Lee is the general partner of Qualitas Capital Management, a private investment partnership that pursues capital appreciation by seeking superior risk-adjusted investment returns. The partnership invests in the public equities of high quality firms with solid and consistent growth prospects that Lee believes are significantly undervalued based on fundamental analysis. The partnership has a flexible mandate to invest across all business sectors, global regions, and market capitalizations. The partnership typically focuses on firms that Lee believes are relatively underfollowed and often misunderstood yet have what he views as attractive businesses, valuations, and catalysts. Prior to forming Qualitas, Lee was a portfolio manager at Gator Capital Management ("Gator Capital"). At Gator Capital, Lee was responsible for launching and solely managing the Gator Opportunities Fund (the "Fund"), an open-end equity mutual fund registered with the SEC. During Lee's tenure as portfolio manager of the Fund, he delivered annualized returns of 11.2% (Institutional Class) / 10.9% (Retail Class) from the Fund's inception and outperformed Russell 2500® Index benchmark by 573 and 545 basis points, respectively, over that period. The Fund was ranked in the top 1% of 399 funds in Morningstar's peer category in its first year from inception and in the top 13% year-to-date through October. The Fund was also ranked 10th out of 447 funds in Lipper's "category killers" table in April for year-to-date performance (Wall Street Journal, 5/4/15). Prior to joining Gator Capital, Lee was a member of the Fundamental Equities Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). Lee's responsibilities at GSAM covered the gamut of the fundamental equities investment process from idea origination, research, analysis, and implementation to portfolio sector construction and management, risk monitoring, and strategic review. While at GSAM, Lee contributed significantly to the successful launch and growth of all-cap, mid-cap, small/mid-cap, and long/short equity investment products. Lee also provided analytical coverage primarily of the industrials and technology sectors across all market capitalizations. Prior to joining GSAM, Lee was a co-founder of Tower Hill Securities, a merchant banking firm that focused on funding global emerging growth companies across various business sectors. Prior to co-founding Tower Hill, Lee was a founding member of the strategic consultancy Mitchell Madison Group, and an associate in the Financial Institutions/Services Practice of management consulting firm A. T. Kearney. Prior to joining A. T. Kearney, Lee was also a Faculty Lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Schools, where he co-taught several courses in applied quantitative and economic analysis with Professors Ben Bernanke and Alan Krueger. Lee is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute and New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Lee received his BA from Yale University, his MPA from Princeton University, and his MBA from Stanford University, all with the highest honors and concentrations in economics, finance, and investment management.
Day trader whose strategy is based on arbitrages in preferred stocks and closed end funds.My group consists of 10 traders.We trade every single preferred stock or closed end fund that provides an arbitrage opportunity. Our research includes stocks that most of the people have not even heard. We have developed our own statistical tools that make most of our arbitrages statistically proven. As a trader I don't just analyse , I trade my analysis and pay the price when I am wrong.That is the main reason I respect opinions only when backed by taking the risk of being wrong.Words or opinions mean nothing in this business and the only person who is right about a certain situation is the one who makes money out of it.
Long Cast Advisers (LCA) is a Brooklyn based RIA that provides concentrated small cap investing to individuals, endowments and family offices. We do this with the most differentiated approach - individual stock selection - that is apart from and indifferent to the markets.
Our goal is to maximize the long term returns on client funds by allocating an agreed upon portion to small cap stocks balanced against cash. Then we seek to buy great companies that are changing and if we are right, we hold them. If we are wrong - and that will inevitably happen - we sell them.
With +12 years institutional research experience and +20 years investing our own funds, we know that we are not smarter than the market. But we are more patient and that allows us to envision opportunities unfolding over time, beyond the immediate present or next quarter.
Because we focus on smaller companies, we consider ourselves part owners of the businesses we invest in. We tend to engage with management at least minimally (and occasionally more), we also engage with customers and competitors, and notably, we won't invest in companies that sell products or services we would be ashamed to discuss: As best we can, we avoid businesses that drop bombs on people’s heads, despoil the environment, profit on suffering or await a bigger fool.
We are not market prognosticators. We view prognostication as Marx viewed religion; it is the opiate of the investment masses. Apart from using a benchmark for comparative purposes, and unless there is a direct corollary to a company or its valuation, we are generally indifferent to the overall market.
LCA is licensed and state registered. We use Interactive Brokers as a platform and third-party custodian for separately managed accounts. We describe our business as "the food truck version of a hedge fund" in that we select stocks and manage the portfolio like a fund, but the costs are lower and the approach is completely transparent. We manage appropriateness by allowing the client to select the target allocation between cash and stocks.
LCA's CIO is Avram ("Avi") Fisher and the firm's investment philosophy is informed by his >10 years experience as a sell-side analyst covering large-cap industrials, business services and E&C's, taking only the best parts - the in-depth research - while avoiding the short-term next-quarter beat-raise insanity. He has additional experience in private equity, as a private investigator and as a former cub reporter and writer. He continues to write, here and on his blog, as a way to organize his thoughts and to share some of his ideas with other like-minded patient, small cap investors.
Disclaimer: All content written on Seeking Alpha by Long Cast Advisers is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any specific security or class of security. LCA's opinions expressed herein address only select certain aspects of the companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, and is for discussion purposes only. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, LCA cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author's best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Equity investing is subject to various risks including the total loss of capital.
Jeffrey Saut is Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates.
Mr. Saut began his career on a trading desk in New York City. In 1973, he joined E.F . Hutton, where he began following equities and writing research. He subsequently worked as a securities analyst for Wheat First Securities, and then Branch Cabell, where he ran the equity research group as director of research and acted as portfolio manager for the firm's affiliate, Exeter Capital Management. As director of research, he built the research and institutional sales departments for the regional brokerage firm Ferris, Baker and Watts, Inc. and subsequently Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.
Mr. Saut is well known for his insightful and colorful commentary regarding the stock market, and he makes regular media appearances.
Note: Mr. Saut is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Saut's public commentary.
Bartley J. Madden retired as a managing director of Credit Suisse HOLT after a career in investment research and money management that included the founding of Callard Madden Associates. His early research led to the development of the CFROI valuation framework used today by money management firms worldwide. His website is http://www.LearningWhatWorks.com.
Boyar Research was established in 1975 to provide independent research utilizing a business persons approach to stock market investing. Through our various publications including Asset Analysis Focus and Boyar's Micro Cap Focus, we provide in depth reports profiling companies selling below our estimate of their intrinsic or private market value.
Boyar Research takes a company’s financial statements, tears them apart and reconstructs them in accordance with economic reality as opposed to generally accepted accounting principles. Boyar Research seeks possible investment opportunities across the market capitalization spectrum and within a diverse range of industries.
Since 1975, approximately 40 percent of the companies profiled in our flagship publication Asset Analysis Focus have been acquired.*
Stock selection strategies employed by Boyar Research Include:
The "Hidden" Asset Method
The Business Value Method
Restructuring Plays, Breakups and Spin-offs
The "Franchise" Approach
To receive a complimentary equity research report from the Boyar Value Group, please go to www.boyarresearch.com/SA1
To learn more about our firm, please visit www.boyarresearch.com or email Jonathan Boyar at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Past performance is no guarantee of future success.
The author is a former hedge fund trader now working as an Independent Trader, Consultant and author of the Panick Value Research Report. The Panick Report is a newsletter and alert service focused on undervalued high yield preferred stock issues and some undervalued micro cap equities. Sign up in the Dividends section of the Seeking Alpha Marketplace to receive exclusive subscriber articles, daily sector updates, advance drafts of public articles and more. Email email@example.com for more information. See also my Panick Value Research Report Facebook site for tips on upcoming articles.
Black Coral Research, Inc. is a newsletter designed to inform Dividend Investors how the latest news could impact the dividends of the companies they invest in. Feel free to contact us at BlackCoralResearch@gmail.com
Institutional investment manager authoring on a variety of topics that pique my interest, and could further discourse in this online community. I hold an MBA from the University of Chicago, and have earned the CFA designation.
My articles may contain statements and projections that are forward-looking in nature, and therefore inherently subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions. While my articles focus on generating long-term risk-adjusted returns, investment decisions necessarily involve the risk of loss of principal. Individual investor circumstances vary significantly, and information gleaned from my articles should be applied to your own unique investment situation, objectives, risk tolerance, and investment horizon.
Peter Rabover, CFA - Portfolio Manager
Peter has been a Director of Research for Artko Capital, since July 2014. In this capacity, Peter researched investment opportunities for hedge fund and family office clients. Immediately prior to launching Artko Capital, Peter was a Research Analyst for a value oriented fund in Santa Cruz, CA. From 2012 to 2014, he worked within the investment management arm of Scharf Investments. During his time with the firm, he was the lead analyst on all energy and financial investments, in addition to his generalist research work and assisting in fixed income research. Prior to joining Scharf Investments, he worked for Hahn Capital Management in San Francisco as a Senior Analyst from 2005 to 2010, and as an Analyst Consultant to Rainbow Fund in 2011 and 2012. Peter began his career in business as an M&A analyst with US Steel, as well as an Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan from 2003 to 2005. Peter graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Finance in 2001 and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia in 2011. He has had the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2004 and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Peter is an avid ultra runner and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
My focus is on companies that fly under the radar but offer opportunities for investment success because these companies have built in catalysts, a management team that has a clear business plan and fundamentals in place for the catalysts to bear fruit.
My investments include well known stocks, but I write mostly about small cap or under followed stocks. I don't think that a portfolio should be built on solely the type of stock that I write about but I offer ideas for the part of a portfolio dedicated to catalytic investment.
I look for large hedge fund interest in relatively unknown companies and then research the underlying reason for this investment. Most often, the reason is a growth in market share and there is an underlying catalyst.
ValueWalk has gained popularity among all circles for its breaking stories on hedge funds, and investigative reports on investments by major funds.
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"One of the best ways to do well in this business is to go to areas that have been unexploited by research capability and work them for all you can." -Julian Robertson Managing partner of the Schildpad & De Haas partnerships. Seeking Alpha PRO contributor since the library's inception in 2013. A special selection of investment ideas is available through the Exclusive Research service.
I suspect that most preferred income investors are conservative by nature. I am. I don't believe I have any special talent or gift for trading, a crystal ball, or any access to insider information. Consequently, I have little expectation of prospering by consistently buying low and selling high. In fact, prior to becoming a fixed income investor, my trading history boasted the opposite, buying high and selling low. Tis sad but true, over those years, I've given more to the market than I've taken from it. However, that's yesterday's news, and of no real interest. Of importance is that I'm patient, analytical, organized, pretty good at math, and always looking for that angle, strategy, or edge to help guarantee my market success. The Art & Science of Preferred Dividend Investing details my history, education and growth as a preferred investor and the lessons I learned along the way. I want to share that knowledge by introducing you to this effective, profitable, and safe way to invest in preferred equities.
Professional investor and overall good guy.
By reading Mako Research reports, you agree to use the information at your own risk. In no event should Mako Research or any affiliated party be liable for any direct or indirect trading losses caused by information contained in the research reports. Research reports are not investment advice or a recommendation or solicitation to transact any securities. Mako Research is not a registered investment advisor. You agree to do your own research and due diligence before making any investment decision with respect to securities covered herein. You should assume that Mako Research stands to profit in the event the issuer’s stock declines. Research reports may contain opinions, which are based upon generally available public information, field research, inferences and deductions through due diligence and analytical processes. All information is believed to be accurate and reliable, and has been obtained from public sources. Mako Research makes no representation, express or implied, as to the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any such information. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice, and Mako Research is not obligated to update or supplement any reports or any of the information, analysis and opinion contained in them. You should assume that Mako Research has and/or will submit findings with the Securities Exchange Commission, and other entities that may find the information useful.
John Huber is the portfolio manager of Saber Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm that manages separate accounts for clients. Saber employs a value investing strategy with a primary goal of patiently compounding capital for the long-term.
John also writes about investing at the blog www.basehitinvesting.com, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schwab Trading Services is a division of Charles Schwab. On a weekly basis, we will cover topics like trading strategies, risk management, options, trading in volatile markets, and more.
Collin Moshman is a professional poker player with an honors degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of best-selling poker books Sit 'N Go Strategy and The Math of Holdem.
Collin invests in statistically undervalued microcaps, focusing particularly on the international markets. He looks for strong balance sheets, insider buying, and simple investment theses.
Heath Winter is the Managing Partner of ArbitrOption Capital Management, LLC and is responsible for research, trading, and portfolio management. Prior to forming ArbitrOption, Mr. Winter was Director of Research for the event-driven and special situations strategy of Silverado Capital Management from 2005 until 2009. Mr. Winter’s responsibilities at Silverado included generating investment ideas as well as researching positions and managing the portfolio. In addition, Mr. Winter was employed as an Analyst at M.H. Davidson, LLC in 2003 and as a Merger Arbitrage Analyst at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP from 2000 to 2002. He graduated with an MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia Business School in 2004 and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 1997.
CTO, FLHP Trading Systems, LLC
Aerospace and Computational Engineer with 28 years experience in Engineering and Scientific Modeling and Programming including large scale vector and parallel processing. Work includes Finite Element Modeling in Structural Analysis, Magnetic Modeling, and Fluid Dynamics codes primarily for the Aerospace community. 30+ years of stock market and mutual fund investing, 8+ years of ETF and options trading.
I have over 10 years of financial experience working in a variety of roles:
1) JPMorgan Investment Bank Telecom, Media and Technology for over 6 years. Executing over $25bn of Mergers and Acquisitions, $15bn of credit financing, and $2bn of equity financing. Worked with CEOs, CFOs, IR, lawyers, accountants and other investment bankers. Built detailed financial models to determine companies earnings potential, valuation, and ability to service debt.
2) Buy-side long only thematic global and emerging markets investment firm.
3) Sell-side risk arbitrage and special situations independent research and brokerage firm writing research for risk arbitrage funds and special situations funds.
Work experience across the globe from Arkansas to Saudi Arabia.
Our mission is simple: To help you make money. In addition to generating our own analysis, we also draw ideas from the most talented stock pickers in the traditional equity and hedge fund space.
Now retired after forty years in financial services: a) analyzing corporate, bank, and sovereign risk, b) predicting bankruptcies and conducting commercial workouts, restructurings, and dissolutions, c) financing grain, soft commodities, oil, and the precious metal trade internationally, d) overseeing interbank finance and arbitrage, e) modeling and assessing the productivity of financial business units, f) directing aspects of M&A due diligence and post-acquisition integrations, g) serving as CIO of a major full-service broker-dealer, h) consulting including as interim management to global banks, investment advisors, trust companies, and alternative investment / hedge funds, and i) acting as managing general partner of a family farm. An MBA, educated in economics, who held various securities industry licenses (now expired). A donor and volunteer now focused on helping motivated, first-in-family, degree and certificate bound kids, achieve their education. Before investing, always consult with a competent investment advisor; if you don't have one, find one. (All my proceeds from Seeking Alpha go to Interfaith Outreach to support their food shelves and other programs.)
Michael Harris is a trader, book author, software program developer and blogger. He started developing advanced pattern recognition software for the benefit of position and swing traders in the late 1990s. In years past, Michael has also done work for a number of different financial firms, where he developed a bond portfolio optimization program and trading systems for commodities and stocks. Michael is also a well-known author. His first book “Short-Term Trading with Price Patterns” was published in 1999. His other two books “Stock Trading Techniques with Price Patterns” and “Profitability and Systematic Trading” were published in 2000 and 2008, respectively. His most recent book is "Fooled By Technical Analysis". Michael holds a Masters degree in Operations Research, with emphasis in forecasting and financial engineering and another Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. Website: www.priceactionlab.com
Founded in 1939, Neuberger Berman is a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for institutions and advisors worldwide. With offices in 19 countries, Neuberger Berman’s team is approximately 2,000 professionals and the company was named by Pensions & Investments as a “Best Place to Work in Money Management” for three consecutive years. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking.
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Jesse has been managing money for over 20 years. He began his professional career at Bear, Stearns & Co. and later co-founded a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Today he works with a select group of clients at Felder & Company, LLC in Bend, Oregon and publishes The Felder Report.
Friedrich is the name given to our algorithm for analyzing companies that trade on the global stock markets. In creating Friedrich we concentrated on analyzing each company’s Main Street operations through various established ratios, along with our own unique ratios that we developed over the last 30 years. What we came up with is a final "Main Street" price per share based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which is a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry, which has been adopted by nearly all publicly traded U.S. companies. We feel that our Main Street price result is what each company would need to trade at in order to be attractive to a businessperson on Main Street looking to buy at a bargain.
Since the only constant in the universe is change, the results for each company fluctuate by varying degrees. No company is an island unto itself, but each operates in a world of constant change and at times in areas where Chaos is the norm. By analyzing a company’s Main Street operations over time, Friedrich is able to give the potential investor a decade long analysis (opinion) as well as offering a Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) analysis (opinion), as well. Thus our readers will not only get as close to a real time view of operations on Main Street as is possible, but then can measure the consistency of the company’s operations over time to determine if s/he should invest or not.
Through our Friedrich algorithm we can analyze ten years of Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement data for each company all at once and generate one final result in seconds. Friedrich was designed to be ultra-conservative and thus will cut zero slack to any company under analysis and will do so with zero emotion. Companies must be exceptional in order to get an attractive Main Street valuation and the ideal investments according to our backtesting are the ones that have been consistent over time.
By being so ultra conservative Friedrich is designed to identify bargains that Wall Street investors may have overlooked. Companies shares may trade on the stock market but the companies themselves operate on Main Street, so Friedrich is designed to generate a Main Street price per share first and only then does he go to Wall Street and see the price for which Benjamin Graham’s “Mr. Market” is offering the shares.
Founder of "The Contrarian", a premium research service, featuring the "Bet The Farm" Portfolio. Actively investing since 1995, I have soared like an eagle, and been unmercifully humbled by the markets. Achieved positive returns in 2008, and turned an account with $60,310 on 1/1/2009 into an account with $3,177,937 on 11/30/2009. My best years have been 1995-2003, 2008-2012, and 2016-????. My worst years were 2013-2015. I believe inflation is coming, and we are at an inflection point in the markets.
Twenty year career as an investment analyst, investor, portfolio manager, consultant, and writer. Founder of Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd, which was incorporated in the spring of 2009. Dyed in the wool contrarian investor, who has learned, the hard way, that a good contrarian is only contrarian 20% of the time, but being right at key inflection points is the key to meaningful wealth creation in the markets. I believe we are near a meaningful inflection point, perhaps the biggest one yet, for the third time in the past 15 years.
Historically, I have had huge wins and impressive losses based on a concentrated, contrarian strategy. Trying to keep the good while filtering out the bad.
Seeking to run an all weather portfolio with minimal volatility and index overlays to capture my strategic and tactical recommendations along with a concentrated best ideas portfolio, which is my bread and butter, but the volatility only makes it suitable for a small piece of an investor's overall portfolio. The following are a couple of my favorite investment quotes.
"Life and investing are long ballgames." Julian Robertson
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure."
"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein
I’ve been on top of the world, and the world has been on top of me. I have learned to enjoy the perspective from each view, and use opportunities to persistently acquire knowledge, and enjoy the company of those around me, especially loved ones, family, and friends.
At heart, I am a market historian with an unrivaled passion for the capital markets. I have had a long history and specialization with concentrated positions and options trading. Made money in 2008 with a net long portfolio, deploying capital in some of the market's darkest hours into long positions including purchases of American Express, Atlas Energy, Crosstex, First Industrial Real Estate, General Growth Properties, Genworth, Macquarie Infrastructure, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and Vornado near their lows. Shorting, hedging, and option strategies also helped me in 2007 and 2009, and these are skills that I have developed ever since I started trading heavily in 1996.I enjoy reading, accumulating knowledge, and putting this knowledge to work in the active capital markets, learning lessons along the way.To this day, I continue to learn, and some of these learning lessons have been excruciatingly difficult ones, especially over the past several years, as I made mistakes allocating capital, including a sizable portion of my own capital (I always invest alongside my clients), to commodity related stocks. While all commodity related stocks have struggled since April of 2011, coal companies, which attracted me due to their extremely cheap valuations, and out-of-favor status (I am a strong believer in behavioral finance alongside fundamentals and technicals) have been the worst investing mistake of my career. The focus on the commodity arena has been the biggest mistake of my investment career thus far, yet in its aftermath, I see tremendous opportunity, even larger in scope than the fortuitous 2008/2009 environment.The capital that I accumulated and the confidence gained in navigating the treacherous investment waters of 2008 gave me the confidence to launch my own investment firm in the spring of 2009, right before the ultimate lows in the stock market. At the time I was working as a senior analyst at one of the largest RIA's in the country, and I felt strongly that the market environment was the best time since 1974/1975 to start an investment firm.
Prior to starting my firm, I was a senior analyst for three different firms over approximately 10 years (Charles Schwab, Redwood, Oxford), moving up in responsibility and scope at each stop along my journey. Since I was a paperboy, I have always had an interest in the investment markets. I love researching and finding opportunities. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, CAIA. After starting in the teaching program at Ball State University, I switched to a career in finance when I turned a small student loan into a substantial amount of capital. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance from Ball State.
Full disclosure, I am not currently a registered investment advisor, though I did serve in this capacity from 2009-2014, while owning Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd. Additionally, I held various securities licenses from 2000-2014, without a single complaint filed, and I continue to hold industry designations. At the end of 2014, I voluntarily let my state registration expire, as I transitioned the business to a different structure. Prior to this, I had passed, and held, various securities exams and licenses, including the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 exams, in addition to others, alongside my CFA and CAIA designations. Unfortunately, I did not file the proper paperwork to withdraw my state registration, and I did not disclose a personal arrangement, and subsequent civil case, between myself and a former close personal friend and client, that was initiated in 2011. I was unaware that I was required to disclose these items, and my securities attorney, at the time, did not advise me to do so. Previously, I had managed a portfolio for this gentleman, and we had taken an investment of approximately $7 million in 2009, and grown it to over $25 million at the beginning of 2012. After a difficult year of performance, an employee of the firm I owned, and friend, resigned in early 2013, and took the aforementioned client to a competing firm. As a result of not filing the proper paperwork, I agreed to a settlement, with a potential $2500 fine in the future, depending on if I choose to reapply to be a non-exempt advisor.