Scott Grannis was Chief Economist from 1989 to 2007 at Western Asset Management Company, a Pasadena-based manager of fixed-income funds for institutional investors around the globe. He was a member of Western's Investment Strategy Committee, was responsible for developing the firm's domestic and international outlook, and provided consultation and advice on investment and asset allocation strategies to CFOs, Treasurers, and pension fund managers. He specialized in analysis of Federal Reserve policy and interest rate forecasting, and spearheaded the firm's research into Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Prior to joining Western Asset, he was Senior Economist at the Claremont Economics Institute, an economic forecasting and consulting service headed by John Rutledge, from 1980 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was Principal at Leland O'Brien Rubinstein Associates, a financial services firm that specialized in sophisticated hedging strategies for institutional investors.
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I am an individual investor managing my retirement funds and investment funds of other high net worth individuals from Queenstown, New Zealand.
I recently retired from a merchant bank in New York, where I ran a macro proprietary trading portfolio for 10 years. I achieved a compound 30% return p.a. compounded with no down years.
We split our capital about equally across investment opportunities in equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies.
In essence I am looking for global investment themes that offer significant value, and I enter trades when the market gives enough evidence of a change in trend.
I am a long term investor who generally looks to invest in themes and hold them for at least 12 months.
Jeff Diercks, is an investapreneur and recovering CPA. He actively trades his own money and manages the assets of a select group of clients at InTrust Advisors, a Tampa, Florida based wealth management firm focused on trend following and price momentum strategies utilizing ETF securities.
Mr. Diercks is also the managing member of Stock-Signal.com, which provides its subscribers with trend following buy and sell signals on a select group of broad market indexes.
Mr. Diercks has worked with discretionary and non-discretionary investment accounts for over a fifteen years and has overseen all aspects of InTrust's and Stock-Signal's investment processes. Additionally, he has over twenty years of experience working with wealthy individuals and families in both business and financial consulting roles.
Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT (aka Trendsman) is a Chartered Market Technician, a member of the Market Technicians Association and a former official contributor to the CME Group, the largest futures exchange in the world. He is the editor of TheDailyGold Premium. His work has been featured in CNBC, Barrons, Financial Times Alphaville, BusinessInsider, 321gold, Gold-Eagle, FinancialSense, GoldSeek, Kitco and Yahoo Finance. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with Mrs. Trendsman.
Dr. Charles Lieberman serves as chief investment officer for Advisors Capital Management L.L.C., a money management and investment advisory firm, servicing financial advisors and private clients throughout the country. Dr. Lieberman has overall responsibility for managing its three primary types of separate account portfolios, growth, growth with income, and income with growth.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in economics, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania before beginning his professional career as an academic at the University of Maryland and, subsequently, at Northwestern University. After five years in academia, Dr. Lieberman joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as head of its Monetary Analysis Staff before coming to Wall Street. At Morgan Stanley and Shearson Lehman Brothers, he focused on the debt and equity markets, respectively. In 1986, he joined Manufacturers Hanover Securities Corp. as chief economist and head of research and retained that position through the subsequent mergers with Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan. During his 11-1/2 years with these banks, he worked intensively with the Bank’s clients, as well as the Bank’s trading desks and portfolio and sat on the Bank’s Markets Committee, which was responsible for funding, interest rate and currency risk management. He also traveled extensively on behalf of the Bank, both domestically and internationally, consulting with senior government officials and portfolio managers of some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
In 1997, he left Chase to found, along with co-founder Henry Kaufman, the global macro hedge fund Strategic Investors Management L.L.C. and to serve as its managing partner and principal strategist. In this role, Dr. Lieberman constructed leveraged investments (some hedged, some unhedged) on a global basis.
Dr. Lieberman is frequently quoted in the media. He has appeared often on CNBC, Bloomberg radio and television, CNN, CNNfn, The Nightly Business Report on PBS, Reuters Financial Television, Fox Business News, and the major television networks. He is often quoted by Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Barron’s, and numerous other domestic and international business publications.
David Moenning is Chief Investment Officer at Sowell Management Services, a registered investment advisor with more than $500 million under management. Sowell emphasizes an MPD (Modern Portfolio Diversification) approach to portfolio design which diversifies client holdings not only across asset classes but also by strategy, manager, and investment methodology. Dave began his investment career in 1980 and has been an independent money manager since 1987. Thus, Dave has been live on the firing line and investing for a living for nearly 30 years.
Ralph Shell began his career as a grain trader for a large international grain trading firm. This involved negotiation of export contracts and moving grain and soy beans from the US to the export markets of the world. For a period, he also handled the companies hedging and trading activity in the pit of the Kansas City Board of Trade. After a short stint as a commodity analyst with Merrill Lynch in Chicago Shell began a career as analyst and trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. After trading on the floor for almost 20 years. the career continued as a broker trader away from the harsh Chicago climate. Commodity trading continued in the grains and other commodities, but the focus in recent years had been on the Forex markets.
I am the founder and editor of Investment Directions. My career has been managing and consulting to multi-billion dollar funds. Using the widely accepted “multi-manager” approach, I have worked with top investment managers throughout the country, gaining a high level of expertise.
My career has spanned many market environments, and I have hands-on experience searching out opportunities and avoiding risks in all of them. I now devote my time to Investment Directions, with the goal of helping investors further their understanding and improve their investing skills.
I am currently serving on: The AAUW Investment Advisers Committee and The City of Vista Investment Advisory Committee.
Chris Ciovacco is the founder and CEO of Ciovacco Capital Management (CCM), an independent money management firm serving individual investors nationwide. The thoroughly researched and backtested CCM Market Model answers these important questions: (1) How much should we allocate to risk assets?, (2) How much should we allocate to conservative assets?, (3) What are the most attractive risk assets?, and (4) What are the most attractive conservative assets?
Chris is an expert in identifying the best ETFs from a wide variety of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and precious metals. The CCM Market Model compares over 130 different ETFs to identify the most attractive risk-reward opportunities.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from The Georgia Institute of Technology with a co-operative degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to founding Ciovacco Capital Management in 1999, Mr. Ciovacco worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Atlanta for five years earning a strong reputation for his independent research and high integrity. While at Georgia Tech, he gained valuable experience working as a co-op for IBM (1985-1990). During his time with Morgan Stanley, Chris received extensive training which included extended stays in NYC at the World Trade Center.
His areas of expertise include technical analysis and market model development. CCM’s popular weekly technical analysis videos on YouTube have been viewed over 700,000 times. Chris’ years of experience and research led to the creation of the thoroughly backtested CCM Market Model, which serves as the foundation for the management of separate accounts for individuals and businesses.
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Michael James McDonald is now a stock market forecaster, real estate consultant and author. For twenty years he was a Senior Vice President of Investments at a major international investment firm where he managed over 500 million dollars in client assets. During his career he gave over 700 investment presentations throughout the country. He retired in 2002.
His first book, " A Strategic Guide to the Coming Roller Coaster Market", published in June 2000, was essentially a 200 page market forecast. Some say it was one of the best, long term forecasts ever made in stock market history. On the book's cover was written, "How a new model of the stock market predicts the end of the 18-year bull market (1982-2000) and the beginning of a new era." The new era was to be a long term trading range market like 1970. History shows the book was published three months before the trading range market began. Only now, more than ten years later, is the accuracy of that forecast readilly apparent.
On August 30th, 2010 he annnounced at SeekingAlpha that his long term trading range market ended in March of 2009. He says this date also marked the beginning of what he called in his book, the "Final Stampede" - a sharp, five year bull market that would follow the trading range market.
In 2003 he began an in-depth study of globalization, the trade deficit and what it all means to America. In 2006, in a series of talks to groups throughout California, he detailed this and that America was living about 10% beyond its means and would soon have to suffer a major adjustment. The 2008 financial crisis was the first step in that adjustment.
His studies indicate that the American economy is now affected more by global forces than any fiscal or monetary stimulation done by Washington or the FED. Globalization is known to be very hard on workers in developed countries like England and America. On this he says, "I believe 9% unemployment is now "full employment" in America; the jobs are no longer here. For ten years - from 1998 to 2008 - excess consumer spending created millions of temporary, non essential jobs. This artifical job production masked the damage being done to America from globalization and the loss of twenty million jobs to overseas labor. There are only so many products and services people really need and too many of them are now made overseas. Now that consumer spending and savings are back to normal, this damage is readily apparent." He thinks the correctness of this view, and its forecasting consequences, will slowly be seen and accepted over the next two years.
He also says, "You can't fix a problem until you isolate the true source of that problem. I say the problem comes from outside - from the way America entered into globalization. Washington and FED aren't thinking about these things, they're just reacting. They're using old, consensus solutions that no longer apply to our global economy. We need leaders with the courage to do all the unpopular and difficult things that need to be done; not to do things in the best interest of their party or themselves, but the nation. That's a rare person. But at this critical time its necessary. Only then, with forceful, intended leadership, can we, as a nation, address and possibly correct the real issues taking us down."
He is currently working with Market Watch LLC., a real estate consulting firm in Orange County, CA and Cromford Associates LLC, in Phoenix, AZ, researching the outlook for Real Esate in both Phoenix and the Coachella Valley. His personal email address is email@example.com.
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Bret Rosenthal is Principal of RCM, LLC, and founding partner of the Fortune's Favor Family of Funds. Bret Rosenthal is responsible for the day to day management of the Fund’s investment and business activities. Rosenthal Capital Management, LLC, is an independent investment management company founded by managing members Gary and Bret Rosenthal.
Prior to starting Rosenthal Capital, Mr. Rosenthal served as Director of Investments at Wachovia Securities, plus Senior Vice President of Investments at Prudential Securities. In both cases, Mr. Rosenthal constructed and monitored investment portfolios for high net worth individuals, trusts, pension plans and foundations. From 2003-2005 Mr. Rosenthal sat on the Directors' Council at Wachovia Securities.
Prior to that time, he spent three years on the Chairman’s Council at Prudential Securities. While at Prudential Mr. Rosenthal developed a computerized trading system that was highlighted in the book The Winner’s Circle (2002). During this time, he also became a registered investment advisor and was covered under Prudential’s ADV documents.
Mr. Rosenthal received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
For more on Bret visit: http://rosenthalcapital.com/blog/
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
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Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
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Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com
Jeffrey Saut is Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Equity Research at Raymond James & Associates.
Mr. Saut began his career on a trading desk in New York City. In 1973, he joined E.F . Hutton, where he began following equities and writing research. He subsequently worked as a securities analyst for Wheat First Securities, and then Branch Cabell, where he ran the equity research group as director of research and acted as portfolio manager for the firm's affiliate, Exeter Capital Management. As director of research, he built the research and institutional sales departments for the regional brokerage firm Ferris, Baker and Watts, Inc. and subsequently Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.
Mr. Saut is well known for his insightful and colorful commentary regarding the stock market, and he makes regular media appearances.
Note: Mr. Saut is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Mr. Saut's public commentary.
Brad McFadden manages a proprietary global macro fund.
He invests by trading the primary direction of asset classes and also looks for extreme deep value situations, providing "liquidity" to panic buyers and sellers.
He publishes his investing approach through DailyTradingReport.com, along with actionable advice expressed through various portfolios. Each portfolio has its own risk profile and trading theme. Brad publishes his investing results, updated daily, with a complete performance history.
It is this accountability that he credits as being able to attract a loyal following of many thousands of people.
Through DailyTradingReport.com Brad also runs an Investor Mentor program. This provides a mentoring service for those looking to "take the next step" in their investment education.