Kendall J. Anderson, CFA is the founder and President of Anderson Griggs Investments. Anderson Griggs manages equity only and balanced separate accounts from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Kendall was recognized by Money Manager Review as the number 1 large cap growth manager for 2004. His management of the firm’s large quality separate account has earned a Morningstar 4-Star rating for the 10 year period ending 12-31-09. Advisor Perspectives, a leading publisher serving financial advisors, awarded Kendall with the inaugural Venerated Voices Award as the most-widely read commentary by professional financial advisors in 2010, for his commentary titled “Good Enough” with Ken Fisher, Marty Whitman and Warren Buffett, published on November 30th, 2010. He is a regular contributor to Morningstar.com and Seeking Alpha, the most recognized names in the financial community for timely and actionable opinion and analysis. Kendall's company website may be found at www.andersongriggs.com. On a personal note, Kendall is one of just 400 individuals who have successfully finished the “Iron Butt Rally,” the “World’s Toughest Motorcycle Competition.” The Rally lasts for 11 days and covers more than 11,000 miles.
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Charles Holley is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart. He is responsible for accounting and control, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, treasury, tax, and several other key areas of the company. The lead financial executive in each operating segment of the company (Walmart U.S., Sam's Club and Walmart International) reports directly to him.
Before being appointed to his current role, he was executive vice president, finance and treasurer, responsible for corporate strategy and planning, tax, investor relations, financial support of corporate overhead functions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and treasury operations, which includes capital markets and cash management. Charles also served as the company’s chief risk officer.
Previously, Charles was senior vice president of finance with responsibility for the company’s accounting, tax, financial reporting and investor relations areas. From 2003 to 2005, he served as senior vice president and controller. From 1994 through 2002, Charles held several roles in Walmart International including senior vice president and chief financial officer for the division. He helped pioneer the company’s international expansion efforts, which included leading Walmart International’s merger and acquisition activities.
Before joining Walmart, Charles worked for Tandy Corporation as managing director for its European Memorex consumer product division (Memtek International) and served as director of finance for its international operations. He also spent more than 10 years with Ernst & Young.
Charles is a member of Financial Executives International. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and is an active board member for the Cancer Challenge of Northwest Arkansas.
Charles received his BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his MBA in finance at the University of Houston. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
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.
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.
In addition to his contributions here at Seeking Alpha you can also visit him at his blog ETFBase (http://www.etfbase.com/), which provides free independent stock research, a real-time personal accounting of his personal trading portfolio, market commentary, and personal finance advice.
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Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism (some articles from Pragmatic Capitalism get syndicated on Seeking Alpha so please see the full site if you don't want to miss articles by Mr. Roche).
Orcam Financial Group, LLC (www.orcamgroup.com) is a low fee financial services firm offering asset management, personal advisory, consulting and educational services. Pragmatic Capitalism (http://pragcap.com) was founded by Cullen Roche in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Roche foresaw many of the events that led up to the crisis and felt that the government was slow to react and when it did finally react, responded with the wrong medicine.
Mr. Roche's primary areas of expertise include global macro portfolio construction, quantitative risk management, monetary economics and behavioral finance. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Roche worked at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where he worked on a team overseeing $500MM+ in assets under management. Upon leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Roche managed a private investment partnership for 7 years generating substantial positive alpha (high risk adjusted returns) without a single negative year of returns. He has since transitioned back to retail asset management to better serve the much needed low fee retail space with sophisticated but simple asset management and financial planning services.
Mr. Roche is also a prolific writer. In addition to the daily musings on his website, he is the author of the popular book “Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance” as well as “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”, one of the top 10 all-time most downloaded research papers on the SSRN academic research network. He was named one of the “Top Wall Street Economists, Experts and Opinion Leaders” of 2011 by Wall Street Economists and was named one of the “101 Best Finance People” by Business Insider where he was described as “one of the most influential economic thinkers today.” In 2015 Mr. Roche was named one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in finance by InvestmentNews. He is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, on CNBC and in the Financial Times.
Mr. Roche is a Georgetown University alumnus, growing up in the DC area and now living in Southern California with his wife Erica, troublesome collie Cal and 4 irritable laying hens. In addition to being a financial dork Cullen is an avid outdoorsman, mediocre gardener, proficient complex carbohydrate consumer (i.e., loves brownies and cake) and finisher of one of the most difficult IRONMAN races at Cabo in 2015.
“Sold At TheTop” is the snarky pseudonym for the organic blogger that maintains the reasonably popular and, dare I say, possibly even slightly influential web log PaperEconomy (www.papereconomy.com).
“Sold”, as he prefers to be called (especially by his wife under certain saucy circumstances… mmmm…) is not a professional economist, analyst or stock trader and has neither been trained in finance nor statistics.
What Sold offers is a dedicated and serious passion for macroeconomic analysis and further, for the creation of striking, some say even artistic, visualizations of macroeconomic data. Though not a “perma-bear” Sold is very bearish about the current state and future of the American economy subscribing whole heartedly to notion that the recent financial crisis is but the second act of an immense systemic unwind that commenced, more or less, in the year 2000.
Sold is NOT A PESSIMIST by nature but a true skeptic and a realist that prefers solid and sustained evidence of fundamental economic recovery to “Goldilocks”, “Green Shoots”, “Mustard Seeds” and wholesale speculation. Further, Sold believes that the evidence for rational and efficient markets as well as collective wisdom is scant.
In his spare time Sold works as an independent software consultant spewing out cutting edge code like he’s spraying silly string.