My name is Manny Backus.
Before you read any further, I want you to know a few things about me...
"Hey Manny... I just wanted to say thanks. I've been with you for about five months and I've been averaging about $5,923 a month, which is like $29,600..."
-- Bill Chandler, Glendale, Arizona
I am not your average professional stock trader. I'm not a stockbroker or individual investment advisor of any type. I've never worked at a big brokerage or had any kind of securities license at all. Nor do I have the Ivy League MBA that most financial "experts" consider a requirement.
The bottom line is all of these things are great achievements and look good hanging up on your wall, but they don't automatically make you a proficient trader.
What I do have is a tested intelligence quotient of 157. According to "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" by Richard Lynn, the average IQ of all United States residents is 98.
I also posses a killer instinct and a strategic mindset due to my early childhood training in the arena of international chess. But during my teenage years, my passion for the game of chess took a back seat to my obsession with online trading. After participating in several stock-picking competitions, I noticed certain people continued beating the market consistently.
There were only a handful of these super traders, but that reaffirmed my belief there must exist some sort of secret technique to earn money consistently in the stock market.
That's when I decided to parlay the tactical ability, the power to focus, and the schematic thinking that I learned from playing chess into the skill of picking winning stocks.
You see, chess is part tactics, and part ability to focus and remain unemotional. In chess, the player is always trying to challenge himself to try to guess the next move on the board. In stock trading, the trader is always trying to challenge himself to try to predict the next move of a stock. They're very similar disciplines.
Chess-playing is also based on war. You have to kill or be killed. A "killer move" is one wherein you have to kill on the first move. I used this "killer move" technique to devise the quickest way to make a killing with stocks that are getting ready to skyrocket or plummet.
Believe it or not, skilled chess players are often the best problem-solvers in any given situation. They are also known for their keen ability to grasp the inner workings of any system or apparatus -- tangible or intangible -- faster than average individuals? For instance, a study undertaken by Bankers Trust in New York found that chess players learned the tricks of the banker's trade at a more rapid rate than non-chess players -- even if the latter held MBAs."
By taking the principles I learned from the complex game of chess, I decided to give the stock market a try. I found that the systematic, detached and highly analytical approach it took to become a champion chess player was ideally suited to active trading.
Not the sleepy, Blue-Chip-life-sentence kind of investing most American money-managers practice (the “poor returns” kind)...
But aggressive, winner-take-all trading with but one objective: A fast, lucrative “checkmate” over the fickle moves of the markets.
"I've profited $4,000 after trading commissions... Manny has made not only myself, but many others, lots of money over the past few months since I started, and I have no doubt it will continue from here on in. Thank you, Manny."
-- Angel Lennox, Toronto, Canada
In 2002, I founded Wealthpire, Inc. and have successfully ran several trading research services. I have literally hundreds of letters from grateful readers expressing their wonderful success stories with my services. Read what some of my satisfied customers have to say here:
Unlike the folks who run a lot of other advisories out there, I have strict scruples about never artificially manipulating the market with the services I publish. That’s why you don’t see my name on any micro-cap tech-stock. Recommending positions in these tiny firms to more than a handful of people at a time can cause them to spike up in price on even a small uptick in volume.
I'm an ethical trader. That's why all of my services have a limit to the number of subscribers that are allowed to join.
My main goal is to use my knowledge, expertise and experience to help the average street-level investor to have a fun and profitable experience in the market. You can learn more about my services here:
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Chief Operations Officer at Greenlight Limited since June 2011.
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Founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of s2s Limited.
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I’m Masters In Commerce. I’m related with an audit firm, which is doing a business of making business plans, forecasts and financial statements. So, I have a strong hold on the financial sides of businesses. In addition, I’m also attached with Asset Management Company over the past two years. I love to play with defensive nature of stocks that are offering high growth at low risk. I have been following commodities and their nature of businesses along with industrial, auto and other industries.
I have taken a large amount of coursework, both graduate and undergraduate, in economics, machine learning, mathematics, and statistics, culminating in a PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Currently, I'm a statistics professor at a large, state university (I'll leave it up to you to sleuth it out if you are so inclined) and teach mainly statistical machine learning at mainly the graduate level. Additionally, I research macroeconomic forecasting and using automated algorithms to analyze very large data sets.
Outside of researching and teaching, I spend a substantial amount of time reading and thinking about investing, accounting, and finance and I thoroughly enjoy both writing and read articles here on SA.
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area in 2007.
Currently I am the Chief Analyst at sharpeequities.com.
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I am a part time investor focused on building my family's wealth incrementally over the long term by investing in companies that are well positioned to benefit from important macroeconomic themes. I have a passion for research and hold a M.S from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been an active investor for well over a decade and consider the understanding of global markets and major economic themes as one of my life's passions. I believe that investors can build wealth over the long term by ignoring short term market fluctuations and market "noise" to focus on global economic themes and fundamental company performance.
Husband, father of three, grandfather of three and long time investor. Bought my first stock at 16 years old, it was called Unishops and it went bankrupt. I kept on investing and now have a decent size portfolio. Best investing book I ever read was "The Future for Investors" by Jeremy Siegel. I believe in companies that pay dividends, have strong cash flow and have some type of moat.
Bachelors in history/political science, Masters in Business Administration. I enjoy numbers. I currently am managing and building individual databases for each of the S&P 500 companies. Each database tracks about 75 statistics with dashboards. I'll be sharing what I find on my YouTube channel.
Student at Westminster College in Fulton, MO majoring in both Finance and Economics. Chief Financial Officer of Blue Blazers Investment Committee, a student-run campus organization which manages a long-term portfolio worth over $500,000 of the college endowment.
Ian Bezek worked for 3 years as an analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. He's currently living in Mexico, pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities.
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Value investor focused on micro-caps.
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We are a team of market professionals with 18 years combined experience as investment advisers and stock analysts. We specialize in the transportation sector (rails, air freight, ports, shipping and logistics). We use our deep knowledge about this space to help readers earn higher risk adjusted returns. In addition, we have 11 years of experience trading options and use these to generate extra income. A client with a $100,000 dollar portfolio can expect an extra $3,000 to $8,000 from these investments.
Thirty-three year old individual investor building my portfolio towards the goal of retiring with a steady stream of income. Looking for opportunities to learn from others and share my investing endeavors with the SA community.
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Surgeon with a highly varied background. Mixture of buy and hold equities and higher risk securities and LEAP calls.
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The author has over 10 years of experience in the financial markets working in areas of equities trading, complex product analysis, and risk management, as well as a graduate level education in the areas of petroleum engineering (full), law (partial), and finance (MBA, partial).
I joined Seeking Alpha in February 2014 as editor of the biotech vertical. In addition to onboarding new contributors, my job is to make sure Seeking Alpha provides high-quality and comprehensive coverage of the biotechnology and health care sectors. I am always looking for new ideas, so please reach out if you're interested.
Founder, CEO and managing director of Vailshire Capital Management, LLC, in Colorado Springs.
Managing director of Vailshire Partners, LP: a multi-strategy "two-pronged" hedge fund seeking present value, future growth, and current income through an active safe options strategy. The fund frequently sells covered calls and naked puts to earn generous income and profit from market volatility. As a physician, a strong emphasis is placed on health care, pharmaceutical and biotech equities.
Retired on June 30, 2015 from practicing medicine as a Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist in Colorado Springs, CO.
Currently a full-time investment professional, managing Vailshire Partners, 30+ separately managed accounts via Vailshire Capital Management, as well as, working as an "emerging manager" for a fund-of-funds based in New York.
Over 30 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur, however focus now is global and involves almost all economic categories.
I have been researching and investing in stocks and options in my own accounts since 2006. I finished my MBA in 2007 and then worked as the Finance Manager at a start up for 7 years. I'm currently self-employed as an online marketing consultant, but investing is my true passion.
I've found that my skill lies in taking the time to read 10-K and 10-Q reports carefully and being able to then create realistic future projections. As a value investor I tend to look at cash flow as much as if not more than earnings and revenues.
My investment horizon is typically at least 5-10 years, and ideally I place my money into investments which I could see myself holding through retirement. That said, I do also enjoy allocating a small portion of my account to short term options plays.
In our free time, my wife and I love to travel the world. We've each been to over 45 countries and relish the opportunity to see how people live all around the world.
My job has nothing to do with the financial world, on the contrary - I have a college education and a Ph.D. in science and I work for a large cooperation in the German industry. I bought my first stocks almost 20 years ago, starting with investments in DAX companies (the German large cap index) and have continuously broadened my horizon geographically and to other equity classes since then. My main ambition is to obtain financial independence and the admittedly challenging ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 50 (or at least in the mid-fifties). Let’s see how this turns out…