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I am a blogger, newsman and native of Peoria, Illinois, world headquarters of Caterpillar Inc. I live in Silicon Valley today, where I earn a living on the copy desk at the San Jose Mercury News. My downstate Illinois roots inspired me to create Cat Stock Blog (http://catstockblog.com/), the only blog devoted exclusively to news, links and lore of Caterpillar Inc.
Cat Stock Blog uses Caterpillar's stock price as a window on the fortunes of the company and the macroeconomic forces that shape the heavy equipment industry. Caterpillar is an essential company: Its 100,000 employees create the world's leading brand of heavy construction and mining machinery.
I figured a Dow 30 company with sales of over $40 billion a year would have multiple blogs covering its every move. I checked, found none, and created Cat Stock Blog to snatch up the idea before somebody else did.
I've been a newsman for 20 years and a blogger since long before the term was invented (I've met the author; he issues his regrets). I follow newspaper industry standards of accuracy and fairness, but I am not a working financial journalist. I occasionally copy edit business stories along with the mix of murders, graft and corruption that fill the space between the ads of a local daily newspaper.
Though I am not a financial pro, I have been a bear-scratched student of the stock market for the past 10 years. I have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of trading, charting and decoding indicators that drive stock performance. I've bought high and sold low enough times to know the folly of predicting the market's direction.
Cat Stock Blog was not conceived out of charity for Caterpillar shareholders. I plan to attract an audience of Cat workers, suppliers and investors big enough to find my retirement, which could begin day now, given the newspaper industry's travails.
I do not own shares of Caterpillar stock, though members of my family draw Caterpillar pensions.
Visit his blog: Cat Stock Blog (http://catstockblog.com/)
About a year ago, a company asked me to write a daily blog for them. I told them that I’d never read a blog and had absolutely no idea how to write one but sure, if you want to pay me for it, I’ll give it a shot. It was either my good or bad fortune to start at the beginning of the credit crisis. Good because there was a lot to write about, bad because they didn’t really want me to chronicle and opine on the disaster of the day. Guess who won that standoff. But I was hooked on blogging, so I started my own blog, called it But Then What and here we are.
I’m not sure that credentials mean much when it comes to writing about things but people seem to want to see them, so briefly here are mine. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from an undistinguished Midwestern university and masters in international business from an equally undistinguished Southwestern University. I spent a number of years working for large banks lending to lots of different industries. For the past few years, I’ve been engaged in real estate finance – primarily for commercial projects. Like a lot of other finance guys, I’m looking for a job at this point in time.
Given all of that, I suggest that you take what I write with the appropriate grain of salt. I try and figure out what’s behind the news but suspect that I’m often delusional. Nevertheless, I keep throwing things out there and occasionally it sticks. I do read the comments that readers leave and to the extent I can reply to them. I also reply to all emails so feel free to contact me if you want to discuss something at more length. Oh, I also have a very thick skin, so if you disagree feel free to say so.
Enjoy what I write and let me know when I’m off base – I probably won’t agree with you but don’t be shy.
Visit my blog http://www.butthenwhat.com or follow me on twitter at twitter.com/tomlindmark.
Shayne Heffernan is an Economist, Trader, Fund Manager and Venture Capitalist based in Asia.
He also serves as Editor and contributor at www.livetradingnews.com,
Founder of The Heffernan Group and currently building the company's financial services business in China.
Major shareholder and CEO of several Asian companies.
Ted Allrich, principle at The Online Investor, is the author of the book The On-Line Investor (St. Martin's Press) and is vice-chairman of the board for The Bank of Internet USA. His next book, Comfort Zone Investing, Build Wealth And Sleep Well At Night, is scheduled for release on February 6, 2007.
Ted has spent over twenty-five years in the capital markets, working in areas from fixed income to investment banking to equity trading. He has an MBA from Stanford, and an English degree from the University of California at Davis.
Visit the site: The Online Investor (http://www.theonlineinvestor.com/)
Tate Dwinnell is an independent investment analyst who, after spending time as an analyst for CANSLIM.net, developed his own websites with the goal of empowering the self investor and helping to level the playing field between professionals and individuals. Tate currently runs a membership advisory service at SelfInvestors.com, an award winning investing blog, a general ETF portal at ETFFundInvesting.com and a portal focused on Oil ETFs at OilETFCentral.com . Tate's newest venture at GreenStocksCentral.com is quickly becoming one of the top portals around for everything related to green energy investing.
Stephen Yu is a CFA Charterholder and the President of Lumen Funds. From October, 1997 through December, 2014, discretionary, unlevered portfolios returned an average of 10.4% annually. The portfolios are long-only and employ value, contrarian, and event-driven strategies. Contact: email@example.com
J.D. Steinhilber runs his own investment firm - Agile Investing (http://agileinvesting.com/) - that manages client portfolios using a pure-ETF approach, and writes a newsletter about ETF investing. His work stands out for its quantitative rigor, and we particularly appreciate his comparative analysis of asset classes. Sign up for a free trial subscription to Agile's newsletter. (http://www.agileinvesting.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/72/MenuGroup/Home.htm)
Stacey Patrick Laliberte is a do it yourself investor who actively manages his own investments. While not researching and managing his investments, he is busy writing on his blog quantuminvestmentblog.com (http://quantuminvestmentblog.com/). More of Stacey’s articles can be found on stockhouse.com (http://stockhouse.com)
Chris is the Founder and Managing Director of Maple Leaf Metals Exchange Inc. He possesses a Chartered Accountant designation and is a former Senior Auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP where he provided audit and assurance services to Fortune 500 companies, as well as independent businesses. He left Deloitte to aid Euro Pacific Canada Inc., an IIROC dealer-member, during its formative period by serving as Chief Financial Officer before founding Maple Leaf Metals Exchange Inc.
MUST READ: IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION in the 'Company' section below applies to ALL correspondence made by Soos Global on SeekingAlpha.com.
Soos Global Capital Advisors, LLC was founded by our Principal, Edward J. Leventhal, after a 23-year career at Salomon Brothers, which became Citigroup through mergers. Since 2002, Ed was among Citigroup's Senior Management (top 1% of the firm).
After graduating from The Wharton School of Business in 1982, Ed started his career in Corporate Banking at Bank of America, where, for four years, he was an associate in the Fortune 500 group advising international companies such as Macy's, American Brands, RJReynolds, Zayre Stores and JC Penney.
In 1986, in addition to completing his MBA at New York University, Ed moved to Salomon Brothers, where he worked for the next 23 years, through its mergers with Travelers and then Citigroup. During that time, he was in institutional sales and trading advising many of the largest hedge funds, banks, mutual funds, central banks and other government institutions on investment opportunities in various asset classes all over the world. His career advanced from US Treasury sales with specialization in derivatives, to heading the Global Government Bond team in the US, followed by managing Salomon's West Coast Fixed Income business (based in San Francisco), after which he returned to NY to become Global Product Manager of Emerging Markets, and finally, leading Global Relationship Management for Citigroup's premier institutional clients across Equities and Fixed Income around the globe.
Soos Global Capital Advisors, LLC provides Ed's global markets and institutional level experience to a select group of high-net-worth private investors who are looking for that level of sophistication in the way their money is managed and in designing investment portfolios suitable to their investment goals, risk tolerances, and liquidity preferences. Capitalizing on years of experience in global financial markets and on three full passports of international travel, Ed's assessment of global opportunities provides Soos Global with its key competitive investment edge. We offer a choice of actively managed strategies, differing by levels of risk, all based on global-macro, thematic opportunities, driven by thorough geopolitical risk assessments, fundamental research, and complemented by technical analysis. Soos Global has chosen Fidelity Investments as our preferred and recommended custodian for client funds and securities, and as our primary trading desk through which we access a complete menu of financial products.
Ron Rowland is a portfolio manager with Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in active management, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
He has been providing market commentary and active investment advice since 1991. He is the founder and editor of Invest With An Edge, a website and weekly newsletter providing free actionable ideas for ETFs, and the home of ETF Deathwatch.
Additionally, he is the Executive Editor of the All Star Investor newsletter (http://allstarinvestor.com), a highly regarded paid subscription investment service he started in 1991.
Rolfe Winkler is a columnist and blogger for Reuters. His website is http://blogs.reuters.com/rolfe-winkler. Prior to Reuters he blogged for the Implode-o-Meter at OptionARMageddon.com and his content was syndicated on RGE Monitor and Naked Capitalism.
I hold a CFA designation and work with equity markets near San Francisco, California. I publish some of my notes on stocks, equity market conditions and economic conditions for the benefit of interested readers.
Visit: Stock Market Notes (http://stockmarketnotes.blogspot.com/)
Mr. Buss currently works in :
-Macro Investment Research for his GMR Letter;
-Ffounder and owner of the financial portal site; www.dinl.net
-Private Client Counsel : Portfolio & Asset Management Advisory;
-Commodity Fund Advisory & Management
-Mr. Buss holds a degree in Engineering and has worked both in executive positions and as an international project manager throughout the world. -He has lived and worked in more than 10 countries and regularly travels both for business and pleasure. In total, and has been to more than 25 countries.
Mr. Buss' interest in the financial markets has been long standing and his approach is holistic; taking not only fundamental and technical approaches into consideration but also he is largely influenced by historical aspects and insights gained through world travels and historical readings. His main investment interests are in hard assets and likewise his newsletter touches upon all areas of international investing in commodities, currencies and the broad markets ; his outlook is tempered by a non-biased, dispassionate analytical approach often, but not necessarily, contrarian viewpoint from the mainstream but with a solid grounding in economics, charting and passion for incorporating real-life anecdotal experience into the overall investment picture.
Ralph Aldis rejoined U.S. Global Investors as senior mining analyst in November 2001. He is responsible for analyzing gold and precious metals stocks for the World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) and the Gold and Precious Metals Fund (USERX). Mr. Aldis also works with the portfolio management team of the Global Resources Fund(PSPFX) to provide tactical analyses of base metal, paper, chemical, steel and non-ferrous industries.
Previously, Mr. Aldis worked for Eisner Securities, where he was an investment analyst for its high net worth group and oversaw its mutual fund operations. Before joining Eisner Securities, Mr. Aldis worked for 10 years as director of research for U.S. Global Investors, where he applied quantitative skills towards stocks, portfolio tilting, cash optimization and performance attribution analysis.
Mr. Aldis received a Master’s in Energy and Mineral Resources from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Cum Laude, in 1981, from Stephen F. Austin University. Mr. Aldis is a member of the CFA Society of San Antonio.
I'm the Director of Research at Wonder. Come check it out (askwonder.com)
Previously, I worked for Seeking Alpha from 2008-2015. During that time, I was involved in building out the PRO and Marketplace subscription platforms, and also spent time writing 'Wall Street Breakfast' and writing for the Breaking News team.
Before joining Seeking Alpha, I co-founded a (short-lived) start-up for crowd-sourced angel investing and worked in the private banking division of a boutique bank. I've got an M.Sc. in applied economics from Georgia Southern University, and a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
My husband and I live in Israel with our two children.
Private Trader or "PT" (a pseudonym) is a contributor to Seeking Alpha who, at this time, values privacy as much as money therefore only Seeking Alpha editors have contact information for PT.
PT's first investment in the market was airline company "People's Express". Although the stock initially went up, ultimately the company was taken over by Frank Lorenzo (ie - Texas Air Corporation and Continental) and it's value plummeted. However, PT's interest in stocks grew. Even math seemed interesting when money was on the table. PT enjoys reading stock newsletters and Seeking Alpha in search of potential bargains.
PT enjoys trading, family, and friends (not always necessarily in that order!).
PT recommends readers review all author's past posts (including PT's) for their win / loss record. Also, especially when PT discusses stocks trading around $1, readers can check http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/ to see whether the stock is subject to any pump or dump scams. PT is not employed, paid, or in any way compensated by any of the stocks PT might discuss on SA except as an investor (and possibly as an SA contributor).
PT reminds everyone that these are not recommendations to buy, hold, or sell, and that your own due diligence is required.
Olivier Tischendorf is a private trader. He has been actively trading the markets since 1999. As bull markets can last up to 20 years his main focus is now geared towards resource stocks. He started accumulating physical gold and silver back in 2004. He runs a website where he shares his views and continues to learn about the markets. He is based in Germany.
Notable Calls is composed by an anonymous Wall Street professional who, every morning before market open, collects actionable analyst notes and offers an insightful personal response.
Visit his site: Notable Calls (http://notablecalls.blogspot.com/)
Nicholas Jones has spent several years researching and preparing for the ripsaws in today's financial markets. Through independent research focused on commodities markets and free-market macroeconomics, he brings a worldly and brutally honest perspective to The Real Deal.
Nick was educated at the University of Minnesota in economics, statistics and mathematics. He took his educational background to the wheat futures pits at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Currently Nick is an independent trader of commodities and financial futures.
With the tag line "Seeking Prosperity One Tiny Stock At A Time", the Microcap Speculator writes some of the sharpest insight we've seen on small and microcap stocks. The Microcap Speculator writes across a range of industries, and covers macro trends among micro stocks as well. Visit his site: The Microcap Speculator (http://microcapspeculator.net/)
Mick was editor-in-chief and VP of Content at Seeking Alpha from November 2005 to April 2010.
He's now the head of content at Covestor.
Contact him by emailing mbweinstein (at) gmail.com or follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mickwe) or on his Tumblog (mickw.com).
Michael Zielinski is a certified public accountant and enrolled agent. In the past, he has worked for a Big Four accounting firm and an investment bank. He is currently an internet entrepreneur and blogger. Michael writes about precious metals and related issues on the Gold and Silver Blog. (http://goldandsilverblog.com).
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has two law degrees from the University of Florida. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now resides outside of Seattle, Washington. He is a very active blogger and is also a respected researcher, writer, speaker and activist. You can follow him on The Economic Collapse blog: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/