I am a seasoned counselor, investment banker and risk manager with over thirty years experience in capital markets including all aspects of portfolio management, risk management, product structure, financing, regulation and operations.
I'm also the best-selling author of Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, published by Portfolio/Penguin on November 10, 2011.
Gary Dorsch (http://seekingalpha.com/by/author/gary-dorsch/) originally worked for Charles Schwab, and his analysis of the markets have been read for years by hedge fund managers and other professional investors. He now writes Global Money Trends (http://sirchartsalot.com/newsletters.php), a respected investment newsletter covering global asset markets. We think Gary is exceptional: he's one of the few writers who covers global markets with insight and brevity, and shows US-based investors how to invest in them. You'll find his work on ETF Investor and the international blogs.
Professor Ferdinand E. Banks (BA,MSc,PhD) is the leading academic energy economist in the world. He has published prolifically, and has lectured at eminent universities and institutions in over a dozen countries, currently serving as visiting professor of oil and gas economics at the Asian Institute of Technology, in Bangkok, Thailand. Former posts include senior lecturer at the United Nations, econometrician and commodity economist with UNCTAD, and professorial fellow at the Reserve Bank of Australia, among many others. Professor Banks has twelve books published internationally, including his latest, The Political Economy of World Energy: An Introductory Textbook (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9812700366).
Ralph Shell began his career as a grain trader for a large international grain trading firm. This involved negotiation of export contracts and moving grain and soy beans from the US to the export markets of the world. For a period, he also handled the companies hedging and trading activity in the pit of the Kansas City Board of Trade. After a short stint as a commodity analyst with Merrill Lynch in Chicago Shell began a career as analyst and trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. After trading on the floor for almost 20 years. the career continued as a broker trader away from the harsh Chicago climate. Commodity trading continued in the grains and other commodities, but the focus in recent years had been on the Forex markets.
New member Russell Gold is an investment research analyst. Russell Gold fields of interest include technical analysis, macroeconomics, demographics, financial history and energy policy. His published topics include; stock options, dividend investing, technology, services, finance and search engine optimization.
Russell Gold considers himself as both a contrarian and dividend growth investor. He believes dividends provide a degree of stability to a portfolio. However, Russell Gold does infrequently trade high risk financial derivatives such as options, futures and swaps. Russell Gold seeks leveraged returns and utilizes advanced investment strategies with non-binding contracts.
With very little capital Russell Gold utilizes advanced investment strategies as an ability to make extreme returns. These kind of returns may not be possible with primary investment vehicles such as stocks and bonds. When you invest in a stock or bond, it could take seven years to double your money. With derivative investment strategies, it is possible to double your money in less than week.
Russell Gold believes the spirit of risk management is most important to long term investment activities. He suggest every investor make the effort to consider new or alternative paths of thought. Russell Gold will be helpful in terms of keeping all of us on the right side of longer term macro equity market risk and reward.