Have spent over 40 years in the O&G industry with special interest in technology application for improved business performance. Academic background: geology & geophysics. Professional background: seismic technology application, operations & management. Currently: external director on the board of a leading seismic acquisition company.
Robert P. Balan has more than 4 decades of experience in the financial markets. Education in mining engineering, computer science, finance, and training in economics led to a commodity analysis career during the commodity boom of the early 1970s. Robert made a switch to global macro focus in the early 1980 when the commodity bull market waned, with specialization in foreign exchange. Robert wrote a very high profile daily FX analysis while Geneva-based in the mid-1980s (the first FX commentary with a real global readership, "most accessed" in the Reuters and Telerate networks from 1988 to 1994). He worked for Swiss Bank Corp and Union Bank of Switzerland (precursors of today’s new UBS) as head of technical research and as proprietary trader in various major finance centers (London, New York, and subsequently head of proprietary trading in Toronto, respectively) from late 1980s to mid-1990s. A stint at Bank of America as head of global technical research (in London and New York) followed in late 1990s to early 2000s. Robert did technical analysis for Saxo Bank (Denmark) in the mid-200s based in New York. He returned to Switzerland in 2004 as head of technical research and strategy, and FX and commodity market analyst for Swiss Life Asset Management in Zurich. He joined Diapason Commodities Management in 2008 as senior market strategist, and subsequently as Chief Market Strategist, utilizing fundamental macroeconomic drivers, and structural/technical data in modeling asset price and sector movements. Robert wrote a book on the Elliott Wave Principle in 1988, which was hailed by the London Society of Technical Analysts as “the best book ever written on the subject”. Robert is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), USA.
I am a native Dallasite,did my undergraduate work at the University of Texas and earbed my law degree at SMU. I practiced law in Dallas for over 45 years with an emphasis on oil and gas and mineral-based finance. I have also been an oil and gas producer and investor since graduation from school and, while retiring recently from the active practice of law, I remain active in the oil and gas business. The majority of my holdings are in New Mexico in the San Juan Basin ("Four Corners" area) and most of my production is natural gas. Gas is produced from several formations (from relatively shallow to relatively deep) and, with few exceptions they are "tight" and long lived. Commencing with the deregulation of natural gas in the 1980's, gas markets in the Basin have been quite volitile, with price spikes (both down and up) being experienced through the years for many reasons. Most of the production is now sold under short term contracts and in the spot market.
Starks has worked for well-known energy companies in marketing, planning, and engineering. She brings this experience, along with extensive research and investing, to profiling energy companies by investing segment in her monthly newsletter.
I am a former investment advisor and owner of several businesses, and consequently everything related to business - including investing, macro-economics, and emerging products and services come under my research and interests radar.
The most interesting and important to me are the entertainment industry, commodities, BRICs, and the impact of loose money policies on businesses and investors.
These days I invest only for myself, while continuing to write on a variety of financial and economic topics.
I have worked as a project manager in the oil and gas industry for the last 5 years. I have managed projects across the sector, working in downstream, midstream, and upstream oil. I have some exposure to CSG and tight gas surface facilities.
I have a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering and have studied petroleum engineering, statistical programming, finance, and business.
An patient investor who greatly admires Warren Buffet. Now retired and living on my investments. Trying to contribute to the discussion of the Seeking Alpha people, who, whether they agree or not, care deeply about investing and what makes business work. A great crowd.
Retired now, a petroleum geologist by profession with over 40 plus years of experience and use to digging through reams of data to find the information I need. I am in the continual process of educating myself on dividend growth stocks investing. Have put together a DGI portfolio which I am continually trying to improve as buying opportunities present themselves. Aiming for a Beta less than 70 and yield of 5% plus. Having worked within the oil industry my entire carrier I have a soft spot for good companies within this sector. Striving to be able to live off the dividends (hopefully SS will be able to contribute some but worry what the politicians will do to us all here!) and never have sell a single share I do not want to sell to live.
Kevin is the CEO and founder of Blue Water Capital Advisors. He is involved in all aspects of the business, including portfolio management, financial advisory services, team management and business development, and he is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Kevin is an experienced speaker and is available (under certain conditions) by request.
Kevin brings a unique perspective to wealth and risk management that is very intuitive and measured. Clients are confident in his abilities and trust that their assets are managed by the best in the business. Although he has been a leader within the regional wealth management industry for the majority of the last two decades, it is not his first career. He was a petroleum geologist and academic research scientist for 17 years in his first career. Kevin’s keen sense of risk-reward dynamics was developed during his geological career when he served as an exploration team leader and senior manager in the oil and gas exploration business. He drilled over 100 wells on his own geological interpretations and found millions of barrels of oil. This was a very high risk kind of business, and Kevin learned a great deal about how risk really works from his experiences in exploration geology.
He was also a professor at The University of New Hampshire and Bryn Mawr College for several years and has published 11 papers in international scientific journals and books. Highlights of Kevin’s geological career include surviving a violent well blowout, working as a consultant to Phillips Petroleum, Texaco, Exxon, and numerous independent firms, acting as a Principal Investigator on a dinosaur dig in Montana, diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, teaching and advising students, receiving numerous research awards and grants, and conducting funded scientific research on sedimentology, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, and global plate tectonics.
Kevin left his geology career when the global oil price collapse finally caught up to him in 1992. He went into the financial advising industry because his father had been a nationally-ranked leader in that field with a major national firm, so he felt comfortable with making the transition. Over the years he was awarded the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation and has completed about half of the coursework for a Master’s degree in Financial Services. Kevin served as a Trust Officer and Vice President for a major Midwestern regional bank for seven years, and served as a Senior Vice President at National Bank of Commerce in Duluth for four years. He was a member and board member of the Arrowhead Estate Planning Council for a number of years. He has a refined sense of the big economic picture that is grounded in his ability to differentiate meaningful information from “noise,” as he once did while working in science and petroleum geology. Kevin is the principal shareholder of Blue Water Capital Advisors, LLC.
Full-time Investor, and frequent speculator.
Focus on US Stocks and Real Estate.
Degree in Economics and Finance.
Over 35 years of economic analysis and active investing experience. Retired Financial Services CEO (company had $2 Billion in financial assets).
Macroeconomic conditions and cycle progression are the foundation of my investment strategy. I evaluate the macro trend, and then select investments that will benefit from that trend, shifting the mix as the cycle progresses. Earnings growth is the sustainable fuel for investment gains. So, I look to position my portfolio accordingly.
I stay fully invested during the rising tide of a growing economy. I use leverage until the expansion shows signs of constraints and exhaustion. Rising input costs (wages, materials, energy, interest rates) eventually squeeze corporate profits, making growth less feasible. When I see evidence of a coming recession combined with weakness in the market, I exit my equity positions, reduce my real estate holdings, and shift to the safety of cash and treasury bonds. After the market slides deeply, and after the panic reaches headline proportions, I begin to reinvest as I anticipate or see evidence of the market bottom. I successfully avoided the 2001-2002 and the 2008 bear markets, while being fully invested for the bull markets around those declines.
In prior cycles I purchased individual stocks. However, during this bull market I am making heavy use of ETFs (including Sector ETFs). This is much less work, but results in more average returns. I do purchase some individual company stocks when I think the company will perform better than the average in its industry sector. I do not sell short, and rarely use options.
My portfolio is about half market tracking. I also use sector rotation, selected specific companies, modest margin debt, and 3x leveraged ETFs, within the rising cycle trend to magnify and outperform the average trend. I also adjust the size of my market exposure based on market conditions, and historic patterns.
My gross investment asset allocation target is roughly 70% stock, and 30% real estate (rentals). Current Stock Portfolio Mix (July 2016): 47% Broad Market Tracking (VTI, SPY, RSP, QQQ, VB...),18% Homebuilders and related, 15% Consumer Discretionary (VCR), 07% Industrials (XLI), 05% Berkshire Hathaway, 08% all other. Margin Debt is about 4% of portfolio value. Total Market Leverage is 1.05x (down from 1.34x in 2014). No bonds, and cash is less than 2% of gross assets. Real Estate is Residential Rentals, mostly near the beach (average LTV is about 40%).
Over the past 35+ years of active investing in stocks and real estate, my investment returns have been significantly above the average return of the S&P 500 (largely due to market timing and leverage). Since October 2007, my Stock portfolio average total return has been about 15% per year, compounded. My Real Estate portfolio average total return has been about 8% per year for the same period. The S&P 500 average total return has been about 6% per year during the same period.
Charlie Wilson is Chairman of a public investment corporation, taken private in the 60's.Charlie Wilson is a Political Science Graduate of the University of Alabama(1953)and a veteran political observer and operative.Corporation specializes in recycling old strip shopping centers and the development of light industrial parks.He was Southern Coordinator of the Presidential campaign of Gov.Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York.Wilson served as Republican consultant to Alabama Public TV from 1988-2004 and participated in the National Award wining documentary "Wining the Heart of Dixie".
Badgolfer was once a member of three golf clubs where he had the highest handicap of all members in all three.He's now down to two.Carrying the mantle became too much.
My background includes education in petroleum engineering and business and 15 years working with producers, midstream operators and utilities to bring oil and gas from the reservoir to the consumer. I understand in detail the full life cycle and value chain of oil, gas, and NGLs, from the physics of permeability and extraction to the economics of refinery turnarounds and utility load profiles.
I am interested in bringing focused, in-depth understanding to issues related to oil and gas investing. Industry expertise and a true understanding of how oil and gas is discovered, produced, processed, transported, marketed and consumed are vital to valuing investment opportunities in the fossil energy space.
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Donovan Schafer spent four years working as a petroleum engineer for a small privately held E&P company in the Marcellus Shale region. By participating in professional development program, Donovan was able to rotate through the key departments that compose an E&P company (geology, reservoir engineering, drilling, completions, production) and thereby develop an intimate understanding of what's required for the healthy functioning of the anatomy of an E&P company. All the while he supplemented his experience-gained expertise through graduate-level petroleum engineering courses. Prior to entering the petroleum industry, Donovan received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He has also developed a deeper understanding of other non-operational aspects of the business through a year spent in law school and time spent working as a policy advocate defending the use of hydraulic fracturing. Together, these experiences provide Donovan with a big-picture view of the broader energy sector, and the exploration and production sub-sector in particular.
Former Lieutenant Commander US Navy (72 to 77). Masters degree - Geology (79). Worked as a petroleum geologist (35 years). Exploration and management assignments in North Sea, Africa and Middle East. Most recent work on global oil and gas supply/ demand balance. Currently employed by Moyes & Co