Dallas currently owns and operates as CEO an Austin-based enterprise consulting firm that specializes in private company lifecycle management, up to and including taking companies public, and in helping consult publicly traded companies ranging in market cap from $100 million to $500 million. He has a specialization in deal flow management and is often the referring and closing source of Joint Ventures and broader M&A. Dallas often works directly with management teams and Boards of microcap and stressed equity companies in which he or members of his professional network are heavily invested. This includes helping with overall strategy, helping with capital structure management, helping facilitate liquidity, helping facilitate Joint Ventures and broader M&A, and helping restructure the business segments if necessary. Recently Dallas has been interviewed by The Pittsburgh Business Times, The Banker, Columbus Business First, Houston Business Journal, The Deal, Energy Intelligence, and his tweets have been used by CNBC to highlight hot button issues regarding Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman, Nelson Peltz’s takeover attempts at DuPont, etc. Dallas has also been quoted and sourced to by StreetSweeper.org, Marcellus.com, MarcellusDrilling.com, Bakken.com, OilOnline.com, and other physical and online publications. "One place of great inefficiency is in the stressed equity markets – or the markets in which a company appears as bankruptcy or a breakup is inevitable. As equities become stressed they often sell down to absurd levels of value that present, should there be value to be unlocked, opportunities for “venture level” returns. These often range in the 3X-10X range. With my unique ability to actually improve business outcomes by working directly with a company and management/Board I’m in a position, should I view the underlying business as salvageable, to directly improve the long-term viability of the company. I am NOT simply an investor in these names but an acting consultant. This allows me to “overlay my network” and to move the company away from a stressed or defaulting outcome and into an outcome probability that allows the equity price to move substantially higher. Identifying these opportunities has generated shareholders and investors thousands of percentage points in aggregate and is something I’m often recognized by paying subscribers for."
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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.
Background in corporate finance at multiple Fortune 200 companies including real-estate, media, and banking. Believe strongly in detailed analysis of company balance sheets and income statements, going into deeper detail than the average investor. Look to identify companies whose fundamental financials or outlook, differ significantly the the market value afforded to that company at a particular point in time. As a rule, beginning May 2013, I very rarely will hold any position in a stock that I cover on Seeking Alpha. This is done solely to protect the integrity of my research and opinion expressed in any article contributed to the site. In the rare case that I do hold a position in a stock I discuss, it will be clearly noted in the customary disclosure as well as the article itself.
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Mr. LaRosa is the President of Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., a 35-year old privately owned independent market research publishing/consulting firm. During his career, Mr. LaRosa has personally authored more than 100 major industry/market studies, primarily in the service and healthcare sectors. In addition to publishing such studies, Marketdata has extensive experience creating and building “authority websites”.
Many of Marketdata’s studies (personally researched by Mr. LaRosa) cover little-analyzed niche markets. Frequently, Marketdata’s study is the ONLY business analysis available. Such is the case with sectors such as: the self-improvement market, the sleep market, pain management programs, dating services, fertility clinics, the weight loss market, etc.
Mr. LaRosa has been an analyst of the U.S. weight loss market since 1989, personally researching/writing 12 editions of an in-depth market study entitled: The U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market, as well as reports on the Diet Food Delivery Market, The Diet Websites Market, The Market for Multi-level Marketing Weight Loss Programs, The Worksite Weight Loss Programs Market, and quarterly Online Dieter Research Reports since Q1 2005 to date.
Mr. LaRosa has performed numerous custom research and consulting assignments for weight loss companies and start-ups of all sizes, including medical programs, commercial programs, and pharmaceutical firms. He is also the author of a Aug. 2010 book: “How To Start A Profitable Weight Loss Business”. He has also recently created a series of weight loss market Teleseminars via Pivotshare. In summary, Mr. LaRosa is the leading American business consultant, with the longest tenure, covering the entire weight loss market and its ten sub-segments.
Marketdata’s research is also available via MarketResearch.com and several electronic databases, internationally. Mr. LaRosa performs frequent custom studies and consulting assignments for Fortune 1000 corporations, and writes articles for a variety of trade associations, newsletters, magazines and journals.
Mr. LaRosa has worked as a consultant and advisor to several industry trade groups, including the Equipment Leasing Association and the National Parking Association. He also is a contributing writer to trade journals such as The Bariatrician and WLS Lifestyles. Mr. LaRosa holds numerous conference calls with Wall Street and other analysts, primarily covering the weight loss market. He also critiques and advises start-up companies with new product launches, business and marketing plans.
Mr. LaRosa graduated from the State University of New York with a B.S. in Education in 1976, and earned his M.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University in New York in 1979. He has worked for 30 years in the fields of: Marketing Management and Marketing Research, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.
Marketdata’s market research has been quoted since 1989 by the… Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Entrepreneur, Research Alert, Bariatrician, Nutrition Business Journal, LA Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun Times, dozens of national trade groups, and hundreds of local newspapers nationwide. Mr. LaRosa has appeared on CNN, Nightline, ABC, FOX-TV, and other stations and is frequently interviewed by the media.
I'm a physician with an interest in building a portfolio for total return. I subscribe to Ben Graham's value investing ethic, and am most interested in finding long-term investments trading at significant discounts to fair value.
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Fredrik Arnold is my pen name. In 2012 I retired from doing quality service analysis for John Hancock Long Term Care Insurance in Boston then moved to North Carolina in 2013. My fascination with capital preservation, fixed fractional trading, and trading systems keeps me blogging for Seeking Alpha. Most of my articles focus on dividend yields and analyst mean 1 yr targets as stock trading indicators. These are essential tools for catching the most valuable dividend dogs.
Ken McGaha has been managing his own investment portfolios for over 20 years. On July 20, 2012 he launched the Self-Made Millionaire Tracking Portfolio with a portion of his capital as an aid to teach younger members of his extended family how he built his own investment portfolios and maintains them today.
Ken's flagship Self-Made Millionaire Tracking Portfolio had delivered a 18.57% annualized rate of return on capital as of May 16, 2015 against its benchmark objective of 15% annualized.
Self-Made Millionaire was closed to the public in December of 2015 to allow Ken to focus on private analysis work. He is now engaged in independent analysis of private and public companies for individual clients.
My name is John (Jack) Ford. I am a recent graduate with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
I focus on actionable insights on U.S. equities, both long and short. I spend the majority of my time reading filings and history since both of these information sources are relatively free.
The first of my two main influences is John Maynard Keynes, one of the first investors to use concentrated positions in high quality companies to great effect (and subsequently by Graham and Buffett) in managing the King's College fund and his own wealth.
The second is David Tepper due to his no-nonsense approach to investing that relies on analysis heavy on insight and light on rhetoric. For one, no other high AUM investor is willing to use the versatility of liquid index-tracking funds as opposed to index futures due to the former's stigma.
Stirling Capital Management is a client focused and performance oriented investment firm. We scour the globe for opportunity in any asset class with asymmetrical risk versus return characteristics.
Leigh Drogen is the Founder and CEO of Estimize. Estimize is an open financial estimates platform which facilitates the aggregation of fundamental estimates from independent, buy-side, and sell-side analysts, along with those of industry experts, private investors and students. By sourcing estimates from a diverse community of individuals, Estimize provides both a more accurate and more representative view of expectations compared to sell side only data.
Leigh started his career as a quant trader at Geller Capital, a White Plains, NY based fund where he ran strategies that looked at earnings acceleration and analyst estimate revision models, as well as price momentum and several sentiment indicators.
Leigh later went on to be the founder of Surfview Capital, a New York based asset management firm that used many of the same strategies as Geller Capital, with a focus on higher beta names on an intermediate term time frame.
His educational background includes focus in economics and international relations, specifically war theory. He is a graduate with honors from Hunter College in New York City.
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Constantinos (Dean) Pagonis is currently an MBA student at the UCLA Anderson school of Business where he is studying Entrepreneurship and Finance. Prior to joining UCLA, he was a Senior Analyst for Fort Point Capital Partners an asset management firm in San Francisco that is focused on developing best in category strategies for ultra high net worth clients. Constantinos performed client operations, conducted due diligence on prospective investments, and oversaw the company's securities lending operations. He was also a partner and Vice President in Solution 4 Growth, a start up that helped small businesses obtain funding. Constantnos worked for several years as a consultant for a shipping firm, wherein he advised the firm on their equity investment strategy in the energy and shipping sector.
Constantinos started his career with the Abraxas corporation where he worked as an analyst within the Global Analytics Team. At Abraxas, Constantinos worked in a team that used new technologies to better predict future outcomes for the defense community. In addition, Constantinos conducted due diligence on several mergers for hedge fund and private equity clients. Constantinos attended American University in Washington DC where he majored in International Studies. He received Magna Cum Laude honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
The writer is a long term value investor and M.Sc graduate in Financial Markets with over 10 years experience. Value can be found in both long and short ideas and uses options to enhance the risk-return profile of investment ideas.
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I am a global macro investor, financial journalist and weekend entrepreneur. As a global macro investor, I like to make bets on countries/regions using ETFs/options and usually have a six month to one year timeframe. As a financial journalist, I write for About.com's International Investing section, Investopedia.com, and a number of other places. And as a weekend entrepreneur, I enjoy developing website and mobile apps to learn new languages/technologies.
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