Twenty plus years professional experience
Three Fortune 500 companies; consulting business with clients large and small
defined benefit and defined contribution plans due diligence and communications
Undergraduate education supplemented by training and education provided by VIP’s (very intelligent people) who were generous with their time
a mother in role reversal . . .daughter is now the teacher keeping me “cutting edge”
CFA and CFP Designee
John Kvale is the founder of J.K. Financial, Inc. and he has over 22 years of experience as the president of the fee only financial planning and wealth management firm. J.K. Financial specializes in wealth management, adhering to unique approaches to investing in the capital markets. The company has a global presence, serving individual and institutional clients across the United States as well as several foreign countries. Kvale is co-author of a Quarterly Wealth Management and Financial Planning Newsletter which is distributed to clients and investors across the country. He actively analyzes and updates financial planning and investing ideas on Street-Cents.com, a community blogsite
A 60's something guy just trying to store up nuts for the future. Some of the nuts I like best are REITs and broad market ETFs with a few BDCs thrown in for flavor. I am still in the collection phase, and have not yet started eating my stash. I make my nest in the Midwest USA. I am making financial plans for the future, but that is not my hope in life
Scott Shander, FRM is an enthusiast of value investing with a vision to engage a community of like-minded analysts to quantify and evaluate various investment opportunities. With specialties in financial risk management, time series analysis, econometric forecasting, scenario analysis, experimental design, and fundamental valuation, he is interested in utilizing quantitative rigor to drive objective analytic-based decisions.
Scott spent seven years in financial risk management the consumer packaged goods industry providing technical insight quantifying and managing commodity and foreign exchange market risks to protect profit margins. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (GARP) and holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Marquette University. Scott, originally from Milwaukee, now lives in Chicago but remains an avid Packer fan.
Value investor at heart, but really enjoy "special situations".
I Live in a Chicago suburb, and enjoy competitive sailing.
I have a day job as a Program Manager (Engineer) for a privately held manufacturing company.
In my experience, investing successfully means taking the long-term view and that requires discipline and continued due diligence. I seek to identify growth companies that are strategically positioned to increase revenues and earnings for many years. I'm here on Seeking Alpha to share my research, engage with other investors and to have fun while making money.
I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2005. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio, I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies inside of it as a bit of an experiment.
I was mostly self taught, but do have a partially completed business degree behind me as well. In 2008, I quadrupled my money in the crash, and saw numerous opportunities that I jumped on throughout the next few years. By 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started.
I was previously an employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. Because of that experience, I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation a specialty of mine.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
I additionally make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at bandpower.whotrades.com.
Ilene is an editor at Phil's Stock World, Market Shadows and other financial publications. Her educational background is in biology, pathology and law. After working in biochemistry and pathology during her graduate years, she attended Law School at Loyola. She practiced law in a number of different fields before changing focus. Currently, Ilene writes and edits financial articles for prominent financial publications and services.