Nearly 40-year, and now retired, CPA. Former experience includes audit and tax work with small and large CPA firms (including as a manager with a 'Big Eight' firm) as well as serving in various companies as controller/CFO capacities.
Spent the last 23 years prior to retirement with several municipalities as Finance Director (Former CPFO, CGFM, CNA) with background in all aspects of financial and treasury management. This included investment of a $25m portfolio in fixed income investments and issuances of SEC-registered municipal bonds, including a trip to Wall Street for bond rating and insurance meetings, (which included a cool visit on the floor of the NYSE during the trading day, pre 9/11). I also benefit from a series four week-long seminars on real estate economic development training via classes and tests to become certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). (Never used one bit of it in my career, but it sure helps to understand IRR for REITs now.)
Long-term strategic thinker and investor since the early 1980s focused on DGI of revenue-growing cash-flow cows. Three-tiered portfolio with a) majority in a foundation of core large-cap SWANs with no dividend cuts in the past one or two recessions, b) Mid- and small-cap growers in industries with long runways (such as data center reits), and c) willing to consider a nominal allocation where appropriate in speculatives for home runs (none currently).
As a retiree, I restrict investments to companies with 1) steady, monthly, growing top line revenue, 2) growing cash flow and income and dividends, 3) strong long-term runway for product/service demand, 4) with strong controls over expenses and little overhead %. Investing for both growing dividends and total return. These characteristics, particularly increasing dividends during hard times, build wealth over time by compounding including reinvestment in the Roth and traditional IRAs. I find many selective REITs to strongly fulfill these specific portfolio criteria more than many non-reits (particularly economic-sensitive including cyclicals and banks).
Owning companies with great fundamentals means few or no worries about the thousands of minute-by-minute price overreactions when Mr. Market has another bi-polar manic tantrum. I just remind myself that I own great companies with strong fundamentals in sound long-term growing businesses having growing cash flows and dividends. Selloffs are welcomed as the greatest of opportunities: value buying matters enormously, with overpaying being my biggest past mistakes and best lesson learned.
My career experience In accounting and finance provides critical skills sets for investing, of which one of the best is recognizing the exponential wealth-building power of reinvestment of divvies in deferred/tax free accounts. Some Einstein said compounding is the 8th wonder of the world. Dividend reinvestment with div growth is double compounding growth, and results in parabolic/exponential returns. I say double compounding is the 9th wonder of the world.
SA handle explanation: photo - Lennon Rickenbacker 350 model. former member of 60's/Beatles bands, harp, keyboards, backing vocals, occasional lead vocal. Met Paul in '74. Twice. At his home. #7 Cavendish Ave, St Johns Wood. A few blocks from EMI studios at Abbey Road (if you're going to London).
I am an early career scientific researcher who has taken a strong interest in investing, both for achieving my personal financial goals as well as serving as an alternative conduit where critical and logical thinking are rewarded. I write articles to share ideas, refine my own thinking and invite discussion from the astute readership of Seeking Alpha.
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Within the academic field, I have a career total of 89 publications and 5 book chapters, 2,900 total citations and an h-index of 32 (metrics from Google Scholar).
Has 16 years of investment experience. Holds Bachelors Degree in Business and minor in Economics. Holds special interest in options trading and hedging strategies utilizing options. Resides in the USA
The best way to contact Clay is here at SA messaging.
I work as a precious and base metals analyst at Metal Bulletin (global provider of market analysis and price forecasts for the metals industry) in London.
I have worked in the metals markets for about 5 years and have been passionate for the industry since 2007 - when I bought my very first gold coins.
In addition to my strong interest in understanding the metals complex, I manage a portfolio for my family, which can be described as a discretionary global macro portfolio. My investment philosophy has been highly influenced by George Soros and Karl R. Popper.
I continue to work on my philosophical framework in order to improve my decision-making process under uncertainty.
I was born in Paris, France. I graduated from University of Assas with a MSc in finance (2011), I also earned a MSc Research in economics from University of Sorbonne (2012), where I published a research thesis intituled “Is gold a speculative bubble?” under the direction of Natixis Chief Economist Patrick Artus, and I finally received a MSc in management from ESSEC Business School (2014). I launched a blog in 2013, Mikz Economics, in which I share some of my research as well as trade ideas. Follow me on Twitter @MikzEconomics to get the most updated metals news https://twitter.com/MikzEconomics
Robert Hauver, MBA, is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative. He publishes The Double Dividend Stock Alert, a monthly investment newsletter that features the best dividend stocks and option selling strategies for income investors.
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John Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors and a minor in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan where he was employed by a medium-sized Japanese securities house. Thomas became fluent in Japanese and was trained as a domestic Japanese research analyst and money manager. In 1977 Thomas became the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist magazine and the Financial Times of London. Thomas traveled extensively throughout Asia, interviewing premiers, presidents and prime ministers, writing on macroeconomic trends, and producing countless features about individual companies. Thomas witnessed China’s cultural revolution and was one of the first American correspondents to enter China prior to the U.S. normalization of relations. Thomas authored several books about the Japanese financial system still in use by business schools today. In 1983 Thomas joined a top US investment bank in New York with the mandate to develop an international equity business for the firm. In 1985 he moved to London, England to establish a presence in Japanese equity derivatives for the firm. In 1989 Thomas was appointed a director of one of the big three Swiss Banks with a mandate to design sophisticated hedging strategies for the bank’s considerable holdings of Japanese equity warrants and convertible bonds. With the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, Thomas was drafted by the US Marine Corp to serve as a pilot. In 1990 Thomas became a pioneer in the nascent hedge fund industry by founding the first dedicated Japanese hedge fund. The firm managed segregated accounts for a variety of government agencies, banks, and high net worth individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After a decade of spectacular absolute and relative performance he sold his firm in 1999 and retired to manage his personal investments in the oil and gas industry. Seeing incredible opportunities in the marketplace and yearning for the adrenaline and satisfaction offered by active management, Thomas launched a new hedge fund in 2007. In his free time Thomas is a commercial aircraft pilot, long distance hiker and mountain climber, wine collector and avid photographer.
I was educated as a banking, finance and tax lawyer. My research interest was in the legal regulation of derivative instruments.
This led me into finance as I became a trader, investor, investment adviser and corporate finance specialist.
My company Evago Global Capital is primarily an investment bank that focuses on the emerging markets and I speak about emerging markets, I am really speaking about Africa. This is the only market that excites me because of the attractive demographics, size of market, demand, entrepreneurial nature of the people, the natural resources most of which remain unexploited and so much more.
My thinking of the market is informed by my diverse educational and professional background in law, government, NGO and finance.
It is my belief that finance needs a new meta narrative, it is not necessarily the case that classical financial tools and macroeconomic concepts do not work but they can only work within the confines of a different narrative or totalizing schema where finance becomes truly a tool or a servant with which we can solve global challenges rather than it being our master.
Money can magnify wisdom or stupidity. The outcome of the use of money is determined by the person harnessing the force of money.
The finance industry needs to move from seeking money for the sake of having it to harnessing money for concrete and wise purposes.
This is important because money is a force that is a faithful servant but a terrible master and it is a force that can only be correctly harnessed when one has the correct understanding of the purpose of money as a force of good and not evil.
Carolyn Pairitz joined the Seeking Alpha Editorial Team September '13 and covers the ETFs and Financials vertical. Before joining, Carolyn was a contributor at ETFdatabase, Commodity HQ, and Dividend.com.
Carolyn graduated from DePaul University March '13 with a double BS in Finance and Economics along with a minor in Graphic Design she expects to never use. She is a Chicago native but currently resides in Boston, trading in bitter cold for mountains of snow.
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.
Data Center Knowledge - Contributor: writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Recently covered breaking news and actionable ideas REIT ideas for Benzinga "REIT Beat," now Contributor/Sr. REIT Expert. Select articles featured on Investopedia.com, Seeking Alpha, and published on Yahoo! Finance, Google, MSN, Finviz and many other financial portals. Recent Select Freelance contributor for Motley Fool, writing about REITs and real estate topics for the Financial Bureau.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
Hello SA. I'm happy to be a part of this great website. I have been a market watcher for many years, and have been a trader for 6 years back in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I have been a long-term investor since my early teens. I study and apply technical analysis, and I use common sense. I am a student of fundamental analysis, but I have a long way to go. That being said, I am very impressed with the trading style of some of the members here and have successfully incorporated some of their techniques into my toolbox. I hold a diversified portfolio of common stocks and mutual funds. I utilize many strategies at buying and holding long, and I have sold short as a trader and did fairly well with it. I endeavor to see the stock market in various ways. I study the general market outlook, but usually do not try to time the market as I believe that it's nearly impossible. I am holding issues such as Apple, McDonald's, Proctor and Gamble, Chevron, and Coca-Cola long-term.
Accounting degree from SUNY , Vietnam Vet and retired Army (Infantry) Major (Active Duty and USAR) . Retired Dept of Defense Supervisory Auditor and now full time (pending spouse approval on a recurring basis) Trader.
However I am mainly a DGI investor, but into total return w/ minimal dividends in my taxable portfolio and trading account.
I am no market wizard, as the Market has been a humbling mistress. However despite missteps I have been able, over 4 decades, to build a 7 digit portfolio.
Stocks, Real Estate, and gas leases (these 2 were stumbled upon just as I am a bumbling handy man and an avid outdoorsman) have blessed me beyond my humble expectations. Over the past few years I have enjoyed the wisdom of Chowder, Dave C., Rose, George A., DVK, Chuck C. and countless others who I look on as inspirational ,filled with common sense.
Have been an investor for over 60 years. Very conservative in approach. I have a tendency to discount most of what the government says about the economic situation. I try to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to stocks. I tend to favor holdings in Canada as their banks are generally far more honest and well run than our own. They tend to loan money only to people who have the means to pay it back. What a novel idea!
Individual investors should feel free to message me privately about my real-time subscription service, which is very affordable. That is also included with my short idea product for institutional investors, here on Seeking Alpha.
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I am a former financial communications programmer, turned full-time investor. I began investing in the mid-1990s, looking for a way to achieve early retirement. (A goal in which I have succeeded, if you don't consider full-time investing a job.) I took a scientific, experiment-based approach rather than a studious one. I feel that this approach, combined with my extensive programming work in financial markets and directly with traders has given me uncommon contrarian insight into what really drives market dynamics.
To that end, my articles will center around stocks and their derivatives because that's where I have the most experience (over 20 years). I may occasionally comment on currencies, where I believe I have a sound academic knowledge, but less trading experience.I will always refer to a company by name or some abbreviation thereof. By contrast, I will refer to the stock a company issues by its ticker symbol. I think it can be important to differentiate between the two.
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From a young age, the financial world captured my interest, so when most people were running around outside, I was inside struggling to understand the latest stock recommendation in Barron's. As an undergraduate student pursuing a career in finance, I now get to pursue this passion every day.
Seeking Alpha is a wonderful opportunity for me to practice and improve my writing skills. If you have any comments or critiques, please leave a comment or send me a message! I'm always looking to do better.
"Demonstrated success is the one outstanding fact which justifies confidence in the outlook for any particular business, and thus the investor will always, as a first test for an industry security, carefully consider the results already obtained." - John Moody
As an editor on the SA PRO team my job is to help find the best content for PRO, to provide feedback and develop talented contributors, and to work with other departments to strengthen the platform.
I have studied to ply my trade in finance with a bachelors in accounting. In 2014, I developed an app to access corporate disclosure materials at the SEC. My grandparent’s home was filled with valuing investing paraphernalia and, naturally, I became interested in the stock market.
Seeking Alpha is full of hidden gems and bum steers. Check out some of the authors I follow. And authors, check out "The Elements of Style" by Strunk & White.
Stocktalks represent my personal opinion only - links are not endorsements.
Michael Michaud is the founder owner of Invest2Success.com (http://www.invest2success.com/). He has been investing and trading in the financial markets since 1989.
He founded Invest2Success.com to empower independent and institutional investors traders to take control of their financial destiny by providing them education training mentorship and support for them to research analyze invest and trade in the markets successfully in the long-term.
As he says, "With knowledge, dated goals, a plan of action, then taking action, profitable investing and trading success will only be a matter of time."
Founder and publisher of Mr. Free at 33. Founder of Dividend Mantra. Writer, investor, entrepreneur, introvert, pragmatist, fitness enthusiast, minimalist, humanist, philosopher, urbanist, frugalist, philanthropist.
John Gerard Lewis is the principal at Gerard Wealth Management and also owns law-related media companies. He has appeared on the Fox Business Network (http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1620019538001), and is former manager of the "Stable High Yield" portfolio at Covestor.com.
I'm managing editor for SA PRO. I oversee SA PRO and Marketplace and support in a few other areas on the site. I'm always happy to hear from readers and contributors, whether to help with questions, hear your feedback, or learn how you're using the site. I've been working at SA since September 2012.
I've been investing for 6 years. I used to write articles for Seeking Alpha before becoming an editor (while I'm proud of the work I did, it probably would not have been up to our PRO standards, which is a good thing). I am probably one of SA's most frequent users, and have learned an immense amount from contributors, readers, and SA employees.
Beyond the market, I like reading, travel, writing, playing/writing/listening to music, and learning languages. Probably most relevant to ask me about SA, but you're welcome to get in touch on anything else as well.
Trained as a professional journalist, I always consider myself a life-long learner motivated by intellectual curiosity and self-enhancement. Equipped with two degrees in journalism and communication, I spent the first half of my 28-year career as a media man and latter half a self-made entrepreneur (covering property consultancy, media production, eco-technology and energy management).
By 50, I had made a fortune good enough to stop working to make a living. So gladly I retired and started enjoying life.
Since retired, I continued to learn investing by intensive reading and having paid mentor-ship. Having been enlightened by the brilliant minds of the SA contributors for a few years, I must confess that I have become "street-wiser, less naive and more sophisticated" in identifying market traps, reading technical analyses and finding deep undervalued stocks. Now I trust it is my turn to contribute.
Thomas H. Kee Jr., is President and CEO of Stock Traders Daily. The Stock of the Week Strategy offered by Stock Traders Daily may be the best performing strategy on the market since December, 2007 (before the credit crisis), and "The Investment Rate" is arguably the best measure of the underlying economy available anywhere (it is a macroeconomic work). Our reports and analysis are currently offered by Reuters Research to their institutional clients. Economic analysis and forecasting is provided to a variety of institutional and retail clientele through Stock Traders Daily's corporate website. Mr. Kee had worked with Smith Barney, AG Edwards, and Morgan Stanley before founding Stock Traders Daily in January 2000. Stock Traders daily thrived during the Internet Debacle. (http://stocktradersdaily.com/)
Value Wagon is a community focused on providing best-in-class investment ideas to the modern investor. Our investment strategies are limited to 2 categories where we have deep expertise: value investing & contrarian investing. We search for companies trading at unwarranted steep discounts based on old-school Buffett-Like fundamentals