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I approach investing as a social theorist and a cultural historian. As a result, I am a contrarian. Studying the history of financialization, I have to agree with value investors like Seth Klarman, George Soros, and John Quiggin that markets are ultimately inefficient. However, I am not an orthodox value-investor. I believe in diversified strategy so as to insure maximum gains while maintaining a "margin of safety." Understanding that markets will operate inefficiently, I sometimes find "playing the greater fool's game" will yield nice short term gains. I have been investing for five years and have had proven results. I offer unique insight on fundamentals that most analysts do not consider.
Cornelius Vanderbilt has done more than any other man to shape our idea of investing. He was the ultimate contrarian. As an investor he looked for both value and risk. His approach to markets is complex and contradictory but can be learned from.
B.A., NYU Gallatin School
M.A. CUNY Gradatuate Center [in progress]
I started a twitter. https://twitter.com/matt_finston
I am a young up and coming professional. I work in regulatory compliance specifically pertaining to Banks and Financial Institutions. I am looking to build my knowledge of investing by actively trading and reading much of the useful information on SA. Hoping to use active investing to fund world travels one day.
I am 90% a dividends and income investor with a focus on DGI strategy and long-term investments. The other 10%? I'm not afraid to take on risk owning shares in growth companies where I see much promise over the next 5-10 years.
Current holdings: CAFD, GAIN, MAIN, TCPC, GOOD, GLAD, OHI, O, T, FB, GOOG, NVCR.
"Investing is where you find a few great companies and then sit on your ass." ~Charlie Munger
"If you aren't willing to own a stock for ten years, don't even think about owning it for ten minutes." ~Warren Buffett
"It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price." ~Warren Buffett
"The idea of excessive diversification is madness. We don’t believe that widespread diversification will yield a good result. We believe almost all good investments will involve relatively low diversification. If you took our top fifteen decisions out, we’d have a pretty average record. It wasn’t hyperactivity, but a hell of a lot of patience. You stuck to your principles, and when opportunities came along, you pounced on them with vigor. Berkshire in it’s history has made money betting on sure things." ~ Charlie Munger
"The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest." ~ Albert Einstein
"The very attention we place on rising dividends puts us squarely in the position of 'owners' of a company, of true investors who understand that a satisfying and reasonable return from a stock investment isn't a gift of the market or luck or the consequence of listening to some market maven, but it is the logical and inevitable result of investing in a company that is actually doing well enough, in the real world, to both pay dividends and to increase them on a regular basis". ~ Lowell Miller
"Dividends may not be the only path for an individual investor's success, but if there's a better one, I have yet to find it" ~ Josh Peters
Small business owner and numbers n' info nerd. Know more about everything than necessary. We pay for what we don't know. Became very interested in the market in the 90s during the dot com boom. Made some very bad mistakes, but also some brilliant picks. $QCOM, $ORCL, $VOD and $FBIOX were my best fore sights, all of which I still hold. Just as excited today with the advent of the Cannabis industry which is an outgrowth I believe of insufficient health care and genetically modified foods by Big Pharma and Big Agra.
American gap year. Ex/Future Student
Some may question the intelligence of the choice... But, figured why save money in a low-yield savings account to pay for school. Why not try it in something more lucrative?
Always willing to give my two cents.
Jordan C. Styles
Show me the money
I look for undervalued companies, unique opportunities and search the internet for everything under the sun that might help me turn up something others may have missed. I still believe in companies that have experienced management, real products, a growing revenue base, and do the right thing by their investors. There are a few really good bets out there with high ceilings. Finding them is like navigating a minefield filled with imposters, sharks and grifters.
Alan Brochstein, CFA, was the first investment professional to devote himself to sharing his observations about the cannabis industry from an investor's perspective publicly. He runs 420 Investor, a subscription-based due diligence platform for investors interested in the publicly-traded cannabis stocks and is also the founder of New Cannabis Ventures, a content aggregation site focused on investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.
Alan has worked in the securities industry since 1986, primarily with the responsibility for managing investments in institutional environments until he founded AB Analytical Services in 2007 in order to provide independent research and consulting to registered investment advisors. In addition to advising several different hedge funds and investment managers, including Friedberg Investment Management, where he participated as a member of its investment management committee, Alan was also a senior analyst for the independent research firm Management CV. In 2008, he began providing a first-of-its-kind subscription-based service for individual investors, Invest By Model, which offered two different portfolios that investors could replicate in their own accounts for $20 per month. Alan also offered The Analytical Trader at Marketfy, where he used fundamental and technical analysis in a disciplined process to offer specific trade ideas geared towards swing traders.
Alan launched www.420Investor.com in late 2013 as the premier source of information for "Green Rush" investors seeking to capitalize on the proliferation of legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In March 2014, Alan, who is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, began to focus solely on the cannabis sector. He launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com in late 2015.
You can follow Alan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/420investor) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Invest420). Alan also moderates a large LinkedIn group focused on the cannabis industry, Cannabis Investors & Entrepreneurs (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6523904)
Proud father of four. Living the American Corporate dream where you can have 7 layoffs in 10 years and survive all of them. Look to invest in good companies that say something about me. Learning to be more patient, learn from my past mistakes. Learn from others and listen to my conscience a little more when it tell me to buy or sell because it is usually right! I am here to help others make money and share in this wealth.
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I have been occasionally investing, as my personal time and money permit, via long positions over the course of 10 years. I don't work for a brokerage firm, and I'm not a professional trader. My interest has been predominantly within the biotechnology and energy sectors.
I'm a CPA licensed in Maryland. I have Bachelor degrees in both Accounting and Finance.
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I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.