TheBaron Investing is a long-only writer for Seeking Alpha with a focus on financial institutions, private equity firms, Real-Estate Investment Trusts and other companies/fields of interest. Published articles are intended to give readers a thorough understanding of the analyzed company, and bring investor attention to little-known companies with upcoming catalysts, or under-appreciated operational excellence, that allows purchases within a margin of safety. Articles are intended to raise awareness of quality companies, and are for investor interest only. For actual investment advice, please consult a qualified financial adviser. TheBaron Investing strongly recommends diversified, ETF-focused investing for the majority of retail investors.
Ben Miller is the co-founder and CEO of Fundrise, the first online marketplace for real estate investment. The first company to crowdfund real estate, Fundrise brings world-class real estate investments to institutional, high net worth, and retail investors throughout the United States.
Founded in 2012 by Ben and his brother Dan, Fundrise has brought real estate. The site allows lenders to invest in properties for as little as $100 per share, and as much as $10 million, and earn favorable returns (historically 12 to 14 percent).
Ben’s responsibilities for Fundrise involve strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, and business development. He also oversees the long-term strategy and goals for the company, including expanding its offerings to new audiences interested in direct investment in world-class real estate.
He has more than 15 years of experience in real estate and finance. As Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation, Ben was responsible for acquiring, developing, and financing more than $500 million worth of property.
Ben founded US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company, worked as an analyst for private equity real estate fund Lubert-Adler, and was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. He is also co-founder of Popularise, an idea-sourcing website for development projects.
Fundrise is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
The posts are meant to be informative and hopefully insightful. I write to share my ideas, highlight some interesting stories and to interact with other investors - please feel free to contact me if you'd like to chat further.
I make lot's of mistakes so please do your own due diligence. I don't intend to aggressively promote stocks but it's fair to say I am often talking my own book.
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Ronald J. Surz is a partner and CIO of Paladin FinTech, researching financial technology as well as providing a portal to leading edge financial technologies, including some developed by Paladin.
He is also President of PPCA and Target Date Solutions, and partner of TDF Builder and Sortino Investment Analytics.
Ron has served on several boards, and currently serves on a few. He earned an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago and an MS in Applied Mathematics at the University of Illinois.
Investor for some thirty years, sometime partly responsible for investing a large (multi-millions) institutional trust fund. I try particularly to have a global outlook and to concentrate on company fundamentals.
Anthony is a private investor and Owner/Author of the blog The Struggling Millennial, which is geared toward today's generation of young adults and their struggle to achieve financial independence. Anthony prides himself on being self-taught and self-made, and regularly encourages individuals to take control of their own lives through the use of simple, straight-forward investment principles that the average person can understand and actively use to evaluate the financial health and performance of their investments.
Anthony is an electrical engineer who works full-time managing multi-million dollar projects for one of the larger construction firms in the Philadelphia area. Anthony believes the most difficult part of our individual journeys toward success and freedom is simply building the courage to get started, but once started, if we maintain our persistence, the sky is the limit.
Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst at Opus Capital Management. Opinions I express here are my own and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of my employer.
Value investor running a long-only partnership/SMAs, as well as a Marketplace subscription for objective buyside research. Pseudonymous to protect my IR access but I’m always up for a conversation with anyone interested in value investing or mental models. I also collaborate with a few well-known hedge fund managers and am open to swapping notes if we're looking at similar names.
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.
Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) The American College
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) The American College
Master's Degree in Financial Sciences MSFS) The American College.
1976 - 1979 Regional Field Representative - GE Credit Corporation
1979 - 1991 Capital Analysts, Inc.
1991 - Founder, President, The Stanley-Laman Group, Ltd.,
2003 - Founder, Manager Stanley-Laman Securities, a Broker-Dealer
American Realty Capital Trust, Inc. (ARCT; NASDQ) - Independent Director, 2007 – 2012
New York REIT (NYRT; NYSE) - Director & Lead Independent Director, 2009 - 2014
Business Development Company of America - Independent Director
2009 - 2014
American Realty Capital Properties Retail Centers of America – Independent Director 2011- 2014
American Realty Capital Properties, IV - Lead Independent Director
2013 - 2014
American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (ARCP; NYSE)
Interim Chairman and CEO 1-1-15 - 4/1/15
Lead Independent Director 1-1-14 - 1-1-15
Matrix Biology Institute - Trustee 2008 - Current
CeeLite, Inc., - Director 2008 - Current
Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
Andrew Walker, CFA, is a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital LLC with a focus on small cap special situations investments. Mr. Walker also contributes to Sifting the World, a value investing forum.
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I have always had a passion for finance and investing. I enjoy and appreciate engaging with like minded individuals that inspire me to think beyond what is generally accepted. My investment experience spans almost ten years. The bulk of my knowledge has come from independent observation, research, patience, and perseverance. Most of my strategy is geared towards long term outlook with focuses on short term events or situations that create attractive opportunities.
I hope the articles presented here help you in your investment decisions. I value our discussions and look forward to professional dialogues. If I can ever help you with anything please contact me. Know you are always going to get a straight answer. If I don't know the answer I will either research it for you or tell you I don't know.
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I am an individual investor and the author of seven eBooks on dividend growth investing. I try to help self-directed individual investors profit from stock investing. I contribute articles and studies to both Seeking Alpha and Daily Trade Alert. I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and a JD from Georgetown University. My wife Sue and I live in beautiful Canandaigua, NY.
2nd Market Capital Advisory specializes in the analysis and trading of real estate securities. Through a selective process and consideration of market dynamics, we aim to construct portfolios for rising streams of dividend income and capital appreciation.I am an investment adviser representative of 2nd Market Capital Advisory Corporation.
Camellia Capital Management is a private investment partnership formed in 2014. Its inaugural fund, the Camellia Fund, runs a long/short equity strategy with a focus on all-cap value investments. Its chief goal is to grow partner capital irrespective of broader market movements.
Personal investor who has been investing in stocks for over 10 years. Through turning every stone, every rock, and sifting through the sand I seek opportunities to buy growth at a reasonable price (GARP). People in the past have messaged me with questions about a news article or a good investment idea for a year. I can make bets with strong conviction when current stock price does not equal intrinsic value, but I cannot tell you when they will meet. Through my experience stock price should move in tandem with earnings over the long-run. My goal is to find the greatest margin of safety in quality growth stocks that will achieve above-market returns without taking excess risk (alpha). My investment process: -Turn every stone, every rock, and sift through the sand. -Invest in good businesses with solid management track records. -Never overpay for a stock. Enter when current price trades at a 30% discount to intrinsic value. -Be patient. -Review holdings and sell only if fundamental business has changed since initial purchase.
Mr. Cyna is an accomplished investor in the Canadian public markets for over 20 years, and has managed significant portfolios. He is a financing specialist for private and public companies, and has expertise in real estate and debt obligations. He has assisted private companies accessing the public markets, has been a founding director of public companies and is a strategic consultant to selected clientele.
He is and has been a director, a senior officer and on the Advisory Board of a number of TSX and TSXV public companies in the mining, resource, technology and telecommunications sectors, and the Founding Director of two CPC’s with qualifying transactions in mining and minerals. He was an honorary director of the Rotman School of Management MBA IMC program, has completed the Canadian Securities Institute Canadian Securities Course & Institute Conduct and Practices Handbook Course, was a former Manager under contract to an Investment Manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns, a roster mediator under the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program, Toronto, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Ontario, a member of the Upper Canada Dispute Resolution Group, and the Ontario Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution section.
He obtained his designation as a Chartered Accountant in Ontario in 1971 and was the recipient of the Founder’s Prize for academic achievement together with a cash reward. He became a CPA in the State of Illinois, USA in 1999 under IQEX with a grade of 92%. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He holds certificates in Advanced ADR & in Civil Justice in Ontario, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. Previous accomplishments are Manager of Cymor Risk Consultants LP specializing in Risk Management Assessment; CEO of Cyna & Associates specializing in mediation and ADR; Founder & Senior Partner of Cyna & Co, Chartered Accountants, a fully licensed and accredited public accountancy firm with international affiliations; and was a partner in a large public accountancy firm.
Mr. Cyna is well known in the Canadian Investing community. He attends presentations given by public companies to the industry on a daily basis.. These presentations are intended by the various hosting companies to present their inside story for the purpose of attracting funding, or of making parties more interested in acquiring shares of those companies. Being in constant communication in this manner keeps Mr. Cyna deeply involved in the current market and leads to numerous investment opportunities.
Mr. Cyna is currently a Director of Argentum Silver Corporation and Telehop Communications Inc.
I am a student at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. I have founded and am the president of the Investment Banking Society at Fairfield University. As president of the society, I have written financial modeling guides and written my own financial models in order to educate and prepare student society members for a career in the financial services industry.
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Ever feel like trading is like rolling dice? In a way, it is, because every mathematical model of the market includes a stochastic aspect. But I believe we can load the dice in our favor through the use of statistics. Understanding both the stock market and each individual stock as a sort of random process with its own characteristics allows us to more accurately predict what it will do in the future. Coupling statistics with fundamental analysis, I have the goal of revealing to you the hidden patterns within stocks so that you may do what you wish with that information.
Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism (some articles from Pragmatic Capitalism get syndicated on Seeking Alpha so please see the full site if you don't want to miss articles by Mr. Roche).
Orcam Financial Group, LLC (www.orcamgroup.com) is a low fee financial services firm offering asset management, personal advisory, consulting and educational services. Pragmatic Capitalism (http://pragcap.com) was founded by Cullen Roche in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Roche foresaw many of the events that led up to the crisis and felt that the government was slow to react and when it did finally react, responded with the wrong medicine.
Mr. Roche's primary areas of expertise include global macro portfolio construction, quantitative risk management, monetary economics and behavioral finance. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Roche worked at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where he worked on a team overseeing $500MM+ in assets under management. Upon leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Roche managed a private investment partnership for 7 years generating substantial positive alpha (high risk adjusted returns) without a single negative year of returns. He has since transitioned back to retail asset management to better serve the much needed low fee retail space with sophisticated but simple asset management and financial planning services.
Mr. Roche is also a prolific writer. In addition to the daily musings on his website, he is the author of the popular book “Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance” as well as “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”, one of the top 10 all-time most downloaded research papers on the SSRN academic research network. He was named one of the “Top Wall Street Economists, Experts and Opinion Leaders” of 2011 by Wall Street Economists and was named one of the “101 Best Finance People” by Business Insider where he was described as “one of the most influential economic thinkers today.” In 2015 Mr. Roche was named one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in finance by InvestmentNews. He is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, on CNBC and in the Financial Times.
Mr. Roche is a Georgetown University alumnus, growing up in the DC area and now living in Southern California with his wife Erica, troublesome collie Cal and 4 irritable laying hens. In addition to being a financial dork Cullen is an avid outdoorsman, mediocre gardener, proficient complex carbohydrate consumer (i.e., loves brownies and cake) and finisher of one of the most difficult IRONMAN races at Cabo in 2015.
After working in Leveraged Finance at RBC Capital Markets and two hedge funds that focused on special situations and distressed investments, Steven Wood, CFA started his own firm focused on generating absolute returns through conventional and unconventional means. GreenWood offers clients primarily long ideas, as well as hedge and short ideas, but gives clients complete control over their own account, and has no lockups or liquidity constraints. GreenWood manages capital for institutions (primarily family offices) and high net worth individuals, but the only requirement is a minimum investment of $10k.
I retired as CEO of an Automotive Parts supplier, and manage an investment portfolio for myself and family. I have a BA in History from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. My first career was as a fighter pilot in the RCAF, and, following my MBA I joined McKinsey & Company, Inc. leaving them for Canadian GE. I left CGE as a Vice President in 1984 and founded The Enfield Corporation Limited ("Enfield") which grew from 243 employees in 1984 to over 10,000 in 1989 when Enfield was taken over and I was replaced as CEO. In 1989, I acquired control of Algonquin Mercantile Corporation, renamed Automodular Corporation in the late 1990's when I turned it to focus exclusively on automotive parts sub-assembly. Along the way, Algonquin turned a few ageing drug stores into Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., sold to Katz group in 1997 and today a major Canadian drug store chain. I have been a private investor since 1971 both directly and through a private company controlled by myself and members of my family.
Having been both a reader and a contributor on SA, I had a realization. Widely-known investment ideas are not very useful. This is because by the time general public knows about an opportunity, the inefficiency that caused it is usually gone. Fund managers who share their ideas, often do it after a rise in price, as they are trimming or selling their positions. And now, good ideas are often hidden behind a paywall.
Despite a plethora of well-written investment articles on SA, I rarely find a true investment gem here. My best ideas have mostly been my own. I suspect this is true for many of us.
Therefore, I began to work on a project to help me generate my own, original investment ideas. Reading is key to investing success, and reading about what works in investing should be even better. Having just started, I decided to share the project with SA readers. To check out the very early efforts, please go to www.readvest.com.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know and I will implement them.
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area in 2007.
Canadian CFA Charterholder that researches mostly small-cap firms in a number of industries in my spare time. My professional background is primarily in the utilities industry, so much of my research will be focused on that segment.
In the past, my research has mostly driven my own portfolio, but I am looking to share this research with a wider audience, mostly out of personal interest.