Dr. Mark J. Perry is a full professor of economics at the Flint campus of The University of Michigan, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and finance since 1996. Starting in the fall of 2009, Perry has also held a joint appointment as a scholar at The American Enterprise Institute. Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University and in addition, and has an MBA degree in finance from The University of Minnesota. In addition to an active scholarly research agenda, Perry enjoys writing op-eds for a general audience on current economic issues and his opinion pieces have appeared in most major newspapers around the country, including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and many others. Mark Perry has been best known in recent years as the creator and editor of one of the nation’s most popular economics blogs, Carpe Diem. Professor Perry has written on a daily basis since the fall of 2006 to share his thoughts, opinions and expertise on economic issues, with a strong emphasis on displaying economic data in a visually appealing way using graphs, charts and tables.
I was born in 1980, became fascinated with stocks when first encountering a book about Warren Buffett in a bookstore in Zurich in 2000. I have been investing ever since. I hold a degree in economics. Have been working in the banking industry since 2005.
My goal is to achieve financial independence through ownership of dividend stocks one can hold forever.
Mr. Hui has been involved in the equity markets since 1980, both on the buy side and the sell side. He is a CFA Charterholder, and has presented numerous papers to quantitative discussion groups (Sample topics include: How Global are Resource Sectors).
Rick Hyde works in the aerospace and defense industry. His investment philosophy is buying growth at a reasonable price. He is also a retired military officer, former independent financial planner and held several positions in the IT and Defense industries. Rick is a graduate of the US Military Academy, with a graduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Colorado State University. Rick resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two teenage sons.
Jeff Nielson is from Canada and is a writer/editor for Bullion Bulls Canada (http://www.bullionbullscanada.com/#content). He has a personal background in law and economics. Bullion Bulls Canada provides general macro-economic and political commentary, since the precious metals markets are among the most complex (and misunderstood) in the world.
It also provides basic coverage of Canadian precious metals mining companies. Canada is the global leader in mining exploration, and Canadian-listed mining companies (on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Venture Exchange) are responsible for the majority of the world's most-promising discoveries.
Malay Bansal is a capital markets professional with over 16 years of wide capital markets, commercial real estate, and structured finance experience. He is a Managing Director at a New York based advisory firm working on structured finance, commercial real estate , clean energy, infrastructure, and project finance. Previously, he worked at a large wall street firm for 15 years, in various roles - portfolio manager, head of advisory, trader, product head, banker, deal-manager, head of structuring & pricing. For the last ten years, the commercial real estate sector has been a major focus for him. He has been involved in all aspects of the sector including performing & non-performing loans, properties, CMBS, CRE CDOs, subordinate debt, REITs, financing lines, and securitization. Other trading desks he has worked on include treasury, mortgage, & currency options, CMOs, emerging markets structured products, non-dollar swaps, and exotic options.
Malay’s education includes an MBA, MS in Economics, and BS in Electronics Engineering.
Note: The opinions and ideas expressed in these writings are solely mine, and not of any of my present or past employers or clients.
I like to trade stocks , etf's , currencies, albeit modestly. The market is a merciless and will crucify you if your not careful.a lesson I learned all too well in 2008! I enjoy travel and golf, beaches and the desert skys, I mix in a bit of surfing in tropical climates and summers in California.
I suppose you may have guessed by my handle I am a Realtor in Los Angeles who handles bank foreclosures for a couple of institutions. The low end market is good right now 5/2009 and I expect it to remain good as long as rates stay around 5%... contact me if interested on homes condos units and commercial properties...... I am in the market myself so that should tell you something. I know prices may come down a bit more but with rates under 5% I can live with a short term price decline, if any.
UPDATE 8/18/2009 Market is great but I think it is a short term pop....8k credit/low rates fueling market. However, there are a ton of short sales coming on and a lot more foreclosures so I think prices will continue to decline another 10% + - a sideways market is coming for a couple of years to as much as 5 years IMHO
In the early 1990s, during the middle of a secular bull market, I began work on "A Modern Approach To Graham and Dodd Investing," that was not particularly suited for the decade of the 1990s, but was ideally suited for the following "Lost Decade" of the 2000s.
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.
Tom, a native of Berwyn, IL, has been interested in stocks, bonds and real estate for over forty years. A classically-trained woodwind musician and retired High School Principal, he holds two master's degrees and blogs.
Mr. Smicklas values a conservative, diversified approach towards investing utilizing varied income streams, always sensitive to of the march of political and economic trends worldwide.
Tom knows that in the investment world there is no substitute for experience, with failure as well as success.
I am a quant/gearhead with a strong interest in the markets due to the current financial crisis. As I have seen the crisis unfold, I have come to see what I feel are some of the root causes of the crisis, at least from an American perspective. Some of these include the failure of economics demagoguery (and the Chicago School along with it), regulatory capture, malfeasance, greed, and a good dose of narcissistic personality disorder thrown in for good measure. Instead of droning on about how the economy is only getting better and better (it isn't) or how things will only get worse (because it will), I'll cover off on things I feel got us into the mess we're currently in and what needs to be done to fix it. Failing that, what will likely be the outcome if we don't (and it won't just be a lower standard of living for our children).
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.
Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions (www.interarbor-solutions.com), an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years.
You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dana_Gardner and on Friendfeed at http://friendfeed.com/danagardner.
Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: SOA, cloud computing, Web services, application development tools, and application lifecycle optimization techniques. His specific interests include enterprise infrastructure and processes, developer tool advances and trends, business intelligence, complex event processing, business process management, virtualization, infrastructure outsourcing and utility usage trends, and open source development and deployment initiatives.
As a software strategies blogger on ZDNet (http://blogs.zdnet.com/ Gardner) and BriefingsDirect (http://briefingsdirectblog.blogspot.com) and via a podcast series on BriefingsDirect (http://www.briefingsdirect.com), his analysis, commentary and interviews become conversational, and powerfully distributed via social networking and search.
Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group, and a former editor-at-large and the founding online news editor at InfoWorld.com.
Brandon Matthews (pseudonym) is the founder of SatwavesPro.com, which was borne of his desire to help retail investors after witnessing the continually changing ways that Wall Street can cheat them. Brandon has worked for Monroe Parker Investment Bankers, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, American Express Financial Advisors, David Lerner Associates and a private equity firm as a stock and bond broker.
Brandon held Series 7, 63, 65, 31, Life, Health, Variable Annuity and Variable Life Securities and Insurance Licenses and was a registered investment advisor in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut.
Brandon combines an expertise in point & figure technical analysis with basic fundamental research to provide actionable recommendations.
Brandon is a Gold Level Contributor to Seeking Alpha and a top ranked author, had a significant role as an expert in the documentary Stock Shock, and is working on his first book.
Michael Murphy grew up in Newark, Delaware, which a sign at the city limits proclaimed: “The Educatoinal Center of the State.” After graduating from the public schools he earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and began working as a COBOL mainframe programmer on an IBM 1401 in the mid-1960s. Lured to California by the Summer of Love and better music than American Bandstand in nearby Philadelphia, he became a systems analyst and programmer for American Express, assigned to help integrate their newly-acquired San Francisco investment operations with the parent company's systems in New York. As that project ended early in 1970, a fortuitous opportunity to make a career change to Security Analyst opened up, and he leaped at the chance. His first recommendation was to sell Memorex at $172 at the very bottom of the 1969-1970 bear market. During the subsequent two-year market rally, Memorex went to $2 a share, thus convincing him that it is indeed a market of stocks rather than a stock market.
He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1975, the same year The Capital Group/American Funds acquired the American Express mutual fund group. He commuted to Capital in Los Angeles for over five years, getting on a first-name basis with many flight attendants. After the introduction of the IBM PC in April 1981, he left Capital to found the California Technology Stock Letter. In 1997 he also became the founding editor of Technology Investing, which acquired CTSL in 2003 and changed its name to New World Investor in 2007.
In the 1970s he invented and patented a stock value calculator, and in the 1980s he served as the CEO of two software companies. In 1997 he authored the business best-seller Every Investor's Guide to High-Tech Stocks and Mutual Funds, and he has a forthcoming book on investing in a hyperinflation. In addition to investing, his interests include a biodynamic, organic permaculture farm to raise rare-breed animals, heritage seed crops and children. For many years he held the Class I/E record for electric cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and in 2001 he narrowly missed the world record for electric hydroplanes. He expects to go back to Bonneville in 2019 to reclaim the electric car record with his then-16 year old daughter driving. You are all invited to watch or help out.
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Roger Nusbaum is the ETF Strategist for AdvisorShares. This Arizona-based professional has over 25 years of industry experience. He is also a well-known financial commentator covering ETFs, retirement planning and portfolio management for AlphaBaskets.com and at TheStreet.com. We think Roger is particularly insightful on exchange-traded funds, risk management and investing in international markets.
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Steven Hansen is an international business and industrial consultant specializing in turning around troubled business units; consults to governments to optimize process flows; and provides economic indicator analysis based on unadjusted data and process limitations.