Over 25 years in trading & investing from microcaps to big caps. Charts are always a good tell but fundamentals need to support. Jesse Livermore's book ""Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" should be a mandatory read for anyone who deals with the stock market. Remember that trend is your friend and to make sure to always to do some research on your own as it is your money after all. Right? I am on Twitter @ValueInvestorRN
I have been a independent investor for the past several years. I currently do all of my own research and have been very successful at doing so. This is what I do for a living and am very happy and passionate about what I do when it comes to the market. Last year I was up over 100 percent on my portfolio and know that there isn't possibly going to e another year like 2013, but what we do as investors is take the good with the bad and make ends meet.
Individual investor primarily focused on clean energy systems / solutions that reflect and address the need for man's activities to be in harmony with our planet's natural ecosystems while supporting man's need for abundant, low-cost energy. Always looking for a good deal too!
Brooklyn NY native now living in Florida and loving the Sunshine state. Live close to the beach and enjoy surf fishing, boat; ocean and Inter-Coastal Waterway, shrimping, crabbing. I'm a contrarian and as named, speculator. I enjoy swimming against the tide and proving it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
Elementary: Most Holy Trinity School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York
High School: August Martin H.S. in South Ozone Park, Queens New York
Retail Management Specialist: Main focus was to restore run down stores by reinvigorating staff, merchandise assortment, demographics, layout, restoration of policies & procedures, in depth immediate accountability and or praise to improve performance. Inventory management, loss prevention; including cash management and strict cash reconciliation.
Main employers included F.W. Woolworths, Lecthers Housewares, Duane Reade's, Rent-A-Center to name a few.
Married since 08/1984 with three children all grown up. Raised children in Glendale, NY and youngest mostly in Florida. Time flies; cherish the moments. I'm guilty of lost valuable time chasing my own agenda missing moments better served with the family. Once an event is gone, you'll never get to have a second chance. Invest early, retire early and teach your offspring's the same. Live below your means to achieve the numbers you have calculated that will free you from the "rat race". Believe me, once you are free, everything starts to look different, some pitiful. It's like you are outside of the box and you're looking in. Stay on course and never take your eyes off the prize. It will cost you if you do. Trust me, I know and it hurts. I have started over more than once. It sucks but being determined has brought me to where I needed.
Jim Van Meerten is an advisor to Marketocracy Capital Management and writes on financial subjects here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs and Seeking Alpha. He earned a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College; a Juris Doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law; and attended post-baccalaureate and graduate courses in Business Administration, Quantitative Math, and Education at Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past he has been an accountant, attorney, adjunct professor in Business Law, Accounting and Internal Auditing, financial advisor, supervisory principal, and compliance officer. He also passed the Georgia CPA Exam, the Certified Internal Auditor Exam, and the FINRA Series 7, 24 and 9/10 exams.He is presently also a contributor on MSN Top Stocks Blog, Motley Fool and is a member of the M100 on Marketocracy, an elete honor chosen by the editors of Marketocracy as being in the top 100 portfolio managers of over 100,000 portfoiios they review. He would enjoy hearing your comments at JimVanMeerten@gmail.com.
Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
I make references to music I'm obsessed with (e.g., Old 97s, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen) in my writing. If you notice any of these references, it makes me happy.
Graduate of the University of South Carolina - Banking and finance
In the process constucting the web site. "The Insane Investor"
Why insane? Cause all stocks are way over valued. Im not a bear, just honest.
Most of my recomendations are buys.
A*L was established in 2010 by Jon Carnes, a growth and value-oriented investor who lived for six years (from 2005 to 2011) in China where he researched and invested in dozens of Chinese companies, first long (2005-2009) and then primarily short (2010-2012). Mr. Carnes outperformed other investors by performing extensive “on the ground” due diligence, conducted by a team of experienced analysts and local researchers. His investment opinions were greatly respected by other China focused fund managers attracted to the booming economy but wary of getting duped.
Over several years of scrutinizing over a hundred companies in every corner of China, Mr. Carnes realized that many of those that had gone public were seriously exaggerating their financial performance in their SEC filings. Investors raced to invest billions into Chinese companies that were dishonest and legally accountable to no one, a recipe for disaster for investors, both large and small.
Deciding to take action, Mr. Carnes decided to publicly expose the most egregious frauds he had discovered over the years, focusing on the worst offenders: companies that had exaggerated their profitability by at least 100%. In February 2010, he published a series of reports titled “Management Leaving Investors Stuck at the Pumps” showing that China Natural Gas (formerly NASDAQ: CHNG) management defrauded investors by failing to disclose and likely misappropriating $20 million from an acquisition of an undisclosed related party.
Unfortunately, when CHNG discovered that Mr. Carnes wrote the reports, its chairman Qinan Ji responded by sending an agent to threaten him where he lived in China. Frightened by Ji’s threat, Mr. Carnes removed the reports from the Internet. From this point onward Mr. Carnes knew that publishing the truth while living in China might get him killed.
Mr. Carnes nevertheless chose to remain in China to continue exposing fraud. Knowing that the safety of his researchers depended upon absolute secrecy and anonymity, he published my reports anonymously online using the obvious pseudonym “Alfred Little.” Beginning with CHNG, over the next two years Mr. Carnes exposed a diverse array of investment fraud committed by a U.S. listed Chinese companies.
After two years, CHNG Chairman Qinan Ji’s effort to conceal his fraud finally failed. On 9/21/11 NASDAQ halted trading of CHNG and on 3/8/12 CHNG was delisted. Most importantly, on 5/14/12 the SEC filed fraud charges against CHNG and its Chairman Qinan Ji.
Two more of the companies that Mr. Carnes first exposed faced the same fate. On 2/22/12 the SEC charged Puda Coal (formerly AMEX: PUDA) Chairman Ming Zhao with fraud, confirming each of the allegations in his 4/8/11 report, “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors.”
Then on 4/23/12 the SEC charged SinoTech Energy (formerly NASDAQ: CTE) and two of its officers with fraud. On 8/16/11, Mr. Carnes was the first to blow the whistle exposing CTE’s massive fraud in a report titled “SinoTech Energy: Enhanced Oil Recovery or Capital Extraction.” Unlike other numerous smaller “reverse merger” frauds, Sinotech was a $168 million IPO listed on NASDAQ underwritten by UBS and Lazard Capital Markets and audited by Ernst & Young.
Three companies, Deer Consumer Products (“DEER”), Sino Clean Energy (“SCEI”) and Silvercorp Metals (“SVM”) criticized in reports published by A*L sued Mr. Carnes for defamation. The three companies coordinated their legal and retaliatory efforts, both in the U.S., Canada and China to silence Mr. Carnes.
The epic battle that followed ended swiftly in a complete rout. NASDAQ delisted DEER and SCEI. SVM and DEER both lost their defamation claims against Mr. Carnes. SCEI abandoned its defamation claim against Mr. Carnes.
After winning the battle against DEER, SCEI and SVM, A*L emerged with the best track record of any China focused investment blog.
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