I work for Google where I am trying to productize Big Data. But, I love to evaluate new ideas and invest in the markets. I am a Class of 2012 MBA from Tuck School of Business @ Dartmouth, and a Class of 2003 Masters in Computer Science & Engineering from Arizona State University. I have experience working at technology, investment banking, insurance, and e-Commerce firms.
Prior to founding Monea Investments, LLC in 2013, Erik spent 17 years with Russell Investments working in multiple capacities. Erik spent his first 11 years there working as a research analyst and portfolio manager in Russell’s Institutional Investment Management business. During his time in these roles, Erik developed an expertise in the practice of investment management. Erik evaluated hundreds of asset managers globally and managed over seven billion dollars by placing capital with some of the world’s most talented investment managers.
In 2006, Erik transitioned from the traditional asset management business to the alternative asset management business when he became Director of Research for Russell’s Institutional Hedge Fund business. In this capacity, Erik was responsible for Russell’s hedge fund research globally.
In 2009, Erik transitioned to the role of Director of Multi-strategy investing at Russell. In this role, Erik helped Russell’s largest institutional clients set investment policy and to execute their investment strategies across all investment categories. During this time, Erik also served as a spokesperson for Russell, appearing frequently in the global media to represent his views on the global economy and capital markets.
B.A, Political Science, Pacific Lutheran University
MBA, Willamette University
Charterholder (CFA), CFA Institute
Series 3 Licensed Commodity Futures Trader
Born and raised in the USA, graduated with a degree in Finance then worked at a multi-strategy global hedge fund for about 4 years analyzing stocks all over the world. In 2007 I left the USA and moved to China to study Chinese and start a business. Now, I am the CEO and Co-founder of eFin which provides wall street level research to main street investors via a proprietary algorithm. Our eFin scoe that takes into consideration hundreds of factors to provide the best period of time to make an investment in a stock.
Nevertheless, my experience working at the hedge fund and running my own business has improved vastly my investment making decisions. I believe Warren Buffett said it best “I am a better investor because I am a businessman and a better businessman because I am an investor”. I have had my share of busts and winners and have gotten wise enough to always look at both sides of every investment no matter how negative or optimistic the situation is.
I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor.
"Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet."
-David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"
CPA and ChFC, Small business owner. Individual & small business income tax, financial/retirement consulting, accounting, insurance & risk management. Several years experience in accounting, finance and audit management in highly successful organizations.
I solve problems. My interests include private equity, long/short equity trades, complex option strategies, and risk management. I am particularity fond of seeking arbitrage opportunities and maximizing the efficiency of the risk versus reward payoff paradigm.
Investor with more than 5 years experience trading commodities, gold and silver miners, exploration companies, oil and gas, platinum and other hard assets.
The investment style is part contrarian/value and I actively seek investments in distressed sectors.