I am an engineer in my early 30's living in the US. I am particularly interested in energy, lately natgas and coal, and have a bit of a bias for fearing inflation. Traded stocks and ETF's since 2004, options since 2012.
Academic background in accounting; MBA/CPA/JD. Headed a corporate pension fund; served as CFO for insurance company; established title/transactional firm; served as REIT CEO; former professor; served on profit and non-profit boards; currently share management responsibilities for hedge fund; compete in professional golf tournaments. Writing background includes various briefs in federal courts, including US Supreme Court. Currently trying to finish a science fiction novel. Trading experience focused on options and portfolio enhancement. Plans to retire from hedge fund as of December 31st. Future activities will include pro bono assistance to individuals and groups in need of retirement guidance. Looks forward to more time for writing and travel.
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
I am a Portuguese independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked for both sell side (brokerage) and buy side (fund management) institutions.
I've been trading professionally for about 20 years and also launched www.thinkfn.com in 2004. Thinkfn (Think Finance) carries thousands of educational articles on finance and the markets.
I trade futures, stocks from the long and short side, forex and options. I trade both discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader, Quantshare and others).
I can be reached at paulo.santosATthinkfn.com or followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ThinkFinance999
Junc Bond is a nuts & bolts, value based, diligent and skeptical income oriented investor. I was awarded the CFA designation in 2000, hold an economics degree and have been investing since 1989. I have been a buyside analyst/PM for the past 15 years with a focus on high yield bonds.
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.
Best known as Jack Shortt
An engineering management consultant with 40 years of power industry experience, including employment with major architect engineering and regulated utility firms. Most recent work involved independent consulting and expert witness assignments for construction permitting, boiler equipment failure evaluation, due diligence, and resolution of construction contract disputes. Registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Past member of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, the ASME Main Committee on Nuclear Operation & Maintenance, co founder and past Chairman of the ASME Gas Turbine Institute Electric Utility Cogeneration Committee. Also served as member of the Governor’s Solid Waste Advisory Council in Connecticut.
Range of experience includes:
· Utility generation plant engineering and construction project management.
· Management of utility generation plant engineering department.
· Management of nuclear generation plant maintenance department.
· Development of nuclear codes and standards.
· Consultant for independent and regulated power generating plant due diligence asset evaluation, and equipment condition assessment.
· Direct participation in power generation project development and divestiture of foreign and domestic generation assets.
· Technical consulting in support utility regulatory rate disposition of outage costs, boiler failure analysis, and construction contract disputes.
BS Marine Engineering; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY (1954)
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.
me, I'm ex-military, aircraft mechanic, hydraulics and electrical design engineer with electronic engineering degree. I built cars and industrial equipment from scratch could have a good number of patents if I wanted to go the extra mile. As it stands I would rather have the ideas out of my head and into the world to make it better. I now am BACK at school full time building my education and skills after an additional degree.
I trade both my IRA and Traditional margin/savings account, in 26 months I'm up 35% and 30% in the two accounts. I started out working with an old boss helping him setup and trade on-line with his stocks as a "computer operator." Doing research on companies and products as well as all the doodads. Yes I talked him into APPLE when it was practically a penny stock, (he sold it too soon though:).
Spent my entire career on the trading floor of major futures exchange experiencing price discovery up close and quite personal and know first hand just how irrational these markets can be. Initially in futures, branched into the world of options trading learning various options strategies that can be implemented to generate profits regardless of market direction. While irrational markets can always become more irrational, they are too large to fade but their behavior can be anticipated with a certain degree of certainty so we can tailoring appropriate strategies in futures, options or combinations to specific market situations to minimize risk while increasing reward.
Ananthan Thangavel is the Managing Director of Lakshmi Capital and Lead Writer for the RealFinance Commodity Analyst Newsletter. He is particularly proud of producing a return 35.01% annualized since inception (through 12/31/11) for his Lakshmi Capital Global Macro ARS clients (www.lakshmi-capital.com/performance).
Mr. Thangavel is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including Forbes and Fox Business. He called the exact top of the silver market in an interview with Bob Lenzner of Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2011/04/25/gold-and-silver-due-for-a-10-correction/) and also called gold's collapse in September 2011 (http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1156274321001/bearish-outlook-for-gold-prices).
Mr. Thangavel authors The Commodity Analyst, a newsletter service that provides weekly in-depth commodity and currency research and trading recommendations as well as daily blog updates to remind investors what to keep any eye out for (www.realfinancenewsletter.com). Ananthan welcomes collaboration and interaction in his Members Forum, a discussion board that allows for direct interaction with Ananthan.
Ananthan Thangavel holds a B.S. in Economics from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.
I (Doug) am an engineer turned scientist, who trades to fund his research in fusion. I have run two businesses, and am nearly the original telecommuter, having started seriously in 1980 or so, and never held a "real job" since then, as I made out better on my own. I'm now semi-retired, trading during the days and working on my physics projects in the evenings. More at
Gregor Macdonald is an oil analyst and energy sector investor, who also focuses on the coming transition to alternatives. He has spent this decade researching and investing in the energy sector. While his focus remains on global fossil fuel supply, he has developed several models for transition to The Grid, as the world migrates from autos, to public transport. Solar, Wind, Nuclear and other sources of new supply to The Grid will also be a focus of his writing.
I am an Israeli of American origin. I've spent 25 years of my life in the US, 22 in Israel. Born in Juneau, Alaska, I now live outside of Tel Aviv.
I am a licensed attorney in New York and Israel, and an active real estate investor. As far as formal education goes (over-rated!), I have 5 Degrees (4 graduate, including a JD, MA, MBA and a LLM), from Michigan, Colorado, Hebrew U and Tel Aviv U. I spent three years at a free market think tank and working in the Israeli Knesset. During that period I published two economic policy papers. I serve as a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces.
I am proud to say that I sold 98% of my stock portfolio in July '06 because I felt that the markets had peaked (the Doww was over 14,000 when I pressed the sell button). We used the money towards buying a duplex down the street (here in Israel - not the US!). Five years later, the duplex is up 90% and the 2% remaining stocks still haven't broken even!
I started actively investing again in June '10, after selling another investment property. So far so good. In the second half of 2010 I had an IRR of 37%. For the first 6 months of 2011 - IRR 26%.
My spare time is devoted to my wife and four children. Amitai is 17, Nadav is 14, Aiden is 12,and Matan is 7.
While I have a MBA in finance, I do not see myself as a securities markets professional. I like real estate investment far more! Still, I feel comfortable in my convictions. I feel that I know what I am doing with my portfolio.