Mark is one of the very few that can actually make the claim of being a recognized expert and authority and mean it. His insights on global markets, Wall Street, business, motivation, and entrepreneurship have been increasingly sought. His diverse writings appear regularly on, or referenced by, many of the world’s top media sites, blogs, papers of record and more across the web and around the globe reaching millions.
With over 165 countries routinely visiting his blog looking for insights and observations, it puts him into that rare category of “Leading Authorities” on the world stage today.
Starting his career at age 18 holding every title from janitor to CEO he’s personally overseen budgets, and companies ranging from the local independent, to the larger corporate entity with revenues nearing $100 million annually.
Without a formal higher education to rely on he made his way through effort and hard work to be named Vice President of a multimillion dollar corporation at age 23. He held his first position as CEO at 28.
A top performer in both sales and management, he has also trail blazed opening ethnic markets and advertising campaigns that included some of the worlds foremost global corporations.
Mark also served in such roles as corporate liaison to the USDA. He’s been trained, certified, and was one of the pioneers writing company compliance programs for the NASA inspired HACCP program. He has also worked and consulted within the television, radio, and advertising industry.
He is one of the very few with a verifiable track record in correctly calling for caution as others remained oblivious to the dangers across multiple industries - for them only to be blindsided by tumultuous upheavals causing $10’s of Billions (yes that’s a B) of both dollars or market share losses.
His first book, A Fist Full Of Markers (2012 StreetCry Media) was launched with no fan fare, no social media, and no advertising to what many marketing skeptics called ” a doomed window” for a launch (just three days before Christmas) to results typically not seen for many that make the so-called “best seller” list.
Mark retired at the age of 45 although he continues to actively write, and speak. His articles currently share an audience of millions at any given time, and is still growing. He believes, “Properly articulated actionable advice has no boundary.”
All this from someone who is not afraid to admit: He has a hard time spelling cat without spell checker.
Jeffrey Saut is Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates.
Mr. Saut began his career on a trading desk in New York City. In 1973, he joined E.F . Hutton, where he began following equities and writing research. He subsequently worked as a securities analyst for Wheat First Securities, and then Branch Cabell, where he ran the equity research group as director of research and acted as portfolio manager for the firm's affiliate, Exeter Capital Management. As director of research, he built the research and institutional sales departments for the regional brokerage firm Ferris, Baker and Watts, Inc. and subsequently Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.
Mr. Saut is well known for his insightful and colorful commentary regarding the stock market, and he makes regular media appearances.
Note: Mr. Saut is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Saut's public commentary.
After having been in the investing world for more than 25 years from private banking and investment management to private and venture capital; I have pretty much "been there and done that" at one point or another. I am currently a silent partner for an RIA in Houston, Texas.
The majority of my time is spent analyzing, researching and writing commentary about investing, investor psychology and macro-views of the markets and the economy. My thoughts are not generally mainstream and are often contrarian in nature but I try an use a common sense approach, clear explanations and my “real world” experience in the process.
I am the Chief Editor of the REAL INVESTMENT REPORT, a weekly subscriber based-newsletter that is distributed nationwide. The newsletter covers economic, political and market topics as they relate to your money and life.
I also write a daily blog which is read by thousands nationwide from individuals to professionals at www.realinvestmentadvice.com.
Adam Beaty is more than just your typical options strategist. His passion for business and his entrepreneurial mindset have taken him on a stock trading adventure. Starting with only $500 in his portfolio, Adam began to visualize his dream. Already 'hooked' on the stock market and the charts they produced, he further developed a unique awareness of a niche market, options, and the infinite plays he could run with them.
His work with weekly options earned him recognition in the Wall Street Journal at the age of twenty-four. After receiving dual majors in Finance and Marketing, and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Adam continues to study the market, pour through the charts, paying attention to the smallest details that may have an affect as he looks for the next big setup!
Ever feel like trading is like rolling dice? In a way, it is, because every mathematical model of the market includes a stochastic aspect. But I believe we can load the dice in our favor through the use of statistics. Understanding both the stock market and each individual stock as a sort of random process with its own characteristics allows us to more accurately predict what it will do in the future. Coupling statistics with fundamental analysis, I have the goal of revealing to you the hidden patterns within stocks so that you may do what you wish with that information.
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The Clinically Sound Investor is a pharmacist with a PharmD and a BA in psychology. He has worked across the spectrum from very small independent and hospital pharmacies to the some of the largest retail corporations and medical centers in the nation, as well as experience in specialty and mail order settings. Fascinated by watching the rise of Walmart and Apple after 2008, he now follows the advice "know thyself" and puts expertise of understaning scientific literature to research biotechnology stocks. His investments early on were driven by binary events such as FDA Advisory Committee meetings and PDUFA dates (approvals). Despite initial successes, there were too few of these events, so he expanded into predicting Phase II/III trial results. His writings should not be considered financial advice or the basis for investment decisions. While his interpretations of clinical trial results--which may be overlooked or even thoroughly misunderstood by Wall Street--could be helpful, they're only as good as the original reports they come from. Although written by scientists and doctors, there will always be a slant from the sponsoring company, or worse (like, say, missing data...).
Costas began his trading career in 1998, hired by Gateway Partners, an equity options market making specialist unit, on the Philadelphia StoCostas2ck Exchange (PHLX). Costas has over 7 years of experience as a professional options trader and has trained and educated several junior traders on option theory, risk management and strategy.
Costas joined Tycoon Publishing in 2010, where he took a leadership role as educator, mentor and guru to thousands of subscribers. He created an option’s trading service, an interactive educational trading course and a live-setting interactive mentoring program.
Costas highly popular products and accolades played a pivotal role in the firm’s acquisition by Agora Publishing in 2012. Costas has written hundreds of articles for some of the most respected on-line financial publishers in the industry.
Today, Costas is semi-retired but was honored when asked to rejoin his former colleagues and come on board with True Market Mavens as contributor and champion for the self-directed individual investor.
Costas began his trading career in 1998, hired by Gateway Partners, an Equity Options Trading Specialist Unit, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX). During his time there, Costas gained valuable experience navigating through the financial meltdown that saw the downfall of hedge fund, Long Term Capital, and the Russian Currency Crisis when trading volatility levels reached unprecedented levels.
Costas became a Senior Equity Options Market Maker for the firm, eventually leaving to join a proprietary trading desk where he made markets for large customer and institutional orders.
Costas has more than seven years of experience making options markets. He has also trained and educated several junior traders on option theory, risk analysis, and strategy.
He’s looking forward to helping self-directed investing hobbyists find success through the utilization and understanding of how options play an important role in achieving financial objectives.
Gary Tanashian is proprietor of NFTRH.com and Biiwii.com. Actionable, hype-free technical, macro economic and sentiment analysis is provided in the premium market report 'Notes From the Rabbit Hole' (http://nftrh.com/nftrh-premium/). Complimentary analysis and commentary is available at the public site (http://nftrh.com), at http://biiwii.com and by email with our free - and spam free - eLetter service (http://nftrh.com/free-eletter/).