I worked in New York's financial sector for almost exactly 20 years, mostly as a healthcare analyst (drugs, biotech, and medical devices), but also as an assistant research director, portfolio manager, and options strategist. My last formal job had me in charge of Value Line's premium priced "Select" and "Special Situation" products. The former highlights the company's top stock pick of each month and the latter introduces relatively small companies. I quit that job in June, 2009 for reasons that a dozen or so confidentiality agreements preclude my discussing. In September of that year, I launched 3DimensionalResearch.com (3DR), which allows me to continue doing what I was doing previously.
I am a strong believer in maximum transparency, in both personal and business relationships. So, in that vein:
A google search will show that my former employer sued 3DR and me in November, 2009 for copyright infringement, hot news misappropriations, and the proverbial kitchen sink. Although a search won't show this, unfortunately, I represented myself in a federal courtroom in December and, in accordance with the judge's instructions, the case was settled in a matter of minutes.
Additional Disclosure: 3DR has been a financial failure thus far, in terms of getting subscribers. I detest marketing and few people want to pay for information anymore, least of all from a no-name website. That said, the vast majority of my recommendations have done very well and my personal portfolio is doing extraordinarily well (65.5% in 2013) since I tend to follow most of my own recommendations, the "event driven special situations," in particular.
Cory Renauer is a long-term dividend-growth investor. He is always on the lookout for well managed companies with predictable earnings growth, significant economic advantages over their competitors, and a commitment to increasing shareholder value.
It is very hard or impossible to time the broad market consistently — there are no famous investors that got rich by consistently knowing what the broad market would do next. This only makes sense, as there are just too many variables in the broad market. But there are many famous investors who got rich analyzing individual securities, and this is where you should put your focus. You can get an edge in individual securities. Joe Springer was the number 1 ranked stock analyst in the world by tipranks.com, and on most days is still ranked in the top 5%. Joe is a Certified Technical Trainer, and enjoys teaching about the stock market as well as managing portfolios. If you would like to follow Joe on Twitter, his handle is @JoeSpringer.
I was born and raised in southern Alberta and graduated from the department of Structural Engineering Technology at S.A.I.T. in Calgary. My background is mainly in construction management although I spent 10 years selling real estate where I gained some very valuable knowledge about how commercial real estate is valued, and how rising or falling rates affect real estate so severely.
But my passion, an interest that developed at a very early age, became the the study of stock markets and the methods of analyzing them using technical analysis. When I was 11 years of age, I came across a book at the public library on the topic that so intrigued me that I decided I absolutely had to have that book. So I stole it. Ever since that day, my lifelong passion has only grown and evolved to where it is today.
When it comes to commentary, I try to post well thought out, well written comments, some quite short, some quite lengthy. But I try to contribute very positively to the entire community at SA. Admittedly, I often have a tough time keeping the humor out of my posts but I seem to be forgiven for it most of the time. The situations where I could capitalize on an opportunity for a quick chuckle present themselves so often that I just have to jump on it once in a while.
I only discovered recently that I like to write and much to my surprise, it appears that I actually have a bit of a talent for it. I sometimes wonder how my life might be different had I realized decades ago that I can actually put together a paragraph that readers sometimes find entertaining and yet informative. It's even been suggested on more than one occasion that I might even have more writing skills than I give myself credit for and that perhaps I should write a book or two. I don't think I'm quite ready for a book yet, but I'm starting to believe that I could actually do it. A humorous novel wouldn't be a stretch I don't think! But for now, I'm just beginning to publish articles at the urging of a few friends and at the behest of 4 different websites that in the past 6 months have actually approached me, urging me to write. Considering that I've gained a few decades worth of knowledge about technical analysis of markets, and have gained a real good understanding of where debt and money comes from, it's possible that I might have all the pieces required to present some reasonably logical and helpful insights.
I'm madly in love with my two big beautiful and healthy grown children, western Canada and myself. My ex-wife (divorced in '96) is a great gal and she and I have never been better friends than we are now. I know what you're gonna ask next. The answer is "not a chance"!
If you copy the link below and paste it into your browser, you can see the general area of Canada where I live and play. I just wish I had more time and resources to do a lot more visiting and playing in the the incredibly beautiful province next door, British Columbia. Western Alberta is truly beautiful, but British Columbia... that province gives an entirely new meaning to the word. In face God lives there. Not only does He live there, but I met Him one day at a swank little ocean-side pub at Sydney Harbour on Vancouver Island. At least he 'told me' he was God and for some reason I believed him. Let me tell you that story...
Man, did God and I tie one on. You know how in the bible it talks about "40 days and 40 nights"? Well I can tell ya, when you're out on a night on the town with that guy, it's all about 40 chicken wings and 40 drinks. And I was more than happy to pay the entire bar tab because... well I was out on a night on the town with God. At the end of the evening I was more than a just a bit concerned though about driving back to the hotel because my legs... well let's just say they were a little bit wobbly. But "God" told me that I had nothing to worry about. He told me to "go ahead, drive home" and gave me his phone number just to put my groggy mind at ease. He said I could call Him at any time if I had any trouble.
Wouldn't you know it, I got about two blocks away from the pub when I saw the old UFO lights in my rear view mirror. And as luck would have it I soon found myself in the back seat of a police cruiser heading west when my hotel was to the east. But no worries... I had God's phone number in my pocket. When we got to the 'detention center', I was allowed one phone call, thank God. I dialed His number and guess what... it rang the phone on the desk only 10 feet from where I was standing. A cop answered it. The same cop who'd given me the free ride in his spiffy cruiser. Jesus Christ, I'd been duped by God of all people!!!
Anyway here's where God lives and where I plan on retiring. Next time I run into Him though, it's gonna be His turn to pick up the freakin' bar tab:
I hope you enjoy my writing enough to hit the "recommend" button a time or two... and I truly wish you well, bid you great health and hope you prosper wildly.
I am a retired accountant with a background in large mining projects from feasibility to full-scale operation.
I manage my own investments and for the majority of my portfolio I have a strong preference for Blue Chip stocks.
For the balance of my portfolio I have an interest in small and micro-cap stocks, seeking superior returns.I seek alpha returns through identifying companies with the right fundamentals and assessing the risks and investing long. Although investing long, I understand the importance of share price in the short to medium term for these small cap companies as it impacts their ability to raise capital.
Jim Van Meerten is an advisor to Marketocracy Capital Management and writes on financial subjects here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs and Seeking Alpha. He earned a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College; a Juris Doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law; and attended post-baccalaureate and graduate courses in Business Administration, Quantitative Math, and Education at Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past he has been an accountant, attorney, adjunct professor in Business Law, Accounting and Internal Auditing, financial advisor, supervisory principal, and compliance officer. He also passed the Georgia CPA Exam, the Certified Internal Auditor Exam, and the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 9/10 exams.He is presently also a contributor on MSN Top Stocks Blog, Motley Fool and is a member of the M100 on Marketocracy, an elete honor chosen by the editors of Marketocracy as being in the top 100 portfolio managers of over 100,000 portfoiios they review. He would enjoy hearing your comments at JimVanMeerten@gmail.com.
Matthew Claassen, CMT is founder and Partner of Claassen Research, LLC, providing exclusive private consulting, market strategy and investment research to institutional investment managers. His work combines proprietary technical indicators with macro-economic and sector analysis to provide unique and actionable market insights. Matthew has actively advised professionals and managed investment portfolios since 1986. His career includes experience as First Vice President and Portfolio Manager at major brokerage firms, publisher and President of The Technical View market newsletter and Senior Vice President of Lowry Research (the oldest technical market advisory in the United States) where he conceived, designed and implemented a sector analysis strategy based on his own success in investment management.
Mr. Claassen has been a popular guest lecturer at several Universities in Virginia and Washington D.C., and a respected public speaker on the subject of technical analysis. In addition, he has published articles in Barron’s Online and in The Technical Analyst, a UK based investment research publication.
Mr. Claassen holds the professional analyst designation of Chartered Market Technician (CMT), is a past Director of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) and a past director of the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation (MTAEF). He is currently a charter member of the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts (AAPTA).