Yale Class of '61, Retired Foreign Service Officer with 22 years as Middle East specialist. Over 20+ years as Financial Advisor, CFP(R). Active investor for more than 40 years. Asset Allocation includes 5% MLP and 5% energy services and E&P.
Active investor primarily in the oil & gas, financial, technology and medical sectors.
My professional background is in economics and accounting, licensed CPA for 20 years, with employment as a utility regulator, private sector consultant and author on energy and other utility issues, including expert testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on natural gas pipeline economics, testimony before the United States Tax Court on pipeline economics, and testimony before numerous state utility commissions and civil courts.
Having retired from consulting, I reside on my farm in Northern Virginia with my wife and three middle-school age children (as well as dogs, cats, chickens, turtles, and ducks).
BTU Analytics provides independent fundamentals-based consulting and analytical reports to the North American oil, NGL, and natural gas markets. We utilize our in-depth understanding of North American energy data to help clients better navigate the market and determine opportunities and risks in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors in the face of ever-evolving market conditions.
I am a reformed and recovering management consultant who, through multiple client engagements, applies deep exposure to the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry to create a picture of where these businesses will be in the next two years. With a background in both engineering and finance, I approach investing through a quantitative value approach for the medium and long term horizon.
The investment return profile looks to generate anywhere between 25 and 250 percent within a 12 to 36 month window and minimizes risk by focusing on businesses whose equity is liquid, and are large enough to allow a significant placement of investment assets (generally businesses with total enterprise values in excess of $250mm). The key elements of my investment style are:
1. Is there even the slightest chance the company is going bankrupt? If not, I just stop. I want stuff I can hang on to for long periods without significant risk.
2. Are the managers real artisans in their fields or have they fallen prey to the two most common corporate diseases: (a) their professional management activities are more important that the growth of the company or (b) their skills as financial engineers building masterpieces of leverage are more interesting to them than running a boring business. If not, I just stop. I want people running my investment that I can trust. Included in this category is skin in the game… they better own some measurable percentage of the business so that their own personal fortunes are tied up in it.
3. Is the business they are in one I could explain in under 30 minutes to my 10 year old son? For example, they suck natural gas out of the ground and sell it to whomever will give them the most for it. If not, I just stop. I want stuff I can understand without twisting my brain into a pretzel.
4. Do they build and/or sell stuff that during times of economic recession are truly discretionary items? If they are, I just stop. I want stuff that makes/sells things people need rain or shine.
Fundamentally, I believe self-directed investors can use their own experience and powers of understanding to make exceptional investments on their own, without turning to the professional investment advisory community... and obtain a much better return profile on their assets in the process. I like discovering value, whether because of cyclical down-on-hard-luck stories or secular growth stories and highlighting why I believe they are so.
Patience, low investment position turnover, true understanding of real value of a business, and the power of geometric compounding are the things for which I strive.
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Volte-Face Investments represents the writings of an independent investment manager who managed a long/short equity fund. The author worked for a major Wall Street firm for 12 years before leaving to start his own business in 2009. Since then he has been pursuing investment management full time. The purpose of the articles is to explain the thinking with regards to a particular investment opportunity and to provide readers with a foundation from which they can begin their own due diligence. Volte-Face Investment's writings are not solicitations to transact any security. For further information or consulting, please contact directly via direct message or direct message on twitter @voltefaceinvest
Science/medical/IT/business background; grew account these last 14 years by concentrating investments in the sector that was most outta-whack and exiting when sorta outta-whack. Preferred a few investments with a margin-of-safety rather than a so-called 'diversified' portfolio.
Currently invested in 2019 natural gas futures using 2x leverage. To hedge against a severe correction, have shorted an equal dollar amount of EUR/USD (closed forex positions; see below). The US dollar is one of the few assets that will go up in price (vs. most paper currencies) with a liquidity crunch. In the more likely event that we continue to just mosey along, the US economy will likely outperform other developed regions, like the EU, which eventually will drop the Euro by over 10% from the current $1.34 level.
Calendar 2019 natgas trading at $4.45 on 8/18/14.
Note: Closed EUR/USD position mentioned above at $1.18. This ends a long dollar position that started with Yen at 79 (closed at 99); then Euro from $1.36 to $1.18. 1/12/15
Due to flat futures curve, and to give more time for market to get back to something close to the full-cycle cost of production...as U.S. demand ramps, 'sweetspots' deplete and the US$ devalues (vs real assets)...have rolled 2018-natgas contracts to 2019 (7 cent "up-charge"). June'15
I'm the lead investment research analyst for income and dividend investing at Investors Alley, an independent investment research service. My primary role is editor of several investment advisories bringing deep dive research and actionable income and dividend investment recommendations to investors. These advisories include The Dividend Hunter, 30 Day Dividends, and Tax-Smart Income Hunter.
Prior to joining Investors Alley, I was a stock broker, a Certified Financial Planner, and an F-16 fighter pilot and flight instructor with the United States Air Force. In addition to my primary duty of flying the F-16 to defend our nation's skies I was an instructor in the F-16 Flying Falcon as well as the OV-10 Bronco. During my time in the service I was stationed at various military locations in including Osan AB, Korea, Patrick AFB, Florida, and Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in mathematics.
It was during those years when I was a Certified Financial Planner and helping families and individuals plan their finances and make wise investment decisions that found my second passion in life: investment research. (Flying was and still is my first.)
My area of specialty is evaluating income generating investments to find the combination of sustainable and growing dividends, special dividend opportunities, and share price appreciation driven by management's commitment to dividend growth. I have a particular emphasis on master limited partnerships, business development corporations, and real estate investment trusts.
I've previously written for USA Today, The Motley Fool, eHow, SFGate, Chron.com, Wikinvest.com, Moneynews.com, iStockAnalyst, among others, and have contributed vast firsthand research to a major provider of data on master limited partnerships, another area of extreme interest to me. Along with my duties with Investors Alley I'm a regular contributor to Seeking Alpha.
In addition to the articles posted here on Seeking Alpha you can find my investment analysis on the Investors Alley website and the weekly newsletter, The Market Cap.
semi retired oilfield worker, living in Asia , but still travel extensively.....and amateur stock picker, usually buy and hold.....
own a broad range of stocks..........
earn some pin money by selling puts and calls.....mostly energy stocks...
Have extensive oilfield experience, mostly in e and p .and last 20 years running my own oilfield supply and project companies , from Uk to Mid East to Far East , and many points in-between ....
stocks, like all have my gains and losses....the gains keep you going , the losses make you educate yourself more..and listen and learn from more educated folks..
My particular interest is in oil and gas stocks
Developer and data curator of Shale Equities Explorer -- www.shaleequitiesexplorer.com. Attorney and author of major legal treatise on federal oil and gas taxation. Private investor in oil and gas equities. Novelist (Port Royal, available from Amazon in digital and print).
I'm a CFA Charterholder and hold an MBA in Finance.
I spend a large amount of my free time analyzing and investing in energy companies of varying size. I'm currently covering oil and gas producers in the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford. I try to provide quarterly coverage for several companies. I also look at oil and gas producers globally, in search of strong value plays. Anytime I find one, I write about it.
I will do my absolute best to provide quality research for you to consider in your investment decisions. However, I suggest you consult with your financial advisor prior to taking any action after reading an article, comment, private chat, or any other communication that I wrote. I urge you do your own research and draw your own conclusions prior to taking any action. My articles or comments are your starting point for your research. After you enter a trade, you are on your own to enter, exit, or take no action on the trade. I am not liable for actions you take after reading something that I wrote.
MLPData is the leading site dedicated to providing investors with greater transparency into the full universe of Master Limited Partnerships and fund products. Our belief is that Master Limited Partnership's offer a very unique investment opportunity in light of the transformation of the North American Energy Landscape coupled with the unique tax considerations associated with distributions.
We are an independent and privately owned firm, launched by an entrepreneurial team with decades of experience in providing financial content and investment management services. Our objective is to expand the knowledge and investor interest in Master Limited Partnerships that are publicly traded, and the associated investment products such as Closed End Funds, Exchange Traded Notes and Funds and Mutual Funds.
Engineer by trade and passion. Have worked internationally for over three decades, running my own business. I hold a PhD in engineering, but honestly believe that the school of hard knocks has taught me lessons that are more applicable to my writing here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing interests mostly concern the resource sector, with a focus on precious metals, base metals and energy stocks of all sizes. My research explicitly includes small- and micro-cap juniors, and I try to manage the associated risks in a methodical manner.
I seek to liberate investors from the chains of borrowed opinions by teaching metric awareness that leads to the formation of your own opinions. I am a retail investor that gathers, processes and analyzes significantly more data than average. I share that data in my articles. I let the data do the talking. I am only taking dictation as the data tells its message.
Bill Simoes is an independent researcher whose focus is applying his technical and financial expertise to energy stocks involved in exploration and production. Bill has an engineering degree, MBA and 35 years of experience in petroleum production, reserves estimation and properties evaluation. He worked for a number of large multi-national exploration and development companies before becoming president of a private oil and gas company. In these capacities he was involved in acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.
Jennifer's areas of expertise include energy trends —their economic and geopolitical implications—and resource sustainability issues. Other interests include shale oil and natural gas, climate change, green and efficient infrastructure, China, India, and the energy-water nexus.
Her work has been published in various academic, policy and business publications such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Economist Intelligence Unit’s Executive Briefing, Journal of Structured Finance, Lloyd's List, D CEO, Energy Trends Insider, Financial Sense, and many others. She has been interviewed for numerous radio broadcasts and news stories, and presented her work at various conferences. From Dec 2010 to April 2013, she was the CEO/President of a global affairs organization focused on cutting edge trends. She organized and moderated panels on global gas, energy security, energy infrastructure finance, and urban development.
She has a master's degree from London School of Economics, and bachelor's in finance/marketing. She is principal of Concept Elemental, a strategic communications consultancy focusing on knowledge work, and includes over fifteen years of financial services industry work. She works with a top University, "translating" cutting edge research as well.
I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling glacier walls and hang gliding off tall buildings to survey the best urban party spots. I can ride my bicycle up almost any incline without slowing down—the laws of physics do not apply to me. I am a talented academic, but absent-minded: I once figured out the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. Although not a commercial success, my book “What Your Orchestra Teacher Never Told You About Double Reed Technique: The Oboe and Bassoon Player’s Guide to Dating Beautiful Women” drew enthusiastic praise from both sexes.
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.
Recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University looking to use the markets as a way of travelling and snowboarding! Studying the markets since middle school, particularly interested in distressed investments with solid balance sheets, but interests vary far and wide.
I am an investor who actively manages a portfolio of accounts, taxable and deferred, for our family. I retired from active work in 2001 and find the rewards of investing, financially and intellectually, as rewarding as ALMOST anything else I've done.
My primary investment focus on a daily basis is in equity growth E&P oil and gas companies. I am very long HK, KOG, EXXI, GEOI, ETP, KMP, KMR, MHR, WMB, WPX (WPX through WMB). I don't do tricks, end runs, etc. I use options carefully. I have a high level of disregard for pomposity and self-importance in investment writers. I like those who are numerate, careful and clear in their writing.
I believe in concentration as a tool with a close eye on circumstances on whether to maintain a direction. I don't believe in panicking when Europe is down and Asia is up or a sudden rush on a given commodity. I have degrees in Economics, Business and History.
I have worked in the financial service industry for 40 years. My area of expertise is risk management and complex financial products. I have been a frequent speaker, on behalf of many financial firms, to financial professionals across the country.
I have extensive experience in statistics and actuarial science.
Josh Young is the Chief Investment Officer of Bison Interests, an investment firm focused on publicly traded oil and gas companies. He is a value investor primarily focused on energy stocks, natural resources stocks, and companies trading a low multiples to earnings, cash flow, or book value. He previously served on the board of a small cap publicly traded oil and gas company. He has presented at numerous investment conferences, including Platts, LD Micro, Oil & Gas Money, Louisiana Energy Conference, and the Global Resources Investment Conference.
I am a Private Investor. Have been at it for quite a while. I have a bit of an activist streak.
Look for undervalued situations based on absolute value or relative value. I read my SEC or Sedar reports. Specialty is small thrifts in the U.S. trading as discounts to tangible book with earnings and lots of tangible equity to assets...........ie.............mutual to stock conversions.
I like hard asset plays right here for 25-30% of the portfolio. Oil and Gas. Uranium, Potash, Gold, Silver.
Chris Damas' contrarian equity research is broad based and covers energy production and infrastructure, metals, agriculture, chemicals, forestry, industrials, telecoms, retail, technology, financials, transports, renewables and special situations as well as US MLP's. Chris managed the second largest preferred share portfolio on Bay Street during the 80's and also follows currency and fixed income markets closely. His investment universe is broad and he spends most of his time hunting for actionable trade ideas and long term investment opportunities. His investment thinking and trading activity are now only available by subscribing to the US and Canadian versions of The BCMI Report (trademark) and The BCMI Flash (trademark) which are issued at least weekly and more frequently when opportunities and market conditions demand it.