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Weldon Turner has a B.A. degree in history/political science from Union College and a Law Degree from Cardozo School of Law. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Salomon Brothers, was a partner in a small private hedge fund called Hilazon Partners and was C.E.O of Wextrust Securities. He currently is an investment consultant.
I am a research analyst at a tech-focused private equity boutique. My background includes experience on the sell side, managing and trading a hedge fund's TMT portfolio, and designing and implementing large databases and reporting systems.
I have over twelve years of experience in the fields of Internet/E-Commerce, startup management, and financial analysis/portfolio construction.
Spicer has run his own investment firm for over 9 years. Focusing primarily on Real Estate, and Equity investing. With his 9 years of Wall Street trading and Main Street Real Estate experience he is no stranger to the everyday roller coaster of trying to make a buck. Spicer is an investor first but a computer geek second with his business and computer science degree he is often pushing his staff to "work smarter not harder" employing technology as a way to make better investing decisions. He finds himself often putting thoughts and research to writing but only sharing it with close employees. He has recently began sharing his everyday thoughts publicly with his blog (http://stockblock.spicermatthews.com). Spicer enjoys publishing his everyday thoughts because it is always wonderful to get feedback from peers and spark conversation about investing issues.
The Daily Bail: The Bailout News Central Depository.
The public bailouts of private failure must stop. The Daily Bail was created to fight the immoral transfer of trillions in debt from failed, private banks onto the backs of future generations. If not stopped there will be $10 trillion of debt created by our government in the next five years, (http://dailybail.com/home/2009/2/16/land-of-the-free-and-home-of-the-broke-the-united-states-of.html) and most of it given to the banks. That amount is equal to 10 times (10X) our total national debt from our first 216 years as a nation, the $1 trillion accumulated between 1776 and 1992.
Accordingly, we're here to keep tabs on the heist. To provide an official daily record of the generational pillaging. We find it, sort it and then publish it in one place every day: all the bailout news, opinion, analysis, daily videos, comedy, and even songs and cartoons. There will be bad attitude. (http://dailybail.com/home/2009/2/19/insane-america-obama-wants-you-to-bailout-the-asshats-who-li.html)We know we might get sued for what we write about these scumbag, public-dole CEOs. But we own these companies now, and we recommend their CEOs begin to behave accordingly. Otherwise, we'll be happy to profile these riptards all over our pages. Incessantly. Watch and see how brutal we become (http://dailybail.com/home/2009/2/23/the-bank-bailout-verdict-we-are-a-nation-led-by-idiots.html) now that we're getting really pissed off.
And since nobody obsesses in quite the way we do, we expect to remain the only news aggregation source for all stories related to the institutionally dysfunctional, painfully inept and completely counter-productive taxpayer bailout of failed people, ideas, businesses, pensions, municipalities, states and ultimately, we fear, of our federal government.
Tell your friends and family about what's going on in Washington. Help us spread the word about the generationally immoral transfer of debt from failed, private banks directly onto the backs of your children. And to young people directly, seriously wake up, and realize that it's mostly your cash that's headed out the door.
The author and publisher of The Daily Bail is a former CNN financial reporter and sell-side equities analyst for a top-tier investment bank.
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I have over 25 years of Wall Street experience trading and managing risk in multiple markets. Early on I traded High Grade Corporates for Drexel Burnham. This gave me an in-depth knowledge of credit spreads as well as how and why they move. Later in my career I was Chief Dealer of Interest Rate Options for Barclays Bank Plc. in New York. This allowed me to gain practical knowledge of the derivatives market as well as how to manage option risk. Additionally I have built technical trading models and managed commodity portfolios for Tamiso & Company a CTA that has been in business since 1983 as well as my own small CTA, Market Strategies Mgmt., LLC.
These experiences formed the pool of knowledge from which I drew to build the CEC Strategy. A practical, in-depth understanding of credit spreads and optionality combined with well disciplined risk management learned from the commodity markets all join together to produce a trading strategy that produces high quality, low volatility returns.
Visit his websites: Market Strategies Management (http://www.marketstrategiesmgmt.com/)
Tyler Durden (a pseudonym) represents the idea that a return to truly efficient markets is a possibility and a necessity. After having experienced the inner workings of capitalism at various asset managers and advisors, Tyler believes that the current model is flawed and a deleveraging at every level of modern society is needed to reinspire the fundamental entrepreneurial spirit. Visit his blog: ZeroHedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/)
Dividend Tree is an engineering professional working in wireless industry. After earning his PhD, his professional career has taken him to web-based manufacturing systems, risk/statistical analysis for development and sustainability, product development, and design for excellence. He believes in holistic thinking (whole portfolio instead of individual stock) and putting numbers in context of the objectives (instead of generalization). He maintains a blog spot, where he discusses any and all aspects that influence dividend portfolio construction and its sustainability. The unique aspect about his blog spot is that all of the discussion is in the context of do-it-yourself individual investors. He expects that his blog will inspire, motivate, and encourage readers to manage their investment portfolios as simple projects (instead of a complex process).
My blog is at Dividend Tree (http://www.dividendtree.net/)
I’m 42 years old, retired from the USAF, and I currently manage a Telecommunication organization. I have been writing about our bubble economy since late 2005 and many of today’s economic events were actually anticipated and warned of. You should know that the U.S. "Housing Bubble" was only the latest symptom of much larger fundamental economic imbalances that have been building for decades - due to poor monetary and policymaking decisions. With that, I personally feel a major economic transformation is currently taking place right before our eyes and the prosperous “good life” that we have enjoyed for many decades here in the US is changing forever. Though I don’t think it’s relevant to the issues at hand, as very few of our PhD “economic experts” were able to forewarn us of this significant economic downturn, I have unrelated Telecom Eng. & Eng. Mgnt. Degrees, but have spent many thousands of hours studying economic issues – providing me with (what I believe to be) a strong understanding of “the big picture.”
Daniel Moser holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa Collins College of Business, class of 2008, where his major area of study was finance and minor areas of study were economics and political science. His investment focus tends to be oriented in macroeconomics and he places a strong emphasis on asset allocation and total portfolio management. Currently, he holds a position in the commodity trading arm of a major integrated oil company located in Texas.
Cliff Wachtel, CPA, is currently the Director of Market Research, New Media and Training for Caesartrade.com, a fast growing forex and CFD broker. He covers a variety of topics including global market drivers, forex, currency hedged and diversified income investing, and is currently working on a unique project related to that asset class - MLPs.
He is also the author of The Sensible Guide To Forex, and publisher of thesensibleguidetoforex.com. Both the book and website are uniquely dedicated to providing safer, simpler ways for active traders and passive long term income investors to use forex markets to diversify out of currencies like the USD, EUR, JPY, and others that are being debased by central bank policies, and so hedge currency risk and boost returns.
Since the Great Financial Crisis began in 2007, Cliff was among the first financial writers to focus on stocks that provide steady, high yields currency diversification for insurance against currencies being steadily devalued. Articles focus on both top income stocks for exposure to multiple quality currencies, and safer, simpler less demanding types of longer term forex trades than commonly covered on other forex sites.
He also posts a variety of articles on topics ranging from weekly strategic global market analysis, conservative forex trading, assorted special reports, currency diversified income investing, binary options, and trader training articles via multiple websites. His home sites include: globalmarkets.anyoption.com, thesensibleguidetoforex.com, caesartrade.com, globalmarkets.com, and others. Most can also be found at leading financial websites like seekingalpha.com, businessinsider.com, and forex sites like forexfactory.com and fxstreet.com. His work is regularly translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish and Russian, Arabic, German, and Chinese, often with his express knowledge and permission!
He has appeared in a variety of offline publications including Forex Journal, and John Nyaradi’s book, Super Sectors, in which he was interviewed along with other market experts like Jim Rodgers, Dr.Marc Faber, John Mauldin, Robert Prechter, and Tom Lydon.
Prior to his current positions, he was Chief Analyst at avafx.com, and a 30+ year financial market veteran as investor, trader, writer, analyst and advisor to private clients and institutions. He attended Vassar College and Cornell University, and is a certified public accountant.
He’s married with 5 children and lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where he can follow Asian markets in the early morning, Europe through the workday, and the Americas at night.
Dr. Howard Richman (mailto:email@example.com) is one of three generations of a family of economists. Howard co-authors the Trade and Taxes blog (http://www.idealtaxes.com/) and co-authored the 2008 book, Trading Away Our Future, published by Ideal Taxes Association (http://www.idealtaxes.com/). He is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker.
I wrote a book called DISCIPLINE. I am a father, a financial analyst, an economist, a programmer, and a privacy and security specialist. I am curious about everything.
Eric Falkenstein (http://www.efalken.com) works for Walleye Software, based in Minneapolis. His blog, Falkenblog (http://falkenblog.blogspot.com/), is mainly about economics and finance. Prior published articles are kept here (http://www.efalken.com/papers/index.html).
Prior to his current position, Eric was a long/short equity portfolio manager at Deephaven Capital Management and Telluride Capital Management. Prior to that, at Moody's he developed RiskCalcTM, the leading tool for estimating private firm default risk. At KeyCorp bank, he was Head of Capital Allocations and Quantitative Research, and implemented various capital allocation processes around the bank. He has a PhD in economics from Northwestern University. His recent book, Finding Alpha, was published by Wiley Finance.
Visit his blog: Falkenblog (http://falkenblog.blogspot.com/)
Thomas Ryan, CEO of Doddsville Investments (http://doddsvilleinvestments.com/), received his B.S. in Finance from Tulane University in 2000, and an M.B.A. at the University of Miami in May 2008 with a concentration in finance. Mr. Ryan approaches markets with a broad view of the economy, relatively simple investment themes and his analysis is not restricted by daily or weekly trading trends that sometimes plague financial institutions. He has traded his own portfolio with the same macro viewpoint he will use for the Fund. The Fund’s investment objective is to maximize long-term total returns, in variable market and economic conditions, while emphasizing preservation of capital.
Over the past several years, the General Partner has been developing and refining a top-down macroeconomic approach to identify securities and indices that would be suitable for opportunistic investment. The General Partner focuses on general economic conditions in the United States and abroad, and based on broad themes and trends, analyzes whether certain pockets of various markets appear over or under valued, thus presenting opportunities to capitalize on imbalances. The General Partner’s strategy is directional, meaning its investments will be selected to go in a particular market direction and not be “market neutral.”
As part of its macro-level approach, the General Partner incorporates both “qualitative” and “quantitative” principles to identify market conditions, entry and exit points and trading ranges and patterns with the goal of identifying attractive investment opportunities. For instance, it will qualitatively evaluate whether unrealistic assumptions are built into certain indices or pockets of the market and then use a quantitative approach to drive and monitor particular investments selections.
Michael Malpede has worked in the financial industry for over 28 years performing many diverse functions including successful commodities trader, foreign exchange strategist, account executive, manager of a high volume order desk and in-house educator. Previously as vice president of Foreign Exchange Research at MF Global Holdings Inc., Malpede produced detailed daily, weekly and quarterly written reports on Foreign Exchange markets along with daily audio market commentary to subscribed client accounts via the internet. His remarks have been published and broadcasted in major print and television media outlets, and he has delivered formal presentations to financial media, institutional clients, financial executives, introducing brokers, and commodity trading advisors on the subject of Foreign Exchange markets. Today, Malpede works as market analyst for Easy-Forex US, Ltd, ( http://ads.easy-forex.com/Gateway.aspx?gid=110314)
developing analytical reports and market news for both internal clients and external media. Previous media experience (partial listing): Print: International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Reuters, USA Today Radio: Marketplace (NPR/American Public Radio) Television: CNBC, Bloomberg TV Web: Bloomberg.com
Ron Rowland is a portfolio manager with Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in active management, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
He has been providing market commentary and active investment advice since 1991. He is the founder and editor of Invest With An Edge, a website and weekly newsletter providing free actionable ideas for ETFs, and the home of ETF Deathwatch.
Additionally, he is the Executive Editor of the All Star Investor newsletter (http://allstarinvestor.com), a highly regarded paid subscription investment service he started in 1991.
Having spent a fair amount of time in the international telecom market, I have developed a taste for Emerging Markets.
My interests tend to be focussed on telecoms, energy & commodity stocks (mostly ADRs) & country sector ETFs
Current: Market Development, Blend Labs.
Previous: CoreLogic Advisory Services | Chief Operating Officer @ Altos Research.
Lecturer of Economics, Price Theory, Finance, Sales, Management, and International Business at Hult International School of Business, the University of San Francisco, and Saint Leo University.
Articles and perspectives are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Blend Labs.
Also, do your own trading - nothing written here is intended to be nor should be construed as investment advice.
Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism (some articles from Pragmatic Capitalism get syndicated on Seeking Alpha so please see the full site if you don't want to miss articles by Mr. Roche).
Orcam Financial Group, LLC (www.orcamgroup.com) is a low fee financial services firm offering asset management, personal advisory, consulting and educational services. Pragmatic Capitalism (http://pragcap.com) was founded by Cullen Roche in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Roche foresaw many of the events that led up to the crisis and felt that the government was slow to react and when it did finally react, responded with the wrong medicine.
Mr. Roche's primary areas of expertise include global macro portfolio construction, quantitative risk management, monetary economics and behavioral finance. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Roche worked at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where he worked on a team overseeing $500MM+ in assets under management. Upon leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Roche managed a private investment partnership for 7 years generating substantial positive alpha (high risk adjusted returns) without a single negative year of returns. He has since transitioned back to retail asset management to better serve the much needed low fee retail space with sophisticated but simple asset management and financial planning services.
Mr. Roche is also a prolific writer. In addition to the daily musings on his website, he is the author of the popular book “Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance” as well as “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”, one of the top 10 all-time most downloaded research papers on the SSRN academic research network. He was named one of the “Top Wall Street Economists, Experts and Opinion Leaders” of 2011 by Wall Street Economists and was named one of the “101 Best Finance People” by Business Insider where he was described as “one of the most influential economic thinkers today.” In 2015 Mr. Roche was named one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in finance by InvestmentNews. He is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, on CNBC and in the Financial Times.
Mr. Roche is a Georgetown University alumnus, growing up in the DC area and now living in Southern California with his wife Erica, troublesome collie Cal and 4 irritable laying hens. In addition to being a financial dork Cullen is an avid outdoorsman, mediocre gardener, proficient complex carbohydrate consumer (i.e., loves brownies and cake) and finisher of one of the most difficult IRONMAN races at Cabo in 2015.
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/)
Eldon Mast has been investing since the time he earned his first dollar back in the 1970s. He is particularly interested in how moods effect the market. In good times and bad, he has observed a peculiar fascination by the mainstream media on "bad news." He has also observed in business and investing that there is always a silver lining somewhere. You just have to find it. And when he finds it Mr. Mast enjoys talking about it and writing about it. It is out of that interest that the Good News Economist Blog was born.
As a valedictorian of his class, Mr. Mast holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Millersville University of PA, and enjoys marketing anything, technical, computer or internet related
Visit his blog: The Good News Economist (http://mast-economy.blogspot.com)
I am currently a market strategist and portfolio manager for the Alpha Macro Strategies Fund. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in economics, I successfully completed the CFA program in 2007.
Through ten years of experience in the industry I have come to realize my strengths and weaknesses. While my batting average for "correct" ideas is very high (you can scroll through my previous articles for an idea), my timing is not always the best. I tend to only get interested enough in investing in things (stocks, commodities, markets, whatever) when they have reached an extreme. Unfortunately these investments bring big volatility along with big opportunity. So it might make sense to average into any ideas mentioned (as I've learned to do through a series of very painful lessons).
Also if you're wondering why my gap between articles is so large, it is mostly due to desire. I only write when I have strong feelings on something and I tend to only have strong feelings on things when people are loudly espousing an opinion opposite to mine.
Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a co-founder of The Baseline Scenario.
James Kwak is a former McKinsey consultant, a co-founder of Guidewire Software, and currently a student at the Yale Law School. He is a co-founder of The Baseline Scenario.
All opinions expressed here are those of the authors alone, and not necessarily those of the organizations with which they are affiliated or any other organization or person. Visit The Baseline Scenario (http://baselinescenario.com/ )
Craig Brown is an attorney with over 20 years experience in commercial litigation. As such, he brings a different perspective than most who blog on financial matters. His fascination with the financial markets began when he noticed the striking resemblance between the credit default swap market and the reinsurance spirals that he has litigated over for several years. As his blog confesses, he is “not a financial advisor, economist, broker or anyone who knows anything about anything.” Nonetheless, he spends much of his free time educating himself on financial matters and is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. His secret is in finding the people who know what they are talking about and following them avidly.
Visit his blog: FinancialSpiltMilk (http://financialspiltmilk.blogspot.com/)
Nick Thomas is a quantitative analyst for Oxbury Research (http://www.oxburyresearch.com/). He is a seasoned veteran of technical analysis and has mastered all intra-day trading in stocks, options, futures and forex. He prefers to scout investments as one asset class of many and shapes his investment strategies accordingly. Additionally, he writes extensively on offshore banking and offshore tax havens and is active in the career development field of independent investment research. Now he brings his vast experiences to you exclusively through Oxbury Publishing (http://www.oxburyresearch.com/).