I am currently a rising college junior interested in finance and investing for the long-term. I view every day as a learning and improvement opportunity. My goal as a contributor is to provide an unbiased, easy-to-follow summary of my findings of the corporation, and to increase my own knowledge of markets and companies through research and practice. I (will) generally contribute based upon my own portfolio and analyses I find necessary - constructive criticism is always welcome and I will do my best to respond to comments.
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Joseph has been an analyst, investor, and student of economic theory; money and banking; and statistical methods for evaluating and implementing risk/reward trading algorithms since 1972. Joseph is also an occasional contributor to financial publications and his essays are frequently cited by other financial websites and publications.
Since the end of the Great Recession, Joseph came to recognize that traditional methodologies for forecasting economic growth and investment asset pricing are no longer of value, and a broader understanding of the post Glass Steagall, financially engineered world that has driven markets and economies since the turn of the century is required today.
He has a good grasp of Shadow Banking, High Frequency Trading, and Dark Pools, and their impact on today’s markets. He has also spent considerable time understanding the new global paradigm of central bank involvement in experimental policy designed to better control economies.
Joseph doesn’t subscribe to a specific school of theory on economics. Rather, his thinking is based on a combination of the Classical School, the Austrian School, and the Keynesian School. He even sees the writings of Karl Marx as particularly instructive.
Joseph is particularly fond of the following quote from Albert Einstein and sees his own work as driven by that same passionate curiosity that Einstein refers to:
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Coming in a close second in terms of favorite quotes that express his views, Joseph embraces Lord Acton’s views expressed here:
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.
Every class is unfit to govern."
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After having been in the investing world for more than 25 years from private banking and investment management to private and venture capital; I have pretty much "been there and done that" at one point or another. I am currently a silent partner for an RIA in Houston, Texas.
The majority of my time is spent analyzing, researching and writing commentary about investing, investor psychology and macro-views of the markets and the economy. My thoughts are not generally mainstream and are often contrarian in nature but I try an use a common sense approach, clear explanations and my “real world” experience in the process.
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I'm an experienced options/futures trader, analyst, and freelance writer. I worked as an institutional options trader for a New York-based institutional brokerage firm in the 90s and started my own business in 2001. My focus is on the US listed options market, but also trade futures and single stock options. There are no free lunches in this world. Trading successfully takes a lot of hard work and markets change often. In addition, trading options and futures can involve substantial risk. If you are new, please understand the ins and outs of the products before you trade. Feel free to ask me questions if you have any. Thanks for your interest.