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At Valuentum, we think the best opportunities arise from a complete understanding of all investing disciplines in order to identify the most attractive stocks at any given time. Valuentum therefore analyzes each stock across a wide spectrum of philosophies, from deep value through momentum investing. We think companies that are attractive from a number of investment perspectives--whether it be growth, value, momentum, etc.--have the greatest probability of capital appreciation and relative outperformance. The more investors that are interested in the stock for reasons based on their respective investment mandates, the more likely it will move higher.
Brian Nelson is the President of Equity Research at Valuentum Securities, an investment research firm serving individual and institutional investors, as well as financial advisors. Before founding Valuentum, Mr. Nelson worked as a director at Morningstar, where he was responsible for training and methodology development within the firm's equity and credit research department. Prior to that position, he served as a senior industrials securities analyst, covering aerospace, airlines, construction and environmental services companies. Before joining Morningstar in February 2006, Mr. Nelson worked for a small capitalization fund covering a variety of sectors for an aggressive growth investment management firm in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University. Mr. Nelson has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Get to Know Brian:
Brian led the charge in developing Morningstar's issuer credit ratings, developing and rolling-out one of the firm's proprietary credit metrics, the Cash Flow Cushion. http://select.morningstar.com/welcome/credit/pdfs/Morningstar_CashFlowCushion.pdf
Brian is frequently quoted in the media and has been a frequent guest on Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV, and the Money Show.
Mr. Nelson is very experienced in valuing equities, developing Morningstar's discounted cash-flow model used to derive the fair value estimates for the company's entire equity coverage universe.
Brian worked on a small cap fund and a micro cap fund that were ranked within the top 10th percentile and top 1st percentile within the Small Cap Lipper Growth Universe, respectively, in 2005.
Mr. Nelson is also a contributor to Seeking Alpha and an opinion leader in the Industrial Goods space.
You can reach Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hello, my name is David. I am a swing trader on bank and technology stocks, mostly the largest market caps in these two sectors. I monitor the fundamental trends then determine if some are over-priced or under-priced stocks for possible short or long positions. I also follow the seasonality and annual cyclical performance of companies, as applicable, for position set-ups. Sometimes I play pre- or post- quarterly earnings if the investor sentiment shift becomes too skewed and extreme. At that point, I also utilize technical analysis.
My view is from afar at a lake in Oklahoma in a low noise environment. I have traded for many years and noticed long ago I did better if I followed my ideas and ignored the chatter and buzz. Someone will always have a reason to buy or sell a stock no matter what the circumstances. Patience and timing is critical so as to not force a trade. Don't go to the trade, the trade will come to you if you are diligent.
Therefore, the less noise the better for me. Accordingly, while I analyze macroeconomic data and the specifics of company financial statements, I ignore business media histrionics and hype. I don't watch TV and especially don't watch business channels.
I receive my own alerts for companies I am covering and have my own calendar for macroeconomic data I am charting for trends. Technology has enabled me to create my own databases and monitor events without reliance on location or mass media. We've come a long way from the old Bloomberg screens which were seemingly a miracle at the time, lol.
30+ years experience in banking, insurance, economics, finance, investments, and public accounting, including owner and partner of financial institution auditing firms, financial institution auditor, vice-president of operations of property & casualty insurance company, vice-president of finance of life insurance company, public accounting audit manager, and public accounting SEC quality control manager.
I am an individual investor that eagerly digs into a company's financial data to see what I can learn about it. Deciphering the mysteries of financial reports has been a long-term quest that began when a pre-Internet mailman unexpectedly left some company's formal report at my door. Over time, I synthesized various approaches for fundamental analysis into one ever-evolving methodology to assess performance and value.
The Gauging Corporate Financial Results blog describes the analyses I perform and the methodology itself. Writing about these efforts helps focus my thoughts. I share them with the hope I might be helping other investors. I know I benefit from reader feedback.
Deron Wagner is the founder and portfolio manager of Morpheus Trading Group. His daily focus is managing and trading the Morpheus Capital Hedge Fund, which he founded in April of 2004. He also teaches his swing trading strategy with The Wagner Daily newsletter, which provides exact entry, exit, and target prices for his top stock & ETF picks.
Wagner is the author of Trading ETFs: Gaining An Edge With Technical Analysis, as well as the best-selling book and DVD, Sector Trading Strategies. He is also co-author of The Long-Term Day Trader (Career Press, April 2000) and The After-Hours Trader (McGraw Hill, August 2000). Past television appearances include CNBC, ABC, and Yahoo! FinanceVision. He is also a frequent guest speaker at various trading and financial conferences around the world.