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The Prosperity Active Yield Fund is a proprietary fund which invests in value and common sense. (TM) It was founded and is managed by Adam Janes.
The Fund is not seeking outside investment or capital.
In evaluating investment opportunities, I consider a company's management, products, customer relationships, competitive positioning, financials, the macroeconomic climate, social media response and other sources.
I arrive at my own conclusions, tuning out the noise of the marketplace. My investment choices are typically based on a holding period of at least two to three years. Influences include Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Howard Marks, Joel Greenblatt, Steve Romick and Warren Buffett. My academic studies were in literature and psychology; I've supplemented this with extensive reading in business, economics and investing.
I received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1978.
I was a registered option trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange from January 1980 until April 2002. I manage my retirement funds and have traded options in a retail account.
Zvi is a legal and marketing consultant. Zvi provides advisory services to companies, trusts and individuals, including consulting expert services regarding marketing compliance, securities regulations and evaluations of potential fiduciary liability. No articles or discussions here shall constitute a legal, fiduciary or advisory role, but solely act as informative press and/or a starting point from which, ideally, further constructive discussion may follow. Comments are welcome, as are questions.
Cara Goldenberg is Founding Partner at Permian Investment Partners. Goldenberg got her undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2002 from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her first job out of college was working as a private-equity analyst at New York-based investment bank Morgan Stanley.
She then moved to Highbridge Capital Management LLC, the hedge- fund firm owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., in 2003, and to Brahman Capital Corp., also in New York, a year later. She became that firm’s youngest partner, and oversaw a $2 billion European equity portfolio. She and two former Brahman colleagues started Permian with about $65 million in assets in August 2008 and it now manages about $100 million. Permian, which is named for the geologic period that ran from about 290 million to 250 million years ago, focuses on what it deems undervalued companies, mostly in Western Europe.
Alon Bochman is Managing Partner of Stepwise Capital, a New York‐based investment partnership that combines value-investing principles with rigorous statistical methods to create a portfolio of differentiated strategies which seek to systematically exploit structural market inefficiencies. Prior to founding Stepwise, Mr. Bochman spent two years managing an equity portfolio for SC Fundamental. Mr. Bochman began his career as a programmer. He co-founded and sold a social networking software firm to Thomson-Reuters. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University at Albany. He is a CFA charterholder.
Greenbackd is dedicated to unearthing undervalued asset situations where a catalyst exists likely to unlock the value. Greenbackd focuses on assets for three reasons:
1. Assets are simpler to value than earnings: Earnings are often difficult to forecast with any degree of accuracy and we can't value a security based on unknown future earnings. Assets, on the other hand, are known quantities at filing. This is not to say that the value of the assets recorded in the filing is the value we ascribe to them. We disregard intangible assets, heavily discount long-term and fixed assets, and apply a modest discount to current assets. We take only cash at face value. For these reasons, we prefer that each security is predominantly backed by cash, hence our name: Greenbackd. 2. Assets anticipate the downside, the liquidation value, first: This forces us to be conservative in our assessment of value.
3. Assets are a contrarian measure of value: To the extent that Wall Street makes any assessment of value, it is obsessed with earnings. It pays little attention to assets. This creates an opportunity where a valuation based on a company's earnings underestimates the company's asset value.
Our favorite stocks are those trading at a substantial discount to liquidation value with an activist investor pushing the company to undertake some corporate action (for example, return capital, pay a special dividend, buy back stock, sell a key asset or the entire company). Greenbackd is penned by a former securities lawyer now working in value-oriented activist funds management
Visit his website: Greenbackd (http://greenbackd.com/)
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson, CFA, is Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates in Denver, Colo. He is the author of Active Value Investing (Wiley) and The Little Book of Sideways Markets (Wiley).
His books were translated into eight languages. Forbes Magazine called him "The new Benjamin Graham". To receive Vitaliy’s future articles by email or read his articles click here.
Steve Birenberg is founder and President of Northlake Capital Management, LLC. Northlake specializes in managing portfolios for high net worth individuals using a unique strategy combining monthly ETF rotation based on major market themes supplemented by carefully selected media and telecom stocks. Steve has been managing money since 1982 and following media and telecom since 1990. For the past five years, Steve has been a contributor to RealMoney.com, the professional service of theStreet.com, where he provides commentary on media and telecom stocks. Steve is author of "Dow of Steve" for subscribers of SNL Kagan. Dow of Steve provides commentary on media and communications news from a Wall Street perspective. Steve earned his CFA in 1986 and taught at the Study Seminar for Financial Analyst from 1986 through 1992. Steve grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated from Miami of Ohio in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 24 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s engaged ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. He is presently Chairman of the Official Equity Committee in the Premier Exhibitions/RMS Titanic bankruptcy and Board Secretary and Investment Committee Chair of the Mill Valley Library Foundation, on whose board he has served for many years. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of buy-side positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal, equity and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received dual JD and MBA degrees from UCLA, where he was an Olin Fellow at the UCLA School of Law and a Venture Capital Fellow at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he periodically guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro has been a frequent speaker/panelist on corporate governance and activist investing issues to the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, Society For Corporate Governance, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies and the National Investor Relations Institute. Mr. Shapiro is on the faculty of UCLA Anderson’s Corporate Governance/Director Education Program and has presented at the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author to Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations.
Mariusz Skonieczny is the founder and president of Classic Value Investors, He is also the author of several books on investing including Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market, The Basics of Understanding Financial Statements, Due Diligence: How to Research a Stock, 100 Ways to Find Investment Ideas, Investment Wisdom and Gold Production from Beginning to End.
Led by MIT engineers and Wall Street analysts, Trefis.com helps you understand how a company's products, that you touch, read, or hear about everyday, impact its stock price.
Surprisingly, the founders of Trefis discovered that along with most other people they just did not understand even the seemingly familiar companies around them: Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Walmart, GE, Ford, Gap, and others.
This might include you though you may have invested money in these companies, or may have been working with one of them for years as an employee, or have consulted with them as an expert for a long time.
Consider these questions:
•What % of Apple's stock price is iPhones? (Q: Is it 5%, 25%, or 50%?)
•What % of Dell's stock price is Dell Notebooks?
•If Bing took half the market share from Google Search, what % upside could there be for Microsoft’s stock?
On Trefis you will get answers to questions like above.
You can play with assumptions, or try scenarios, as-well-as ask questions to other users and experts. The platform uses extensive data to show in a single snapshot what drives the value of a company's business.
Trefis makes the same content, data, and tools that are currently available only to professional investors today, accessible to everyone. Importantly, it makes the extensive data/tools easy to use and understand, allowing investors to leverage the platform in their decision making much more efficiently than anything else available.
Trefis is currently used by hundreds of thousands of investors, company employees, and business professionals.
“one of the last great advocates of reason”
We manage a hedge fund that utilizes value investing principles and rigorous analysis.
Prospective investors, financial reporters, etc. can reach us using the Seeking Alpha messaging platform.
Market Folly is your go-to source for all the latest activity from prominent hedge funds. We're pleased to announce our brand new quarterly newsletter, Hedge Fund Wisdom. In it, you'll see what the hedge funds have been buying and selling. We track 25 of the most prominent managers in the game as well as provide in-depth equity analysis of the stocks they've been buying. Click the link below to see a free sample issue.
The author of Market Folly has experience at a long/short equity hedge fund, has been investing for a decade, and has degrees in Economics and Communications.
Whitney Tilson is the founder and Managing Partner of Kase Capital Management, which manages three value-oriented hedge funds. Mr. Tilson is also the co-founder of Value Investor Insight, an investment newsletter.
Mr. Tilson has co-authored two books, The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market (2013) and More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times (2009), was one of the authors of Poor Charlie’s Almanack, the definitive book on Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and has written for Forbes, the Financial Times, Kiplinger’s, the Motley Fool and TheStreet.com. He was featured in two 60 Minutes segments in December 2008 about the housing crisis (which won an Emmy) and in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators. He served for two years on the Board of Directors of Cutter & Buck, which designs and markets upscale sportswear, until the company was sold in early 2007.
Mr. Tilson received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Mr. Tilson spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and Nicaragua (his parents are both educators, were among the first couples to meet and marry in the Peace Corps, and have retired in Kenya). Consequently, Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. For his philanthropic work, he received the 2008 John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. He is a member and past Chairman of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Tilson lives in Manhattan with his wife and three teenage daughters.
Creator of Old School Value (https://www.oldschoolvalue.com), a fundamental stock screening, valuation and analysis for busy value investors.
We seek undervalued and under-appreciated stocks to go long before the market catches on.
By using our universe of stock ratings and methods to quickly compress our list, we look for the best opportunities to build wealth through the stock market.
Casey Alexander is a fund manager with Calex Equity Partners, L.P, a long/short equity fund, which has a value orientation, focusing on long ideas with positive insider attributes and solid fundamentals. Short ideas focus on situations with weak technical attributes and poor fundamentals that help to balance long exposure. Casey has more than 25 years experience in the financial industry.