Professor of Psychology. Strong interests in education, psychology, and religion. Enjoy collector cars. 4 year scholar athlete at U of FL, lettering in football. Love finding companies, at inflection points, that will make it big.
I am interested in small capitalized companies with a high optionality to the upside compared to the relative downside risk. I am grounded in a value based approach but will also explore special situations. I am a trained CPA and continue to practice in industry.
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John Balison is a Licensed Profession Engineer, biotech investor and writer. He focuses on late-stage biotech development companies or those in the early phases of commercialization. His secondary focus is on companies involved in the treatment of chronic diseases, primarily end stage renal disease (ESRD), and gastrointestinal disorders.
Lares Capital, a long/short fund that specializes in small caps, option strategies, and low-liquidity equities. The fund invests in both domestic and foreign securities.
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I have my BS in Computer Science - Software Engineering with an emphasis in business. I apply specialized quantitative techniques when analyzing equities and alternative strategies. I also implement algorithmic machine learning techniques.
I approach investing as a social theorist and a cultural historian. As a result, I am a contrarian. Studying the history of financialization, I have to agree with value investors like Seth Klarman, George Soros, and John Quiggin that markets are ultimately inefficient. However, I am not an orthodox value-investor. I believe in diversified strategy so as to insure maximum gains while maintaining a "margin of safety." Understanding that markets will operate inefficiently, I sometimes find "playing the greater fool's game" will yield nice short term gains. I have been investing for five years and have had proven results. I offer unique insight on fundamentals that most analysts do not consider.
Cornelius Vanderbilt has done more than any other man to shape our idea of investing. He was the ultimate contrarian. As an investor he looked for both value and risk. His approach to markets is complex and contradictory but can be learned from.
B.A., NYU Gallatin School
M.A. CUNY Gradatuate Center [in progress]
I started a twitter. https://twitter.com/matt_finston
My trading experience includes over twenty five years of intense investment analysis, trend analysis and deep level due diligence studies. My interest is to find small company opportunities that have established funding sources, have a plan of action and are in the preliminary to first stages of pipeline development and execution.
My coverage and investment interest includes biotech, small cap and emerging growth companies, regardless of sector.
I focus on investments in the oil & gas sector with an eye for dividend income and long-term capital appreciation. I typically allocate a portion of my own portfolio and devote some of my Seeking Alpha articles to small and medium sized companies offering compelling risk/reward propositions.
I am an engineer, not a qualified investment advisor. While the information and data presented in this article were obtained from company documents and/or sources believed to be reliable, they have not been independently verified. Therefore, I cannot guarantee its accuracy. I advise investors conduct their own research and/or consult a qualified investment advisor. I explicitly disclaim any liability that may arise from investment decisions you make based on this article. Thanks for reading and I wish you much success – Michael Fitzsimmons.
10 years investing in $10 or less stocks. My portfolio has grown from an initial $4K investment to well over a million in that period of time. I specialize in identifying under-the-radar, unloved stocks with great upside.
I focus on the microcap space (market cap below $250 million) because it is one of the most inefficient and "alpha rich" areas of the global equity market, which provides the greatest opportunity to generate alpha through fundamental research.
I use a bottom up, investment decision making process. The ideal investment has an asymmetric risk/return profile with a limited downside (e.g. high net cash balance, strong cash flow) and significant upside (e.g. asset value extraction, overlooked business model transition).
Microcaps are particularly attractive to the following groups:
Activist investors. A small absolute investment (on a dollar basis) can be leveraged into a relatively large position (as a percentage of shares outstanding), which provides a greater ability to demand change.
Private equity firms. The persistent microcap discount can be “arbed away” via an LBO with the new owners accruing all of the gains for themselves. The small absolute size of many microcaps on an EV basis significantly expands the number of firms able to pursue this strategy.
This inefficiency exists for several reasons.
A lack of analyst coverage due to lower trading volume (less soft dollars from HF/MF), the global settlement that permanently severed the link between research/banking and the rise in electronic trading/decimalization. Moreover, none of these trends are likely to reverse for the foreseeable future (if ever).
A lack of institutional products given the natural capacity constraint for new/existing managers.
An inability to effectively implement a passive approach (e.g. ETFs, index funds) due to the lower liquidity and wider bid/ask spread. However, each of these obstacles can be overcome by using a combination of electronic trading tools (e.g. algos) and patience in building a positive size.
Inaccurate and persistent misconceptions about microcaps (e.g. they are riskier than larger cap stocks).
I currently trade for my personal account but would like to move into the investment management side of the industry.
Sharon di Stefano has spent 20 years as an analyst, beginning her career at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. specializing in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare information technology, and biopharmacology. Ms. di Stefano had also served as Senior Venture Officer for the Edison Innovation Fund, implemented through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that provided funding for early-stage life sciences companies. Industry experience includes laboratory research for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Department of Defense.
Ms. di Stefano received a Masters of Science degree, in Business, from Johns Hopkins University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in 1984 with a minor in biology.
I graduated from the University of Toronto with a BComm and am now working on developing a partnering business to help get the word out on disruptive investments. I want my research to provide timely and conclusive investment ideas that intend to deliver attractive yields to investors.
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I enjoy following and capitalizing on investing opportunities primarily in the tech and healthcare industry. Most of my free time is spent conducting research on small-to-mid cap equities using a combination of fundamental data analysis and technical studies to come to conclusive results. I manage some money that I invest according to the above technique to ripen my exposure to the financial world.
Previously, I spent some time working for a major commercial construction company where I was responsible for running the back office, occasionally overlooking data and logistics. Most of my time was spent in a financial controller capacity.
I write because I believe in sharing my findings and opinions with those interested so they may come to their own conclusions and in turn spark an intelligent and beneficial discussion.
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A researcher into gene silencing as a technology for improving the lives of those suffering from incurable diseases. Benitec Biopharma is my primary investment in this technology as ddRNAi offers one-time treatments for a broad range of these diseases.
I hold multiple undergraduate degrees with concentrated focus in the fields of Psychology, Sociology, History, and Economics. Prior to working as an independent strategist for a handful of clients, I was employed as a behavioral economist for a private London based group. Before that, I worked for domestic entities such as FBR and ACC Capital.
In terms of equities analysis, my focus is strictly on long term investments, emerging biotechnology entities, distressed or undervalued companies, and maritime commerce. In terms of market analysis, my focus is on the market implications of social and non-traditional factors. I do not discredit more traditional technical and fundamental analysis, but I value greatly the largely underrated, and often forgotten, historical evolution of capitalism and capital market psychology. Thus, some articles I write will be highly speculative and unorthodox, and will likely represent a minority opinion. Others, when undervaluation is a motivating factor for the article having been written, will be highly technical and metric based.
Also, I urge readers to consider the premise of investment horizon, and authorship intention, when reading my contributions. Many of the articles for companies which I endorse will be deemed "long term", which I generally consider to be no less than 2-3 years unless otherwise noted. Moreover, some articles are written simply to test a potential investment thesis in an effort to garner feedback about prospective positions. In the latter, the "Risk" segment of articles will be thoroughly detailed and should be heavily weighed. Many such pieces will be long "ideas", not necessarily long "recommendations" or "endorsements", and it is imperative that readers understand that prior to any assumptions being made or conclusions being drawn. Thus, I would implore readers to consider my articles carefully and thoroughly, and to ask any questions they may have pertaining to publication purpose if not otherwise clearly defined. I will always do my best to respond in a timely fashion.
Lastly, I am a fervent proponent of the value brought to investments by behavioral finance theory, and I utilize this premise in all equities analysis.
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I have a Bachelors Degree In Business Administration. I have been investing in biotech stocks for many years, and I prefer to invest as a long term investor. With that In mind I seek stocks that have long term value! I primarily Like to Invest In biotechnology stocks and I accept the risks.
I Write for the Healthcare Sector and Stock market in general. I contribute to Seeking Alpha, Talk Markets, and CNA Finance. I run my own biotechnology website Biotechpicklist.com and in addition I post stock market news on my other website Wallstreetrain.com
Owner and operator of: www.biostockselite.com Have over 15 years of investment experience and interest is dedicated to small cap biotech stocks. Articles submitted to SeekingAlpha will also be posted to my aforementioned site.
Highly educated private investor with 35 years experience investing in individual stocks and an occasional ETF. I particularly like disruptive technology and growth stocks that are undervalued or beaten down.
JDT investments is an investment group composed of three brothers named John, Joel, and Jacob Damerow. We look for new information, ask questions, and make informed trades based on our research. We deal primarily with small-cap stocks, and are fascinated with the biotech sector as a whole. We wish to present facts to others, and to inform individuals about new changes in the sector. We believe this area offers the greatest potential, if invested in wisely of course, and we strive to distribute that potential to our family, friends, and all of those who are eager to hear our opinions.Long Athersys.
I am a senior equity analyst with over two decades of experience in the technology and TMT space, specializing in small cap technology research. I consider myself the first internet analyst on wall street and have always sought the next big thing in the tech space. I have worked extensively on both the buy-side at The Evergreen Funds and sell-side at firms including Prudential Securities, Unterberg Harris and EF Hutton.
My expertise includes valuing public and private companies in the technology arena, with a strong focus recently on TMT telecom, media, handsets, Internet, consumer electronics, digital media and software.
I have an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a BSChE from Tufts University.
Jason Bond is an American stock trader, entrepreneur, and small cap expert. Jason teaches small cap swing trading at Jason Bond Picks. He is best known for his 2013 swing trading performance tripling the S&P 500 in the portfolio he manages. Jason’s small cap swing trading ideas are widely published on numerous financial sites and blogs. Prior to teaching small cap swing trading in 2011, Jason taught for the Webster Central School District in NYS from 2001 - 2011. Jason’s trading strategy attempts to capture gains in a stock within one to four days. He uses technical analysis to look for stocks with short-term price momentum. Jason is interested in the fundamental value of stocks but puts emphasis on price trends and patterns.
Bill Gunderson @billgunderson is the CEO and Chief Market Strategist of Gunderson Capital Managment in San Diego, CA. He is also a professional money manager, former research analyst, author of Best Stocks Now, and developer of the Best Stocks Now smartphone app. He offers four free weeks to his weekly Best Stocks Now to Seeking Alpha readers at gundersoncapital.com
He also hosts a daily stock market radio show that is syndicated nationwide on the Salem Broadcast Network. Bill has appeared on the Fox Business Channel and on Bloomberg Radio numerous times.
He has been published in Barron's, Forbes, TheStreet.com and numerous other publications i.e. Los Angeles Business Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Phoenix Business Journal, Salem News, Rochester Business Journal, and many others.
He can be reached at gundersoncapital.com or by calling (855)611-BEST.
I'm a financial writer who teamed up with two wall street analysts to specifically look for small cap stocks that have the potential to greatly increase or decrease in share price in the short term.
We think big and trade big. Contrary to popular belief, there's actually a margin of safety when you go after investments that can potentially give you great returns, as long as the timing is right. Shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you'll land among the stars. We look for "low risk, high reward" investments.
There are two criterias we look for in a stock as we scour the market for those "low risk, high reward" stocks:
1. It needs to have an upcoming catalyst.
2. It needs to be hidden or misunderstood by the market.
Disclaimer and disclosure: It is probable that the author and his associates have a position in the subject securities consistent with the opinion expressed in this article and they reserve the right to buy and/or sell the securities mentioned in this article, at any time without further notice.
Zorro Trades attempts to utilize fundamental analysis to identify securities and then gain an idea of when to enter said security via technical analysis.
Have been investing in stocks for over 25 years. Worked on Wall Street on the equity side of the business. Now invest in both public and private equity. Try to identify Overlooked and Underfollowed names set up for outsized returns.
"In order to win in markets, you must first learn to manage risk."
Dave Kelly has been managing his own portfolio since 2000. He prefers special situations and small caps with big moats, competitive advantage, or first-mover status. Dave is on the Stocktwits Must Follow List and you can also find him talking stocks and markets here
My name is Manny Backus.
Before you read any further, I want you to know a few things about me...
"Hey Manny... I just wanted to say thanks. I've been with you for about five months and I've been averaging about $5,923 a month, which is like $29,600..."
-- Bill Chandler, Glendale, Arizona
I am not your average professional stock trader. I'm not a stockbroker or individual investment advisor of any type. I've never worked at a big brokerage or had any kind of securities license at all. Nor do I have the Ivy League MBA that most financial "experts" consider a requirement.
The bottom line is all of these things are great achievements and look good hanging up on your wall, but they don't automatically make you a proficient trader.
What I do have is a tested intelligence quotient of 157. According to "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" by Richard Lynn, the average IQ of all United States residents is 98.
I also posses a killer instinct and a strategic mindset due to my early childhood training in the arena of international chess. But during my teenage years, my passion for the game of chess took a back seat to my obsession with online trading. After participating in several stock-picking competitions, I noticed certain people continued beating the market consistently.
There were only a handful of these super traders, but that reaffirmed my belief there must exist some sort of secret technique to earn money consistently in the stock market.
That's when I decided to parlay the tactical ability, the power to focus, and the schematic thinking that I learned from playing chess into the skill of picking winning stocks.
You see, chess is part tactics, and part ability to focus and remain unemotional. In chess, the player is always trying to challenge himself to try to guess the next move on the board. In stock trading, the trader is always trying to challenge himself to try to predict the next move of a stock. They're very similar disciplines.
Chess-playing is also based on war. You have to kill or be killed. A "killer move" is one wherein you have to kill on the first move. I used this "killer move" technique to devise the quickest way to make a killing with stocks that are getting ready to skyrocket or plummet.
Believe it or not, skilled chess players are often the best problem-solvers in any given situation. They are also known for their keen ability to grasp the inner workings of any system or apparatus -- tangible or intangible -- faster than average individuals? For instance, a study undertaken by Bankers Trust in New York found that chess players learned the tricks of the banker's trade at a more rapid rate than non-chess players -- even if the latter held MBAs."
By taking the principles I learned from the complex game of chess, I decided to give the stock market a try. I found that the systematic, detached and highly analytical approach it took to become a champion chess player was ideally suited to active trading.
Not the sleepy, Blue-Chip-life-sentence kind of investing most American money-managers practice (the “poor returns” kind)...
But aggressive, winner-take-all trading with but one objective: A fast, lucrative “checkmate” over the fickle moves of the markets.
"I've profited $4,000 after trading commissions... Manny has made not only myself, but many others, lots of money over the past few months since I started, and I have no doubt it will continue from here on in. Thank you, Manny."
-- Angel Lennox, Toronto, Canada
In 2002, I founded Wealthpire, Inc. and have successfully ran several trading research services. I have literally hundreds of letters from grateful readers expressing their wonderful success stories with my services. Read what some of my satisfied customers have to say here:
Unlike the folks who run a lot of other advisories out there, I have strict scruples about never artificially manipulating the market with the services I publish. That’s why you don’t see my name on any micro-cap tech-stock. Recommending positions in these tiny firms to more than a handful of people at a time can cause them to spike up in price on even a small uptick in volume.
I'm an ethical trader. That's why all of my services have a limit to the number of subscribers that are allowed to join.
My main goal is to use my knowledge, expertise and experience to help the average street-level investor to have a fun and profitable experience in the market. You can learn more about my services here: