I am a New York attorney and a qualified arbitrator. Message me here on SA or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm also on Skype and Eikon Messenger: kranenburgesq. Kranenburg, my law firm, is concentrated on representing investors in securities, investment and corporate litigation in all courts in New York State and US federal courts, and in arbitration in specialised forums such as provided by FINRA Dispute Resolution. Before I qualified as a lawyer, I worked in the financial sector for over a decade; at a brokerage firm, at a corporate finance boutique as a research analyst and elsewhere. On the basis of that experience as well I now focus on shareholders' rights and the laws of capital markets. I currently pursue a master's degree in finance and financial law in my free time to add an academic perspective to my practice of the law. ___________________________________ Please note that my comments, StockTalks and messages are provided or sent for informational purposes only. Such communications are general in nature and are not intended to be, nor are they likely to be, comprehensive overviews of all the respective relevant issues. They may be intended to start or continue discussions of the subjects therein. They are not, nor should they be taken as, legal advice nor are they intended as solicitations to provide legal advice. Legal advice is tailored to one's specific circumstances and provided by me only further to a formal engagement of me as your counsel. You are welcome to raise your queries and concerns of a legal nature with me to explore your circumstances and discuss the rights you may have.
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Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
Ephraim Fields runs Echo Lake Capital which invests in and consults with U.S. listed companies, especially companies located in China. Ephraim formerly ran Clarus Capital. Previously he was an investment banker, having worked at CSFB, DLJ and Wasserstein Perella. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Kerrisdale Capital is a private investment manager that focuses on value and special situations investments. We manage investment partnerships and separately managed accounts.
The author has worked in the transportation profession for over eight years of which the previous three have been strictly focused on goods movement and freight. Transports, by James Sands includes extensive research and analysis of publicly traded companies in the U.S. This includes direct comparative peer review among multiple transport industries, and macro and industry key performance indicators, KPIs.
The author has successfully managed a self-developed equity-based portfolio of U.S. public companies prior to the development of Transports, by James Sands. This included an average return of 13% per year over the previous three years for the portfolio, as well as numerous detailed articles covering multiple sectors and industries. Transports by James Sands includes two current portfolios under management.
Transports, by James Sands will provide investors with access to exclusive research and data analysis stemming from the tools generated to evaluate public freight companies. The ultimate goal is to define investment options and recommendations for a wide variety of investors. All subscribers of Seeking Alpha are encouraged to review the Marketplace offering by James Sands for additional information. Feel free to contact the author with any inquiries through the Seeking Alpha message platform.
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I’m an early 40′s Internet entrepreneur that launched several dot coms with varying success in each. At the very least my living has been made online for the past 17 years and at the most I had a fun time in each venture.
I began seriously investing for dividend income around 2007 when my business at the time was literally falling off a cliff, as most of the world was starting too as well, when my need for another income stream became more apparent. I have always known the benefits of dividends from my very first stock purchase back in 1988 but wasn't yet sold on the concept of tying up my money indefinitely purely for a dividend income stream. It was around that time that I learned about Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions when it all just made sense. I could literally see the effects of compounding dividends from these select companies and thought a nice diversified portfolio could provide me with a decent to excellent income stream decades down the road.
I am a retired global analyst, currently busy in investing and writing articles about stocks at several investing publications and websites. I have also developed strategies for creating winning portfolios according to specific formulas.
In January 2015, I was ranked among the world’s top 10 financial bloggers according to TipRanks, which holds financial experts accountable for their recommendations by disclosing their stock ratings since 2009:
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here:
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan.
Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars
Own over 50 dividend paying stocks. Our holdings by sector. Animal Health/Dental: PDCO. Chemical/Agriculture: DOW, DD, FMC and MON. Consumer Defensive: KO, PG, MO, KMB, GIS, MDLZ, CLX, CL, KHC, HSY and SJM. Consumer Cyclical: SBUX, NKE and COH. Healthcare: ABT, ABBV, BMY,BAX, DGX, JNJ, LLY, PFE, MRK and HYH. Tech: ADP, ORCL, IBM, INTC, GLW, HPQ, HPE, NATI and TXN. Industrial: EMR, ITW, MMM, HON and GE. Financial: FITB. Telecom: T and VZ. Utility: AEP Miscellaneous: AVY, CDK, FAST, FBHS and SPGI.
Long time FA for 2 brokerage houses. I am keenly interested in the markets as a whole and the Energy sector in particular. I also try to understand why people act/ invest the way they do, so there is a behaviorist theme to my observations. My influence comes from Graham, Lynch, Nygren, whomever catches my eye on CNBC, the WSJ, Bloomberg or right here at SA.
Spear Point is a private equity firm that specializes in transaction oriented activist strategies in undervalued micro, smid-cap publicly traded companies.
Independent trader for 35 years. Currently day trading options using the "weeklys." The worse experience was trading the FOREX! I still consider myself a student of the market and try to read, research and study about 3- 5 hours per day.
Born in 1934 in Malden ,Ma
Boston University School of Management--Bs in Ba-Accounting Major--1956
Harvard Business School-MBA-Finance and Marketing--1961
Worked as an accountant,business owner,vp of major corporation,consultant,finance instructer
at Boston College--1956-1978
Worked as investment manager for high net worth individuals and others--1978-2011
Industries employed in--investments,food service,real estate,automatic merchandising,banking,finance,financial planning
I'm a software/applications Engineer full time, I also invest in my own personal "Mutual fund" also known as a Personal Pension (thanks Todd).
I like to invest in equities that I consider to be 'cash generators' -all they do is spit out cash. I prefer if they output dividends monthly, but quarterly is OK too. I don't DRiP them any longer, I take the cash that accumulates and buy other cash generators. I prefer to go long on my holdings.
I manage 2 brokerage accounts, my wife's and my rollover IRAs and retirement accounts (401k and 403b).
My holdings consist of (in no particular order) Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Closed End Funds (CEFs), Business Development Companies (BDCs), Energy stocks, shipping/tankers, mREITs, and growth stocks.
I also have some precious metals -just in case the economy does the unthinkable.
There is a good 10 to 15 years before I retire from my full time gig, so growing these accounts as large as possible is a major goal, so is putting my children through college (2 at the moment).
I share what I know, and love to learn from others. I believe there is $$ for all to be made from the stock market, so let's all get rich!!!!
Stephen Simpson, CFA, is a freelance financial writer and investor.
I have worked for both sell-side and buy-side firms (equities and fixed income), with the largest percentage of my working time spent in med-tech. At this point I am now effectively in a "working retirement".
I write because I find that the process helps me take better notes, be more disciplined about modeling, and come up with a more coherent investment view for my portfolio management needs. If I'm writing about a stock, it's generally because I'm interested in it as an investment prospect or I think there's an interesting story to tell.
I don't share my models, so please don't ask.
More of my writings can be found at my blog Kratisto Investing (kratistoinvesting.blogspot.com), or Twitter (@Kratisto_Invest).