My life changed on 14 Nov 2007. I underwent a quadruple bypass. "Teamwork" is invisible to me. I'm not a cooperative or flexible person. Thus, I was unprepared for the pain after surgery, the requirement that I do things that made the pain worse, etc. I spent 3 weeks in the ICU and seven weeks in the hospital. If my wife had not so fully devoted herself to me, and if she had not, so much, wanted me to live, I would have died. As it was, I lived and had numerous complications. When I finally came home, I could not get up, nor sit down, nor walk, etc. I spent a lot of time in front of the TV. Before 14.11.07, TV had not been one of my favorite things. The most interesting programs were the news, and stock market channels. While I had owned stocks for almost 50 years, I hadn't been interested enough to follow them. Before, I was mentally tired when I was physically tired. After, I became physically tired long before being mentally tired. So the stock market became a therapy, a form of mental exercise. P.S: My Seeking Alpha pseudonym used to be "socphd71." For sins against the website which I don't yet understand, I was banned from that pseudonym and acquired this one.
James Altucher was the managing director of Formula Capital, an asset management firm and fund of hedge funds. He's written five books on investing: Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Trade Like Warren Buffett, SuperCash, The Forever Portfolio, and his latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth. He currently writes at Jamesaltucher.com and has released a newsletter, The Altucher Report.
Mr. Altucher is the founder of Stockpickr.com, a social network for finance that had millions of unique visitors per month when it was sold to TheStreet.com in 2007. He has written over 200 columns for The Financial Times and has written for TheStreet.com, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity.com, and other publications. He was also the founder of a web services firm, Reset Inc, which he sold in 1998, at which time he became a partner at VC firm, 212 Ventures/Investcorp. Mr. Altucher regularly appears on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and CNN Radio, and is also in his spare time a nationally ranked chess master. Mr. Altucher received his BA at Cornell University and attended graduate school for computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.
You can follow him on twitter @jaltucher.
Marek Kuchta worked as a business analyst, a marketing manager and currently runs the Gold in Mind project. He's interested in long-term investing and retirement investment strategies.
“Considering the state of Western economies, it worries me that reportedly less than 1% of citizens include gold or some kind of a 'safe haven' as a a part of their savings mix. I think everybody should have some type of financial insurance against bad times, but in reality, most people don't. To spread the 'keep gold in mind' message, I created the website Gold in Mind.”
The biofuels editorial staff at CRB Barchart issues a free weekly newsletter on the ethanol market containing market analysis, news and charts. This report, which is sponsored by the CME Group, is helpful for those trading the ethanol, RBOB gasoline, and feedstock markets as well as the stocks of companies that produce those products. CRB Barchart is a leading company providing online market news, analysis, quotes and charts for the global futures and equities markets. The ethanol micro-web site is at cme.barchart.com/ethanol/. Our main web sites are at www.barchart.com and www.crbtrader.com.
An undergraduate student with a passion for Finance and Investing. Currently the portfolio manager for the university's investment club. Investing strategy is a mix of active trading and long term value investing.
David Wolf is Managing Director, Global China Practice, at Allison+Partners, a San Francisco-based public relations firm. David has two decades of experience in China helping American, Chinese, and European clients manage complex communications challenges including market entry, policy and regulatory issues, new market entry, corporate reorganization, and crisis recovery.
David spent seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm, prior to its acquisition by Allison+Partners at the end of 2012. WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year by SABRE/Holmes Report in June 2012.
David has lived in China since 1995 and now divides his time between Beijing and Los Angeles. David holds a Masters degree in International Management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. He maintains a weblog named Silicon Hutong (http://www.siliconhutong.com).
Visit his site at http//:www.wolfgroupasia.com
The Rational Walk was created to provide a platform to publish equity research based on value investing principles. We believe that diligent and thorough security analysis has the potential to identify opportunities in the financial markets for the small number of investors who truly have long time horizons and the appropriate temperament to ignore short term market fluctuations. The Rational Walk’s extensive coverage of Berkshire Hathaway has been mentioned in several news articles.
James A. Shell is currently working as an ISO9001 Quality Systems Consultant and a technical consultant to various other industries,
A veteran of 3 decades in the petrochemical supply chain, I have worked with customers in 19 countries on four continents on formulation development, business development, recycling, logistics, and process improvement projects.
Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He has worked in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations and at a major bank, where he was senior vice president. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Companies have used Dr. Conerly’s expertise to help with decisions regarding capital expenditures, inventory levels, expansion into new markets, pricing, business models and financial structure.
Dr. Conerly is an on-line contributor to Forbes.com and the author of The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy (2016) as well as Businomics (2007). He had been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and CNBC. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and USA Today.
Tim Iacono is the founder of the investment website 'Iacono Research', a subscription service providing market commentary and investment advisory services specializing in natural resources.
He also writes a financial blog known as 'The Mess That Greenspan Made', a sometimes irreverent look at the many and varied after-effects of the Greenspan term at the Federal Reserve.
Use the links below to visit Tim's website/blog.
Author of the value investing newsletter detailing the formation of the "Punch Card Portfolio" (http://valueinvestorcanada.blogspot.com/). Devon Shire is an accountant and an investor with 15 years experience managing a private portfolio. Devon Shire's preferred portfolio management style is a concentrated approach, investing only when finding opportunities that offer a sufficient discount to the intrinsic value of a business. Devon can be contacted at email@example.com.
Nicholas Marshi is the Chief Investment Officer of Southland Capital Management (SCM). The Company is a Registered Investment Adviser in Santa Monica, California. SCM's principal expertise is in the area of publicly traded leveraged finance to U.S. private companies, including the Business Development Company industry ("BDC"), high yield bonds and floating rate loans.
SCM manages two "hedge funds" devoted to equity investments in BDCs and other specialty finance lenders. The Company's first fund-BDC II-was launched in October 2009, and a second fund-BDC III- in January 2011.
Mr Marshi also edits the leading website devoted to regular updates on the BDC industry entitled the BDC Reporter, with regular analysis on over 36 companies and on trends in this under-known sector. Check out www.bdcreporter.com.
Prior to forming Southland Capital Management with Mr Hansen, Mr. Marshi managed two private equity firms: Kensington Capital Corporation ("KCC") and Southland Capital Partners "SCP"). Starting in 1990 and 1995 respectively , both firms were active in acquiring lower middle market private companies, principally in Southern California, in leveraged buy-out transactions.
Before founding KCC, Mr Marshi was the head of the Los Angeles office of Kleinwort Benson Limited, a British merchant bank, from 1987-1990. Mr Marshi was involved in leading investment banking, lending and principal investing activities (both directly in middle market companies and in funds managed by Kleinwort Benson and other institutions). Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson, Mr Marshi held various positions with Citibank at locations worldwide including Athens, Dubai, Puerto Rico and London.
Mr Marshi is a graduate of Tufts University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A.).
True north seeks to dig deeper and analyse trade ideas fundamentally and then execute or build a position in the best possible technical way. TN has been in the financial industy for a few years and has extensive knowledge in macro economic trading. The approach TN uses to explore trade opportunities is:
1. Identify and build the trade's/investment's fundamental thesis
2. Work on trading details (time horizon, size, entry/exit)
3. Always document your thoughts before putting the investment on.
4. Always analyse risks to your investment thesis and be honest about them to yourself and your investors.
5. Be honest and willing to accept mistakes and never repeat them. For a blunder is nothing but a mistake comitted twice.
Boyd Investment Holdings, LLC was founded in September, 2008 by Robert W. Boyd as a vehicle for managing various investments including real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, REITs, BDCs, etc. Boyd graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1967 and has been managing a portfolio of real estate and equity investments since 1968. He has placed 100% of his focus on investment analysis since he retired in 2006 from Hi-Lite Industries, Inc., a company that he founded in 1990. Boyd currently manages several family trusts and supports his own family on the income generated by Boyd Investment Holdings, LLC and other investments.
I believe in a long term, buy and hold investment philosophy and that ETFs have greatly leveled the playing field for investors and have allowed for the continued democratization of investing. I focus on international stocks as well as dividend paying equities that provide great long term value for investors.
Dan Plettner invests and licenses his own real time trading data to Covestor Ltd. Dan previously licensed his written content to DealFlow Media, for the Closed-End Fund Alert.
Dan focuses his qualitative investigative research methods on Closed-End Funds and other underfollowed securities. His efforts seek to identify potential valuation changes which are unanticipated by median market participants. He believes readily available “quantitative research” is of minimal value for achieving outsized returns within any particular investing style.
Dan Plettner was born in 1975 and has been investing since his teen years. After completing his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), he won the “NSD award” as a retail Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Dan relocated to Morgan Stanley’s International Headquarters in Manhattan where he served as a Closed-End Fund Product Specialist until 2000 and then attained his MBA from New York University.
Philstockworld.com is the fastest growing stock and option newsletter on the Web. "High Finance for Real People - Fun and Profits" is our motto and our Basic and Premium Chat Sessions offer readers a chance to speak to Phil live during the trading day as well as authors like Optrader, Sabrient, Income Trader and Trend Trader - who send out Alerts during the market sessions and discuss trade ideas live with Members.
We even have a new low-cost "Trend Watcher" Membership that lets readers view our chat sessions without directly participating a great solution for people who want to test-drive the site and profit from our experience! Trend Watchers get to view all of our Chat Archives, weekly Webinars - as well as the amazing PSW Wiki, which gives you Phil's recent opinions and trade ideas as well as technical and fundamental analysis of hundreds of stocks that we follow.
Philip R. Davis is a founder of Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com), a stock and options trading site that teaches the art of options trading to newcomers and devises advanced strategies for expert traders. Mr. Davis is a serial entrepreneur, having founded software company Accu-Title, a real estate title insurance software solution, and is also the President of the Delphi Consulting Corp., an M&A consulting firm that helps large and small companies obtain funding and close deals. He was also the founder of Accu-Search, a property data corporation that was sold to DataTrace in 2004 and Personality Plus, a precursor to eHarmony.com. Phil was a former editor of a UMass/Amherst humor magazine and it shows in his writing -- which is filled with colorful commentary along with very specific ideas on stock option purchases (Phil rarely holds actual stocks).
Visit: Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com)
Jacob H. Zamansky is the principal of Zamansky LLC (http://www.zamansky.com/), a leading securities arbitration and class action litigation firm in New York which represents both individuals and institutions in structured note, complex securities, hedge fund, and employment-related arbitrations and litigations. He is one of the country's foremost authorities for investors claiming broker wrongdoing, or for brokers claiming wrongful termination or other misconduct by their employer.
Mr. Zamansky was at the forefront of recent efforts to "clean up" Wall Street. In 2001, he successfully sued former Merrill Lynch analyst Henry Blodget on behalf of a New York pediatrician misled by Blodget's stock research. The case's successful resolution was the catalyst for New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to investigate the conflicts of interest on Wall Street and resulted in the well-reported $1.4 billion Global Settlement, which included many of the biggest names on Wall Street. More recently, Mr. Zamansky is one of the leading litigators and opinion leaders of the subprime mortgage crisis and the related hedge fund collapses, as well as on the misconduct associated with the wide sale of complex structured products to retail investors, representing both investors and mortgage borrowers who were defrauded by Wall Street firms and mortgage lenders.
Visit Jake Zamansky's blog (http://www.zamansky.com/category/blog/)
Edward Harrison is the founder of the blog Credit Writedowns (www.creditwritedowns.com) and is a finance specialist at Global Macro Advisors. Previously, Edward was a strategy and finance executive at Deutsche Bank, Bain, and Yahoo. He started his career as a diplomat and speaks German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish and French. Edward holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/edwardnh. Contact him at edh at creditwritedowns dot com as that's the only mailbox he reads regularly.
J.G. Savoldi is a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama where he majored in Criminal Justice Law.
After graduation, Savoldi studied stock market history, Elliott Wave Theory, and everything he could absorb from conversations with market veterans--like fellow Alabama native Jimmy Rogers--and during that twenty-year journey he developed an entirely new investment theory based on "behavioral analysis" and his discovery of “fractal capitulations."
Building on the idea of fractal capitulations, Savoldi then created the BAM-VI, (Velocity Indicator) BAM Magnets, (proprietary price level objectives) as well as a method for predicting future zones of strength and weakness to create the 'BAM' Model or "Behavioral Analysis of Markets" model.
Savoldi was then hired by a multi-billion dollar hedge fund in San Francisco California where he used his model to predict the top of the housing bubble in 2005--as well as the subsequent collateral damage that would later spread to financial markets and economies around the globe.
After the model’s high profile success—including its pinpointing of the huge bull market in both corn and wheat--as well as the epic crash in crude oil--Savoldi set out to trade his own accounts while also offering “The BAM Report” to a select group of stock and commodity hedge funds around the globe.
Mr. Savoldi’s forecasting, based on his behavioral analysis model, has drawn increased attention recently with the extraordinary success of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book titled “The Black Swan.”
Ironically, Mr. Savoldi disagrees with Mr.Taleb's assertion that market events are unpredictable—a disagreement based on the fact that his “BAM model” not only predicted the collapse in the US real estate market, it also predicted the collapse in the mortgage brokers, securities brokers, banks, and retailers.
Winning forecasts in markets as varied as stocks, currencies, crude oil, corn and wheat, are fast proving that “predicting markets” is not only possible using behavioral analysis—it’s very profitable as well!
The Behavioral Analysis of Markets Model has been in development since 1989 and is fast becoming a worldwide leader in forecasting excellence.
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).
You can follow his updates on Twitter @prchovanec
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a commodities/macro speculator. I've been trading for my own account for about 12 years now so I must be doing something right.
A lot of my trading is aimed at catching low-probability events or "Black Swans"; it was amusing to read that book when it came out as I had been following exactly what Mr. Nassim Taleb calls a "barbell strategy" ever since I started trading.
I believe speculators add a lot of value to society, but only if they trade in the right direction, i.e. towards equilibrium, which is often but not always the same as mean reversion. Trend following magnifies volatility and subtracts value; mean reversion style trading adds value and is far more profitable, at least for me.
See Seeking Alpha's policy on anonymous authors: http://seekingalpha.com/article/69847-seeking-alpha-policy-on-anonymous-authorship
Sam Antar is a convicted felon and a former CPA. As the CFO of Crazy Eddie, Mr. Antar helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s.
Today, Sam Antar is a forensic accountant. His primary work focuses on identifying and investigating public companies engaged in securities fraud by performing an in-depth (deep-dive) forensic analysis. His clients include law firms, research firms, hedge funds, and certain other entities. He advises law enforcement agencies and professionals about white-collar crime and trains them to catch the crooks.
His views on white-collar crime are frequently quoted in the print news media, online news media, TV media, professional journals, books, and blogs. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Channel, WSJ Live, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Business News Network, National Public Radio’s Planet Money, Progressive Radio Network, Reuters TV, RT News, and other media outlets to give insights on white-collar crime. His articles have been published by Business Insider, CNBC, Newsweek, Seeking Alpha, TalkMarkets, and other publications.
Mick was editor-in-chief and VP of Content at Seeking Alpha from November 2005 to April 2010.
He's now the head of content at Covestor.
Contact him by emailing mbweinstein (at) gmail.com or follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mickwe) or on his Tumblog (mickw.com).
Kathy Lien is Managing Director for FX Strategy at BKAssetManagement.com and Co-Founder of BKForex.com. Having graduated New York University’s Stern School of Business at the age of 18, Ms. Kathy Lien has more than 13 years of experience in the financial markets with a specific focus on G20 currencies. Her career started at JPMorgan Chase where she worked on the interbank FX trading desk making markets in foreign exchange and later in the cross markets proprietary trading group where she traded FX spot, options, interest rate derivatives, bonds, equities, and futures. In 2003, Kathy joined FXCM and started DailyFX.com, a leading online foreign exchange research portal. As Chief Strategist, she managed a team of analysts dedicated to providing research and commentary on the foreign exchange market. In 2008, Kathy joined Global Futures & Forex Ltd as Director of Currency Research where she provided research and analysis to clients and managed a global foreign exchange analysis team. As an expert on G20 currencies, Kathy is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, Marketwatch, Associated Press, AAP, UK Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and other leading news publications. She also appears regularly on CNBC – US, Asia and Europe and on Sky Business. Kathy is an internationally published author of the best selling book Day Trading and Swing Trading the Currency Market as well as The Little Book of Currency Trading and Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People Beat Wall Street at its Own Game – all published through Wiley. Kathy’s extensive experience in developing trading strategies using cross markets analysis and her edge in predicting economic surprises serve as key components of BK’s analytical techniques.
J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley, chair of its political economy major, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and was in the Clinton administration a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. You can learn more about his website (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/about_this_website.html/), visit his home page (http://delong.typepad.com/main/), visit his principal weblog (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj).
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/)
Cliff Wachtel, CPA, is currently the Director of Market Research, New Media and Training for Caesartrade.com, a fast growing forex and CFD broker. He covers a variety of topics including global market drivers, forex, currency hedged and diversified income investing, and is currently working on a unique project related to that asset class - MLPs.
He is also the author of The Sensible Guide To Forex, and publisher of thesensibleguidetoforex.com. Both the book and website are uniquely dedicated to providing safer, simpler ways for active traders and passive long term income investors to use forex markets to diversify out of currencies like the USD, EUR, JPY, and others that are being debased by central bank policies, and so hedge currency risk and boost returns.
Since the Great Financial Crisis began in 2007, Cliff was among the first financial writers to focus on stocks that provide steady, high yields currency diversification for insurance against currencies being steadily devalued. Articles focus on both top income stocks for exposure to multiple quality currencies, and safer, simpler less demanding types of longer term forex trades than commonly covered on other forex sites.
He also posts a variety of articles on topics ranging from weekly strategic global market analysis, conservative forex trading, assorted special reports, currency diversified income investing, binary options, and trader training articles via multiple websites. His home sites include: globalmarkets.anyoption.com, thesensibleguidetoforex.com, caesartrade.com, globalmarkets.com, and others. Most can also be found at leading financial websites like seekingalpha.com, businessinsider.com, and forex sites like forexfactory.com and fxstreet.com. His work is regularly translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish and Russian, Arabic, German, and Chinese, often with his express knowledge and permission!
He has appeared in a variety of offline publications including Forex Journal, and John Nyaradi’s book, Super Sectors, in which he was interviewed along with other market experts like Jim Rodgers, Dr.Marc Faber, John Mauldin, Robert Prechter, and Tom Lydon.
Prior to his current positions, he was Chief Analyst at avafx.com, and a 30+ year financial market veteran as investor, trader, writer, analyst and advisor to private clients and institutions. He attended Vassar College and Cornell University, and is a certified public accountant.
He’s married with 5 children and lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where he can follow Asian markets in the early morning, Europe through the workday, and the Americas at night.