I am a financial writing intern at Stock Rover and a current student at Brown University studying Economics and International Relations. I am new to investing and am interested in tech and retail stocks.
Who I Am: I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. So -- a career as a researcher and an educator, which is what I hope to continue here. Virtually every good teacher I've ever known says some version of "I learn more from teaching than my students do." There's a lot of truth in that, enough that there's an underlying selfish motivation for my writing here as I continue to learn about investing.
My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I plan to continue doing so in my retirement. One consequence is that I'm liable to disappear from the site for extended periods. How can you miss me if I don't go away?
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and momentum-based strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha: I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago, and could not be more true in my case. When I did research professionally, I learned that writing it up forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. I consider it an essential part of doing any research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader. As I started to contribute articles here, they grew out of research for my personal investment portfolios. They're based on things I've uncovered that are of interest to me and may be of interest to others of like mind. My primary purposes in writing them are to help clarify my thinking and to get feedback from others who may have very different opinions. It's those thoughtful comments that make Seeking Alpha such an important resource.
I try to actively engage myself in the comment streams in my articles, contributing what I can and learning from others. As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. I hope to bring that approach to my interactions and contributions on Seeking Alpha and welcome critical commentary on anything I may contribute here. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I will ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). So, go ahead, start a conversation in the comment threads. It's one of the best things about Seeking Alpha.
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies: I maintain two portfolios. My income portfolio is a taxable account. I try to keep it separate from the growth portfolio which is housed in a series of IRAs, traditional and Roth. My income focus is on tax-advantaged income. In 2016 I face minimum required withdrawals from my tax-deferred accounts, so tax efficiency is an important consideration. The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a long-term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
Who Is Left Banker? Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
Finally, I've chosen to remain anonymous, which I feel obligated to justify. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
Disclosures: I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name. Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante. I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with a research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
General Partner @ MJG Capital - a limited partnership focused on long-term capital appreciation through investments in natural resources. The Partnership adheres to bottom-up security analysis within the context of four ongoing macroeconomic themes: global food scarcity, global fuel/energy scarcity, regional water scarcity, and the emerging world's infrastructure buildout. Holdings include:
(a) explorers, developers, and producers of "clean energy metals" (i.e. uranium, silver, platinum group metals, rare earth elements, graphite, lithium, cobalt, scandium)
(b) explorers, developers, and producers of industrial metals (i.e. copper, iron ore, nickel, zinc, lead)
(c) explorers, developers, and producers of inorganic fertilizer components (i.e. potash, phosphate)
(d) farming operations
(e) forestry operations
(f) aquaculture operations
(g) seawater desalinization operations
The Partnership employs long-term value principles and uses no leverage. All current LPs are subject to a 10 year lock-up.
I have spent over thirty years in the financial services industry and I am the author of Dead Companies Walking: How a Hedge Fund Manager Finds Opportunity in Unexpected Places, an Amazon Best Book of the Month.
I'm A 31 Year-Old Stay-At Home Mom, Who Enjoys Writing About And Establishing Income-Driven Strategies Within Numerous Sectors. My Husband And I Are Happily Married (January 2015) And I Currently Reside In The Greater New York Area.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump.
Thomas has co-authored a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that is available on Amazon.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
Fincom Investment Partners focuses on mid-stage development and special opportunities in the technology and commodity sectors. Over the past 30 years our President has worked with many of the world's top-tier investors, such as Upfront Ventures, co-founded by Paul Allen and last decade’s #1 performing VC. In addition to developing a proprietary Risk vs. Reward parameter methodology, he has initiated many dozens of successful investments such as a $2 million start-up financing for Petrohawk which became a $15 Billion buyout (BHP 2011). He has been quoted in most the financial press including the WSJ, IBD, Barron’s; and in 1989 hosted “The Venture Capitalist” which aired on (now) CNBC.
Nick Cox is a long-time entrepreneur and investor,currently living in Singapore.
His investment strategies are mostly based on Western companies but with particular understanding for economic currents in Asia,the leading driver of worldwide economic growth today and for the medium term.
I was involved in financial industry with over 15 years experience spanning a wide range of industries and special situations. I wrote research for public and private companies. I have traded my own portfolio for over 20 years and gained extensive experience.
Avid follower of value/contrarian investing principles. Focus on special situations, deep value, and out-of-favor growth stocks. I am also a close follower of hedge fund and insider activity, as I believe that close inspection of these transactions could be a great resource for generating potential investment ideas.
Some of my favorite celebrity investors include Warren Buffet, David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt, Peter Lynch, and Carl Icahn. As a student of these investing legends, I strongly believe that managing focused portfolios consisting of well-researched undervalued companies will produce market-beating returns over the long term.
Some of my favorite books on investment strategy include The Warren Buffet Way, One Up on Wall Street, The Warren Buffet Portfolio, The Little Book that Beats the Market, You Could Be a Stock Market Genius, and Fooling Some of the People All of the Time. I'm always on the lookout for more interesting reads, so if you have any please feel free to share.
You may check out my book, Invest Your Way to Riches: The Contrarian Way, on Amazon. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @kkothari2.
Renaissance Capital is an IPO investment advisory firm providing pre-IPO institutional research and management of IPO-focused funds including the Renaissance IPO ETF (NYSE ticker: IPO), the Renaissance International IPO ETF (NYSE ticker: IPOS) and the Global IPO Mutual Fund (ticker: IPOSX). Through Renaissance Capital’s pre-IPO research service, investors get a hard-nosed, independent opinion, in-depth fundamental analysis and customizable financial models on all IPOs. The Firm's clients also gain access to the premier IPO knowledge base with deal calendars, market commentary, fundamental data on over 5,000 past IPOs and more.
Lejun James Shao is the founder of www.myIRAs.net (http://www.myIRAs.net/), WhitePine Investment Inc of USA, and CEO of WhitePine Software Inc, Beijing, China. He was the top finisher in MSN's 1st US One Million Dollar Investment Contest, "Strategy Open Tournament," with a +45.88% return in 4 months from August 28 - December 2008.
An IT wizard turned professional investor, James Shao graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD degree in Computer Engineering in 1990 and worked as an assistant professor in Singapore's Nanyang Technology University for 5 years after graduation. He worked as Chief Software Engineer in DSP Technology, Design Engineer in Ford Motor Company, and several other high tech companies after his return. James Shao started his investment profession in 2001.
Silicon Valley Insights provides investing suggestions in high quality, high growth equities with four decades of experience in both investing and growth company management. We have continuously covered the PC industry since its beginning from the time of the Apple IPO. And the internet sector since its beginning and the currently important smartphone, tablet, cloud computing and Big Data sectors from their beginnings. The entire technology industry is covered with one team of investment professionals so that only the best investment recommendations from the sector are provided.
I am the President of TFST Publishing which is a Stock Advisory Service . We publish The Focused Stock Trader an online newsletter www.thefocusedstocktradercom
I have been a stock broker, investment banker, and CEO of 2 micro-cap companies ( see LinkedIn). At the present time I am focused on my newsletter which ended 2013 with 85 profitable trades out of 95 recommendations, for an annualized return of 265%. The Focused Stock Trader recommended the purchase of 49 stocks in 2013. The 49 stocks that were recommended had an average high 64% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. The top ten trades all had a high at least 90% above The Focused Stock Trader’s recommendation price. OVERALL THE TOP TEN RECOMMENDATIONS HIGH PRICE HAD AN AVERAGE RETURN OF 170% ABOVE THE FOCUSED STOCK TRADER’S INITIAL RECOMMENDATION PRICE.
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I am a stay-at-home parent that trades stocks . I began trading stocks a number of years ago when I realized that I had a knack for it. I completely immersed myself in the study of stocks and through that process I have learned how to identify investment ideas and profit from it. Been a trader and investor for 10+ years.
Good luck with your investments and I look forward to all of your comments and suggestions.
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
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John Hodge is an active trader who follows the technology/biotech sector specifically. I have been successfully trading stocks for the last 16 years and still thank those that pointed me in the direction of Qualcomm and Amgen many years ago. I believe research and timing is the key to long term goal attainment in the market.
Lorenzo De Plano is an active trader/investor in both tech-based and large value oriented positions. Lorenzo De Plano is the founder of DPGW, which is a Venture Centric Sales and Marketing Firm that specializes in absorbing stakes in companies in exchange fro equity positions.
I am business graduate with a professional certification in F&A. I have been associated with the academic field, teaching both short and long courses on Finance and Accounting but my passion is following and writing about good investments.