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Elephant Analytics has an Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing and finance, and 13 years of experience as an analyst. Elephant Analytics originally focused on marketing and sales analysis due to geographical and lifestyle considerations, but rekindled his interest in finance and investing several years ago and became a contributor to Seeking Alpha in 2013. He has a particular interest in attempting to understand distressed companies and distressed industries.
Elephant Analytics has unique skills in the areas of numerical analysis and applied mathematics. Elephant Analytics achieved a top 50 score on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (out of nearly 200,000 test takers) which measures financial aptitude. Elephant Analytics also has achieved a score (153) in the 99.98th percentile on the WAIS-III IQ test and has also been involved in multiple teams that have won awards during business and strategy competitions involving numerical analysis. In one such competition, he captained his team to become North American champions, ahead of MBA and undergraduate teams from universities such as Harvard, Yale and Northwestern.
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Old crusty fart who has been trading stocks for over 40 years. Worked in the industry for Dick Mayo and Jeremy Grantham at GMO until Dick left to start his own hedge fund. I retired at that point. Since then I have managed my own and my family's portfolio on a pretty much full time basis. Areas of interest, deep value, distressed entities, etc. I only invest long. I do not do options. I do not short. I do not do margin. I do equities and bonds. Some interest in CEFs. Most analysis is bottom up and not top down. I post on various stock boards under this name and have done so for over 15 years. I eat what I kill. That is the my only source of income. No stock letters, no advisory services, no manglement (sic) of OPM. My trading assistant is a Blenheim King Charles Cavalier Spaniel similar to the picture I use. And no, the firm does not exist, but you would be amazed at the junk mail I get at times. Some people never get it.
I was educated as a banking, finance and tax lawyer. My research interest was in the legal regulation of derivative instruments.
This led me into finance as I became a trader, investor, investment adviser and corporate finance specialist.
My company Evago Global Capital is primarily an investment bank that focuses on the emerging markets and I speak about emerging markets, I am really speaking about Africa. This is the only market that excites me because of the attractive demographics, size of market, demand, entrepreneurial nature of the people, the natural resources most of which remain unexploited and so much more.
My thinking of the market is informed by my diverse educational and professional background in law, government, NGO and finance.
It is my belief that finance needs a new meta narrative, it is not necessarily the case that classical financial tools and macroeconomic concepts do not work but they can only work within the confines of a different narrative or totalizing schema where finance becomes truly a tool or a servant with which we can solve global challenges rather than it being our master.
Money can magnify wisdom or stupidity. The outcome of the use of money is determined by the person harnessing the force of money.
The finance industry needs to move from seeking money for the sake of having it to harnessing money for concrete and wise purposes.
This is important because money is a force that is a faithful servant but a terrible master and it is a force that can only be correctly harnessed when one has the correct understanding of the purpose of money as a force of good and not evil.
LT investor / Long Equity / Covered Calls / Basic options
Recently retired at 45 y/o.
20+ years of global experience in the Energy Sector.
BS, Mechanical Engineering '93 / BS, Mathematics '93 / MS, Mechanical Engineering '97 / MBA '02
Trust no one, always due your DD. Be wary of other's motives, whether they are soft-selling their investment/consulting/subscription services, or work for or with investment banks (e.g. hedge fund managers, distressed-equity specialists, etc.)
Success is the best revenge.
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."
I was formerly EVP of a major International Investment Bank, and prior to that SVP of a Wall Street retail brokerage firm. I've "retired" to Florida where my involvement with stock and real estate investments takes almost as much of my time as my Wall Street work days.
For over five decades I have been analyzing and investing in stocks and have been through it all, the boom times as well as the crashes. My initial investments were while I was in college pursuing an engineering degree and then an MBA in Finance, and I've been an active investor ever since.
I take an analytical as well as pragmatic approach to investing in stocks with a particular focus on undervalued companies in promising industries. My concentration is with long term growth investments as well as with short term special situations that display promising potential. If the potential with a stock in the latter category materializes, the investment either moves into my long term portfolio or is liquidated with the proceeds plowed back into other worthy investments.
Employing all aspects of technical analysis and market timing, I analyze, evaluate and synthesize individual company profiles, financial data, news releases, market and industry trends, "Stock Watch" lists, analysts’ research, information provided by companies’ Investor Relations staff, etc. I tend to favor firms with rapidly growing sales, a solid balance sheet, high potential product(s) and pertinent insider buying/selling activity.
The lesson that I have learned over the years is NOT to make investments based upon emotion or the hype of the moment, but rather to do due diligence on the relevant facts. If I find that I have made a bad investment decision, I sell it and move on. Emotion should be restricted to loved ones, not investments.
25 years in energy M&A/Corporate Finance business career. Senior officer for public E&P companies, including MLP, charged with overseeing (at different times) accounting, tax, legal, investment banking/analyst relations, investor relations, as well as business unit with land, engineering, geological and support functions. Used legal background to interface with and direct outside investment bankers, law firms and accounting firms in M&A transactions and offerings. Personal investments and trading 15 years.
I'm an avatar named after the famous moderator of a cannabis message board, aka ~s~. The "77" is in honor of Aeric77, long may he grow. The picture is Jim Norton, channeling Chip Chipperson while wearing an elephant hat. "That don't make no sense!"
I'm a trader who trades both short-term and long-term. I started my career as a day-trader for a trading firm, but then turned to longer time frames and went on my own to manage my portfolio.
I use technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis in my research.
Finance professional with more than 15 years of experience in traditional portfolio management and alternative investments. Contrarian in style, focusing on producing yield on a consistent basis.
I started his career as a bond manager for "BPER" in Italy, then leaving for Asia to work as event-driven analyst for "BFIT", active in the arbitrage space and spotting turnaround situations. At the beginning of the new millennium I moved to Switzerland. At "Banca Commerciale Italiana (Suisse)" I became head of US Equity Research and started the fund of hedge funds business of the company. Later I have been covering frontier emerging markets for a Global Macro hedge fund before managing the listed portion of the "Oak Fund" (a Cayman-based offshore fund). In 2007 I was appointed as Head of Global Strategy at "Fideuram Bank Suisse", in charge of multi-asset discretionary mandates.
Today I am independent asset allocator for institutional investors. I focus my attention on areas such as commodities, closed-end funds and emerging markets.
Since 1994 I have been a regular contributor to various financial magazines in Italy (such as "Borsa & Finanza" and "Il Mondo") and speaker at investment conferences around the globe.
My views on the markets are published at globallocator.blogspot.com.
TOP 2017 PICKS: $AAPL $150, $TASR $35/$36, $KHC $112.5, $KO $60+
Finance Executive - Consultant - Trader- My directional trades will consist of selling puts and buying call spreads and selling calls and buying put spreads. Selective Employment: United Parcel Service, Canon Latin America, Amazon.com Education 1999 MBA - Wayne Huizenga School of Business at NSU 1995 B.Sc Business Administrative Studies NSU- Banking and Finance Specialty 1992 AA Business Miami Dade Community College 1987-83 Economics Faculdade Candido Mendes RJ Brazil Incomplete Certificates - Series 7 and 63- 2001 Expired - Real Estate sales associate 2004 - Expired Trader for JGM Securities/ Broadway Trading - 2001
Ian’s Insider Corner research focuses primarily on long-term dividend-paying companies with stable and reliable growth, stocks suitable for individual retirement accounts. Ian also looks for “niche” shorter-term trading opportunities, and coverage. During the 3-years Ian worked at Kerrisdale Capital, the New York-based activist hedge fund had great success exposing fraudulent companies. Kerrisdale Capital returned almost 200% in 2011, and more than 300% in total. Ian Bezek offers in-depth coverage of all the stocks in his “IMF” portfolio.
Since 1978 have experienced and studied many market cycles in bonds, stocks, options, etc. Tend to question herd thinking, some might call me a contrarian. A big mistake made when young (1970’s) by avoiding bonds and investing in risky stocks. It was a great lesson in risk management.
Seek long-term strategic trends while keeping an eye open for short-term tactical opportunities. Pay close attention to cash-flow statement, balance sheet and the allocation of capital.
Warning flags go up when board of directors allocate owners money to departing owners via share repurchase programs. Very few share repurchase programs have been found that add value, but many that hurt fixed income investors.
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
Taylor Dart is a top contributor on Seeking Alpha in both the Long Ideas and Precious Metals section of the website. He has over 7 years of experience in active investing with a compound annual growth rate the past 4 years of 21 percent. His main focus is on undervalued growth stocks outperforming the market and their peers. In addition he use extensive technical analysis to capture maximum upside price action, as his belief is that timing is everything. Taylor scans upwards of 1200 stocks nightly on the U.S. and Canadian markets to identify the best fundamental opportunities with the most timely technical setups. He is a huge proponent of trend following and the "Turtles" who enjoyed compound annual growth rates of over 80 percent per year.
"If there is a sudden range expansion in a market that has been trading narrowly, human nature is to try and fade that price move. When you get a range expansion, the market is sending you a very loud, clear signal that the market is getting ready to move in the direction of that expansion.” - Paul Tudor Jones
"While a fundamental analyst may be able to properly evaluate the economics underlying a stock, I do not believe they can predict how the masses will process this same information. Ultimately, it is the dollar-weighted collective opinion of all market participants that determines whether a stock goes up or down. This consensus is revealed by analyzing price."
Mark Abraham , Quantitative Capital Management, L.P.
"Profit targets imply a trader can predict the future. Profit targets are profit-limiting. Trend followers stay in the moment of now, avoid prognostication, and let markets run as far as they go. "
Thomas Vician, Jr.
"We can’t always take advantage of a particular period. But in an uncertain world, perhaps the investment philosophy that makes the most sense, if you study the implications carefully, is trend following. Trend following consists of buying high and selling low. For 19 years we have consistently bought high and sold low. If trends were not the underlying nature of markets, our type of trading would have very quickly put us out of business. It wouldn’t take 19 years or even 19 months of buying high and selling low ALL of the time to bankrupt you. But trends are an integral, underlying reality in life. How can someone buy high and sell low and be successful for two decades unless the underlying nature of markets is to trend? On the other hand, I’ve seen year-after-year, brilliant men buying low and selling high for a while successfully and then going broke because they thought they understood why a certain investment instrument had to perform in accordance with their personal logic. "
John W. Henry