I work for a small long/short, value-oriented investment partnership. On the long side, we prefer to invest in high quality businesses that possess discernible competitive moats, which operate in industries with reliable, growing end markets. For short positions, we generally look for companies that operate in highly competitive markets with low barriers to entry. We also specialize in "special situation" shorts, which may include circumstances where we believe a company's management team has misled investors about business prospects or where the market has misread certain corporate developments.
Our mission is to help investors create reliable investment income regardless of market conditions.
Our method for creating income involves selling option contracts which allow investors to collect instant payments in their brokerage accounts.
When used properly, this method allows investors to generate strong investment returns while taking on less risk than traditional investment strategies of buying and holding shares of stock.
We have spent more than 15 years of experience as a hedge fund manager, using our income strategy to generate reliable returns for high net worth clients. We also have 8 years of experience managing content for a financial publishing group, focusing on income-generating strategies that can be used by individuals in their retirement or taxable brokerage accounts.
Managing risk is a top priority for us, as income simply cannot be generated if investors loose a substantial portion of their account value. Our thorough research ensures that we are investing in high-quality stocks with solid fundamentals, and our tactical strategy of selling option contracts gives us a risk buffer so that we can generate income even if our stock selections do not move in our favor.
My goal is to bring exposure to business development companies (BDCs) that finance small to medium sized businesses, typically overlooked by banks. BDCs are an instrument for investors to earn healthy dividends by avoiding double taxation at the corporate level and allowing income to flow directly to each shareholder. Please see website link below for more information.
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Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of FMD Capital Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm specializing in exchange-traded funds.
At FMD Capital Management we excel at developing and managing growth or income strategies for our clients in every market environment.
A fundamental tenet of our firm is that risk within any investment should be identified and planned for well in advance of any purchases. It’s this type of strategic planning that will segue into successful changes to our client's portfolio as part of our active management philosophy.
Investors in today’s turbulent times have to face real threats to their retirement nest egg that include: stock volatility, inflationary fears, currency manipulation, and commodity price swings. The combination of these factors and more, have provided us with an unprecedented level of opportunity and risk in today’s markets.
The global landscape has never been more accessible to capital than it is today. Our technical expertise in research and trading allows us access to virtually any market in the world. This opens the door to select the investments that we feel are the strongest opportunities for your assets.
Who I Am:
I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I plan to continue doing so in my retirement.
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing philosophy tends toward the long-term, value side of the spectrum, but I'm not opposed to occasional flings on attractive, speculative opportunities.
My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and momentum-based strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha:
I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago, and could not be more true in my case. When I did research professionally, I learned that writing it up forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. I consider it an essential part and parcel of doing any research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader.
As I started to contribute articles here, they grew out of research for my personal investment portfolios. They're based on things I've uncovered that are of interest to me and may be of interest to others of like mind. For many more-seasoned investors some of the things I write about are old-hat. My primary purposes in writing them are to help clarify my thinking and to get feedback from others who may have very different opinions. It's those thoughtful comments that make Seeking Alpha such an important resource. To that end, I try to actively engage myself in the comment streams in my articles, contributing what I can and learning from others.
As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. I hope to bring that approach to my interactions and contributions on Seeking Alpha and welcome critical commentary on anything I may contribute here.
I encourage and welcome your comments. I try to respond to most insights, elaborations, and questions to the best of my ability. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I tend to ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). So, go ahead, start a conversation in the comment threads. It's one of the best things about Seeking Alpha.
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies:
I maintain two portfolios. My income portfolio is a taxable account. I try to keep it separate from the growth portfolio which is housed in a series of IRAs, traditional and Roth.
My income focus is on tax-advantaged income. In 2016 I face minimum required withdrawals from my tax-deferred accounts, so tax efficiency is an important consideration.With the need to take withdrawals I expect to shift my taxable accounts to more growth-focused (unrealized cap gains) investments. Making this shift while retaining income is my overarching priority for 2015. To that end, I expect to be generating more of my income from options as I gradually phase out my high-yield investments.
The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a very long term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
I am a believer in the precepts of MPT (Modern Portfolio Theory). I'm aware that MPT doesn't get a lot of respect by some of the DIY investors at Seeking Alpha. My readings in the field indicate to me that the research solidly supports the overall MPT approaches to investing. So, I am a believer in diversification. Not the sort of diversification that means I hold equity positions in every sector; the sort that means I hold positions in the full spectrum of asset classes with a watchful eye on correlations and a willingness to rebalance among asset classes, even when it goes against my gut feelings. By asset classes, I mean high level asset classes: Domestic and international equity, sovereign and corporate debt, emerging markets (equity and debt), real estate, commodities and so forth. I try to adapt that approach to both my income and growth investing.
Who Is Left Banker?
Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. It refers, too, to the left bank of the Gironde where some of my favorite wines are produced. When I'm feeling particularly flush, they're one of the splurges I'll treat myself to. So there is a major place in my heart for both common references for Left Banker.
Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
I've chosen to remain anonymous. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name.
Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante. I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with a research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
Elliott Gue knows energy. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London, Elliott has dedicated himself to learning the ins and outs of this dynamic sector, scouring trade magazines, attending industry conferences, touring facilities and meeting with management teams.
For seven years, Elliott Gue shared his expertise and stock-picking abilities with individual investors through a highly regarded, energy-focused research publication. Elliott Gue’s knowledge of the sector and prescient investment calls prompted the official program of the 2008 G-8 Summit in Tokyo to call him “the world’s leading energy strategist.”
He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in a number of major publications, including Barron’s, Forbes and the Washington Post.
In October 2012, Elliott Gue launched the Energy & Income Advisor (www.EnergyandIncomeAdvisor.com), a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector, from growth stocks to high-yielding utilities, royalty trusts and master limited partnerships.
The masthead may have changed, but subscribers can expect the same in-depth analysis and rational assessments of investment opportunities in the energy sector.
David Knox Barker is the founder of Market Cycle Dynamics, LLC, and the publisher and editor of The International Market Cycle Dynamics Letter. Barker is one of the world's foremost experts on market cycles and the global economic long wave. He is the author of The K Wave; Profiting from the Cyclical Booms and Busts in the Global Economy. He is a writer, inventor, entrepreneur and technical market analyst. Barker has researched stock market cycles and written on the impact of the long wave on international financial markets and the international political economy for over twenty-five years. Barker developed the price, time and sentiment method of market cycle analysis based on decades of market cycle research and study of market timing masters. He was founder and CEO for ten years from 1997 to 2007 of a successful life sciences research and marketing services company, serving a majority of the top 20 global life science companies. Barker also founded ALP Life Sciences, LLC in 2007, focused on the science of applied lipid polymorphism. ALP is managing research and development on the Nanoveson(TM) project and producing the most bioavailable Omega 3 on the market. He received his bachelor's degree with a major in finance and a master's degree in political science, where his thesis research explored disequilibrium in the international political economy from the long wave perspective. He is happily married to Berdjette, a citizen of Switzerland, and they are the parents of three great kids. His hobbies include reading, running and discussing big ideas with family and friends.
I'm a dividend growth investor in my mid 30s. I invested in poorly performing mutual funds in my 20s, but in the last couple of years have transitioned towards equities. Although the bulk of my stocks produce income, I also invest in stocks which are more oriented towards capital appreciation. Since I switched to a more entrepreneurial career, I'm hoping to live off my current dividends until I can get a reliable income stream going again. Think of me as a young retiree!
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 (U.C.L.A.) 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.
Tom Aspray, professional trader and analyst was originally trained as a biochemist but began using his computer expertise to analyze the financial markets in the early 1980s. Mr. Aspray has written widely on technical analysis and has given over 60 presentations around the world. Many of the technical indicators that Mr. Aspray wrote about in the 1980s, such as the MACD, have since gained worldwide acceptance.
Tom is regular contributor to Forbes where he writes a regular Week Ahead column. His expertise as a technical analyst has been acknowledged by the WSJ as well as some of the best known technical analysts.
John Kozey is Director of Research at KnowVera, LLC, where he oversees research and trading of algorithmic trading strategies. Prior to that, as a Senior Analyst at Thomson Reuters, he produced reports blending fundamental and technical analysis for actionable ideas. John was also Equity Research Director for Bridge Trading Company, as well as a former institutional equity derivatives salesman, sales-trader and desk strategist/analyst. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) , Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designations. He received his MBA in Finance from Cornell’s Johnson School of Management.
-I have been investing since the fall of 2008 and invested through one of the most difficult investing periods in history and know the importance of dividend growth and stability during those times as well as during the good times. I started writing for Seeking Alpha a little over three years ago and I have been successful with the companies I write about, which is shown by my high TipRanks success rate (Link Below). https://www.tipranks.com/bloggers/brad-kenagy
I am the Portfolio Manager for the RETIREE INCOME PORTFOLIO, DIVIDEND OVERDRIVE PORTFOLIO, and the OIL & GAS INCOME PORTFOLIO at PortfolioChannel.com. I am also the creator of the Cash Flow Retirement Replacement Ratio© used in retirement and investment planning. A Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, I have spent over two decades managing high-net worth individual and institutional accounts, working as a portfolio manager and analyst. I have also had several stints working for a pair of Private Banks managing balanced, fixed income, and equity accounts.
Stephen Aniston is President of Volatility Advisors, a financial research firm that focuses on stock market volatility. The company operates VIXCONTANGO.COM, the best source for volatility data, analytics, trade alerts and research. Prior to his current endeavor, Mr. Aniston was a financial technology software manager, architect and developer with over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He was Technical Architect for the Merchant Bank at Goldman Sachs and Technology Vice President for the Investment Bank at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He also had stints at hedge fund investment firms (commonly called fund-of-funds) K2 Advisors and Ivy Asset Management. He graduated from Stanford University with an engineering degree in the late 90s
I was trained in finance, but work in strategy. I invest very infrequently, and balance my portfolio once a year. I buy and hold hold indices and volatility ETFs. I trade a little bit on the side, but that's pure gambling, for fun.
Hewitt Heiserman Jr. conceived the Earnings Power Chart, which is the subject of his book "It's Earnings That Count" (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
Mr. Heiserman is a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society and the CFA Institute. He has been quoted in TheStreet.com, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CBS MarketWatch, Business 2.0, Better Investing, The Motley Fool, Complete Growth Investor, Barron's, and the Haverford Trust Company Adviser.
Mr. Heiserman has spoken to the New York Society of Security Analysis, the Boston Security Analysts Society, Babson Investment Management Association, the American Association of Individual Investors, Fidelity Management & Research, Complete Growth Investor, Bryant College and Franklin-Templeton Group on "Ben Graham and the Growth Investor." He also serves as an instructor for Gerson-Lehrman Group.
A stock-picking screen Mr. Heiserman created for Motley Fool based on methods described in his book has turned a hypothetical $10,000 investment made at the beginning of 2005 into $32,000 at the end of 2009, excluding taxes and trading costs, or 26% annualized. In contrast, a $10,000 investment in the S&P 500 grew to just $10,321, or 1% annualized. To learn more, click here: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2009/12/28/let-scrooge-make-you-rich.aspx
Mr. Heiserman graduated from Kenyon College with Distinction in History. He was also awarded Kenyon's Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement. Mr. Heiserman is vice-president of an open land foundation. An Ironman triathlete finisher (Lake Placid, 2010), he qualified for and competed in USAT's 2012 age-group national championships. Mr. Heiserman is an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow recipient. He has climbed the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier, and has also bicycled across the United States.
In 2014, Columbia University will publish Mr. Heiserman's second book, The Checklist Investor. Mr. Heiserman also publishes Checklist Investor Quarterly, which shares the Internet's latest and best tips for improving stock-picking success.