David R. Kotok cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a masters in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kotok’s articles and financial market commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and radio, Fox Business, and other media.
Mr. Kotok has served as Program Chairman of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) (www.interdependence.org), whose mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nation states, with the goal of reducing international conflicts and improving worldwide living standards. Mr. Kotok chaired its Central Banking Series and organized a five-continent dialogue held in Philadelphia, Paris, Zambia (Livingstone), Hanoi, Singapore, Prague, Cape Town, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, Tallinn, and Santiago, Chile. He has received the Global Citizen Award from GIC for his efforts.
Mr. Kotok is a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council (NBEIC), the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and served on the Research Advisory Board of BCA Research. Mr. Kotok has served as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and on the Treasury Transition Teams for New Jersey Governors Kean and Whitman. He has also served as a board member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and as Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. He has authored or co-authored four books, including the best selling Second edition of “From Bear to Bull with ETFs,” now available at Amazon and “Adventures in Muniland."
Phil Timyan is a private investor and hedge fund manager with over 25 years professional experience in community bank stock investment and shareholder activism.
Over the years, Timyan has filed 13-Ds in ALGC, HRTB, FSVB, GSLA, RFSV, COMB, and RYFL. In 2003, he helped recap COMB by buying a 9.9% stake and joining their Board until its sale in 2006 to SUPR. He is currently serving on the boards of RYFL and Royal Bank.
Since his graduation in the 1980s with a BA in General Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University, Timyan's career has included stints as a:
Registered Representative for Oppenheimer & Co in Chicago, IL
Securities Analyst for Feshbach Bros./Stockbridge Partners in Palo Alto, CA
Securities Analyst/Portfolio Manager for GW Ringoen & Co in San Francisco, CA
Founder of two hedge funds, Sands Point Partners LLC and Riggs Qualified Partners LLC
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I'm an investor and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). I have been investing since I was a teenager. I love my work. I manage a private investment company and I specialize in business valuation.
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I have written 2 dutch books on value investing: "Aandelen selecteren als waardebelegger" and "Beleggen in bull- en bearmarkten". See bol.com (search for the titles). As a mathematician (Ph.D.) I am most interested in investment strategies with statistically favorable returns. In particular I invest in net-nets (20-30% average annual returns). I find companies with low Enterprise Value/Earnings before Tax and Interest (EV/EBIT) and strong balance sheets (20% average annual returns) also very interesting. Since such stocks are rare I invest globally. Send me a message with your email address to get example articles of my premium research on Seeking Alpha.
I am a current undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Biomedical Engineering.
I am an Investment Analyst in the healthcare sector for the Tartan Student Fund, a student managed long-equity investment fund with approximately $50,000 of Carnegie Mellon University’s endowment under management. As a member, I have gained basic accounting, stock ratio analysis, and equity valuation methodologies.
While I have had only minor investing experience prior to joining the Tartan Student Fund, I am learning more each and every week, and I look forward to all that I will learn in the future.
Frank Holmes is CEO and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc., a boutique investment advisory firm based in San Antonio that manages domestic and offshore funds specializing in the natural resources and emerging markets sectors. The company’s no-load mutual funds include the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX), the World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) and the Gold and Precious Metals Fund (USERX). For more insight and perspective from Mr. Holmes, please visit his investment blog, “Frank Talk” (http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/).
I am an energy economist with around five years of professional experience. Besides my work as an oil and gas market consultant, I enjoy investing in currencies and tech stocks. My alma mater is Norwegian School of Economics, NHH.
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PREVIOUSLY NAMED "BRIDGING THE GAP" – don't worry, I'm still the same person, now just writing under my real name so people can better find me.
I'm a professional poker player with an interest in investing. My investing style is build on the principles of Graham and Dodd: trying to buy companies that are on sale and have a margin of safety in case the investment thesis is wrong. I discuss all my picks at my blog @ alphavulture.com
I work for a small long/short, value-oriented investment partnership. On the long side, we prefer to invest in high quality businesses that possess discernible competitive moats, which operate in industries with reliable, growing end markets. For short positions, we generally look for companies that operate in highly competitive markets with low barriers to entry. We also specialize in "special situation" shorts, which may include circumstances where we believe a company's management team has misled investors about business prospects or where the market has misread certain corporate developments.
We are a family office that invests in the life sciences. We hope to share actionable ideas with the investment community and welcome constructive/informed dialogue.
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CDM Capital is a private investment manager focused on due diligence-based value investments and special situation investing. We manage investments on a separately managed account basis. As of the publication date of our articles, we may have long or short equity positions in the companies covered.
I'm a trader who trades both short-term and long-term. I started my career as a day-trader for a trading firm, but then turned to longer time frames and went on my own to manage my portfolio.
I use technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis in my research.
I am an "extreme value" investor, focusing mostly on micro and nanocap companies selling for a steep discount to price/book, price/sales, EV/EBITDA and other traditional measures of value. (Price-to-book is my favorite.) My emphasis is on low priced stocks, since the marketplace is very inefficient in valuing them. I am a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, and like to invest in the most unloved and out of favor sectors of the market, and numerically screen for the best relative values in those out of favor sectors. I like to buy companies where the insiders are buying in the open market, to "confirm" the underlying value proposition. I like to buy stocks trading near a multiyear low, and average down aggressively if the stock moves against me (assuming the circumstances for my purchase haven't changed.) I also like special situations, including selective leveraged turnaround situations, that I can catch at their "inflection" point. I have achieved outsized annualized returns, over the last 25 years, with these strategies. I also take 5%+ positions in companies, and engage in selective shareholder activism, to hold accountable the insular and/or corrupt boards that are sadly all too common, especially in smaller, "family run" public companies.
Mariusz Skonieczny is the founder and president of Classic Value Investors, He is also the author of several books on investing including Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market, The Basics of Understanding Financial Statements, Due Diligence: How to Research a Stock, 100 Ways to Find Investment Ideas, Investment Wisdom and Gold Production from Beginning to End.
I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor.
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LAUREN C. TEMPLETON is the founder and president of Lauren Templeton Capital Management, LLC, an alternative investment management firm located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company is the general partner to the Global Maximum Pessimism Fund.
Lauren is a member of the John M. Templeton Foundation, established in 1987 by her great uncle and renowned international investor Sir John Templeton. She is also the co-author of the renowned investing business book Investing the Templeton Way, the first insider look into Sir John's investing strategies. As a result, Lauren speaks to audiences around the world about how she applies Sir John's timeless investment principles and methods for clients today.
Ms. Templeton received a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South.. She is the founder of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Inc. (www.sehfa.com) based in Atlanta, Georgia.
I worked almost 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. I started as a sales rep after earning my degree in biological sciences and (later) biomedical sciences. I then went back to school, got my MBA, and spent the following 20 years working up the ranks. I spent the latter parts of my career working as an analyst, meaning I would analyze data on 1,000s of compounds, collect reports from scientists, and then present the information to those who decided whether the candidates would go on to clinical trials (additional preclinical studies) or would be thrown to the dumpster for some small company to find and develop further. I have worked in just about every department in the pharmaceutical industry, including biotechnology, oncology, infectious disease, genetics, etc.
Now that I am recently retired, I have joined Seeking Alpha to share my knowledge of the healthcare industry, and discuss trends that I've seen throughout my career. I have chosen the task of managing my own retirement accounts, therefore Seeking Alpha has become a great interest to me.
I am hoping to learn and teach via Seeking Alpha. Also, my grandchildren call me Shennie so that's what I go by these days
Mr. Judkowski is a managing member of Waterloo International Advisors, LLC. He co-managed a short-biased hedge fund from 2000-2013. Over a 20 year period, Mr. Judkowski published short sell reports (The Accounting Workout (1993-1994) and The Short Seller’s Report (1996-2006)) and co-published red flag newsletters (Balance Sheet Watch (1998-2006) and Earnings Workout (2011-2012)).
His firm currently serves as sub-advisor to Logan Capital Management, which offers a long/short strategy through separately managed accounts and a mutual fund.
For more information, visit www.logancapital.com or www.logancapitalfunds.com
Matt Stewart is a private investor, former vice president & director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in Toronto and holds an Honors BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. Matt also represented all BCE common shareholders as the 'intervenor' in the BCE v. Bondholder's case argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in July, 2008.
I am an analyst and 2017 Level III Candidate in the CFA Program that has gained experience in the investment industry through positions as a proprietary trader and a portfolio management administrator. I began contributing to Seeking Alpha as a way to share my thoughts on the biopharmaceutical industry. I discussed ways to minimize risk in biopharmaceutical investing through conservative pipeline valuation and balance sheet analysis to identify companies presenting a compelling valuation to potential investors. I also touched on ways to apply knowledge of the markets to improve personal finance. My pieces included either stock-specific analysis or general biopharmaceutical investing discussion through my Biotech Weekly blog. My research appeared on the websites of CNBC, Seeking Alpha, Reuters, Google Finance, Morningstar, NASDAQ, and MarketWatch.
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Whitney Tilson is the founder and Managing Partner of Kase Capital Management, which manages three value-oriented hedge funds. Mr. Tilson is also the co-founder of Value Investor Insight, an investment newsletter.
Mr. Tilson has co-authored two books, The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market (2013) and More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times (2009), was one of the authors of Poor Charlie’s Almanack, the definitive book on Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and has written for Forbes, the Financial Times, Kiplinger’s, the Motley Fool and TheStreet.com. He was featured in two 60 Minutes segments in December 2008 about the housing crisis (which won an Emmy) and in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators. He served for two years on the Board of Directors of Cutter & Buck, which designs and markets upscale sportswear, until the company was sold in early 2007.
Mr. Tilson received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Mr. Tilson spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and Nicaragua (his parents are both educators, were among the first couples to meet and marry in the Peace Corps, and have retired in Kenya). Consequently, Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. For his philanthropic work, he received the 2008 John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. He is a member and past Chairman of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Tilson lives in Manhattan with his wife and three teenage daughters.
Opportunistic global value long/short investor. Long term (5-20+ years holding periods) investment approach. Currently studying at Wharton School of Business and working for Quaker Capital Investments.
Current Areas of Interest and Strategy:
Value Large Cap U.S. Companies with exceptionally strong balance sheets and/or cashflows
Value Large South Korean Companies
Value Large Polish Companies
Value Large Russian Integrated Oil Companies
Bubbling tech stocks that won't be able to grow into their valuation
Poor quality U.S. businesses trading at exceptional valuations