Gathon Capital is a professional investment team striding to achieve extraordinary returns through carefully researching and selecting stocks of companies in emerging countries that have unique products/services/or business model, possess strong competitive advantage, enjoy high growth rate, and have extremely low valuation multiples (P/E, P/B, P/S ratios) compared to their peers. Such investment opportunities are rare and hard to be found, but when an investor find one and come in at the right time and right price, the return is usually extraordinary, sometimes tens or hundreds times within several months to years. This is the way Warren Buffet invests, and this the way Gathon Capital invests.
Gathon Capital has deep knowledge in intrinsic valuation, relative valuation, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, business operations, economics, marketing, and politics. Gathon Capital has invested in hundreds of stocks in the U.S., Canada, China, and several other Asian countries for many years.
Founder of Bern Factor LLC, a registered investment advisory firm located in Virginia, and the sole investment advisor representative of the firm at present. My association with the Marketplace subscription service, Friedrich Global Research, is a collaboration with Mycroft Friedrich, another contributor on Seeking Alpha. Together we have nearly 80 years of investing and analysis experience. I am a former CPA (1990 -2017) and became a CFA charter holder in 2000. I consider myself an expert in Quantitative and Qualitative analysis and have extensive experience in Technical Analysis. I also have a deep interest in stock market history and hold degrees in Economics (BSBA) and Management Information Systems (MBA). I have been actively involved with investment analysis and investment management since 1985 but have been a student of investing since the 1960s. I owned my first individual stock position while still in high school. I am a student of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett. I have achieved a uniquely diverse experience from multiple careers that has allowed me to develop a broad perspective enabling me to look at the big picture of macroeconomics all the way down to the detail of a retail unit or factory floor. In my youth I was in retail, then served in reconnaissance during my tours in Vietnam. I have been a blue collar, union worker in a factory and a manager in services, hospitality and transportation as well as a manager of professional staffs. I have more than 20 years of experience each in both public and private sectors. I have personal points of reference that many analysts will never have. I bring more to the table than just the theories and models I have studied or built. To understand more about my investing philosophy please visit my website.
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I'm a retired VP Engineering at Silicon Valley.
I'm a long term value investor, I look for "game changer" that results in a ten-bagger.
I'm like Warren Buffet who buys a good business and can not care less what Wall Street is willing to pay at present. Eventually, Wall Street will catch up with the Main Street.
I'm also a follower of Peter Lynch. I like to buy a business at 1/3 off (2/3), and sell at 1/3 on (4/3), doubling my money every so many years. To do so, I need to really understand the fair value of the company. So I do a lot of research.
I'm good at technology and lousy at accounting. I tend to look far into the future, therefore tend to be too early.
I understand China well. Most American get it all wrong.
I like to tell young investors that becoming a millionaire is actually quite easy. All you have to do is to invest one thousand dollars and multiply that one thousand times.
How do you achieve 1K multiplication ? Easy, double your money every three years for 30 years, from age 25 to 55. You can double your money ten times, 2**10 = 1,024.
Got it ?
How do you double your money ?
Simple. Buy at 2/3, and sell at 4/3. In other words, buy at 1/3 below fair value, and sell at 1/3 above fair value. That happens all the time. How hard is it?
So folks, try to understand my comments, you may be the next millionaire !
I am a 41 year old investor with a long term perspective and a lot of patience. I mainly think about the future when investing in stocks. I do not care about what my selection of stocks will do next year, but what the result will be in 2040 or so. To paraphrase Warren Buffett: "You should only have stocks that you would feel comfortable having if the stock market closed up for 10 years." That means that I look for stocks that have either growth or value or combine the two. It has been proven that the group of dividend initiators and fastest dividend growers outperforms the markets by far in the long run. So I mainly select stocks from this group, although I also select high growth non-dividend payers that I believe will grow out to great multibagger. Hence: from Growth to Value. I appreciate your comments, because I believe I can learn a lot from your feedback and I believe in the wisdom of crowds.
Occasional Invester and student of the investment world. For many years, I only invested in various managed Mutual Funds. Recently, I have expanded my investments to ETF's, Some managed, some index funds, and even more recently have invested directly in stocks. I have invested most recently in the stocks within the pm sector. Historically have bought high, sold low.
62 yr. old retired / disabled man living in Southern, Illinois..There are 2 things I'm very very good at & that's global economics & politics..I've been investing in leveraged ETF's...The ones I been getting in & out of are NUGT & BRZU...Both are 3 times leveraged ETF's by Direxion..NUGT is the Daily Gold Miners Index 3X.Shares...It's essentially GDX leveraged 3 times...BRZU is Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3X Shares... As of 11/17/16 I no longer own NUGT or BRZU...Like most 3 times leveraged ETF's it's important to get in at the right time, but it's CRITICAL to get out before you lose your ass...I took big profits from NUGT & was doing well in BRZU until a 3 day sell off period forced me out with some loss..I'm now in 2 new stable ETF's...Their both long term buy & holds which I prefer over the volatile one's like NUGT...One is a global play on coal : Vaneck VectorsETF KOL...KOL is up 10.69% the past month & up 108.44% year to date & it's not a leveraged ETF...Amazing returns for for a play on coal, which hardly anyone even thinks about...It only trades about 250'000 to 500,000 shares a day so it avoids volatility & The Wall Street Big Guns that can run anybody out of any stock or investment when they decide to buy...They run put options & futures contracts thru my the hundreds of thousands or whatever it takes to create a large sell off & then they jump in & buy the shares cheap..The markets not really rigged but if your a small investor like me you have to look for investments that don't attract the rodents & leeches...The other ETF I now own is TECL which is a Direxion 3 times leveraged Daily Technology Bull...The top ten holdings account for nearly all of the funds investments..At number 1 is Apple, then Alphabet(Google), then Microsoft, then Facebook, & then to slightly smaller giants like Intel, IBM , VISA...It's like you holding all 4 aces from a deck of cards plus all 4 kings & 2 Queens...Like KOL it trades at real low volume of about 200,000 shares a day...So unlike nearly all 3 times leveraged ETF's, this one is actually a buy & hold IMO...Apple is the wealthiest company in the world followed by Alphabet, Microsoft,etc...Nice solid returns of 2.25% on a pretty fair day or 4.5% on a good day...A bad day,it might give up 2.5%...Bottom line is you can't be the wealthiest companies in the world unless you have a lot more good days than bad...I can't believe how low the volume is yet it jumps 15 to 20 cents on real time quotes...I feel really confident in both of these ETF's & they were just what I needed but didn't find until I did days of research after selling BRZU at a loss...Instead of giving up it made me more determined to get my money back, but not like I'd been doing...I knew it'd be wiser to claw my way back up inch by inch cause when you add all those inches up,they make the difference between winning & losing...Losing on BRZU taught me a valuable lesson & I won't make that mistake again...When your going somewhere on foot, you'll travel further if you walk at a steady consistent pace instead of running...So losing made me smarter & much keener on where to put my investment money...In the long run, that loss I took will pay of in the long run...I bought KOL & TECL on the same day & it produced a 2.75% gain on day one...Best of luck to ALL of you & God bless us all, TonyTheTiger
I exist. I have an MBA ( UT El Paso, it is not Ivy League ). So I understand what is happening in the business world.
Markets are efficient. If a stock is too high, it gets shorted and price comes down. If a stock is too low, it is bought out and the price goes up. Nothing magical, just hard core risk analysis. If an organization is managed properly, then the employees are happy and nobody leaves. If an organization is not manged properly, then they always have hiring now signs. I would love to work for Tesla.
Many years ago I worked for Walgreens as a photo technician. One small problem, I am color blind. The company does not test people for color blindness like the US Military does for pilots. Walgreens simply was interested in knowing if I could count change and pass a drug test. My color perception was never asked of me. So that, is the quality of people who are working in Corporate America. If your photo technician is color blind like me, what about the people working in the Pharmacy? The thought should make you shudder. I worked for 18 months developing photos that I had no idea if they were good or not. I did everything else perfect in the lab as well as customer service. One day, I could no longer take the stress, of not knowing if the photos were any good, and I asked to no longer work in the photo lab. The entire store management was in a state of shock, and the Head Photo Technician was terrified. When I left the photo lab, the lab went down the drain. You mean the "Color Blind" photo technician was keeping the place together? And it was such a relief not to work there anymore.
Currently I have no job and I am not stressed out. Moral of the story, Corporate America is stupid in that the most important aspect of a job is never the main reason someone is hired to do that job. Walgreens is an Iconic American Company. What abut GM, Ford, Mc Donalds, Union Pacific Railroad, etc. There are a lot of idiots out there and you are putting your life in their hands. With me if was only your photos.
Now you wonder why I chose Nikola Tesla as the photo for my picture. I am invested in Tesla all the way. Read the story of his life on Wikipedia. He was treated like garbage by a lot of people, then a few smart people with big bucks, backed him up. Tesla had the last laugh.
Williams Equity Research analyzes trading strategy, individual stocks, asset classes, market sectors, and risk to reward parameters in order to provide valuable insight to the Seeking Alpha community.
The author has over 10 years of experience in the financial markets working in areas of equities trading, complex product analysis, and risk management, as well as a graduate level education in the areas of petroleum engineering (full), law (partial), and finance (MBA, partial).
Disclaimer: Articles and/or comments represent the opinion of the author, who is not a licensed financial advisor. Articles are intended for informational and educational purposes only, and should not be construed as investment advice to any particular individual. Readers should perform their own due diligence before making any investment decisions.
Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Ms. Webster also serves as a member of the board for several emerging companies and helps these innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services.
Some information about my investing:
I have been investing my own money (and managing it myself) for over two decades now. I would never let anyone else manage my money and neither should you.
My portfolio is structured as a "High Yield Strategic Income" portfolio. The portfolio has evolved over the past 20 years. All distributions are reinvested.
I make every attempt to tell my fellow investors what they "need" to hear, not what Wall Street and the main stream media think you "want" to hear.
"Past performance definitely does not guarantee future results". With that said it amazes me that for most investors of dividend stocks, the best they can do is invest in all the same exact S&P company stocks by largest market cap.
A side note:
I used to be more involved in the Seeking Alpha community however I have scaled way back. The content has become extremely stale & most articles (especially regarding dividend stocks) are simply repeats of previous articles written be different authors. (How many articles do we need about KO, GE, MO, etc. that say exactly the same thing 300 times per year, year in, year out?) The amount of so called advertising masquerading as articles has reached absurd levels as well.
Educate yourself about what people really earn in this country:
Then ask yourself: "How is it possible most people the US can "appear" to be so wealthy?"
It is a starting point to cut through the deception that is the main stream media and Wall Street salespeople.
Also: Everyone no matter what age should watch "Money as Debt"
A personal note:
Our family are active charitable donors to:
* The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
* St. Jude's Children's Hospital
* Ronald McDonald House
These institutions provide valuable services to children and veterans in need. I know this from personal experience. If you are able, please donate a little something every month to each of these organizations. Thank you.
I have taken a large amount of coursework, both graduate and undergraduate, in economics, machine learning, mathematics, and statistics, culminating in a PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Currently, I'm a statistics professor at a large, state university (I'll leave it up to you to sleuth it out if you are so inclined) and teach mainly statistical machine learning at mainly the graduate level. Additionally, I research macroeconomic forecasting and using automated algorithms to analyze very large data sets.
Outside of researching and teaching, I spend a substantial amount of time reading and thinking about investing, accounting, and finance and I thoroughly enjoy both writing and read articles here on SA.
Mike Winston, CFA is the founder and Managing Principal of Sutton View Capital LLC, an employee owned hedge fund sponsor and advisor. The firm provides its services to high net worth individuals, family offices and institutions. Sutton View was founded in 2012 and is focused on event-driven and intrinsic value investing.
Mr. Winston received an MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia Business School in 2005, and a BA in Economics from Cornell University in 1999. At Columbia he completed the school’s program in Value Investing, and while at Cornell studied for a year at the London School of Economics. He began his career in 1999 with Credit Suisse First Boston.
Mr. Winston is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Economic Club of New York.