Andy Hecht is a sought-after commodity and futures trader, an options expert and analyst. He spent nearly 35 years on Wall Street, including two decades on the trading desk of Phillip Brothers, which became Salomon Brothers and ultimately part of Citigroup.
Over the past two decades, he has researched, structured and executed some of the largest trades ever made, involving massive quantities of precious metals and bulk commodities.
Andy understands the market in a way many traders can’t imagine. He’s booked vessels, armored cars, and trains to transport and store a broad range of commodities. And he’s worked directly with The United Nations and the legendary trading group Phibro.
Today, Andy remains in close contact with sources around the world and his network of traders.
“I have a vast Rolodex of information in my head… so many bull and bear markets. When something happens, I don’t have to think. I just react. History does tend to repeat itself over and over.”
His friends and mentors include highly regarded energy and precious metals traders, supply line specialists and international shipping companies that give him vast insight into the market.
Andy’s writing and analysis are on many market-based websites including CQG. Andy lectures at colleges and Universities. He also contributes to Traders Magazine. He consults for companies involved in producing and consuming commodities. Andy's biweekly radio show, The Commodities Hour with Andy Hecht, can be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 PM EST on www.tfnn.com. Andy’s first book How to Make Money with Commodities, published by McGraw-Hill was released in 2013 and has received excellent reviews. Andy held a Series 3 and Series 30 license from the National Futures Association and a collaborator and strategist with hedge funds. Andy is the commodity expert for the website about.com and blogs on his own site technomentals.com.
Individual long term investor both long and short including options.
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Security Analysis (1940) by Dodd Graham
General interest in macroeconomics.
Keen reader of "the Austrians"
Ludwig von Mises, Eugen Boehm von Bawerk, Carl Menger
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Jason is a small business owner that has been investing in stocks since 1989. He is a value/growth investor.
Jason holds degrees in biomedical engineering and materials engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and started his own company in 2001, thus increasing his enjoyment of life considerably.
Disclaimer: Jason reminds investors to always do their own due diligence on any investment, and to consult their own financial adviser or representative when necessary. Any material provided is intended as general information only, and should not be considered or relied upon as a formal investment recommendation.
Kirk Bostrom, as Managing Partner of Strategic Preservation Partners LP, has been a successful Silicon Valley private investor over the past decade. With roots in the markets beginning in his early teens as a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, Kirk has spent nearly 30 years in the investment securities industry. His experience included working in Sales & Trading for First Boston Corporation (institutional taxable fixed income specialist) to Senior Vice President at Citigroup Smith Barney and being named a Managing Director at Piper Jaffray. At both Citigroup Smith Barney and Piper Jaffray, Kirk led a multi-office corporate services team across the spectrum of client coverage capacities, including corporate cash management, restricted stock & option transactions, and high net worth asset management. He was named repeatedly as one of the top-performing investment advisors in the nation as a member of the Chairman's Club at Citigroup (Nation's Top 1%) and Piper Jaffray's "Baker's Dozen" (Nation’s Top 13 Advisors). In the late 1990s, Kirk often appeared on San Francisco's NBC-TV affiliate, KRON-TV, for financial market commentary. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Industries (Agribusiness & Economics) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Brad Lamensdorf, a seasoned money manager and market strategist, is the editor of The Lamensdorf Market Timing Report, a newsletter designed to help investors improve performance via market timing by assessing the environment of the stock market using a variety of technical, fundamental and sentiment-oriented tools from powerful independent research firms. Many investors mechanically enter and depart the market without a true “game plan.” Studies have shown that retail investors, in particular, are very poor market timers, tending to invest at or near market peaks and sell at or near market lows. The newsletter is designed to provide risk parameters for both professional and retail investors around the short-term stock market environment, giving subscribers better insight about when to allocate assets into or out of the equity markets.
Lamensdorf, a frequent guest commentator and analyst on major business networks including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News, also serves as a Portfolio Manager and Principal of Ranger Alternative Management LP, a sub-advisor to the Advisor Shares Ranger Equity Bear Exchange Traded Fund (NYSE: HDGE). In this role, he conducts top-down technical evaluations of broader market liquidity, sentiment and breadth to help identify short and intermediate-term market trends, manage exposure and mitigate risk. HDGE was launched in 2011 and is the first and sole actively managed, short-only ETF in existence.
Lamensdorf, also has managed investment portfolios for the Hughes family and acted as principal of Tarpon Partners, managing a long/short fund that was up more than 150% gross over six years. Earlier in his career, he was as an equity trader/market strategist for Taylor and Company, the Bass brothers’ trading arm, co-managing a short-only strategy in a derivative format with notional exposure. He also served as the in-house market timing strategist for the entire internal and external network of Bass managers.
The author is running the precious metals portal GoldSilverWorlds.com. He holds a university degree in Applied Economics. He is dedicated to help people understand the real benefits of owning gold and silver, by explaining their monetary and economic value in applying it to today's market trends.
The author has a particular interest in gold and silver in the ground. He remains on the outlook for the most promising mining companies in the mid-tier and junior segment. He has a special interest in exploration companies and juniors with the potential to become producers.
Individual trader investor. Mr Montes is an independent analyst and commentator for the Equity Management Academy.
The Equity Management Academy (www.ema2tradelivesignals.com) is a virtual online trading school and LIVE Trading Room committed to providing traders with the latest market intelligence, trading tools and technology to successfully navigate today’s markets.
We provide reliable and timely directional information through the application of a new and innovative proprietary trading tool called, The VC Price Momentum Indicator.
The VC Price Momentum Indicator was created when we realized conventional market indicators were unreliable and, for the most part, entirely inaccurate. This realization began his exhaustive search to find a consistently accurate trading tool. After years of research and testing, a new and innovative trading tool was created: The VC Price Momentum Indicator.
By combining several mathematical systems, we created a proprietary indicator. The VC Price Momentum Indicator is not only able to identify cyclical turns, but also measure the velocity between cyclical turns. In other words, it measures the momentum or acceleration of the trend within the cycle in a timely and accurate manner.
The VC Price Momentum Indicator is applicable to short, intermediate and long-term market trends.
Craig Brockie is a contrarian investment advisor in Beverly Hills, who provides wealth management services to high net worth clients. He prefers to bill his clients solely based on performance, getting paid only for results.
I've been happily retired for three years after a 30 year career in business and on Wall Street. I’m an avid student of current events and now devote my time to research, writing and tending my family. I’ve had a life-long fascination with markets and have been a private investor throughout my adult life. I believe that free markets and democracy are one in the same, but that freedom is only as constructive as the people exercising it. The people in business I respect are driven pragmatists focused on making their organizations work effectively over the long run. I’m the author of an unpublished book about American business culture. I’m a Chartered Financial Analyst and have an MBA from New York University.
Joseph has been an analyst, investor, and student of economic theory; money and banking; and statistical methods for evaluating and implementing risk/reward trading algorithms since 1972. Joseph is also an occasional contributor to financial publications and his essays are frequently cited by other financial websites and publications.
Since the end of the Great Recession, Joseph came to recognize that traditional methodologies for forecasting economic growth and investment asset pricing are no longer of value, and a broader understanding of the post Glass Steagall, financially engineered world that has driven markets and economies since the turn of the century is required today.
He has a good grasp of Shadow Banking, High Frequency Trading, and Dark Pools, and their impact on today’s markets. He has also spent considerable time understanding the new global paradigm of central bank involvement in experimental policy designed to better control economies.
Joseph doesn’t subscribe to a specific school of theory on economics. Rather, his thinking is based on a combination of the Classical School, the Austrian School, and the Keynesian School. He even sees the writings of Karl Marx as particularly instructive.
Joseph is particularly fond of the following quote from Albert Einstein and sees his own work as driven by that same passionate curiosity that Einstein refers to:
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Coming in a close second in terms of favorite quotes that express his views, Joseph embraces Lord Acton’s views expressed here:
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.
Every class is unfit to govern."
Katy Delay is a freelance commentator, an amateur cartoonist in economics, and the self-published author of a short biography of her father, economist Edward C. Harwood. He was the founder of the third oldest think tank in the U.S., the American Institute for Economic Research, of which she is currently a voting member. Having grown up literally inside the Institute offices, Katy absorbed a great deal about the dismal science; yet she also sympathizes with a public lulled to sleep by the phrase "economic research," combining as it does two of the most boring words in the English language. After getting her degree from Mount Holyoke College, she spent the next 30 years taking her American heritage for granted on five continents. Ultimately, through personal experience, she came to appreciate the significance of her father's lifework and to realize that the degree of freedom and opportunity we are supposed to have in this country is unique. It is also just as fragile as her father had warned. She began to study, and then to write. Since 2004, various websites and newspapers such as Mises.Org, PrudentBear.com, SeekingAlpha.com, and the Los Angeles Business Journal have published her articles. In 2005, she started a blog with the byline: "Proving that economics and a sense of humor are not mutually exclusive." Her first book, the Harwood biography, was published in 2013.
Paul Christopherson is a contributor to Seeking Alpha. He has been a sell-side equity analyst following chemicals since 1975, first with Kidder, Peabody, then at Bear Stearns. From 1992 to 2008 he headed New Vernon Associates, an institutional equity research firm covering chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He has since been at Gilford Securities.
Paul authored the book "Pants On Fire: Cutting through the Biggest Lies of Twenty-first Century American Plutocracy", published in 2010.
I retired as CEO of an Automotive Parts supplier, and manage an investment portfolio for myself and family. I have a BA in History from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. My first career was as a fighter pilot in the RCAF, and, following my MBA I joined McKinsey & Company, Inc. leaving them for Canadian GE. I left CGE as a Vice President in 1984 and founded The Enfield Corporation Limited ("Enfield") which grew from 243 employees in 1984 to over 10,000 in 1989 when Enfield was taken over and I was replaced as CEO. In 1989, I acquired control of Algonquin Mercantile Corporation, renamed Automodular Corporation in the late 1990's when I turned it to focus exclusively on automotive parts sub-assembly. Along the way, Algonquin turned a few ageing drug stores into Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., sold to Katz group in 1997 and today a major Canadian drug store chain. I have been a private investor since 1971 both directly and through a private company controlled by myself and members of my family.
Harold L. Vogel, Ph.D., CFA, is CEO of Vogel Capital Management in New York City and former Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is author of Financial Market Bubbles and Crashes, 2nd ed (2017), Entertainment Industry Economics, (9th ed. 2015), and Travel Industry Economics, (3nd ed. (2016). Articles include "An Analytical Review of Volatility Metrics for Bubbles and Crashes (with R. Werner), International Review of Financial Analysis, March 2015.
HORAN Capital Advisors (http://www.horancapitaladvisors.com) is an SEC registered investment advisor that manages investment portfolios for individuals and institutions. Our firm utilizes a disciplined investing approach that should create wealth for our clients over time. Our investment bias is to invest in companies that generate a steady return over time, i.e., singles and doubles. This singles and doubles approach tends to lead to investments in higher quality dividend growth/cash flow growth companies. On the other hand, there are times when a company's stock price seems to be trading below its fair valuation. Short term gains are possible in these situations. I have been managing investment portfolios for individuals and institutions for over fifteen years and believe investing is like running a marathon and not a sprint. Taking the road less traveled, more often than not, leads to higher returns. Visit: The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors at (http://disciplinedinvesting.blogspot.com/)
I currently work in the airline biz doing corporate real estate. I have a finance background, and worked as an analyst for a few years and before that I worked for a real estate developer. I have an MBA and write about macro trends and observations and will share predictions and investment ideas to take advantage of those predictions; as well as whatever else piques my interest.
Acting Man has been named after the title of the first chapter of Ludwig von Mises' book "Human Action" - the best treatise on economics ever written. The blog's main author is Pater Tenebrarum, an independent analyst who has been involved with financial markets for 34 years and is writing economic and market analyses for independent research organizations and a European hedge fund consultancy. Acting Man presents articles on the markets and the economy, a mixture of commentary on current events as well as economic theory and history, mainly from an Austrian School of Economics viewpoint. As more authors have joined the site, we have begun to broaden our palette a bit, but our orientation remains the same: pro-free market, anti-state, pro peace.
Ilene is an editor at Phil's Stock World, Market Shadows and other financial publications. Her educational background is in biology, pathology and law. After working in biochemistry and pathology during her graduate years, she attended Law School at Loyola. She practiced law in a number of different fields before changing focus. Currently, Ilene writes and edits financial articles for prominent financial publications and services.
Dennis Miller is the author of “Retirement Reboot”, a book chronicling his own journey to save his retirement in a low yield, turbulent investing environment. He works with some of the country’s top investment managers, authors and analysts to tackle the financial challenges faced by today’s retirees. Working with analysts at Casey Research, Dennis created "Miller’s Money Forever," a newsletter that provides retirees, and those soon to be retired, with actionable recommendations on how to prepare a retirement portfolio. Prior to retiring in 2008 Dennis ran a successful consulting business and authored several books on sales management. He was also a regular contributor to the American Management Association and an active international lecturer for 40 years. Find more of Dennis’ columns and reports at millersmoney.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFA Institute is a global community of more than 100,000 investment professionals working to build an investment industry where investors’ interests come first, financial markets function at their best, and economies grow.
Vahan Janjigian is Chief Investment Officer at Greenwich Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. He previously served as Chief Investment Strategist at Forbes Media, LLC. He has served on the finance faculties of several universities, including Baruch College, Boston College, Northeastern University, and University of Delaware.
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has two law degrees from the University of Florida. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now resides outside of Seattle, Washington. He is a very active blogger and is also a respected researcher, writer, speaker and activist. You can follow him on The Economic Collapse blog: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
CYNICONOMICS is run by F.F. Wiley and Ginger Snap – professional names for two veterans of the asset management industry. Our blog is based on our portfolio management experience and F.F.'s ongoing research, and motivated by our respective, midlife crises. Most people drive around in convertibles and reinterpret their wedding vows. We made up new names and started the blog. And F.F. has drafted a book, which one day he’ll finish up and publish.
James A. Kostohryz has accumulated over twenty years of experience investing and trading virtually every asset class across the globe.
Kostohryz started his investment career as an analyst at one of the US's largest asset management firms covering sectors as diverse as emerging markets, banking, energy, construction, real estate, metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became Chief Global Strategist and Head of International Investments for a major investment bank. Kostohryz currently manages his own investment firm, specializing in proprietary trading and institutional portfolio management advisory.
Born in Mexico, Kostohryz grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently writing a book about the impact of culture on economic development. He is a former NCAA and world-class decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
Kostohryz graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
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Wall Street Wisdom is a Registered Investment Advisor, with both CFA & CPA certification, focused on customized individual and small-business 401(k) portfolio management. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was the recipient of the Forté Foundation Fellowship in Finance.
Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Wall Street Wisdom had been covering the global markets and has over 25 years of financial expertise. He has worked at economic consulting firms and global investment banks around the United States, and is currently in the process of starting his own investing firm. Wall Street Wisdom employ's many different investing strategies, but is a strong advocate of fundamental analysis.
Wall Street Wisdom's financial articles discuss current market conditions and pick various stocks that show opportunities to make 2-4%, and long term investments with buy, sell, and hold ratings.
If you have any comments or questions at any time, you can reach him at WallStreetWisdom1@gmail.com
Tom Feeney began his work in the investment industry in 1969. Clients have included cities, states and major corporations, as well as numerous religious, charitable and other not-for-profit organizations.
In his early career Tom served as Executive Director of Stewardship Services, Inc., Washington, D.C., and as a Senior Vice President of Atalanta/Sosnoff Capital Corporation, New York. He established Thomas J. Feeney & Co., a financial consultant to tax-exempt organizations, in 1978. Feeney & Co. initiated investment management services in late 1985, and Marathon Asset Management Co., Mission’s predecessor, was incorporated in early 1987 to separate those investment management services from Feeney & Co.’s consulting work. Tom served as Marathon’s Chief Investment Officer since the firm’s inception. In 1997 Tom assumed the roles of Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Mission Management & Trust Co., located in Tucson, Arizona.
Prior to his investment career, Tom served on the faculties of the University of Santa Clara, St. Joseph’s College and Guadalupe College, all in California. In more recent years, he has lectured on investments at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University. His own academic background includes a B.A. in economics from Boston College, an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, studies at the Stanford Law School and additional post-graduate work at the University of San Francisco.
Over the years Tom has been interviewed on CNBC and frequently on local business TV shows. Similarly he has been interviewed and written about by such national publications as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Investor's Business Daily as well as local papers throughout the country.
Away from his desk, Tom enjoys his all too infrequent time on the golf course. In earlier years he ran two dozen marathons or ultra-marathons including the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon three times each. The highlight of his competitive career was winning a relatively small field marathon in Carpinteria, California.
Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and the author of twelve books. Shedeveloped her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In "Web of Debt," she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust.” She showed how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back. In "The Public Bank Solution," her latest book, she explores the public banking model globally and historically as an equitable and efficient solution to our banking woes. Her earlier books focused on the pharmaceutical cartel that gets its power from “the money trust.” They include "Forbidden Medicine," "Nature’s Pharmacy" (co-authored with Dr. Lynne Walker), and "The Key to Ultimate Health" (co-authored with Dr. Richard Hansen). Her websites are www.webofdebt.com, www.publicbanksolution.com and www.ellenbrown.com.