I apply a common sense and moral attitude to investing. I haven't been convinced that rapid trading can beat a 'Buy & Hold' approach to the market and manage my portfolio keeping long term results in mind. I believe "Brand" is the trickiest item to evaluate as it is, by definition, an asset not yet on the books. Because "Brand Evaluation" is not a technical, but a philosophical process, I think truly strong brand names are usually undervalued - my job is to find those brands. Feel free to interact. (email@example.com) /g.
Eli Inkrot is a writer. Check out his website: thecurrencyoftime.com, his articles here on Seeking Alpha or his book - "You Don't Have A Money Problem" - on Amazon.com.
Additionally, here is a quick bio:
Eli has held the title of Vice President and Portfolio Manager at EDMP Inc. - a money management firm - along with Vice President for F.A.S.T. Graphs - a financial software company.
Prior to that, he began his investment career as an analyst in private real estate for a public pension fund. During his time in real estate he was the lead for a variety of accounts with net asset values totaling nearly two billion dollars. Eli received a Master’s in Finance from the University of Tampa where he earned “highest honors” whilst receiving the distinction of being named the “most outstanding graduate student.” He also holds undergraduate degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University, graduating “magna cum laude” with distinct honors in each major. During his tenure at Otterbein, Eli was a member of the varsity golf team, held the departmental Senator position for Business, Economics and Accounting and studied abroad in the Netherlands.
My name is Difu Wu. I am an individual investor. I currently live in the US. My investment interests include gold, bonds, dividend stocks, value investing, index funds, small cap stocks, emerging markets, and international stocks. My favorite investment books are Security Analysis, by Graham and Dodd; Intelligent Investor, by Graham; Little Book of Common Sense Investing, by Bogle; Single Best Investment, by Miller; Secret Code of the Superior Investor, by Glassman; One Up on Wall Street, by Lynch. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks!
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Market Sniper is a full time market trader. He predominately trades broad market ETFs, stocks, futures and options. He is a former Series 3 and Series 7 licensed broker with Dean Witter and then EF Hutton. He does a mixture of day trading and swing trading with few long term positions with the exception of venture capital positions. He is also a California Real Estate broker and California Certified Residential Appraiser. Market Sniper has a life long interest and fascination with all markets, including real estate. He is an avid student of trading psychology, markets, history, economics and economic history. Market Sniper firmly believes that those who understand history control their own future.
Ryan Avent is an economics writer living in Washington, DC. He authors The Economist’s Free Exchange economics blog, as well as a bi-weekly column on urban economics and transportation issues for the environmental publication Grist. He also writes on a wide range of economic topics at his personal blog, The Bellows, at www.ryanavent.com. He also writes a column for Portfolio.com called Market Movers (www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/market-movers). He has previously contributed to The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, and The Washington Examiner.
I apply a common sense and moral attitude to investing.
I haven't been convinced that rapid trading can beat a 'Buy & Hold' approach to the market and manage my portfolio keeping long term results in mind.
I believe "Brand" is the trickiest item to evaluate as it is, by definition, an asset not yet on the books.
Because "Brand Evaluation" is not a technical, but a philosophical process, I think truly strong brand names are usually undervalued - my job is to find those brands.
Feel free to interact. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephen Schork is the editor and visionary behind The Schork Report (http://www.SchorkReport.com), the leading market intelligence resource for technical and fundamental analysis of the energy markets. Our parent company, The Schork Group, Inc. recently launched ETF Market Intelligence (http://www.ETFMarketIntelligence.com), a weekly publication targeted towards the individual trader looking to diversity their portfolio. As a research analyst and trader, Mr. Schork is distinguished by his skill in identifying pricing inefficiencies in and among commodity markets. Through a multi-disciplinary approach to trading and idea generation, Mr. Schork has proven superior results across a variety of commodity and derivative trading strategies. Mr. Schork is also active on a consultative level with clients, offering unparalleled access and personalized counsel. Mr. Schork has more than 17 years experience in physical commodity and derivatives trading, risk systems modeling and structured commodity finance. Prior to founding The Schork Report (http://www.SchorkReport.com), Mr. Schork spent 15 years as a NYMEX floor trader and senior analyst. In the daily report, Mr. Schork blends these distinct disciplines to present a unique approach to market intelligence, with a focus on providing operative trading strategies. Mr. Schork is regularly interviewed by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg News, Reuters, AP, Platts, and CNNMoney.com. He is also a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business Network and NPR. Further information is available at ETF Market Intelligence (http://www.ETFMarketIntelligence.com) and The Schork Report (http://www.SchorkReport.com).
I've been writing for the professional press for the last five years and have been on the Fox Business channel several times as a guest describing my written work. In January 2009, I started writing my blog Bruce Krasting (http://brucekrasting.blogspot.com). From 1990-1995 I ran a private hedge fund in Greenwich Ct. called Falconer Limited. Investments were driven by macro developments. We expressed our views in global bonds, currencies, stocks, commodities and derivatives. I closed the fund and retired in 1995. I've also been employed by Drexel Burnham Lambert, Citicorp, Credit Suisse and Irving Trust Corp. I hold a bachelor's degree in economics from Ithaca College and currently live in Westchester, NY.
Dividend Tree is an engineering professional working in wireless industry. After earning his PhD, his professional career has taken him to web-based manufacturing systems, risk/statistical analysis for development and sustainability, product development, and design for excellence. He believes in holistic thinking (whole portfolio instead of individual stock) and putting numbers in context of the objectives (instead of generalization). He maintains a blog spot, where he discusses any and all aspects that influence dividend portfolio construction and its sustainability. The unique aspect about his blog spot is that all of the discussion is in the context of do-it-yourself individual investors. He expects that his blog will inspire, motivate, and encourage readers to manage their investment portfolios as simple projects (instead of a complex process).
My blog is at Dividend Tree (http://www.dividendtree.net/)
Mark R. Hake, CFA is President of Hake Investment Research, LLC which produces the International Value Report, the Global Short Report and other value based institutional research services. He is also President of Hake Capital Management which manages separate accounts and Hake Partnership, LP. Hake has been managing global investments for over 20 years and writing institutional research for the past five years. He has been featured in Barron’s, CNBC, Bloomberg and other news organizations as a contrarian investor and deep value expert.
Harry Tuttle is an aspiring independent thinker who is barely arrogant enough to create a blog, but not enough to take himself too seriously. He is a mildly successful speculator who has managed to survive many bear markets resting mainly on his cynicism and paranoia. He prefers anonymity in the belief that most people buy books only because of the cover. Thus, his ideas, if any, should stand on their own. A few may even be good. Visit Harry's blog: The Very Serious Blog (http://theveryseriousblog.blogspot.com/)
Mr. Becker has more than 15-years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, C-level industry executive, drug developer, Wall Street securities analyst and registered financial advisor. He is also an online communications pioneer, popular blogger, and a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Before establishing MD Becker Partners LLC (www.mdbpartners.com) in 2008, he served as president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors for several publicly-traded biotechnology companies including commercial-stage Cytogen Corporation (acquired by EUSA Pharma) and development-stage VioQuest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
While at Cytogen, Mr. Becker held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Business Development, Industry Relations, Investor Relations and Chief Executive Officer of AxCell Biosciences, a subsidiary of Cytogen focused on signal transduction pathways. During his tenure at Cytogen, Mr. Becker raised in excess of $130 million in new capital through both public offerings and private placements and in-licensed Caphosol(c), a topical oral agent and prescription medical device for the treatment of oral mucositis and xerostomia.
Prior to joining Cytogen, Mr. Becker was with Wayne Hummer Investments LLC, a Chicago-based regional brokerage firm, where he held senior positions as a biotechnology securities analyst, financial advisor and portfolio manager. He was also the founder and Executive Editor of Beck on Biotech, a monthly biotechnology investment newsletter published from July 1998 through March 2001. Mr. Becker was previously with Kidder, Peabody & Co., Gruntal & Co., L.L.C., and Kemper Securities. He has previously held the following financial licenses: Series 7 (Registered Representative), Series 16 (Securities Analyst), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent) and Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).
Mr. Becker plays an active leadership role as an advocate for the biotechnology industry. He is past Chairman and member of the board of trustees with BioNJ, which is New Jersey's trade association for biotechnology companies, and is currently a member of BioNJ, Pennsylvania Bio, the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), and the Pharmaceutical Consulting Consortium, Inc. (PCCI). Mr. Becker placed as a biotechnology/life sciences finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in both 2004 and 2005 and was listed in BusinessWeek's "CEO's 40 and Under" article in December 2006. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
MD Becker Partners newsletter site can be found at: http://lifesciencedigest.com
The Curious Investor (http://www.TheCuriousInvestor.com) is an investing blog which hopes to provide both educational and informational content on a variety of investing topics. The author is a distressed and special situations investor who began his career in mezzanine lending and private equity. Views expressed are based on a value investing perspective and represent the author's own personal opinions and not supported by his employer.
Ron Shuttleworth is President of RES Enterprises, offering strategic consulting for business plan development, commercialization, and financing. He advises C-Level operators on various aspects of execution including sales & marketing, HR, IR, and measurement, and he assists operators in accessing customers, partners, suppliers, and investors as required. He assists investors to attain reasonable returns on investments. Target operations: growth companies in the technology sector. He has been Technology Analyst, VC, CEO, CTO. Visit: RES Free Thinking (http://resfreethinking.blogspot.com/)
About a year ago, a company asked me to write a daily blog for them. I told them that I’d never read a blog and had absolutely no idea how to write one but sure, if you want to pay me for it, I’ll give it a shot. It was either my good or bad fortune to start at the beginning of the credit crisis. Good because there was a lot to write about, bad because they didn’t really want me to chronicle and opine on the disaster of the day. Guess who won that standoff. But I was hooked on blogging, so I started my own blog, called it But Then What and here we are.
I’m not sure that credentials mean much when it comes to writing about things but people seem to want to see them, so briefly here are mine. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from an undistinguished Midwestern university and masters in international business from an equally undistinguished Southwestern University. I spent a number of years working for large banks lending to lots of different industries. For the past few years, I’ve been engaged in real estate finance – primarily for commercial projects. Like a lot of other finance guys, I’m looking for a job at this point in time.
Given all of that, I suggest that you take what I write with the appropriate grain of salt. I try and figure out what’s behind the news but suspect that I’m often delusional. Nevertheless, I keep throwing things out there and occasionally it sticks. I do read the comments that readers leave and to the extent I can reply to them. I also reply to all emails so feel free to contact me if you want to discuss something at more length. Oh, I also have a very thick skin, so if you disagree feel free to say so.
Enjoy what I write and let me know when I’m off base – I probably won’t agree with you but don’t be shy.
Visit my blog http://www.butthenwhat.com or follow me on twitter at twitter.com/tomlindmark.
The Applied Finance Group (AFG) helps investment advisors, institutional investment, consulting, corporate firms globally in accurately measuring corporate performance and identifying mispriced equities. AFG developed its proprietary framework, Economic Margin, to correct distortions created by traditional accounting-based analysis.
The Economic Margin Framework is more than just a performance metric, as it encompasses a valuation system that explicitly addresses the four main value drivers of enterprise value: profitability, competition, growth, and cost of capital. Unlike traditional valuation approaches that utilize highly sensitive perpetuity assumptions, AFG’s approach incorporates company specific competitive advantage periods which identify companies that may lose excess returns over time faster than their competitors.
Mark is the founder and president of New Horizons Financial Management. New Horizons is an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized consulting services in investment and asset management. Mark has a degree in finance and has worked in investment management for the past 5 years. Mark has written a personal finance column for Baltimore and Washington metropolitan newspapers. Mark writes a financial blog at BuylikeBuffett.com (http://buylikebuffett.com/).
Terry Schumacher works as a business acquisition finder. This activity involves doing research and identifying potential acquisition opportunities primarily for private equity firms. The acquisition could be a whole company, part ownership of a company, or it could be related to the divestiture of a segment of a company.
Mr. Schumacher was previously the CFO of Jewett-Cameron Trading Company. Before that he was Vice President – Senior Research Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, and he was also a commodity analyst at Merrill Lynch earlier in his career. He has an MBA from Columbia University, and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Sean Hannon, CFA, CFP, is the publisher of EPIC Insights, a weekly newsletter providing Sean’s timely stock ideas and market commentary. Sean’s goal in EPIC Insights is to educate readers, giving them accessible advice they can use to manage their own financial future. The transparent portfolio that Sean has created in EPIC Insights has outperformed the S&P 500 during many investment cycles. Through this portfolio Sean offers readers a thorough understanding of his investing techniques, making them better equipped to manage their own affairs during a period of heightened uncertainty.
Sean has over ten years of financial services experience, having worked for both Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase. Having seen how complexity and lack of clarity can destroy the best ideas, Sean felt a large void existed that would allow individual investors to seize control of their own destiny while receiving professional assistance in an opaque market.
David S. Cohen is the founder of Equation Arts (http://www.equationarts.com). He is a brand strategist, problem solver, technologist, and "business therapist." Known for being both a left and right brain thinker, David has spent much of his career exploring the intersection of technology, business and creativity. His expertise is in defining brand positioning and product vision; skills, which he has applied to software and service companies in a wide range of industries. Visit David's blog at http://davidscohen.wordpress.com (http://davidscohen.wordpress.com)
Brad Ferris is the author of Triage Investment Blog and President of Triage Capital Management Incorporated.He is 30, lives in London Ontario Canada and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Marketing as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Brad is also a practicing Registered Nurse.Brad has been investing independently over the past thirteen years and has developed a truly unique perspective on equity markets, security analysis and fundamentals of portfolio construction that combine his education, personal and professional experiences into a productive and successful approach. His ability to critically assess companies can be seen both in his writing and professional experiences where he applies his knowledge for the benefit of his readers and clients.
John A. Gordon is Principal and Founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group (http://www.pacificmanagementconsultinggroup.com), an independent restaurant analyst providing research and niche earnings analysis, management consulting and advisory expertise to those who need to know about chain restaurants. Gordon has a track record of success in over thirty years experience in business, spanning roles from hourly associate to Chief Financial Officer, to management consultant, 100% focused on restaurants.
With his management consulting experience, Gordon has a track record of success with several hospitality and restaurant companies in a variety of operational and financial management roles.
Gordon is an expert in management systems, benchmarking and performance measurement, and is an expert in restaurant economics. He is active in many associations and expert networking groups (GLG, S&P, etc), and is a graduate of Indiana University.
The Mole (pseudonym) is a man in the know. I don't trade for a living, but instead work for a well-known Irish institution, heading a desk that regularly trades over €100 million a day. I aim to provide top quality, up-to-date and relevant market news and data, so that traders can make more informed decisions.
Visit The Mole's blog (http://www.paddypowertrader.com/blog/index.php/category/market-watch/).
Kara Swisher is Co-Executive Editor of All Things Digital (http://allthingsd.com). She started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.
Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web's major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics. With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital (http://allthingsd.com/d/), a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post.
She is also the author of "aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web," published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, "There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future," was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Jack Walker is the author of IVolatility.com’s (http://ivolatility.com/) Volatility Trading Digest using the name Jacktrader.
Jack is a former PSE options market maker and hedge fund manager.
IVolatility.com (http://ivolatility.com/) offers online stock options analysis and trading tools including the best options data and volatility charts in the business.
Current and previous issues of IVolatility Trading Digest along with a wealth of other useful articles and information for those interested in option trading are available at IVolatility.com. (http://ivolatility.com/)
Kirk Shinkle, who joined U.S.News & World Report in October 2007, covers investing, the domestic and foreign stock markets, and general business and economic news.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KirkS (http://twitter.com/KirkS)
I'm the Director of Research at Wonder. Come check it out (askwonder.com)
Previously, I worked for Seeking Alpha from 2008-2015. During that time, I was involved in building out the PRO and Marketplace subscription platforms, and also spent time writing 'Wall Street Breakfast' and writing for the Breaking News team.
Before joining Seeking Alpha, I co-founded a (short-lived) start-up for crowd-sourced angel investing and worked in the private banking division of a boutique bank. I've got an M.Sc. in applied economics from Georgia Southern University, and a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
My husband and I live in Israel with our two children.
Michael Stokes is the developer of a number of swing trading strategies (http://marketsci.wordpress.com/my-strategies/), all of which are independently-audited and available via subscription or managed account. For 2006 and 2007, the first two years his strategies were available to the general public, he was the #1 ranked market timer for risk-adjusted performance by Theta Research. His thoughts on wrangling these unruly markets can be found on the MarketSci Blog (http://marketsci.wordpress.com/).