Geoff is the founder of Quantext. Geoff was an early contributor to SeekingAlpha and now writes regularly for Advisor Perspectives and Financial Planning. He has been working in asset management analytics and research for more than ten years. Before entering finance, Geoff was a research scientist for NASA. Geoff holds a PhD in Atmospheric Science and a BS in Physics.
Quantext is a strategic adviser to FOLIOfn,Inc. (www.foliofn.com (http://www.foliofn.com)), an innovative brokerage firm specializing in offering and trading portfolios for advisors and individual investors.
You can find additional resources, including how to download and run a fully-functional trial version of Quantext's Monte Carlo portfolio planning solution, on the Quantext website (http://www.quantext.com/).
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/)
Mr. Denninger is the former CEO of MCSNet, a regional Chicago area networking and Internet company that operated from 1987 to 1998. MCSNet was proud to offer several "firsts" in the Internet Service space, including integral customer-specified spam filtering for all customers and the first virtual web server available to the general public. Mr. Denninger's other accomplishments include the design and construction of regional and national IP-based networks and development of electronic conferencing software reaching back to the 1980s.
He has been a full-time trader since 1998, author of The Market Ticker (http://market-ticker.org), a daily market commentary, and operator of TickerForum, an online trading community, both since 2007.
Mr. Denninger received the 2008 Reed Irvine Accuracy In Media Award for Grassroots Journalism for his coverage of the 2008 market meltdown.
In 2011 Wiley published his book "Leverage", detailing the causes of the 2008 financial collapse along with analysis and policy prescriptions for the future.
Fred Voetsch is a self-taught investor with 30+ years of experience and an entrepreneur who publishes web sites that serve some 7 million page views per month, including the investing site, http://www.AcclaimInvesting.com (http://www.AcclaimInvesting.com) The main focus of http://www.AcclaimInvesting.com (http://www.AcclaimInvesting.com) is to bring truth to Wall Street. His main concern is not to have his opinion heard but to have the facts stated so that investors can make properly informed decisions. As well, Fred’s goal is to hold those on Wall Street, who speak to and advise the public, responsible for their words and actions. Fred is an avid researcher of stock market history, preferring to focus on historic data and publications rather than the interpretations of historians.
Peter Cooper is the editor and publisher of the ArabianMoney Investment Newsletter and ArabianMoney.net website. He was formerly a partner in AMEInfo.com, sold in a private equity deal in 1996. His book 'Opportunity Dubai: Making a Fortune in the Middle East' was a best seller, and his latest 'Dubai Sabbatical: The Road to $5,000 Gold' is a sign of where he sees the future. Peter is a Dubai resident and contributes columns to many local publications. He was a contemporary of British foreign minister William Hague at Oxford University.
Michael Shulman is currently editor of investment advisory services and is the author of Made in America, Otterbourn Publishing, May, 2013 and of Sell Short (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Options Income Blueprint is a unique advisory service published by Traders Reserve and based on fundamental analysis with recommendations for option selling strategies and positions to generate consistent monthly income.
Made in America: Inside Stories of Success is built around four factories -- Trek Bicycles, Red Wing Shoes, the GM Flint Michigan pickup truck assembly plant and Airstream. The book pushes aside the myth of the decline in the US manufacturing - the US is still the world's largest manufacturing nation - through the success of these four factories and companies.
Mr. Shulman joined the Traders Reserve after ten years with InvestorPlace Media, his turn to financial advisory services coming after more than twenty years actively involved in the development of new technologies. He was founder and CEO of an internet company, AtYourBusiness.com, sat on the board of The NextGen I venture fund, worked as a consultant or founding employee of several technology startups, was a product manager for a Silicon Valley Start up when the country had 49 personal computer companies and did similar work in the mid-1980s for AT&T.
Mr. Shulman graduated Georgetown University with a degree in philosophy in 1977, worked in the renewable energy field for five years – same vocabulary, hope and promises as we are hearing today - before moving to the marketing of industrial and agricultural products with several New York firms. When asked if there is a thread in his career his answer is “Yes. Change, what is new. And what other people are missing, things they think are not normal - things I see as becoming a standard or success."
Tricky is a human being, despite what some people may think about him.
He is currently alive. At least at the time of writing this bio.
For some strange reason, he seems to have a few followers. He has no idea why anyone would do that.
Gary Weiss is an investigative reporter and freelance writer. He is the author of three books, including AYN RAND NATION: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul, to be published by St. Martin's Press on February 28, 2011. He was an investigative reporter for BusinessWeek magazine for many years, and was a contributing editor for Conde Nast Portfolio. He is a regular weekly columnist for TheStreet.com and Salon.
Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gary_weiss, and check out his author page, http://gary-weiss.com.
Elsewhere on the web:
Gary can speak on a wide variety of topics, from investment fraud to the influence of Ayn Rand on American politics and culture. For more details and speaking topics, email him or log on to http://www.macmillanspeakers.com/garyweiss
Tom, a native of Berwyn, IL, has been interested in stocks, bonds and real estate for over forty years. A classically-trained woodwind musician and retired High School Principal, he holds two master's degrees and blogs.
Mr. Smicklas values a conservative, diversified approach towards investing utilizing varied income streams, always sensitive to of the march of political and economic trends worldwide.
Tom knows that in the investment world there is no substitute for experience, with failure as well as success.
MIke NO LONGER posts on Seeking Alpha.
Mike Stathis is the Managing Principal of Apex Venture Advisors, a business and investment intelligence firm for the private and public markets, serving the needs of venture firms, corporations and hedge funds.
Mike’s work in the private markets includes valuation analysis, deal structuring, and business strategy. His technology focus is in healthcare, specifically biopharmaceuticals and telemedicine. In the public markets he assists hedge funds and corporations with investment strategy, valuation analysis, market forecasting, risk management, and distressed securities analysis.
As one of the few who predicted the financial apocalypse in detail, Mike has been particularly active helping hedge funds navigate the real estate and banking crisis. The accuracy of his predictions has positioned him as one of America’s most insightful and innovative financial experts.
The public markets division of AVA, or AVA Investment Analytics, now provides the same cutting-edge research to individual investors (http://www.avaresearch.com/).
Mike is also a prolific author. Each of his books delivers industry-leading insight and analysis, recognized by some of the top experts in the world.
His 2006 landmark book, “America’s Financial Apocalypse,” serves as the leading resource for understanding America’s depression.
Meanwhile, his first book, “The Startup Company Bible for Entrepreneurs” is used in several business schools as a required text for completion of the MBA program.
Prior to Apex Advisors, Mike worked at UBS and Bear Stearns, focusing on asset management, institutional brokerage and merchant banking. Books published:
* America's Healthcare Solution (2010)
* The Wall Street Investment Bible, Volume I (2009)
Table of Contents >> http://www.avaresearch.com/files/20090422172428.pdf
* America's Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (2006 & 2007)
Table of Contents >> http://www.avaresearch.com/files/20090514024432.pdf
Excerpts >> http://www.avaresearch.com/files/20090430110359.pdf
* Cashing in on the Real Estate Bubble (2006)
Excerpts >> http://www.avaresearch.com/files/20090430110359.pdf
* The Startup Company Bible For Entrepreneurs (2005)
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/)
Richard T. Woon is a transactional attorney practicing in San Francisco in the practice areas of real estate and land use. In addition to the practice of law, Richard previously maintained a real estate brokerage practice representing and advising local urban infill residential and mixed use developers on the acquisition of developments and commercial properties. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Woon holds a master's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Richard fancies himself as an amateur economist and trader.
I am the managing director of Dar&Company in Bethesda, MD. We provide business advice and corporate governance coaching to presidents, CEOs, and chairmen of energy and utility companies. Our clients have ranged from the largest utility holding, energy finance and energy technology companies in the world to energy funds, operating start ups, spinoffs and near IPOs. We offer no advice on securities of any kind and recommend no companies (other than as transactional, merger, acquisition or investment partners for clients). I have been in the energy industry since my college days at MIT, where I got my start in energy at the MIT Energy Lab as a graduate student in the mid-late 1970s. I hold degrees in engineering, corporate finance/international business (MBA) and applied economics (doctoral). I have served on the boards of 5 publicly traded energy operations and energy consulting firms. I have been CEO of 2 natural gas and electricity operations, marketing and trading companies. I have also founded strategy and risk management practices at 2 major energy consulting companies. I regret not providing company specific investment ideas or indications in my articles. This is owing to my wife’s federal government responsibilities and the nature of my professional activities.
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.
Brian Kelly is Founder of Brian Kelly Capital. Brian has over 17 years investment experience trading US & international equities, forex, options, futures, metals, and commodities. He has traded for some of the largest hedge funds, pension funds, and mutual funds.
Mr. Kelly is a CNBC contributor and can be seen regularly on the show Fast Money.
Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he received a BS in Finance. He also holds an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance and econometrics.
Rakesh Saxena is a risk pricing specialist for Quote Platform Syndicate Inc. (http://www.quoteplatform.com/), part of a network of international risk buying and arbitrage pools. He has been active in the execution of derivatives and insurance contracts, and asset securitizations, particularly in relation to the emerging markets, for nearly three decades.
Ron Nelson has a PhD in physics from the University of Illinois and is a successful entrepreneur (3 high tech startup companies) and corporate executive (Motorola and Bell Labs). As an undergraduate, Ron minored in economics but pursued an engineering and business career. He published over 80 technical articles in referred journals (Physics Review Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, etc), authored several invited chapters and one physics textbook that is in it's 8th edition. Economics and investing has been a hobby, but he is now putting his "entrepreneurial" energy into economic and investment studies.
John Browne is Senior Economic Consultant for Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. Mr. Browne is a distinguished former member of Britain's Parliament who served on the Treasury Select Committee, as Chairman of the Conservative Small Business Committee, and as a close associate of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Among his many notable assignments, John served as a principal advisor to Mrs. Thatcher's government on issues related to the Soviet Union, and was the first to convince Thatcher of the growing stature of then Agriculture Minister Mikhail Gorbachev. As a partial result of Browne's advocacy, Thatcher famously pronounced that Gorbachev was a man the West "could do business with." A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's version of West Point and retired British army major, John served as a pilot, parachutist, and communications specialist in the elite Grenadiers of the Royal Guard.
In addition to careers in British politics and the military, John has a significant background, spanning some 37 years, in finance and business. After graduating from the Harvard Business School, John joined the New York firm of Morgan Stanley & Co as an investment banker. He has also worked with such firms as Barclays Bank and Citigroup. During his career he has served on the boards of numerous banks and international corporations, with a special interest in venture capital. He is a frequent guest on CNBC's Kudlow & Co. and a former contributing editor and columnist of NewsMax Media's Financial Intelligence Report and Moneynews.com.
John Browne is the Senior Market Strategist for Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. (http://www.europac.net/) Mr. Browne is a distinguished former member of Britain's Parliament who served on the Treasury Select Committee, as Chairman of the Conservative Small Business Committee, and as a close associate of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Among his many notable assignments, John served as a principal advisor to Mrs. Thatcher's government on issues related to the Soviet Union, and was the first to convince Thatcher of the growing stature of then Agriculture Minister Mikhail Gorbachev. As a partial result of Browne's advocacy, Thatcher famously pronounced that Gorbachev was a man the West "could do business with." A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's version of West Point and retired British army major, John served as a pilot, parachutist, and communications specialist in the elite Grenadiers of the Royal Guard.
In addition to careers in British politics and the military, John has a significant background, spanning some 37 years, in finance and business. After graduating from the Harvard Business School, John joined the New York firm of Morgan Stanley & Co as an investment banker. He has also worked with such firms as Barclays Bank and Citigroup. During his career he has served on the boards of numerous banks and international corporations, with a special interest in venture capital. He is a frequent guest on CNBC's Kudlow & Co. and a former contributing editor and columnist of NewsMax Media's Financial Intelligence Report and Moneynews.com. He holds FINRA series 7 license.
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, Euro Pacific (http://www.europac.net) is a full service, NASD-registered broker/dealer that has historically been recognized for its expertise in foreign markets and securities. Through its direct relationships with countless foreign trading desks, the firm's clients are able to avoid the large spreads often imposed by domestic market makers of foreign securities, thereby substantially reducing overall transaction costs.
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Steven Hansen is an international business and industrial consultant specializing in turning around troubled business units; consults to governments to optimize process flows; and provides economic indicator analysis based on unadjusted data and process limitations.
James Quinn has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 29 year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and is writing these articles because he cares about their future. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager. These articles reflect the personal views of James Quinn. They do not necessarily represent the views of his employer, and are not sponsored or endorsed by his employer.
John Lounsbury, Managing Editor and Co-founder of Global Economic Intersection, provides comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services to a small number of families on a fee only basis. He has a background which includes 34 years with a major international corporation, 25 years in R&D management and corporate staff positions. More recently he was a Series 6, 7, 63 licensed representative with a major insurance company brokerage from 1992 to 2001. Since 2002 he has operated his own sole proprietorship business. Specific interests include political and economic history, econometric analysis and investment strategy analysis. Recreational activities include hiking, non-technical mountaineering and alpine skiing. He is also founding partner and managing editor of EconIntersect.com.
Larry Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC (http://www.usc.edu/) Marshall School of Business (http://www.marshall.usc.edu/). His research, teaching, and consulting address trading and investment management issues that arise in financial markets. He has written extensively about trading rules, transaction costs, index markets, and market regulation. His introduction to the economics of trading, TRADING AND EXCHANGES: Market Microstructure for Practitioners (http://tradingandexchanges.com/) (Oxford University Press: 2003), is widely regarded as a “must read” for entrants into the securities industry.
Chairman Harvey Pitt appointed Dr. Harris to serve as Chief Economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov/) in July 2002 where he continued to serve under Chairman William Donaldson through June 2004. As Chief Economist, Harris was the primary advisor to the Commission on all economic issues. He contributed extensively to the development of regulations implementing Sarbanes-Oxley, to the resolution of the mutual fund timing crisis, to the specification of the proposed Regulation NMS (National Market System), and to numerous legal cases. Harris also directed the SEC Office of Economic Analysis (http://www.sec.gov/about/economic.shtml) Interactive Brokers, Inc (http://www.interactivebrokers.com/). (IBKR) and of Clipper Fund, Inc. (http://www.clipperfund.com/) (CFIMX), as the director of the USC Marshall School Center for Investment Studies, and as the research coordinator of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (The Q-Group (http://www.q-group.org/)). In the past, he has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Other professional service has included year-long assignments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to the New York Stock Exchange immediately following the Stock Market Crash of 1987. Dr. Harris has also worked at UNX, Inc., an electronic pure agency institutional equity broker, and at Madison Tyler, LLC, a broker-dealer engaged in electronic proprietary trading in various markets.
The University of Chicago awarded Dr. Harris his Ph.D. in Economics in 1982.
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Charlie Bottle (a pseudonym) is an adventurer in the voyage of life, some would say a philosopher. He is an investment professional with many years of global investment experience across asset classes. He is trained in economics and finance. More importantly he is a student of financial markets and economic history. When he is not traveling he lives in New York City. To subscribe for a free trial of Charlie Bottle's investment newsletter please email to firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)
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Sean Maher is founder of Entext Economics & Strategy in London, which produces independent global macro research. He is a post-grad trained economist and member of the CFA Institute with over 20 years experience as an economist, strategist and investment manager.