My job has nothing to do with the financial world, on the contrary - I have a college education and a Ph.D. in science and I work for a large cooperation in the German industry. I bought my first stocks almost 20 years ago, starting with investments in DAX companies (the German large cap index) and have continuously broadened my horizon geographically and to other equity classes since then. My main ambition is to obtain financial independence and the admittedly challenging ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 50 (or at least in the mid-fifties). Let’s see how this turns out…
PetroEngInvestor (David Harter)
Hedge Fund Co-Founder and Managing Director
"Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in."
-John D. Rockefeller
As a full-time individual trader and investor, I aim to achieve high returns on various common/preferred stocks that pay sustainable, above-average dividends and offer deep-value opportunities, along with employing the purchase of calls and/or selling covered calls as a means to reduce risk and help lock-in high margin returns. With a resume of working in energy for one of the largest global OTC brokerage firms in the world, I focus my knowledge of utilities and electricity, natural gas swaps, etc ... to invest a large portion of my portfolio in the energy sector, with an emphasis in oil and natural gas producers, uranium miners, utilities, and freight/cargo/logistics companies that are directly tied to the importation/exportation of energy-related commodities. I also use precious metals such as gold and silver as a means to hedge my portfolio in the case of a recession and/or extended periods of deflation, with a firm belief that silver specifically is truly undervalued in relation to supply and demand, future estimated consumption in industrial sectors such as solar, as well as in relation to the current and historical levels of the gold to silver ratio.
I hope you appreciate my unique take on the markets, and look forward to sharing my ideas and opinions with you!
Richard J. Parsons is a former banker who writes about banking. His newest book is “Investing in Banks: Strategies and Statistics for Bankers, Directors, and Investors,” published in April by The Risk Management Association. In this book he examines long-term bank stock performance and identifies specific factors that create and destroy shareholder value.
He is also the author of Broke: America’s Banking System, published in 2013. In this book Parsons explains why the U.S. banking system has suffered nearly 3,500 bank failures over the past three decades.
Parsons is a frequent contributor to the American Banker and the Risk Management Journal. He teaches the Operational Risk Management course for the Wharton-RMA Advanced Risk Management Program as well as the Advanced Operational Risk Management course for the RMA.
The RMA Journal selected Parsons’ article -- “The Next Crisis in Banking: A Talent Crisis?” -- as the first place winner in its 2014 Journalistic Excellence Award.
Prior to writing and speaking about the banking industry, Parsons spent more than 31 years at Bank of America where he was an executive vice president and member of the Management Operating Committee. In his last role he chaired the bank’s Operational and Compliance Risk Committee and the Emerging Risk Committee.
Parsons has a BA in history from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
I have been researching and investing in stocks and options in my own accounts since 2006. I finished my MBA in 2007 and then worked as the Finance Manager at a start up for 7 years. I'm currently self-employed as an online marketing consultant, but investing is my true passion.
I've found that my skill lies in taking the time to read 10-K and 10-Q reports carefully and being able to then create realistic future projections. As a value investor I tend to look at cash flow as much as if not more than earnings and revenues.
My investment horizon is typically at least 5-10 years, and ideally I place my money into investments which I could see myself holding through retirement. That said, I do also enjoy allocating a small portion of my account to short term options plays.
In our free time, my wife and I love to travel the world. We've each been to over 45 countries and relish the opportunity to see how people live all around the world.
Nick is a former professional equity trader with Bright Trading, specializing in long/short equity pairs, basket trading, event-driven trading, and contractual relationships. My investment style focuses on credit-spread option trading and value-investing.
I currently work as a portfolio trader for a major institutional investor, and am pursuing the CFA designation.
Stock investors are always asking what is the catalyst for value to be realized? I originally thought like this which lead me to take too much risk. I now focus on being patient, controlling risk, and minimizing permanent capital losses. These steps have lead to significantly better returns. Even when there is no clear catalyst, an undervalued stock is eventually its own catalyst.
I think the benefits of communicating on Seeking Alpha are enormous. Many times I have a strong financial view of a company but do not understand the specific industry or industry competitive dynamics. I can often interact and read insightful comments from engineers, scientists, and technology experts. These experts offer great free advice and I try to add value in my specific areas of expertise. One area that I have been specifically helped is the energy sector.
While some investors are very negative of people who short, I view shorting stocks and posting factual information as noble. The focus of course is on truthfulness and accuracy of this information. Anyone who is posting rumors, lies, or other unscrupulous behavior (long or short) to manipulate a stock should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a BS in Finance. From 2002-2006 I worked in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of America. I left Bank of America to manage family/friend money in long/short equity strategies. I also helped start-up two internet retail businesses.
I don't post much on twitter but think it is another great resource. I can be followed at https://twitter.com/jrhUofA
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in the area and are a serious investor, please send me a note as I would be happy to meet and exchange our best ideas.
After receiving a bachelors degree in Communications I worked for several years in the financial sector in Canada, for banks, insurers, and asset management companies. I am a fundamental research focused value investor at heart, but I trade using options and other strategies for income in specific accounts. I follow the energy and materials sectors and the most of the TSX particularly closely but keep an eye on the broader North American stock market and global macro picture as much as I can. I also enjoy researching under-followed small-cap companies. I am an MBA student at Dalhousie University.
Jesse has been managing money for over 20 years. He began his professional career at Bear, Stearns & Co. and later co-founded a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Today he works with a select group of clients at Felder & Company, LLC in Bend, Oregon and publishes The Felder Report.
Family Office, Hedge Fund Manager, Markets traded, Interest Rates Currencies, Metals, Energy, Stock Indices, Selected stocks, 20+ years as a professional trader including time on the floor
Individual Investor with previous Strategy Consulting experience in mergers and acquisitions, turn-around situations, down sizing, private equity, business transformations, US and Global Companies.
Specialty focus on analyzing turn around situations looking for opportunities to trade both the downside and upside using options and long positions.
A recent Chemical Engineering Graduate of Ohio State University with ~ 1 year experience in the oil and gas industry. I am a part time investor focused on fundamental company earning analysis and insider trading to determine stock value.
Although I like to focus on small-mid cap companies