Seeking investments without using the ridiculous style-box approach. If I can make a return in excess of what I judge the risk to be, I'll invest. Over time, using a Kelly formula, I tend to weight positions from 2-10%. A diversified portfolio is a career-saving move, not an investment philosophy. My primary focus is on Risk Arbitrage but at various times over the past 20 years I've had the majority of my funds in: Value, Growth, Spinoffs, Special Sit, Momentum, Junk, Defaulted Debt, Preferreds, and Converts; all have their place and time. I'll try to use options if possible to magnify returns for
I work in Quality Assurance for a major semiconductor industry chemical and gas supplier (clue: Vive la France!), which gives me a strong background in data analysis. I'm trying to build a substantial income producing portfolio to fund my retirement, which will hopefully happen sooner rather than later.
Having said that though, I am still mostly in the accumulation phase, with a fairly heavy exposure to biotech. I have never shorted a stock, and don't plan to, but do write covered calls to boost my return.
Long: MNKD, CTSO, GERN, MCD, ARNA, WBA, T, WMT, PSX
Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week. Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.
Always being interested in business, I started investing as soon as I could. I tried a handful of businesses: buying and selling cars, motorcycles, and boats; operating a mobile car wash; and financing and administering a local appliance servicing business. I purchased and liquidated a tanning salon at one point as well.
Additionally, I've been an active real estate investor, renting, rehabbing and selling, and seller financing. We've originated and held a few temp to perm loans for investors in the last few years.
I've studied the stock market for most of my adult life and focus most of my investments here currently. My focus is on merger arbitrage, liquidations and other corporate events, along with generally cheap securities. Lately, I've been investing abroad, notably in Europe and Japan.
I manage an investment partnership for friends and am interested in managing more private accounts. I studied business at Texas Tech University and have passed all the CFA exams and CPA exams.
Don't hesitate to contact me should you see a reason and have a wonderful day.