Veziris Ventures actively identifies and invests in promising platform companies in the science and technology industries in a private and Long/Short public equity fund that focuses on micro-mid cap companies by leveraging its reputable network throughout the science and business communities. With a deep value and contrarian investing philosophy, Veziris conducts due diligence efforts not only through a series of standard financial analysis models including discounted cash flows and risk-adjusted NPV, but rather also through an intuitive and comprehensive understanding of the sciences. • The actively managed public equity portfolio ended 2012 up +24% with returns of 28% (as of February 2013) since inception, October 2010; outperforming comparable benchmarks.
Background includes a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry) and experience in the nuclear defense industry with a major chemical company, the mining industry, commercial construction and an executive position with a commercial insurance carrier.
John Diamondopoulos provides commentary on the global financial markets through the MacroTradingEdge blog (www.macrotradingedge.com). He is the chief trader and macro analyst for Optionwhiz HHT Limited (www.optionwhiz.com), a global macro advisory/research firm utilizing option strategies to achieve better risk/reward trades.
John brings over 15 years of highly successful options trading experience particularly during times of financial crises where macro factors are crucial to trading success. For example, he predicted both the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and the 2007-2008 Credit Crunch earning exceptional returns many times his initial capital.
He holds two post-graduate degrees - MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University (Boston) and an MRes in European Policy and Management from the University of London. In addition, a BA in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Chemistry from Boston University.
At the European Business School London, he is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and is responsible for teaching international and highly specialized finance modules on three post-graduate programs - MSc in Global Banking & Finance, MA International Business and MA in Entrepreneurship. Modules include: Trading, Alternative Investments (Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Venture Capital), and International Finance. In addition, he jointly developed and taught a module on Financial Crises for undergraduate students this summer.
Regarding research, his main interests are financial crises and the sociological/behavioral aspects of financial markets. Under these broad categories, John is specifically interested in the political aspects of financial crises and how traders make financial decisions. Currently, he is completing his PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. John is focused on the development of a theory of financial crises and which is entitled: 'A Social/Behavioral View of Financial Crises: the role of discourse and politics.'
In addition, John has several published academic articles in the areas of monetary policy and financial crises which are shown below:
• Diamondopoulos, John. 2012. Transparency ‘footprints’ of Central Banks: The role of minutes/voting records. Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 41, Issue 2, April 2012, 235-247.
In most academic studies the ECB is seen as more transparent than the FED. However, the perception of ECB transparency by the media and market participants is different. This study will examine the role of minutes/voting records as a possible cause of the differences in the perception of transparency between the academics and the media/market participants. As a proxy of how the media/market participants perceive Central Bank transparency, a content/thematic analysis of CNBC video clips was conducted for four central banks – ECB, FED, BOE, and BOJ. The result of the study yielded a three-dimensional ‘footprint’ of the importance of minutes/voting records as perceived by the media/market participants. In the ECB\'s case, the three-dimensional ‘footprint’ was extrapolated. The three-dimensional ‘footprint’ of the importance of minutes/voting records could be used to value the relative importance of minutes/voting records in transparency/disclosure indexes or as a ‘quick’ proxy for financial market participants to measure the transparency of Central Banks.
• Diamondopoulos, John. 2012. To What Extent are Financial Crises Comparable and thus Predictable? Social Science Research Network (SSRN) e-journals: Financial Crises; Macroeconomic Monetary and Fiscal Policies (posted in March 2013)
This paper critically examines the quantitative approach to financial crises from two perspectives. First, the assumption of comparability of financial crises is analyzed. The key question here is: how comparable are crises? An important consideration here is the context – social and political. Second, if financial crises are comparable to a certain extent, then we should be able to make predictions. Thus, the second key question is: how predictable are crises? The results have implications for the development of a theory of financial crises and government policies on crisis management.
For a more detailed bio on John, please open the following link (http://optionwhiz.com/about-us/bio-john/) on the OptionWhiz HHT Limited website.
Lifetime agriculturist and 27 year retail stock investor and trader. Operations manager for various commercial agricultural concerns that include; Michael Steinhardt LLP collaboration with Con-Ed - co-generation of hydroponic herbs. In addition to owning and operating two tree care companies - The Arbor Barber inc., and THM inc. Today I own and operate SoundSolutions ATP inc. The company focus is upon identifying and then reducing inputs and outputs of energy, waste and water in the built environment by vertically stacking critical components. I earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1986. Co-authored two research papers - both published as an undergraduate. Currently enrolled as Masters student at Columbia University studying Sustainability Management - graduate May, 2014.
My investment and trading Reading pursuits focused on equity investing and trading strategies that include learning to better appreciate investor behaviour within the nexus of trust, strategic communication, and corporate non-actions. In addition to specific methodologies investors employ to determine a financial instruments value within the context of - uncertainty, risk, volatility, and group-think.
Recent graduate from Bulls on Wall Street and a full time day trader. I have been an investor in the stock market for over 20 years. It wasn't until Stocktwits and Twitter came out that I realized I was missing the boat in the market.
I was your typical Buy and hold kind of guy and I had some fantastic wins. However, I also had some mammoth losses with that strategy. I read hundreds of books, went to investment seminars, subscribed to the Wall street Journal. IBD, Barron's and countless other financial publications. I spent thousands of hours studying and reading about the macro economy and companies I wanted to invest in. I studied company financials, read every article about them, listened to conference calls, looked into management, checked out their product or service all in the hopes of investing in the next Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, early and becoming an overnight millionaire.
Then I started following day traders on Twitter and Stocktwits and I watched these traders make some pretty impressive profits holding a stock for literally 10 minutes or an hour. I actually watched one individual make an obscene amount of money in one stock both on the way up and then on the way down in about 4 hours. The kicker for me was when he concluded his trading in that stock he asked " Hey does anyone know what that company does?" I was floored!! They were in and out in one day and holding a cash position overnight. Not having to worry about waking up the following morning to some negative Press release about one of the companies they are invested in, or the overall macro economy that sends markets or your stock plunging.
It was then that I decided to educate myself and learn this craft to become a full time trader. Now I am blessed and living my dream of making a living doing what I love as a day trader and blogging about my journey. You know you have passion for your job when you are sad that its Friday and you can't wait till Monday.
I am a long term equities investor, I have a degree in Business administration with emphasis in Finance and looking forward to joining the ranks of top b schools in LATAM, or USA. Thanks to my finance background the 12 month average return on my portfolio has been 38%, I keep working hard to maintain and increase my ROI thru diligent research and strong technical analysis skills. Worked for a major hedge fund in Chicago before moving to a telecom company where I specialized in project financial analysis where I led a multimillion dollar CAPEX project portfolio.
Now I lead a portfolio for Costa Rican and US expats investors, seeking to increase wealth while keeping a keeping risk on the sidelines.
I am most interested in therapies that could potentially (and/or eventually) be used to treat pediatric cancer patients. I am a financing/accounting type person who had to learn about cancer and cancer therapies the hard way. Pump and dump traders in the biotech oncology space make me want to puke, so on seeking alpha and other sites I look for people who appear to understand the facts, who can pick out the flaws in trial designs, and make reasonable comparisons to other drugs on the market or in development. Seeking Alpha contributors who are paid by companies to do "research" on them make me sick, especially if one has to dig hard to find this out because it's not clearly disclosed. In the oncology space I have only found 3 or 4 people who's analysis is worth reading.
My area of professional expertise is automation of the medium-voltage power distribution grid.. My interest as a private investor is focused mostly on the emerging technologies of start-up pharmaceutical companies. I also try to be as well-informed as possible on overall economic and market trends.
In the first six years of my career I worked in drug research at Stanford Medical School looking for non-addictive opiate narcotics. That was long ago; a year before endorphins were discovered.
In my present work and for the last 30+ years I have worked in software design for industrial control systems and now both architect and lead major projects to develop next generation control products for the electric power grid.