Saj Karsan founded an investment and research firm that is based on the principles of value investing. He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, has completed all three CFA exams, and has an engineering degree from McGill University. Visit his blog, Barel Karsan (http://barelkarsan.com/).
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I look for companies with a margin of safety to their value, and I dislike downside risk. I subscribe to the first rule of investing: "Do not lose money."
I believe small and microcap stocks are the best place to look for value in the markets, as most people overlook these companies, making them more likely to be mis-priced. To exploit these opportunities, I have a subscription service with multiple microcap calls every month.
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Due to compliance restrictions at my current job I will no longer be writing on Seeking Alpha, I have many ideas already simmering for when I can once again write publicly.
I write about under-valued under-loved and under-appreciated investments. The occasional special situation or large cap that has been unjustifiably slammed may also be covered.
As we like to say here on SA I want an asymmetrical risk/return investment or to quote a master:
“You’re looking for a mispriced gamble. That’s what investing is. And you have to know enough to know whether the gamble is mispriced. That’s value investing.” –Charlie Munger
When found, I'll be sure to let you know.
Manhattan Bridge Capital offers short-term, secured, non–banking or “hard money” loans to real estate investors in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island as well as Long Island and Westchester county to fund their acquisition of properties located in the New York Metropolitan area. The loans are principally secured by collateral consisting of real estate and, generally, accompanied by personal guarantees from the principals of the businesses. The loans are generally for a term of one year. Most of the loans provide for receipt of interest only during the term of the loan and a balloon payment at the end of the term.
I'm a well-informed retail investor and post on SA in order to expose my thought process to critical examination and comment from readers. It makes me a better investor. I'm particularly proud of bullish macro articles posted in 2009 and later, in which I presented ideas that encouraged me to invest very profitably in a rising market. I also did articles on individual stocks, many of which contained insights not available elsewhere. Finally, I wrote a number of thoughtful articles critical of financialism and the lack of ethics on Wall Street. I donate the proceeds from my blogging to charity. The best way for me to monetize my insights is to invest accordingly. As a retail investor, I don't give investment advice. I write about what I'm investing in, and the thought process involved in decision making and stock selection. Hopefully some of what I write is of benefit to others, by sharing my experience as I interpret it and helping them improve their investment thinking and process.
I'm an investor in his early thirties who knows how to have a good time and not live life too seriously. I'm an avid value investor, along with dollar cost averaging my retirement, though I occasionally jump off the beaten path and "gamble" on less certain assets.