I am a CPA, CFE and have a BA in finance. I don't like to lose money. If there are any bank stocks you would like to have regular quarterly/semi-annual coverage on let me know, I add a lot of names throughout the year but want to provide regular coverage for interested readers.
Alacran Investments is my pen name. I am the portfolio manager for a small New York City based family office. I have been managing money since 2002 and focus on long short equity, small caps, preferred stocks and other income vehicles such as MLPs, and special situations.
I like out of favor sectors, fallen angels and post reorganization equities. I often take a contrarian approach but base my conclusions on numbers driven fundamental analysis. In particular, I like positions in securities of smaller issuers that may be overlooked by larger asset managers where I think superior returns may be generated.
Prior to investing, I was an investment banker for 12 years with a focus on raising capital for small and medium sized business and providing mergers and acquisitions advice.
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I have a new website (http://theknifecatcher.com) -- Hooray! SO, if you wanted to get a deeper dive into my philosophy or just wanted to check it out (there are some easter eggs in there) it'll be updated periodically.
Some motivational quotes below, if you ever find yourself bleeding from a failing knife.
"Investment success doesn't come from “buying good things,” but rather from “buying things well.” (Howard Marks)
"Cycles always prevail eventually. Nothing goes in one direction forever. Trees don't grow to the sky. Few things go to zero. And there’s little that’s as dangerous for investor health as insistence on extrapolating today’s events into the future." (Howard Marks)
"The received wisdom is that risk increases in the recession and falls in the booms. In contrast, it may be more helpful to think of risk as increasing during the upswings, as financial imbalances build up, and materializing in recessions" (Andrew Crockett)
“To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are euphorically buying takes the greatest courage, but provides the greatest profit.” (Sir John Templeton)
Jesse has been managing money for over 20 years. He began his professional career at Bear, Stearns & Co. and later co-founded a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Today he lives in Bend, Oregon and publishes The Felder Report.
Richard J. Parsons is a former banker who writes about banking. His newest book is “Investing in Banks: Strategies and Statistics for Bankers, Directors, and Investors,” published in April 2016 by The Risk Management Association. In this book he examines long-term bank stock performance and identifies specific factors that create and destroy shareholder value. He is also the author of "Broke: America’s Banking System," published in 2013, also published by RMA. In this book Parsons explains why the U.S. banking system has suffered nearly 3,500 bank failures over the past three decades. Parsons is a frequent contributor to the American Banker and the Risk Management Journal. He teaches the Operational Risk Management course for the Wharton-RMA Advanced Risk Management Program as well as the Advanced Operational Risk Management course for the RMA. The RMA Journal selected Parsons’ article -- “The Next Crisis in Banking: A Talent Crisis?” -- as the first place winner in its 2014 Journalistic Excellence Award. Prior to writing and speaking about the banking industry, Parsons spent more than 31 years at Bank of America where he was an executive vice president and member of the Management Operating Committee. In his last role he chaired the bank’s Operational and Compliance Risk Committee and the Emerging Risk Committee. Parsons has a BA in history from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
Prior to founding Compound Insight, David spent most of his career as a Research Analyst at Solas Capital, a value-oriented long/short equity fund with a long-term, concentrated investment approach. Before Solas, he was a Research Associate analyzing bonds of debt issuers in the Financial Sector at Fidelity Investments. David received his BA in Economics from Stanford University and graduated with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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DIA's investment manager, Salo Aizenberg, a graduate of Columbia Business School with an MBA in Finance, is a highly experienced finance and investment professional with 24 years of active investing in fixed income, equity, and alternative investments, having managed institutional portfolios exceeding $500 million.
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Daniel Moore is the creator of FinancialRelativity.com, a web portal created for the purpose of tracking the status of financial markets and providing investment analysis and portfolio management insights to investors. Based on the systematic investment research, he writes about the market and publishes his views through internet market publications. He has over 25 years of management experience in corporate finance in a variety of high technology start-ups and public companies. A graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988, he has spent the last 10 years managing investment portfolios seeking high risk reward returns for fixed income investors.
Former sell-side media, consumer and internet research analyst for 15 years.
Why the pseudonym Lord Baltimore? He was a famous native american scout in the late 1800's as well as an intense character in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid who relentlessly tracked the two heroes. (A 1970s heavy metal band was similarly inspired by the film character in selecting its name.) I view investing a lot like tracking. It is a process of putting together clues found along a trail to determine the path of the target, which in this case is attractive investments - long or short.
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30+ years of investing experience. Conservative equities investor with a top down investment approach. I look for:
* growth at a reasonable price with a focus on dividend paying companies that consistently raise their payouts.
* companies trading at or below fair value with strong fundamentals
I am NOT chasing yield!
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I retired early a few years ago. I was the Credit Manager for a mid-sized publicly traded bank. Despite never working in the industry, I took and passed the CFA Level 1 exam. I traditionally have invested in and written about small and micro cap value stocks. I have found as an investor you can get an edge in researching and talking to management of small and micro cap companies that have little or no analyst coverage. About 20-30% of my portfolio are deep value stocks, and that is historically where I have had the best returns.
I have been investing in stocks for over 40 years. I cut my teeth in the technology area in the ‘90s and rode the wave until it broke. I became interested in the E&P area a number of years ago when a friend of mine found out he had inherited some mineral interests in a place called the Permian Basin. I have been investing in the energy space ever since. Currently I manage a portfolio of accounts, taxable and deferred, for myself and family members who say they have better things to do.
I am a former senior executive with global responsibilities for a Fortune 50 firm and the holder of a doctorate degree in business. For fun, I developed and teach an executive education program focused on strategy at a world renowned business school.
Bert Hochfeld is a convicted felon. He was convicted in 20212 of misappropriating funds from a hedge fund that he operated.
Mr. Hochfeld graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Penssylvania and received an MBA from Harvard. Mr. Hochfeld has had a long career in the tech world working for such firms as IBM, Memorex/Telex, Raytheon Data Systems and BMC Software. Starting in the 1990's, Mr. Hochfeld worked as a sell side analyst and won awards from the WSJ for his coverage of the software space. In 2001, Mr. Hochfeld formed his own independent research company, Hochfeld Independent Research Group, which provided research services to major instiutions including Fidelity, Columbia Asset, SAC Capital and many other prominent instiutions and hedge funds. He also operated the Hepplewhite Fund, a hedge fund that specialized in tech investment. In the 5 years ending in 2011, Hepplewhite Fund was rated the best performing small cap fund by Hedge Fund Research, and independent 3rd party firm that specializes in ranking managers.
In 2016, Mr. Hochfeld formed Ticker Target Investments, LLC. Ticker Target is the vehicle that Mr. Hochfeld uses to provide clients with investment consulting services and which publishes a newsletter and model portfolio, available to subscribers. Overall, Ticker Target keeps tabs on about 500 names in the space and is always investigating new investment opportunities. Mr. Hochfeld has published more than 300 articles on Seeking Alpha, all of them dealing with companies in the information technology space.
“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
The contributions here are DEFINITELY NOT an advice or recommendation to buy or sell. I would not act on all ideas shared here and do not expect anything different from the readers.
Have an academic and practical background in finance and investing (including hedge funds), please discount the same.
I have over 17 years experience in the hedge fund industry working as a Portfolio Manager, Domestic Equity Analyst and Trader. I was the Portfolio Manager of a domestic Hedged Equity product with gross assets that peaked over 1 Billion dollars, and I have over 18 years experience generating both long and short ideas in domestic equities. I am a fundamental, bottoms up, value investor in long investments, and catalyst oriented short investor. I like to employ technical analysis as a balance to my fundamental work, and also as a risk management characteristic to my overall investment philosophy. I am currently investing my own capital in a similar manner I employed while working in the hedge fund industry.
I was a member of the team that introduced Eurodollar and Standard and Poors futures at the CME. Later, I pioneered the secondary market trading of OTC interest rate swaps; and simultaneously managed MHT Futures, one of the first bank subsidiaries to clear futures.
Today I teach a class, "The Economics of Market Technology," at Northeastern University. There, we analyze forces driving change in market practice. The SA articles stem from class discussions.