I am a former technology entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in trading equities, bonds and options. My investment style can be described as risk-averse opportunism. I believe that markets are rife with inefficiencies that can be exploited to generate outsize risk-adjusted returns. I recently started a hedge fund that trades a data-driven quant strategy; we are not soliciting new investments at this time.
I am an "extreme value" investor, focusing mostly on micro and nanocap companies selling for a steep discount to price/book, price/sales, price/earnings, EV/EBITDA and other traditional measures of value. (Price-to-book is my favorite, by far.) My emphasis is on low priced stocks (especially under $5), since the marketplace is very inefficient in valuing them, as both institutional investors and brokerages increasingly shun them. I am a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, and like to invest in the most unloved and out of favor sectors of the market, and numerically screen for the best relative values in those out of favor sectors. A key to my success is to buy companies where the insiders are buying in the open market, to confirm the underlying value proposition. I like to buy stocks trading near a multi-year low, and average down aggressively if the stock moves against me (assuming the circumstances for my purchase haven't changed). I like to look for stocks that are being "dumped" from indices (Russell 2000 or S&P 600 Small Cap, most commonly), or subject to tax-loss selling, creating arbitrary selling pressure in a tight time window. I also like special situations, including selective leveraged turnaround situations, that I can catch at their "inflection" point. I have achieved outsized annualized returns, over the last 27 years, with these strategies. I also take 5%+ positions in companies, and engage in selective shareholder activism, to hold accountable the insular and/or corrupt boards that are sadly all too common, especially in smaller, family-run public companies. I HATE, and decry, index investing, as stocks that are "over-demanded" are going to be over-PRICED, which offsets the miniscule savings of avoiding the "extra cost" of an active manager.
A native of Chicago, I have a B.S. in accounting (1990) from DePaul University, am a former federal financial institution examiner, and am currently an elected City Councilman in my adopted home town of La Porte, Indiana. I love old houses, live in one designed by architect Franklin Burnham (who also designed the Georgia State Capitol), and currently sit on the board of directors of the Parents Television Council, a nationwide non-profit, and the most consequential and compelling charitable organization known to man.
Value Digger holds MSc. in Electrical Engineering, speaks four languages and has lived in the U.S. for many years. He is a full-time, deep value investor and a well-known freelance writer who has been consistently ranked in the TOP-100 on TipRanks out of over 6,000 financial bloggers and analysts since 2012.
Specifically, he is a Seeking Alpha Author with one of the highest Followers per Article (F/A) rates. His F/A rate in Seeking Alpha exceeds 30 followers per article. Also, he is the Publisher and Editor of "The Alpha Discoverer", an insightful investment newsletter on The Maven (MVEN). Additionally, he is an Author for Stockhouse.com, Canada's #1 financial portal and one of North America's largest small cap investor communities with over 1 million unique visitors a month.
In 2014, Value Digger created a big community of deep value investors on his own website www.nathansbulletin.com. In 2015, Value Digger launched "Value Investor's Stock Club" on Seeking Alpha, a top-ranked deep value research service which includes an unparalleled, actively-managed and high-return Portfolio of unknown/underfollowed stocks. In 2017, Value Digger launched "The Alpha Discoverer", an insightful investment newsletter on TheMaven (MVEN) platform.
The Quarterly Performance Reviews PROVE his high returns and are available to his subscribers on Seeking Alpha and TheMaven. For reference, when Value Digger was managing money in the early 2000s, his Portfolio's annual ROI consistently exceeded 70%. His Premium Research is based on a comprehensive review of company-specific factors, macro conditions, competitors and the industry trends. Value Digger uses his analytical skills, goes against the grain and repeatedly discovers disconnects in a variety of sectors.
When it comes to his publicly-available picks and his free articles, Value Digger has a success rate of ~70%, an average return per recommendation of ~20% and a 5-star rating (TipRanks.com), which is the highest category quality ranking used to evaluate financial experts. TipRanks.com is a comprehensive investing tool that allows private investors and day traders to see the measured performance of anyone who publicly provides financial advice. TipRanks.com collects data, evaluates and ranks over 6,000 financial experts worldwide.
After 30 years of investing experience in the international markets (U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe), Value Digger has formulated a deep understanding of valuation analysis and his investment philosophy is firmly grounded in Ben Graham-style value-oriented opportunities that often have an assymetric risk/reward profile. On that front, he has created a unique proprietary database with thousands of publicly-traded companies per sector, which helps him spot the bargains and the bubbles before many investors find them.
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Cash flow focused investor comfortable across the capital structure. Prefer to find undervalued steady cash flow generators on the long side and declining cash flow situations with unsustainable balance sheets on the short side.
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.
Richard J. Prati, a seasoned business executive, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and hands-on turnaround specialist, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Life Care Medical Devices since 2013 (www.lcmd.com), and CEO of Prati Management, a Family Office since 2012. Richard has 25 years of proven financial leadership and operational execution in investment banking, institutional equity sales, and professional investment management. As a Principal at several notable Wall Street investment firms, Mr. Prati has a strong history of exceptional value creation and a successful track record of transformational, business turnaround expertise including sourcing and executing transactions, accessing the public and private markets and catalyzing sizable revenue growth production. He has guided a wide range of emerging and established public and private entities in industries ranging from healthcare, biotech, medical devices, conglomerates, retail, industrials, information technology and semiconductors companies.
Mr. Prati Co-Founded, a young medical technology start-up, Singular Medical Technologies, Inc. (http://singmedtech.com/), and serves as Chairman. Singular addresses in a unique and innovative way the global problem of PACS incompatibility and hospital consolidation. Mr. Prati also recently served as Vice Chairman of PVG Asset Management (www.pvgassetmanagement.com), a fund family with nearly $1 Billion in assets for three years, and is a board member and early-stage investor of the privately-held Centennial Brands company. In 2002 Mr. Prati was one of two co-founders of American Technology Research (AmTech), an independent research broker/dealer and negotiated the $35 million sale of AmTech to Broadpoint in 2008. He then served as President and Vice Chairman of the equities division of Gleacher and Company (GLCH, which merged with Broadpoint AmTech shortly after the acquisition of AmTech). In 2010, Mr. Prati accepted the position Senior Managing Director of Equities at Sterne Agee, a large regional brokerage firm that was recently acquired by Stifel Nicolaus. Prior to founding AmTech, Mr. Prati was a Senior Partner at SoundView Technology Group, ran the west coast and launched the Denver office as well as establishing firm records as the top revenue producer his final three years. Richard served as an Executive Director at SG Warburg (UBS) in institutional equity sales, after embarking on his successful Wall Street career as an investment banker at Dean Witter Reynolds (acquired by Morgan Stanley). He earned his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and his B.S in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Laughing Water Capital is a concentrated, long biased investment partnership open to accredited investors. We focus on owning pieces of businesses that are suffering from temporary problems or that are misunderstood by the market due to the vagaries of GAAP accounting or some sort of structural impediment. We consider our portfolio companies to be our partners, and we look for our management teams to have significant equity ownership in our companies. Properly incentivized, we expect our management teams to guide the company past their problems, at which point we will benefit from operational improvement and multiple expansion. Patience is essential.
Dane Capital Management is a private investment management company, open to institutions and accredited investors, that focuses on value and special situations investments. Twitter: @danecapmgmt For more information see: www.danecap.com
James A. Kostohryz has accumulated over twenty years of experience investing and trading virtually every asset class across the globe.
Kostohryz started his investment career as an analyst at one of the US's largest asset management firms covering sectors as diverse as emerging markets, banking, energy, construction, real estate, metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became Chief Global Strategist and Head of International Investments for a major investment bank. Kostohryz currently manages his own investment firm, specializing in proprietary trading and institutional portfolio management advisory.
Born in Mexico, Kostohryz grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently writing a book about the impact of culture on economic development. He is a former NCAA and world-class decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
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Dr. John Hussman is the president and principal shareholder of Hussman Econometrics Advisors, the investment advisory firm that manages the Hussman Funds ( http://www.hussmanfunds.com). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and a Masters degree in education and social policy and a bachelors degree in economics from Northwestern University. Prior to managing the Hussman Funds, Dr. Hussman was a professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan. In the mid-1980's, Dr Hussman worked as an options mathematician for Peters & Company at the Chicago Board of Trade, and in 1988 began publishing the Hussman Econometrics newsletter. Virtually all of Dr. Hussman's liquid assets are invested in the Hussman Funds.
Note: Dr. Hussman is not an active contributor to Seeking Alpha; rather, SA editors excerpt regularly from Dr. Hussman's public commentary.
The headline of my SA Blog Posts will provide you my picks in realtime, extremely easy to follow, no blah blah, just realtime trades. This way I have 100% credibility.
I advise everyone to trust only people who post their calls in realtime.
Started with 10k in Q1 1997 to about 24.5M at the end of 2017.
Full time trading experience in Stocks Bonds Commodities Forex.
I am here only to help people take better financial decisions. I am not earning anything out of these calls. I am 40 yo.
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James Altucher was the managing director of Formula Capital, an asset management firm and fund of hedge funds. He's written five books on investing: Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Trade Like Warren Buffett, SuperCash, The Forever Portfolio, and his latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth. He currently writes at Jamesaltucher.com and has released a newsletter, The Altucher Report.
Mr. Altucher is the founder of Stockpickr.com, a social network for finance that had millions of unique visitors per month when it was sold to TheStreet.com in 2007. He has written over 200 columns for The Financial Times and has written for TheStreet.com, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity.com, and other publications. He was also the founder of a web services firm, Reset Inc, which he sold in 1998, at which time he became a partner at VC firm, 212 Ventures/Investcorp. Mr. Altucher regularly appears on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and CNN Radio, and is also in his spare time a nationally ranked chess master. Mr. Altucher received his BA at Cornell University and attended graduate school for computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Sam Antar is a convicted felon and a former CPA. As the CFO of Crazy Eddie, Mr. Antar helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s.
Today, Sam Antar is a forensic accountant. His primary work focuses on identifying and investigating public companies engaged in securities fraud by performing an in-depth (deep-dive) forensic analysis. In addition, he advises law enforcement agencies and professionals about white-collar crime and trains them to catch the crooks. His clients include government agencies, law firms, accounting firms, independent investment research firms, hedge funds, public companies, and other organizations.
Mr. Antar’s views on white-collar crime are frequently quoted in the print news media, online news media, TV media, professional journals, books, and blogs. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, WSJ Live, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Business News Network, National Public Radio’s Planet Money, Progressive Radio Network, Reuters TV, RT News, and other media outlets to give insights on white-collar crime. His articles have been published by Business Insider, CNBC, Newsweek, Seeking Alpha, TalkMarkets, and other publications.
I am a former technology entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in trading equities, bonds and options. My investment style can be described as risk-averse opportunism. I believe that markets are rife with inefficiencies that can be exploited to generate outsize risk-adjusted returns.
I recently started a hedge fund that trades a data-driven quant strategy; we are not soliciting new investments at this time.
I am a former analyst, now full-time investor. I may take long or short positions in companies that I write about, although my focus is on uncovering what I believe to be questionable companies and transactions. I will always provide disclosure whenever I publish a blog post.
I will never attempt to provide false or misleading information. All facts that I present on this site are true to the best of my knowledge. All opinions presented are my own and accurately reflect my actual opinion on the issues that I write about.
I'm a cross-sector equity analyst currently working at a long/short hedge fund. I'm an investor, not a trader, and have a strong value-orientation.
Prior to my current position, I worked for 2 years at a large multi-strategy hedge fund with just under $1 billion in AUM. In this role I served as an equity / credit analyst as part of the value equity team. I acted as a generalist diving into multiple industries (e.g. tech, consumer goods, consumer services, energy, telecom, healthcare, and financials) with the intent to find securities with a large gap between their intrinsic value and their current market price. We generally focused on companies with strong balance sheets, good management, solid competitive positions, and most importantly, a discounted price.
Prior to that, I worked at a large global investment bank on their prop desk. In this role, I traded both equity and credit. Before joining the buy side, I worked for four years in a publishing role at another large global investment bank covering brokers and asset managers. Prior to entering finance, I worked as a management consultant at one of the large global consulting firms.
I am also a CFA charterholder.