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The Mole (pseudonym) is a man in the know. I don't trade for a living, but instead work for a well-known Irish institution, heading a desk that regularly trades over €100 million a day. I aim to provide top quality, up-to-date and relevant market news and data, so that traders can make more informed decisions.
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Damien Hoffman, Esq. decided to launch a financial website and exclusive subscription-based newsletter after achieving a 63% return versus a -48% return for the S&P over a nearly two year time frame as a co-founder of popular stock blog SmartGuyStocks (member of the Forbes Business and Finance Blog Network, and certified by Seeking Alpha). Mr Hoffman is currently Editor-in-Chief of Wall St. Cheat Sheet and trades full-time. After graduating early with honors from Duke University, he raised private equity with friends during the late Nineties to launch a successful start-up. Mr. Hoffman went on to work for boutique sports investment bank Inner Circle LLP where he worked on the sale of the NBA franchise New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn real estate development firm Forest City Ratner Companies (NYSE: FCE-A). Mr. Hoffman also graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law as a Dean’s Merit Scholar. He clerked at the Florida Supreme Court for the Honorable Justice Kenneth Bell and Central Staff. In 2006 at Harvard Law School he gave a guest lecture entitled, “Business and Law in the New Independent Music Industry.”
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The author has a background in Chemical Engineering and an MBA specializing in Finance and Biotech Management. He is primarily focused on alternative investment strategies that aren't widely covered in the mainstream press such as hedging strategies, non-market correlated instruments, high-yield investments, international/developing markets, small biotechs and arbitrage.
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The enormous advancement in the biological sciences that is taking place has begun to change the traditional way of practicing medicine. Far-reaching biological products are being approved and news about breakthroughs are occupying the media headlines. However, selecting the biotechnology firms for investment requires not only an understanding of the company's finances, but also deep knowledge of the company's potential and the potential and scientific validity of it's products and technologies.
Our Mission is evaluating biotechnology companies, their products, their technologies, scientists, managements, as well as their finances. Our goal is to impart our readers with the knowledge and insight so that they may have a heightened understanding and appreciation for the biotechnology industry.
The Prohost Letter has been in circulation since 1992. Our readers are comprised of venture capital, fund managers, investors, medical professionals and individuals with one common interest, biotechnology.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is Founder and CEO of WatchMojo.com, one of the leading video content creators, covering the people, places and trends that you care about across the automotive, comedy, fashion, film, health, lifestyle, music, sports, travel and video game categories.
The company's library of 7,000 high-quality, professional, premium videos has served 750M streams since 2006, currently generating over 25M streams each month and reaching 40M consumers each month in the digital out of home signage market.
Having funded the company himself, the company has bootstrapped its way to become one of the few new media content companies that commands guaranteed, recurring, licensing revenues from other media companies. WatchMojo was profitable in 2011.
Previously, Ashkan worked in the search market in 2000 and then served as AskMen's VP of ad sales from 2000 to 2005, until the acquisition by IGN Entertainment/Fox Interactive Media.
A finance graduate from one of the top colleges in the nation.
He is the author of Course to Success: Everything You Need to Succeed Beyond School and The Confessions of Alexander the Great: 33 Lessons in Greatness. His articles have been published on MSN, AOL and Yahoo! and has been quoted in, or linked from Forbes, Barron's, Yahoo! Finance, Business Week, CNET, MSN Money, the Wall Street Journal's All Things D., LA Times, Boston.com, PBS, TheStreet.com, Marketwatch, Tech Crunch, Giga Om, Paid Content, the BBC and numerous other publications and programs.
Ashkan authors the http://www.HipMojo.com blog which sites at the convergence of technology, media and investing and publishes a weekly column on TechCrunch and MediaPost.
Zacks.com brings the decades of study and stock picking expertise of Zacks Investment Research to individual investors. Now, you don't to be an investment bank or brokerage firm to get the professional power of Zacks' research. It's all available on Zacks.com. Learn more about Zacks' history and company below.
I'm Ruthanne Williams Roussel, a reformed sell-side analyst who has covered the obesity space for several years. Unlike anyone else I've met who covers these companies for the big banks, I am among the target market for most of these products, which allows me to bring a consumer's perspective. In a past life, before the Asian/Russian currency crisis of 1998, I was an emerging markets specialist. Since then, I've been drawn to the closest things I can find: special situations and small-cap stocks.
Stefan Sidahmed works for a major defense consulting firm. A retired submarine office, he has served on 3 submarines and has experience in submarine operations, maintenance, construction and budgeting. Stefan has over 10 years of investing experience, mostly in stocks, options. Financial interests include investment analysis and macro economic trends.
Dr. Linus Wilson is an associate professor of finance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctor of philosophy in financial economics from the University of Oxford in England in 2007. He has conducted extensive research into the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He has written or coauthored over a twenty academic papers on the various aspects of the TARP bailouts. These papers discuss the bank capital injection programs, which banks repay their bailout monies, which banks are deadbeats on their TARP loans, government plans to buy toxic assets, and the valuations of stock warrants issued to taxpayers as part of the TARP program. Professor Wilson has been a source for hundreds of news stories in outlets such as the BBC, Business Week, The Financial Times, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His research on bank bailouts can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=686305
He founded the Louisiana registered invesent advisory firm Vermilion Advisory Services. Vermilion Advisory Services launched the hedge fund Oxriver Capital which began trading in 2013. More information about Oxriver Capital can be found at http://oxrivercapital.com.
The One Eyed Guide (http://www.oneeyedguide.com) is Bob Small who: solo traveled to 25 countries by age 21, has a degree in Economics, an MBA from Columbia University in Marketing and Finance, has been a brand manager, was a licensed stock and options broker during the 87 crash, ran a $450 million dollar business, and raised $8 million for charity.
The One Eyed Guide tries to identify the economic theory that best fits the facts behind critical events and market movements (or at least the best current thinking) so that trends can be better forecast.
The name "One Eyed Guide" recognizes the fact that any economic forecast cannot "see" all factors. It's derived from Robert Heinlein's saying in the novel Puppet Masters: "In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is in for a hell of a rough ride."
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.
John currently serves as General Partner in an investment fund. Previously he worked at a venture capital fund with over $1 billion under management. John has been a founder or early employee of three technology startups, all three have achieved successful exits. John has worked with over 20 startup companies across multiple technology sectors and geographies in Boston, Austin, and California. As a strong believer in the importance of public service, John spent several years in the Trade Office of the White House John earned an MBA from Columbia University in New York City.
FXedu (http://www.fxedu.com) provides affordable, online currency trading courses that encompass the entire learning curve, from beginner to expert. Making sound decisions is a prerequisite to achieving your financial goals in the forex market. FXedu offers courses that can be accessed 24/7, with competent instructors ready to answer your questions. FXedu's team of instructors pride themselves in thoroughly answering questions and patiently guiding each and every student through the course. Our instructors have years of experience trading various financial markets.
Mike Conlon has over 12 years of trading experience, with a focus on forex, as well as stocks, options, and futures. He has worked previously at Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette (DLJ). Mike also writes our daily blog, "Forex in Four!" and mentors traders on a 1 on 1 basis. He runs a small, automated managed forex fund.
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Jake Huneycutt is a former Portfolio Manager. Jake holds an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Emory University. He earned a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. Jake is originally from Johnson City, TN and currently splits time between Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA.
I'm an experienced options/futures trader and freelance writer. I've covered the options market for various companies for the past 12 years. Prior to that, I worked as an institutional sales trader for a New York-based institutional brokerage firm. I'm now in Chicago and you can catch my Friday mornings on CBOE TV. Please visit the Options Idea Central blog for recent commentary and options trading ideas.
Tech Trader Daily is a blog on technology investing written from Palo Alto, California by long-time Barron's West Coast Editor Eric J. Savitz. The blog provides news, analysis and original reporting on events important to investors in software, hardware, the Internet, telecommunications and related fields.
Eric joined Barron's as a feature writer in New York in 1988, after four years at the Dow Jones news wires. In 1995, he moved to California as the magazine's first reporter in Silicon Valley, creating the Plugged In column. Eric left Barron's in 1998 to become executive editor of The Industry Standard. He rejoined Barron's in Palo Alto in late 2001. Eric also writes the monthly Tech File column for Smart Money magazine.
Visit Tech Trader Daily (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/) and Barron's Online (http://online.barrons.com/).
MarketingCharts (http://www.MarketingCharts.com) compiles a daily collection of the most interesting media and market research updates. It is written by the staff of Watershed Publishing, which includes the editors of MarketingVOX (http://www.marketingvox.com), Media Buyer Planner (http://www.mediabuyerplanner.com/) and Retailer Daily (http://www.RetailerDaily.com). While these editors receive regular access to proprietary research data from most of the key media-related research firms, no editorial restrictions have been placed on their usage.
I hold degrees in Biochemistry and Business from NC State University in the heart of RTP, NC. My work experience has been in Microbiology and Pharmacy. I have experience with FDA decisions and Clinical Trials. I seek bargains and low prices, and follow Warren Buffett's principles. At the same time I am my own investor and don't always follow the same rules as everyone else. I am not opposed to Shorting Stocks and you should learn the importance of a short in the trading BioPharma Market.
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VFC is just a guy with an opinion. VFC's Stock House brings new ideas to the table and opens discussions for a broad spectrum of investors, with a strong focus on - but not limited to - the biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. VFC's Stock House provides research, informational and opinion-based coverage of various companies and stocks in multiple sectors.
The information contained within the pages of VFC’s Stock House are not intended to be taken as advice, but as a starting point where investors can follow up with their own DD and devise their own entry and exit strategies. Do not Buy/Sell based solely on VFC's ideas or opinions.
The goal of VFC's Stock House is to 'call it like I see it' - while bringing new ideas, companies, and discussions to the eyes of investors and readers. This is supposed to be fun and new investors should not invest with the idea that this will 'pay the bills' or with the belief that a stock will just keep going up. DD is paramount, but so is sticking to pre-conceived entry and exit strategies and not letting emotional trading get in the way.
Goals must be realistic, if it sounds far fetched, then it probably is. Let the big boys eat the cake - the small investor is just trying to pick up some crumbs, and there's nothing wrong with that!
David Enke, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Finance at The University of Tulsa, with research and teaching interests in the areas of financial risk management, quantitative and computational finance, financial engineering, enterprise risk management, investment and trading, and intelligent systems. His research involves forecasting equity, option, and commodity prices, modeling volatility, and managing credit, market, and operational risk. Additional activities include hedge fund replication, optimizing option-based spreading strategies, and assisting student investment funds. Much of his quantitative research involves the use of intelligent mathematical and computer models, including neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary systems, agent-based systems, artificial life, data mining, and simulation. In addition to university and industry research in price forecasting and trading system development, Dr. Enke has numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, book chapters, and edited research volumes. He is also an active investor, and comments regularly on his research interests at his blog, Bull Bear Trader (http://www.bullbeartrader.com/).
David P. Goldman was global head of debt research for Banc of America Securities and earlier global head of credit strategy at Credit Suisse. He was until July 2008 the strategist for a credit hedge fund, Asteri Capital, one of the few credit funds to show a profit between July 2007 and July 2008. He is now Associate Editor of First Things (www.firstthings.com) and a columnist (under the byline "Spengler") for Asia Times Online.
For more than a decade, Joshua Brown has been managing money for high net worth clients, charitable foundations, corporations and retirement plans. Beginning his career at Lew Lieberbaum in 1997, Mr. Brown has steadily moved up the ranks in the independent brokerage world, having been named National Sales Manager in 2005 and New York City Branch Office Manager in 2008 at his current firm, Westrock Advisors. Mr. Brown currently holds a Series 7 General Securities Representative’s license, Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent’s license, Series 65 Registered Investment Advisor’s license and a Series 24 Supervisory Principal license. He is registered in over 20 states and serves a nationwide and international clientèle. In addition to his career and responsibilities on Wall Street, Joshua Brown enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He is the co-founder of an internet advertising business, an avid reader, and a single malt scotch aficionado. He is also a long-suffering New York Knicks fan…the single malt scotch helps! Visit Josh's blog: The Reformed Broker (http://thereformedbroker.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
Larry MacDonald worked as an economist for many years and now manages his investment portfolio while writing about business and investing topics for leading Canadian publications. He also is the author of several business books.