I am a business graduate from Carleton University. I passed the CFA level 1 exam in December 2010, and plan to pursue the CFA charter. I play poker professionally. I find myself incorporating similar concepts from poker into my investing strategies. Each practice is about risk, reward, and potential payout.
James Fuester, born/raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Somewhat more than simply a casual individual investor, with monies spread about (as of this writing) 7 mutual funds, and approximately 18 individual company stocks, I have a very open and broad perspective on what is attractive to invest in with a strong penchant for reading up on things and looking for both value and growth, as well as the occasional dividend payer... DRIP, drip, drip... :-)
I work in retail, and have been self-managing my 401k for several years now with unexpected success at its growth -makes me wish I could manage my Social Security account!
Friedrich is the name given to our algorithm for analyzing companies that trade on the global stock markets. In creating Friedrich we concentrated on analyzing each company’s Main Street operations through various established ratios, along with our own unique ratios that we developed over the last 30 years. What we came up with is a final "Main Street" price per share based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which is a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry, which has been adopted by nearly all publicly traded U.S. companies. We feel that our Main Street price result is what each company would need to trade at in order to be attractive to a businessperson on Main Street looking to buy at a bargain.
Since the only constant in the universe is change, the results for each company fluctuate by varying degrees. No company is an island unto itself, but each operates in a world of constant change and at times in areas where Chaos is the norm. By analyzing a company’s Main Street operations over time, Friedrich is able to give the potential investor a decade long analysis (opinion) as well as offering a Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) analysis (opinion), as well. Thus our readers will not only get as close to a real time view of operations on Main Street as is possible, but then can measure the consistency of the company’s operations over time to determine if s/he should invest or not.
Through our Friedrich algorithm we can analyze ten years of Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement data for each company all at once and generate one final result in seconds. Friedrich was designed to be ultra-conservative and thus will cut zero slack to any company under analysis and will do so with zero emotion. Companies must be exceptional in order to get an attractive Main Street valuation and the ideal investments according to our backtesting are the ones that have been consistent over time.
By being so ultra conservative Friedrich is designed to identify bargains that Wall Street investors may have overlooked. Companies shares may trade on the stock market but the companies themselves operate on Main Street, so Friedrich is designed to generate a Main Street price per share first and only then does he go to Wall Street and see the price for which Benjamin Graham’s “Mr. Market” is offering the shares.
Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week. Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.
Forex News Now is a Web-based news outlet dedicated to covering the global currency market. The site’s seasoned reporters cover key movements during the U.S. and Asian trading sessions, providing investors with essential, up-to-date information in a clear and almost entirely jargon-free format.
Besides covering the most heavily traded currency pairs, FNN reports on the day’s major economic events, which are essential indicators of forex trends. These reports, combined with breaking news articles on currency pairs, offer readers a fundamental guide to the forex market.
In short, FNN strives to offer the most comprehensive and clear account of what is happening in the tumultuous world of forex – and why.
My investment approach is primarily that of a "contrarian value investor," finding temporarily undervalued value and growth stocks, especially among small-cap and even micro-cap companies, and within the "socially responsible investor" context (no junk food, animal cruelty, heavily polluting, alcoholic beverages, gambling, tobacco, or weaponry-oriented companies).
As every savvy investor knows, markets in the short-term are often not at all efficient at pricing equities—except in the lamest sense that a stock’s price is what buyers and sellers agree upon at a particular moment of the day. Exploiting inefficiencies in stock-valuations is one secret to making big gains over time when a company’s shares re-set to a higher price to more accurately reflect significant changes in fundamentals, financials, and/or economic trends.
I'm a psychologist, author, spiritual counselor, with strong progressive values, living with my wife in Santa Barbara, CA, USA. See my websites: www.rare-leadership.org and a really huge, multi-faceted website, www.enlightened-spirituality.org
I have spent more than a year building Bridgetown Financial Group with my partner Jim Trosen, and I am incredibly proud of the work that we have done.
We have grown our client base and assets under management more than 100% from when we started. We have retained all of our clients through a very difficult market downturn. During that downturn, we kept our heads and did not make any emotional decisions. As a result, nearly all of our clients are in better financial shape than when they started with us.
I personally have grown in my ability to understand the stock market and economy and turn that understanding into portfolios of bonds, stocks, and options. I have spent time with clients and have a better sense of how to give them a peace of mind about their financial future. I have gained significant skill in using software, such as R, to gain a quantitative understanding of the market and of potential companies. And I have designed processes that make Jim and my work easier.
I’ve also continued to teach myself every day. I study history, math, economics, and am working especially on the skills of econometrics, forecasting, and machine learning. I don’t ever plan to stop teaching myself new skills and new theories on the world.
My goals for the near future are to continue building Bridgetown and to continue learning more every day.
My ultimate goal is to make large-scale positive change in the world and to acquire the connections, money and skills that will allow me to do so.
I am on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/shanelofgren
I am on twitter @slofgren
I take part in the CAPS virtual stock trading game at: http://caps.fool.com/player/shanelofgren.aspx
I am a graduate from Carleton University, I have a bachelor of Commerce with a Concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics. I am planing on writing the CFA level 1 exam in June 2011, and plan to pursue the CFA charter.