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I am a former financial communications programmer, turned full-time investor. I began investing in the mid-1990s, looking for a way to achieve early retirement. (A goal in which I have succeeded, if you don't consider full-time investing a job.) I took a scientific, experiment-based approach rather than a studious one. I feel that this approach, combined with my extensive programming work in financial markets and directly with traders has given me uncommon contrarian insight into what really drives market dynamics.
To that end, my articles will center around stocks and their derivatives because that's where I have the most experience (over 20 years). I may occasionally comment on currencies, where I believe I have a sound academic knowledge, but less trading experience.I will always refer to a company by name or some abbreviation thereof. By contrast, I will refer to the stock a company issues by its ticker symbol. I think it can be important to differentiate between the two.
It is very hard or impossible to time the broad market consistently — there are no famous investors that got rich by consistently knowing what the broad market would do next. This only makes sense, as there are just too many variables in the broad market. But there are many famous investors who got rich analyzing individual securities, and this is where you should put your focus. You can get an edge in individual securities. Joe Springer was the number 1 ranked stock analyst in the world by tipranks.com, and on most days is still ranked in the top 5%. Joe is a Certified Technical Trainer, and enjoys teaching about the stock market as well as managing portfolios. If you would like to follow Joe on Twitter, his handle is @JoeSpringer.
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
The Mole (pseudonym) is a man in the know. I don't trade for a living, but instead work for a well-known Irish institution, heading a desk that regularly trades over €100 million a day. I aim to provide top quality, up-to-date and relevant market news and data, so that traders can make more informed decisions.
Visit The Mole's blog (http://www.paddypowertrader.com/blog/index.php/category/market-watch/).
Econophile is Jeff Harding, a real estate investor and former lawyer in Santa Barbara, California. He is a principal of Montecito Analytics, LLC. He has many years of experience in business cycles, real estate investments, and finance. He also was financing director of a home builder. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Investment at Santa Barbara City College.
He writes The Daily Capitalist, a blog dealing with economics, finance, and investment risk. He is a frequent contributor to Zero Hedge, Minyanville, and his articles are republished or linked to on many other blogs, such as the Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Economics, Wall Street Journal, Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell, and many others.
The Daily Capitalist blog takes a fresh, unconventional look at current economics. In light of the poor track record of most economists before and during our economic crisis, it's time to think about different approaches explaining economic activity. The blog is also an advocate of new methods of evaluating investment risk in light of this most recent blow-up.
The Daily Capitalist does not give investment or market advice and doesn't sell or promote any investment products.
Jeff Harding is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and U.C., Hastings College of the Law. He is a longtime student of economics.
He may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org