Bert Hochfeld is a convicted felon and former hedge fund manager. He was convicted of mis-appropriating funds from his hedge fund in 2012. .Bert started his business career at IBM working in the areas of product planning and pricing after completing military service Bert worked for IBM in the late 1960's and early 1970's before he took as a post as head of sales and marketing for Memorex Telex and worked there for most of the 1970's until he joined Raytheon Data Systems in a similar capacity in the 1980's. Bert briefly became a real estate developer in the Boston area before joining BMC Software as a product planning director in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Subsequent to that he entered the brokerage business where he became an enterprise software analyst, first at Louis Nicoud and then at Josephthal.&; Co. After Josephthal closed Bert started his own independent research consultancy specializing in enterprise software, storage and IT outsourcing. Bert also ran a small hedge fund. After his arrest and conviction, Bert closed both of those ventures and have been on a sabbatical the past few years. Bert currently manage his own money and those of a few close friends. All of these investments are in tech and we also take positions in small start-up ventures. ..
I am a private investor with a value orientation. By that, I mean I like to buy great companies at prices lower than their intrinsic values. Great companies are ones that produce consistent positive cash flows and will continue to do that for the foreseeable future due to things like strong brands, sustainable competitive advantages, long-term customer contracts, etc. Low prices means things like low price to book (below 1x) or low price to cash flow (below 6x). Sometimes I will pay a bit more for a great company or sometimes I will buy a mediocre company if it is trading very cheap. I like dividend-paying stocks but it's not a show-stopper if they don't pay a dividend.
I am a big fan of some of the great value investors of all time such as Warren Buffett, Prem Watsa, John Templeton, Peter Cundill, Charles Brandes, Francis Chou, etc. I allocate a significant portion of my portfolio to these guys as I am not arrogant enough to believe that I can outperform them on my own. However, I do manage 20 - 30% of my portfolio on my own through individual stock picking.
I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a masters degree in Finance. I read a lot about investing and would consider it one of my main passions. I also like sports and travelling. I own a billboard advertising company that I started in 2003, which is my main source of income.
I seek out value or mispriced stocks with a catalyst and special situations. I’m also a top down macro market trader. I invest for the long term and the short term. I use common stocks, options and ETFs. I use fundamental and technical analysis. I’ve been trading since 1993.
I have worked in financial services for the past 15+ years, I have been investing for a little longer than that. My investment philosophy can be boiled down to a single sentence my old boss (who got me interested in finance) told me.
David the 1st trick to making money in the market and most anywhere else in life is to know what you don't know.
The 2nd is to know if you are smart enough to recognize someone who does have the knowledge you lack..
The 3rd and most important is to only pull the trigger once the blind spots are gone.
Corporate professional and small business owner with degrees in Economics and Finance. I am comfortable managing my own portfolio. Long/Short, Covered Calls, Income & Equity Investing. Try to follow business cycles, anticipate and move cyclically before everyone else. Not always that good at it, but my returns are usually at or better the index/market, despite a below index/market beta. Use an advisor/manager as well, in a collaborative style.
Exec for nearly 20 yrs in Silicon Valley. Started in semis, then moved to software and mobile devices. Seek companies greatly undervalued and misunderstood by the market, but whose business I understand well. Usually long plus some options to pass the time.
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FROM INSIDE SILICON VALLEY: Sorting the truth or likely truth from the noise is a key attribute of the successful investor. My commentary is a distillation of some of this effort relative to particular stocks and investment areas. My publishing at this point in time is limited to the blogsphere, Stocktwits as a Tweeter (@RobertinGatos), and Seeking Alpha posts as both an author (one article and trying to find time for more) and frequent commentator. I have no doubt that this truth seeking effort has been a great aid in my own efforts to be a successful high tech stock investor, which now goes back over 30 years.
Professionally, I was an Engineering Manager in two pioneering Silicon Valley high technology companies, Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor. Some will recall that Fairchild was formed by the group that William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor of Bell Labs fame. had brought together at Shockley Labs to commercialize this device. I joined Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Labs in Palo Alto in 1973. It was at the time affectionately called "Fairchild Tech" due to its propensity to create spinoffs including National Semiconductor, AMD and Intel.
I joined Intel in in 1977 as Manager of their Analytical Lab start up and retired from Intel's senior management ranks in 1998. I joined a startup called Metara as a BOD member and ultimately as VP and Chief Technology Officer. I facilitated the generation of 17 automated mass spectrometry patents and became an expert on analytical technology patents as a result. I retired a second time in 2006 due to the fact that Metara ran out of capital before the first product was fully debugged. Venture caps can be fickle people.
Through out this time, I was surrounded by high tech business activity including management and ultimately startup financing. I stayed familiar with the high tech business press throughout this time and attended relevant Silicon Valley events including many Valley technology investment conferences and shareholder meetings beginning well before the Santa Clara Valley area was called Silicon Valley.
My start as a high tech investor occurred in 1981 when my first Intel stock options became exercisable. I used margin to exercise, buy and hold my Intel stock while I added margin to buy companies like MSFT, CSCO, ORCL, JDSU, SUNW and QCOM from the 80's forward. Needless to say the returns were outstanding. I had the luck of being exposed to long term LEAP call investing by a follow Intel manager and used this technique as additional leverage for most of my tech investments since the very beginning.
I used to love to bet against Merrill Lynch'sTom Kurlak who was known as THE Intel analyst of the time. He would make a negative call on Intel that I knew was way off the mark and use this opportunity for entry into my next set of Intel LEAP calls. That taught me to take advantage of Wall Street whenever possible rather than be their victim.
My original investment specialty was tech stocks however I have expanded my expertise in many key sectors. I follow high tech trends and business activity on a daily basis. I have added Financials to this tracking in particular since the bad behavior of the Investment Banks and now regular Banks (derivatives and lending practices) has led to multiple ugly stock market crashes. Notable examples include the crash of 2008 and the 2000 dot.com bubble with more yet to come, at least in the absence of better regulation.
I am a firm believer in understanding the business model, the business fundamentals and competitive environment for any company that I invest in. I look for competent management and high performance financials that demonstrate a strong possibility of on-going earnings and revenue growth. I read CEO pronouncements with my competence and BS detector on high (for example Ballmer pegs both needles - I'll let you guess which end of the scales). Drilling into a company’s financial fundamentals is a downstream step. Excessive debt is a red flag even if it is for so called good reason -- it limits company margins and business options, and can be representative a poofly performing business segment a company is in. I avoid those kinds of businesses in spite of what may be labeled as strong positive cash flow. Debt leads to sluggish earnings growth and limits company flexibility. It can also lead to ugly surprises, stock dilution for example. Technology company stock buybacks leave me cold. If they cannot make more money by growing their own business with the money, they will flatline or worse.
When the opportunity permits, I try to be ready to buy good companies that I believe have been beaten up inappropriately or are under appreciated (the Tom Kurlak example). I also try to buy companies that I know and understand inside and out or work on getting to there if I invest. Fewer companies,
I have a BA in Economics and another in Political Science. I've been working for the past 3 years in the investment banking industry, where I've been involved in several IPO's. This experience has taught me where to look when assessing a company's potential in creating value.
I recently passed my CFA level I exam and look forward to taking the next level on June 2015.
I invest my own money following a very aggressive strategy. 80% of my portfolio is allocated in a few companies where I see exceptional value potential in the next 12 months.