David R. Kotok cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a masters in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kotok’s articles and financial market commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and radio, Fox Business, and other media.
Mr. Kotok has served as Program Chairman of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) (www.interdependence.org), whose mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nation states, with the goal of reducing international conflicts and improving worldwide living standards. Mr. Kotok chaired its Central Banking Series and organized a five-continent dialogue held in Philadelphia, Paris, Zambia (Livingstone), Hanoi, Singapore, Prague, Cape Town, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, Tallinn, and Santiago, Chile. He has received the Global Citizen Award from GIC for his efforts.
Mr. Kotok is a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council (NBEIC), the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and served on the Research Advisory Board of BCA Research. Mr. Kotok has served as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and on the Treasury Transition Teams for New Jersey Governors Kean and Whitman. He has also served as a board member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and as Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. He has authored or co-authored four books, including the best selling Second edition of “From Bear to Bull with ETFs,” now available at Amazon and “Adventures in Muniland."
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Stephen Simpson, CFA, is a freelance financial writer and investor.
PLEASE NOTE: As I means of honoring my late wife and grieving her loss, I do not intend to resume writing until mid-July.
I have worked for both sell-side and buy-side firms (equities and fixed income), with the largest percentage of my working time spent in med-tech. At this point I am now effectively in a "working retirement".
I write because I find that the process helps me take better notes, be more disciplined about modeling, and come up with a more coherent investment view for my portfolio management needs. If I'm writing about a stock, it's generally because I'm interested in it as an investment prospect or I think there's an interesting story to tell.
I don't share my models, so please don't ask.
More of my writings can be found at my blog Kratisto Investing (kratistoinvesting.blogspot.com), or Twitter (@Kratisto_Invest).
Benjamin is the founder of ModernGraham.com, a website devoted to the study and modernization of the teachings of Benjamin Graham. Benjamin graduated cum laude with a J.D. and Certificate in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law, and a B.S. in Finance (Honors) from DePaul University College of Commerce.
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The Stock Market Blueprint was founded by Mitchell Mauer and launched in November 2015. As a private investor and entrepreneur, Mitchell was not satisfied with other online offerings for individual investors and decided to build one himself. His passion for investing began with a desire to create long term wealth beyond his 9-5 job and developed through inspiration from the writings of Benjamin Graham and other great value investors. Mitchell is a contributor for Seeking Alpha and a member of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). He and his wife live, work, and play in Salt Lake City, UT.
Andy Hecht is the chief market strategist for Carden Capital and Carden Futures. Andy is a sought-after commodity and futures trader, an options expert and analyst. He spent nearly 35 years on Wall Street, including two decades on the trading desk of Phillip Brothers, which became Salomon Brothers and ultimately part of Citigroup.
Over the past two decades, he has researched, structured and executed some of the largest trades ever made, involving huge quantities of precious metals and bulk commodities.
Andy understands the market in a way many traders can’t imagine. He’s booked vessels, armored cars and trains to transport and store a wide range of commodities. And he’s worked directly with The United Nations and the legendary trading group Phibro.
Today, Andy remains in close contact with sources around the world and his network of traders.
“I have a vast Rolodex of information in my head… so many bull and bear markets. When something happens, I don’t have to think. I just react. History does tend to repeat itself over and over.”
His friends and mentors include highly regarded energy and precious metals traders, supply line specialists and international shipping companies that give him vast insight into the market.
Andy’s writing and analysis can be found on a number of market based websites including CQG. Andy lectures at colleges and Universities. He also contributes to Traders Magazine. He consults for companies involved in producing and consuming commodities. Andy's biweekly radio show, The Commodities Hour with Andy Hecht, can be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 PM EST on www.tfnn.com. Andy’s first book How to Make Money with Commodities, published by McGraw Hill was released in 2013 and has received excellent reviews. He is currently working on his second book, Luster. Andy held a Series 3 and Series 30 license from the National Futures Association and is associated as a collaborator and strategist with hedge funds. Andy is the commodity-expert for the website about.com and blogs on his own site technomentals.com.
Hi I'm Lior, an MA graduate in Economics. I have worked for several years in a variety of economic related positions, and in 2010 I started my own blog – Trading NRG, which is a news and analysis blog about gold, silver, natural gas and oil.
Hi my name is Mike,
I'm an avid US equities investor primarily interested in energy, industrials, commodities and mining. I am a graduate student studying an MSc in Renewable Energy Science.
Feel free to contact me here or on LinkedIn.
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 resides in Atlanta, GA.
Tim Travis is a veteran deep value investor and money manager. Travis has extensive experience in traditional investments such as stocks and bonds, in addition to having a unique methodology of combining options and distressed investing with value investing to generate income, reduce risk, and to add an element of timing. Currently Tim Travis is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of T&T Capital Management. T&T Capital Management is an Irvine, California based Registered Investment Advisor that manages accounts for both individual and institutional investors.
Travis was born in Laguna Beach, California and became captivated with the value investment philosophy in his early teens through reading books written by Benjamin Graham, and the shareholder letters from Berkshire Hathaway, and the Buffett Partnership L.P. Tim Travis became intrigued by the notion that stocks aren’t just pieces of paper but instead are fractional shares of a business that can be analyzed by comprehensive analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. He majored in Business and Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating in 2004, and he also had the privilege of studying international economics at the University of Richmond in Florence, Italy. Tim Travis got his feet wet in finance working for both Scottrade and AG Edwards & Sons during his college career. Upon graduation Travis worked at the Vanguard Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was there that he learned that most mutual funds underperform their respective indexes, and he became disappointed at the overwhelming diversification in most mutual funds, that really makes most of them function as “closet” index funds.
After leaving the Vanguard Group, Travis worked for a small futures and commodities firm in Mission Viejo, California. It was there that Tim developed an adept knowledge of options, particularly the selling of options to take advantage of the higher probabilities involved. It was also during this time in his life that Travis began reading everything he could possibly find on value investing. Some of his role models in the field are Warren Buffett, Martin Whitman, Bruce Berkowitz, Seth Klarman, Peter Lynch, Glenn Greenberg, etc. After working with clients from around the world Travis broke away and started T&T Investment Management L.L.C.
At T&T, Travis refined his unique methodology combining value investing, with the selling of options to generate income and reduce risk. T&T experienced explosive growth by partnering with a local commodities firm. After several years Tim Travis realized that without controlling the majority of the company any longer, he didn’t have full control over the company’s strategic direction. Divergent business principles caused Tim Travis to break away and form T&T Capital Management. At TTCM which Tim Travis is the sole owner, he is allowed to offer only the best products and services, at a reasonable price, without conflicts of interest.
T&T Capital Management’s goal is build wealth for both individual and institutional investors, and to accomplish these goals Travis as Chief Investment Officer employs his deep value investing techniques. Each account is managed on a day to day, personal basis, and there are no cookie cutter portfolios defined only by one’s age and risk tolerance. Every security is researched and hand selected by Travis and his research team. T&T Capital Management takes pride in first class customer service and research which is regularly communicated to clients for education purposes.
Paul Franke is a private investor and speculator with nearly 30 years of trading experience, including investment management. Mr. Franke was Editor and Publisher of the Maverick Investor® newsletter during the 1990s, widely quoted by CNBC®, Barron’s®, the Washington Post® and Investor’s Business Daily®. Paul was consistently ranked among top investment advisors nationally for stock market and commodity macro views by Timer Digest® during the 1990s. Mr. Franke was ranked #1 in the Motley Fool® CAPS stock picking contest during parts of 2008 and 2009, out of 60,000+ portfolios. Mr. Franke was Director of Research at Quantemonics Investing® from 2010-13, running several model portfolios on the Covestor.com mirror platform (including the least volatile, lowest beta, fully-invested equity portfolio on the site).
Seeking Alpha articles will focus on undervalued blue-chip companies or leaders in their industry. A contrarian stock picking style, along with weekly algorithm analysis of fundamental and technical data have been developed into a system for finding stocks, nicknamed the “Victory Formation.” Supply/demand imbalances signaled by specific stock price and volume movements are a critical part of this formula for success. Mr. Franke suggests investors use 10% or 20% stop-loss levels on individual choices and a diversified approach of owning 20-30 undervalued, unappreciated, turnaround favorites to achieve regular stock market outperformance.
Doug Sheridan is Managing Director of EnergyPoint Research in Houston, Tx, an independent market research firm specializing in the measurement and monitoring of customer satisfaction and supplier performance in the oil and gas industry. Prior to founding EnergyPoint in 2003, Sheridan held commercial and corporate positions with a Fortune 500 company in the U.S. natural gas sector.
Sheridan has been active in a number of industry associations, including the National Petroleum Council, and is regularly sourced for his analyses and opinion concerning oil and gas industry trends and issues, particularly in the area of customer satisfaction and supplier performance. He has been published and/or cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Sunday Times, Oil & Gas Journal, E&P Magazine, Upstream Technology, Oil & Gas Investor, breakingviews.com, Gas Processors Journal and other trade, business and financial publications.
Sheridan holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Readers are advised that Mr. Sheridan, through his firm EnergyPoint Research, is a specialist in the area of customer satisfaction. Neither he nor his firm is a registered or licensed financial analyst or advisor.
Dr. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and member of its International Executive Committee. He chairs President Obama's Global Development Council, is a Financial Times Contributing Editor, a Bloomberg View columnist and author of the NYT/WSJ best seller "When Markets Collide."
Dr. El-Erian formerly served as CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, the global investment management company. He re-joined PIMCO at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment and related accounts.
Dr. El-Erian also served as a member of the faculty of Harvard Business School. He first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO's portfolio management and investment strategy group.
Before coming to PIMCO, Dr. El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London and before that, he spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.
Dr. El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His book, "When Markets Collide," won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs 2008 Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Dr. El-Erian has served on several boards and committees, including the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the IMF's Committee of Eminent Persons. He is currently a board member of the NBER, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Cambridge in America. He chairs the Microsoft Investment Advisory Board.
He holds a master's degree and doctorate (economics) from Oxford and received his bachelor and master degrees from Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge University.
Larry D. Fink is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, Inc. Mr. Fink has led the firm since its founding in 1988, keeping client centric solutions and innovation at the forefront of his leadership. Mr. Fink leads the Global Executive Committee, which sets the strategic direction of the Company and works across businesses to ensure BlackRock is prepared to solve for our client’s most critical investment challenges. Mr. Fink is frequently sought after by government leaders, policy makers and some of the world’s largest organizations for guidance on how to navigate the increasing complexities of the global financial markets. Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Fink joined First Boston in 1976 and quickly became one of the first mortgage-backed securities traders on Wall Street. During his tenure at First Boston, Mr. Fink was co-head of the Taxable Fixed Income Division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities. Mr. Fink also started the Financial Futures and Options Department and headed the Mortgage and Real Estate Products Group. Mr. Fink serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. Mr. Fink also serves on the Boards of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Council on Foreign Relations and Robin Hood, the New York City charitable organization. He is also Co-Chairman of The Partnership for New York City, which works to engage the business community in efforts to advance the City's economy and maintain its position as the center of world commerce, finance and innovation
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Aswath Damodaran is the Kerschner Family Chair Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He teaches the corporate finance and equity valuation courses in the MBA program. He received his MBA and Ph.D from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management and applied corporate finance.
He has written three books on equity valuation (Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, The Dark Side of Valuation) and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User’s Manual). He has co-edited a book on investment management with Peter Bernstein (Investment Management) and has a book on investment philosophies (Investment Philosophies). His newest book on portfolio management is titled Investment Fables and was released in 2004. His latest book is on the relationship between risk and value, and takes a big picture view of how businesses should deal with risk, and was published in 2007.
He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984 to 1986, where he received the Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985. He has been at NYU since 1986, received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (in 1990). He was profiled in Business Week as one of the top twelve business school professors in the United States in 1994.
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Independent economic consultant in world petroleum. Analyst at Shale Intelligence, LLC . Started beating the energy market with friends from my own oil & gas research. Now, I independently work with several hedge funds and UN Pension Fund.... In addition to several of my close friends.
Mr. Constantinou is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. After 34 years of service with the United Nations (1961-1995), he retired as Chief of the Energy Program at UN Headquarters in New York, where he authored numerous reports for the UN Economic & Social Council, the General Assembly and various Energy Committees as well as publications such as the annual World Economic Survey.
Chief Director of Global Energy Operations at Shale Intelligence, LLC a division of Equis Trading Inc. Headquarters in New York City, providing strategic consulting services with particular reference to oil and gas trends and prospects.
Charles organized several international seminars and symposia on world oil and natural gas demand & supply, petroleum refineries, exploration & development policies and relations between oil importing and exporting countries, as well as electric power, coal, new and renewable sources of energy and non-conventional sources, such as oil shales, tar sands and heavy oils.
Since his retirement, he has been active as a consultant to the United Nations for a study on The World Oil Situation & Prospects and the organization of a Natural Gas Seminar in China, the Government of Cyprus on oil & gas exploration and private investors in oil and gas from Cyprus & Long Island, New York.
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I am an investor who actively manages a portfolio of accounts, taxable and deferred, for our family. I retired from active work in 2001 and find the rewards of investing, financially and intellectually, as rewarding as ALMOST anything else I've done.
My primary investment focus on a daily basis is in equity growth E&P oil and gas companies. I am very long HK, KOG, EXXI, GEOI, ETP, KMP, KMR, MHR, WMB, WPX (WPX through WMB). I don't do tricks, end runs, etc. I use options carefully. I have a high level of disregard for pomposity and self-importance in investment writers. I like those who are numerate, careful and clear in their writing.
I believe in concentration as a tool with a close eye on circumstances on whether to maintain a direction. I don't believe in panicking when Europe is down and Asia is up or a sudden rush on a given commodity. I have degrees in Economics, Business and History.
Polar Prospecting is a young financial professional working in the natural resources sector. Writing from Central and East Asia, he has a particular interest in energy and other hard assets.
Although he will occasionally uses options strategies, he prefers traditional equity investments in what he considers to be quality businesses with competent management. He subscribes to many of the tenets of value investing and prefers to invest in companies with a sustainable dividend-growth strategy.
Jennifer's areas of expertise include energy trends —their economic and geopolitical implications—and resource sustainability issues. Other interests include shale oil and natural gas, climate change, green and efficient infrastructure, China, India, and the energy-water nexus.
Her work has been published in various academic, policy and business publications such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Economist Intelligence Unit’s Executive Briefing, Journal of Structured Finance, Lloyd's List, D CEO, Energy Trends Insider, Financial Sense, and many others. She has been interviewed for numerous radio broadcasts and news stories, and presented her work at various conferences. From Dec 2010 to April 2013, she was the CEO/President of a global affairs organization focused on cutting edge trends. She organized and moderated panels on global gas, energy security, energy infrastructure finance, and urban development.
She has a master's degree from London School of Economics, and bachelor's in finance/marketing. She is principal of Concept Elemental, a strategic communications consultancy focusing on knowledge work, and includes over fifteen years of financial services industry work. She works with a top University, "translating" cutting edge research as well.
Dr. Stephen Leeb is a recognized authority on the stock market, macroeconomic trends and commodities, especially oil and precious metals.
Dr. Leeb is founder of the Leeb Group, which publishes a line of financial newsletters including The Complete Investor, Leeb Income Performance Letter, Leeb Income Millionaire, Brain Trust Profits, Leeb's Real World Investing and Leeb's Aggressive Trader. His total readership exceeds 100,000. The Complete Investor newsletter has earned two awards for Editorial Excellence, as has Leeb Income Performance.
Dr. Leeb is also Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of a New York-based registered investment advisory firm. Dr. Leeb has been managing large cap growth portfolios since 1999.
Dr. Leeb sits on various boards sharing his strategic perspectives on financial markets and natural resources. Since 2008, Dr. Leeb has been a Director of Plain Sight Systems, a technology holding company centered at Yale University. Plain Sight owns a world-class patent portfolio in areas such as information organization/search, computational analytics, electro-optics, and spectroscopy. These technologies are licensed to Fortune 500 companies and used as part of private buyouts and venture spin-offs.
As part of Plain Sight, Dr. Leeb also sits on the board of Water Intelligence plc, a publicly listed company in England, operating in the water management space and Deep Markets Corporation, a division of Plain Sight developing next generation risk management applications.
Dr. Leeb is also Head of the Advisory Board of Leor Exploration & Production LLC (since 2006 - present) and a member of the advisory boards of Electrum USA Ltd. (since 2007) and Los Gatos. Each of these companies explore for natural resources, especially precious metals and energy.
Dr. Leeb is the author of eight books on investments and financial trends. His latest book, Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life (Business Plus, 2012) predicts China's coming global domination.
An earlier book, The New York Times best seller, The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel (Warner Books, 2006), predicted that tightness in global energy supplies would cause the American economy to oscillate between periods of recession and high inflation this century.
Dr. Leeb’s best seller, The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis (Warner Books, 2004), outlined the relationship between oil prices and stock market performance and accurately predicted the subsequent surge in oil prices. The book was rated among the top investment books of the year by Stock Trader's Almanac 2005.
His earlier best seller, Defying the Market: Profiting in the Turbulent Post-Technology Market Boom (McGraw-Hill; 1999) predicted the collapse of technology stocks and the growing importance of oil, and other hard assets during the 21st century. The book was selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Business Books of 1999.
His first book Getting in on the Ground Floor (Putnam, 1986) predicted the secular bull market in financial assets and the fall in inflation. The book was a main selection of the Money Book Club.
Dr. Leeb earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He then completed both a Master's degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Illinois.
Contributing columnist for Real Money and TheStreet.com. BA in History from Bemidji State in Minnesota. I went on to learn Chinese at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
I worked in mortgage sales at Countrywide and Bank of America until 2010 when I decided to relocate to Taiwan.
My name is Braden Holt and I am currently the only content contributor for my blog, http://theenergyharbinger.com/. The purpose of this blog is to provide energy news and analysis for investors and the general public who are interested in staying current on the dynamics of the energy industry. The blog features equity research on oil and gas, in addition to more general topics relating to the future of the energy industry. I invest in stocks which I perceive to be either value or growth stocks in industries that I believe will be important to the future of the world. My favorite industries/segments are upstream oil and gas, alternative energy and rare earth metals.
Check out my new project at http://www.thewellmap.com/
Whitney Tilson is the founder and Managing Partner of Kase Capital Management, which manages three value-oriented hedge funds. Mr. Tilson is also the co-founder of Value Investor Insight, an investment newsletter.
Mr. Tilson has co-authored two books, The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market (2013) and More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times (2009), was one of the authors of Poor Charlie’s Almanack, the definitive book on Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and has written for Forbes, the Financial Times, Kiplinger’s, the Motley Fool and TheStreet.com. He was featured in two 60 Minutes segments in December 2008 about the housing crisis (which won an Emmy) and in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators. He served for two years on the Board of Directors of Cutter & Buck, which designs and markets upscale sportswear, until the company was sold in early 2007.
Mr. Tilson received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Mr. Tilson spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and Nicaragua (his parents are both educators, were among the first couples to meet and marry in the Peace Corps, and have retired in Kenya). Consequently, Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. For his philanthropic work, he received the 2008 John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. He is a member and past Chairman of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Tilson lives in Manhattan with his wife and three teenage daughters.
Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism (some articles from Pragmatic Capitalism get syndicated on Seeking Alpha so please see the full site if you don't want to miss articles by Mr. Roche).
Orcam Financial Group, LLC (www.orcamgroup.com) is a low fee financial services firm offering asset management, personal advisory, consulting and educational services. Pragmatic Capitalism (http://pragcap.com) was founded by Cullen Roche in the midst of the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Roche foresaw many of the events that led up to the crisis and felt that the government was slow to react and when it did finally react, responded with the wrong medicine.
Mr. Roche's primary areas of expertise include global macro portfolio construction, quantitative risk management, monetary economics and behavioral finance. Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Roche worked at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where he worked on a team overseeing $500MM+ in assets under management. Upon leaving Merrill Lynch, Mr. Roche managed a private investment partnership for 7 years generating substantial positive alpha (high risk adjusted returns) without a single negative year of returns. He has since transitioned back to retail asset management to better serve the much needed low fee retail space with sophisticated but simple asset management and financial planning services.
Mr. Roche is also a prolific writer. In addition to the daily musings on his website, he is the author of the popular book “Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance” as well as “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”, one of the top 10 all-time most downloaded research papers on the SSRN academic research network. He was named one of the “Top Wall Street Economists, Experts and Opinion Leaders” of 2011 by Wall Street Economists and was named one of the “101 Best Finance People” by Business Insider where he was described as “one of the most influential economic thinkers today.” In 2015 Mr. Roche was named one of the “40 Under 40” most influential people in finance by InvestmentNews. He is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal, on CNBC and in the Financial Times.
Mr. Roche is a Georgetown University alumnus, growing up in the DC area and now living in Southern California with his wife Erica, troublesome collie Cal and 4 irritable laying hens. In addition to being a financial dork Cullen is an avid outdoorsman, mediocre gardener, proficient complex carbohydrate consumer (i.e., loves brownies and cake) and finisher of one of the most difficult IRONMAN races at Cabo in 2015.
Bill Simoes is an independent researcher whose focus is applying his technical and financial expertise to energy stocks involved in exploration and production. Bill has an engineering degree, MBA and 35 years of experience in petroleum production, reserves estimation and properties evaluation. He worked for a number of large multi-national exploration and development companies before becoming president of a private oil and gas company. In these capacities he was involved in acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.
Investor/swing trader focusing on U.S. onshore independent oil E&P stocks. I don’t sell or promote anything, just a man of leisure.
I invest for fun; no successful person needs to play in the markets. Mostly I spend my time outdoors – building, gardening, or just enjoying the West Virginia mountains and wildflowers.
Bob De’Long is a pen name. I’m a former hands-on manager in the petroleum and coal industries and a former university professor (professional engineer, MBA, and PhD).
I have an active (perhaps overly active) sense of humor, and I especially enjoy looking at the metaphors others use to express themselves or to cover what they don’t know or cannot express.
Independent oil E&P stocks that I follow, own and/or trade (when the price) is right are:
Whiting Petroleum (WLL)
Newfield Exploration (NFX)
Continental Resources (CLR)
EOG Resources (EOG)
SM Energy (SM)
Rosetta Recourses (ROSE)
and GPOR, PDCE, BCEI, BBG
Natural Gas E&P stocks that I follow (but may never buy again because the industry is dying) are:
EQT Corporation (EQT)
Range Recourses (RRC)
Southwestern Energy (SWN)
Ultra Petroleum (UPL)
Deltic Timber (DEL) is the only non-petroleum stock that I follow, own, and/or trade.
40 yrs in oil business, 5 yrs Major Oil + 35 yrs as Independent Operator in nearly all US basins, Petroleum Drilling, Production, and Reservoir Engineer (SPE), Petroleum Exploration and Development Geologist (AAPG), Landman (AAPL). Former Founding Director, Executive Officer of two Public Oil & Gas Companies (US and Europe), provided a portion of start-up funding for others. Extensive personal investments in O&G wells, Leases, Pipelines, Equipment, etc. No long or short positions in any Public Oil & Gas stock.
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Harry C. Johnson
Highlights 1978 - 1995
Founder and CEO of Red Eagle Resources Corp., Oklahoma City, OK., an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the American Stock Exchange. Experience includes private and public offerings, taxation, litigation, and the solution of problems attendant to a 400-employee work force. In 1980, started 11 rig drilling company, heavy oil field trucking company and an oil well service company. Merged Red Eagle and subs with small public company in 1987 and listed Red Eagle Resources on American Stock Exchange. In 1995, sold Red Eagle to Range Resources (formerely Lomac Petroleum).
1976 – 1977 President and CEO of Shawnee Oil and Gas Corp., an independent oil company in Oklahoma City, OK, owned by Swiss and West German investors.
1975 President of Brighthaven Exploration Partners, New York City, NY., specializing in tax sheltered investments.
1970 – 1974 Partner in charge of Corporate Finance*, Advest, Hartford, CT.
1964 – 1969 Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer*, Liberty National Bank, Oklahoma City, OK.
1955 – 1963 Senior Evaluation Engineer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Headquarters Staff* Humble Oil and Refining Co. (Now ExxonMobil) Houston, TX.
*Position at Time of Resignation
January 1955 Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering University of Oklahoma. Member Pi Epsilon Tau, Petroleum Engineering Honor Society.
1953 – 1955 Worked as a roughneck on drilling rigs for various contractors in Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, and as an oil field roustabout in Texas and Oklahoma, during school years and summers.
At various times between 1960 and 2001, served as a director of the following companies:
Consolidated Production Corp.
Deer Trail Mines, Inc.
Knight Industries, Inc.
Red Eagle Resources Corp.
Shawnee International, S.A.
Thor Energy Corp.
Zydeco Energy, Inc.
Cleary Petroleum Corp.
Lakeshore Bank, N.A.
Lear Motors, Inc.
Pacific Energy Corp.
Red Earth, Inc.
Humble Employees Federal Credit Union
1980 – 1987 Board Chairman and founder of Cimarron Helicopters, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK.
Organized and managed helicopter operating company with ten light helicopters, charter, EMS, and TV News transport. Sold in 1987 due to drop in charter business and loss of EMS contracts.
1980 – 1998 Board Chairman, MillionAir Oklahoma City.
Purchased fixed-base operator at Oklahoma City’s Wiley Post Airport. Later converted to Million-Air franchise offering ramp services, jet charter, and related aviation specialties. Sold to partners.
1986 – 1991 Board Chairman and owner of Lakeshore Bank, N.A. Oklahoma City, OK.
Purchased failing bank, recapitalized it (without government assistance), returned it to profitability, and sold it to larger bank.
1980 – 1987 Farmer/Stockman, Oklahoma.
Operated 4,000 acres of cattle ranches with 400 mother cows, and 1,200 acres of wheat farms. Sold farming assets to meet the capital needs of Red Eagle Resources after change in tax laws in 1986 jeopardized Red Eagle’s capital sources.
Commercial Instrument Pilot with Multi-Engine Jet & Single-Engine Helicopter Ratings.
Formerly a Registered Principal with the NASD and an Allied Member of The New York Stock Exchange.
Registered Professional Engineer In Texas & Oklahoma.