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Hello! I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I first started using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham around 2005. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio, I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies inside of it as a bit of an experiment.
I am mostly self taught, but in 2008, I quadrupled my money in the crash, and saw numerous opportunities that I jumped on throughout the next few years. By 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% larger than when I had first started.
I was previously employed with Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. Because of that experience, I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation a strong focus.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power, and the strength of a brand reputation matters. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
Additionally, I make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at brandpower.whotrades.com.
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Value investor running a long-only partnership/SMAs, as well as a Marketplace subscription for objective buyside research. Pseudonymous to protect my IR access but I’m always up for a conversation with anyone interested in value investing or mental models. I also collaborate with a few well-known hedge fund managers and am open to swapping notes if we're looking at similar names.
My Marketplace subscription service, called “Outsourced Analyst,” provides small-to-mid-sized funds, family offices, or high-net-worth investors the workflow of an analyst for a hundredth of the price. I write objective coverage of high-quality, underfollowed small-caps that I'm working on / following. Subscribers also have access to writeups of some of my best ideas like those I've posted on LQDT, CRAI, FC, LGIH, BOOM, CSWI, and so on. Membership will be limited to the first 250 subscribers.
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I have departed Seeking Alpha to pursue new opportunities. If you need to get in touch with me personally, you can find me at linkedin.com/alphasammy. If you have questions regarding SA Pro, please email the pro team at prohypheneditors @ seekingalpha.com (no spaces, replace the "hyphen" with "-")