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Bachar Samawi is Founder of Bachar Samawi Ventures (http://www.samawi.net).
Bachar Samawi has 29-years international experience in finance, trading, new business development, private equity and investment management, spanning multiple sectors including Banking, Energy, Technology, Agro, Industry, Healthcare and Real Estate.
As Chief investment Officer for one of Qatar Holding’s international $5 Billion subsidiary partnerships (Qatar Holding / Qatar Investment Authority is the $250 Billion Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund), Mr. Samawi was primarily responsible for evaluating and determining investment opportunities (which include Healthcare, Banking, Energy, Agriculture, and other), as well as launching projects with expected private equity requirement in excess of $100 Million per project. To such effect, Mr. Samawi deployed his Wall Street experience to lead meetings and negotiations with all stakeholders, including government officials and ministers, major banks, investors, financiers, international organizations, global corporations, diplomatic missions, and more.
As Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Partner for Caltech Developments Limited - Your Global Partner in Energy, Mr. Samawi led strategy & structuring on multi-billion dollar long-term crude oil refining supply negotiations.
Mr. Samawi held senior level positions with multi-Billion dollar institutions in the USA and the Middle East including National Energy Group in the Washington DC area (non-regulated subsidiary of $18 Billion Pacific Gas & Electric), where he built the power trading department, Sanwa-BGK in New York (US Primary Dealership subsidiary of Sanwa Bank, which later merged with Tokai Bank and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, to become today’s $75 Billion Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), where he co-founded the Fixed Income OTC Options department, and other international holding companies (diversified in Banking, Industry, Real Estate, Services and Trade).
His responsibilities included launching new businesses, setting up departments generating income in excess of $100 Million annually, negotiating and securing partnerships with Top Five international conglomerates in Energy and Finance, advising Board of Directors on Strategic Ventures, acting as Interim CEO, trouble-shooting and turning around struggling businesses, optimizing financial and real estate portfolios, and more.
Samawi graduated from Yale University with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. He has also completed numerous certifications in Finance and Management & Leadership training and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. Samawi has also authored numerous articles and white papers, and has given speeches throughout the world including France, Germany and the USA.
MBA with decades in various corporate positions after four years in USN; taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business and other disciplines; authored books on investment math and other subjects, including science. Have been trading stocks on and off since 1967 but more frequently since 1997, and trading options on occasion from the 1980's but primarily with covered calls. Trading and investment strategies are based on secondary research, taking positions accordingly when fundamentals and technicals are attractive. My comments are for an exchange of ideas and not specific recommendations. I find the markets a great casino where many games are played, and recommend extensive research, caution, and professional opinion before taking any position. ("Bently" is a pseudoname used only at Seeking Alpha.)
I'm a capital projects manager and process design engineer at a large-cap biotech company. I love the financial world because it is like one big puzzle and I hope we the Seeking Alpha Community help each other out to solve the puzzle to help us realize our dreams.
Saintvilus is the founder and CEO of WallStPlaybook.com. After 20 successful years in the IT industry, Saintvilus decided his second act would be as a stock analyst -- bringing logic from an investor's point of view. Richard's work has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Forbes, Motley Fool and numerous other outlets.Follow @Richard_WSPB
I approach investing as a social theorist and a cultural historian. As a result, I am a contrarian. Studying the history of financialization, I have to agree with value investors like Seth Klarman, George Soros, and John Quiggin that markets are ultimately inefficient. However, I am not an orthodox value-investor. I believe in diversified strategy so as to insure maximum gains while maintaining a "margin of safety." Understanding that markets will operate inefficiently, I sometimes find "playing the greater fool's game" will yield nice short term gains. I have been investing for five years and have had proven results. I offer unique insight on fundamentals that most analysts do not consider.
Cornelius Vanderbilt has done more than any other man to shape our idea of investing. He was the ultimate contrarian. As an investor he looked for both value and risk. His approach to markets is complex and contradictory but can be learned from.
B.A., NYU Gallatin School
M.A. CUNY Gradatuate Center [in progress]
I started a twitter. https://twitter.com/matt_finston
We try to provide unbiased, balanced and helpful insight into long-term prospects of the businesses we follow. We mainly base our analysis on the fundamentals and assess the long-term growth potential of the companies. In addition, we also analyze the dividend stability of different companies, and try to assess the future cash flows in order to gauge dividend growth potential.
You can also follow us on twitter here:https://twitter.com/IAEResearch
Tom Shaughnessy is owner of SecretCaps.com, an independent investor and analyst. He has been investing in the stock market since the age of twelve. His style is comprehensive and includes multi-layered research on a concentrated set of stocks. Tom enjoys constructive dialogue regarding various investment ideas and theories.
Tom enjoys intensive research on prospective investments. This includes valuation estimates and modeling, CEO and management interviews, product and expansion overviews, future prospects, financial analysis and the current state of affairs at the company. Moreover, Tom's articles have a focus on micro-cap companies whose potential have flown under the radar.
In his leisure time Tom enjoys playing racquetball on a competitive level.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -Elbert Hubbard
I have a Masters degree in Computer Science, and worked for 14 years in development, technical publications and software quality assurance. I have been investing for 20 years. Currently, I do writing, photography, and FileMaker Pro programming on contract.
My short fiction can be found (under pseudonym J. Seunnasepp) at http://50centflash.com/
"The fascination with the human face has never left me... Every face I see seems to hide - and sometimes fleetingly to reveal - the mystery of another human being. Capturing this revelation became my goal and passion." – Photographer Philippe Halsman
David Wolf is Managing Director, Global China Practice, at Allison+Partners, a San Francisco-based public relations firm. David has two decades of experience in China helping American, Chinese, and European clients manage complex communications challenges including market entry, policy and regulatory issues, new market entry, corporate reorganization, and crisis recovery.
David spent seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm, prior to its acquisition by Allison+Partners at the end of 2012. WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year by SABRE/Holmes Report in June 2012.
David has lived in China since 1995 and now divides his time between Beijing and Los Angeles. David holds a Masters degree in International Management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. He maintains a weblog named Silicon Hutong (http://www.siliconhutong.com).
Visit his site at http//:www.wolfgroupasia.com
Leigh Drogen is the Founder and CEO of Estimize. Estimize is an open financial estimates platform which facilitates the aggregation of fundamental estimates from independent, buy-side, and sell-side analysts, along with those of industry experts, private investors and students. By sourcing estimates from a diverse community of individuals, Estimize provides both a more accurate and more representative view of expectations compared to sell side only data.
Leigh started his career as a quant trader at Geller Capital, a White Plains, NY based fund where he ran strategies that looked at earnings acceleration and analyst estimate revision models, as well as price momentum and several sentiment indicators.
Leigh later went on to be the founder of Surfview Capital, a New York based asset management firm that used many of the same strategies as Geller Capital, with a focus on higher beta names on an intermediate term time frame.
His educational background includes focus in economics and international relations, specifically war theory. He is a graduate with honors from Hunter College in New York City.
You can contact Leigh by emailing him at Leigh@estimize.com
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Alex Daley is the senior editor of Casey’s Extraordinary Technology. In his varied career, he’s worked as a senior research executive, a software developer, project manager, senior IT executive, and technology marketer.
He’s a technologist who has collaborated on the development of cutting-edge technologies, including: remote lie detectors that work invisibly across a room, autonomous/robotic vehicles that can drive themselves unaided across hundreds of miles of rugged desert terrain, computer vision systems that enable computers to understand the depth in 2D photographs, lightweight composite ceramics that can withstand artillery fire better than metal, maps of the human genome, automated analysis of video for non-verbal communication cues, and face detection and recognition for spotting people in photos and surveillance videos.
But Alex’s technological experience is only half the story. He’s an industry insider of the highest order, having been involved in numerous startups as an advisor to venture capital companies. He’s a trusted advisor to the CEOs and strategic planners of some of the world’s largest tech companies. And he’s a successful angel investor in his own right, with a long history of spectacular investment successes.
www.InvestorIdeas.com is a meeting place for investors and public companies in leading sectors. Find investing ideas, news and research for biotech stocks, tech and mobile stocks, mining stocks, oil and gas, water stocks, renewable energy, beverage stocks, defense stocks, nanotech and more on the TSX, OTC, NASDAQ and global stock exchanges. We have recently expanded our coverage to include Latin American markets.
Reducing investment costs can have a major impact on expected returns in your retirement and/or investment portfolio, more so than many people realise. Investing in a fund where the manager is paid big bucks to speculate on individual stocks and market timing (a technique known as "active" management) is not only hit-and-miss in terms of the final results, it is also expensive. Studies show that 7 out of 10 Active managers fail to achieve their remit of beating their index benchmark.
My hobbies are reading, social networking. Finance and math are my favorite subjects.
I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
Tim Travis is a veteran deep value investor and money manager. Travis has extensive experience in traditional investments such as stocks and bonds, in addition to having a unique methodology of combining options and distressed investing with value investing to generate income, reduce risk, and to add an element of timing. Currently Tim Travis is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of T&T Capital Management. T&T Capital Management is an Irvine, California based Registered Investment Advisor that manages accounts for both individual and institutional investors.
Travis was born in Laguna Beach, California and became captivated with the value investment philosophy in his early teens through reading books written by Benjamin Graham, and the shareholder letters from Berkshire Hathaway, and the Buffett Partnership L.P. Tim Travis became intrigued by the notion that stocks aren’t just pieces of paper but instead are fractional shares of a business that can be analyzed by comprehensive analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. He majored in Business and Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating in 2004, and he also had the privilege of studying international economics at the University of Richmond in Florence, Italy. Tim Travis got his feet wet in finance working for both Scottrade and AG Edwards & Sons during his college career. Upon graduation Travis worked at the Vanguard Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was there that he learned that most mutual funds underperform their respective indexes, and he became disappointed at the overwhelming diversification in most mutual funds, that really makes most of them function as “closet” index funds.
After leaving the Vanguard Group, Travis worked for a small futures and commodities firm in Mission Viejo, California. It was there that Tim developed an adept knowledge of options, particularly the selling of options to take advantage of the higher probabilities involved. It was also during this time in his life that Travis began reading everything he could possibly find on value investing. Some of his role models in the field are Warren Buffett, Martin Whitman, Bruce Berkowitz, Seth Klarman, Peter Lynch, Glenn Greenberg, etc. After working with clients from around the world Travis broke away and started T&T Investment Management L.L.C.
At T&T, Travis refined his unique methodology combining value investing, with the selling of options to generate income and reduce risk. T&T experienced explosive growth by partnering with a local commodities firm. After several years Tim Travis realized that without controlling the majority of the company any longer, he didn’t have full control over the company’s strategic direction. Divergent business principles caused Tim Travis to break away and form T&T Capital Management. At TTCM which Tim Travis is the sole owner, he is allowed to offer only the best products and services, at a reasonable price, without conflicts of interest.
T&T Capital Management’s goal is build wealth for both individual and institutional investors, and to accomplish these goals Travis as Chief Investment Officer employs his deep value investing techniques. Each account is managed on a day to day, personal basis, and there are no cookie cutter portfolios defined only by one’s age and risk tolerance. Every security is researched and hand selected by Travis and his research team. T&T Capital Management takes pride in first class customer service and research which is regularly communicated to clients for education purposes.
The writer is a long term value investor and M.Sc graduate in Financial Markets with over 10 years experience. Value can be found in both long and short ideas and uses options to enhance the risk-return profile of investment ideas.
Disclaimer: This article provides opinions and information, but does not contain recommendations or personal investment advice to any specific person for any particular purpose. Do your own research or obtain suitable personal advice.
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Chuck Jones’ career has spanned twelve years as an equity analyst, sixteen years in various roles at IBM and most recently as a Wealth Strategist with Northern Trust.
At Northern Trust he developed and implemented a go-to-market strategy to introduce Investment Management and Trust Services to Technology Executives and Private Equity Partners. Utilizing a wide range of contacts in the Technology, Life Sciences and VC worlds he was able to determine the financial goals and objectives of individuals and families. He then brought in key partners to develop unique strategies to fulfill them.
At Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management he was one of two analysts that determined the technology holdings with ... More hardware, software, services and Internet companies being his primary focus. Utilizing extensive financial modeling, meetings with company C-level management and industry contacts and his knowledge of IT and the financial markets he beat key industry benchmarks six consecutive years. He also was very visible with regular appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg television and radio and multiple publications.
Before joining Atlantic Trust in 2001, Chuck was the lead analyst for the Internet Security Software segment for Smith Barney. He authored the most comprehensive industry report “Internet Security Software: The Ultimate Internet Infrastructure” and an innovative analysis of deferred revenue “Breaking the Code on Deferred Revenue”. His first entree to the financial community was at Salomon Brothers following the Enterprise Server Hardware companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
Prior to becoming an equity analyst Chuck spent sixteen years at IBM where he held a variety of sales and manufacturing positions. He qualified for ten consecutive 100% clubs with multiple sales awards including a President’s award. He worked on multi-year sales and implementation projects for solutions that encompassed thousands of end-user systems to mainframes, application and system software, services and financing. His initial jobs at IBM involved interfacing between manufacturing and sales to project demand for storage systems and determining production schedules.
Chuck has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Sussex, England, while on a Rotary International Fellowship Scholarship.
I am a simple individual investor who believes that the playing field is level, but may require active management of one's holdings.
I've devised a series of steps that constitute a highly defined covered option strategy that most anyone can follow and that I've described in Option to Profit (2011).
Having retired from a career in Pediatric Dentistry, approximately 10 years ahead of schedule, after spending the previous 10 years working just 2 days each week, I now spend my time trading and alerting others of trading opportunities in large cap positions through the Option to Profit subscription service, a premium subscription service that provides actionable Trading Alerts via text messaging or e-mail at www.optiontoprofit.com. as well as a Web site access only subscription plan.
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I want you to join me in making your stock portfolio improve the quality of your life. Whatever stage of life you are in, you can make your stocks improve that quality by putting them to work for you.
John Scherr is the founder and President of WhisperNumber.com, an independent financial research firm focused on earnings expectations. He is a regular contributor to Fox Business Network, and has been featured in Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch. He is considered a leading expert on 'whisper numbers' and post earnings price movement analysis.
Since 1998, WhisperNumber.com has been the leader in social media analytics ('crowd sourced estimates') for earnings. Receive email alerts on those companies most likely to move higher or lower when they beat or miss the whisper number. These are the Whisper Reactors. http://www.whispernumber.com/suboptions_wr.jsp When earnings season gets underway, traders, analysts and investors are watching closely to see if companies' results squared with Wall Street's expectations. Of particular interest is the "whisper number". A veteran in the business, WhisperNumber.com takes a unique approach: its earnings estimates come from regular polling of its members. The site points to independent academic studies supporting its claims that the crowd is wiser than the Wall Street priesthood (www.whispernumber.com/study.jsp). WhisperNumber.com's free registration buys voluminous information related to the profit histories of companies entering earnings season. Type a ticker into its search engine for an exhaustive earnings profile of a company, alongside a calendar of coming earnings and an education center with whisper strategies for trading. A subscription payment of $395 for six months buys access to the company's premium offering, Whisper Reactors (http://www.whispernumber.com/signIn_wr.jsp), a list of highly volatile companies whose prices show a high correlation to their earnings outcomes. WhisperNumber.com claims a variety of double-digit returns for different types of plays over holding periods of 1-to-30 days. Trading on whispers is a technical play on market psychology, rather than a bet on a company's fundamental strengths. To a technician, share price is just a market-clearing mechanism that strikes a balance between buyer greed and seller fear.
If you have any companies that you would like me to take a look, please feel free to drop me a message.
I am a graduate with a Bachelor in Business management who had finance as a major. I used to work in a boutique research firm as a research analyst covering the Telecommunication sector. But since then, I have branched out to cover other industries.
I have been investing for more than 5 years and I am a strong advocate for long term investing or an investment horizon of more than 10 years.
I like to hunt for companies with good long term investment characteristics and thus hope to, with Seeking Alpha as a platform, a) inform other fellow investors of profitable long term investing opportunities and b) promote long term investing.
I am an equity analyst and founding member of a triple digit million dollar fund.
Oh, and I think technicals are nonsense.
...and no, the picture isn't me but a notable politician, and yes Mr. Samaras has been replaced!
I am fully accountable for the recommendations I make.... On my Instablog I give a recap of ALL picks and their performance
CDM Capital is a private investment manager focused on due diligence-based value investments and special situation investing. We manage investments on a separately managed account basis. As of the publication date of our articles, we may have long or short equity positions in the companies covered.
I could put on this bio my education, work experience, investment strategy, and a nice thin (if I can find one) picture of me in a suit looking *smart*. Sorry but that's not my intent here. Sure I invest, help family make financial decisions, and make a ton of mistakes along the way. But my time spent here is to give all a formula for a well rounded view of fellow investors ideas and recommendations.
My goal is to have posters and investors educate one another so that eventually everyone has the opportunity to make money !! We should all have that same end game. Put the daily noise aside and think "outside the box" !!
I find investments are very different and difficult in these extremely Interesting Times!! We hear whispers of manipulation. QE'S that have never been done before. Then we have a template experiment in Cyprus to see the worlds reaction. I just ask everyone to sit back and ask themselves " 10 years ago would we even have thought a Cyprus could occur? "
Tossing ideas around is always fun....Authors posting their links on our blog is welcomed as well. Newbies with questions are urged to post. Either you learn from the answers or have asked a question no one has thought of . Either way that is EDUCATING !!
So feel free to join us !!
I retired as CEO of an Automotive Parts supplier, and manage an investment portfolio for myself and family. I have a BA in History from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. My first career was as a fighter pilot in the RCAF, and, following my MBA I joined McKinsey & Company, Inc. leaving them for Canadian GE. I left CGE as a Vice President in 1984 and founded The Enfield Corporation Limited ("Enfield") which grew from 243 employees in 1984 to over 10,000 in 1989 when Enfield was taken over and I was replaced as CEO. In 1989, I acquired control of Algonquin Mercantile Corporation, renamed Automodular Corporation in the late 1990's when I turned it to focus exclusively on automotive parts sub-assembly. Along the way, Algonquin turned a few ageing drug stores into Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., sold to Katz group in 1997 and today a major Canadian drug store chain. I have been a private investor since 1971 both directly and through a private company controlled by myself and members of my family.