Connor McMahon (actively looking for work opportunities, resume linked on website) has a bachelors degree in business from the University of Saint Thomas ('07), an MBA from Texas Tech University ('11), and is a current doctoral candidate in strategic management. He is currently freelance retail/financial analyst.
Additionally, he is a disenfranchised baby-boomer trapped in a millennial body. Interests include international retail industry analysis, particularly brick and mortar, advanced quantitative statistical methods, and all things 80's.
He is also desperately seeking writing, analysis, contract, and long term employment positions in this sorry excuse for an economy. If anyone has any opportunities available, I'm VERY amenable.
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"The lack of money is the root of all evil." -Mark Twain
"Find what you love and let it kill you." -Charles Bukowski
Stock investors are always asking what is the catalyst for value to be realized? I originally thought like this which lead me to take too much risk. I now focus on being patient, controlling risk, and minimizing permanent capital losses. These steps have lead to significantly better returns. Even when there is no clear catalyst, an undervalued stock is eventually its own catalyst.
I think the benefits of communicating on Seeking Alpha are enormous. Many times I have a strong financial view of a company but do not understand the specific industry or industry competitive dynamics. I can often interact and read insightful comments from engineers, scientists, and technology experts. These experts offer great free advice and I try to add value in my specific areas of expertise. One area that I have been specifically helped is the energy sector.
While some investors are very negative of people who short, I view shorting stocks and posting factual information as noble. The focus of course is on truthfulness and accuracy of this information. Anyone who is posting rumors, lies, or other unscrupulous behavior (long or short) to manipulate a stock should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a BS in Finance. From 2002-2006 I worked in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of America. I left Bank of America to manage family/friend money in long/short equity strategies. I also helped start-up two internet retail businesses.
I don't post much on twitter but think it is another great resource. I can be followed at https://twitter.com/jrhUofA
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in the area and are a serious investor, please send me a note as I would be happy to meet and exchange our best ideas.
My name is Chris and I'm a former portfolio manager looking to share my ideas with others. I trade emini futures live everyday at http://www.stocksandstocks.com and give away all educational information for free. I cannot read minds so if you have a question feel free to ask me.