The publisher heads the Catastrophe Modeling & Global-Growth Surveillance Observatory at CVA -- Powered by Quantum-Behavioral Trading Technology, derived partly from two US patents, both invented and assigned to Efrem Hoffman (2000 and 2001; accessible at US Patent Office website under Quicksearch -- enter first and last name; both patent titles start with the word Hierarchical). Real-Time tweets of Behavioral Market Insight are available on many primary financial news sites that TAG Financial stock tickers with time-sensitive Just-In-Time Commentary. Based in Toronto, the publisher has a deep conviction for writing time-sensisitve commentary, trend-pieces, and investing oppinion-focused posts that challenge conventional thinking and legacy market-analysis, especially when it comes to analyzing emergent trends and Super-Anomalies of the marketplace. He brings a broad business technology and strategic investment vision to the companies he counsels. While consulting for and collaborating with industry experts on financial trading, order execution, electronic trading room design, real-time data management, and extreme event modeling; he has gained over 13 years experience researching and developing intelligent analytic and multi-dimensional visualization solutions for the next generation of financial wealth management platforms. Mr. Hoffman is a recognized inventor of smart-data analysis and self-thinking soft-computing machines, with working applications, and patents that have been cited internationally on over 60 instances on Patent Applications of: Fortune 500 Companies, preeminent governmental agencies, scientific think-tanks, including leading practitioners at ivy-league academic institutions. Prior to applying these technologies to CVAs mission-critical and time-sensitive Portfolio Defense and Risk-Intelligence Analysis of Global-Macro Trends & Sector Rotation, the applications ranged from Early-Warning Alert Systems for Environmental Catastrophe Prediction -- Aviation Forecasting of Wind-Shear Hazards and Tornados – to Quantum Encryption of Sensitive Information and Mission-Critical Data. These methods can also been applied to Earthquake and Avalanche Forecasting, as well as 3D Image Recognition of MRIs and Radiological Scans. One common thread that has remained constant throughout Mr. Hoffman’s practice is his unwavering commitment and passion for exploiting mathematics and the knowledge of nature to better understand the leading mechanisms that cause complex, large-scale networks of many interacting agents – financial, social, or physical -- to abruptly shift from periods of stability and growth, to unstable regimes of extreme turbulence and decay.
Gene is an economist and portfolio manager of several multi-asset strategies at United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC. He previously was a columnist for The Street’s Real Money site, covering economics, in addition to his role as Chief Investment Strategist at an RIA that manages investment grade bond separate account strategies. Previously, as Director of Investments at Genworth Financial Wealth Management in Los Angeles, Gene helped manage $9 billion in assets as a strategist and portfolio manager. At Genworth, Gene helped drive asset allocation, risk management and manager selection decisions for a multi-asset, multi-manager Unified Managed Account series of model portfolios. Prior to Genworth, Gene was Director, Investment Management & Guidance at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. At Merrill Lynch, Gene led a six-member quantitative analysis team and served as the asset allocation strategist for the firm’s Institutional Consulting Group, which oversees $350 billion in assets. At Merrill Lynch, he was a member of the committee that determined the forward-looking capital market assumptions for risk, return and correlations used in financial planning and asset allocation throughout the firm. He began his career in 1989 at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York as a research analyst, helping manage fixed income portfolios.
He has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston, where he attended on a full National Merit Scholarship. Gene is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the CFA Institute.
Andy Hecht is the chief market strategist for Carden Capital and Carden Futures. Andy is a sought-after commodity and futures trader, an options expert and analyst. He spent nearly 35 years on Wall Street, including two decades on the trading desk of Phillip Brothers, which became Salomon Brothers and ultimately part of Citigroup.
Over the past two decades, he has researched, structured and executed some of the largest trades ever made, involving huge quantities of precious metals and bulk commodities.
Andy understands the market in a way many traders can’t imagine. He’s booked vessels, armored cars and trains to transport and store a wide range of commodities. And he’s worked directly with The United Nations and the legendary trading group Phibro.
Today, Andy remains in close contact with sources around the world and his network of traders.
“I have a vast Rolodex of information in my head… so many bull and bear markets. When something happens, I don’t have to think. I just react. History does tend to repeat itself over and over.”
His friends and mentors include highly regarded energy and precious metals traders, supply line specialists and international shipping companies that give him vast insight into the market.
Andy’s writing and analysis can be found on a number of market based websites including CQG. Andy lectures at colleges and Universities. He also contributes to Traders Magazine. He consults for companies involved in producing and consuming commodities. Andy's biweekly radio show, The Commodities Hour with Andy Hecht, can be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 PM EST on www.tfnn.com. Andy’s first book How to Make Money with Commodities, published by McGraw Hill was released in 2013 and has received excellent reviews. He is currently working on his second book, Luster. Andy held a Series 3 and Series 30 license from the National Futures Association and is associated as a collaborator and strategist with hedge funds. Andy is the commodity-expert for the website about.com and blogs on his own site technomentals.com.
Ever feel like trading is like rolling dice? In a way, it is, because every mathematical model of the market includes a stochastic aspect. But I believe we can load the dice in our favor through the use of statistics. Understanding both the stock market and each individual stock as a sort of random process with its own characteristics allows us to more accurately predict what it will do in the future. Coupling statistics with fundamental analysis, I have the goal of revealing to you the hidden patterns within stocks so that you may do what you wish with that information.
I'm a seasoned Banker/financial analyst. Education wise I'm a CFA-USA , Chartered Accountant, FRM-GARP professional and a commerce graduate.
My key work experience includes:
Credit Portfolio Manager - Commercial Banking Division.
Credit Research & Equity Research Analyst.
Freelancing Experience: I'm among the top rated finance professional at Elance with 100% client recommendation. I have excellent work record, satisfactory feedback from my previous clients and an Elance Verified account.
Accounts & Audit Executive: Chartered Accountancy firm in India.
I have a total relevant experience of 9 years, where I was primarily responsible for conducting financial research, financial analysis, credit research/analysis, Budgeting, due diligence, feasibility studies,press release, preparation of detailed credit reports, financial analysis reports for large corporate and Mid-market entities.
I am the son of an Army pilot, a former chef and long time trader/market watcher. I currently write analysis and commentary for OptionInvestor.com where you can find me on Monday's and Thursdays, when I write the daily Market Wrap. OptionInvestor.com is a package of newsletters focused on using options to improve returns and increase income.
I take a fundamental approach to technical trading where I keep abreast of economic events while applying them to the charts. My main focus is the SP 500 but I am not limited to that. I currently trade gold, oil, the dollar as well as the indices and stocks.
I have taken a profound interest into demographics and how they are affecting market dynamics. My articles here on SeekingAlpha are the result of years of economy watching and research inspired by such.
Charles Hugh Smith writes the Of Two Minds blog (www.oftwominds.com/blog.html) which covers an eclectic range of timely topics: finance, housing, Asia, energy, longterm trends, social issues, health/diet/fitness and sustainability. From its humble beginnings in May 2005, Of Two Minds now attracts some 200,000 visits a month.
Charles also contributes to AOL's Daily Finance site (www.dailyfinance.com) and has written eight books, most recently "Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation" (2009) which is available in a free version on his blog.
About the Author: Mark Melin is a leading expert at uncorrelated investing. He has taught managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and is editor of Opalesque’s OFI newsletter, where he writes uncorrelated investment development. He is currently writing his fourth book on the burgeoning debt crisis and building a defensive investment portfolio. For more information visit www.Go2ManagedFutures.com or follow the author on Twitter @MarkMelin
Marco is a trader of stocks, options, currencies, and futures. He has been fascinated with the financial markets ever since he bought his first stock at 11 years old. Marco entered the business world at the age of 13, with the creation of an extremely successful retail website (GoldenAgeCheese.com), that of which he still has a major role in today. Marco writes about stocks and options whenever he gets the chance. He's dedicated to educate his readers to the best of his ability about the financial markets, particularly about buying/selling options and different strategies. 2008 was one of the most profitable years trading stocks and options for Marco. He trades based on technicals and fundamentals, so you may find many of his posts valuable.
Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds. He is a recognized expert on the global economy, monetary policy and international investing. An authority on currencies, he is a pioneer in the use of strategic currency investing to seek diversification and has been named a “Currency Guru” by Morningstar.
Axel Merk is a regular guest on CNBC, FoxBusiness and Bloomberg. His columns and interviews frequently appear in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other financial media around the world. Merk is a sought after expert speaker at industry conferences, including the annual conferences of the CFA, FPA and AAII organizations in 2011, as well as at universities, government organizations and think tanks. Merk's expertise encompasses topics ranging from the global economy, gold and currencies to sustainable wealth and personal finance. Axel Merk’s Book “Sustainable Wealth” was published by Wiley in 2009 and his newsletter Merk Insights reaches a wide audience of investors, analysts and media following global macroeconomic issues and implications to investing.
Mr. Merk, together with the Merk portfolio team, manages the Merk Hard, Asian and Absolute Return Currency Funds, as well as the Merk Currency Enhanced U.S. Equity Fund. He holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University.
Over 30 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur, however focus now is global and involves almost all economic categories.
Matthew Bradbard serves as a Director at RCM Alternatives & 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.
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.
The publisher heads the Catastrophe Modeling & Global-Growth Surveillance Observatory at CVA -- Powered by Quantum-Behavioral Trading Technology, derived partly from two US patents, both invented and assigned to Efrem Hoffman (2000 and 2001; accessible at US Patent Office website under Quicksearch -- enter first and last name; both patent titles start with the word Hierarchical).
Real-Time tweets of Behavioral Market Insight are available on many primary financial news sites that TAG Financial stock tickers with time-sensitive Just-In-Time Commentary.
Based in Toronto, the publisher has a deep conviction for writing time-sensisitve commentary, trend-pieces, and investing oppinion-focused posts that challenge conventional thinking and legacy market-analysis, especially when it comes to analyzing emergent trends and Super-Anomalies of the marketplace.
He brings a broad business technology and strategic investment vision to the companies he counsels. While consulting for and collaborating with industry experts on financial trading, order execution, electronic trading room design, real-time data management, and extreme event modeling; he has gained over 13 years experience researching and developing intelligent analytic and multi-dimensional visualization solutions for the next generation of financial wealth management platforms.
Mr. Hoffman is a recognized inventor of smart-data analysis and self-thinking soft-computing machines, with working applications, and patents that have been cited internationally on over 60 instances on Patent Applications of: Fortune 500 Companies, preeminent governmental agencies, scientific think-tanks, including leading practitioners at ivy-league academic institutions.
Prior to applying these technologies to CVAs mission-critical and time-sensitive Portfolio Defense and Risk-Intelligence Analysis of Global-Macro Trends & Sector Rotation, the applications ranged from Early-Warning Alert Systems for Environmental Catastrophe Prediction -- Aviation Forecasting of Wind-Shear Hazards and Tornados – to Quantum Encryption of Sensitive Information and Mission-Critical Data. These methods can also been applied to Earthquake and Avalanche Forecasting, as well as 3D Image Recognition of MRIs and Radiological Scans. One common thread that has remained constant throughout Mr. Hoffman’s practice is his unwavering commitment and passion for exploiting mathematics and the knowledge of nature to better understand the leading mechanisms that cause complex, large-scale networks of many interacting agents – financial, social, or physical -- to abruptly shift from periods of stability and growth, to unstable regimes of extreme turbulence and decay.
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Michael Arrington is the founder of the Crunch Network and editor of TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com), a highly influential Silicon Valley blog "dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies." He is on the board of Foldera, a web-based organizer, and is an investor in Daylife, a news startup. He has served as a corporate lawyer, been involved in sales and business development at RealNames and co-founded Achex, which was sold to First Data Corp. Arrington also founded two companies in Canada and was COO at Razorgator. His consulting stints have included SnapNames, Verisign and Spotback.
I am the author of Guiding Mast Investments monthly newsletter, focused on timely dividend paying stocks. In addition, my services include a review of individual portfolios along with education of portfolio management techniques.
I have been a Registered Investment Advisor, financial author, and entrepreneur. I bring a variety of expertise to my clients, from personal investment planning and management to stock market analysis skills. I am the creator of the investment newsletter Power Investing with DRIPs focused on timely selections of dividend paying stocks. I have also published two books through McGraw Hill, All About DRIPs and DSPs, and The StreetSmart Guide to Overlooked Stocks.
My work experience covers a variety of fields.Prior to being a RIA, I spent 15 years as a corporate manager at Georgia-Pacific Corp before venturing out on my own, operating several businesses from manufacturing to export marketing management. President Ronald Reagan appointed me to the National Advisory Council overseeing the Small Business Administration from 1988 to 1991.
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I am Seeking Alpha's CEO and Editor-in-Chief. My love for the stock markets goes back to when I was a kid. Who else remembers combing through the stock quotes at the back of the business section of your local paper?
I joined Seeking Alpha in 2006 and launched Wall Street Breakfast and Market Currents, our top-of-class short-form breaking news for investors. In 2010 I became editor-in-chief and in 2015 I became CEO.
I live in Jerusalem with my wife and a bunch of exceptional kids. Most days, you'll find me making the commute from Jerusalem to Raanana. Occasionally I get to work from my home-office, from where I keep an eye on the beautiful Judean Hills.
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I founded Seeking Alpha, and lead it for its first 10 years until I passed the CEO role to Eli Hoffmann. I started Seeking Alpha after working for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York. Seeking Alpha is now the dominant crowdsourced equity research platform.
I wrote the ETF Investment Guide (http://seekingalpha.com/article/15136-etf-investing-guide-one-page-summary-of-the-entire-guide), and I blog about startup best practices at http://davidjaxon.wordpress.com .
I have a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics, and am married with five children.
Mr. Ekstrom is the President of Wood Resources International LLC . The company is an internationally recognized forest industry consulting firm established in 1987, which publishes two quarterly timber price reports and have readers in over 25 countries. The Wood Resource Quarterly, established in 1988, is a 50-page market report and includes delivered sawlog prices, pulpwood and wood chip prices. The report also covers the latest developments in international timber, pulp, lumber and biomass markets in all major regions of the world, including Asia, North America, South America, Oceania and Europe.
Boaz Berkowitz has a unique interest being a Seeking Alpha contributor as he not only has a passion for writing and companies in general, but was also Seeking Alpha's Director of Contributor Relations from 2008 to 2011.
Boaz is currently the Founder & CEO of TalkMarkets, a first of its kind financial website. TalkMarkets is a smart site which covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm but is customized and tailored to each individual user. Your interests, preferences, and level of investment sophistication influence what content you see and in what medium. This ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick and personally relevant. Additionally, we've made interacting easy by incorporating the best social media tools and creating a few of our own.
As the first ever contributor-owned website, TalkMarkets is truly unique and issues its founding contributors equity in the company.
Boaz has a diverse background, having begun his career at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan. Later he was lured into the world of e-commerce where for nearly six years he served as the Director of Online Operations for Saturn Enterprises. He has also consulted for several companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), the world's largest operator of 747 cargo aircraft, and GLX, the first global online financial community specifically for investors.
Boaz's interests extend beyond writing - he is involved with several charitable and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Binghamton University's Hillel and has served as an auxiliary police officer for the NYPD at Manhattan's 24th precinct. Boaz has an unusually supportive and understanding wife and four amazing children.
Michael Johnston is the co-founder and senior analyst at ETF Database, an online investment resource for ETF investors. ETF Database offers a proprietary ETF Screener that allows investors to filter the universe of 900+ ETFs to find the right fund. ETF Database also provides news, analysis, commentary, and actionable investment ideas on a daily basis.