Will Handke is an investor and entrepreneur who currently resides in his home state of Minnesota. He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in American Studies and minored in Theology. Will’s introduction to the world of investing was largely incidental. When he was in his early teen years, Will, like many young men his age, would attempt to woo his schoolmate crushes via the revolutionary piece of software that was AOL Instant Messenger – a communication medium that was monumentally genius in its creation, insofar as it made it far easier for thirteen-year-olds to end their two-week long relationships. The early versions of AOL Instant Messenger featured a rolling stock ticker that displayed the prices of several market indices, as well as the prices of various stocks. One of these stocks was Apple, Inc., which, at the time (Summer ’99), was trading at a meager $12 per share. “That seems cheap!” Will thought to himself as he chatted away on his shiny iMac computer. Thus, while Will’s schoolmate crushes went un-wooed, he had found his first stock pick. Will took his investment idea to his mother and firmly requested that what little savings he had be invested in Apple. His pitch was stupendously brilliant in its simplicity: “We use Apple computers. Apple computers are good. Because Apple’s computers are good, Apple’s stock must be good. Therefore, I want to buy Apple’s stock.” Will’s mother – surprisingly unmoved by her son’s highly cogent reasoning – denied the request. The next chapter of Will’s investing career began much later, in September of 2007. Will’s timing for putting his feet into the waters of the markets could not have been better. On the day that he opened his investment account, the S&P 500 closed at 1529 – just shy of its five-year highs. Moreover, the majority of market prognosticators promised nothing but a solid fall harvest of stock gains. In the short-term, Will’s portfolio, flush with the stocks of company’s that he well knew, but certainly did not know well, outperformed. Dreams of stock-market-made fame and wealth inundated his mind. Who knew the hangover from these dreams could hurt so much and last so long? The market malaise that began in the waning months of 2007 would definitively prove two things: First, Rudyard Kipling was far more than a great poet. Second, Will Handke was far less than a bad investor. As Rudyard’s Gods of the market tumbled, and Will’s portfolio look hernia-inducing losses, the latter promised himself that he would actually try to learn something about investing. The process of self-education that Will then began is still ongoing, and, he prays, will never end. The results and the reports from that process will be featured here, at this blog. Will entertains few fanciful expectations that others might read of it, or gain from it, but if it helps one soul work through their investing experience as much as he hopes that it will help him work through his – why it would make him all the merrier. Will's writes a blog about investing at http://www.thedeliberateinvestor.com Other Random Tidbits of Information: In addition to investing, Will partakes in a number of regular activities. They include: pursuing a full-time job, PC and console gaming, maintaining his personal fitness, trying to learn Mandarin Chinese, dancing when no one is looking, and running a small business. Will holds the NASAA Series 63 & 65 licenses.
After almost 53 years in the investment of business have partially retired and living happily in Thailand. Among other things I used to have a twice weekly newspaper column on Curacao. My audited track record for the years 1994 through 2007 was over 22%. Now I write when I feel like it and do the same with my investments believing that right now cash is king except for some extraordinary companies. Another claim to fame was when living in the Netherlands was recognized for having provided the readers of CASH magazine with the single best investments ideas 2 years in a row.
Wisdom vs. Information does not imply that I believe I am wise; I humbly seek to distinguish between plentiful information and rare wisdom. I am a reformed lawyer and serial entrepreneur, with a few years of oil and gas industry experience as well. I am a disruption nerd, constanly searching for innovation that will be disruptive. Evolved computing and chips and software that enable "The Cloud" transition are my current focus.
Ecology must mesh with economics to be relevant. Pollution is a natural byproduct of all plant and animal activity; increasing pollution by increasing consumption while-fighting-pollution is the history of the last 30 years. Consumption is worse for the ecology than pollution.
The greatest gift God (mother nature, evolution, The Allspark, whatever one chooses to worship) gave us is free will: fight for it by using it! No one can 'give' you freedom.
Zack Buckley is the founder and President of Buckley Capital Partners, a value-focused long/short equity hedge fund. BCP employs a fundamental approach that is research intensive and concentrated, generally with 10-15 core positions focused primarily in small cap equities. While BCP is long-biased, the fund occasionally shorts companies in situations with highly asymmetric risk-reward potential. Mr. Buckley is a contributing writer for Thestreet.com and Seekingalpha.com. Prior to launching Buckley Capital Partners, Mr. Buckley was an analyst at Baker Street Capital Management.
Author has a degree in Engineering and is an avid investor in the market. Experience in industrial materials and structures. In college studied atomic & nuclear physics as well as material engineering.
My chosen name "Stockgod" was something I used when I was quite young and I've used it on various sites and chatrooms for a long time. I don't think I'm a "god" of anything at all.
I am an entrepreneur, investor, strategy & brand expert. I've been investing in the stock market since I was 17. I had the most expensive "street education" trading at a young age. I made my first million at 19 and lost all of it (and then some) a year or so later.
I started my first business out of high school and almost lost it at one point, but after some soul searching I turned things around very quickly. In 2006 we sold the first company I started to one of the largest companies in the world and continue working on various projects...
You can never take the stock market away from me, it's in my blood. I am a terrible "trader", but when it comes to finding undiscovered values I'm very good. I do more swing trading and long term investing than anything else. If the market is volatile I usually wait out the tops and participate at the bottoms.. I rarely, if ever, take short positions on anything. My personal secret to investing success is to find a few very undervalued companies and I take very large positions in them and wait it out.
I live by the proverb "this too shall pass", indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary. I thank God often for everything I have and everything I don't. I believe in helping others, and I also believe what goes around comes around.
Sean Wright manages the Wright Investment Partnership an international long / short hedge fund. Prior to founding his firm, he worked in private equity at Allianz Capital Partners and in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Sean graduated from Wharton with an MBA in 2000. Interested investors can find out more at www.wrightinvestment.com.
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TLassen is a 50-something private investor, despite being licensed for securities trading and portfolio management in Canada, has found himself in the Manufacturing environment for the last 30 years. His career has been spent predominantly in the aerospace industry and he is currently responsible for maintaining compliance to AS and ISO standards for a midsized company in Montreal.
His investment methodology is based on the concepts of economic added value. In plain English, investment returns have to be measured against investment costs. He uses fundamental analysis at the company level to identify best of breed companies and combined with the principles of economic added value, selects companies for long term investments.
The subtle point of Warren Buffet's statement, 'it is better to find a great company at a fair value, than a fair company at a great value' is often missed by investors who attempt to find undervalued companies regardless of their financial health. He belongs to the Buy and Hold camp, but has learned over the years to be flexible by taking profits off the table occasionally.
TLassen maintains 2 portfolios whose principal objectives are to generate reliable and consistent income while protecting investment capital through diversification. This income may come from stock or mutual fund dividends, interest from bonds and money market investments. Other forms of positive cash flow may be capital gains from sales of equities or from exchange of foreign currencies.
In other words diversify, diversify, and diversify some more, between and within the asset classes
TLassen's investment strategy is based on diversifying investment capital into three distinct asset classes:
Non-fixed Investment Securities: Dividend paying stocks, mainly aristocrats and achievers. Income yielding ETF's, Index Funds, Closed End Funds, Bond Funds, REIT's, Income Trust Funds, Preferred Shares.
Fixed Income Securities: Real Bonds (not bond funds) Bank Certificates and Treasury Notes
Capital Gains securities: Non-dividend paying stocks or ETF's or index funds, Gold, Commodities, Foreign Currencies.
Investment goal is to increase Investment Capital by 5% annually. Returns are never measured against, or bench-marked to the S&P Index.
Investment returns are measured against the initial investment capital, not market value of securities.
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
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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.
The absolute best you can do is give someone an opportunity and incentive to take it.
Take upon yourself worth carrying and enjoy as your own.
"Uncertainty will certainly work for me." - Glen Bradford March 2009.
I am a value investor specialized in analyzing small/mid-cap companies and good at identifying under-valued fast growing companies.
A believer of value investmenting and a follower of Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Peter Lynch and John Neff.
Andy Li, Ph.D, CFA, FRM is currently an active investor and works for a global financial institution.
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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Blogger, Self-Made Analyst, Trader, Investor, Crowdfunder and Critical Thinker. Currently, I am looking for a job in the investment space. Job offers are always welcome.
The name "Dutch Trader" refers to The Golden Age. This was a period in Dutch history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military and art were among the most acclaimed in the world.
Dutch ships hunted whales off Svalbard, traded spices in India and Indonesia (via the Dutch East India Company) and founded colonies in New Amsterdam (now New York), South Africa and the West Indies. In addition some Portuguese colonies were conquered, namely in Northeastern Brazil, Angola, Indonesia and Ceylon. This new nation flourished culturally and economically, creating what historian Simon Schama has called an "embarrassment of riches". Speculation in the tulip trade led to a first stock market crash in 1637, but the economic crisis was soon overcome.
In 1602 the Dutch East India Company was founded. It was the first-ever multinational corporation, financed by shares that established the first modern stock exchange. This company received a Dutch monopoly on Asian trade and would keep this for two centuries. It became the world's largest commercial enterprise of the 17th century. Spices were imported in bulk and brought huge profits, due to the efforts and risks involved and seemingly insatiable demand.
To finance the growing trade within the region, the Bank of Amsterdam was established in 1609, the precursor to, if not the first true central bank.
My background is Management, Economics and Law. This I studied at Fontys Business School in the Netherlands, with specialization in Banking and Insurance.
My passion is investing, writing, travelling, history, swimming, playing chess and enjoying my family.
I love to analyze companies and sectors and write about it. Main points of interests: China, Biotechnology, Consumer, Energy, Mining, Dividend, OTC Market, Food, Robotics and some other themes.
As an investor I have a bias towards value investing and the markets. All opinions are my own and do not represent the views of my employer.Valuation metrics play an important part of my investment strategies. My investment philosophy is Unloved, Underowned and Undervalued.
One of the best investment quotes is: The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them from Peter Lynch.
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Mark Holder graduated from the University of Tulsa with a double major in accounting & finance. He's been interested in the stock market since college and began managing investments for friends and family more than 20 years ago. Mark has his Series 65 and is also a CPA.
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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.
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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.