Born to working class parents I learned early and was reminded often about the value of a dollar. Dad could (and often did) fix or build anything and mom combined coupon clipping and hamburger helper to stretch the budget farther than anyone thought possible.
I began investing what money I earned from painting houses and stocking shelves to pay my college tuition. I made mistakes along the way (and will again) but did ok and actually ended up with a small surplus after graduation.
This pretty much sums it up for me in that "If it doesn't make money, it doesn't make cents."
Avi Gilburt is a lawyer and accountant by training. He formerly was a partner and National Director at a national firm.
Mr. Gilburt is also the Managing Member of Gilburt Financial Services, LLC, which provides:
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He is also the Managing Member of the of the consulting firm of Gilburt & Associates, LLC, which specializes in transaction structuring and tax services.
Chris Vermeulen the founder of AlgoTrades.net Algorithmic Trading Systems. This automated investing system is designed for individual investors and traders.
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Gene Andrews, RIA & RCDD - Founded Alliance Communications Engineering, Inc in 1986 and grew the company to the status of a major player in Southern California as a communications infrastructure contractor with over 150 employees. In 2010 Mr. Andrews became a California Registered Investment Advisor to pursue his passion for stock trading at the professional level.
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Andy Zaky is a Hedge Fund Manager at Bullish Cross Asset Management, and editor of the Bullish Cross financial newsletter. His main area of knowledge is in global macro economics, fundamental analysis and technical analysis. Andy has about 14 years of investment experience, a strong background in accounting and financial statement analysis, technical analysis, broad market analysis, macro economics and law. Andy both focuses on long term investments and trading short term calls and puts on the major index-pegged ETFs (QQQQ, SPY and DIA). Andy has a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Adam Levine-Weinberg is a graduate student by day, but also follows the stock market obsessively. He is an amateur investor always looking for good value stocks, and generally aims to profit from the market's irrationality.
I have been investing my own and my family's retirement and investment accounts since the mid 90's.I rode the market up during the 90's, mainly in tech stocks. I survived enough since 2000 so that I can still spend my full time investing. Currently, I've got about 50% of my investments in preferred stocks, 20% in MLPs, and most of the rest in tech, consumer discretionary and staples.
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).
I can be reached at paulo.santosATthinkfn.com or followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ThinkFinance999
I just joined Actinver, the biggest public Mexican-based Brokerage House, with AUM of over $18 billion.
I am currently a Portfolio Manager and will be glad to be asked anything about the Mexican or US market, as I am a passionate follower of both. If you want to diversify and invest in Mexican companies, feel free to contact me.
I started writing articles in May 2012, keep the feedback coming, I write about anything that interests me at the time, it can be academic, long & short ideas, I am now focusing on company valuations, feel free to suggest a company you would like valued.
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I enjoy analyzing the financial health of companies and pointing out areas the market is either not recognizing or ignoring. A long time investor, I put my money where my mouth is. That's why I'm passionate about my positions. I trumpet companies I believe in and back my articles up with data and graphs.
I am a twenty year technology executive. I have taken four software/internet companies public from 1997 to 2001. I now provide M&A consulting services to both investment banks and early stage hardware and software companies.
OptionPundit specializes in consistent income producing option trading strategies on underlyings ranging from stocks, indices, commodity, currency to niche products.
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I am a 55 yr old retired Financial Adviser, I started investing when I was 14 and have been fairly successful. I have been posting much more than I had anticipated, being I have been an active investor/broker for so long I have begun to enjoy immensely adding and helping to educate and clarify.
The above was written in 2011 (I was 50) however today 2016 the market has changed dramatically, the Fed who for 4-5 years said the rate cuts were NOT to increase equity prices but rather to keep the economy liquid, then in Jan 2016 ex Fed Governor Fisher says "The gains we at the Fed graciously provided has ended so be prepared to pay the piper" hhmm, how they become honest once they aren't getting paid to lie any longer. I expect a 25%+ decline from y/e 2015 and expect the TRUE inflation rate to be clearer, closer to 7% than 1.5% and real unemployment to bee clearer, closer to 12-13% than the 5-6% BS we've been told, in other words, expect very ugly
I am an independent equity research analyst with a very heavy quant focus and hold an MBA degree in finance from a leading business school. During the day, I work as a finance and strategy manager in an IT major. Previously, I was part of the business strategy and corporate development team at a leading manufacturing company.
For my personal investments, I follow the GARP approach with contrarian tendencies. My investment decisions are made based on fundamental analysis and I believe in socially responsible investing.
I have been trading max pain type data since 2007 after noting odd trading patterns centered around options expiry. I am a more conservative trader/investor and only take high probability trades. I prefer to know where stocks won’t be rather than guess where they will be. Trading with this mind set gives you 80% plus probability of being correct.
I have always been a stock market enthusiast. My formal training is that of informal. I am self taught, soaking up as much knowledge as can be absorbed. I love the financial industry and would work for free. I am a fundamental investor at heart and like crunching the numbers. I picked up on Max Pain theory and use option data as a main thesis in taking my positions.
In the beginning; when studying Max Pain I was truly amazed at the power it had in pulling or pushing AAPL around. I have seen the stock drop 5% out of nowhere with no news. The only news would be it was the 3rd Friday of the month. I then picked up on hitting the Max Pain strike was about 50/50 odds. Max Pain would give you a tell on what direction AAPL would start heading for expiry. I started to build a strategy from my studies. Using the Max Pain strike is not really tradable, good to know, but not tradable. So I started to study open interest (OI) and its affect on AAPL. Long story short, I have altered the original Max Pain theory and morphed it into what my own studies have concluded. I call this OI/Max Pain, it uses open interest and a range. This way it is tradable as I now have a high probability range. It doesn’t stop there, using OI will tell you so much more. How a stock reacts at each strike depending on the amount of OI is a major tell.
Conclusion: When using open interest you can accomplish multiple things. We can use it for OI/Max Pain when AAPL is stuck in a range and we can use it for catching breakouts, breakdowns, buy and sell points. Enjoy.
I want to give a special thanks to some of my early influences: Turley Muller, Andy Zaky and Jason Schwarz. I thank Philip Elmer-Dewitt for his coverage on AAPL and letting us have a voice, Horace Dediu for his tireless studies and anyone attached to the AAPL community.
I have worked in the financial service industry for 40 years. My area of expertise is risk management and complex financial products. I have been a frequent speaker, on behalf of many financial firms, to financial professionals across the country.
I have extensive experience in statistics and actuarial science.
After 25 years as an executive in the financial services industry -- and a dozen more years split between the high-tech industry and the public sector -- I left to pursue endeavors that were more fulfilling on a personal level and more contributory on a societal level.
When people ask what I do, I often say that "I dabble." That's only half facetious. I have a lot of interests and feel liberated by no longer being tied to a corporate title (though technically I am President of an investment advisory firm, I-Pension LLC, in which I am a co-owner).
I've always been -- and have always wanted to be -- a writer. I've written dozens of articles for magazines on topics ranging from the physiology of sweat to Lincoln's attempt to hire Garibaldi to head up the Union army. My book topics are equally varied:
-- "Walden 3.0: A Dystopian Romance" (Erewhon Press, 2011): a novel introducing a utopian community with a range of cultural attributes and belief systems that will alternately delight and dismay pretty much everyone.
-- "Your Nest Egg Game Plan" (Career Press, 2009): a how-to guide, co-authored with Prof. Craig Israelsen of BYU, designed to help middle-income investors make the most of their savings by focusing on diversification and low expenses.
-- "Marketing for Rainmakers: 52 Rules of Engagment to Attract and Retain Customers for Life" (Wiley, 2009): a collection of business-building and loyalty-inspiring marketing ideas to help build a business and a personal brand.
In addition to writing, I'm an adjunct professor at Boston College where I teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I've found this interactive dialogue with young minds to be the most enjoyable and rewarding work of my career.
If there's one common element to my diverse experience it's a focus on translating complicated subject matter into language that is simple and understandable. I like to put myself in the place of the client, student, or reader and craft messages that resonate and motivate.
Mark Bern (formerly K202) intends to continue writing solo and has shed other work-related relationships that required anonymity.
CPA since 1990 a CFA charter holder since 2000. He has a bachelors degree in Business Admin. with a concentration in Economics. His experience includes both private and public sector and careers in accounting, financial and market analysis, product development, transportation services and investment management.
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Robert Weinstein is an active trader focusing on the psychological importance of risk mitigation, emotion and financial behavior of market participants. Robert co-founded the investing blog StockSaints, where he writes a journal about his trading activity and experiences.
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.
Kim Klaiman is a full time options trader and founder of SteadyOptions.com. He trades mostly non-directional strategies, like pre-earnings strangles and iron condors. Likes to trade strategies with negative correlation. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Jason Schwarz authors the popular Economic Timing investment newsletter. His fundamental and technical research has become a primary resource for hedge funds and individual investors.
Michael Shulman is currently editor of investment advisory services and is the author of Made in America, Otterbourn Publishing, May, 2013 and of Sell Short (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Options Income Blueprint is a unique advisory service published by Traders Reserve and based on fundamental analysis with recommendations for option selling strategies and positions to generate consistent monthly income.
Made in America: Inside Stories of Success is built around four factories -- Trek Bicycles, Red Wing Shoes, the GM Flint Michigan pickup truck assembly plant and Airstream. The book pushes aside the myth of the decline in the US manufacturing - the US is still the world's largest manufacturing nation - through the success of these four factories and companies.
Mr. Shulman joined the Traders Reserve after ten years with InvestorPlace Media, his turn to financial advisory services coming after more than twenty years actively involved in the development of new technologies. He was founder and CEO of an internet company, AtYourBusiness.com, sat on the board of The NextGen I venture fund, worked as a consultant or founding employee of several technology startups, was a product manager for a Silicon Valley Start up when the country had 49 personal computer companies and did similar work in the mid-1980s for AT&T.
Mr. Shulman graduated Georgetown University with a degree in philosophy in 1977, worked in the renewable energy field for five years – same vocabulary, hope and promises as we are hearing today - before moving to the marketing of industrial and agricultural products with several New York firms. When asked if there is a thread in his career his answer is “Yes. Change, what is new. And what other people are missing, things they think are not normal - things I see as becoming a standard or success."