John received his PhD in chemistry in the research group of Nobel Laureate Donald Cram in 1987 and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 2009. His research career spans 16 years performing drug discovery research in metabolic diseases, cancer, HIV infection, antibacterials, and Alzheimer's disease. In 2011 John joined Sagient Research Systems as a Biotechnology Analyst. In 2013 he joined Zack's Small Cap Research as an Analyst.
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As John is neither licensed nor qualified to act as an investment advisor, his articles are written for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. He makes a reasonable effort to avoid misstatements of fact, but advises all investors to consult primary sources prior to making an investment.
Victor Cook, Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor of Management at the Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. In addition to his university service, Cook has experience in senior management positions. Among those he has been for over thirty years, president and lead designer at thestyle.com
Professor Cook began his academic career as a doctoral fellow at the Marketing Science Institute and Lecturer at the Wharton School. He moved to Cambridge, MA as Associate Director of Research when MSI was acquired by the Harvard Business School. He served six years as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Chicago Booth before joining the Tulane faculty.
Visit his blog: customersandcapital.com.
During the IPO season Francis Gaskins, editor of IPOdesktop.com & director of research for Equities.com, regularly appears on CNBC TV, Bloomberg, thestreet.com & other financial cable channels. On the day of the Visa IPO he appeared on four cable TV financial shows including Bloomberg & CNBC.
Over the past five years he has been quoted over 500 times by such financial media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today among others. Those quotes are available at IPOdesktop.com.
His varied personal interests include violin playing. For example, he is concertmaster of the Palisades Symphony. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (finance) and an AB from Princeton University (economics).
Up until a century ago, there appears to have been a fairly equal emphasis on economic theory and observation. Although the interest in economics has probably always been a consequence of the need of the state to acquire resources, we are now at the point where the discipline of economics is both completely at the service of ideological camps and completely convinced of its own objectivity and scientific underpinnings.
I have taken an interest in markets since 2008, after which my already scant regard for conventional wisdom in the modern social sciences plunged even further. I try to understand historical price behavior and see what it says about present market conditions.
I've been investing full time for over 15 years. I use a proprietary model based on a modified Graham, DCF & PE analysis. Results can be viewed at our website (address below). As a result of past investment decisions I was able to turn my attention to full time investing & research which has always been my passion. This site & website below are the best forums to share ideas and research. I've also developed several financial analysis templates detailed on the IIEX website available to site supporters.
I am not in the brokerage/finance industry & am not a professional at finance or any related field. I have a degree in engineering although I spent most of my career in management & very little doing engineering calculations. Website: https://iiex.sharepoint.com
“one of the last great advocates of reason”
We manage a hedge fund that utilizes value investing principles and rigorous analysis.
Prospective investors, financial reporters, etc. can reach us using the Seeking Alpha messaging platform.
I am the Chief of Operations at Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of the large privately held software company, Wolfram Research. I manage teams of programmers developing custom applications for business and, government, applying advanced analytic methods to practical challenges. I played a major role in the development of many of the financial features of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. I have been at Wolfram for over 15 years. My academic background is in the social sciences and analytic methods in the social sciences, including finance, economics, statistics, modeling, simulation, and operations research. I studied at the University of Chicago, both undergrad and grad. I am also an individual investor with 30 years experience, mostly using mutual funds and fundamental analysis, plus specific investments in the financial sector. My contributions on Seeking Alpha focus on the financial sector and monetary economics, and what analysis of those areas can tell us about other macro trends. I also discuss portfolio theory, formal methods in finance, modeling and simulation of financial prices and economic time series, government statistical releases, financial regulation, and monetary policy.
I design and make products to meet market niches. Focus currently managing two lift-boats deployed in ARAMCO and project managing building another one, or two; so keenly interested in which way the oil-wind blows.
Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst with over 14 years' experience, he primarily specializes in wireless, networking, and telecoms fields. His present focus is on wireless technology, especially the evolution of mobile device architecture & software, fixed-mobile convergence, shifts in service provider value chains, enterprise mobility, in-building technologies, wireless broadband, and the integration of cellular and WLAN.
He was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications and software stocks with Granville Baird, the UK arm of US-based investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he had spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business unit, directly managed the Internet & Networking competency area and custom consulting operations, and held the titles of Chief Analyst and Director of Consulting.
Visit his site: disruptivewireless.blogspot.com (http://disruptivewireless.blogspot.com/)
Led by MIT engineers and Wall Street analysts, Trefis.com helps you understand how a company's products, that you touch, read, or hear about everyday, impact its stock price.
Surprisingly, the founders of Trefis discovered that along with most other people they just did not understand even the seemingly familiar companies around them: Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Walmart, GE, Ford, Gap, and others.
This might include you though you may have invested money in these companies, or may have been working with one of them for years as an employee, or have consulted with them as an expert for a long time.
Consider these questions:
•What % of Apple's stock price is iPhones? (Q: Is it 5%, 25%, or 50%?)
•What % of Dell's stock price is Dell Notebooks?
•If Bing took half the market share from Google Search, what % upside could there be for Microsoft’s stock?
On Trefis you will get answers to questions like above.
You can play with assumptions, or try scenarios, as-well-as ask questions to other users and experts. The platform uses extensive data to show in a single snapshot what drives the value of a company's business.
Trefis makes the same content, data, and tools that are currently available only to professional investors today, accessible to everyone. Importantly, it makes the extensive data/tools easy to use and understand, allowing investors to leverage the platform in their decision making much more efficiently than anything else available.
Trefis is currently used by hundreds of thousands of investors, company employees, and business professionals.
The people of Yankee Group are the global connectivity experts–the leading source of insight and counsel trusted by builders, operators and users of connectivity solutions for nearly 40 years. We are uniquely focused on the evolution of Anywhere connectivity, and chart the pace of technology change and its effect on networks, consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in Boston, Yankee Group has a global presence, including operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Jeffrey M. Kaplan is the Founder and Managing Director of THINKstrategies, a strategic consulting firm that helps IT enterprise decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies. Jeff is also the founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace, the largest vendor-independent online directory and best practice resource center of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, including Managed Services.
Prior to forming THINKstrategies, Jeff served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at InterOPS Management Solutions, and was Director of Strategic Marketing at International Network Services (INS) and subsequently Lucent Technologies, which acquired INS. Jeff also spent thirteen (13) years as a leading industry analyst at IDC, Dataquest and META Group.
Jeffrey is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributing columnist for BusinessWeek, Mass High Tech Journal, Financial Times of London, NetworkWorld, Business Communications Review, ComputerWorld, InformationWeek, Managing Automation, and the Web Hosting Industry Review on topics ranging from utility computing to outsourcing strategies.
Visit his site at www.thinkstrategies.com/blog (http://www.thinkstrategies.com/blog).
Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Moneybuilder, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and InvestorPlace.com.
Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.
Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions (www.interarbor-solutions.com), an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years.
You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dana_Gardner and on Friendfeed at http://friendfeed.com/danagardner.
Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: SOA, cloud computing, Web services, application development tools, and application lifecycle optimization techniques. His specific interests include enterprise infrastructure and processes, developer tool advances and trends, business intelligence, complex event processing, business process management, virtualization, infrastructure outsourcing and utility usage trends, and open source development and deployment initiatives.
As a software strategies blogger on ZDNet (http://blogs.zdnet.com/ Gardner) and BriefingsDirect (http://briefingsdirectblog.blogspot.com) and via a podcast series on BriefingsDirect (http://www.briefingsdirect.com), his analysis, commentary and interviews become conversational, and powerfully distributed via social networking and search.
Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group, and a former editor-at-large and the founding online news editor at InfoWorld.com.
I believe in a long term, buy and hold investment philosophy and that ETFs have greatly leveled the playing field for investors and have allowed for the continued democratization of investing. I focus on international stocks as well as dividend paying equities that provide great long term value for investors.
SoundView conducts research and analysis on emerging technologies and companies for investors. The director of research, Kris Tuttle, has over 32 years of hands-on work in technology, business and markets. Early in his career Kris was an AI researcher at Carnegie Mellon University and spent 8 years with IBM developing and implementing new "bleeding edge" technologies in multiple industries.
Later he obtained an MBA in finance and moved into institutional sales at UBS and then equity research at SoundView Technology Group where he eventually came to run research there before being acquired by Charles Schwab in 2003. While at SoundView his name was closely associated with companies like Atria Software, Rational Software, BEA Systems, Business Objects, and Netscape and he was recognized by institutional investors as the "most informed, independent and money-making analyst in the market."
Kris founded his own firm in April of 2005 and acquired the SoundView trademarks in 2011 under which the the firm now operates. Parts of the predecessor brand "Research 2.0" are still found online.
Zacks.com brings the decades of study and stock picking expertise of Zacks Investment Research to individual investors. Now, you don't to be an investment bank or brokerage firm to get the professional power of Zacks' research. It's all available on Zacks.com. Learn more about Zacks' history and company below.
I am an individual investor that eagerly digs into a company's financial data to see what I can learn about it. Deciphering the mysteries of financial reports has been a long-term quest that began when a pre-Internet mailman unexpectedly left some company's formal report at my door. Over time, I synthesized various approaches for fundamental analysis into one ever-evolving methodology to assess performance and value.
The Gauging Corporate Financial Results blog describes the analyses I perform and the methodology itself. Writing about these efforts helps focus my thoughts. I share them with the hope I might be helping other investors. I know I benefit from reader feedback.
We are very excited to have teamed up with demographic experts Ken Gronbach and Nick Eberstadt to publish the Age Curve Report.
This is an in-depth monthly demographic and stock market report that examines today’s "Generational Opportunity" in equities. Our 2009 archive and our 2010 Market Outlook are free and available for download to non-subscribers on our web site:
We believe the current "Generational Opportunity" is similar to 1860, 1900, 1940 and 1975. All were periods of consensus gloom and doom, and proved to be a missed opportunity by many. Real dangers still exist and we are not saying it is risk free investing from here on out. There will be testing periods ahead in the coming years of this "Generational Opportunity" and we believe a useful historical road map could be 1975 to 1982, but with a deflation and not inflation back drop.
The Age Curve Master Portfolio model was created to help subscribers of The Age Curve Report measure the success of combining our "Back to Basics" money management style with a simple but disciplined approach to research. The model Beacon Master Portfolio, which as on February 12, 2009 is up nearly 75.8 percent versus its S&P Global 100 benchmark return of 17.9 percent, since December 5, 2008.
This model also allows subscribers of our demographic and investment report–The Age Curve Report–to quickly understand our current investment stance, and gives an in-depth analysis of undervalued companies that are benefitting from today’s generational demand. It also allows readers to review its past and current holdings, monitor its performance and highlight sectors of the market that are undervalued and under believed on a generational basis.
"If real wealth is to be created, it has to be invested generationally." Scott Minerd, chief strategist at Guggenheim Partners
For further up-to-date information on the further progress of the model Beacon Master Portfolio please go to 3 Beacon Blog or subscribe to our Age Curve Report.
I am a long-time individual investor with an engineering degree and an MBA. I worked in aerospace-defense for 15 years and have spent the last decade or so working for a large financial services firm. This academic, work and investing background helps me cast an informed eye on tech stocks, the stock market and the economy and also provides the skills needed to write the software that supports the various parts of the Trade-Radar.com website as well as the Trade-Radar Stock Inspector "Total Stock Analysis" software.
Visit his blog: http://blog.trade-radar.com
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A financial analyst & forecaster. I look at everything, but drill down into secular trends, equity investment strategies and asset/sector allocation models. 20 years experience in asset modeling, investment analysis/general dd, portfolio mgt, and macroeconomic analysis. To that end I've worked extensively with equities, fixed income, commodities, private equity, currencies, and derivative products.
Worked with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley and many others as an institutional trader, published hundreds of actionable investment models and valuation studies, and conducted primary S&P 500 member research for several hedge funds.
My commentary and educational library appears on Investopedia.com, and analysis has appeared in Barron's, WSJ.com, TheStreet.com, and Forbes.com, yada yada.
I believe that equity analysis originates within a methodical, objective, and analytical framework. Influences include some Austrian, some Chicago, some Keynesian, a healthy dose of Emerson and William James. Kahneman, Graham, Buffett, Lynch, Dalio, Siddhartha.
True Alpha involves equal parts science and art, and this begins with a cohesive vision of the way the world will be in the future. From that belief can come logical theories that apply to specific technologies, business models, and industries.
Failures should be appreciated as much as successes, so long as the investor can approach both with a relative calm. Success in the long run is the only goal that truly matters, so we must practice with intent, no matter what the short-term noise reinforces or contradicts. The markets are always seeking an inherent balance, and my research style seeks to profit from imbalances when they appear.
IndexUniverse's website and related sub-sites cover product and market developments related to index funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), index derivatives (futures/options/swaps), and the sophisticated investment strategies which use these financial tools. The sites provide top quality news, columns, research, and features about the dynamic field of index-based investing and trading.
IndexUniverse also supplies valuable tools and data to assess markets and investment products, and specialized discussion boards for registered members to exchange cutting-edge ideas and market views. The site aims to be educational, thought-provoking, and most importantly, rigorously independent in perspective.
IndexUniverse was founded by Steven Schoenfeld in 2002 and the current Editor and Publisher is Jim Wiandt.
Visit: Index Universe (http://indexuniverse.com/)
Dr. Robert N. Castellano, president of The Information Network (http://www.theinformationnet.com/), received a Ph.D. degree in solid state chemistry from Oxford University (England). He has had ten years experience in the field of wafer fabrication at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Stanford University. He has authored numerous reports for other publishing companies before founding The Information Network in 1985. He has been editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Active and Passive Electronic Devices since 1985. He writes a monthly column in “Vacuum Technology & Coating” magazine and “Wafer & Device Packaging Interconnect” magazine. He is author of the book "Technology Trends in VLSI Manufacturing" published by Gordon and Breach. He is also a Senior Contributor to TheStreet.com. His book "Solar Panel Processing" was published in 2009 by Old City Publishing. His latest book, "Alternative Energy Technology" was published in 2012. Also in the solar area, he is CEO of SolarPA, which uses a proprietary nanomaterial to coat solar cells, increasing the efficiency by up to 10%. He had been on the Advisory Board of Principal Solar. He recently published a fictional novel Blessed, available on Amazon and other sites.
The author of Stockerblog worked for over 20 years in the financial services industry as a stockbroker, investment advisor, Vice President of a San Francisco money management firm, mutual fund wholesaler, and market maker on the Pacific Stock Exchange. He has written numerous articles for the Bond and Share Society Journal, Friends of Financial History Magazine, TheStreet.com and many other investment publications. He has also appeared on CNBC and Fox Business News, and is founder of WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.
Visit Stockerblog (http://stockerblog.com/) and WallStreetNewsNetwork.com (http://WallStreetNewsNetwork.com)
Dr. Charles Lieberman serves as chief investment officer for Advisors Capital Management L.L.C., a money management and investment advisory firm, servicing financial advisors and private clients throughout the country. Dr. Lieberman has overall responsibility for managing its three primary types of separate account portfolios, growth, growth with income, and income with growth.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in economics, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania before beginning his professional career as an academic at the University of Maryland and, subsequently, at Northwestern University. After five years in academia, Dr. Lieberman joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as head of its Monetary Analysis Staff before coming to Wall Street. At Morgan Stanley and Shearson Lehman Brothers, he focused on the debt and equity markets, respectively. In 1986, he joined Manufacturers Hanover Securities Corp. as chief economist and head of research and retained that position through the subsequent mergers with Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan. During his 11-1/2 years with these banks, he worked intensively with the Bank’s clients, as well as the Bank’s trading desks and portfolio and sat on the Bank’s Markets Committee, which was responsible for funding, interest rate and currency risk management. He also traveled extensively on behalf of the Bank, both domestically and internationally, consulting with senior government officials and portfolio managers of some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
In 1997, he left Chase to found, along with co-founder Henry Kaufman, the global macro hedge fund Strategic Investors Management L.L.C. and to serve as its managing partner and principal strategist. In this role, Dr. Lieberman constructed leveraged investments (some hedged, some unhedged) on a global basis.
Dr. Lieberman is frequently quoted in the media. He has appeared often on CNBC, Bloomberg radio and television, CNN, CNNfn, The Nightly Business Report on PBS, Reuters Financial Television, Fox Business News, and the major television networks. He is often quoted by Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Barron’s, and numerous other domestic and international business publications.
In this rapidly evolving yet skittish environment, what factors will sustain and accelerate the recent uptick in deal activity? What must Washington and Wall Street do, individually and collectively, to promote deals and reap the economic benefits they deliver? Where should dealmakers be looking to do deals? These are just some of the issues tackled in The Deal Economy, a blog penned by Robert Teitelman, Editor in Chief of The Deal magazine and The Deal Pipeline. Join our conversation on reanimating capital markets from now until our exclusive event, The Deal Economy 2012, at the NYSE in December.
Mike Havrilla is a former pharmacist (retail and home infusion settings), biotech stock trader, and writer with experience that includes full-time online trading since 2009, working as a full-time pharmacist from 2004-2009, and writing for investors since 2007. Mike holds Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Wyeth prior to pharmacy school. He is also an avid runner and has completed over 20 marathons with a personal best time under three hours for the 26.2 mile race and under 80 minutes for the half marathon. Mike merged his former publishing business with BioRunUp.com / Mark Messier in October 2010, creating a new online biotech stock research and trading subscription service.
I'm an experienced options/futures trader and freelance writer. I've covered the options market for various companies for the past 12 years. Prior to that, I worked as an institutional sales trader for a New York-based institutional brokerage firm. I'm now in Chicago and you can catch my Friday mornings on CBOE TV. Please visit the Options Idea Central blog for recent commentary and options trading ideas.
I have been a technology investor for over twenty-five years. My investing style includes a combination of Fundamental Analysis with Technical Analysis used for entry and exit points. I have followed several stocks involved in patent litigations including Rambus (RMBS), Interdigital (IDCC), Tessera (TSRA) and Star Scientific (STSI). I follow the actual trials, read the transcripts and the briefs and attempt to handicap the outcomes. I attend various hearings, trials, and oral arguments whenever possible, including appeals to the CAFC, and occasionally attend hearings/trials at various District Courts and the ITC. I have attended over 30 oral arguments at the CAFC and I have a good feel for the various judges.
Star Scientific (STSI) is my favorite stock for 2014. STSI has transformed themselves from a tobacco company to a Biopharma company in 2012 and 2013, and this year we will see the true value of the company now that scientific researchers are running the company. Star Scientific will also probably be changing their name in 2014, and may choose to become known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals (their division that produces Anatabloc). Although STSI has exited the tobacco manufacturing business (and settled with RJR for a paltry $5 Million), they still own key tobacco curing patents that have been validated by both the USPTO and the CAFC, and these patents don't expire until 2018. Star's new TSNA BDL patent (granted in 2012 by the USPTO) doesn't expire until 2030. I expect STSI (Rock Creek) to have a banner year in 2014 as the world starts to learn the miraculous ability of Anatabloc to treat a variety of auto immune diseases and other conditions associated with NF-kB inflammation (including MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Crohn's, Parkinson's, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer's, and various types of cancer, etc). Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals should have more and more peer reviewed medical journal articles on the efficacy of Anatabloc coming out in 2014. I also expect that Rock Creek will file several drug applications (IND's) with the FDA in 2014. In addition, I expect Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals to team or partner with one or more Big Pharma companies for various human ailments as they pursue these IND's. For all these reasons, I expect Star Scientific to be at least a $10 stock before the end of the 2014, and possibly much higher than that.
Greentech Media (GTM) produces industry-leading news, research, and conferences in the business-to-business greentech market. Our coverage areas include solar, smart grid, energy efficiency, wind, and other non-incumbent energy markets. GTM Research, the research arm of the company, produces competitive intelligence reports and data subscriptions.
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