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Former buyside analyst now running my own fund. Things to know:
1) I research a lot of companies, but invest in very few. My goal on SA is to provide analysis, particularly of small and underfollowed companies, that readers can use as a starting point for their own research. When you read my articles, please understand that I try to present a high-level look. It's up to the reader to determine if it's the sort of situation that is worth monitoring. Note that I usually try to err on the side of conservatism, so just because I'm not enthused by a particular investment candidate doesn't mean you shouldn't be.
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An entrepreneurial generalist who has served principally as a business leader and consultant in the information technology, communications, and business services arenas. Now retired, a stock picker and writer who enjoys writing about the semiconductor memory industry, among other things. When I'm not doing that I'm backpacking, cycling, and playing with my grandchildren.
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David J. Merkel, CFA — From 2003-2007, I was a leading commentator at the excellent investment website RealMoney.com (http://www.RealMoney.com). Back in 2003, after several years of correspondence, James Cramer invited me to write for the site, and now I write for RealMoney on equity and bond portfolio management, macroeconomics, derivatives, quantitative strategies, insurance issues, corporate governance, etc. My specialty is looking at the interlinkages in the markets in order to understand individual markets better.
I no longer contribute to RealMoney because my work duties have gotten larger, and I began this blog to develop a distinct voice with a wider distribution.
In 2008, I became the Chief Economist and Director of Research of Finacorp Securities (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/02-08-2008/0004752449&EDATE=). Finacorp went into liquidation in June 2010, after which I decided to open my own asset management shop, Aleph Investments, LLC. I manage stock and bond portfolios for clients.
Until 2007, I was a senior investment analyst at Hovde Capital, responsible for analysis and valuation of investment opportunities for the FIP funds, particularly of companies in the insurance industry. I also managed the internal profit sharing and charitable endowment monies of the firm.
Prior to joining Hovde in 2003, I managed corporate bonds for Dwight Asset Management. In 1998, I joined the Mount Washington Investment Group as the Mortgage Bond and Asset Liability manager after working with Provident Mutual, AIG and Pacific Standard Life.
My background as a life actuary has given me a different perspective on investing. How do you earn money without taking undue risk? How do you convey ideas about investing while showing a proper level of uncertainty on the likelihood of success? How do the various markets fit together, telling us us a broader story than any single piece? These are the themes that I will deal with in this blog. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University.
In my spare time, I take care of our eight children with my wonderful wife Ruth. Visit this site: The Aleph Blog (http://alephblog.com/)
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David is CEO of New Constructs (www.newconstructs.com), an independent research firm that leverages proprietary technology to find key insights from the Financial Footnotes of 10Ks and 10Qs. Having analyzed over 70,000 annual reports and their Financial Footnotes, New Constructs helps protect clients from the red flags/unknowns in SEC filings.
David is a distinguished investment strategist and corporate finance expert. He is a member of FASB's Investors Advisory Committee, and he is author of the Chapter “Modern Tools for Valuation” in The Valuation Handbook (Wiley Finance 2010).
David's insights into the markets and his stock picks have been popular with a wide variety of media outlets.
I work on the buy-side at a long/short fund. In my former life I was a senior, sell-side analyst at a large regional bank/brokerage firm covering a list of consumer discretionary companies. As a junior analyst on the sell-side I assisted in the coverage of automotive suppliers and OEMs.
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I have spent over thirty years in the financial services industry and I am the author of Dead Companies Walking: How a Hedge Fund Manager Finds Opportunity in Unexpected Places, an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Since 1991, I have managed the hedge fund Crown Capital in Marin County, California.
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I am a Portuguese independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked for both sell side (brokerage) and buy side (fund management) institutions.
I've been trading professionally for about 20 years and also launched www.thinkfn.com in 2004. Thinkfn (Think Finance) carries thousands of educational articles on finance and the markets.
I trade futures, stocks from the long and short side, forex and options. I trade both discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader, Quantshare and others).
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I am the founder of Shaun Currie Research, an independent investment research firm that offers freelance, contract-based, and performance-based investment analysis and training for investment firms, newsletters, and blogs.
I have 10 years of investment experiences which include time spent at T Rowe Price (long only), Wells Capital Management (concentrated long only), and as the Director of Research at Manalapan Oracle Capital Management (long/short equity). I am currently completing my MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. I graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.
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Dan Rayburn is Executive Vice President for StreamingMedia.com (http://www.streamingmedia.com/) and is recognized by many as the voice for the streaming and online video industry. He is also a Principal Analyst with Frost & Sullivan, working in their Digital Media group. He is a sought after speaker, writer, publisher, and consultant, and his work has been featured in print and online by nearly every major media outlet over the past 14 years. He co-founded one of the industry's first streaming media webcasting production companies successfully acquired by Digital Island for $70M. He has his own line of books for Focal Press entitled "The Dan Rayburn Hands On Guide" Series, with eight titles available in print. Regularly consulted by the media, he has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles and is a sought after expert in patent cases involving IP-based video. He is a regular analyst to the investment community via the Gerson Lehrman Group and his Business of Video (http://www.BusinessOfVideo.com/) blog is one of the most widely read sites for analysts, venture capitalists, and financial money managers who cover companies in the online video sector.
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During my collegiate and graduate career, I became very interested in the financial markets and investing in general. Since then, it has become one of my greatest passions. While staying true to the teachings of the greats, such as Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, and Warren Buffett, I have embraced additional methodologies and ideas which I believe can only enhance my skills as an investor.
I have a BBA in both Business Administration/Finance and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Business Administration/Finance. All degrees were obtained at Millsaps College located in Jackson, MS. I am currently studying for the CFP exam.
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Here are some of my principal investing guidelines:
1) Strong Potential for Growth -- This can be internal or external. Small Cap or Large Cap. Many people believe in the hot "growth" stocks in the smaller cap spaces, but overlook a larger, more prominent company's prospects for growth. Never overlook an opportunity.
2) Financial Fundamentals -- Just I preached not overlooking a larger company for the preconceived notion of no-slow growth, don't overlook a smaller company on the notion that it is not a "safe" investment. While no stock can be classified as truly safe, many small companies with solid fundamentals on their financial statements (liquidity ratios, Cash Flow generation, etc.) can be even more "safe" then their much larger counterparts that could be drowning in debt.
3) Look for the Ratios: I strongly follow undervalued companies using ratios such as the PEG, P/E, P/C, and P/B to help me identify companies that are trading at a discount. As such, I am typically a long term player -- however, I do not hesitate to make neccessary updates to my portfolio as a change in fundamentals takes place.
4) REMOVE EMOTION FROM THE EQUATION. By far the most important lesson in investing. Don't panic in a bear run and sell, and don't get caught up in a bull run and buy. 99% of the time you will wind up buying high and selling low if you let your emotions get the best of you.
BS in Economics, MA in Public Policy (International Economic Policy). J is a well-known voice in the global shipping community, with unparalleled investment results and a penchant for activist investing.
Mintzmyer founded Value Investor's Edge, a top-ranked deep value research service in May 2015, with the goal of establishing a top-tier community of deep value investors and activists. Value Investor's Edge subscribers leverage exclusive in-depth analytic reports and community investment experience to discover disconnects in global shipping and a variety of other beaten down sectors.
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J is a CFA candidate and investment enthusiast who utilizes Seeking Alpha to provide an open exchange of both trading and investment ideas. Masters in Public Policy, with focus on International Security & Economic Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Economics. President of Mintzmyer Investments LLC, a financial services company specializing in equity research and hedge fund advisory.
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Erik Kobayashi-Solomon is the author of The Intelligent Option Investor (McGraw-Hill, 2014) and founder of IOI, LLC.
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Erik has worked in the investment industry since 1997 in a wide variety of buy- and sell-side roles on both sides of the Pacific. Past positions have included the head of listed derivative operations for a bulge bracket firm’s Tokyo branch, the market risk manager for a global long-short equity hedge fund, editor of Morningstar’s OptionInvestor newsletter, and architect of the IFC’s (World Bank Group) standardized valuation model for emerging market private equity business.
Erik lives in Chicago, Illinois with his family and enjoys hiking and reading.
I am currently an individual investor with focus on event-driven trading and long-short opportunities. I graduated Emory University in 2009 and am also a finance Phd dropout from UCLA Anderson. I could be reached at email@example.com
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I have retired from a 35 years career in the semiconductor industry. I now have the time to do the deep research necessary for successful investing.
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I am a member of MENSA, which means precisely nothing except I wake up in the middle of the night doing pointless math problems in my head:)
I'm an independent investor & technologist. I can be found on twitter at TechWzrd. I enjoy finding long stock ideas by developing a deep fundamental understanding of a company's value and strategy.
I've been contributing to SA since 2011, with a break to join the PRO editorial team from 2013-2015. I got my Series 7 and 63 back in 2000, and watched the dot-com bubble peak and then burst in real time at a small, tech-focused retail brokerage in NYC.