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As Head of Global Investment Research for Alhambra Investment Partners, Jeff spearheads the investment research efforts while providing close contact to Alhambra’s client base.
Jeff joined Atlantic Capital Management, Inc., in Buffalo, NY, as an intern while completing studies at Canisius College. After graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Jeff took over the operations of that firm while adding to the portfolio management and stock research process.
In 2000, Jeff moved to West Palm Beach to join Tom Nolan with Atlantic Capital Management of Florida, Inc. During the early part of the 2000′s he began to develop the research capability that ACM is known for. As part of the portfolio management team, Jeff was an integral part in growing ACM and building the comprehensive research/management services, and then turning that investment research into outstanding investment performance.
As part of that research effort, Jeff authored and published numerous in-depth investment reports that ran contrary to established opinion. In the nearly year and a half run-up to the panic in 2008, Jeff analyzed and reported on the deteriorating state of the economy and markets. In early 2009, while conventional wisdom focused on near-perpetual gloom, his next series of reports provided insight into the formative ending process of the economic contraction and a comprehensive review of factors that were leading to the market’s resurrection.
In 2012, after the merger between ACM and Alhambra Investment Partners, Jeff came on board Alhambra as Head of Global Investment Research.
Currently, Jeff is published nationally at RealClearMarkets, ZeroHedge, Minyanville and Yahoo!Finance.
Jeff holds a FINRA Series 65 Investment Advisor License.
I have spent 20 years in and around the capital markets. I began my professional life as an attorney, and then spent a number of years as a senior corporate executive. Eventually I decided to concentrate all of my time on investing hobby. I have now spent 10 years managing my own money full-time as well as managing money for friends and family.
My succinct investment philosophy -- identify mispriced securities, buy cheap quality, and short overpriced mediocrity.
Who I Am: I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. So -- a career as a researcher and an educator, which is what I hope to continue here. Virtually every good teacher I've ever known says some version of "I learn more from teaching than my students do." There's a lot of truth in that, enough that there's an underlying selfish motivation for my writing here as I continue to learn about investing.
My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I plan to continue doing so in my retirement. One consequence is that I'm liable to disappear from the site for extended periods. How can you miss me if I don't go away?
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and momentum-based strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha: I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago, and could not be more true in my case. When I did research professionally, I learned that writing it up forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. I consider it an essential part of doing any research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader. As I started to contribute articles here, they grew out of research for my personal investment portfolios. They're based on things I've uncovered that are of interest to me and may be of interest to others of like mind. My primary purposes in writing them are to help clarify my thinking and to get feedback from others who may have very different opinions. It's those thoughtful comments that make Seeking Alpha such an important resource.
I try to actively engage myself in the comment streams in my articles, contributing what I can and learning from others. As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. I hope to bring that approach to my interactions and contributions on Seeking Alpha and welcome critical commentary on anything I may contribute here. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I will ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). So, go ahead, start a conversation in the comment threads. It's one of the best things about Seeking Alpha.
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies: I maintain two portfolios. My income portfolio is a taxable account. I try to keep it separate from the growth portfolio which is housed in a series of IRAs, traditional and Roth. My income focus is on tax-advantaged income. In 2016 I face minimum required withdrawals from my tax-deferred accounts, so tax efficiency is an important consideration. The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a long-term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
Who Is Left Banker? Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
Finally, I've chosen to remain anonymous, which I feel obligated to justify. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
Disclosures: I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name. Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante. I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with a research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
Prior to founding Compound Insight, David spent most of his career as a Research Analyst at Solas Capital, a value-oriented long/short equity fund with a long-term, concentrated investment approach. Before Solas, he was a Research Associate analyzing bonds of debt issuers in the Financial Sector at Fidelity Investments. David received his BA in Economics from Stanford University and graduated with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
We want to give you the ultimate edge in banking market intelligence. That means timely articles on bank stocks that are under-followed and under-appreciated.
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Deep value investor, searching for inefficiencies caused by institutional constraints. I focus on protecting the downside and identifying mispriced optionality. Primarily balance sheet focused, but also looking for great businesses that I can understand.
MBA student at the Wharton School, WG '18. Formerly summer hedge fund analyst at Rangeley Capital, focusing on value and event-driven investing. Former investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs and Business Operations at LinkedIn. Graduated magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard. Interested in value and event-driven investing.
The Sova Group is a private investment fund managed by Matt Brice. As principal of The Sova Group, Matt Brice has been managing investments since 2009. Prior to founding The Sova Group, from 2007 until 2009 he worked as an associate attorney in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm based in New York City. Mr. Brice holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Managing partner of Quintessential Capital Management, an investment fund, and Zanshin Capital, an asset management company both focusing on long-only, absolute return, equity investments with a value approach.
I have started investing from an early age, but only in 2005 did I discover the wisdom and effectiveness of value investing. After reading every book I found on the subject, I studied for a short, but extremely profitable period, under the guidance of Prof. Bruce Greenwald of Colombia University, who specializes in value investing.
The core positions in my portfolio are classic Buffett-style franchises acquired at a discount and kept indefinitely. The idea is acquiring a company in a slow-changing industry with a protective moat and letting it compound for years.
Occasionally, I go for "cigar butt"-style investments, where a mediocre company is acquired at a steep discount. But, in general, I prefer the former type.
I focus on US stocks but do keep my eyes open for global opportunities as well.
Founded in 2015, by Melvin Glapion, Mithra Forensic Research is an independent investment research firm based in Los Angeles California. Mithra Forensic Research primarily focuses on identifying companies with flawed and deteriorating business fundamentals as well as those companies engaging in aggressive accounting and financial statement fraud.
Mithra Forensic Research relies upon a proprietary quantitative model which is used to identify companies showing signs of financial statement deterioration or evidence of aggressive accounting. We then conduct a more detailed analysis of only those companies highlighted as offering the greatest potential for significant price movement in the next 18 to 24 months.
After spending a dozen years making a big name for herself as a highly respected investigative reporter in the financial arena, Melissa Davis took a chance on her longtime dream in 2015 by becoming her own boss so that she could pour even more time and energy into uncovering the truth about suspicious public companies by conducting the deepest research of her award-winning career. At that point, Ms. Davis had already established herself as a fearless journalist with an impressive talent for exposing corporate fraud. Most recently, she served as the founding editor of TheStreetSweeper, a financial news website dedicated to warning investors about risky stocks that she essentially built from scratch. Under her leadership, TheStreetSweeper soon earned steady applause from some of the biggest names in the business and continued to flourish for years. Prior to launching that well-known website, Ms. Davis spent seven years on the staff of TheStreet.com -- an even more prominent financial outlet founded by "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer -- where she quickly rose to become one of the leading investigative reporters on a large and impressive editorial team. Already the recipient of numerous awards by the time that TheStreet.com hired her away from the largest newspaper in her home state, Ms. Davis went on to land a national prize for enterprise reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) by the time that her tenure there came to an end. Today, she spends her days (and, when necessary, plenty of late nights) trying to do what she has always done the best even better: revealing the dirty secrets about publicly traded companies that investors desperately need -- and inherently deserve -- to know! (She also smothers her adorable granddaughter -- the other great love of her life -- with plenty of hugs and kisses at every available chance.)
Scott Williams, CFA, JD, is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of S. Williams Capital. Mr. Williams has significant investment experience, with particular expertise in the areas of event driven, risk arbitrage, and value investing. Prior to founding S. Williams Capital, Mr. Williams was the Director of US Arbitrage for Loeb King Capital Management. Before joining Loeb King Capital Management, Mr. Williams was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager/Analyst on Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.'s risk arbitrage/proprietary trading desk. Previously, Mr. Williams was an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager/Analyst on UBS AG's risk arbitrage/proprietary trading desk. Mr. Williams began his career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney, practicing law with King & Spalding in both Atlanta and New York. Mr. Williams has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of both the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. In addition, Mr. Williams earned both a JD, cum laude, and an MBA, with Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honors, from the University of Georgia. Mr. Williams also earned a BS, cum laude, from Wake Forest University. Mr. Williams attended Wake Forest University on a full athletic scholarship. During his time at Wake Forest University he was a three time football letterman at defensive end and a member of the 1992 Independence Bowl Champions.
Long Cast Advisers (LCA) is a Brooklyn based RIA that provides concentrated small cap investing to individuals, endowments and family offices. We do this with the most differentiated approach - individual stock selection - that is apart from and indifferent to the markets.
Our goal is to maximize the long term returns on client funds by allocating an agreed upon portion to small cap stocks balanced against cash. Then we seek to buy great companies that are changing and if we are right, we hold them. If we are wrong - and that will inevitably happen - we sell them.
With +12 years institutional research experience and +20 years investing our own funds, we know that we are not smarter than the market. But we are more patient and that allows us to envision opportunities unfolding over time, beyond the immediate present or next quarter.
Because we focus on smaller companies, we consider ourselves part owners of the businesses we invest in. We tend to engage with management at least minimally (and occasionally more), we also engage with customers and competitors, and notably, we won't invest in companies that sell products or services we would be ashamed to discuss: As best we can, we avoid businesses that drop bombs on people’s heads, despoil the environment, profit on suffering or await a bigger fool.
We are not market prognosticators. We view prognostication as Marx viewed religion; it is the opiate of the investment masses. Apart from using a benchmark for comparative purposes, and unless there is a direct corollary to a company or its valuation, we are generally indifferent to the overall market.
LCA is licensed and state registered. We use Interactive Brokers as a platform and third-party custodian for separately managed accounts. We describe our business as "the food truck version of a hedge fund" in that we select stocks and manage the portfolio like a fund, but the costs are lower and the approach is completely transparent. We manage appropriateness by allowing the client to select the target allocation between cash and stocks.
LCA's CIO is Avram ("Avi") Fisher and the firm's investment philosophy is informed by his >10 years experience as a sell-side analyst covering large-cap industrials, business services and E&C's, taking only the best parts - the in-depth research - while avoiding the short-term next-quarter beat-raise insanity. He has additional experience in private equity, as a private investigator and as a former cub reporter and writer. He continues to write, here and on his blog, as a way to organize his thoughts and to share some of his ideas with other like-minded patient, small cap investors.
Disclaimer: All content written on Seeking Alpha by Long Cast Advisers is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any specific security or class of security. LCA's opinions expressed herein address only select certain aspects of the companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, and is for discussion purposes only. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, LCA cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author's best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Equity investing is subject to various risks including the total loss of capital.
Grey Owl Capital Management, LLC is an SEC registered investment advisor whose mission is to provide superior absolute investment returns for clients. Founded in May of 2009 and located in Falls Church, VA, the firm provides a go-anywhere, opportunistic investment process that seeks out the best alternatives for capital appreciation across multiple assets classes. The firm’s principals both hold the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designation. You can find out more about Grey Owl Capital Management, LLC at www.greyowlcapital.com or by calling 888-GREY-OWL (888-473-9695).
Jim Roumell is Founder and President of Roumell Asset Management, LLC. Mr. Roumell founded the firm in 1998 after more than a decade as a financial advisor. Mr. Roumell is highlighted in, “The Art of Value Investing: How the World’s Best Investors Beat the Market” by John Heins and Whitney Tilson. Martin J. Whitman, Founder of Third Avenue Value Funds, says, "Jim's investment philosophies and his actual investments snugly fit into my criteria for securities investment." Mr. Roumell was selected to participate in, and won, two consecutive Wall Street Journal stock picking contests (in 2001 and 2002) before the contest was discontinued. He is a graduate of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
The goal as everyone knows, is to buy good stocks at a discount and sell-short overvalued stocks when they are at a premium. I have a background in business and deal with internal models, analysis, sales pitches and ad information daily. In my downtime, I am enthusiastic about the markets highs, lows and volatility. I believe in real lags between market and business reactions, with the former often in advance of the latter, and vice versa. I look to call manic enthusiasm with a distinct opportunity to go short. A change in sentiment is all it takes. I research fundamentals while scavenging for value.
Andrew Walker, CFA, is a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital LLC with a focus on small cap special situations investments. Mr. Walker also contributes to Sifting the World, a value investing forum.
After graduating cum laude with a BA in economics from Harvard, I worked in hedge funds and investment banking for ~6 years before leaving to manage my own money full time. I am a CFA charterholder and focus mostly on microcaps / event-oriented trades as that is where I think the market tends to be least efficient. I also started a website to track interesting arbitrage opportunities for individual investors (link below) - check it out!
My name is Mark B. Spiegel and I'm the Managing Member of Stanphyl Capital Management LLC. I can be reached at: mark (at) stanphylcap (dot) com. My Twitter feed is @markbspiegel
Felix F. Frenzel is an MSc International Finance student at HEC Paris. He is the co-founder of Frenzel & Herzing Value Investment, established in 2013, following a sustainable value and special situation investment approach. BSc Economics degree from University of Bonn. Currently a CFA level 1 candidate, Felix has gained sell-side and buy-side experience in equity research.