I'm a 26-year-old retiree, enjoying some time to pursue passion projects after hustling with 18-20 hour workdays for years. After having a medical scare last year that had me hospitalized, I decided it was time to sell the business and focus more on putting my money to work for me rather than the other way around.
I now spend most of my time reading, writing, and enjoying life.
PortfoliV.com is an investment portal project based on running a set of virtual hedge funds. The aim is to build an investment portal based on actual trades made rather than textual commentaries.14 virtual funds based on a variety of themes are managed by the site owner on strict real-life conditions including real-time bid and ask prices, commissions and margin calls.
Site visitors are able to comment on the trades and follow Fund performances. As the site builds a certain amount of feedback the aim is to aggregate these responses and integrate them into the Fund trading decisions. This way the site aims to transform itself onto what can be called an "OpenSource Virtual HedgeFund" that is transparent, but utilizes all sorts of trading techniques used in common Hedge Funds.
The site owner, and the main trader so far, is an independent trader with 10 years of trading experience. He splits the year evenly between living in the US, Europe and Middle East and therefore can make informed trading decisions on a variety of developments in the world especially forex issues. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and has passed all three levels of the CFA examinations, with his CFA certification pending approval.
As a contributor to the New Low Observer (http://www.newlowobserver.com/about-this-site), we intend to give new insights on a low risk approach to trading in dividend paying stocks for tax deferred accounts. The New Low Observer (http://www.newlowobserver.com/about-this-site) is not intended for regular or non-qualifying accounts however, the strategies and stocks mentioned can be used for non-qualifying accounts with the understanding of the consequences of potential short-term capital gains as well as the need for exceptional documentation for IRS purposes.
I have a professional background of working with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Although I am an economist (and probably because of that fact), I am adept at being resourceful and thinking in a multidisciplinary fashion. For this reason, my professional experience only reflects a wide perspective that I have gained through the years and should not connote an air of authority.
James A. Kostohryz has accumulated over twenty years of experience investing and trading virtually every asset class across the globe.
Kostohryz started his investment career as an analyst at one of the US's largest asset management firms covering sectors as diverse as emerging markets, banking, energy, construction, real estate, metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became Chief Global Strategist and Head of International Investments for a major investment bank. Kostohryz currently manages his own investment firm, specializing in proprietary trading and institutional portfolio management advisory.
Born in Mexico, Kostohryz grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently writing a book about the impact of culture on economic development. He is a former NCAA and world-class decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
Kostohryz graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
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James Quinn has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 29 year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and is writing these articles because he cares about their future. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager. These articles reflect the personal views of James Quinn. They do not necessarily represent the views of his employer, and are not sponsored or endorsed by his employer.
I run a fund based on automated trading and technical analysis. But my favorite pastime is thinking and talking about political economy. I guess I'm George Soros.
Writing helps clarifying my thinking. All opinion expressed here is mine, wholly mine, nobody's but mine. And all trading/investment opinion I talk about here is related only to my personal accounts, not the fund.
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.
I am a renegade market swing trader.I have nothing but disdain and dismay in the direction this government is taking.I have three college degrees which are framed in my bathroom.There is a little hammer with a sign that say's " Use in case of emergency!"
I have worked all my life and realize without a good work ethic we are doomed. I honestly believe this country has lost its work ethic.Giving up its manufacturing base was economic suicide.Bailing out deadbeats is the final nail in the coffin.Why do i put this in a bio? Easy cuz it helped define me as a person. for 30 years I have watched this madness and now I know for sure" I am not the crazy one ...its everyone else !"
Matthew Bradbard is a principal owner of Focus Alternative Funds Management, LLC, and also serves as a Director at RCM Alternatives & AP at Attain Portfolio Advisors.
Matthew began his career in the commodities business as an advisor to clients on asset allocation and buy/sell decisions. Matthew has devised, implemented and executed trading strategies for several firms since entering the commodity business in 2001. Matthew has also managed his own global macro CTA that traded numerous futures and options strategies and operated his own Introducing Broker for 5 years. A prolific commentator, Matthew has published subject-specific articles, market commentaries, and Managed Futures educational pieces for the last decade. Matthew is frequently interviewed for his opinion on commodities and current events as they relate to commodities and their role in an investor’s portfolios. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Northeastern University, and also studied at the University of Sydney.
Scott Harris is an entrepreneur who has created and sold a dozen companies mostly in the technology sector. He sold his most recent business, a information security firm, in 2007 and semi-retired to the Caribbean island of St. Croix at the age of 35. Currently 37 years old, Scott splits his time between investing and playing in the ocean. As an avid sailor, fisherman, and scuba diver, living in the Caribbean provides ample opportunity for fun activities.
Business is also a passion for Scott. In 1994, when most people still did not know what the Internet was, he dropped out of college to start the first Internet Provider in San Antonio, Texas. Wildly successful, he sold this company in 1997 and began his career as a serial entrepreneur. His business adventures include owning a day trading company, a domain name registration company, financing a touring magic show (his takeaway on this was: "never give money to someone who makes a living making stuff disappear!"), a full service car wash, and others. He took a internet incubator public through a reverse merger in 2000, and founded a company that provided internet cameras for day care facilities (sold in 2003).
His most recent success, SecureTrust Corporation, provided a number of technologies, including digital encryption for websites, network intrusion prevention hardware, and was a VISA/MasterCard certified provider of PCI security compliance auditing for corporations and banking institutions. Some of his achievements including being the first company to offer 256-bit encryption for online transactions, he was a key player in the creation and implementation of Extended Validation (EV or Green Bar) SSL certificates for websites, and his company was the first company in the world to complete the audit and certification process and provide this technology to an end user (only beating VeriSign by a couple of days, but he is quite proud of being the first!). SecureTrust was sold to Trustwave, who is now the largest provider of PCI compliance solutions in the world.
Although sailing, tennis, fishing and other outdoor activities take up much of his time these days, Scott is an active investor in the equity markets (generally on the short side) and is actively investigating investments into private companies and even toying with a few new internet and social media business ideas.
Marvin V. Bolt is President of Alpha Plus Advisors, LLC (http://www.alphaplus-advisors.com/), an investment advisory firm with offices in New York, and Zürich. Using a variety of quantitative, systematic strategies the firm manages accounts for individual clients as well as the Manhattan Systematic Fund.
From 2001 until 2006 Mr. Bolt developed systematic, quantitative investment strategies used to manage client assets at Thieme Securities, Inc., a FINRA registered broker/dealer, where he served as Financial & Operations Principle. Since 1994, he worked at various asset management firms, first as research analyst and later portfolio manager.
Prior to that, he was an aerospace engineer in the conceptual aircraft design group at General Dynamics Corporation (now a division of Lockheed Martin Corporation).
Mr. Bolt earned the Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas and the MBA Degree in Finance from New York University. He holds the NASD Series 7, 27 & 63 licenses.
fascinated by financial markets, larger trends in economy and how it relates to politics and society.
trained in the social sciences of political science, sociology and anthropology with focus on comparative global and regional economic development, political process, social movements, and mass media.
deeply suspicious of models of economics detached from history and politics seeking to claim explanatory powers when working with time frames that extend beyond the time it takes for programmed traders operating computers to knock the dow down one thousand points (although even here, dare i say, there was a pretty intense set of hearings on wall street going down on capitol hill that day, if one wants to seek to explain how and why such a "random market event" happened on may 6, 2010)...
in my view, the rise and fall of local, regional and global empires is at the heart of modern capitalist world history. i see economic processes embedded in political processes. theoretical efforts to abolish political structures from market forces are mathematically possible, buthistorically fraudulent. in this way, one could argue, the economy is too serious a topic to be left to professional economists, who prefer the elegance in market theory to the ugliness of real markets in historical practice.
the recent crash of the american financial markets in 2008 cannot be understood apart from a serious analysis of the relationship between congressional reforms of banking laws and the rise of the shadow banking system and the explosion of derivatives and mortgage securitization which these reforms, lobbied for by wall street agents inside and outside the executive branch of government, made possible.
now, post bankster bailout, we are living through one of the most important "end game moments" in american history, characterized by the collapse of ideological consensus between the two dominant political parties on the level of the social contract between workers, corporations, and government, which characterized the postwar period of american prosperity (1947-1973).
the past three decades of deepening official political party polarization (and declining electoral participation in politics until the past two presidential elections) have been punctuated by the rise of a potent mix of crony capitalism (eg wall street/oil/military/medical industrial complexes) and the bipartisan promotion of corporate and military globalization (the neoliberal and neoconservative forces at the heart of american politics).
but only one political party has any historical identification with working class interests, and that political party, as witnessed under Clinton and Obama, remains overwhelmingly dominated by corporate money, hence its inability and unwillingness to force the republican party to come to the table to renegotiate a new social contract in light of the new economic realities of permanent economic insecurity as a product of the bipartisan commitment to globalization.
this social contract contradiction at the heart of the political process in america is now becoming a source of political and economic crisis, as unemployment rates continue to rise into dangerous levels associated with developing and not developed modern industrial democracies.
the resolution of this structurally based socio-economic crisis remains to be seen, and it is not restricted to the usa, but it manifests itself directly in the bear and bull market debates ongoing around the state of american and global financial markets. to what extent is democratic politics compatible with the corporate globalization model of accumulation?
as corporate profits recover across the globe, though consumer-workers face more difficult conditions of economic survival, can a speculative driven casino economy continue to support the american dream? or is the american dream a myth destroyed by the ideological extremism of those who claim to only believe in the freedom of the capitalist marketplace?
libertarianism versus statism has become the false dichotomy driving republican based economic rhetoric. the democratic party's rhetoric embraces market regulation but in practice neither party confronts the nationalist elephant in the room: how can the most powerful financial interests in the nation fund the elections of officials constitutionally sworn to uphold the rights of american citizens to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness when so many of these corporate actors funding these politicians have global economic interests at odds with those of most americans?
how can a political party represent american interests when their primary source of campaign funding comes from these same global corporate actors with no commitment to the domestic economy beyond what is most profitable for their management teams and shareholders?
the ideological crisis in american society reflects these contradictions at the heart of the political process, brought on by the successful lobbying of american multinationals for a "new world order," organized by and for global corporations, paid for by american taxpayers and their american military with its mission of "full spectrum dominance," or better said, "global force projection."
much of what passes for intelligent debate inside the wall street and washington echo chamber of investment analysts and business and political news show talking heads, media pundits, political hacks, and professional political strategists ignores the central problem confronting the current model of capitalist accumulation in a democratic society: deepening inequality tends to reinforce pressures for more authoritarian politics, which reinforces more rather than less crony capitalism, and leads to more pressure below for individual conformity as a tactic of pragmatic survival.
escaping the current regime's race to the bottom requires a new social contract, and a new relationship between corporate market forces, government, and the civil society. this requires some new political coalition from below, or a new elite fraction from above, or most likely some combination of forces from above and below, to change the current course of political economy.
the alternative to a new democratic social (and therefore economic) contract in america is the rise of an american version of corporate feudalism backed by a national security state authoritarian regime.
this is the model being promoted since 9-11, in the name of fighting the war on terrorism. it is a model increasingly rejected by the social bases of both political parties, though both groups of political elites continue to embrace its logic and the budget appropriations supporting its expansion domestically and internationally.
the new corporate militarist authoritarianism promoted by both political parties reflects their failure to resolve the problem of deepening economic insecurity in america, since it is a way to expand the domestic stimulus without alienating the republican party elite, nor making the democratic party elite appear "soft on defense." but it is a political compromise with a tragic end game: it reinforces the worst trends in american society towards criminalization of the poor and the politically dissident, while removing the commitment of the state to provide humane levels of support for a social welfare system required in the age of the "new normal" where rising economic inequality coexists with deepening levels of structural unemployment in the century of the "new world order" of american corporate globalization...
if there is a new bull market in the stock market, it will be a product of developments which, ironically, most of wall street will at first resist with all their power and might. but as has been demonstrated repeatedly, wall street's short term greed and its institutional arrogance usually gets in the way of seeing how what is good for the average american is, in the long run, better for wall street, even if it has to be dragged along kicking and screaming the entire process moving forward.
hence the definition of progressive economic reform begins with a truism: wall street, like much of corporate america, lacks a sense of the common good, the public interest, and therefore should never be the primary, much less the exclusive source of policy for how to manage and grow the american economy.
the news from below should be clear: the crisis of the american economy can only be resolved from the bottom up. invest in people and the people's infrastructure, invest in the preservation and sustainability of one's natural and cultural resources, and the definition of what is economically profitable will change as well. there is a better way to think and do capitalism. begin by taking people and their needs seriously, create honest and fair marketplaces, and the sound investments and profits will follow.
a progressive capitalist view begins with the understanding that money and markets are solely means to a socially useful end, not ends in themselves.
I am Jeffrey S. Schulman Sr. aka jschulmansr
I have now officially joined the ranks of "Day traders" and I am trading in the Markets to generate my Income. I have over 30+ years investing experience along with being a both Stock and Commodities Broker, Trading Advisor and Pool Operator. Currently however I am not licensed or registered as a Trading Advisor or Broker. I am providing the info about my trading here for informational purposes only. In addition, I am also an Internet Marketer, MLM, Affiliate Marketer, SEO and SEM Expert, plus much more...
Author and Editor of Dare Something Worthy Today Too! A Blog covering Gold and Precious Metals, Financial and Investing, Market Timing and Analysis, Politics, Computers and Internet, and much more...
I was recently a victim of this recession and "downsized" from working at Qwest Communications, with the Executive Offices of Qwest; as an Escalations Manager/Analyst specializing in High Speed Internet, DSL/ADSL., Internet Security, and more.
In addition I am an Open Networker, Top Linked, LION (worn with pride!), and accept all LinkedIn and FaceBook friend/join my network requests. In addition I reciprocate all Follows on Twitter.
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I reside currently in the Savannah Area, Georgia, U.S.A.
Sam Antar is a convicted felon and a former CPA. As the CFO of Crazy Eddie, Mr. Antar helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s.
Today, Sam Antar is a forensic accountant. His primary work focuses on identifying and investigating public companies engaged in securities fraud by examining their accounting practices and performing an in-depth (deep-dive) financial analysis. His clients include law firms, research firms, hedge funds, and certain other entities. He advises law enforcement agencies and professionals about white-collar crime and trains them to catch the crooks.
His views on white-collar crime are frequently quoted in the print news media, online news media, TV media, professional journals, books, and blogs. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Channel, WSJ Live, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Business News Network, National Public Radio’s Planet Money, Progressive Radio Network, Reuters TV, RT News, and other media outlets to give insights on white-collar crime. His articles have been published by Business Insider, CNBC, Newsweek, Seeking Alpha, TalkMarkets, and other publications.
Yee S. Ong, CFA is the author of "The Strategist's Mind: The Art of High Return, Low Risk Investing" and the principal of YSO Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm located in Burlingame, California. Yee has more than ten years of professional experience in the financial industry and over 17 years of experience as a private investor. Having cofounded two startups, he invests with the mindset of a business owner. Yee received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
News stories will bring you the daily rounds, we bring you the dirt, the things that are behind what is happening.
If anything the last decade has told us there are always consequences. A simple case of cause and effect. An effect is what happens as a result of the cause.
Stay with us as we look at the causes for movements in the gold price and the causes for movements in gold related companies. We’ll show you the companies that can prosper and those that may not.
Moon Kil Woong is currently a VP at a SME. Previously he was a tech stock consultant, VP of Research at ING, and sell side Director at Crédit Agricole Indosuez. Moon Kil Woong has a Masters in Public Administration from SJSU.
Philstockworld.com is the fastest growing stock and option newsletter on the Web. "High Finance for Real People - Fun and Profits" is our motto and our Basic and Premium Chat Sessions offer readers a chance to speak to Phil live during the trading day as well as authors like Optrader, Sabrient, Income Trader and Trend Trader - who send out Alerts during the market sessions and discuss trade ideas live with Members.
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Philip R. Davis is a founder of Phil's Stock World (www.philstockworld.com), a stock and options trading site that teaches the art of options trading to newcomers and devises advanced strategies for expert traders. Mr. Davis is a serial entrepreneur, having founded software company Accu-Title, a real estate title insurance software solution, and is also the President of the Delphi Consulting Corp., an M&A consulting firm that helps large and small companies obtain funding and close deals. He was also the founder of Accu-Search, a property data corporation that was sold to DataTrace in 2004 and Personality Plus, a precursor to eHarmony.com. Phil was a former editor of a UMass/Amherst humor magazine and it shows in his writing -- which is filled with colorful commentary along with very specific ideas on stock option purchases (Phil rarely holds actual stocks).
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