I have worked on M&A deals in a variety of industries including retail banking, logistics, luxury retail, and printing. This has helped me develop skills not only in financial analysis but also in deciphering management rhetoric. After investment banking, I switched to a corporate finance role in a snack food business where I developed financial models for community purchasing decisions & streamlining variable costs calculations. This helped me learn the art of forecasting and understanding the key roadblocks to a company's success. Both these roles have helped me look beyond quantitative analysis and focus on intangibles that can make or break a company's future and thus made me a better investor. I received my Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and I have a MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School.
Value Digger holds MSc. in Electrical Engineering, speaks four languages (English, French, Greek, German) and has lived in the U.S. for many years. Also, he is a full-time investor and a freelance writer with one of the highest Followers per Article (F/A) rates in Seeking Alpha. His F/A rate in Seeking Alpha is above 30.
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When it comes to his publicly-available picks and his free Seeking Alpha articles, Value Digger is ranked in the TOP-50 with a success rate of over 80%, an average return per recommendation of over 30% and a 5-star rating according to TipRanks.com, which is the highest category quality ranking used to evaluate financial experts. TipRanks.com is a comprehensive investing tool that allows private investors and day traders to see the measured performance of anyone who publicly provides financial advice. TipRanks.com collects data, evaluates and ranks 9,000 financial experts worldwide.
After almost 30 years of investing experience in the international markets (U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe), Value Digger has formulated a deep understanding of valuation analysis and his investment philosophy is firmly grounded in Ben Graham-style value-oriented opportunities that often have an assymetric risk/reward profile. On that front, he has created a unique proprietary database with thousands of publicly-traded companies per sector, which helps him spot the bargains and the bubbles before many investors find them.
I was a software engineer for a little over 21 years before I decided to call it quits to the corporate world when I was 45 years old (in 2014). I have always dreamed of retiring early, but I didn't plan to retire until I was 50 years old. When I realized my investment portfolio could generate the income I needed to free my life from the shackles of the corporate world, I quit my job and never looked back.
I did not win the lottery, inherited large sums of money, nor got lots of stock options from a company that I worked at that IPO'ed. It was all very hard-earned. I lived below my means and saved a substantial percentage of my take-home pay ever since the third year of my professional life.
I've been a lurker on SeekingAlpha for years, and finally decided to become a contributor to document my journey as an early retiree.
It's hard to categorize me as an investor. Although I'm mostly "dividend growth" minded, I also dabble in growth, deep value, speculation, as well as a little hedging now and then with options.
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Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
I come from a background of Electrical Engineering. I enjoyed the creativity of working in the high-tech industry for 24 years, in design and managerial positions. In 2013 I decided to take a few years off from high-tech work, and concentrate on other areas of interest, including investing and stock analysis. I mostly invest in technology, and biotech, which I believe is the next revolution that is already underway, like computers were 20-50 years ago.
I have a degree in finance with a concentration in commercial real estate. I am currently managing around $700K across five portfolios.
I look for companies that have a history of making money and rewarding shareholders during both good & bad times. I like to have portfolios that are relatively evenly distributed across a range of sectors to prevent one sector from blowing up a portfolio like the tech, financial & energy blowups of the past 15 years.
Portfolio level goals: 10% CAGR, 5% yield, 0.70 beta, 8%+ DGR, 10% max position weighting, 25% max sector weighting.
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Education: I Graduated in Business Administration in 2006, I'm currently a CFA level 2 Candidate, I have also attended online valuation courses from professor Damodaran of NYU university and a trading course from ex Goldman Sachs trader Anton Kreil.
Work: I have worked in Product Management and Business Development in the technology industry for 6 years and another 5 years as entrepreneur.
Investing: I manage different personal portfolios with different strategies. Here at seeking alpha I will share the research I do for technology stocks.
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.
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I am an undergraduate student majoring in finance and attending Grove City College. At Grove City College I oversee our Student Investment Society. I also serve as Executive Treasurer of our Student Government Association.
In terms of an investment philosophy, I focus on businesses with wide moats and strong balance sheets which generate large amounts of free cash flow. I tend to stay away from large cap names and focus on anything in the mid cap space all the way down to some micro caps.
This past year, I attended the CMU Seeking Alpha Stock Pitch competition with another undergrad writer and placed second for our thesis on Nexstar Broadcasting.
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I manage capital of my family. Do my own research on companies. Invest not speculate. My investing horizon is 20 years plus.
Investment backgroud: All the knowledge that I have about investing and markets is mostly self taught. I believe that investing should not be complicated, and has to make sense. The companies, that I decide to become a part owner through the means of common shares, has to have an understandable business model (at least, I have to understand how company makes money), have a distinct features or economic moats which make the business model sustainable, and a reasonable price tag. I am not interested in turnarounds, and fly-by-night companies. Time is the most valuable resource, therefore I concentrate on the best of breed companies. I consider people like Charles Munger, Warren Buffett, David Einhorn, Bruce Berkowitz as my mentors, as I learnt a lot from these gentlemen.
My approach: I do not have a specific approach to analyzing companies. I follow the advice of WB, and immerse myself into the company filings, transcripts, presentations, articles and interviews. First things first, so my main objective is to understand the business model of the company and the industry dynamics. All the other factors, like appraisal and forecasting comes next.
Currently, I live in Astana, Kazakhstan, Have a wife and a son. Speak fluently Turkish, Russian, English and Kazakh.
My favorite quote: "There’s much to be said for just putting one foot in front of the other every day." - BRK Annual Letter of 2006.
Tech Analyst and opportunistic investor focused primarily on micro caps and up and coming technology companies. I am currently in discussions with a partner to develop and launch a investment premium newsletter website. If you are interested in learning more about my premium newsletter or would like to be added to my mailing list you can inbox me.
You can follow my personal trades and invest your own money with me via Instavest www.instavest.com My focus is on ground breaking technology and the companies that will deliver them in the future. I have managed a family portfolio since 2008 that has been focused on growth and income generation. You can follow me on twitter @MattMargolis24
It is very hard or impossible to time the broad market consistently — there are no famous investors that got rich by consistently knowing what the broad market would do next. This only makes sense, as there are just too many variables in the broad market. But there are many famous investors who got rich analyzing individual securities, and this is where you should put your focus. You can get an edge in individual securities. Joe Springer was the number 1 ranked stock analyst in the world by tipranks.com, and on most days is still ranked in the top 5%. Joe is a Certified Technical Trainer, and enjoys teaching about the stock market as well as managing portfolios. If you would like to follow Joe on Twitter, his handle is @JoeSpringer.
I am a highly trained professional equity analyst. My specialty is finding companies with excellent ratios of risk to reward. Before going independent, I was the head analyst at a boutique Israeli hedge fund. Today I am a consultant to several multibillion-dollar firms. I have covered many sectors, including technology, solar and semiconductors. I have learned to connect the dots and discern how forces in these various industries will affect individual companies. I am a big believer in analyzing investments from the top down. This means identifying themes and trends that can reveal where industries and individual companies will be in the future. There are no magic formulas for this process, just a lot of hard work. After I've found a company, analyzed it and concluded its value, then it is just like a poker game with endless cards. All we have to do is sit and wait for the next card to reveal itself and adjust our thesis accordingly. Once we find the true value of a company, we must ignore day-to-day market chaos. If we have done our research properly, we do not need to worry if the Dow goes up or down a particular day, week or month. Peter Lynch, Ben Graham and Phillip Fisher are my biggest influences. I encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about the market to read any of their books.
I am a retired wall street attorney. I started out specializing exclusively in securities law. As I developed my practice, it morphed into a corporate finance practice specializing in mergers and acquisitions, with the securities law aspects being secondary.
I'm not much for diversification. I tend to put a substantial amount in a few baskets and then watch those baskets very, very carefully.
I provide economic analysis, market commentary and company-specific research. My general view is to operate a diversified basket of long-term investments in both equities and fixed income. I have a bachelor's degree in economics from San Diego State University (2007), eight years of publishing experience and over a decade of cumulative investment experience. I have been published in several newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron's.
I am an international investment advisor, business development consultant and and financial services entrepreneur with over twenty five years of experience in international wealth management. I am a pioneer in the emerging field of marketplace lending as an alternative to traditional fixed-income as a source of consistent, attractive, low-volatility returns for investors. (see published articles below) I began my career in 1991 at Merrill Lynch International Private Bank in Madrid, Spain as a Financial Consultant, and left Merrill Lynch in 2003 as a Senior Vice President to co-found Private Wealth Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Spain´s Banco Inversis in 2009. Prior to joining mineral&rocks as North American Sales Manager and Synthesis Multi-Asset Architecture Sicav-Sif as Senior Advisor for Business Development, I founded Clearwater Private Investment, an investment consulting firm focused on helping high net-worth investors (and savers) to design strategies to preserve and grow their financial wealth through low volatility, non-market alternative finance and direct lending solutions such as Marketplace Lending (Consumer Lending, Factoring, Discounted Invoice Lending, Trade Finance and Mortgage-backed Bridge Finance Lending). I am a speaker, writer and champion of marketplace lending as a source of consistent and predictable returns for investors. Additionally, I am familiar with the investment regulatory requirements in both Europe and the US for European and American citizens and residents.
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At Valuentum, we think the best opportunities arise from a complete understanding of all investing disciplines in order to identify the most attractive stocks at any given time. Valuentum therefore analyzes each stock across a wide spectrum of philosophies, from deep value through momentum investing. We think companies that are attractive from a number of investment perspectives--whether it be growth, value, momentum, etc.--have the greatest probability of capital appreciation and relative outperformance. The more investors that are interested in the stock for reasons based on their respective investment mandates, the more likely it will move higher.
Brian Nelson is the President of Equity Research at Valuentum Securities, an investment research firm serving individual and institutional investors, as well as financial advisors. Before founding Valuentum, Mr. Nelson worked as a director at Morningstar, where he was responsible for training and methodology development within the firm's equity and credit research department. Prior to that position, he served as a senior industrials securities analyst, covering aerospace, airlines, construction and environmental services companies. Before joining Morningstar in February 2006, Mr. Nelson worked for a small capitalization fund covering a variety of sectors for an aggressive growth investment management firm in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University. Mr. Nelson has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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Brian led the charge in developing Morningstar's issuer credit ratings, developing and rolling-out one of the firm's proprietary credit metrics, the Cash Flow Cushion. http://select.morningstar.com/welcome/credit/pdfs/Morningstar_CashFlowCushion.pdf
Brian is frequently quoted in the media and has been a frequent guest on Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV, and the Money Show.
Mr. Nelson is very experienced in valuing equities, developing Morningstar's discounted cash-flow model used to derive the fair value estimates for the company's entire equity coverage universe.
Brian worked on a small cap fund and a micro cap fund that were ranked within the top 10th percentile and top 1st percentile within the Small Cap Lipper Growth Universe, respectively, in 2005.
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Michael Connellan is a former corporate CEO and investment banker who built health care companies culminating in IPOs and private equity sales. He currently serves on various company Boards, in addition to managing investments. He is the publisher of the Strategic Global Investor newsletter [StrategicGlobalInvestor.com]; 100% of all newsletter revenues are contributed to charity. Mr. Connellan attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, and an MBA in Finance with Distinction from the American University. In 2010 he published a fiction novel of international financial crime called The Fourth Account. He lives in Southern California with his wife and Basset Hound, Melody.
Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for 25 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. A prolific writer and speaker he appears regularly on CNBC and has spoken for the Foreign Policy Association. In addition to being quoted in the financial press daily, Chandler has been published in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Post. In 2009 Chandler was named a Business Visionary by Forbes.
Marc's commentary can be found at his blog (www.marctomarket.com) and twitter www.twitter.com/marcmakingsense