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Unhedged.com is focused on high-quality research, strategic analysis and community data-sharing.
Unhedged.com was developed by Christopher Sommers, who also contributes to the research and data-sharing section of the website.
Chris has nearly two decades of professional experience in financial markets. Chris regularly engages in extensive financial research and consulting projects. He recently managed a small investment fund, and prior to that spent six years as an investment analyst at Greenlight Capital, reporting directly to David Einhorn.
At Greenlight, Chris was responsible for several high-profile investments, including Lehman Brothers, St. Joe, various commodity (e.g. corn) & interest rate investments, and helped oversee the creation and development of BioFuel Energy Corp, where Chris served on the board and helped lead its initial public offering.
Prior to Greenlight Capital, Mr. Sommers worked in investment banking and M&A at Citigroup, where he was top of his class and chosen to train incoming analyst classes of over 150 people. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Sommers worked on the bond trading desk at Lehman Brothers, and prior to Lehman Brothers, he worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for an options market-making firm.
Dichotomy Capital LLC acts as the investment advisor to a limited partnership and separately managed accounts. The Fund is an absolute return fund founded on value principles. The Fund employs a strict value investing approach that searches for securities that differ significantly from their intrinsic value. Our research utilizes deep investigation, on-site visits, expert interviews, and exhaustive readings to understand the business as an owner.
Ian Clark is the Managing Partner of Dichotomy Capital. He began his career in chemistry designing organometallic catalysts after he received his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Jennifer Coombs has a decade of experience in the finance and investment world, with a variety of titles and investing functions. At present, she is an Associate Professor (Investments) at the College for Financial Planning. Additionally, she is currently the Founder & CEO of GradMoney (http://www.gradmoney.org) an investing education service directed at simplifying the stock analysis process for young adults and novice investors.
Prior to relocating to Colorado, Jennifer served as the Head of Campus Outreach as well as a Contributor Acquisition Manager for Seeking Alpha in New York City. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Equity Research Analyst at Wall Street Strategies, Inc. where she was responsible for the technical and fundamental analysis of the entire stock market for recommendations to individual investors, while also publishing daily economic analysis for the general public. Prior to this, she worked on the buy side as an Associate Equity Research Analyst covering the transportation sub-sector of industrials at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corporation. Jennifer also covered Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and has done broader research for the industrials, financials and consumer sectors. Prior to joining their research department, Jennifer worked as a Trading Assistant, actively responsible for SunAmerica's index funds valued at over $7 billion. She also worked as an intern in the client portfolio management department at Dwight Asset Management Company - a fixed income subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.
Jennifer graduated with distinction (cum laude) from Clarkson University where she earned a B.S. in Financial Information Analysis and Political Science, with minors in Economics and Law. Jennifer has a unique knowledge of international markets, and also studied East Asian Economics at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea and has also lived and studied in France. Jennifer is a former member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).
I run long-only family office assets with a focus on small-cap deep-value securities. In many cases value is hidden below the surface of simple financial metrics and screenable criteria. I'll publish notes on Seeking Alpha when I have something insightful to share that is not getting proper treatment from mainstream research channels. Please note, I'm very busy trying to relax. Writing articles and responding to emails is an after-hours activity. What I lack in publishing regularity, I hope to offset through quality of dialogue. I have met some ridiculously talented and brilliant analysts through Seeking Alpha. This is my true (selfish) motive for re-engaging in such a public forum.
Managing partner of Quintessential Capital Management, an investment fund, and Zanshin Capital, an asset management company both focusing on long-only, absolute return, equity investments with a value approach.
I have started investing from an early age, but only in 2005 did I discover the wisdom and effectiveness of value investing. After reading every book I found on the subject, I studied for a short, but extremely profitable period, under the guidance of Prof. Bruce Greenwald of Colombia University, who specializes in value investing.
The core positions in my portfolio are classic Buffett-style franchises acquired at a discount and kept indefinitely. The idea is acquiring a company in a slow-changing industry with a protective moat and letting it compound for years.
Occasionally, I go for "cigar butt"-style investments, where a mediocre company is acquired at a steep discount. But, in general, I prefer the former type.
I focus on US stocks but do keep my eyes open for global opportunities as well.
After working in Leveraged Finance at RBC Capital Markets and two hedge funds that focused on special situations and distressed investments, Steven Wood, CFA started his own firm focused on generating absolute returns through conventional and unconventional means. GreenWood offers clients primarily long ideas, as well as hedge and short ideas, but gives clients complete control over their own account, and has no lockups or liquidity constraints. GreenWood manages capital for institutions (primarily family offices) and high net worth individuals, but the only requirement is a minimum investment of $10k.
Roddy Boyd is an investigative reporter who has worked for Fortune Magazine, the New York Post, The New York Sun and Institutional Investor News. He also founded The Financial Investigator website, www.thefinancialinvestigator.com. I also wrote "Fatal Risk," on the collapse of AIG.
Most recently, he has founded the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, www.sirf-online.org.
SIRF is dedicated to providing document-driven investigative reporting on publicly traded companies. Our work is centered on providing accountability and information to the investing public and regulators. We are organized as a tax-exempt organization, are members of the Investigative News Network and gladly adhere to the highest standards of journalistic integrity. We do not invest in any securities, short or long, and do not take payment for our work. No one sees our work prior to publication.
Stephen Simpson, CFA, is a freelance financial writer and investor.
I have worked for both sell-side and buy-side firms (equities and fixed income), with the largest percentage of my working time spent in med-tech. At this point I am now effectively in a "working retirement".
I write because I find that the process helps me take better notes, be more disciplined about modeling, and come up with a more coherent investment view for my portfolio management needs. If I'm writing about a stock, it's generally because I'm interested in it as an investment prospect or I think there's an interesting story to tell.
I don't share my models, so please don't ask.
More of my writings can be found at my blog Kratisto Investing (kratistoinvesting.blogspot.com), or Twitter (@Kratisto_Invest).
53rd Street Capital is a registered investment adviser offering a event driven investment strategy through fully transparent separately managed accounts. The firm seeks to employ a flexible, opportunistic investment style and aims to identify situations with a recognizable catalyst which is anticipated to unlock value. The firm aims to achieve superior risk adjusted returns with an emphasis on high margin of safety and portfolio concentration. The investment process involves intense, fundamental, bottom-up industry and company research. 53rd Street Capital's partners have a unique investment perspective and invest the majority of their discretionary assets alongside clients.
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I am the President and Portfolio Manager at Motiwala Capital LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Texas. I employ a value oriented investment philosophy. I look for quality companies that have strong balance sheets, produce stable free cashflow and generate above average returns on capital. We purchase at attractive discounts to their intrinsic value.
I started managing separate accounts in 2011. Currently managed $5.4million in assets. Please find presentations, interviews and client letters at www.motiwalacapital.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.
We seek value plus multiple overlapping catalysts, sourced using proprietary tools. We will create our own catalysts with the fundamental goal to put assets to their highest and best use with the optimal financial structure to maximize long term business value.
Founded in 2009 by Ryan J. Morris - as a founder of a bootstrapped software company prior to being a full time investor, I have a great appreciation and respect for the operational details and entrepreneurial efforts underlying the financial numbers of a business.
Tim Travis is a veteran deep value investor and money manager. Travis has extensive experience in traditional investments such as stocks and bonds, in addition to having a unique methodology of combining options and distressed investing with value investing to generate income, reduce risk, and to add an element of timing. Currently Tim Travis is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of T&T Capital Management. T&T Capital Management is a Scottsdale, Arizona based Registered Investment Advisor that manages accounts for both individual and institutional investors. Travis was born in Laguna Beach, California and became captivated with the value investment philosophy in his early teens through reading books written by Benjamin Graham, and the shareholder letters from Berkshire Hathaway, and the Buffett Partnership L.P. Tim Travis became intrigued by the notion that stocks aren’t just pieces of paper but instead are fractional shares of a business that can be analyzed by comprehensive analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. He majored in Business and Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating in 2004, and he also had the privilege of studying international economics at the University of Richmond in Florence, Italy. Tim Travis got his feet wet in finance working for both Scottrade and AG Edwards & Sons during his college career. Upon graduation Travis worked at the Vanguard Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was there that he learned that most mutual funds underperform their respective indexes, and he became disappointed at the overwhelming diversification in most mutual funds, that really makes most of them function as “closet” index funds. After leaving the Vanguard Group, Travis worked for a small futures and commodities firm in Mission Viejo, California. It was there that Tim developed an adept knowledge of options, particularly the selling of options to take advantage of the higher probabilities involved. It was also during this time in his life that Travis began reading everything he could possibly find on value investing. Some of his role models in the field are Warren Buffett, Martin Whitman, Bruce Berkowitz, Seth Klarman, Peter Lynch, Glenn Greenberg, etc. After working with clients from around the world Travis broke away and started T&T Investment Management L.L.C. At T&T, Travis refined his unique methodology combining value investing, with the selling of options to generate income and reduce risk. T&T experienced explosive growth by partnering with a local commodities firm. After several years Tim Travis realized that without controlling the majority of the company any longer, he didn’t have full control over the company’s strategic direction. Divergent business principles caused Tim Travis to break away and form T&T Capital Management. At TTCM which Tim Travis is the sole owner, he is allowed to offer only the best products and services, at a reasonable price, without conflicts of interest. T&T Capital Management’s goal is build wealth for both individual and institutional investors, and to accomplish these goals Travis as Chief Investment Officer employs his deep value investing techniques. Each account is managed on a day to day, personal basis, and there are no cookie cutter portfolios defined only by one’s age and risk tolerance. Every security is researched and hand selected by Travis and his research team. T&T Capital Management takes pride in first class customer service and research which is regularly communicated to clients for education purposes.
Value investor running a long-only partnership/SMAs, as well as a Marketplace subscription for objective buyside research. Pseudonymous to protect my IR access but I’m always up for a conversation with anyone interested in value investing or mental models. I also collaborate with a few well-known hedge fund managers and am open to swapping notes if we're looking at similar names.
My Marketplace subscription service, called “Outsourced Analyst,” provides small-to-mid-sized funds, family offices, or high-net-worth investors the workflow of an analyst for a hundredth of the price. I write objective coverage of high-quality, underfollowed small-caps that I'm working on / following. Subscribers also have access to writeups of some of my best ideas like those I've posted on LQDT, CRAI, FC, LGIH, BOOM, CSWI, and so on. Membership will be limited to the first 250 subscribers.
Seeking Alpha T&C requires me to disclose that I'm a registered investment advisor; regulations require me to reiterate that nothing I say is investment advice - it's just my Monday-morning-quarterback opinion for your entertainment and amusement. Always do your own due diligence, consider your own financial position, and please consult your preferred financial professional before making any investment decision.
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Arquitos Capital Management is the general partner of a value-oriented hedge fund, Arquitos Capital Partners. Launched in 2012, Arquitos Capital Partners focuses on company-specific situations such as reorganizations, recapitalizations, liquidations, spin-offs, break-ups, rights offerings and other unique circumstances. Steven Kiel is the president and chief investment officer of Arquitos Capital Management. He is the portfolio manager of Arquitos Capital Partners, a private investment partnership focused on value-oriented holdings. Steven is a judge advocate in the Army Reserves. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and currently holds the rank of major. Prior to launching Arquitos Capital Management, he was a lawyer in private practice. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Deal Journal, The Atlantic, USA Today, and other publications. Steven sits on the board of Sitestar (OTCBB:SYTE), a Virginia-based real estate investment company. Steven is a graduate of George Mason School of Law and Illinois State University, and is a member of the bar in Illinois (inactive) and Washington, D.C.
The professionals at Eight Diamonds Advisors have on average more than 20 years of experience working in the financial markets. Their backgrounds cover a broad swath of disciplines including M&A, restructuring, forensic accounting, investment management and research analysis.
I've been in investment management since 1990, currently as the money manager for Worm Capital. I received my law degree from the University of Oregon in 1984, worked as an accountant for the international accounting firm KPMG, then got involved in investing. I've written over 300 columns for The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, Realmoney.com and SeekingAlpha.com.