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Atticvs (a pseudonym), has been an active stock market investor since 1980. For the past 10 years he has been managing portfolios full-time for himself as well as for family and a small group of friends. His investment returns have been substantially higher than the overall market averages. He is a strong advocate of fundamental analysis and discounted valuations allied to a clear understanding of current and future economic/business trends and stock market drivers. During a period of 25 years prior to managing investments full-time, he held senior finance, funding and mergers & acquisitions positions with NYSE, Nasdaq and private companies with operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, as well as in the USA and spent extensive time working and/or living in each of these regions.
A*L was established in 2010 by Jon Carnes, a growth and value-oriented investor who lived for six years (from 2005 to 2011) in China where he researched and invested in dozens of Chinese companies, first long (2005-2009) and then primarily short (2010-2012). Mr. Carnes outperformed other investors by performing extensive “on the ground” due diligence, conducted by a team of experienced analysts and local researchers. His investment opinions were greatly respected by other China focused fund managers attracted to the booming economy but wary of getting duped.
Over several years of scrutinizing over a hundred companies in every corner of China, Mr. Carnes realized that many of those that had gone public were seriously exaggerating their financial performance in their SEC filings. Investors raced to invest billions into Chinese companies that were dishonest and legally accountable to no one, a recipe for disaster for investors, both large and small.
Deciding to take action, Mr. Carnes decided to publicly expose the most egregious frauds he had discovered over the years, focusing on the worst offenders: companies that had exaggerated their profitability by at least 100%. In February 2010, he published a series of reports titled “Management Leaving Investors Stuck at the Pumps” showing that China Natural Gas (formerly NASDAQ: CHNG) management defrauded investors by failing to disclose and likely misappropriating $20 million from an acquisition of an undisclosed related party.
Unfortunately, when CHNG discovered that Mr. Carnes wrote the reports, its chairman Qinan Ji responded by sending an agent to threaten him where he lived in China. Frightened by Ji’s threat, Mr. Carnes removed the reports from the Internet. From this point onward Mr. Carnes knew that publishing the truth while living in China might get him killed.
Mr. Carnes nevertheless chose to remain in China to continue exposing fraud. Knowing that the safety of his researchers depended upon absolute secrecy and anonymity, he published my reports anonymously online using the obvious pseudonym “Alfred Little.” Beginning with CHNG, over the next two years Mr. Carnes exposed a diverse array of investment fraud committed by a U.S. listed Chinese companies.
After two years, CHNG Chairman Qinan Ji’s effort to conceal his fraud finally failed. On 9/21/11 NASDAQ halted trading of CHNG and on 3/8/12 CHNG was delisted. Most importantly, on 5/14/12 the SEC filed fraud charges against CHNG and its Chairman Qinan Ji.
Two more of the companies that Mr. Carnes first exposed faced the same fate. On 2/22/12 the SEC charged Puda Coal (formerly AMEX: PUDA) Chairman Ming Zhao with fraud, confirming each of the allegations in his 4/8/11 report, “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors.”
Then on 4/23/12 the SEC charged SinoTech Energy (formerly NASDAQ: CTE) and two of its officers with fraud. On 8/16/11, Mr. Carnes was the first to blow the whistle exposing CTE’s massive fraud in a report titled “SinoTech Energy: Enhanced Oil Recovery or Capital Extraction.” Unlike other numerous smaller “reverse merger” frauds, Sinotech was a $168 million IPO listed on NASDAQ underwritten by UBS and Lazard Capital Markets and audited by Ernst & Young.
Three companies, Deer Consumer Products (“DEER”), Sino Clean Energy (“SCEI”) and Silvercorp Metals (“SVM”) criticized in reports published by A*L sued Mr. Carnes for defamation. The three companies coordinated their legal and retaliatory efforts, both in the U.S., Canada and China to silence Mr. Carnes.
The epic battle that followed ended swiftly in a complete rout. NASDAQ delisted DEER and SCEI. SVM and DEER both lost their defamation claims against Mr. Carnes. SCEI abandoned its defamation claim against Mr. Carnes.
After winning the battle against DEER, SCEI and SVM, A*L emerged with the best track record of any China focused investment blog.
Clayton has been an avid follower of world economics and investments for more than fifteen years. He possesses strong value based investment convictions, but also realizes the material impact that macro events and market momentum have on portfolio return. Mr. Reeves focuses on energy, growth and value in his SeekingAlpha articles. His articles do not represent investment advice and should be read for information and entertainment value only.
Clayton holds undergraduate degrees in finance and economics and an MBA in finance. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Additionally, he has experience teaching upper level undergraduate and graduate investment finance classes at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Clayton has experience in financial reporting, investment banking, health care, consulting, information technology, mergers & acquisitions and commodities.
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I am an individual investor. I also assist a small number of other investors develop a quality portfolio by first determining their goals and risks. Individuals I assist with their investments, I mainly help set up a long term investment strategy with a small portion of the portfolio dedicated to trading.
Investing strictly for myself, I am mainly a short term trader with a small amount allocated towards long term holds. The reason my strategy is slighty different than individuals I assist with their investment is that I am willing to take more risk with myself. I try to find short term strategies that use sense, but also require experience, knowledge, and continued research. Information is always changing and that is why adjustments sometimes need to be made to original plans. Although it is easy to fall in love with a stock, just ensure that your continued investment is for the right reasons and the company's strengths are still in tact and their weaknesses have not changed.
The main thing I would push any investor to do is to not be lazy. It is easy to follow the coattails of others and believe a well thought out opinion, but every investor needs to come to their determination of the value of an investment. Ensure that continual research is being done, read the quarterly and yearly statements, contact management often, follow other companies to get a comparison. Also, sharing ideas with other quality investors is a very good and positive thing to do as well as an investor can learn a lot from others, but it is always important to follow up by doing your own due diligence on shared information. Just remember, you do not know everything and there is always something that can be learned.
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Saj Karsan founded an investment and research firm that is based on the principles of value investing. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, has completed all three CFA exams, and has an engineering degree from McGill University. Visit his blog, Barel Karsan (http://barelkarsan.com/).
Mr. Axler is Founding Partner of Spruce Point Capital Management, a long/short hedge fund. Mr. Axler is also the co-founder of Prescience Point Research Group. Mr. Axler is an activist short-seller, forensic financial researcher, and has exposed over $1.0 billion of alleged listed frauds on Nasdaq and the NYSE. Prior to founding his company in 2009, Mr. Axler spent eight years as an investment banker with Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital where he structured and executed billions of dollars of financing, derivative risk management, and M&A deals for leading Fortune 500 clients. Prior to starting Spruce Point, Mr. Axler was an Associate Director at Barclays Capital in the Diversified Industrials Group. Mr. Axler started his career with Credit Suisse in 2000, where he held roles with the Financial Strategy, Corporate Risk Management, and M&A groups.
Mr. Axler is a contributing writer to Seeking Alpha, and was profiled in the book "The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work." Mr. Axler's short research has been profiled by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in an analysis entitled "How Constraining Are Limits to Arbitrage? Evidence from a Recent Financial Innovation," and shown to produce superior investment returns. In addition, according to a research study from Sumzero analyzing 12,000 analysts recommendations since 2009, Mr. Axler is the top ranking short-seller.
Mr. Axler graduated from Yale University with a masters degree in Statistics, and received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration from Rutgers College, where he graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
My name is Chris Wu. I work for a long and short equity hedge fund with a value oriented investing philosophy. My long investments focus on conservative long term investments in quality businesses with solid, sustainable long term growth prospects and accountable management. My short investments focus on overhyped stocks with dishonest management, deteriorating fundamental outlooks and aggressive accounting policies, as well as outright fraud. Before joining the buyside 8 years ago, I sharpened my skills at a boutique US investment bank focusing on M&A transactions in the agricultural, industrial and basic material sectors. Connect to me on Linkedin at http://hk.linkedin.com/pub/chris-wu/26/546/991
I am an an entrepreneur, trader and programmer based in Mainz, Germany. I studied economics, journalism and ethnology at the Jonannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. My experience with financial websites goes back to the late 1990s when I published a German language site (redboerse.de) focusing on emerging technology stocks. To me, work must be enjoyable.
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Glen Bradford MBA is a born again independently wealthy accredited private investor and prior hedge fund titan that enjoys the process of discovering where and why he's wrong as soon as possible. He contributes to Seeking Alpha primarily to read people's negative feedback so that he can avoid generating unnecessary losses.
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Jim Trippon is an Amazon.com bestselling business and finance author, a practicing CPA, and a fee based investment advisor. His portfolio of companies includes J.M. Trippon & Company CPA, Trippon Wealth Management & Trippon Financial Publishing. Jim has dedicated his business career to helping his clients make smarter financial and investment decisions.
Trippon's investment team provides fee-only asset management services. The Trippon research team publishes business books and financial research in the U.S. and in Mainland China. Trippon's commentary and opinions have also been featured in top media both in the US and abroad, including
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Jim resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Kim and our two children, enjoying church activities, private time with his family, kids sports activities, his son’s Scouting activities and (God help him) teaching his daughter to drive.
I am the founder of asensio.com a noted short-selling organization recognized as the Pioneer of Activist Short Selling. It has successfully advocated against more than 52 companies that we believed to be misleading investors. Early on the New York Times called asensio.com's work "something radical and remarkable." I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and went to work in Venezuela during that nation’s economic boom period, which occurred after the Venezuelan government nationalized its domestic petroleum industry. I left Venezuela as government policy began to shift away from free markets to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business where I obtained a Master’s degree in investment management and finance.
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In 1996, asensio.com began releasing short-focused research on the internet, becoming the first organization of its kind, the innovator of Strong Sell recommendations, and was the first and remains the only SEC and FINRA registered broker-dealer to have focused on short-selling research and trading. Our status as a unique member of FINRA and a pioneer in activist short selling generated conflicts with other FINRA members and FINRA's staff determined to bar me from membership in their private organization. We are constantly attempting to correct this disagreement. Today the firm and the site are independent of FINRA.
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The author of Market Folly has experience at a long/short equity hedge fund, has been investing for a decade, and has degrees in Economics and Communications.
I invest in U.S.-listed Chinese companies. My website is at www.chinesecompanyanalyst.com.
I take long and short positions in the public securities of companies that I discuss on Seeking Alpha. Although I choose to remain anonymous, I provide full disclosure of my positions at the time of the publishing of each blog post. For all of my posts, I may buy or sell positions in the three days prior to and after each blog post.
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Steven R. Chapski, CPA, CFE, CSM, is a partner in Chapski & Chapski, CPAs, LLP. He graduated with honors from the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan in May of 1991. He passed with high distinction the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination later that same month and earned his CPA certificate in January of 1993. He gained the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation in July of 1993 and the Certified Software Manager (CSM) designation in May of 1996. He has work experience with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and Pinkerton Investigative Services.
He is a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA), the Association of CFEs (ACFE), and the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the ACFE. He served on the Litigation Support Committee of the MACPA from 1996 to 2002. He has spoken before various industry associations regarding litigation support and has written an article for a state-wide legal publication. He has spoken before the International Franchise Association (IFA) regarding royalty auditing and has written an article for Franchising World. His firm is a member of IFA's Supplier Forum.
Shaun Rein is the Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group (CMR), the world's leading strategic market intelligence firm focused on China. He works with Fortune 500 and leading Chinese companies, private equity firms, SMEs, and hedge funds. Clients include Apple, Yum! Brands, Richemont, DuPont, Ecco Shoes, LG Electronics, Samsung, Unitas Capital, CLSA, China Capital Today, Hutchison Whampoa, Lane Crawford, Hard Rock International.
He is the author of the international best-selling book "The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World” published by John Wiley & Sons in the US.
Rein is a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek on business in China and teaches executive education classes for the London Business School. He previously was a columnist for CNBC and Forbes. He is often featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The Financial Times and frequently appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and CNN.
He earned his Master's degree from Harvard University focused on China's economy and received a BA Honours from McGill University. He sits on the Asia Council for St. Paul's School.
I am an activist investor in US and Chinese stocks. I was previously an investment banker in New York Hong Kong and London for 9 years, focused on Equity Capital Markets. I look at both long ideas and short ideas and typically focus on a small number on names where I can spend the time to conduct very deep research. I spend my time living between Los Angeles and Beijing, China.
I am an independent investor with a background in finance & marketing. My investment philosophy is focused on value growth or special situation investing with an added focus on the O&G sector. I am also interested in shareholder activism and issues related to corporate governance.