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.
Mr. Dugger has worked in biotechnology and food production industries and with the critical resource limitations related to global food production for more than 40 years. He is a recognized expert in the economic relationships between critical resources like energy as it pertains to other critical resources such as the production and process of fertilizer components such as NPK and their impacts on food production.
Mr. Dugger was educated as a marine biologist, a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with extensive independent management training (military and AMA) during his 40+ year career he has contributed to commercial biotechnology development through research and business development, environmental impact analyses, and economic feasibility analyses. His most recent and ongoing professional activities include:- The development and integration of multi-species/multi-trophic aquaculture (ISRAS) as an effective peak resource and energy efficiency tool in the quest for being the most competitive (sustainable, economically efficient and least cost aquaculture food producer).
- Serves as Marine Biotechnology Development Specialist - Grape Bay Capital and Oceanis Fund Advisory Boards.
- The economic feasibility analysis of spiny lobster production technology and critical path development strategies.
- Developed an economic and sustainability development pathway analysis of biofuels - particularly for algae based biofuel aquaculture based on his commercial algae production experience through most of the past 40 years.(http://seekingalpha.com/article/1475791-the-bloom-is-off-npk-produced-algae-biofuel-development).
- During his career he has provided technical consulting services, technology audits, product development and testing, marketing studies, startup and project management for Fortune 500 new venture projects (Ralston Purina, Sun Oil Co., AMFAC, General Foods, Inc., International Protein, Inc.) mid-sized private companies (MRW Inc., ImmuDyne Inc., Zeigler Bros. Inc., Syndel Inc.) numerous private companies/investors, international development banks and funds (Agro-21, Jamaican National Bank, Asian Development Bank, Canadian Development Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corp. OPIC. Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Grape Bay Capital), Federal and state demonstration programs (US Army Corps. Of Engineers, City of Eastham, MA, University of FL and the FL Dept. of Ag., FL Dept. of Transportation) and his own companies.
In addition, he has taught a variety of biotechnology, economic and aquaculture related courses for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, American Soy Bean Association and as an invited guest speaker at energy conferences such as the 2009 AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - invitation by NASA) and at local colleges. He has written and presented technical papers to the World Aquaculture Association (WAS), research journals, trade publications and blogs. He was a Vice-President, board member of the World Aquaculture Society for 8 years as well as serving on the WAS Journals editorial and review staff. He is listed under "Collaborator and Consultants" on the NASA OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosure for Growing Algae) project.
Mr. Dugger services have been solicited as an expert witness by legal firms in biotechnology related cases including for the state of Florida and he has provided Congressional testimony regarding the development of the aquaculture industry in the US. He has been President and CEO of BioCepts International, Inc. since 1996.
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.
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..
Shawn W. Kravetz is President of Esplanade Capital LLC, a Boston-based investment management company.
Esplanade Capital was founded to manage capital for a small number of like-minded families, private investors, and institutions. The firm manages two private investment partnerships: Esplanade Capital Partners I LLC and Esplanade Capital Electron Partners LP.
Esplanade Capital is focused on a handful of sectors, including: retail, consumer products, casino gaming, business services, education, and solar power.
Prior to founding Esplanade Capital, Mr. Kravetz was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategy consulting boutique, where he advised chief executives on corporate strategy. Prior to Parthenon, Mr. Kravetz was Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at The CML Group, where he oversaw activities at subsidiaries including NordicTrack, The Nature Company, and Smith & Hawken.
Mr. Kravetz received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar. Mr. Kravetz received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, magna cum laude.
I am a college educated investor with no experience in finance. I have been investing for 6 years and end up doing quite a bit of reading and paying attention to stocks and business news for my own portfolio. I have some opinions that I would like to share with others and this seems to be a fairly reasonable place to do so. I tend to follow a dividend and value approach in my main portfolio, but also have interest in speculative small caps for a smaller portfolio.
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Accountant by day, punk rock bass player by night
My purpose for submitting these articles is basically to expand upon my own stock research and analysis. I realize that as an accountant I probably have a biased opinion of the ease of combing through financial documents but I'd like to present this complex information in an easy to understand fashion for the masses.
ABV is primarily a value investor with the odd foray into special situations or turnarounds. I try to find securities trading at a discount to a conservative estimate of intrinsic value (the cliched Margin of Safety).
My day job is in finance and that severely limits the number of stocks that I trade or comments on.
I am a Danish investor who enjoys to share my views on companies with others. My primary interests within the economic area are stock picking and investment theory. Furthermore I am a classic value investor. I have a keen interest in European companies and most of my articles will probably concern companies from my own continent, but I do also look towards the US occasionally.
I do not believe in market timing nor do I believe in any kind of chart analysis. I believe that owning great businesses at cheap prices during thick and thin will give you the best risk adjusted returns while sleeping well at night.
I am strongly influenced by theory and literature from numerous investors. The most influental have been Benjamin Graham, Howard Marks, Peter Lynch, Philip Fisher, Warren Buffett, Guy Spier, Mohnish Pabrai, Joel Greenblatt and Charlie Munger. I am eager to accumulate knowledge from these investors and many others during my lifetime. I hold a MSc. in business economics from Denmark but the literature from these aforementioned legendary investors are worth more to me than anything I have and will ever read during my studies.
CTO and co-founder of Cognilyze, a start-up company delivering psychology-based product recommendation. Also founder of Grizzly Analytics, analyzing and reporting on innovative mobile technologies, particularly indoor location and Internet of Things technologies.
I run my own consulting practice NT Advisors LLC, which serves companies in the technology and communications industries as well as private equity and venture capital firms. I am a former sell side equity research analyst in the technology sector for 18 years primarily at UBS. I was also the Global Technology Strategist at UBS from 2008-2012. During my career on Wall Street, I was voted to the Institutional Investor All-American Equity Research Team in 15 different years.
If you like my articles drop me a line on SeekingAlpha letting me know what you like and what you'd like to see more of.
I enjoy researching and writing about stocks. In the current economic climate, I am having trouble finding a position that lets me do this all the time, so I decided to start up my own website with my research. I have experience in law, finance, and political science. Along with a curious mind, and an affinity for reading.
You can contact me directly with questions with the contact information on my site.
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I am a retired clinical psychologist, and administrator and owner of a rehabilitation clinic we founded 40 years ago. For over 55 years I have managed several portfolios composed of investments accumulated over our professional careers. Since the financial crisis of 2008, I have employed specialized, customized dividend growth strategies aimed at enhancing and growing a dividend income stream.
Since December 24, 2014, I have demonstrated on Seeking Alpha the ongoing construction and portfolio management of the Fill-The-Gap Portfolio aimed at highlighting strategies investors may utilize to close the gap between an average Social Security benefit and the much greater costs faced in retirement.
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I spent many years working in various analytic jobs and trading on Wall Street. For nine of those years, I traded junk bonds for a large bank. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in accounting and finance. Currently I co-manage a precious metals and mining stock investment fund in Denver. My goal is to help people understand and analyze what is really going on in our financial system and economy.
Tim Phillips is CoFounder and Senior VP of Empower Semiconductor. Mr. Phillips also provides high-tech marketing and financial consulting services. Mr. Phillips has held executive positions in the semiconductor industry for twenty years including Vice-President & General Manager of a $140 million business unit focused on powering the data center and the cloud and held the position of Vice-President of Investor Relations for a $3 billion market cap company. Mr. Phillips has extensive M&A experience and has closed and integrated two large semiconductor acquisitions and managed the divestiture of a $300M business unit.
Mr. Phillips holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
Vice President level professional with over six years of experience at a bulge bracket investment bank supporting Securities Sales & Trading. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and am currently pursuing my MBA with a concentration in Finance as well. I have ten plus years of investing experience utilizing stocks, bonds, ETF’s, mutual funds and options to manage personal and family accounts.
Although all of my professional experience is on the Securities sell-side, I hope to move into a full time asset management/investment analysis role upon graduation from my MBA program. I follow the markets as a whole, from macroeconomic events to equities across the entire market cap spectrum, but my Seeking Alpha research and publications tend to focus on the small and mid-cap space. I believe this is the area in which the most value can be added from an independent and/or buy-side analyst standpoint, given the typical lack of coverage of these companies by most of the larger institutions. I am looking to leverage the Seeking Alpha platform in order to both promote and improve my investment analysis and writing skills, and hope that it could potentially open doors for me.
If you have questions about my publications, would like to know more about me or would just like to bounce around ideas, feel free to message me via Seeking Alpha.
Prescience Investment Group is a research-driven, performance-oriented investment firm. Prescience manages a private investment fund on behalf of its clients and principals with the objective of generating superior absolute investment returns over the full cycle of market and economic conditions.
We specialize in extensive, investigative research on difficult-to-analyze or obscure public companies in order to develop unique insights and identify singular investment opportunities. We seek out abnormally large disparities between what businesses are intrinsically worth and what they sell for and invest accordingly, long and short.
Jeffrey Friedland is CEO of the investment research firm, Friedland Equity Research (www.FriedlandEquityResearch.com), whose focus is equity research on companies in emerging and frontier markets.
Jeffrey Friedland is also Managing Director of the Singapore based investment banking and merchant banking firm, Friedland Global Capital Pte. Ltd.(www.friedlandcapital.com), which has offices in China and Panama and representatives in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The firm enables companies in emerging markets to access foreign investment capital.
Since 1979 Mr. Friedland has assisted hundreds of companies worldwide with their business planning and financing objectives. In addition to providing corporate finance advisory services, the services provided by Mr. Friedland have included obtaining venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and assistance to companies regarding financing their growth and going public.
Mr. Friedland has traveled globally with the management of companies with the objectives of assisting the companies with obtaining capital, expanding globally and entering into strategic alliances.
Mr. Friedland has been featured or quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and Forbes. He has also been featured over 60 times on Financial News Network, which is now CNBC, as well as on Bloomberg and Bloomberg TV.
Mr. Friedland has been a frequent speaker at various tradeshows, conferences, conventions and meetings throughout North America, Europe and Asia, most recently at a Bloomberg China Conference in London. His most recent speech was to institutional investors in New York, Boston and Phoenix on “Investment Opportunities in China after the Country's Regime Change.”
Robert L. FitzPatrick is an expert in examining and revealing deception and fraud in Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and bogus home-based businesses. He is an internationally recognized authority in multi-level marketing schemes and pyramid sales fraud. Robert FitzPatrick is not an investor in multi-level marketing companies. He has never owned and never plans to own stocks of multi-level marketing companies. He does not offer investment advice and he is not an attorney.
He is co-author of False Profits, the first book to critically examine the recent rise in pyramid and Ponzi schemes in home-based businesses. He was featured on NBC Dateline, ABC World News, and he was interviewed by correspondent Mike Wallace on CBS 60 Minutes. He has been interviewed live on NBC Today show, Canada's CBC National News, Christian Broadcasting Network, and on several BBC radio news programs aired in the UK. He has been quoted in many newspapers around the world, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
In 2012, False Profits will be published in Mandarin by Nanjiing University Press. The booklet, Pyramid Nation by Robert FitzPatrick, has been translated to Chinese and used by government regulators in writing China's first laws on pyramid schemes. His essay, "The 10 Big Lies of Multi-Level Marketing", has been translated into four languages and posted on numerous websites. His White Paper, "The Main Street Bubble", which details the extensive influence-buying of the direct selling industry and in the failure of federal regulators to protect consumers from pyramid marketing fraud has been read by staff circulated among members of Congress.
In June 2005, Robert FitzPatrick was asked by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to address banking representatives from that country as well as India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. The presentation was later published as part of a consumer education campaign against pyramid and Ponzi schemes.
Robert FitzPatrick was a featured speaker at the 2006 annual meeting in San Francisco of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. He has developed informational resources for consumers, journalists, academics and regulators including a multi-media PowerPoint presentation and a statistical analysis of the losses suffered by participants in pyramid selling schemes. He also published a widely read booklet on the landmark federal case brought against the Amway Corporation.
He is a expert network member of GLG Research, and Coleman Research Group, as well as other networks of experts who are referred to clients for consultation, speaking and report writing. In this capacity, he has provided expert consultation to financial many analysts who sought information about multi-level marketing companies and pyramid and Ponzi schemes.
Robert FitzPatrick co-founded and serves as president of Pyramid Scheme Alert, the first international organization to expose and prevent pyramid scheme fraud. He personally responds to hundreds of consumer and news media inquiries. He has served as consultant and expert witness for Attorney General or State Attorney offices in four states, the US Dept. of Justice, and in numerous cases involving distributor fraud and pyramid schemes.
I am constantly searching for great value stocks in today's bloated market. Stocks trading under net tangible assets that are profitable are my favorite. Sadly, they are becoming harder and harder to find. To benefit from my research, feel free to browse my articles.
Alan Brochstein, CFA, was the first investment professional to devote himself to sharing his observations about the cannabis industry from an investor's perspective publicly. He runs 420 Investor, a subscription-based due diligence platform for investors interested in the publicly-traded cannabis stocks and is also the founder of New Cannabis Ventures, a content aggregation site focused on investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.
Alan has worked in the securities industry since 1986, primarily with the responsibility for managing investments in institutional environments until he founded AB Analytical Services in 2007 in order to provide independent research and consulting to registered investment advisors. In addition to advising several different hedge funds and investment managers, including Friedberg Investment Management, where he participated as a member of its investment management committee, Alan was also a senior analyst for the independent research firm Management CV. In 2008, he began providing a first-of-its-kind subscription-based service for individual investors, Invest By Model, which offered two different portfolios that investors could replicate in their own accounts for $20 per month. Alan also offered The Analytical Trader at Marketfy, where he used fundamental and technical analysis in a disciplined process to offer specific trade ideas geared towards swing traders.
Alan launched www.420Investor.com in late 2013 as the premier source of information for "Green Rush" investors seeking to capitalize on the proliferation of legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In March 2014, Alan, who is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, began to focus solely on the cannabis sector. He launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com in late 2015.
You can follow Alan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/420investor) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Invest420). Alan also moderates a large LinkedIn group focused on the cannabis industry, Cannabis Investors & Entrepreneurs (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6523904)
Scott Rothbort has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the Founder and President of LakeView Asset Management, LLC, www.lakeviewasset.com a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in customized separate account management for high net worth individuals. In addition, he is the founder of TheFinanceProfessor.com www.thefinanceprofessor.com an educational social networking site where his blog also resides; and, publisher of The LakeView Restaurant & Food Chain Report www.restaurantstox.com , a newsletter focusing on investment and trading ideas in the food, restaurant and agricultural sectors. Mr. Rothbort is also a Term Professor of Finance at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, where he teaches courses in finance and economics; is the Chief Market Strategist for The Stillman School of Business; and, the co-supervisor of the Center for Securities Trading and Analysis. In May 2011, along with partners, he opened From Bagels To Burgers www.frombagelstoburgers.com , a restaurant in Lake George, NY for which he is the managing partner and CEO. In September 2011, along with Cody Willard, he co-founded Wall Street All-Stars www.wallstreetallstars.com , a collection of publications, commentary and analysis from some of the finest money managers and traders on Wall Street, where he also contributes his commentary on a daily basis.
Mr. Rothbort has written extensively for The Street.com www.thestreet.com since 2002. His blog is also republished by Seeking Alpha http://seekingalpha.com/author/scott-rothbort He has frequently appeared as a professional guest on Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business Network, CNBC Television, TheStreet.com TV, WallStreetWeek.com, and local television or radio. As an expert in the field of derivatives and exchange traded funds (ETFs), he frequently speaks at industry conferences. He is an ETF advisory board member for the Information Management Network, a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences. In addition he is widely quoted in interviews in the printed press and on the internet.
Mr. Rothbort founded LakeView Asset Management, LLC, in 2002. Prior to that, since 1991, he worked at Merrill Lynch where he held a wide variety of senior level management positions including: Business Director for the Global Equity Derivative Department; Global Director for Equity Swaps Trading and Risk Management; and, Director for secured funding and collateral management for the Global Capital Markets Group and Corporate Treasury. Prior to working at Merrill Lynch, within the financial services industry he worked for County Nat West Securities and Morgan Stanley, where he had international assignments in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. He began his career working at Price Waterhouse from 1982 to 1984.
Mr. Rothbort received an M.B.A., majoring in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business, New York University, in 1992, and a B.S. in Economics, majoring in Accounting, from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1982. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Mr. Rothbort is married to Layni Horowitz Rothbort, a real estate attorney and together they have five children.
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I'm a well-informed retail investor and post on SA in order to expose my thought process to critical examination and comment from readers. It makes me a better investor.
I'm particularly proud of bullish macro articles posted in 2009 and later, in which I presented ideas that encouraged me to invest very profitably in a rising market. I also did articles on individual stocks, many of which contained insights not available elsewhere. Finally, I wrote a number of thoughtful articles critical of financialism and the lack of ethics on Wall Street.
I do not post for compensation, as I am concerned that editorial policy encourages and pays a premium for articles that invite the reader to speculate on the short term movements of microcaps, penny stocks, and controversial issues. The best way for me to monetize my insights is to invest accordingly.
As a retail investor, I don't give investment advice. I write about what I'm investing in, and the thought process involved in decision making and stock selection. Hopefully some of what I write is of benefit to others, by sharing my experience as I interpret it and helping them improve their investment thinking and process.