I am a first time investor who is learning the tricks of the trade. My preferred strategy thus far is buy and hold with an emphasis on sustainable dividend yield. I am currently long MSFT, COP and JNJ. I am very concentrated because I am still in the building phase of my portfolio. I am a substitute teacher currently working on his school librarian certification. I have an intense personal interest in technology, which I try to avoid investing in too heavily because I understand that my interests could blind my judgement.
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- Former FX trader
- Lawyer specialised in financial market law (presently in-house counsel at Squared Financial Services (FX broker-dealer)
- Actively manages family hedge fund
- Investment styles/techniques include arbitrage, value investing, volatility, term structure based on quantifiable objective mathematical models.
- As the libertarian that I am, I am always delighted to put my legal skills to work in helping people take full advantage of the law in order to protect their private property and avoid taxation, via offshore vehicles and various legal and financial montages.
- My mantra towards investing in financial markets: "predict nothing, just react"
Contrarian by nature, I try to know my weaknesses and challenge my convictions as often as possible. It is hard to have strong convictions in the current environment though and I will respect those that have them, but probably challenge them. I try to invest long term at least for my personal account.
Tales From The Future (tftf). I picked my nickname because many advisors and investors claim they can predict the future of the (stock) markets and somehow pick the winners. I don't. I usually do not engage in short-term trading and myopic analysis (quarter by quarter, without looking at the big picture). I like to work with long-term scenarios with a focus on possible disruptions in the technology and energy sectors. I look into value and contrarian ideas as well as emerging technologies and growth stocks worldwide, both on the long and short side. I also like to discuss the influence of monetary policy on global stock markets. I am fiercely independent in my investment research and therefore use the image of a lone Ninja. This influenced my investment principles for the past 20+ years: Pick your targets with patience. Do your OWN diligence. Never follow the herd blindly: 'Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.' General Sector Focus: Technology/Internet, Value, Disruptors, Energy/Alt Energy, Entertainment Stocks and Monetary Policy/Geopolitics. Geographical Focus: USA, Western Europe, Japan. Sector 'Halo' Focus Stocks: AAPL, TSLA... PS: Not a native English speaker. I apologize in advance for any typos and grammatical errors.
Kiran is an independent research consultant in the areas of volatility-based and leveraged instruments, including several proprietary strategies.
His services include hypotheses generation, back-testing, risk/return analytics, and predictive modelling for proprietary trading strategies, as well as research consulting in the above areas. Expected and realized returns for his 2 flagship strategy portfolios exceed 100% on an annualized basis, while maintaining expected and realized Sharpe ratios over 3 times higher than the S&P 500. Kiran was mentored by Wall Street research veteran Mark Gomes. Alongside Mr. Gomes, he brought Wall Street level research to retail and institutional investors through PTT Capital's flagship newsletters.
I am currently a Computer Science major with Business minor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. My investment philosophy is carefully following the teachings laid out by Benjamin Graham in The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis and also the teachings of Philip Fisher to find good, solid companies trading less than they are worth. The market is almost always efficient (the word almost is key) and it is advantageous to the intelligent investor to find and profit off of the erroneous price quotations proposed by "Mr. Market" on a daily basis.
I am a general partner of an investing club that seeks to put the techniques of security, business and financial statement analysis to practical applications.
Disclosure: I am long: BP, CALM, and TRN
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.