Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
I seek to liberate investors from the chains of borrowed opinions by teaching metric awareness that leads to the formation of your own opinions. I am a retail investor that gathers, processes and analyzes significantly more data than average. I share that data in my articles. I let the data do the talking. I am only taking dictation as the data tells its message.
Electrical Engineer, MBA, New Ventures, Entrepreneurship, M.I.T., started two companies. I don't work as hard as I should. Play lots of tennis. Like to drink coffee and think in the mornings. Work in the afternoon.
Owen Williams, CFA, DBA, is an equity fund manager in Geneva, Switzerland and a visiting professor at the Skema Business School, Paris, France. Dr. Williams has worked 16 years in the industry as both a bond/economics strategist with a top, independent research boutique and as a long-only macro equity fund manager. He has a Masters degree in international business from the Moore School of Business (Univ. of South Carolina) and a doctorate in finance from the Grenoble Ecole de Management.
Williams Market Analytics, LLC is a quantitative research boutique offering insightful, actionable analysis of financial markets. The firms also runs a systematic allocation strategy using Dr. Williams' quantitative models. The strategy portfolio can be accessed by both individual investors and RIAs in the U.S. and Europe. The strategy description and 5-year performance record can be found at:
I believe that people who are thoughtful and contemplative have a good chance of doing better than the average person at life. If I'm wrong, then I've wasted my time writing and you've wasted your time reading.
I tend to write about the economy or value investing in a Graham-Dodd framework. I write a monthly summary of the state of the economy as well as a quarterly summary of Berkshire Hathaway's earnings as well as various articles on finance or economics that hold a current fascination.
I feel that you should judge my writing on the basis of two factors: how well any firm predictions come true over time as well as the extent to which I'm able to translate topics into easily understood concepts. While understanding the world entails a substantial amount of complexity, I try as hard as possible to write in a straightforward manner that is easily understandable. As Einstein said, if a concept cannot be explained simply, it is probably not well understood.
I graduated in 2010 from Kent State University with a Master of Arts in Economics and from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
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Harry is an experienced economist, author and entrepreneur. He has been employed in the finance sector for more than 15 years as a financial analyst, asset manager, and economic commentator. He is the author of two bestselling finance books published in Greece, “Technical Analysis for the Financial Markets: Theory and Practice” and “Corporate & Government Bonds: Profitable Investment Tactics.” In 2013 he transitioned into the marketing sector heading the finance department for mCubed, and developing the company's consulting services to businesses of all size.
Sober Look (www.SoberLook.com) is a financial blog that deals with issues in capital markets, risk management, the economy, the financial services industry, and regulatory policy, with emphasis on finance education. The goal is to get beyond the hype and hysteria and focus on real issues, using facts and data from primary sources.
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I am an early career scientific researcher who has taken a strong interest in investing, both for achieving my personal financial goals as well as serving as an alternative conduit where critical and logical thinking are rewarded. I write articles to share ideas, refine my own thinking and invite discussion from the astute readership of Seeking Alpha.
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Within the academic field, I have a career total of 87 articles and 5 book chapters, 2,600 total citations and an h-index of 31 (metrics from Google Scholar).
Ronald J. Surz is a partner and CIO of Paladin FinTech, researching financial technology as well as providing a portal to leading edge financial technologies, including some developed by Paladin.
He is also President of PPCA and Target Date Solutions, and partner of TDF Builder and Sortino Investment Analytics.
Ron has served on several boards, and currently serves on a few. He earned an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago and an MS in Applied Mathematics at the University of Illinois.
Assumes multiple responsibilities in a leading global fintech firm, with current role developing quantitative models and investment strategies with a wide spectrum of financial data, in particular the proprietary index business by collaborating with index providers and fund sponsors to build smart-beta indices and prototypes. Holds a Master on Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Fudan University Medical School, MBA from Case Western Reserve University Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) member of New York Chapter (NYSSA).
After spending a dozen years making a big name for herself as a highly respected investigative reporter in the financial arena, Melissa Davis took a chance on her longtime dream in 2015 by becoming her own boss so that she could pour even more time and energy into uncovering the truth about suspicious public companies by conducting the deepest research of her award-winning career. At that point, Ms. Davis had already established herself as a fearless journalist with an impressive talent for exposing corporate fraud. Most recently, she served as the founding editor of TheStreetSweeper, a financial news website dedicated to warning investors about risky stocks that she essentially built from scratch. Under her leadership, TheStreetSweeper soon earned steady applause from some of the biggest names in the business and continued to flourish for years. Prior to launching that well-known website, Ms. Davis spent seven years on the staff of TheStreet.com -- an even more prominent financial outlet founded by "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer -- where she quickly rose to become one of the leading investigative reporters on a large and impressive editorial team. Already the recipient of numerous awards by the time that TheStreet.com hired her away from the largest newspaper in her home state, Ms. Davis went on to land a national prize for enterprise reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) by the time that her tenure there came to an end. Today, she spends her days (and, when necessary, plenty of late nights) trying to do what she has always done the best even better: revealing the dirty secrets about publicly traded companies that investors desperately need -- and inherently deserve -- to know! (She also smothers her adorable granddaughter -- the other great love of her life -- with plenty of hugs and kisses at every available chance.)
As SA Senior Editor, my task is to make Seeking Alpha the premier destination for financial advisors. I have worked in the FA arena since 1997, and during that time, the New York State Society of CPAs twice awarded its prestigious Excellence in Financial Journalism award to me for a monthly column I wrote on business ethics.
Previously, I reported on international news for Voice of America (where I was awarded a newsroom writing award) and prior to that worked as an editorial assistant at U.S. News and World Report.
I live with my wife and children amidst the verdant and vibrant hills and dales of Jerusalem.
Adam has over twenty five years’ experience in capital markets and investment management, in a career that has involved proprietary trading desks, commodity trading advisors, sovereign wealth funds and private offices. During this time he has had trading book P&L responsibility, in addition to setting up and managing offices of regulated global financial entities in the UAE.
Richard Cox is a university teacher in international trade and finance. Lecture halls of 80 to 120 students. Lessons in macroeconomics and price behavior in equity markets. Investing strategies are based on technical and fundamental analysis of all major asset classes (stock benchmarks, commodities, currencies). Trade ideas are based on time horizons of 1-6 months. Twitter: @rcox_
I cover energy, utilities and natural resources for Seeking Alpha, and I help out occasionally with other industry sectors. I've written about investment and personal finance topics for more than 20 years from a lowly copywriter to editor-in-chief, so I've done a little bit of everything. For what it's worth, I have a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Rollins College. I'm married with one daughter, and that's worth more than everything else put together.
-I have been investing since the fall of 2008 and invested through one of the most difficult investing periods in history and know the importance of dividend growth and stability during those times as well as during the good times. I started writing for Seeking Alpha a little over three years ago and I have been successful with the companies I write about, which is shown by my high TipRanks success rate (Link Below). https://www.tipranks.com/bloggers/brad-kenagy
I am a long time buy-and-hold investor from Cleveland, Ohio, with approximately 6 years investing experience.
I primarily target Value stocks, but on occasion am open to "growth at a reasonable price."
Ideally I prefer to invest in Mid-Cap stocks over large-cap or small-cap.
I believe the two best sectors to invest in during the next two decades will be Health Care for growth and Financials for value.
I tend to ignore the opinions of hedge-fund managers or so-called "experts"....rather, my investment philosophy values the opinion of simple minds that come from humble backgrounds.
I am always on a look-out for secular trends; I look for companies that benefit from aging baby boomers, rising interest rates, organic eating, and increased adoption of electronic payment systems.
I tend to pay more attention to a company's qualitative aspects rather than quantitative.
My top 10 stock holdings:
1. PayPal (PYPL)
2. Opko Health (OPK)
3. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)
4. Markel Corp (MKL)
5. Canadian National Railway (CNI)
6. U.S. Bancorp (USB)
7. Visa (V)
8. Wells Fargo (WFC)
9. CVS Health Corp (CVS)
10. WhiteWave Foods (WWAV)
I am a multi-million mile frequent flyer that invests in airline, both on the upside and downside. I write or buy options depending on the situation.
Visualize George Clooney in "Up in the Air" and that is me. I just don't meet women like he does.
I am also a business consultant and have consulted to a number of airlines, aircraft manufacturing and airline support companies over the years. I also have worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry early in my career. I also worked in a corporate role for a pharmaceutical company for 5 years. then joined the wild world of consulting with two giant consulting firms and one independent before I started my company nearly 25 years ago.
I have positions, on and off, positive and negative on almost all airlines I feel that I can predict the direction within the normal parameters of prediction. Anybody that says they know the direction for sure is a fool.
That brings me to my new peeve on SA. There are so many posters that repeatedly post the same misinformation on multiple threads here. When I try to correct them on obvious errors (not opinion) they attack me for presenting the facts and call me a fanboy. When you ask why these guys do this, they will tell you that they don't have any positions in that security. I think they are all lying about their holdings, waiting as they think they are forcing the price down or are being paid by someone for their posts.