I am an amateur investor in my 50's and invest in stocks that I believe are undervalued, have a good balance sheet, and preferably pay a dividend. I especially like beaten up stocks that have fallen too far. However, I try to stick with companies that I think have some sort of moat, brand value, or that I think can improve their situation. I'm not a buyer of stocks that have high P/Es - I prefer a 12 to 16. I focus on a few stocks, do research, and only invest in stocks I can understand. I read Seeking Alpha articles every day about stocks I am interested in and get useful information from the articles and comments. I own two businesses and am quite busy - the Seeking Alpha articles make it easy for me to keep up with the stocks I follow. The Seeking Alpha smartphone app works great in case you haven't tried it. As I write this in December 2013, my main holding is Apple which I started acquiring at about $450 and averaged down to $420. I also own Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. I like the investing ideas of Warren Buffett and Howard Marks and highly recommend Marks book "The Most Important Thing". If you follow Apple or Wal-Mart and want to share thoughts and research, feel free to contact me.
Michael A. Gayed, CFA, winner of the 2016 Dow Award and 2015 NAAIM Wagner Award, is chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager at Pension Partners, LLC., an investment advisor which manages mutual funds and separate accounts according to its ATAC strategies. Prior to this role, Gayed served as a portfolio manager for a large international investment group, trading long/short investment ideas in an effort to capture excess returns. From 2004 to 2008, Gayed was a strategist at AmeriCap Advisers LLC, a registered investment advisory firm that managed equity portfolios for large institutional clients. In 2007, he launched his own long/short hedge fund, using various trading strategies focused on taking advantage of stock market anomalies. Follow him on Twitter @pensionpartners and YouTube youtube.com/pensionpartners. He has re-released his father's 1990 book Intermarket Analysis and Investing, now available on Amazon.com.
I decided to take control of my investments when I learned about the sub prime markets and other bond market anomalies in 2006. I am an amateur but I became convinced we were headed for a huge crash, decided to exit the equities market, and the Dow promptly went up to 14000 from 12000 when I got out. But I had conviction and I was proved right. My financial advisors and all the professionals I knew were completely useless. They are trapped by their business model, which basically requires them to get your money and leave it in a "diversified portfolio" and then move on to the next sale. When the market goes down they basically say "yea but everyone did poorly". I realized they were not helpful, had no particular insight, and certainly were not worth the money. I had an interest in stocks and was highly motivated. I realized I knew as much or more than them, so I decided I had to get a hold of as much information as I could and take matters into my own hands. I figured I would have no one to blame but myself if I screw it up. I can live with that.
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I am a CEO/MD with broad experience in all aspects of running a company. Having worked my way up through the ranks over the past 18 years, I have worked in every role - from front-line support, through middle management and up to the executive level. A strong background in business, financial analysis and technology has enabled me to become involved in 4 rapidly growing businesses.
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Chief Operations Officer at Greenlight Limited since June 2011.
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Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Stride Ltd since September 2008
Served as Managing Director at s2s Limited from January 2008 to August 2010.
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Founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of s2s Limited.
Served as Technical Director at Data Control & Systems from June 1995 to December 1999.
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Aswath Damodaran is the Kerschner Family Chair Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He teaches the corporate finance and equity valuation courses in the MBA program. He received his MBA and Ph.D from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management and applied corporate finance.
He has written three books on equity valuation (Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, The Dark Side of Valuation) and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User’s Manual). He has co-edited a book on investment management with Peter Bernstein (Investment Management) and has a book on investment philosophies (Investment Philosophies). His newest book on portfolio management is titled Investment Fables and was released in 2004. His latest book is on the relationship between risk and value, and takes a big picture view of how businesses should deal with risk, and was published in 2007.
He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984 to 1986, where he received the Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985. He has been at NYU since 1986, received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (in 1990). He was profiled in Business Week as one of the top twelve business school professors in the United States in 1994.
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I have over 17 years of investing experience. Investing allowed me to retire at 48 and pursue other passions. I focus on fundamental analysis and valuation.
Individual investor focused upon a limited number of diversified stocks. Seeks stocks selling below fair value; favors dividend growth. Advocates fundamental investment analysis, supplemented by the technical charts. Options strategies primarily employed to generate additional income or hedge risk.
I am a highly trained professional equity analyst. My specialty is finding companies with excellent ratios of risk to reward. Before going independent, I was the head analyst at a boutique Israeli hedge fund. Today I am a consultant to several multibillion-dollar firms. I have covered many sectors, including technology, solar and semiconductors. I have learned to connect the dots and discern how forces in these various industries will affect individual companies. I am a big believer in analyzing investments from the top down. This means identifying themes and trends that can reveal where industries and individual companies will be in the future. There are no magic formulas for this process, just a lot of hard work. After I've found a company, analyzed it and concluded its value, then it is just like a poker game with endless cards. All we have to do is sit and wait for the next card to reveal itself and adjust our thesis accordingly. Once we find the true value of a company, we must ignore day-to-day market chaos. If we have done our research properly, we do not need to worry if the Dow goes up or down a particular day, week or month. Peter Lynch, Ben Graham and Phillip Fisher are my biggest influences. I encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about the market to read any of their books.
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I am not a felon. I have not violated any SEC laws or regulations. I am not a professional investor. I am committed to accuracy but since I am not a numbers guy, my investing Ideas are likely to be very speculative in nature.
I like investing in companies that have 1) wide economic moats, 2) good business prospects with increasing earnings, 3) easy-to-understand businesses and 4) trustworthy management. I would rather invest in quality companies at a fair or premium price than investing in mediocre companies at an undervalued price. My current investments include: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, MasterCard, Visa and Walmart.
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I am a passionate investor who is constantly trying to grow and expand my knowledge. I believe the financial markets are, not only fascinating, but vital to our economy and to the world. I have worked in the financial sector since 2005.
I am an amateur investor in my 50's and invest in stocks that I believe are undervalued, have a good balance sheet, and preferably pay a dividend. I especially like beaten up stocks that have fallen too far. However, I try to stick with companies that I think have some sort of moat, brand value, or that I think can improve their situation. I'm not a buyer of stocks that have high P/Es - I prefer a 12 to 16. I focus on a few stocks, do research, and only invest in stocks I can understand. I read Seeking Alpha articles every day about stocks I am interested in and get useful information from the articles and comments. I own two businesses and am quite busy - the Seeking Alpha articles make it easy for me to keep up with the stocks I follow. The Seeking Alpha smartphone app works great in case you haven't tried it. As I write this in December 2013, my main holding is Apple which I started acquiring at about $450 and averaged down to $420. I also own Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. I like the investing ideas of Warren Buffett and Howard Marks and highly recommend Marks book "The Most Important Thing".
If you follow Apple or Wal-Mart and want to share thoughts and research, feel free to contact me.
Over 15 years as an IT Consultant for a wide range of clients including Dell, Ingram Micro, BankAm South and FedEx Data Center. Specializes in technology, contrarian plays and global macro. My articles have appeared on Morningstar.com, IHIQS, Seeking Alpha, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, EIN Newsdesk, Google Finance, Motley Fool, MSN Money, and AOL Daily Finance.
Semiconductor Veteran of over 20 years working at Intel and several prominent startups like Cyrix and Transmeta. I was a co-founder in an FPGA startup for nearly 5 years and now work with a leading edge non-volatile memory startup building Resistive RAM memories, which will eventually take the place of Flash as a lower power, higher performance and more economical solution.
I write occasionally on the mobile markets and the semiconductors that power them. Transmeta was the company that first highlighted the need for all day computing in the PC market. I was proud to be a part of the launch of the first truly low power x86 processor, which Intel then had to address.
Tim Phillips is CoFounder and Senior VP of Empower Semiconductor. Mr. Phillips also provides high-tech marketing and financial consulting services. Mr. Phillips has held executive positions in the semiconductor industry for twenty years including Vice-President & General Manager of a $140 million business unit focused on powering the data center and the cloud and held the position of Vice-President of Investor Relations for a $3 billion market cap company. Mr. Phillips has extensive M&A experience and has closed and integrated two large semiconductor acquisitions and managed the divestiture of a $300M business unit.
Mr. Phillips holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
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