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In the early 1990s, during the middle of a secular bull market, I began work on "A Modern Approach To Graham and Dodd Investing," that was not particularly suited for the decade of the 1990s, but was ideally suited for the following "Lost Decade" of the 2000s.
A financial analyst & forecaster. I look at everything, but drill down into secular trends, equity investment strategies and asset/sector allocation models. 20 years experience in asset modeling, investment analysis/general dd, portfolio mgt, and macroeconomic analysis. To that end I've worked extensively with equities, fixed income, commodities, private equity, currencies, and derivative products.
Worked with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley and many others as an institutional trader, published hundreds of actionable investment models and valuation studies, and conducted primary S&P 500 member research for several hedge funds.
My commentary and educational library appears on Investopedia.com, and analysis has appeared in Barron's, WSJ.com, TheStreet.com, and Forbes.com, yada yada.
I believe that equity analysis originates within a methodical, objective, and analytical framework. Influences include some Austrian, some Chicago, some Keynesian, a healthy dose of Emerson and William James. Kahneman, Graham, Buffett, Lynch, Dalio, Siddhartha.
True Alpha involves equal parts science and art, and this begins with a cohesive vision of the way the world will be in the future. From that belief can come logical theories that apply to specific technologies, business models, and industries.
Failures should be appreciated as much as successes, so long as the investor can approach both with a relative calm. Success in the long run is the only goal that truly matters, so we must practice with intent, no matter what the short-term noise reinforces or contradicts. The markets are always seeking an inherent balance, and my research style seeks to profit from imbalances when they appear.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and an MBA in Investment Finance. I am currently employed by a Big 4 Accounting Firm, completing a Chartered Accountancy Designation as well as pursuing a Chartered Financial Analyst Designation (writing Level 2 in 2009).
I've been pursuing the financial markets for roughly 4 years, with interests in Financial Reporting & Analysis, Banking, and Valuations.
I'm Ruthanne Williams Roussel, a reformed sell-side analyst who has covered the obesity space for several years. Unlike anyone else I've met who covers these companies for the big banks, I am among the target market for most of these products, which allows me to bring a consumer's perspective. In a past life, before the Asian/Russian currency crisis of 1998, I was an emerging markets specialist. Since then, I've been drawn to the closest things I can find: special situations and small-cap stocks.
Michael Murphy grew up in Newark, Delaware, which a sign at the city limits proclaimed: “The Educatoinal Center of the State.” After graduating from the public schools he earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and began working as a COBOL mainframe programmer on an IBM 1401 in the mid-1960s. Lured to California by the Summer of Love and better music than American Bandstand in nearby Philadelphia, he became a systems analyst and programmer for American Express, assigned to help integrate their newly-acquired San Francisco investment operations with the parent company's systems in New York. As that project ended early in 1970, a fortuitous opportunity to make a career change to Security Analyst opened up, and he leaped at the chance. His first recommendation was to sell Memorex at $172 at the very bottom of the 1969-1970 bear market. During the subsequent two-year market rally, Memorex went to $2 a share, thus convincing him that it is indeed a market of stocks rather than a stock market.
He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1975, the same year The Capital Group/American Funds acquired the American Express mutual fund group. He commuted to Capital in Los Angeles for over five years, getting on a first-name basis with many flight attendants. After the introduction of the IBM PC in April 1981, he left Capital to found the California Technology Stock Letter. In 1997 he also became the founding editor of Technology Investing, which acquired CTSL in 2003 and changed its name to New World Investor in 2007.
In the 1970s he invented and patented a stock value calculator, and in the 1980s he served as the CEO of two software companies. In 1997 he authored the business best-seller Every Investor's Guide to High-Tech Stocks and Mutual Funds, and he has a forthcoming book on investing in a hyperinflation. In addition to investing, his interests include a biodynamic, organic permaculture farm to raise rare-breed animals, heritage seed crops and children. For many years he held the Class I/E record for electric cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and in 2001 he narrowly missed the world record for electric hydroplanes. He expects to go back to Bonneville in 2019 to reclaim the electric car record with his then-16 year old daughter driving. You are all invited to watch or help out.
David Fessler is the energy and infrastructure expert for The Oxford Club, one of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious networks of private investors. A prolific writer, David writes “Hot Stacked”, a focused overview of the energy and infrastructure markets appearing monthly in the Communiqué.
David has appeared on the FOX News Channel. He was one of the first journalists to break the story on the commercial real estate crash.
He’s also the managing editor of “Peak Energy Strategist”, the Oxford Club’s premium energy research service. In addition, he’s a daily contributor to Investment U, the Club’s free investment education division with more than 450,000 active subscribers. His articles are syndicated widely. Seeking Alpha has listed Dave in the group of the top 100 fastest growing authors by readership.
Before retiring at the age of 47, David served as Vice-President for Strategic Business at LTX Corporation. He was also Vice-President of Operations, Sales & Marketing for Quality Telecommunications, Inc.
His success as an investor spans over 35 years in the technology and energy sector. He has owned and operated two successful businesses.
He’s a degreed Electrical Engineer, and is a renowned specialist in the semiconductor, telecommunications, energy and infrastructure sectors.
David, his wife Anne, and their two sons, Jared and Noah live in a 200-year old stone farmhouse in northeastern Pennsylvania. An avid cyclist, David also enjoys fly-fishing with his sons, gardening with Anne, and woodworking.
Disclaimer: The Oxford Club and Investment U are entirely distinct and separate companies from Stansberry & Associates Investment Research. Their only common thread is a shared parent company, Agora Inc. Agora Inc. was named in the suit by the SEC and was exonerated by the court, and thus dropped from the case. Stansberry & Associates was found civilly liable for a matter that dealt with one writer’s report on a company. The action was not a criminal matter. The case is still on appeal, and no final decision has been made.
Marco is a trader of stocks, options, currencies, and futures. He has been fascinated with the financial markets ever since he bought his first stock at 11 years old. Marco entered the business world at the age of 13, with the creation of an extremely successful retail website (GoldenAgeCheese.com), that of which he still has a major role in today. Marco writes about stocks and options whenever he gets the chance. He's dedicated to educate his readers to the best of his ability about the financial markets, particularly about buying/selling options and different strategies. 2008 was one of the most profitable years trading stocks and options for Marco. He trades based on technicals and fundamentals, so you may find many of his posts valuable.
Paolo Gorgo' founded Nortia Research to pursue his passion for equity research. Paolo is an Italy-based investor who mostly analyzes distressed debt and turnaround cases. On Seeking Alpha, he started covering the Telecommunications Infrastructure and Colocation Industry, whose turnaround has been impressive - see Paolo's article: "Equinix's Journey From IPO To The Nasdaq 100 Through Near Bankruptcy".
His commentary has been quoted both by news organizations like Reuters and listed companies like Equinix, Switch and Data, TelX (Digital Realty), etc.
Paolo can be reached at: admin [at] nortiaresearch [dot] com
My name is Ben and I am a generalist equity research analyst for Right Wall Capital. Right Wall is a small, long-short equity, financials-focused hedge fund located in New York City. Prior to working at Right Wall I worked as an analyst at Blue Ram Capital, another long-short equity hedge fund located in Rye Brook, NY. Even though I am a generalist, I have an expertise in regional banks and am developing a deep understanding of asset managers as well as re-insurers. I also have many years of commercial real estate experience, a fact that I believe gives me a unique perspective on the current real estate crisis.
I have a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. I plan to attend the Anderson School of Business at the University of California-Los Angeles in the Fall of 2009.
I am a member of the Sum Zero Network and the Wharton Hedge Fund Network.
David Fry writes a subscription newsletter focused on technical analysis of exchange-traded funds, called ETF Digest (www.etfdigest.com). Dave founded the ETF Digest in 2001 and was among the very first to see the need for a publication that provided individual investors with information and actionable advice on global ETF investing.
We particularly like the overview of financial markets that his work provides. Even if you're not a fan of chart analysis, Dave provides insight and commentary into which global markets are "working" and why.
Specializing as a market strategist and tactician, Fry focuses on evaluating, creating and implementing a variety of ETF portfolios for individual investors and financial professionals. His philosophy and approach incorporates fundamental with technical analysis in pursuit of risk management and capital preservation especially during uncertain and volatile times.
His new eBook, The Best ETFs: U.S. Equities,is now available on Amazon Kindle. Written as a cheat sheet to only the best ETFs for you or your client’s portfolios. For those that don't have a Kindle, you can purchase the pdf here: The Best ETFs: US Equities [https://gumroad.com/l/The%20Best%20ETFs]
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.
Mark Krieger is an avid stock market trader dedicated to the following ideals: (1) Focus on high relative strength, (2) Buy low, sell high (3) Short high, cover low, (4) Go against the crowd, (5) It's all about the rules and discipline- hold them dear (6) Analyze the balance sheet-seek low debt,high cash and hidden value scenarios (7) Cut your losses short, let your gains run, (7) Don’t get emotional, (8) Follow the insiders- buy if they are buying, sell if they are selling (9) Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy.(10) Don't argue with the market unless you detect an inefficiency present-it is smarter than you are. In summary, some of these ideas might be construed as rather trite and overused, but consistent use of them pays off in the long run.
Mr. Krieger specializes in the food sector and is the originator of the "Basic Food Fund" index and the "Dirt Cheap Value Portfolio".Why the food sector? "everybody has to eat'!
He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Finance. Mark resides in Cowan Heights, California with his wife, son and pug and is interested in mountain biking, gardening and reading.
I specialize in small and micro-cap stocks that are largely underfollowed but offer us the greatest possible risk/reward scenario.
My passion is finding little known companies poised to explode, writing about them, and then investing in them right alongside my readers!
Part of that process involves giving you full access to my real-time thought processes and trades as soon as they take place, and following up with those actionable alerts with a full report as to why, when, where and how a trade was executed and why a certain company was singled out by me for either buying or selling.
I don't try and cover every company under the sun, in fact that's a quick way to screw yourself over and never beat the market.
Instead, I focus narrowly on a select few companies/industries, learn them inside and out, so that I can provide you with the most comprehensive and detailed information to make sure you crush the market for years to come.
Follow me on Twitter for REAL-TIME Alerts and follow me on my stock blog for more in depth reporting.
Jake Huneycutt is a former Portfolio Manager. Jake holds an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Emory University. He earned a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. Jake is originally from Johnson City, TN and currently splits time between Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA.
Founder of Old School Value (www.oldschoolvalue.com).
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Gregory Pepin is a co-partner of a Wealth Management company in switzerland. He has a Master of Science degree in Finance and Actuary Science from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland). He also teaches Finance at the University of St. Joseph (Lebanon).
Gregory is a strong believer of the Graham Theory that advises to invest for the long term based on fundamentals. He applies this strategy for his own portfolio and all of the funds he manages for customers in his wealth management company.
The Rational Walk was created to provide a platform to publish equity research based on value investing principles. We believe that diligent and thorough security analysis has the potential to identify opportunities in the financial markets for the small number of investors who truly have long time horizons and the appropriate temperament to ignore short term market fluctuations. The Rational Walk’s extensive coverage of Berkshire Hathaway has been mentioned in several news articles.
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UnCommonEquity.com is a blog focused on providing investing ideas, equity analysis, and random musings on finance and economics to help Common investors generate UnCommon returns.
Sameer Bhatia, the author of UnCommonEquity, is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over eight years of experience in financial markets as an Investment Banker, Strategy Consultant and Equity Analyst. He uses a combination of fundamental screens, global macro trends and independent research to construct his portfolio.
Weldon Turner has a B.A. degree in history/political science from Union College and a Law Degree from Cardozo School of Law. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Salomon Brothers, was a partner in a small private hedge fund called Hilazon Partners and was C.E.O of Wextrust Securities. He currently is an investment consultant.
Brent McCosker worked as a research scientist for the aerospace and petroleum industries, first with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Lockheed then Unocal (now Conoco Phillips). He followed his father into finance working as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley for eight years. In 2002 he and his family moved to Quebec, Canada (his wife is Quebecoise) where they purchased a water analysis laboratory which they owned and operated for three years. Brent is now a private investor and collaborates with J Clinton Hill on Hillbent.com's Market Direction blog and investment research products and services. Brent holds a master's degree in chemistry and in his free time enjoys cross country skiing and long distance cycling.
Dividend Tree is an engineering professional working in wireless industry. After earning his PhD, his professional career has taken him to web-based manufacturing systems, risk/statistical analysis for development and sustainability, product development, and design for excellence. He believes in holistic thinking (whole portfolio instead of individual stock) and putting numbers in context of the objectives (instead of generalization). He maintains a blog spot, where he discusses any and all aspects that influence dividend portfolio construction and its sustainability. The unique aspect about his blog spot is that all of the discussion is in the context of do-it-yourself individual investors. He expects that his blog will inspire, motivate, and encourage readers to manage their investment portfolios as simple projects (instead of a complex process).
My blog is at Dividend Tree (http://www.dividendtree.net/)
Karen Mulvany has worked in the technology and communications services industry sectors for most of the past 30 years. After working in the 1980s as a sell side analyst and investment banker, in the 1990s she built a small private practice consulting with turnaround companies, helping three of her public client companies attain stock price gains of 50 to 100 times. For most of the current decade, she worked at a public storage networking company as an executive VP, leading their strategic planning, M&A and investor relations messaging efforts. She currently works as a private investor.
Todd Pitcher is managing partner of Aspire Clean Tech Communications, Inc., a San Diego-based clean tech and alternative energy-focused professional services and corporate communications firm. He is also editor and publisher of the Aspire Week in Review, a weekly clean tech/alt energy newsletter distributed to investors, industry and Wall Street professionals on a weekly basis; and is editor and publisher of the Small Cap Pulse (http://www.smallcappulse.com/), a clean tech/alt energy focused website.
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William F. Kabourek, the crusty credit analyst (http://thecrustycreditanalyst.blogspot.com/), is a retired 65 year old. His business experience includes being president of two commercial banks, owner of 25 furniture rental stores, and partner in a private equity firm. William is retired for 15 years and still solvent.