During my professional career I've been a stock broker, stock trader, stock & bond balanced portfolio manager, managed global equity & bond portfolios, managed Central Bank bond funds, International Chief Investment Officer for a number of major US bank investment units, Global CIO of a top Japanese bank, and Senior Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Now in retirement I only manage my own global equity portfolios. I don't trade; instead, I construct long term growth investment portfolios with 3-5 year investment horizons. I don't invest in bonds.
I'm not a pro analyst, a pro investor, a hedge fund manager, or even a college graduate. I'm 25, which makes me, understandably, a bit naive and inexperienced in the world of investing - at least from most people's perspectives. In my defense, the stock market isn't what it used to be. Today, it's so future-based - Investors are making high-risk bets on companies like Tesla and Amazon (with some good reason) while forgetting that reputable companies such as McDonalds, Intel, and Starbucks who spend much of their time proving their worth over time.
I don't have much cash as I've spent a lot on school, but I like to invest across the board instead of just tech, and have enjoyed (or hated) owning companies such as Priceline, Limited Brands, American Airlines, Ford, Apple, and AMD among others. I do my own research, follow my gut, and buy or sell. I generally stay away from companies that I know nothing about such as a retail store or restaurant I've never heard of. I think that having personal experience with a product/brand helps me better gauge an investment. (i.e. I bought some Priceline stock literally days after buying my first Priceline vacation package back in 2012 due to its ease of use).
Why do I write articles for Seeking Alpha? Seeking Alpha is an excellent place for opinions and as a slight contrarian I generally have different perspectives from others, but I think that I'm not alone in these thoughts.
Some ideas I've had recently that aren't necessarily mainstream include:
1. Apple's Mac sales will start falling by as soon as next quarter for at least two quarters and may continue to fall consecutively unless MacBook Air and Pro prices or lowered or refreshed with an all new design (expected in mid-2016). Mac sales have been growing continuously (with the exception of the recession and a few single quarters of y/y declines due to refresh cycles)
2. Apple's iPad morphing into a mobile personal computer can can truly replace your laptop in a way different from a Surface. Today, this isn't possible and the iPad becoming a Mac isn't the solution. As the software and hardware for iPad expands, perhaps people with the intentions of doing more than Office and Netflix will come to have plenty of reason to own an iPad. As such, the iPad can slowly become a very big thing. This one is a bit out there, but I once suggested that AMD could create a semi-custom APU (after Zen) for Apple's Macs in order to offer a highly customizable x86 solution that would be many times more affordable than Intel. Apple has depressed the prices of Macs by a lot recently and making them even cheaper could allow the Mac to grow and reach market share levels that we thought would never come. If Intel keeps kicking AMD's ass though, you can scratch this idea off the list though. Next generation consoles arriving much sooner than expected. Specifically 2018, representing a 4-5 year life cycle of the PS4 and Xbox One. I believe that the current consoles are very underpowered - No 4K, no Virtual Reality, and it's slower than a equally priced gaming PC. Because of this, consoles are going to fall behind very quickly and the March arrival of a $600 Oculus could have profound effect on the gaming industry. Waiting another eight years may be too long, and I think that AMD will be the power behind the next generation.
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I am an amateur investor in my 50's and invest in stocks that I believe are undervalued, have a good balance sheet, and preferably pay a dividend. I especially like beaten up stocks that have fallen too far. However, I try to stick with companies that I think have some sort of moat, brand value, or that I think can improve their situation. I'm not a buyer of stocks that have high P/Es - I prefer a 12 to 16. I focus on a few stocks, do research, and only invest in stocks I can understand. I read Seeking Alpha articles every day about stocks I am interested in and get useful information from the articles and comments. I own two businesses and am quite busy - the Seeking Alpha articles make it easy for me to keep up with the stocks I follow. The Seeking Alpha smartphone app works great in case you haven't tried it. As I write this in December 2013, my main holding is Apple which I started acquiring at about $450 and averaged down to $420. I also own Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. I like the investing ideas of Warren Buffett and Howard Marks and highly recommend Marks book "The Most Important Thing".
If you follow Apple or Wal-Mart and want to share thoughts and research, feel free to contact me.
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Chuck Jones’ career has spanned twelve years as an equity analyst, sixteen years in various roles at IBM and most recently as a Wealth Strategist with Northern Trust.
At Northern Trust he developed and implemented a go-to-market strategy to introduce Investment Management and Trust Services to Technology Executives and Private Equity Partners. Utilizing a wide range of contacts in the Technology, Life Sciences and VC worlds he was able to determine the financial goals and objectives of individuals and families. He then brought in key partners to develop unique strategies to fulfill them.
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I model my investment philosphy after Warren Buffett. I focus on big market cap companies with strong brands and wide competitive moats that have been beaten up by Mr. Market. It's rare that I make more than a half dozen moves into and out of the stock market per year.
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