Eric Coffin and his brother David Coffin (http://seekingalpha.com/author/david-coffin) are the co-editors of the HRA (Hard Rock Analyst) family of publications. Responsible for the “financial analysis” side of HRA, Eric has a degree in Corporate and Investment Finance. He has extensive experience in merger and acquisitions and small company financing and promotion. For many years he tracked the financial performance and funding of all exchange listed Canadian mining companies and has helped with the formation of several successful exploration ventures. Eric is regularly interviewed on North American Radio and TVfor his opinions on resource trends and is a frequent contributor to several third party publications and a number of resource, gold, metals and market related Internet sites.
He regularly speaks at a number of North American gold and resource conferences each year. He was one of the first analysts (along with David) to point out the disastrous effects of gold hedging and gold loan capital financing (1997) and to predict the start of the current secular bull market in commodities based on the movement of the US Dollar (2001) and the acceleration of growth in Asia and India. Eric reviews data from hundreds of companies seeking strong management and finance teams in undiscovered companies for HRA's readers. Combined with good share structures and projects that David likes, these companies have the potential to make the HRA list and generate gains for their readers. Eric and David can be reached at email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or through their website at www.hraadvisory.com (http://www.hraadvisory.com/)
Dr. Paul Kedrosky maintains a widely-read blog on technology finance at Paul.Kedrosky.com (http://paul.kedrosky.com). Earlier in his career, Dr. Kedrosky founded the technology equity research practice at HSBC James Capel. Dr. Kedrosky was one of the first analysts to cover Internet companies, as well as making early and timely calls in networking and communications. He currently sits on various boards, is a strategist for Ten Asset Management in Encinitas, California, and a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation.
He appears regularly on CNBC, and has also appeared on CNN, PBS Newshour, ABC Nightline, and elsewhere, as well as being quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
Gregor Macdonald is an oil analyst and energy sector investor, who also focuses on the coming transition to alternatives. He has spent this decade researching and investing in the energy sector. While his focus remains on global fossil fuel supply, he has developed several models for transition to The Grid, as the world migrates from autos, to public transport. Solar, Wind, Nuclear and other sources of new supply to The Grid will also be a focus of his writing.
Jason Hamlin is the founder of Gold Stock Bull and publishes a highly-rated investment newsletter focused on strategies for profiting in the bull markets in gold, silver, energy and agriculture. Mr. Hamlin has a background analyzing charts and trends for the world’s largest market research company, is versed in fundamental and technical analysis and has consulted to Fortune 500 companies around the globe. Jason is a cycles investor, student of Austrian economics and speaks regularly at investment conferences throughout North America. The Gold Stock Bull newsletter is focused on finding junior mining companies that are undervalued relative to their peers.
Tom Konrad, PhD., CFA is a financial analyst, freelance writer, and portfolio manager specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is currently looking for a money management firm to sponsor what he believes would be the first dividend income oriented green mutual fund, based on a strategy he has been managing since December 2013.
. He is Editor at AltEnergyStocks.com.
Tom lives in New York's lower Hudson River Valley. He volunteers for the environmental nonprofit community, runs, and is a woodworker. He's currently using those woodworking skills to renovate (and upgrade the energy performance) of the 1930 farmhouse he lives in with his wife.
He can be reached at tom at tom konrad dot com.
Jack Lifton is an Independent consultant and commentator, focusing on the market fundamentals and future end use trends of the rare metals. He specializes in the sourcing of nonferrous strategic metals and on due diligence studies of businesses in that space. His work includes exploration, mining, refining and the recovery of metal values by the recycling of not only metals and their alloys but also of metal-based chemicals used as raw materials for component manufacturing.
Mr. Lifton has more than 50 years of experience in the global OEM automotive, heavy equipment, electrical and electronic, mining, smelting, and refining industries. His background includes the sourcing, manufacturing, and sales of platinum group metal products, rare earth compounds, and ceramic specialties used to make catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, batteries, and fuel cells. He is knowledgeable in locating and analyzing new and recycled supplies of 'minor metals' including tellurium, selenium, indium, gallium, silicon, germanium, molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, chromium, and the rare earth metals.
Today he primarily consults to institutional investors doing due diligence on metals related opportunities and to natural resource ventures on technologies and markets.
Jack wrote a weekly column on minor metals for Resource Investor for three years until December 2008, during which he authored more than 125 original articles. He is also speaks on minor metals fundamentals and end-uses at private, public, and professional meetings.
Since 2007 he has made presentations at conferences, seminars, and workshops all over the world more than 50 times.
Mr. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He has held positions with IBM, CDC, Amdahl, and Tandem. Currently, he serves as a local board member of the National Association of Business Economics and teaches graduate courses in investing at Golden Gate University. Bud Conrad, a futures investor for 25 years and a full-time investor for a decade, is also a regular lecturer for American Association of Individual Investors. In addition he produces original analysis for Casey Research, including unique charts and research on the economy and investment markets.
Mark Henwood is the director of New Energy View (www.newenergyview.com) and CEO of Henwood Associates, Inc. an owner, operator, engineer, and constructor of hydroelectric and other power facilities.
Previously Mark built Henwood Energy into a market leader serving the global power industry before its sale in 2002 to form Global Energy Decisions (now part of ABB Ventyx). The company provided enterprise software for risk management, market data, web based analytics and mapping, and management consulting services. The company maintained offices in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific After leaving Global, Mark formed Plexos Solutions LLC and served as its Chaiman until its sale to Enengy Exemplar in August 2011. Mark also served as board member and advisor to PowerLytix, LLC until April 2008 when it sold to Barclays Capital. He was also a director of the Independent Energy Producers Association (Calif) for seven years during the critical QF development period .
In addition to his activities at Henwood Associates, Mark manages a diversified portfolio of equities and fixed income and develops New Energy View (www.newenergyview.com) because of his long term interest in sustainable energy and investing. He is also active in promoting sustainable energy businesses in the Sacramento region through his involvement with CleanStart (www.cleanstart.org) where he is co-founder and Vice Chairman and with start-ups (both directly and formerly as a venture partner in a Sacramento based venture capital firm).
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineering and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis where he was a member of of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. Mark is a California General Engineering Contractor and a resident of Sacramento, California.
James Conrad, Ph.d., is and has been, an investor and trader of stocks, bonds, options, and precious metals for 37 years. He is also the editor of a closed circulation daily market newsletter, which provides investment news, analysis and opinion. Because of the time-sensitive nature of the information contained in the newsletter, subscriptions are not currently open to the public. New subscribers are accepted only on recommendation of existing subscribers. His articles on Seeking Alpha, and elsewhere, however, mirror the subject matter, analysis and opinions currently covered in the newsletter.
Steven Hansen is an international business and industrial consultant specializing in turning around troubled business units; consults to governments to optimize process flows; and provides economic indicator analysis based on unadjusted data and process limitations.
John Petersen is executive vice president and chief financial officer of ePower Engine Systems, Inc., a company that has developed, built and demonstrated an engine-dominant diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain for long-haul heavy trucks that promises fuel savings of 25 to 35 percent depending on terrain and payload.
John is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related legal services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors.
Over the last eight years John has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to AltEnergyStocks, Seeking Alpha, The Street, NASDAQ.com and Batteries International Magazine. He currently works as a senior editor at InvestorIntel.
John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. John’s diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of the battery industry.
A native of Argentina, Marquez has more than 20 years’ experience as an investment banker, and is a recognized expert on both banking and investing strategies, as well as on the emerging markets of Latin America. He is also recognized as one of the investment industry’s most-talented research analysts. It was two stunning and well-publicized predictions he made in 1994 – in Argentina and in Mexico - while serving as a vice president of the Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Fixed Income Group – that cemented Marquez’s reputation as one of Wall Street’s foremost experts on emerging-markets finance. Both countries had major currency crises by the end of that year. During his 25-year career, Marquez has held positions in such well-known financial firms as Touche Ross & Co., Barclay’s Bank, Swiss Bank, First National Bank of Boston and ADP Capital Management. He has also worked as a consultant, and as an institutional investment manager. These experiences have allowed Marquez to develop and then refine a financial-analysis approach that has enabled him to repeatedly predict major market reversals, while also identifying top investment opportunities in both stocks and bonds. Marquez earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University. He currently lives in Princeton.
Disclaimer: Money Morning and Stansberry & Associates Investment Research are separate companies, and entirely distinct. Their only common thread is a shared parent company, Agora Inc. Agora Inc. was named in the suit by the SEC and was exonerated by the court, and thus dropped from the case. Stansberry & Associates was found civilly liable for a matter that dealt with one writer’s report on a company. The action was not a criminal matter. The case is still on appeal, and no final decision has been made.
Martin O. Hutchinson is an investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience, Hutchinson has worked on both Wall Street and Fleet Street and is a leading expert on the international financial markets. At Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Hutchinson was a Senior Vice President in charge of the institution’s derivative operations, one of the most challenging units to run. He also served as a director of Gestion Integral de Negocios, a Spanish private-equity firm, and as an advisor to the Korean conglomerate, Sunkyong Corp. But it was Hutchinson’s work in Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia that solidified his reputation as a true “hands-on” expert on the developing economies. As the U.S. Treasury Advisor to Croatia in 1996, he helped the country establish its own T-bill program, launch its first government bond issue, and start a forward currency market. Hutchinson returned to the United States, was named Business and Economics Editor at United Press International, and was able to jump-start the financial-news operation of that historic wire service. In October 2000, Hutchinson began writing “The Bear’s Lair,” a weekly investment column that appears on the Prudent Bear Web site. Hutchinson earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Harvard University. He lives in upstate New York.
Frank Holmes is CEO and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc., a boutique investment advisory firm based in San Antonio that manages domestic and offshore funds specializing in the natural resources and emerging markets sectors. The company’s no-load mutual funds include the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX), the World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) and the Gold and Precious Metals Fund (USERX). For more insight and perspective from Mr. Holmes, please visit his investment blog, “Frank Talk” (http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/).
Dan Denning founded and edited a private financial newsletter on small-capitalization stocks, Penny Stock Fortunes, in 1998 and edited Strategic Investment, from 2000 to 2006. Via his high-level, macro-economic and stock-market forecasts in these newsletters, he led over 35,000 subscribers in 70 countries to profits in dynamic new American companies. His analysis for The Daily Reckoning (http://www.dailyreckoning.com/) is read by more than 500,000 people regularly. Dan is also a regular columnist for Money Week, a London financial publication.
In 2002 Dan spent a year observing U.S. markets from Paris before relocating to the London offices of Fleet Street Publications. In 2004 Dan spent six months traveling the globe in search of investment opportunities. This trek resulted in the New York Times bestseller, The Bull Hunter (http://www.invest-store.com/cgi-bin/dailyreckoning-bin/moreinfo.cgi?item=3188155) (John Wiley & Sons).
Dan's latest project has him currently residing in Australia where he pens the small cap newsletter, The Australian Small Cap Investigator (http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/asi.php) and The Daily Reckoning Australia (http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/). He is also a contributing editor to the Australian resource investing publication, Diggers & Drillers.
Dan Denning received his undergraduate degree in literature from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He earned a master's degree in the Liberal Arts from St. John's College.
Dr Marc Faber was born in Zurich, Switzerland, where he obtained a PhD in Economics at the age of 24. Dr Faber worked for White Weld & Company Limited in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong from 1970 to 1978, and was then Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert (HK) Ltd. In June 1990, he set up his own investment advisory and fund management business. He publishes a monthly investment newsletter, "The Gloom Boom & Doom Report", and is author of Tomorrow's Gold (http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Gold-Asias-Age-Discovery/dp/9628606778?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176643353&sr=1-1), one of the Seeking Alpha must-read investing books (http://seekingalpha.com/article/4068).
Steve Zachritz, "Zman", is an investor/trader who specializes in the energy sector. He has managed small cap growth portfolios, been an energy banker, and a sell side exploration and production analyst (Prudential and Jefferies) in his 20 years in the financial markets. His daily writeups address developments in that sector and the potential impact on publicly traded stocks, options, and futures.
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Chris Ciovacco is the founder and CEO of Ciovacco Capital Management (CCM), an independent money management firm serving individual investors nationwide. The thoroughly researched and backtested CCM Market Model answers these important questions: (1) How much should we allocate to risk assets?, (2) How much should we allocate to conservative assets?, (3) What are the most attractive risk assets?, and (4) What are the most attractive conservative assets?
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Chris graduated summa cum laude from The Georgia Institute of Technology with a co-operative degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to founding Ciovacco Capital Management in 1999, Mr. Ciovacco worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Atlanta for five years earning a strong reputation for his independent research and high integrity. While at Georgia Tech, he gained valuable experience working as a co-op for IBM (1985-1990). During his time with Morgan Stanley, Chris received extensive training which included extended stays in NYC at the World Trade Center.
His areas of expertise include technical analysis and market model development. CCM’s popular weekly technical analysis videos on YouTube have been viewed over 700,000 times. Chris’ years of experience and research led to the creation of the thoroughly backtested CCM Market Model, which serves as the foundation for the management of separate accounts for individuals and businesses.
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Andrew Mickey is the Chief Investment Strategist of Q1 Publishing (http://www.q1publishing.com/). He has quickly emerged one of the world’s leading publishers of investment ideas and recommendations. Never one to get caught up in the herd, he has made his mark finding investment opportunities long before the rest of the pack catches on. Andrew, a contrarian to the core, has made extremely successful calls on coal, gold, silver, oil, potash, and technology stocks resulting in triple-digit gains for his readers. He is best known for urging investors to get out of ethanol stocks and buy fertilizer stocks during the height of the ethanol boom in July of 2006. His expertise and investing acumen his highly sought after. He currently sits on the advisory boards of two venture capital firms that have jointly controlled almost half a billion dollars in assets. Contact Andrew at amickey[at]q1publishing[dot]com.
Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham serves as Chairman of the Board of Grantham, Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO) and oversees quantitative products and investment strategies. Before GMO’s founding in 1977, Mr. Grantham was co-founder of Batterymarch Financial Management. Prior to helping found Batterymarch, he was a portfolio manager at Keystone Custodian Funds, a management consultant with Cresap McCormick & Paget, and an economist with Royal Dutch Shell. Mr. Grantham earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Note: Mr. Grantham is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Grantham's public commentary.
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