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/).
The right investment idea can be more satisfying and supremely more profitable than an MBA or financial advisor. Ultimately, good ideas are profitable.
In today’s connected web world, anyone can pull up an excess of information on any security. But with this explosion of online information, there will always been a need for clear, concise and unique investing ideas.
Good ideas can come from anywhere, and that’s what we look to provide.
James Gruber is a 15-year veteran of Asian financial markets. Through this time, James has covered Asia as a leading Fund Manager, stockbroking analyst and journalist. Most recently, he spent two years as a Portfolio Manager for Asian Equities at AMP Capital, which manages Asian and China A-share funds totalling US$1bn. The performance of the China A-share fund was ranked no. 1 globally over one and two years during this time there.
For five years prior to this, James was a Research Analyst at Asian brokerage, CLSA, where he covered multiple sectors in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. He was the no. 1 Asiamoney ranked analyst for the materials sector in Indonesia in 2007. He was also ranked by Asiamoney as the 13th best overall analyst in Australia in 2009.
And in a former life, James was a television and radio news journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He founded Asia Confidential in July 2012.
James is a highly sought-after contributor to financial publications including Forbes, Zero Hedge and Financial Sense as well as a regular guest on CNBC.
He is also an occasional contributor to the highly regarded institutional research firm, Forensic Asia.
Capitalist Exploits is a team of globe-trotting professionals dedicated to seeking out and investing into unique, undiscovered, and profitable opportunities worldwide. This could be an asymmetric trading opportunity in the global currency markets, seeding a tech startup in Israel, or co-investing into a bespoke private equity deal in Ghana!
Our team lives and spends time in several different countries, on several different continents. Although we all come from different cultural backgrounds and parts of this great ball of dirt hurtling through space, in today’s world this matters little, as our values and mission are all aligned.
Brett earned his first contrarian investing profits in 2004 when he purchased an obscure investment (at the time): sugar futures. His friends on Wall Street stopped laughing soon enough when sugar rocketed to multi decade highs, illustrating that it indeed pays to be contrary.
Brett quickly learned that the key to maximizing profits while minimizing losses is to invest against the crowd. He has since scoured the universe of stocks, commodities and options, searching for popular and tradable market misconceptions.
Brett has been featured in The Economist, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune and Seeking Alpha. He is a graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in operations research and industrial engineering.
In addition to his love of investing, Brett is an experienced technology entrepreneur. He co-founded two successful high-growth software companies, Chrometa, maker of the world’s most advanced timekeeping software, and LeadDyno, an online marketing tool for small businesses.
Formerly head of editorial for London's biggest publisher of financial advice for private investors, Adrian Ash is editor of Gold News (http://goldnews.bullionvault.com/) and head of research at BullionVault (http://www.bullionvault.com/), the world's No.1 gold trading and ownership service online. Caring for more than $1 billion of client property today, and recognized by the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2009, BullionVault is now backed by the gold-mining industry's World Gold Council (http://www.gold.org).
Eric Sprott is Chief Executive Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager as Sprott Asset Management LP. Sprott Asset Management is Canada's largest hedge fund company and manages over US$5 billion in assets.
The Sprott Hedge Fund Strategy is a plain vanilla long/short equity strategy that emphasizes top-down macroeconomic analysis to identify attractive investment sectors (both long and short) and bottom-up fundamental analysis to determine the individual equities within those sectors. The strategy is currently overweight precious metals bullion and equities, as well as energy equities, in the long portfolio. The short portfolio is focused primarily on the financial and consumer discretionary sectors. The Sprott Hedge Fund Strategy has compounded 21% since its inception in November 2000.
John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert, a New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. Each week, over 1 million readers turn to Mauldin for his penetrating view on Wall Street, global markets, and economic history.
Mauldin’s weekly e-newsletter, Thoughts from the Frontline, was one of the first publications to provide investors with free, unbiased information and guidance. Today, it is the most widely distributed investment newsletter in the world. Mauldin also offers The Mauldin Circle, a free service that connects accredited investors to an exclusive network of money managers and alternative investment opportunities. (In this regard, he is President and a Registered Representative of Millennium Wave Securities, member FINRA, please see legal disclosures).
Mauldin is a frequent contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Daily Reckoning, as well as a regular guest on CNBC, Yahoo Tech Ticker, and Bloomberg TV. He also edits the free weekly e-letter Outside the Box.
Andrew Snyder began his career in the world of finance and investing as a financial advisor. He specialized in handling the vast portfolios of some very wealthy clients and excelled at making them even wealthier. Former editor of BreakAway Investor and Volume Spike Alert, he is now a contributor for Today's Financial News (http://www.TodaysFinancialNews.com/). Andrew is acclaimed for his no-nonsense writing style and sharp, deep-thinking analysis.
ContrarianProfits.com (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/) is a financial news and opinion website with a twist. As investment guru Rick Rule puts it, “You are either a contrarian or a victim.” In the financial world, most people are losers because they just don’t know what game they’re playing. They think they can just get “into the market” along with everyone else, do what everyone else does, and they will make money. Not likely. By the time you’ve paid commissions, spreads, fees, taxes – and suffered the consequences of inflation – you’ll be very lucky just to have as much money as you started with.
ContrarianProfits.com is a contrarian site, in the sense that we provide ideas, opinions and recommendations that often run counter to the mainstream financial press. We do this not just to be contrary, but because we’ve realized that Rick is right. You don’t make money by following the crowd; you make money by leading it.
Why is this so? Well, it’s obvious that if you do the same thing everyone else does you’ll get the same results everyone else gets. On average, and over the long run, real investment returns for the typical investor cannot exceed the rate of growth of the economy itself. Everybody can’t get richer faster than everybody else. Real economic growth in the US today averages about 3% per year; if you don’t make any mistakes, that’s about what you can expect. Few people may be satisfied with 3% per year, but most feel comfortable in the middle of the financial herd and are happy to take whatever that gets them. If you’re one of those people, you will probably not like our site. It will make you uncomfortable.
If, on the other hand, you’re willing to look at things a little differently, you’ll appreciate the views of many of our columnists, contributors and visionaries.
Here, you’ll read the views of:
Porter Stansberry (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/porter-stansbury/)
Doug Casey (http://www.caseyresearch.com/)
Rick Rule (http://www.gril.net/about_us.htm)
Bill Bonner (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/bill-bonner/)
Steve Sjuggerud (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/dr-steve-sjuggerud/)
Addison Wiggin (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/addison-wiggin/)
Chris Mayer (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/chris-mayer/)
Dan Denning (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/dan-denning/)
Dr. Marc Faber
Mogambu Guru (http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/author/mogambu-guru/)
Bob Moriarty was a Marine F-4B pilot at the age of twenty and a veteran of over 820 missions in Viet Nam. Becoming a Captain in the Marines at 22, he was one of the most highly decorated pilots in the war. He went on to ferry General Aviation aircraft all over the world for 15 years with over 240 over the water deliveries. He holds 14 International Aviation records including Lindbergh's record for time between New York to Paris in two different categories. In 1996 he began an online computer business on the internet with his wife Barbara becoming one of the early adopters of the internet. Convinced gold/silver were at a bottom in 2001, Bob and Barbara started one of the first websites devoted to teaching readers what they need to know about investing in resource stocks. Bob and Barb now operate two resource sites, 321Gold.com and 321Energy.com where up to 100,000 people a day visit. Bob travels to dozens of mining projects a year and then writes about them. He was one of the first analysts to write about NovaGold, Northern Dynasty, Silver Standard, Running Fox and YGC Resources among many, many others. He claims with some justification that all of his readers are financially better off since they have been coming to his site.
From 1988 to 2007, J. Christoph Amberger was editor and later publisher of the international investing newsletter Taipan and over a dozen information services. From 2007 to 2010, he was president of TodaysFinancialNews.com LLC.
He is now an attorney based in Baltimore.
Neil George is an investor, an investment advisor, educator, philanthropist and editor of By George, a long-standing financial and news advisory published by Liberty Investor (www.neilgeorge.com) as well as Lifetime Income Report and Total Income Alert and contributes to Eagle Publishing's Eagle Daily Investor. He is the former editor of Personal Finance for many years as well as editor of Inner Circle, The Yield Letter and The Partnership - published by Kephart Communications in Virginia and VNR Publishing in Germany.
In addition, Mr. George has worked in six continents with a select group of financial institutions founding and/or building successful enterprises in investment banking, bond trading, brokerage and asset management; starting with Merrill Lynch International Bank in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. George also co-founded and built the International Markets Division of Mark Twain Bank now part of US Bank, He has served as chief economist to institutions including Mark Twain Bank, Mercantile Bank, and British and Chinese-based Guinness Flight as well as establishing a collection of independent public and private brokerage and fund management companies in Los Angeles and New York.
MaxKeiser; financial journalist, entrepreneur, founder PirateMyFilm, inventor, documentary filmmaker. creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first integrated and patented Prediction Market, economy and currency. Max also created KarmaBanque & GulagWealthFund.
Max's views on global markets, finance and technology are featured on Al Jazeera's "People & Power," BBC World News "The Oracle with Max Keiser," BBC Radio 5 Live, France24, PressTV, Radio France International and "The Truth About Markets" on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London.
Contact Max at email@example.com
Visit Max's Blog at www.maxkeiser.com
Doug Casey is a highly respected author, publisher and professional investor who graduated from Georgetown University in 1968.
Doug literally wrote the book on profiting from periods of economic turmoil: his book Crisis Investing spent multiple weeks as #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and became the best-selling financial book of 1980 with 438,640 copies sold; surpassing big-caliber names, like Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, The Real War by Richard Nixon, and Cosmos by Carl Sagan.
Then Doug broke the record with his next book, Strategic Investing, by receiving the largest advance ever paid for a financial book at the time. Interestingly enough, Doug’s book The International Man was the most sold book in the history of Rhodesia.
He has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including David Letterman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Maury Povich, NBC News and CNN; and has been the topic of numerous features in periodicals such as Time, Forbes, People, and the Washington Post.
Doug, who divides his time between homes in Aspen, Colorado; Auckland, New Zealand; and Salta, Argentina, has written newsletters and alert services for sophisticated investors for over 28 years. Doug has lived in 10 countries and visited over 175.
In addition to having served as a trustee on the Board of Governors of Washington College and Northwoods University, Doug has been a director and advisor to nine different financial corporations.
Doug is widely respected as one of the preeminent authorities on “rational speculation,” especially in the high-potential natural resource sector.
Adrian Day is a British-born writer and money manager who has made a name for himself searching out unusual opportunities around the world. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he is president of his eponymous asset management His firm also acts as sub-advisor to the EuroPacific Gold Fund. He has been a frequent guest on CNBC, and Wall Street Journal radio, and has been interviewed in many leading publications. His latest book is Investing in Resources: How to Profit from the Outsized Potential and Avoid the Risks (published by Wiley).
Adrian Day is a British-born writer and money manager, a graduate of the London School of Economics, who has made a name for himself searching out unusual opportunities around the world, with two books on the subject. His money management firm, Adrian Day Asset Management, he specializes in global diversification and gold equities for individual and institutional clients. He is a frequent speaker at international seminars, and is a frequently guest on CNBC and The Wall Street Journal Radio network, and has been interviewed by Money, Straits Times, “Good Morning America”, and others. He is also the author of the upcoming Investing in Resources: How to Obtain the Outsized Rewards and Avoid the Outsized Risks (to be published in 2010 by John Wiley & Sons). You may learn more about his services at http://www.adriandayassetmanagement.com/, or via email AssetManagement@AdrianDay.com.
David Galland is Managing Director of Casey Research, LLC. (http://www.caseyresearch.com/), and the Executive Director of the Explorers' League. His career in the resource and financial services industry dates back to a stint working underground at the Climax mine in Colorado, following college. Over the course of his career he has worked in a publishing and/or editorial capacity with Gold Newsletter, the Aden Analysis, Wealth Magazine and Outstanding Investments, among others. He currently serves as Managing Editor for Doug Casey's International Speculator, Casey Investment Alert, and What We Now Know. In addition to his work in financial publishing, David has served as the Conference Director for the annual New Orleans Investment Conference (1979 to 1987), as a founding partner and Director for the Blanchard Group of Mutual Funds, and was a founding partner and Executive Vice President of EverBank, one of the biggest recent success stories in online financial services.
Mr. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He has held positions with IBM, CDC, Amdahl, and Tandem. Currently, he serves as a local board member of the National Association of Business Economics and teaches graduate courses in investing at Golden Gate University. Bud Conrad, a futures investor for 25 years and a full-time investor for a decade, is also a regular lecturer for American Association of Individual Investors. In addition he produces original analysis for Casey Research, including unique charts and research on the economy and investment markets.
Sara is Co-Editor of Smart Investing Daily. As Senior Research Director and global correspondent, Sara Nunnally's diverse resume includes studies in art history, computer science and financial research. She has appeared on news media such as Forbes on Fox, Fox News Live, and CNBC's Squawk Box, as well as numerous radio shows around the country.
Zach Scheidt is the editor of Lifetime Income Report and Income on Demand — investment advisories dedicated to finding Wall Street’s best yields. He brings to the table impeccable investment management experience and a solid record of identifying oversized payout opportunities.
Zach previously edited Income & Dividend Report, which was also dedicated to finding great stocks paying high dividends, and Accelerated Income, an advisory that focused on earning income using covered calls.
He started his career as a cost accountant for SunTrust bank, before he left for a more exciting career as an analyst for an Atlanta-based investment advisory. The company catered to wealthy clients with a minimum account balance of $1 million. It also ran two hedge funds with combined assets above $100 million. Zach was personally responsible for $20 million of the firm’s money, as well as $20 million in individual client accounts.
Zach graduated with honors from Lee University, a small private university in Cleveland, Tennessee. Upon entering the investment business, Zachary simultaneously worked full-time as an analyst and portfolio manager, and earned his MBA at Georgia State University.
When he is not scouring Wall Street for ultra-high dividends, Zach enjoys running and spending time with his wife and seven children.
Justice Litle is editorial director for Taipan Publishing Group. He is also a regular contributor to Taipan Daily, a free investing and trading e-letter and editor of trading research advisory service, Macro Trader.
If his name sounds familiar, it's because Justice is regarded as one of the top trading experts in the world. While pursuing a Ph.D. at Oxford University in England, Justice began his financial adventure that includes researching and investing in trading and commodities.
Because of his trading expertise, Justice has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal... written multiple articles for Futures magazine... given regular market commentary to the likes of Reuters and Dow Jones, and contributed to the book Trend Following. In fact, under his guidance, Outstanding Investments, a world-class natural resource newsletter, delivered a top-rated performance two years in a row.
Taipan Publishing Group LLC and Stansberry & Associates Investment Research are separate companies, and entirely distinct. Their only common thread is a shared parent company, Agora Inc. Agora Inc. was named in the suit by the SEC and was exonerated by the court, and thus dropped from the case. Stansberry & Associates was found civilly liable for a matter that dealt with one writer’s report on a company. The action was not a criminal matter. The case is still on appeal, and no final decision has been made.
Travis, acting as the "Stock Gumshoe," sniffs out the "top secret" teaser stocks touted by investment newsletter ads, discusses the reality behind the hype, allows for plenty of reader discussion and idea sharing, and tracks the performance of these "teaser" stocks.
Peter Cooper is the editor and publisher of the ArabianMoney Investment Newsletter and ArabianMoney.net website. He was formerly a partner in AMEInfo.com, sold in a private equity deal in 1996. His book 'Opportunity Dubai: Making a Fortune in the Middle East' was a best seller, and his latest 'Dubai Sabbatical: The Road to $5,000 Gold' is a sign of where he sees the future. Peter is a Dubai resident and contributes columns to many local publications. He was a contemporary of British foreign minister William Hague at Oxford University.