I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2006. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies as a bit of an experiment.
I have been mostly self taught, but I am also working on obtaining a finance degree. Quadrupled my money in the 2008 crash, by 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started.
I was a previous employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation an additional specialty of mine.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. The current dividend yield, and the number of competitors are strong factors in my decisions. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
I additionally make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at bandpower.whotrades.com. Live trading data on my purchases should be available at some point in the near future.
*NOTE: The following is not my words. Rather, it reflects the wisdom of someone who looks beyond the noise at what's actually at stake. Few among us could say it better. Wisdom is like that!
JUST VOTE THEORY -- A commentary by Mr. Tom Williams -- a must read for anyone who is an American.
I have been disappointed and even alarmed during the last two and current presidential election cycles that some friends (especially Christian friends) have stated they would not vote in the election because there were no worthy candidates (an estimated 12 million conservative and Christian voters stayed home in 2012). This thinking assured that we all got the candidate that virtually all those same people viewed as the least acceptable candidate. This allows the more evil candidate to rule and accelerates the fall of our nation and men. Is this responsible to future generations? Is it not better to chasten the wicked and empower the righteous?
There HAS NEVER BEEN A PERFECT CANDIDATE in any election. All candidates have been/are flawed in some way (King David; a liar, adulterer, and murderer). Our job is to select the best candidate who most closely holds a Biblical World view that also has a reasonable chance of winning the election. In this way we attempt to persuade government/leaders to be more godly. Abdicating our vote or voting for an obscure candidate has contributed to the current debacle. It is a neglectful response to do otherwise and trivializes the inestimable blood shed for this right.
Several years ago I became familiar with Augustine's "Just War Theory". It has inspired me to compare voting to Augustine's theory in a "Just Vote Theory". Voting is a kind of peaceful war. Not just vote and get it over with, but to promote justice you MUST vote (I do not mean "a different Gospel", "Social Gospel", or "Social Justice").
Because men can not constrain themselves completely, God has ordained the government to do so by the sword in war and by governing, judging, ruling the people (for us, a representative republic). We pray those in government ruling this earthly city would derive their political and social views from the ultimate standard of Biblical Truth and they would be striving for a City of God. But until Christ's return, we work within a flawed system, doomed to an enviable demise because man is flawed (sinful).
As in war, how might we vote to prevent the most suffering, bondage, death and sin? In war we try to protect the innocent non-combatants. Which candidate would best protect the innocent, the old, in the womb, and helpless individuals?
Although a Trump presidency would be better regarding most every issue, Supreme Court nominations alone DEMAND your vote for Donald Trump. The kind of Justices Hillary Clinton would appoint are likely to give us international law, Sharia law, beyond abortion to infanticide, further open borders, persecution and even outlawing Christianity, immoral and disgusting law and perhaps complete abolition of the 1st and 2nd Amendments (our founders two highest priorities). Ultimately freedom will vanish. If government schools have not completely destroyed this nation, Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominations will.
This vote has been compared to a sinking ship. Those who will not vote are like passengers on a ship who will not bail out the ship until it reaches shore or someone is found to repair the damage. If Donald Trump appoints two or three originalist judges as he has pledged, that alone will allow a few decades to right this ship rather than scuttle it in a final blow from Hillary Clinton.
A person may cause evil to others by his actions, but also by inaction. Either way, you are accountable for the injury, but if by inaction, in this case, double.
Above all we must PRAY.
Tom Williams, Ore City, Texas
The following is Tom's adaptation of a quote from John Stuart Mills. The word War has been replaced with (vote):
"(Voting) is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth (voting), is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such (voting) degrades a people. A (vote) to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a (vote) to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own (vote), carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice -- is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to (vote) for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the (vote) of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to (vote) for the one against the other."
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
I am technology sales executive with a passion for investing, including day trading, and a high net worth individual that believes in being actively involved in the management of my money. I am an avid follower of the markets and a strong believer in CANSLIM trading principles for my longer-term plays.. I spend a lot of my time researching and learning about key sectors of the market. In particular, Oil and anything technology related. I have a BSEE from an Ivy league institution and a MBA in finance from a university in Texas.
I am a chemical engineer with a MS in Food Technology and Economics. I am also the author of 2 mathematics books ("Arithmetic calculations without a calculator" and "Word Problems") and perform almost all the calculations in my mind, without a calculator, making it easier to make immediate investing decisions among many alternatives. I invest applying fundamental and technical analysis and mainly use options as a tool for both investing and trading. In my spare time, I follow Warren Buffett's principle: "Some men read playboy. I read financial statements".
George Spritzer, CFA is a registered investment advisor at Southland Investments and specializes in managing closed-end funds for individuals.
George uses the following investment strategies:1) Opportunistic Closed-end fund investing: Buy CEFs at larger than normal discounts to NAV and sell them when the discounts narrow. 2) Exploit special situations: tender offers, fund terminations, fund activism, rights offerings etc.
I have been helping startups and investors understand the value of emergent business models in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries. In my own personal portfolio, I have been looking for income opportunities and companies with deep value and strong growth potential whose value propositions are misunderstood by the broader market. I do this by an in-depth study of the markets where these companies operate, marrying that to traditional securities analysis to uncover hidden value and under-appreciated growth.
John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese and was trained as a domestic Japanese research analyst and money manager. In 1977 Thomas became the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist magazine and the Financial Times of London. Thomas traveled extensively throughout Asia, interviewing premiers, presidents and prime ministers, writing on macroeconomic trends, and producing countless features about individual companies. Thomas witnessed China’s cultural revolution and was one of the first American correspondents to enter China prior to the U.S. normalization of relations. Thomas authored several books about the Japanese financial system still in use by business schools today. In 1983 Thomas joined a top US investment bank in New York with the mandate to develop an international equity business for the firm. In 1985 he moved to London, England to establish a presence in Japanese equity derivatives for the firm. In 1989 Thomas was appointed a director of one of the big three Swiss Banks with a mandate to design sophisticated hedging strategies for the bank’s considerable holdings of Japanese equity warrants and convertible bonds. With the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, Thomas was drafted by the US Marine Corp to serve as a pilot. In 1990 Thomas became a pioneer in the nascent hedge fund industry by founding the first dedicated Japanese hedge fund. The firm managed segregated accounts for a variety of government agencies, banks, and high net worth individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After a decade of spectacular absolute and relative performance he sold his firm in 1999 and retired to manage his personal investments in the oil and gas industry. Seeing incredible opportunities in the marketplace and yearning for the adrenaline and satisfaction offered by active management, Thomas launched a new hedge fund in 2007. In his free time Thomas is a commercial aircraft pilot, long distance hiker and mountain climber, wine collector and avid photographer.
I spend most of my time reading through annual reports looking for a small-cap stock to feature in my monthly edition of "The Conservative Investor Digest." That is where you can find my best work, and that is where I focus my research. You can become a subscriber here: https://gumroad.com/l/HmqJx
Dr. John Hussman is the president and principal shareholder of Hussman Econometrics Advisors, the investment advisory firm that manages the Hussman Funds ( http://www.hussmanfunds.com). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and a Masters degree in education and social policy and a bachelors degree in economics from Northwestern University. Prior to managing the Hussman Funds, Dr. Hussman was a professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan. In the mid-1980's, Dr Hussman worked as an options mathematician for Peters & Company at the Chicago Board of Trade, and in 1988 began publishing the Hussman Econometrics newsletter. Virtually all of Dr. Hussman's liquid assets are invested in the Hussman Funds.
Note: Dr. Hussman is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Dr. Hussman's public commentary.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” (Author - Patanjali)
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.” (Author - Epictetus)
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." (Author - Unknown)
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me." (Author - Erma Bombeck)
Ranked #18 overall blogger by TipRanks for 2014.
University of Virginia, class of 2011 B.A. English
I am a young investor focused primarily on dividend growth stocks. Seeking Alpha, and more specifically, the dividend and income community that exists here, has played a significant role in my development as a portfolio manager. I am not a professional, though I do manage my family's finances. I enjoy the process; the research, the decision making, the strategic planning...and not paying a financial adviser to do the work for me. I've built what I believe to be a conservative, diverse, and balanced dividend growth portfolio currently consisting of 48 positions. Thus far, I've been able to meet by goals from income, income growth, and capital appreciation standpoints. I use a wide variety of metrics, both fundamental and technical, when establishing fair value when doing my due diligence on an individual company. All of my methods are discussed in my work here. I hope this work inspires debate, conversation, and education - this is why I write for Seeking Alpha, to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to hopefully contribute, in some way...even if its by posing a question, to the growth of others.
Lastly, I began doing this in early 2015 and I plan on continuing to do so: I donate as much of the earnings that I get from SA on a monthly basis to various charities. Depending on how active I am writing each month, and what sort of side projects I have going on at the farm my wife and I recently purchased, the amount donated each month differs. However, I am pleased to be able to give back - I think its important to stay grounded and gracious when focusing so much on finances and these monthly donations help me not to lose sight of generosity.
*I should note that all articles that I write here are done so for my personal informational/educational purposes only. Any purchases that I make or opinions that I express are not meant as recommendations for anyone else. Please perform your own due diligence before following my lead into or out of a position. I am not a professional. I enjoy investing and the open discussion that articles on this site inspire - this is why I write, not to influence anyone else's decisions, but to enhance my own ability to make sound financial choices. That being said, I wish the best of luck to everyone. May we all meet our own financial goals.
Michael Boyd spent considerable time working for an RIA, structuring client accounts, researching stocks/bonds, and performing due diligence on separately managed accounts. His career changed gears when he shifted roles into a major investment bank, at various times supporting the mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, and ADR trade desks. He now works in entity oversight and control, identifying areas of weakness, resolving risk, and maintaining regulatory compliance across Settlements, Asset Servicing, and FX operations.
As for trading style, Michael leans towards small/mid-cap companies, as he believes better risk-adjusted returns are available for astute stock-pickers there. Firmly contrarian, he looks to buy out-of-favor securities that have an opportunity to revalue in the medium-term (one year to five year timeframe).
25 years experience in Quant research, portfolio management, and stock market data analytics. 15 years experience in index trading / ETF strategist. Risk manager. Mean revision / time series / seasonal studies applied towards general market trends with a focus on long term format.
Nothing I write should be considered investment advice. Only you can decide if any specific financial asset, security, allocation, opinion, idea, etc. is best for your financial portfolio.
Author of two books, available here, Options Strategies Every Investor Should Know and The 5 Fundamentals of Building a Retirement Portfolio (both available in paperback and eBook).
Chief Investment Officer, Stanford Wealth Management. Retired senior exec of Charles Schwab. 36 years active and reserve military service -- 6 in special operations, 30 in the intelligence community. Geopolitical analyst.
Author -- investment book Bringing Home the Gold.
Editor -- The Investor’s Edge®. In the 16 years from inception through year-end 2015, the Investor’s Edge® Growth & Value Portfolio increased in value from $250,000 to $1,038,453. That same $250,000 invested in the S&P 500 rose to just $422,905. (Past results are no guarantee of future performance; maybe those 16 years were pure luck.)
Featured in Forbes, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, Financial World, Wall Street Transcript, Global Investing, Welling on Wall Street, etc.
If you have a $500,000 portfolio ($250,000 for solely mutual funds & ETFs) you may contact me for a no-obligation "second opinion." email@example.com.
I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.
Long-only value investor running a fund for accredited investors, and a Marketplace subscription for objective buyside research. Pseudonymous to protect my IR access but if you send me your email address and show me your LinkedIn, I'll show you mine. I'm not like anyone you've ever met and am not doing this for the traditional reasons. I’m always up for a conversation with anyone interested in value investing or mental models.
My Marketplace subscription service, called “Outsourced Analyst,” provides small-mid-sized funds, family offices, or high-net-worth investors the workflow of an analyst for a hundredth of the price. I write objective coverage of high-quality, underfollowed small-caps that I'm working on / following. Subscribers also have early (sometimes exclusive) access to writeups of some of my best ideas like those I've posted on LQDT, CRAI, FC, LGIH, BOOM, CSWI, and so on. Bonus material is thought pieces - I place a lot of emphasis on learning and getting better - so if/when I make mistakes, I'll write up postmortems with what I learned, and maybe they'll help you as well... Membership will be limited to the first 250 subscribers.
Seeking Alpha T&C requires me to disclose that I'm a registered investment advisor; regulations require me to reiterate that nothing I say is investment advice - it's just my Monday-morning-quarterback opinion for your entertainment and amusement. Always do your own due diligence, consider your own financial position, and consult your preferred financial professional before making any investment decision.
I am an essayist who writes primarily about Burkean conservatism, capitalism, and the concept of durable independence. I specialize in investment theory, Iowa politics, education, and family travel. My interests range from home and furniture restoration, to scuba diving, cycling, camping, and gardening. I also like to write about connections I see between literature, philosophy, art, history, and current affairs. I hold a master’s degree in politics from Iowa State University, graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of Iowa State’s graduate research award in in 2015.
I have worked as a teaching assistant (ISU), a fiction writer (Losing Latitude, Symptoms of a Broken Heart), a political blogger (Des Moines Examiner), a hospitality auditor (Hilton), a publisher (Remarco Publishing), a vending machine repair man, an antique furniture restorer, and a swimming instructor. As an undergraduate, I worked full-time overnights at a gas station to pay for school. For the last six years, my primary job has been as a stay-at-home dad to two children ages six and four.
I am currently working on a book about the definition of conservatism and the value of durable independence, as well as laying the groundwork for a non-profit that focuses on land conservation and utilization in Iowa. In 2016 (when my youngest starts school) I’ll be looking for teaching opportunities in central Iowa or administrative work in higher education.
A mid-30s ex-venture capitalist and investment banker (finance degree)...now a serial startup CFO. I used to look for yield in all the wrong places, but have created a modified dividend growth (DGI) strategy that works for me.
Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump.
Thomas has co-authored a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that is available on Amazon.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
Ian Bezek worked for 3 years as an analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. He's currently living in Mexico, pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities.
Feel free to contact him regarding investments, writing, or speaking opportunities.
Individual Investor, concentrating on value investing. Good previous success in identifying companies with less than perfect management, which eventually get taken over. If not, have actively engaged the management, to make changes in the interest of ALL their shareholders.
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I am a former financial communications programmer, turned full-time investor. I began investing in the mid-1990s, looking for a way to achieve early retirement. (A goal in which I have succeeded, if you don't consider full-time investing a job.) I took a scientific, experiment-based approach rather than a studious one. I feel that this approach, combined with my extensive programming work in financial markets and directly with traders has given me uncommon contrarian insight into what really drives market dynamics.
To that end, my articles will center around stocks and their derivatives because that's where I have the most experience (over 20 years). I may occasionally comment on currencies, where I believe I have a sound academic knowledge, but less trading experience.I will always refer to a company by name or some abbreviation thereof. By contrast, I will refer to the stock a company issues by its ticker symbol. I think it can be important to differentiate between the two.
Downtown Investment Advisory (DIA) is a Registered Investment Advisory firm based in New York that provides customized investment advisory services to individuals, charitable institutions and retirement plans. DIA currently has over $25 million under management. DIA specializes in creating custom fixed income portfolios with a core of individually selected bonds that we recommend be held to maturity. Other income assets, such as preferred stock and exchange traded debt, are also used to diversify an income portfolio. Depending on the needs and risk profile of clients, fixed income portfolios can target yields ranging from 4%-9% per annum.
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DIA's investment manager, Salo Aizenberg, a graduate of Columbia Business School with an MBA in Finance, is a highly experienced finance and investment professional with 20 years of active investing in fixed income, equity, and alternative investments, having managed institutional portfolios exceeding $500 million.
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CPA since 1990 a CFA charter holder since 2000. He has a bachelors degree in Business Admin. with a concentration in Economics. His experience includes both private and public sector and careers in accounting, financial and market analysis, product development, transportation services and investment management.