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David J. Merkel, CFA — From 2003-2007, I was a leading commentator at the excellent investment website RealMoney.com (http://www.RealMoney.com). Back in 2003, after several years of correspondence, James Cramer invited me to write for the site, and now I write for RealMoney on equity and bond portfolio management, macroeconomics, derivatives, quantitative strategies, insurance issues, corporate governance, etc. My specialty is looking at the interlinkages in the markets in order to understand individual markets better.
I no longer contribute to RealMoney because my work duties have gotten larger, and I began this blog to develop a distinct voice with a wider distribution.
In 2008, I became the Chief Economist and Director of Research of Finacorp Securities (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/02-08-2008/0004752449&EDATE=). Finacorp went into liquidation in June 2010, after which I decided to open my own asset management shop, Aleph Investments, LLC. I manage stock and bond portfolios for clients.
Until 2007, I was a senior investment analyst at Hovde Capital, responsible for analysis and valuation of investment opportunities for the FIP funds, particularly of companies in the insurance industry. I also managed the internal profit sharing and charitable endowment monies of the firm.
Prior to joining Hovde in 2003, I managed corporate bonds for Dwight Asset Management. In 1998, I joined the Mount Washington Investment Group as the Mortgage Bond and Asset Liability manager after working with Provident Mutual, AIG and Pacific Standard Life.
My background as a life actuary has given me a different perspective on investing. How do you earn money without taking undue risk? How do you convey ideas about investing while showing a proper level of uncertainty on the likelihood of success? How do the various markets fit together, telling us us a broader story than any single piece? These are the themes that I will deal with in this blog. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University.
In my spare time, I take care of our eight children with my wonderful wife Ruth. Visit this site: The Aleph Blog (http://alephblog.com/)
We're in the midst of the greatest investing boom in almost 60 years. And rest assured - this boom is not about to end anytime soon.
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I am an independent investor writing at Scott's Investments (http://www.scottsinvestments.com). My site is dedicated to discussing and publicly tracking historically successful investments strategies and sharing free investment resources. I emphasize empirical, historical, and quantitative analysis, portfolio strategies for individual investors and technical analysis.
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Patrick Chovanec is an associate professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China, where he teaches in the school’s International MBA Program.His insights into Chinese business, economics, politics, and culture have been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, and Bloomberg, as well as in Time, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and numerous other publications. He is a regular expert commentator on Chinese TV and radio.
Professor Chovanec has worked for several private equity funds focused on China, and serves as an advisor to numerous hedge funds, PE funds, corporations, and governments on China. Previously, he served as director of Institutional Investor’s Asia Pacific Institute, based in Hong Kong, and its Global Fixed Income Institute, based in London. Before coming to Asia, Chovanec worked as an aide to political strategist William Kristol and to U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner.
Professor Chovanec first visited China in 1986, and has traveled to every one of its 31 provinces, as well as Taiwan. His travels have taken him to over 45 countries, including Pakistan, Cuba, Vietnam, and Cambodia. He is one of only a handful of U.S. citizens to have visited North Korea.
He holds an BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
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Michael Ashton has been a recognized leader in developing the U.S. inflation derivatives market. He traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps in 2003 and, as a dealer, was a primary liquidity-provider in that market for two large banks. He represented about one-third of interbank swaps volume during his tenures at those firms. He invented and was the sole market-maker for the CME CPI Futures contract. He has written and spoken extensively about the use of inflation-indexed products for hedging real exposures, and has written more broadly in a commentary format about the rates markets and macroeconomy. Mr. Ashton is currently the managing principal at Enduring Investments LLC. His comments on this site and others are not posted in that role, and no opinions of his should be construed to be recommendations of or to reflect the views of his employer. He recently published "What's Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All."
I am an individual investor. I also assist a small number of other investors develop a quality portfolio by first determining their goals and risks. Individuals I assist with their investments, I mainly help set up a long term investment strategy with a small portion of the portfolio dedicated to trading.
Investing strictly for myself, I am mainly a short term trader with a small amount allocated towards long term holds. The reason my strategy is slighty different than individuals I assist with their investment is that I am willing to take more risk with myself. I try to find short term strategies that use sense, but also require experience, knowledge, and continued research. Information is always changing and that is why adjustments sometimes need to be made to original plans. Although it is easy to fall in love with a stock, just ensure that your continued investment is for the right reasons and the company's strengths are still in tact and their weaknesses have not changed.
The main thing I would push any investor to do is to not be lazy. It is easy to follow the coattails of others and believe a well thought out opinion, but every investor needs to come to their determination of the value of an investment. Ensure that continual research is being done, read the quarterly and yearly statements, contact management often, follow other companies to get a comparison. Also, sharing ideas with other quality investors is a very good and positive thing to do as well as an investor can learn a lot from others, but it is always important to follow up by doing your own due diligence on shared information. Just remember, you do not know everything and there is always something that can be learned.
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Paul Frank is a Portfolio Manager for ETF Market Opportunity Fund "ETFOX."
ETFOX isn't your typical mutual fund as its portfolio is made up entirely of ETFs. The fund's investment portfolio is managed on a day-to-day basis by Paul M. Frank. Mr. Frank was born in 1962 in Quebec, Canada. His formal education includes a B.A. in History and Economics from Drew University. Mr. Frank also completed a MBA in Finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration in 1992, earning the Dean’s award for academic excellence and named class valedictorian. After completing his Master’s Degree, Mr. Frank worked as an analyst and trader at Signalert, a registered investment adviser. The ETF Market Opportunity Fund was launched in May 2004. Mr. Frank serves as Treasurer of the Troy Albany Youth Hockey Association and is a fund raising coordinator for the Albany Academy for Boys. The Franks live in Old Chatham, NY.
Roger Nusbaum is the ETF Strategist for AdvisorShares. This Arizona-based professional has over 25 years of industry experience. He is also a well-known financial commentator covering ETFs, retirement planning and portfolio management for AlphaBaskets.com and at TheStreet.com. We think Roger is particularly insightful on exchange-traded funds, risk management and investing in international markets. Visit Roger's work at Random Roger (http://randomroger.blogspot.com) and AlphaBaskets (http://alphabaskets.com)
Mark's mutual fund is launching December 15, 2011.
He is a self taught private investor who operates the website Fund My Mutual Fund (http://fundmymutualfund.com); a daily mix of market, economic, and stock specific commentary. Fascinated by the market since an early age, he discovered mutual funds as a teenager in the 80s and moved to equities by the mid 90s. The origin of the website is/was to leverage the power of the internet in developing a transparent track record to attract investors for his potential "long/short" mutual fund.
His equity focus is identifying secular growth trends and the companies most likely to benefit from these macro trends. Stocks are identified through fundamental analysis, although basic technical analysis is used in determining entry and exit points. You can receive Trader Mark's latest posts daily by subscribing free via RSS reader (http://feeds.feedburner.com/FundMyMutualFund) or subscribing free via email (http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=1109639).
With a degree in economics from the University of Michigan, a broader understanding of the economy as a whole, along with interpreting investor psychology, is also a major interest for Mark. To follow on Twitter, username: fundmyfund
Brad Case, Ph.D., CAIA is Vice President, Research & Industry Information for NAREIT, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (www.reit.com). Dr. Case has been researching commercial and residential real estate markets for more than 21 years and has published articles in top-quality academic journals as well as investment and industry publications such as Research magazine, Registered Rep, On Wall Street, Benefits & Compensation Digest, BNA Real Estate Law & Industry Report, and REIT: Real Estate Investment Today. Prior to joining NAREIT he served as an economist on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, where he developed proposals to strengthen regulation of mortgage lending and credit risk.
Dr. Case earned degrees from Williams College, the University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University, where he worked with Bob Shiller. He has completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination process and is registered for Level 3 in June 2011.
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Soos Global Capital Advisors, LLC was founded by our Principal, Edward J. Leventhal, after a 23-year career at Salomon Brothers, which became Citigroup through mergers. Since 2002, Ed was among Citigroup's Senior Management (top 1% of the firm).
After graduating from The Wharton School of Business in 1982, Ed started his career in Corporate Banking at Bank of America, where, for four years, he was an associate in the Fortune 500 group advising international companies such as Macy's, American Brands, RJReynolds, Zayre Stores and JC Penney.
In 1986, in addition to completing his MBA at New York University, Ed moved to Salomon Brothers, where he worked for the next 23 years, through its mergers with Travelers and then Citigroup. During that time, he was in institutional sales and trading advising many of the largest hedge funds, banks, mutual funds, central banks and other government institutions on investment opportunities in various asset classes all over the world. His career advanced from US Treasury sales with specialization in derivatives, to heading the Global Government Bond team in the US, followed by managing Salomon's West Coast Fixed Income business (based in San Francisco), after which he returned to NY to become Global Product Manager of Emerging Markets, and finally, leading Global Relationship Management for Citigroup's premier institutional clients across Equities and Fixed Income around the globe.
Soos Global Capital Advisors, LLC provides Ed's global markets and institutional level experience to a select group of high-net-worth private investors who are looking for that level of sophistication in the way their money is managed and in designing investment portfolios suitable to their investment goals, risk tolerances, and liquidity preferences. Capitalizing on years of experience in global financial markets and on three full passports of international travel, Ed's assessment of global opportunities provides Soos Global with its key competitive investment edge. We offer a choice of actively managed strategies, differing by levels of risk, all based on global-macro, thematic opportunities, driven by thorough geopolitical risk assessments, fundamental research, and complemented by technical analysis. Soos Global has chosen Fidelity Investments as our preferred and recommended custodian for client funds and securities, and as our primary trading desk through which we access a complete menu of financial products.
Hao Jin is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and currently works as an IT professional for a media brokerage firm in Wall Street area, doing data mining, data warehouse and analytic reports. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook’s Harriman School for Management and Policy in 1993.
Doug Short is first-wave boomer with a lifelong interest in markets and the economy. His professional career had been a satisfying split between academia (English Professor at North Carolina State University) and Information technology (IBM and GSK).
Doug retired in 2006 to devote himself full-time to his dshort.com financial website. The domain has now been acquired by Advisor Perspectives, and Doug has been appointed the Vice President of Research.
Doug is especially interested in the economy, long-term market trends and behavioral finance.
Jeffrey is a small time landlord and investor living in Lexington, KY; he recently graduated with a BA in general studies. As a die hard value investor, he finds micro and nano cap companies to be of great interest (and increasingly, the most undervalued). Check out his blog at www.ragnarisapirate.blogspot.com.
I am a financial writer, publisher, and New York Times bestselling-author. Each week, nearly a million readers around the world receive my Thoughts From the Frontline free investment newsletter. My most recent book is Code Red: How to Protect Your Savings from the Coming Crisis. I appear regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. I’m also Chairman of Mauldin Economics, a research group that provides monthly analysis and recommendations to thousands of readers around the world. I was previously CEO of the American Bureau of Economic Research. Today I am President of the investment advisory firm Millennium Wave Advisors, LLC. I am also president and registered principal of Millennium Wave Securities, LLC a FINRA and SIPC registered broker dealer. When I’m not traveling to speak at conferences and events, I live in Dallas, TX. I’m also the proud father of seven children.
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/).
Jeffrey Frankel is Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs the program in International Finance and Macroeconomics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is also a member of the Business Cycle Dating Committee, which officially declares recessions. Appointed to the Council of Economic Advisers by President Clinton in 1996 and subsequently confirmed by the Senate, he served until 1999. His responsibilities as Member included international economics, macroeconomics, and the environment. Before moving East, he had been professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, having joined the faculty in 1979. Other past appointments include the Federal Reserve Board, Institute for International Economics, International Monetary Fund, and Yale. His research interests include international finance, currencies, monetary and fiscal policy, commodity prices, regional blocs, and global environmental issues. He graduated from Swarthmore College and received his PhD from MIT. Visit Jeffrey Frankel's Weblog (http://www.jeffrey-frankel.com/)
Prieur du Plessis has 27 years' experience in professional investment research and portfolio management. More than 1,400 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He has also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment.
Prieur is chairman and principal shareholder of South African-based Plexus Asset Management, which he founded in 1995. The group conducts investment management, investment consulting, private equity and real estate activities in South Africa and other countries.
Plexus is the South African partner of John Mauldin, author of the Thoughts from the Frontline e-letter, and also has an exclusive licensing agreement with California-based Research Affiliates for managing and distributing its enhanced Fundamental Index methodology in the Pan-African area.
Prieur is professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, teaching investment management. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Africa, actively developing economic, cultural and scientific relations between Slovenia and South Africa.
Prieur lives by the words “living to run, running to live”. This motto manifests itself directly in his management style and keen participation in long-distance running, and also in Plexus’s sponsorship of the annual Plexus Races (marathon, half-marathon and 8km). The primary goal of these events is to raise funds for a number of charities, especially Proud Partners – an organisation formed by Plexus in co-operation with Prieur’s wife, Isabel Verwey (former TV producer and presenter), which uplifts previously disadvantaged communities through the provision of musical instruments and tuition to a large number of schools.
Prieur is 55 years old and lives with his wife and two children in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. In addition to running, his recreational activities include reading, travelling, motor cycling and scripophily.