I taught my self investing after I got tired of losing money in the hands of so called "professionals" over the years. I figured it's better if I lose my own money - at least I can blame no one else for my mistakes.
I immigrated to Canada from India in the 80's with $10 in my pocket and have not done badly. I am grateful to Canada for giving me the opportunity to succeed and build a good life. I lived in the US for a couple of years but returned to Canada. The similarities and differences between the two countries fascinate me, I have a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy (I am a Ontario licensed Pharmacist), and was "retired" recently from the R&D department of a major Pharma company. I also have an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Over the last 15 years, through a combination of interest, hardwork and luck, I have accumulated a portfolio which has made me financially independent (at least on paper), while making all the rookie mistakes and enduring two big bear markets fully invested (the last one with leverage) and holding a full time professional job and raising a family. The 2007-09 bear market has taught me that technical's are important and its important to raise cash at the right time. I follow the economic indicators carefully with the hope of avoiding (at least partially) a bear market. I continue to learn from experience and the read economic and financial commentary voraciously. I like to think I am playing the long game which takes guts, skill and patience.
My investing style is value - with a GARP orientation. My experience is that a few home runs make up for a many strike-outs, though now I focus more on stealing singles. I realize that Investing is a "losers game", to win you need to minimize your losses but at the same time, if there is no risk, there is no gain. I like to be highly diversified and routinely follow over a 100 positions. I invest, not trade, waiting patiently for a fat pitch.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck investing.
In 2008, Derek Pilecki founded Gator Capital Management (http://www.gatorcapital.com). At Gator, Derek is a Portfolio Manager and is the firm's Managing Member. Gator Capital Management serves as the advisor to the Gator Focus Fund. He can be reached at email@example.com.
From 2003 through 2008, Derek was a co-Chair of the Investment Committee and a Portfolio Manager for Goldman Sach’s Growth Equity Team, where he helped to manage $30 billion in high quality growth stocks. Derek was also a member of the portfolio management team responsible for the Goldman Sachs Capital Growth Fund, and provided primary coverage of the financial sector for the Growth Team.
Prior to Goldman, Derek was an Analyst at Clover Capital Management in Rochester, New York and Burridge Growth Partners (now part of Essex Investments) in Chicago, Illinois. Before entering graduate school, Derek worked at Fannie Mae providing risk analysis for the company’s mortgage investment portfolio.
Derek holds an MBA with honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Duke University.
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Jeffrey Miller has been researching and investing in the markets for over 20 years. He manages a long/short private investment fund when not writing pithy articles for Stockresearch.net. He was recognized as one of the “20 Rising Stars of Mutual Funds” in Institutional Investor’s January 2008 issue, was named a "Category King" for Large Cap Value Funds by the Wall Street Journal for 5 straight months in 2008, and a fund he co-managed was named Number 1 in its peer group, the Large-Cap Value Funds category, as tracked by Lipper, a Reuters Company, for the three-year and ten-year periods ended July 31, 2010.
Mr. Miller is a Partner at Eight Bridges Capital Management. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and head of Value Investments at Calamos Advisors.
From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Miller was President of American Independence Capital Management.
From 1997 to 2008, Mr. Miller was co-Founder and co-Chief Investment Officer of Miller & Jacobs Capital, LLC (MJC). MJC managed Acadia Fund I, LP and Cerulean Partners, Ltd., along with related master-feeder funds, as well as separate accounts. At various times during his tenure, funds managed by MJC were ranked in the top 5 in their category by Barclay’s Marhedge. The Acadia Fund I, LP posted the #2 performance in the United States by an equity hedge fund in 1997.
Previously Mr. Miller was Vice President of Equity Research at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. Mr. Miller was instrumental in developing valuation models for KBW’s recommended list, and was also a key proponent of focusing on capital management for banks and thrifts as a primary driver of shareholder value creation. While at KBW he was responsible for approximately 1/3 of the firm’s equity research coverage.
Mr. Miller earned his Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from Cornell University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with Distinction from Cornell, where he was a member of the Track and Field Team. He is the co-Founder and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (www.maasaitrust.org), and was Treasurer and executive board member of the Good Hope School in St. Croix from 2007 to 2009. He is currently the Treasurer of the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum.
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