John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese and was trained as a domestic Japanese research analyst and money manager. In 1977 Thomas became the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist magazine and the Financial Times of London. Thomas traveled extensively throughout Asia, interviewing premiers, presidents and prime ministers, writing on macroeconomic trends, and producing countless features about individual companies. Thomas witnessed China’s cultural revolution and was one of the first American correspondents to enter China prior to the U.S. normalization of relations. Thomas authored several books about the Japanese financial system still in use by business schools today. In 1983 Thomas joined a top US investment bank in New York with the mandate to develop an international equity business for the firm. In 1985 he moved to London, England to establish a presence in Japanese equity derivatives for the firm. In 1989 Thomas was appointed a director of one of the big three Swiss Banks with a mandate to design sophisticated hedging strategies for the bank’s considerable holdings of Japanese equity warrants and convertible bonds. With the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, Thomas was drafted by the US Marine Corp to serve as a pilot. In 1990 Thomas became a pioneer in the nascent hedge fund industry by founding the first dedicated Japanese hedge fund. The firm managed segregated accounts for a variety of government agencies, banks, and high net worth individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After a decade of spectacular absolute and relative performance he sold his firm in 1999 and retired to manage his personal investments in the oil and gas industry. Seeing incredible opportunities in the marketplace and yearning for the adrenaline and satisfaction offered by active management, Thomas launched a new hedge fund in 2007. In his free time Thomas is a commercial aircraft pilot, long distance hiker and mountain climber, wine collector and avid photographer.
David Enke, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Finance at The University of Tulsa, with research and teaching interests in the areas of financial risk management, quantitative and computational finance, financial engineering, enterprise risk management, investment and trading, and intelligent systems. His research involves forecasting equity, option, and commodity prices, modeling volatility, and managing credit, market, and operational risk. Additional activities include hedge fund replication, optimizing option-based spreading strategies, and assisting student investment funds. Much of his quantitative research involves the use of intelligent mathematical and computer models, including neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary systems, agent-based systems, artificial life, data mining, and simulation. In addition to university and industry research in price forecasting and trading system development, Dr. Enke has numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, book chapters, and edited research volumes. He is also an active investor, and comments regularly on his research interests at his blog, Bull Bear Trader (http://www.bullbeartrader.com/).
Matt Blackman, CMT is a technical trader, author, reviewer, keynote speaker and regular contributor to a number of trading publications and investment/trading websites in North America and Europe. Blackman is the host of a trading website TradeSystemGuru.com (http://www.TradeSystemGuru.com) and writes a weekly stock market letter. As well as mentions, quotes, and articles published on such websites as Barron’s Online, Reuters, CBS MarketWatch and Trade2Win.com, his articles have appeared in publications including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine, SFO (Stocks, Futures & Options) Magazine, Trader Monthly Working Money, Physicians Money Digest, Laffer Economics, The Wellington Letter, Traders.com Advantage, Traders Mag (Europe), Active Trader and Investopedia.com. He has also written articles on a wide variety of international finance and e-commerce business-related topics for such publications as E-Commerce Quarterly, Offshore Finance USA, Offshore Finance Canada, Offshore Outlook, Shore-to-Shore, and Shoreliner magazine, the official membership publication for the Offshore Institute. In a September 2004 article for Offshore Investment Magazine, he was referred to as “one of Western Canada’s leading international financial analysts” by Walter H. Diamond, economist and author of more than 80 texts on international taxation and trade. Blackman is a member of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) and the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA). He earned the Chartered Market Designation (CMT) and a B.Sc. (Honors) degree from Simon Fraser University. He can be reached via email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Mark J. Perry is a full professor of economics at the Flint campus of The University of Michigan, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and finance since 1996. Starting in the fall of 2009, Perry has also held a joint appointment as a scholar at The American Enterprise Institute. Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University and in addition, and has an MBA degree in finance from The University of Minnesota. In addition to an active scholarly research agenda, Perry enjoys writing op-eds for a general audience on current economic issues and his opinion pieces have appeared in most major newspapers around the country, including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and many others. Mark Perry has been best known in recent years as the creator and editor of one of the nation’s most popular economics blogs, Carpe Diem. Professor Perry has written on a daily basis since the fall of 2006 to share his thoughts, opinions and expertise on economic issues, with a strong emphasis on displaying economic data in a visually appealing way using graphs, charts and tables.
Mike Shedlock (Mish) is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management (http://www.sitkapacific.com/). Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.
Visit Sitka Pacific's Account Management Page (http://www.sitkapacific.com/account_management.html) to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.
I blog at Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis (http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/) which typically has commentary every day of the week. I am also a contributing "professor" on Minyanville (http://www.minyanville.com/), a community site focused on economic and financial education.
I do weekly podcasts every Thursday on HoweStreet (http://www.howestreet.com/audiovideo/) and a brief 7 minute segment on Saturday on CKNW AM 980 (http://cknw.com/%20) in Vancouver.
When not writing about stocks or the economy I spend a great deal of time on photography and in the garden. I have over 80 magazine and book cover credits. Some of my Wisconsin and gardening images can be seen at MichaelShedlock.com (http://www.michaelshedlock.com/BestImages/index.html).
Prieur du Plessis has 27 years' experience in professional investment research and portfolio management. More than 1,400 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He has also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment.
Prieur is chairman and principal shareholder of South African-based Plexus Asset Management, which he founded in 1995. The group conducts investment management, investment consulting, private equity and real estate activities in South Africa and other countries.
Plexus is the South African partner of John Mauldin, author of the Thoughts from the Frontline e-letter, and also has an exclusive licensing agreement with California-based Research Affiliates for managing and distributing its enhanced Fundamental Index methodology in the Pan-African area.
Prieur is professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, teaching investment management. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa, actively developing economic, cultural and scientific relations between Slovenia and South Africa.
Prieur lives by the words “living to run, running to live”. This motto manifests itself directly in his management style and keen participation in long-distance running, and also in Plexus’s sponsorship of the annual Plexus Races (marathon, half-marathon and 8km). The primary goal of these events is to raise funds for a number of charities, especially Proud Partners – an organisation formed by Plexus in co-operation with Prieur’s wife, Isabel Verwey (former TV producer and presenter), which uplifts previously disadvantaged communities through the provision of musical instruments and tuition to a large number of schools.
Prieur is 55 years old and lives with his wife and two children in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. In addition to running, his recreational activities include reading, travelling, motor cycling and scripophily.
Chris Holt is the Managing Editor of AllAboutAlpha.com, a popular industry website/blog covering research and trends in alternative investments. In 2008, Pensions & Investments magazine ranked AllAboutAlpha.com as one of the world’s 10 best financial blogs, alongside the blogs of the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He has written over 1,000 articles on the hedge fund sector, with an emphasis on industry trends, academic research, surveys, and practitioner research. In his role with AllAboutAlpha.com, Chris is also a regular chair and moderator at hedge fund industry events around the world, including the semi-annual “Global Absolute Return Congress,” the world’s leading alternative investment conference for pensions and foundations.
Chris is also head of industry relations in the Americas for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association. The CAIA Association is a non-profit global association of alternative investment professionals and is the sponsor of the CAIA designation. Based in Amherst, MA, the CAIA Association has offices in London, Singapore and Toronto and has a dozen chapters in the world’s largest financial centers.
Prior to this, Chris was head of marketing for one of Canada’s largest hedge fund companies, and was a management consultant with several firms including Ernst & Young. Separately, he also consulted to the Annual Meeting of the Swiss-based World Economic Forum for 10 years. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative Investments, has an MBA from Duke University and is a CAIA Charter holder.
Visit his site: All About Alpha (http://www.allaboutalpha.com/blog/)
Larry MacDonald worked as an economist for many years and now manages his investment portfolio while writing about business and investing topics for leading Canadian publications. He also is the author of several business books.
Barry Ritholtz is Chief Market Strategist for Ritholtz Research, an independent institutional research firm specializing in the analysis of macroeconomic trends and the capital markets. He is also President of Ritholtz Capital Partners, a New York hedge fund driven by the analysis performed by Ritholtz Research.
Mr. Ritholtz is a frequent contributor to many leading financial publications and writes The Big Picture, an insightful, popular and vibrant weblog.
Visit his blog: The Big Picture (http://bigpicture.typepad.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.
Michael J. Panzner is a 25-year veteran of the global stock, bond, and currency markets who has worked in New York and London for HSBC, Soros Funds, ABN Amro, Dresdner Bank, and J.P. Morgan Chase. He is also a New York Institute of Finance faculty member and a graduate of Columbia University.
He is the author of When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era (http://www.economicroadmap.com/), Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes (http://www.financialarmageddon.com/) and The New Laws of the Stock Market Jungle: An Insider's Guide to Successful Investing in a Changing World (http://tinyurl.com/l3zyp8). Panzner has appeared on or been quoted by CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barron's and other print, radio, and television outlets.
Visit his sites: Financial Armageddon (http://www.financialarmageddon.com/) and When Giants Fall (http://www.economicroadmap.com/)