I'm the editor of UK Value Investor, an investment website and newsletter for defensive value investors. I have been an investor since the 1990s and since 2010 I have been developing and applying a "defensive value" approach to building a high yield, low risk share portfolio.
This strategy is unique in that it focuses on a series of quantitative financial measures that look back through 10 years of financial results to find companies that have the best combination of quality and growth at the best prices.
I also write the blog at UKValueInvestor.com, and occasionally publish other content such as guides and spreadsheets.
Having left school at 16, I trained as a mechanical engineer but later switched to a career in insurance software. That lasted for more than a decade until I started my newsletter business in 2011.
My book, “The Defensive Value Investor”, covers my investment strategy in detail.
Mr. Robert (Bob) Taft is an accomplished CEO and senior executive of leading restaurant chains, consistently delivering results by improving the organizational culture, commitment, and overall image to increase shareholder value. His extensive knowledge of how to jumpstart, build, and turnaround struggling operations through marketing, branding, franchise development, and operations excellence was gained through firsthand experience. He applies strong business acumen and distinct leadership abilities, using enthusiastic energy and a collaborative approach to develop long-term vision and execute strategy. The pursuit of excellence to develop challenging opportunities in the restaurant industry energizes Bob.
At present, Bob is the owner of Taft Interests, a restaurant entrepreneur acquiring and improving select brands.
Previously he was CEO of Boston Restaurant Associates. He has also served as a Board Member since 2004.
During his 8-year tenure, he made impressive gains, growing sales to $30M annually by optimizing performance of 18 Regina Pizzerias and 3 Polcari’s full-service Italian-American restaurants. By providing brand essence and a clear vision for the future, Bob increased sales at converted Sbarro stores by 30% over comparable units.
In 2001, Bob founded Sonofresco, an innovative manufacturer and marketer of laptop coffee roasters, where he grew sales from $0 to $2M in just 12 months. In 2002 the success of this profitable company led to the purchase of the franchisor of the drive-thru coffee/espresso chain, Caffino, Inc. Over the next several years, he reinvigorated flat sales by creating a distinctive brand identity for Caffino that increased EBITDA 27%.
For 3 years, Bob served as Chief Operating Officer of Fuddruckers, Inc. During this time he doubled EBIDTA and realized double-digit sales gains by rebranding 220 restaurants with a new urban concept and menu that increased guest traffic and average ticket sales volume.
Previously, Bob was selected as President of Au Bon Pain where he positioned the division for high valuation and subsequent sale by designing new signature products, establishing a holistic talent development process, and expanding incremental café sales by 40%.
Prior to this, Bob served as President & CEO of Papa Gino’s, a 230-unit pizza/Italian chain spanning 5 states. During his tenure he transformed struggling operations on the verge of shutdown to become New England’s leading fast Italian restaurant.
In 1988, Bob was Executive VP & COO of Skipper’s Inc. where he rebuilt profitability of this +200-unit restaurant chain, erasing a $1M deficit and earning a $2M return to rank #1 among fast-service seafood restaurants in the Northwest.
Earlier in his career while running other chains, Bob served as Chairman of the Board & Majority Shareholder of Paradise Bakery Franchise Group for 12 years. Additionally he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Mazzio’s Corporation, which included 300 pizza restaurants and was Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for A&M Food Services comprised of 160 Pizza Hut restaurants.
Bob obtained his B.S. degree in Hotel Administration with minors in Journalism and Marketing from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. His post-graduate studies include coursework in Nutrition, Advertising, Media Buying, Computers, Real Estate and Marketing from the United Kingdom Marketing Symposium.
Bob Taft is a driven consummate executive whose career achievements are the result of exceptional leadership talents combined with a passion for identifying and capitalizing on opportunities in both turnaround and high growth situations. He brings game-changing approaches, solutions, and perspectives to the table that invigorate team members to collaborate to define, develop, and deliver dynamic brand transformation programs.
Fundamental value investor that understands and utilizes technical entry and exits to add value. 15 years experience as an investor. Specializing in Energy Sector, Value Strategies, Hedge Fund Long/Short Equity Strategies, Small and Mid Capitalization stocks.
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Value investor focused on micro-caps.
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Disclaimer: Nick reminds investors to always due their own due diligence on any investment, and to consult their own financial adviser or representative when necessary. Any material provided is intended as general information only, and should not be considered or relied upon as a formal investment recommendation
Have been advising and researching early to mid stage companies since 2010. Previously worked on private equity research with IESE Business School and Boston Consulting Group. Started career at Jefferies & Co. in the leveraged finance and financial sponsors groups. Undergraduate degree in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mariusz Skonieczny is the founder and president of Classic Value Investors, He is also the author of several books on investing including Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market, The Basics of Understanding Financial Statements, Due Diligence: How to Research a Stock, 100 Ways to Find Investment Ideas, Investment Wisdom and Gold Production from Beginning to End.
2007-Present REG Capital Advisors;President and CEO. Registered Investment Advisory firm, managing separate accounts for individuals, trusts and IRA's. Inquiries welcomed.
2000-2006 William D. Witter, Inc.;Managing Director. Investment Advisor for separate accounts. General Partner and portfolio manager for William D. Witter Partners, LP
1982-2000 Neuberger Berman; Investment Advisor and Institutional Equity Sales
1976-1982 Citibank; Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst
1974-1976 Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, M.B.A. Finance. F.C. Austin Scholar (highest scholarship awarded by the Kellogg Graduate School of Management)
1970-1974 Hanover College, B.A. Cum Laude, Economics. National Merit Scholar
I intend to write articles about companies whose stocks are undervalued, have low investor expectations and are experiencing favorable fundamental change.
In most cases, the accounts that I manage: investments advisory clients, family and personal clients, will already own the stocks about which I write positively. Conversely, when I write negatively about stocks, it is likely that accounts that I manage that can benefit from a decline in those stocks ( personal and family accounts) will already have established a position in those stocks.
Importantly, in all cases, when I write articles for Seeking Alpha, they express my forthright and sincere opinion, without regard for who will benefit or not by the publication of the article.
The author is an individual investor in micro cap stocks with over 25 years of experience. "Micro Cap Treasure Hunter" is seeking out hidden treasures with the possibility of more than doubling with limited permanent downside risk.
10 years investing in $10 or less stocks. My portfolio has grown from an initial $4K investment to well over a million in that period of time. I specialize in identifying under-the-radar, unloved stocks with great upside.
I focus on the microcap space (market cap below $250 million) because it is one of the most inefficient and "alpha rich" areas of the global equity market, which provides the greatest opportunity to generate alpha through fundamental research.
I use a bottom up, investment decision making process. The ideal investment has an asymmetric risk/return profile with a limited downside (e.g. high net cash balance, strong cash flow) and significant upside (e.g. asset value extraction, overlooked business model transition).
Microcaps are particularly attractive to the following groups:
Activist investors. A small absolute investment (on a dollar basis) can be leveraged into a relatively large position (as a percentage of shares outstanding), which provides a greater ability to demand change.
Private equity firms. The persistent microcap discount can be “arbed away” via an LBO with the new owners accruing all of the gains for themselves. The small absolute size of many microcaps on an EV basis significantly expands the number of firms able to pursue this strategy.
This inefficiency exists for several reasons.
A lack of analyst coverage due to lower trading volume (less soft dollars from HF/MF), the global settlement that permanently severed the link between research/banking and the rise in electronic trading/decimalization. Moreover, none of these trends are likely to reverse for the foreseeable future (if ever).
A lack of institutional products given the natural capacity constraint for new/existing managers.
An inability to effectively implement a passive approach (e.g. ETFs, index funds) due to the lower liquidity and wider bid/ask spread. However, each of these obstacles can be overcome by using a combination of electronic trading tools (e.g. algos) and patience in building a positive size.
Inaccurate and persistent misconceptions about microcaps (e.g. they are riskier than larger cap stocks).
I currently trade for my personal account but would like to move into the investment management side of the industry.
Thomas is the publisher/editor of The Bowser Report, a monthly financial newsletter. He has been with The Bowser Report since 2010, and studied Founder Max Bowser's methods of stock picking and investment. Thomas specializes in penny stock and microcap financial analysis.
Chairman Adastra Minerals 1998-2006 Company acquired by First Quantum
Deal Stucture by Rothchilds, Clifford Chance, and Torys
Brown University '79 Magna cum laude BA History BA Classics
University of Connecticut '83 JD
Standard and Poors '84 - '87 Ratings Officer Structured Financings
Private investor '87 to present Extensive background in equity and option trading.
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Author of the critically acclaimed book, "Taking Charge With Value Investing (McGraw-Hill, 2013)" and the premium subscription service "Tipping The Scale" (as seen below). An analyst that ranks in the top 4% on both tipranks.com and Motley Fool CAPS for stock picking performance.
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Tipping The Scale is an equity research platform that uses a numeric scale instead of the traditional "Buy, Hold, Sell" to identify the best investment opportunities in the market. Stock coverage is determined by market catalyst, and every company goes through a vigorous test in 10 different categories. The higher the total score, the bigger the upside. In addition, Tipping the Scale also provides a number of portfolio strategies to hedge the volatility of the market and protect from downside.
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I am a quantitative model designer. I build customized portfolio solutions for brokerages, family offices and individual clients around the world. Some of the models required the capacity to trade hundreds of millions of dollars.
I would best describe myself as a value investor looking for entries based on events such as upgraded earnings forecasts. I minimize risk by analyzing short interest, diversifying across industries, blending multiple models of low correlation or using market neutral strategies.
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Blogger, Self-Made Analyst, Trader, Investor, Crowdfunder and Critical Thinker. Currently, I am looking for a job in the investment space. Job offers are always welcome.
The name "Dutch Trader" refers to The Golden Age. This was a period in Dutch history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military and art were among the most acclaimed in the world.
Dutch ships hunted whales off Svalbard, traded spices in India and Indonesia (via the Dutch East India Company) and founded colonies in New Amsterdam (now New York), South Africa and the West Indies. In addition some Portuguese colonies were conquered, namely in Northeastern Brazil, Angola, Indonesia and Ceylon. This new nation flourished culturally and economically, creating what historian Simon Schama has called an "embarrassment of riches". Speculation in the tulip trade led to a first stock market crash in 1637, but the economic crisis was soon overcome.
In 1602 the Dutch East India Company was founded. It was the first-ever multinational corporation, financed by shares that established the first modern stock exchange. This company received a Dutch monopoly on Asian trade and would keep this for two centuries. It became the world's largest commercial enterprise of the 17th century. Spices were imported in bulk and brought huge profits, due to the efforts and risks involved and seemingly insatiable demand.
To finance the growing trade within the region, the Bank of Amsterdam was established in 1609, the precursor to, if not the first true central bank.
My background is Management, Economics and Law. This I studied at Fontys Business School in the Netherlands, with specialization in Banking and Insurance.
My passion is investing, writing, travelling, history, swimming, playing chess and enjoying my family.
I love to analyze companies and sectors and write about it. Main points of interests: China, Biotechnology, Consumer, Energy, Mining, Dividend, OTC Market, Food, Robotics and some other themes.
As an investor I have a bias towards value investing and the markets. All opinions are my own and do not represent the views of my employer.Valuation metrics play an important part of my investment strategies. My investment philosophy is Unloved, Underowned and Undervalued.
One of the best investment quotes is: The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them from Peter Lynch.
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Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week.
Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.
Saj Karsan founded an investment and research firm that is based on the principles of value investing. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, has completed all three CFA exams, and has an engineering degree from McGill University. Visit his blog, Barel Karsan (http://barelkarsan.com/).
I'm the Director of Research at Wonder. Come check it out (askwonder.com)
Previously, I worked for Seeking Alpha from 2008-2015. During that time, I was involved in building out the PRO and Marketplace subscription platforms, and also spent time writing 'Wall Street Breakfast' and writing for the Breaking News team.
Before joining Seeking Alpha, I co-founded a (short-lived) start-up for crowd-sourced angel investing and worked in the private banking division of a boutique bank. I've got an M.Sc. in applied economics from Georgia Southern University, and a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
My husband and I live in Israel with our two children.
I founded Seeking Alpha, and lead it for its first 10 years until I passed the CEO role to Eli Hoffmann. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform.
I wrote the ETF Investment Guide (http://seekingalpha.com/article/15136-etf-investing-guide-one-page-summary-of-the-entire-guide), and I blog about startup best practices at http://davidjaxon.wordpress.com .
I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.
FP Trading Desk is the blog of Canada's Financial Post. The Financial Post, Canada's most-respected business read, is part and parcel of the The National Post and has a weekly circulation of more than 1.5 million. FP Trading Desk boasts several regular contributors, under the direction of Jonathan Ratner. A steady stream of posting throughout the trading day makes this site especially invaluable to active traders, with special attention paid to market moving items such as analyst actions and the M&A rumor mill.
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Financial advisor, industry consultant, and author of "Tradestream your Way to Profits: Building a Killer Portfolio in the Age of Social Media" (Wiley, 2010), Zack embodies the nexus between asset management, equity research, and new internet distribution technologies. As an asset manager, he writes extensively about the changes and opportunities in online finance for investors, financial advisors and investor relations professionals. He previously headed up business development at Seeking Alpha. Prior to that, Zack was an analyst at Oasis Capital Management, a multinational hedge fund. His area of expertise is discovering and analyzing undervalued technology stocks, particularly of small-cap companies.
Zack holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Harvard University.
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