My name is Kay Herbert. I have been an amateur investor for about 35 years. I'm a mechanical engineer with a PhD from M.I.T with expertise in fluid-structure interaction and I work for a private company in product development. My passion is to solve problems in applied mathematics, I'm one of those people that dreams about math problems at night.
My investing experience dates back to high school years when I was first introduced to the stock market in economics classes and when I became fascinated by financial accounting. My first investing experience was rather painful: I lost a few thousand dollars on FOREX and penny stocks as I did not have a mentor or anybody knowledgeable about finance by my side. I still remember that time in details. After high school, I went to study economics with an emphasis on accounting at the University of Toronto. Four years later, with a finance degree under my belt, a decent experience gained in a few internships (where I got thanks to my soft skills, not my marks by any degree), I moved to Russia to work in investment banking, which I had decided was my passion a few years prior to that. I now live in Moscow, Russia, working as an Associate in Financial Advisory.
Due to the ongoing economic crisis in Russia, invoked by the sanctions, the country's financial industry has found itself in a pathetic state. Hence, things have gotten slow at work which is why I have a lot of free time to develop my services on Seeking Alpha (I started back in 2013, my final year of school). I am a number-cruncher by nature. Hence, my analyses almost always involve financial modeling and various financial metrics' calculations.
I feel that my job on Seeking Alpha is to identify investment opportunities among the smid-cap (small and medium cap) players in North America and Europe. Occasionally, I analyze a number of companies in a specific market segment in order to get a general idea about what is going on there as a whole. Sometimes, I write fairness opinion articles (I think nobody else on Seeking Alpha does that) on recent M&A transactions. I think that I bring value to my followers and other Seeking Alpha members by building analyses that are conservative in nature and present long-term views on individual companies. In my opinion, hard numbers are of more use to investors than tips, rumors, and guesstimates.
Feel free to contact me here or through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also check my Linkedin: ru.linkedin.com/in/avaltsev/ and Twitter: twitter.com/av_banker
As a web analyst, developer and SEO, I have worked with Dr. Jon M. Taylor, Robert FitzPatrick and other pyramid scheme experts and consumer advocates including Dave Ritchie, Bruce Craig and Douglas Brooks. See http://mlmpetition.com
E. Robert Smith is a novelist, real estate investor, and consumer/environmental advocate. He also spent a number of years as a successful multilevel marketing (MLM) recruiter/promoter. In his recently published whistleblower novel, Downline, he combines his writing skill, his consumer advocacy, and his experience in the world of MLM in exposing the industry’s ethical corruption and illegality. The novel plays out before the Permanent Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, where powerful legal arguments are made proving that most, if not all, MLM companies are operating illegally. E. Robert, along with such consumer advocates as Robert Fitzpatrick and Dr. Jon Taylor, believes that the problem of MLM will ultimately require congressional action, and that this will put an end to an 120 billion dollar a year industry; several companies of which are U.S. based and publically traded. One of these companies is Herbalife, which hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, has shorted for one billion dollars.
I've been both a social-justice activist and iconoclast for most of my adult life. Since 2012, I've been a proud MLM-described "(illusory) dream stealer" and "loser", as well as a card-carrying fraud "hater". I'm nothing less and claim nothing more.
My current focus is on the consumer abuses endemic in MLM. I'm also an uncompensated member of the entirely self-funded International Coalition of Consumer Advocates (ICCA) and its steering committee.
I earned a BSBA at The University of Colorado in 1983, where I also studied philosophy and logic. I consider having no more advanced or current credentials a handicap. Nonetheless the formal education I do have gives me a foundation for my business analyses. I spent eight-and-a-half years observing four MLMs up close through family members. I also served in administrative support capacities for one of them. While I regret that history, it afforded me insight and understanding that is useful in my MLM analyses. I'm also retired after a twenty-five year EMT/paramedic career and a nine-year overlapping career in EMS education.
My only connection to investment markets is passive, through my pension fund. I'm here because SA's Herbalife-related articles and fora have essentially become central to the ongoing public debate vis-à-vis MLM.
I am a dividend growth investor from Europe. I'm building a portfolio of high-quality European dividend growth stocks that I intend to hold on to for as long as possible to provide me with passive income. I am on a path to financial independence. Follow me at www.bitesizedincome.com.
A retired NYL financial advisor, Ms. Greer has written extensively about businesses for 20+ years in EcommerceBytes, UnRavel the Gavel, Concord Monitor, and the NH Guardian News to name a few. Now a full time investor, she specializes in Tech Stocks but won't pass on value in any area if there's money to be made, especially in the long term.
I am Seeking Alpha's CEO and Editor-in-Chief. My love for the stock markets goes back to when I was a kid. Who else remembers combing through the stock quotes at the back of the business section of your local paper?
I joined Seeking Alpha in 2006 and launched Wall Street Breakfast and Market Currents, our top-of-class short-form breaking news for investors. In 2010 I became editor-in-chief and in 2015 I became CEO.
I live in Jerusalem with my wife and a bunch of exceptional kids. Most days, you'll find me making the commute from Jerusalem to Raanana. Occasionally I get to work from my home-office, from where I keep an eye on the beautiful Judean Hills.
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