries and companies in a variety of roles as an equity analyst, portfolio manager, investment banker and strategic consultant.
The Thematic Investor moniker originated as an institutional investment newsletter that Mr. Versace developed to showcase his research insights and investment acumen. His firm, Versace Management, created thematic based investing portfolios for Agile Capital Management and the VZN Group, as well as advised on mergers and capital raises for many other firms. Mr. Versace now is the editor of the newsletter The Growth & Dividend Report, which brings his industry insights and investment recommendations to the investment community. Versace is also the editor of the PowerTrader and PowerOptions Trader services that utilize his thematic framework to trade options, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). In addition, each week, Versace shares his latest thoughts on the stock market, economy and latest financial news in his PowerTrend Bulletin e-letter with more than 115,000 investors.
The Growth & Divided Report, The Thematic Investor and Versace Management as well as his written columns all leverage his more than 13 years experience in the equity research departments of Salomon Brothers; Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Friedman Billings Ramsey (FBR). At these institutions, Mr. Versace analyzed the wireless, display and machinery/ capital goods as well as home building/building product industries to bring clarity, understanding and returns for both domestic and foreign mutual funds, hedge funds and other institutional investors.
His fresh insights on investing led to his August 2014 appointment an Assistant Professor at the New Jersey City University School of Business, as well as the faculty advisor to the school’s award winning Student Investment Management Group.
Mr. Versace is a featured columnist at The Street.com, as well as a contributor to FoxBusiness.com, Forbes.com and Newsmax. He is a frequent guest on radio and TV programs including Making Money with Charles Payne and Cavuto on the FOX Business Network, TheStreetTV, One American News Network, The Sam Sorbo Show, America’s Morning News each Friday and several others. He is a frequent speaker and panel facilitator at The Money Show, Freedom Fest, and the American Association of Individual Investors. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Investors Business Daily and other publications, and has also appeared on CNBC, CNBC Europe and CNNfn, and being given an honorable mention in Institutional Investor Magazine. He also previously authored the weekly Corner of Wall & Main for The Washington Times.
Mr. Versace also hosted PowerTalk, a weekly podcast that looked at key issues across a range of industries and in the economy with guests such as Steve Forbes, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Stephen Moore, former Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez and others. On the program, he also conducted long format interviews with executives from General Motors, Visa, Qualcomm, IBM, Cisco Systems and scores of others to inform and enlighten investors as well as corporate America.
Mr. Versace earned a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA in Finance from Fordham. University. He currently holds the Series 65 designation.