My name is Mark B. Spiegel and I'm the Managing Member of Stanphyl Capital Management LLC. I can be reached at: mark (at) stanphylcap (dot) com. My Twitter feed is @markbspiegel
Our mission is simple: To help you make money. In addition to generating our own analysis, we also draw ideas from the most talented stock pickers in the traditional equity and hedge fund space.
Long Cast Advisers (LCA) is a Brooklyn based RIA that provides concentrated small cap investing to individuals, endowments and family offices. We do this with the most differentiated approach - individual stock selection - that is apart from and indifferent to the markets.
Our goal is to maximize the long term returns on client funds by allocating an agreed upon portion to small cap stocks balanced against cash. Then we seek to buy great companies that are changing and if we are right, we hold them. If we are wrong - and that will inevitably happen - we sell them.
With +12 years institutional research experience and +20 years investing our own funds, we know that we are not smarter than the market. But we are more patient and that allows us to envision opportunities unfolding over time, beyond the immediate present or next quarter.
Because we focus on smaller companies, we consider ourselves part owners of the businesses we invest in. We tend to engage with management at least minimally (and occasionally more), we also engage with customers and competitors, and notably, we won't invest in companies that sell products or services we would be ashamed to discuss: As best we can, we avoid businesses that drop bombs on people’s heads, despoil the environment, profit on suffering or await a bigger fool.
We are not market prognosticators. We view prognostication as Marx viewed religion; it is the opiate of the investment masses. Apart from using a benchmark for comparative purposes, and unless there is a direct corollary to a company or its valuation, we are generally indifferent to the overall market.
LCA is licensed and state registered. We use Interactive Brokers as a platform and third-party custodian for separately managed accounts. We describe our business as "the food truck version of a hedge fund" in that we select stocks and manage the portfolio like a fund, but the costs are lower and the approach is completely transparent. We manage appropriateness by allowing the client to select the target allocation between cash and stocks.
LCA's CIO is Avram ("Avi") Fisher and the firm's investment philosophy is informed by his >10 years experience as a sell-side analyst covering large-cap industrials, business services and E&C's, taking only the best parts - the in-depth research - while avoiding the short-term next-quarter beat-raise insanity. He has additional experience in private equity, as a private investigator and as a former cub reporter and writer. He continues to write, here and on his blog, as a way to organize his thoughts and to share some of his ideas with other like-minded patient, small cap investors.
Disclaimer: All content written on Seeking Alpha by Long Cast Advisers is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any specific security or class of security. LCA's opinions expressed herein address only select certain aspects of the companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, and is for discussion purposes only. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, LCA cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author's best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Equity investing is subject to various risks including the total loss of capital.
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 am an activist investor in US and Chinese stocks. I was previously an investment banker in New York Hong Kong and London for 9 years, focused on Equity Capital Markets. I look at both long ideas and short ideas and typically focus on a small number on names where I can spend the time to conduct very deep research. I spend my time living between Los Angeles and Beijing, China.
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I have been a successful Private Investor in the market for the last 18 years. My focus was mostly on the Tech/Internet sector when I started, but 13-14 years ago I became extremely interested in the Gold and Silver sector as I anticipated a major bull run. My in-depth research on gold and silver companies began during 2003 or so, and it has been a consistent passion since that time. I'm familiar with their stories, their stock patterns, their highs and lows, their operations/projects, their successes and failures, their management teams and turnover at the top, and all other facets of these precious metal companies. This sector has been my singular focus since I started writing on Seeking Alpha back in 2014, as I anticipated that gold and silver would soon be bottoming out and a massive bull market would unfold. I still follow the tech/internet space and I plan to eventually jump back into that sector (2009 was a very profitable year for me as bought tech at the lows), but it's not where my attention is at the moment as I see much better opportunities in gold and silver. I believe in buying value, and not chasing the next hot stock. I use several basic investing principles, the main one being buying the balance sheet. I wait for opportunities to present themselves and then establish positions. I believe in doing your homework, and I have a very research intensive focus.
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Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
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I am an independent, self-directed trader with a strong background in accounting. Trading is a hobby I conduct outside of my career as a CPA. I have a technical and fundamental approach towards the equity capital markets and use this knowledge to identify low risk, high-reward trades. Trading is one of my passions and I am continually evolving as a trader as I work towards my goal of developing market intuition.
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Sharesleuth.com is an investigative business reporting site backed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Sharesleuth seeks to expose companies and individuals engaged in securities fraud and other activities that tend to deceive investors. Chris Carey, editor of Sharesleuth, previously was an award-winning business reporter at the St. Louis Post-Disptach, the Indianapolis Star, and the Orlando Sentinel. He began his career at the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Ky. He graduated from Indiana University with a double major in journalism and economics.
The goal as everyone knows, is to buy good stocks at a discount and sell-short overvalued stocks when they are at a premium. I have a background in business and deal with internal models, analysis, sales pitches and ad information daily. In my downtime, I am enthusiastic about the markets highs, lows and volatility. I believe in real lags between market and business reactions, with the former often in advance of the latter, and vice versa. I look to call manic enthusiasm with a distinct opportunity to go short. A change in sentiment is all it takes. I research fundamentals while scavenging for value.
M.B.A. currently working in marketing. I'm a part-time value investor.
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John Huber is the portfolio manager of Saber Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm that manages separate accounts for clients. Saber employs a value investing strategy with a primary goal of patiently compounding capital for the long-term.
John also writes about investing at the blog www.basehitinvesting.com, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFA, Alternative investment professional, equity bias but cap structure agnostic. I spent a year on the PHLX options exchange, and worked as an integral member of the investment committee of a medium sized L/S hedge fund in NY, as well as their head-trader, for 6 years.
My personal bias is towards special situations, and smaller cap names, . I use a value-investing orientation, though I try to marry actual catalysts and a top-down understanding to any thesis I present.
As I'm a long-term investor, I'll highlight some stockpicks which will have a 5-7 year investment horizon. As I strongly believe a portfolio should consist of a mixture of dividend-paying stocks and growth stocks, my articles will reflect my thoughts on this mixture.
A graduate of both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, George Putnam, III first became involved with distressed securities as a lawyer in the late 1970s. Seeing the inefficient niche that bankruptcies and turnarounds were presented and researched, he founded New Generation Research, Inc. and began publishing The Turnaround Letter in 1986.
Since then he has frequently been quoted in Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and other financial publications. In 1990, he was named investment advisor of the year by USA Today. In addition to his responsibilities at New Generation Research, Inc., Mr. Putnam also serves as a trustee for The Putnam Companies, a mutual fund group with over $100 billion in assets.
Jim Van Meerten is an advisor to Marketocracy Capital Management and writes on financial subjects here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs and Seeking Alpha. He earned a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College; a Juris Doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law; and attended post-baccalaureate and graduate courses in Business Administration, Quantitative Math, and Education at Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past he has been an accountant, attorney, adjunct professor in Business Law, Accounting and Internal Auditing, financial advisor, supervisory principal, and compliance officer. He also passed the Georgia CPA Exam, the Certified Internal Auditor Exam, and the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 9/10 exams.He is presently also a contributor on MSN Top Stocks Blog, Motley Fool and is a member of the M100 on Marketocracy, an elete honor chosen by the editors of Marketocracy as being in the top 100 portfolio managers of over 100,000 portfoiios they review. He would enjoy hearing your comments at JimVanMeerten@gmail.com.
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Whether you are a large or small firm, GeoInvesting will cater to your needs and create a sound process for corporate diligence. Our specialty is Portfolio Protection – in fact, every aspect of what we do boils down to various ways that your M&A process or investment portfolio can be safeguarded against red flags.
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Arthur Porcari is a retired former regional stock brokerage firm President with 40 years stock market experience. His finance background includes, three years a stockbroker and two an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, ten years a Regional brokerage firm President, and OTC Market Maker and Analyst, twenty three years an Investment Banker to include 15 years as Managing Consultant to Corporate Strategies, Inc. a firm specializing in advising young public companies and companies about to go public on the “Ways of Wall Street”. He currently is a Contributing Author and blogger on Seeking Alpha under his own name and has in the past been an on-air guest as well has a guest host on the old Financial News News Network TV channel and more recently on Business Talk Radio Network His passion and particular expertise is for small cap emerging growth companies.
“Full Disclosure under Seeking Alpha author rules: 25 years ago in 1988, after I sold my brokerage firm and left the Industry, my FINRA license was revoked for non-payment of a fine assessed a year later in 1989. The fine was the result of a minor record keeping violation that was levied on my brokerage firm and as President, I was held responsible but was only required to pay it if I elected to go back in the brokerage business.“
Paul is a stock investor with an accounting/finance background. He likes to look for value growth stocks and momentum news plays. He is also known as Superman on Twitter @super_trades and his blog is www.super-trades.com (http://www.super-trades.com).
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An individual investor with over 40 years of experience. Wall Street has always reflected both the pulse and conscience of America; good and bad. I have survived, and sometimes even prospered, during my journey of being a trader and investor. I would consider myself a mildly active trader/investor.
I am still active in the business world doing what still makes me happy; building and developing businesses. They can be either start-ups or turn-around ventures.
BS in Business Administration University of Oklahoma