My investing experience dates back to high school years when I was first introduced to the stock market in economics classes and when I became fascinated by financial accounting. My first investing experience was rather painful: I lost a few thousand dollars on FOREX and penny stocks as I did not have a mentor or anybody knowledgeable about finance by my side. I still remember that time in details. After high school, I went to study economics with an emphasis on accounting at the University of Toronto. Four years later, with a finance degree under my belt, a decent experience gained in a few internships (where I got thanks to my soft skills, not my marks by any degree), I moved to Russia to work in investment banking, which I had decided was my passion a few years prior to that. I now live in Moscow, Russia, working as an Associate in Financial Advisory.
Due to the ongoing economic crisis in Russia, invoked by the sanctions, the country's financial industry has found itself in a pathetic state. Hence, things have gotten slow at work which is why I have a lot of free time to develop my services on Seeking Alpha (I started back in 2013, my final year of school). I am a number-cruncher by nature. Hence, my analyses almost always involve financial modeling and various financial metrics' calculations.
I feel that my job on Seeking Alpha is to identify investment opportunities among the smid-cap (small and medium cap) players in North America and Europe. Occasionally, I analyze a number of companies in a specific market segment in order to get a general idea about what is going on there as a whole. Sometimes, I write fairness opinion articles (I think nobody else on Seeking Alpha does that) on recent M&A transactions. I think that I bring value to my followers and other Seeking Alpha members by building analyses that are conservative in nature and present long-term views on individual companies. In my opinion, hard numbers are of more use to investors than tips, rumors, and guesstimates.
Feel free to contact me here or through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also check my Linkedin: ru.linkedin.com/in/avaltsev/ and Twitter: twitter.com/av_banker
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
I hold a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (similar to CFA), and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning.
I have 30 years of personal investing experience, and 15 years of professional financial advising experience, including broking experience at ETrade Australia, 7 years as a Senior Financial Planner at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and 8 years at High Net Worth Financial Advising. My business is a mix of young clients growing their wealth, pre-retirees, and retirees wanting income, some growth, and safety.As a global investor I use a macro thematic approach searching for good value and/or high growth. I search the globe for great investments with a focus on Asia, Emerging and Frontier Markets as well as "trend investing". I assess a countries demographics and growth potential. Some trends I currently follow include Chinese shares going global, the rising Asian middle class, Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Smartphones, 3D printing, and personal robots.
I also love to invest in income producing investments that can grow over time and benefit from compounding....Included here are the near monopoly businesses such as the Stock Exchanges, and the high quality income producers.
I use direct shares, ETFs, mutual funds and some direct property investments.
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Mr. Campbell has been providing alpha generating independent equity research to professional money managers for nearly 15 years. In 2003, Mr. Campbell founded E.B. Capital Markets, LLC, an independent research firm serving professional money management firms. Mr. Campbell founded Gundalow Advisors, LLC, a State Registered Investment Advisor providing investment management services to institutions and high net worth clients in 2013. Today, some of the largest money management firms in the country trust the proprietary research developed by Mr. Campbell, including the Power 7 methodology featured in Mr. Campbell's book "Your Guide to Better Stock Picks: Tips from an Advisor's Advisor". Prior to founding E.B. Capital Markets, LLC, Mr. Campbell was Vice President and Partner of Alpha Equity Research, an independent equity research firm. At Alpha Equity Research, Mr. Campbell's responsibilities included institutional sales and client services. Mr. Campbell also developed new research and distribution products. Additionally, Mr. Campbell was responsible for Alpha’s individual brokerage business, providing investment services to high net worth families. In the past decade, Mr. Campbell’s articles have been featured in the Market Technician’s Association trade journal and his insights have been featured in various print and online financial publications, including Barron’s & SmartMoney. Mr. Campbell has also appeared on the financial news network, CNN/fn. Mr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he studied English, Psychology and Business Administration with a focus on economics.
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.
Scott Grannis was Chief Economist from 1989 to 2007 at Western Asset Management Company, a Pasadena-based manager of fixed-income funds for institutional investors around the globe. He was a member of Western's Investment Strategy Committee, was responsible for developing the firm's domestic and international outlook, and provided consultation and advice on investment and asset allocation strategies to CFOs, Treasurers, and pension fund managers. He specialized in analysis of Federal Reserve policy and interest rate forecasting, and spearheaded the firm's research into Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Prior to joining Western Asset, he was Senior Economist at the Claremont Economics Institute, an economic forecasting and consulting service headed by John Rutledge, from 1980 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was Principal at Leland O'Brien Rubinstein Associates, a financial services firm that specialized in sophisticated hedging strategies for institutional investors.
Visit his blog: Calafia Beach Pundit (http://scottgrannis.blogspot.com/)
My formal training is as an Electrical Engineer, and I have worked in that field since 1992. My areas of expertise are analog circuit design - with a focus in phase lock loops and adaptive equalizers, primarily for Ethernet applications - and digital ASIC design for internet routers. I have always enjoyed innovation, and accumulated 18 patents over the years I have worked in the industry. More recently, I have been applying that same level of innovation to developing a strategy for successful investing.
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.
The Data Doghouse is the home of Rick Sherman's "unleashed observations on the business and technology of performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing." When he's not blogging, Rick provides data warehouse and business intelligence consulting, training, and vendor services through his Boston-based firm Athena IT Solutions.
Rick has more than 20 years of business intelligence and data warehousing experience, having worked on more than 50 implementations as a director/practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and while managing his own firm. He has published dozens of articles and writes columns for DM Review and TechTarget's SearchDataManagement.com. He is an industry speaker at conferences, seminars and webinars, and also teaches at Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering.
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Michael Comeau is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY.
Michael spent 2004 through 2008 at TheStreet.com, starting out as a member of Jim Cramer's research team. Before long, he became a featured columnist across the company's network of sites, and managed a highly-successful investment newsletter service.
Prior to TheStreet.com, Michael worked as a Consultant to Toyota Motor North America, specializing in analysis of the U.S. auto industry and emerging automotive technologies.
His primary market interest is consumer electronics, and he has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNN Money, MacDailyNews, and GamePro, among many others.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, cooking, and exploring his new neighborhood of Sunset Park.
MGI Research is staffed by technology industry veterans from firms like Morgan Stanley, Gartner, and leading tech companies. We provide research, advisory, and benchmarking services to investors, tech industry executives, and CIOs. MGI's proprietary MGI Index ranks over 500 technology companies around the world. For more information, go to www.mgiresearch.com
Steve Rubens is an international transactions consultant with a background in law and finance. He teaches classes on international transactional law and provides advisory services on investments in Brazil and other emerging markets through Nomad Advisory.
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.
An insider’s view on tech M&A transactions and trends, Inorganic Growth covers the numbers as well as the story behind them. Brenon Daly is the primary writer, with insights from across 451 Research. Hundreds of more in-depth M&A analysis reports and data can be found in 451 Research's subscriber-only Market Insight Serivce. Our M&A numbers come from The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase — a proprietary database of all tech deals since Jan. 1, 2002, sorted into more than 650 industry categories. The KnowledgeBase includes proprietary data on deal values and/or trailing revenues for key private M&A transactions. To request more information about our M&A research services, please go to the following URL: http://www.the451group.com/apply/apply.php?apply_page_id=604
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A serial social entrepreneur passionate about disruptive technologies, with a decade of experience in Homeland Security technology solutions. Jen invested in and helped build a designated Dept. of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Technology company, co-founded by the U.S. DOE and funded by DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office) to develop and deploy technologies to protect global infrastructure from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack. The company's award winning sensor technology was built to protect seaports, borders and critical infrastructure. One of her current companies is building next-generation, high-capacity, environmentally friendly batteries. She was also a former advisory board member of an innovative biotechnology firm that won the prestigious Frost & Sullivan award for best pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment company- today, Precision Biologics.
Jen is passionate about macroeconomics, securing our grid and global trends. In early '07 speeches and as editor of the Contrarian Consensus she was one of the first voices to warn of a coming crash of 1929 proportions and to forecast gold's rise above $1,000. She is a part of several think tanks including: The Task Force on National and Homeland Security, The Aspen Institute, TED, The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Renaissance Weekend, Summit Series and is on the Steering Committee of the Secure The Grid Coalition.
Her first entrepreneurial endeavor was in her early twenties when she quickly rose to be one of the youngest top fashion designers in North America. Winning numerous awards and industry recognition including: The Young Woman of Achievement Award and The Clairol Fashion Award for Young Talent. Her bestselling motivational guide for young women, published by Penguin Putnam in 2000, sold in 20 countries and is available in 7 languages. She was a frequent commentator on over 100 radio and TV shows including; ABC, CBS, CTV, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC, Good Day New York, New York One, Report on Business TV.
She was the co-founder and co-chairman of the Metropolitan Foundation Gala in New York City for over 13 years raising money for breast cancer and the environment. She was awarded the Manhattan Award honoring individuals who have made a special contribution to the city’s spirit, excellence, and compassion. In her teens she competed on the European Pro Freestyle skiing circuit, winning the Italian championships and placing 2nd in the Swiss championships.
TechCrunch (http://www.techcrunch.com/), founded on June 11, 2005, is a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, we profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space. TechCrunch is co-edited by Michael Arrington and Erick Schonfeld.
“Measure, Don’t Model” - Don Fishback has been a pioneer in the field of derivatives for 24 years. In the late-1980s, Don’s original research helped create a revolutionary way of analyzing market sentiment. In the mid-1990s, Don developed an innovative way of valuing options that is based on measuring instead of modeling. Don is the President of Fishback Management & Research. After years of providing ground-breaking research for his customers, Don made available his analysis and commentary via his blog (https://www.donfishback.com/blog/).
I'm Chief Business Correspondent for U.S.News and a regular commentator on networks like MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business and NPR. Since I'm a journalist, not an investor, the positions I take are rhetorical, not financial. My job is to make the connections between the abstruse workings of the global economy and the things consumers care about. Oh - and point out the many myths and follies of our hyperbolic media. Busy times for that.
Fred Wilson began his career in venture capital in 1987. He has focused exclusively on information technology investments for the past 17 years. From 1987 to 1996, Fred was first an Associate and then a General Partner at Euclid Partners, a New York based, early stage, venture capital firm founded in 1970. In 1996, Fred co-founded Flatiron Partners. He is currently the Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures (http://www.unionsquareventures.com/). Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Visit Fred's blog: A VC (http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/)
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.
Nadeem Walayat has over 20 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis specialises on the housing market and interest rates. Nadeem is the Editor of The Market Oracle(www.marketoracle.co.uk), a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication. We present in-depth analysis from over 250 experienced analysts on a range of views of the probable direction of the financial markets. Thus enabling our readers to arrive at an informed opinion on future market direction.
Tim Iacono is the founder of the investment website 'Iacono Research', a subscription service providing market commentary and investment advisory services specializing in natural resources.
He also writes a financial blog known as 'The Mess That Greenspan Made', a sometimes irreverent look at the many and varied after-effects of the Greenspan term at the Federal Reserve.
Use the links below to visit Tim's website/blog.
Philstockworld.com is the fastest growing stock and option newsletter on the Web. "High Finance for Real People - Fun and Profits" is our motto and our Basic and Premium Chat Sessions offer readers a chance to speak to Phil live during the trading day as well as authors like Optrader, Sabrient, Income Trader and Trend Trader - who send out Alerts during the market sessions and discuss trade ideas live with Members.
We even have a new low-cost "Trend Watcher" Membership that lets readers view our chat sessions without directly participating a great solution for people who want to test-drive the site and profit from our experience! Trend Watchers get to view all of our Chat Archives, weekly Webinars - as well as the amazing PSW Wiki, which gives you Phil's recent opinions and trade ideas as well as technical and fundamental analysis of hundreds of stocks that we follow.
Philip R. Davis is a founder of Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com), a stock and options trading site that teaches the art of options trading to newcomers and devises advanced strategies for expert traders. Mr. Davis is a serial entrepreneur, having founded software company Accu-Title, a real estate title insurance software solution, and is also the President of the Delphi Consulting Corp., an M&A consulting firm that helps large and small companies obtain funding and close deals. He was also the founder of Accu-Search, a property data corporation that was sold to DataTrace in 2004 and Personality Plus, a precursor to eHarmony.com. Phil was a former editor of a UMass/Amherst humor magazine and it shows in his writing -- which is filled with colorful commentary along with very specific ideas on stock option purchases (Phil rarely holds actual stocks).
Visit: Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com)