An engineer and scientist by trade, I have managed my own investments since not long after college through the bubbles and troughs of the 90s to today. My goals are financial independence and protection from a random and sometimes irrational world.
I worked for several multinational companies in London and Paris, mainly as a financial controller. In parallel, I've been managing my own portfolio of stocks. My strategy is twofold:
- I build capital by identifying small-cap stocks that are likely to appreciate in the near term.
- I reinvest the profits from the small-cap stocks into more established dividend payers, in order to build a growing stream of passive income.
When looking for undervalued small-cap stocks, my focus is on fundamentals and the presence of hidden assets and near-term catalysts.
When looking for dividend stocks, I want decent coverage and capacity to grow the dividend, and I look for special situations where short-term headwinds provide a favorable entry point.
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).
John Thomas is a 50-year veteran of the financial markets. He spent 10 years as a financial journalist, ten more years trading for a major investment bank, and another decade running the first dedicated international hedge funds. Seeing the incredible inefficiencies and severe mispricing offered by the popping of multiple bubbles during the Great Crash of 2008, and missing the adrenaline of the marketplace, he returned to active hedge fund management.
With The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader, his goal is to broaden public understanding of the techniques and strategies employed by the most successful hedge funds so that they may more profitably manage their own money.
He publishes a daily research newsletter, and offers one of the most successful trade mentoring services in the industry. He currently has followers in 134 countries.
In his free time, John Thomas climbs mountains, does long distance backpacks, practices karate, performs aerobatics in antique aircraft, collects vintages wines, reads the Japanese classics, and engages in a wide variety of public service and philanthropic activities.
His career has taken him up to 20,000 feet on Mount Everest, to the edge of space at 90,000 feet in the Cockpit of a MIG-25, and to the depths of a sunken Japanese fleet in the Truk Lagoon.
Why they call him "Mad" he will never understand.
Ray Dalio is the Chairman and co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates, which is a global macro investment firm and is the world’s largest hedge fund. He is known to have a very practical understanding of economics that is very different from conventional economic thinking and that he spelled out in "How the Economic Machine Works".
He started Bridgewater in 1975 out of a two bedroom apartment in New York City and has been a global macro investor for more than 45 years.
While at Bridgewater his industry-changing approaches to investing -- which include the invention of risk parity, currency overlay, portable alpha and global inflation indexed bond management -- prompted Alternative Investment CIO to write an article entitled “Is Ray Dalio the Steve Jobs of Investing?”, which compared his industry-changing inventions to those of the Apple founder. According to an industry study, Bridgewater's hedge fund has made more money for its investors than any other hedge fund ever -- an estimated $37 billion. Bridgewater Associates has received numerous awards, including over twenty “Manager of the Year” awards from every major financial publication, and Ray has received three “Lifetime Achievement” awards. Additionally, a long list of economic policy makers actively seek his advice, which prompted Time Magazine in 2012 to name him “One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World”.
Ray is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in oceanographic research and conservation. He is a participant in The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give more than half of his wealth to charity.
Ray believes that reality works like a machine and that principles for dealing with reality are required to be successful. For those who are interested in learning the principles that led to Ray's success, he set them out in Principles.org which focuses on management principles and EconomicPrinciples.org which describes the principles of the economic machine.
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David is CEO of New Constructs (www.newconstructs.com). David is a distinguished investment strategist and corporate finance expert. He was a 5-yr member of FASB's Investors Advisory Committee. He is author of the Chapter “Modern Tools for Valuation” in The Valuation Handbook (Wiley Finance 2010).
Robert has worked in Corporate America for 25 years in various technical roles including Information Technology, Audit, and Information Security & Assurance. During the time he was building a career and raising a family, he earned a Masters Degree in Information Assurance from a well respected, private military school.
In addition, Robert founded, directed, and sold a real estate investment company in the Texas market. Robert still holds a selection of properties in his private portfolio, though he does not manage real estate for others any longer.
Robert has also, throughout his career, held sales and support positions in Forex and other securities companies, along the way passing the Series 3, 6, 63, and 7 investment advisory exams. Robert is not professionally active in these roles currently, does not sell securities, and does not manage investments for others. All published articles are intended to be used for research and idea generation purposes only.
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As a professional in commercial real estate, my investment focus is on REITs. My goal is to provide detailed research on the properties being acquired and sold by REITs, as the quality and value of the real estate purchased by a REIT has an impact on the long term health of a REIT.
"To be best of breed requires a strong moat and I believe that this is something that can not be found by just looking at the numbers"
You may find my writing style to be a bit different - I heavily prioritize the business model over anything else. There are many businesses with great earnings and dividends histories - how do you know which ones will continue to prosper in the future? We must avoid investing like a stock screener and should carefully filter out companies that look good on paper but in reality posses no moat.
I am most influenced by Peter Lynch's teachings in "One up on Wall Street." I highly recommend this book for all beginning investors. I should point out that there is much more to learn from him than "buy what you know" which even is not ever said in his book. Lynch taught me to focus on understanding the business model and the free cash flow.
I hope to contribute to this stock community and keep investing fun (and profitable!)
I invest with passion and conviction, and I have the strength to stick with an investment until my thesis plays out, hence "Courage & Conviction Investing." My greatest gift is a rare ability to synthesize public information on a stock to formulate conclusions the market hasn't even considered. I share this unique skill with subscribers to my Marketplace service, Market Adventures. High-conviction investing isn't for everyone, but if you're in the market to make serious money and you have an insatiable appetite for risk, and you're willing to wait patiently for potentially big gains, then Market Adventures might be the right fit for you.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” (Author - Patanjali)
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.” (Author - Epictetus)
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." (Author - Unknown)
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me." (Author - Erma Bombeck)
I am an individual Value investor with a long term view, with a background in engineering. I understand and have an interest in business and operations.
That said, I see the value in quantitative investing and the use of historical data. This allows me to assess the probability of an investment strategy to perform in the future. I avoid speculation, unfounded claims and market timing.
My focus is on long ideas with a contrarian and deep value spin, but I also work elements of momentum into my strategies as well.
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Fredrik Arnold is my pen name. In 2012 I retired from doing quality service analysis in Boston and moved to North Carolina in 2013. My fascination with capital preservation, long-term investments, and trading systems keeps me blogging for Seeking Alpha. My articles focus on dividend yields, analyst mean 1 yr targets, free cash flow yields, and one year total returns as stock trading indicators. These are essential tools for catching the most valuable dividend dogs. My dividend dogcatcher premium site in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace shows real-time trading results.
No surprise: The Hedged Economist is an economist. I’ve been at it for more years than I like to admit. If one leaves graduate school with a degree in economics, there are really only three options short of abandoning the degree and starting over. The options are: “doing” economics, telling people about economics, and applying it to your own affairs. I’ve done all three.
Currently, my focus is on applying economics to my own affairs especially financial management. That isn’t new, but my blog (hedgedeconomist.com) represents a departure. Traditionally I have avoided giving other than the broadest advice regarding personal finance, especially investing. It doesn’t take behavioral economics research or financial neurology to know people believe that they are responsible for their own financial success but fail because of bad advice. I also kept my opinions on policy to myself. People prefer confirming information, another startling discovery of behavioral economics; imagine that; people prefer “yes” men. So, given little upside and all the downside, a perversely asymmetric set of returns (that’s economist speak for a bad bet), I’ve stuck to my own affairs. But, increasingly, I get asked for my opinion, thus the blog.
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Years of experience working for a registered independent advisor ("RIA"), structuring client accounts, performing due diligence on separately managed accounts, and performing fixed income and equity research. Worked at a bulge bracket investment bank on the trading desk for mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") as well as within derivatives trading, finished my time there in internal risk and audit.
Now invest and write full time on Seeking Alpha.
Friedrich is the name given to our algorithm for analyzing companies that trade on the global stock markets. In creating Friedrich we concentrated on analyzing each company’s Main Street operations through various established ratios, along with our own unique ratios that we developed over the last 30 years. What we came up with is a final "Main Street" price per share based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which is a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry, which has been adopted by nearly all publicly traded U.S. companies. We feel that our Main Street price result is what each company would need to trade at in order to be attractive to a businessperson on Main Street looking to buy at a bargain.
Since the only constant in the universe is change, the results for each company fluctuate by varying degrees. No company is an island unto itself, but each operates in a world of constant change and at times in areas where Chaos is the norm. By analyzing a company’s Main Street operations over time, Friedrich is able to give the potential investor a decade long analysis (opinion) as well as offering a Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) analysis (opinion), as well. Thus our readers will not only get as close to a real time view of operations on Main Street as is possible, but then can measure the consistency of the company’s operations over time to determine if s/he should invest or not.
Through our Friedrich algorithm we can analyze ten years of Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement data for each company all at once and generate one final result in seconds. Friedrich was designed to be ultra-conservative and thus will cut zero slack to any company under analysis and will do so with zero emotion. Companies must be exceptional in order to get an attractive Main Street valuation and the ideal investments according to our backtesting are the ones that have been consistent over time.
By being so ultra conservative Friedrich is designed to identify bargains that Wall Street investors may have overlooked. Companies shares may trade on the stock market but the companies themselves operate on Main Street, so Friedrich is designed to generate a Main Street price per share first and only then does he go to Wall Street and see the price for which Benjamin Graham’s “Mr. Market” is offering the shares.
Jonathan Moreland is the founder and Director of Research at InsiderInsights.com, which produces a Daily Ratings Report, Weekly Newsletter, and offers real-time insider data and analytics via its institutional strength Data Module and APIs. InsiderInsights' research and data are further available on Bloomberg terminals at ININ and APPS ININ .
Mr. Moreland is also principal of Insider Asset Management llc, a registered investment adviser in New York State, and a past contributor to TheStreet.com, Minyanville, and other financial outlets.
A fundamental analyst with an MBA in finance, Mr. Moreland identified insider data over 25 years ago as an excellent first screen to determine where to focus his research efforts. He is quoted frequently in the media for his insider analysis, and stock recommendations stemming from it. He is also author of "Profit From Legal Insider Trading" (Dearborn 2001).
Mr. Moreland is currently on a mission to get investors to expect more from insider data than the commodity feeds they rely on from their Bloomberg terminals, Yahoo!Finance, and other financial websites.
The Virtuous Cycle is debuting The Prime Portfolio and The Action Portfolio while building them from the ground up, with complete transparency, and in full public view.
Follow The Virtuous Cycle to watch my story unfold on Seeking Alpha and at www.virtuouscycle.com. All of my current stock holdings can be found at the website, along with analysis and the performance of my holdings, which is updated approximately once per month. I welcome reader engagement at my website, on Seeking Alpha comment threads, or through private messages. Also feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I'm happy to communicate regarding feedback, questions, or simply for networking purposes.
My goal for my involvement on the site is to help others learn through teaching my investment approach, while also receiving key insights and ideas shared by others.
My name is Jason Rowland, founder of The Virtuous Cycle and forever a student of a business with a passion for investing and a voracious appetite for learning. I bring the following with me to the field of investing:
- A strong understanding of financial statements: As a licensed CPA with approximately five years in public and private accounting, I received the top score in my state on the CPA Exam among 32 four-part passers during my testing window.
- Sound judgment, deep thinking, and careful decision making: As evidenced by 96th-99th percentile scores on multiple nationally-ranked critical thinking skills tests.
- A competitive spirit with a passion for business and investing: In my MBA program, I achieved a tie for the #1 worldwide ranking in the McGraw Hill Business Strategy Game as benchmarked against the performance of nearly 5,000 student teams at 300 colleges on 4 continents.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you and, as always: Be Virtuous!
Steven Bavaria writes about finance, economics and politics, drawing on his fifty years experience in international banking, credit, investment, human resources/training, journalism and public service. Now retired from his "day job" in the finance industry, Bavaria lives mostly off his investments. His focus is largely on income-oriented stocks, bonds and mutual funds, especially closed-end funds, ETFs and other IRA-suitable investments. His book "Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism" is based on his experiences running human resources at the Bank of Boston, where he first learned about the excesses in the CEO pay arena. The book is available on Amazon and at independent retailers. (Here is the link.)
Bavaria began his career at the Bank of Boston, where he handled international credit workouts that included managing a fleet of ships, chasing a Vatican-owned bank in Switzerland, and leading the turnaround of troubled branches in Australia and Panama, before returning to Boston to run the bank's human resources department.
Later he worked at Standard & Poor's, where he introduced ratings to the leveraged loan market. In between Bank of Boston and S&P he was Assoc. Commissioner of the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health, worked briefly for Citibank, and was a reporter for IDD Magazine. He also did a short stint at a smaller rating agency where he had to leave in a hurry after writing an article called "From Banker to Bookmaker" that was deemed a bit too candid in describing the conflicted role of major commercial and investment banks. (Read it here.)
Bavaria graduated from Georgetown University and New England School of Law. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
I am a value investor focusing on REITS and other income producing stocks and etfs. I have accounting designations from both US & Canada.
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MBA from UCLA Anderson, CFA charterholder and California-licensed CPA currently working for a global top-20 asset manager in Hong Kong. Los Angeles roots and bilingual Mandarin. I previously worked for a fund of hedge fund and have some accounting experience in the entertainment industry.
I have been investing since October 2008. My initial investment focus was on REITs and other income stocks but have since expanded my universe to include any value situation. I believe income and capital appreciation are not mutually exclusive.
I enjoy reading fact-based fundamental analysis and shun emotional arguments.
Starting in July 2017, I aim to publish one article a week on a new company, focusing first on macro and qualitative factors and will selectively dive deeper into valuation on some names.
I usually do not publish price targets in my articles except for special situations and event-driven ideas. I believe relative valuation and a strategic view add more value than a single number. There are simply too many variables (beta, economy, interest rates, geopolitical risks) impacting the overall market, and it would be naive of me to think I can account for all of them.
2016 returns: 22.40%
2017 returns: 22.05%
The REIT Forum is in the top 1% on TipRanks: http://bit.ly/cwmftip
The REIT Forum focuses on risk-adjusted returns with a defensive strategy. With a strong background in accounting and finance, fundamentals are a top priority. Buying a strong company with great fundamentals at an attractive price is a good long-term strategy. The subscription platform allows me to do a few things very well. It allows me to share the research I’m doing for my own investment decision making. It allows me to communicate rapidly with investors that are willing to pay for my best work.
The REIT Forum includes:
Subscriber only – Extensive research (thousands of articles) on 50+ companies, buy targets, and forward looking analysis.
Subscriber only - Weekly articles comparing 50+ preferred shares and finding the best opportunities. Preferred shares offer investors high yields with relatively lower risk.
Subscriber only - Analysis and updates on the REIT sectors. This includes finding the best investments within a subsector.
Subscriber only – Risk ratings and dividend sustainability research.
What is my view on risk?
The traditional view is to see earning excess returns as compensation for taking on high levels of risk. I believe it is far better to focus on earning returns from catching market failures. These failures happen due to poor liquidity and investors (including analysts) working with incomplete information. I believe that by knowing the individual companies well, the investor can step in when the “risk” is heavily skewed in favor of “returns”.
I do not try to generate higher returns, I try to generate more consistent returns by reducing the downwards risk. Occasionally that results in exceptionally high returns when something corrects, but it also means I am willing to pass on several decent opportunities because I want the risk/return profile skewed heavily in my favor.
Strong Bio is a growth-focused analyst seeking identification of unique investment opportunities in biotechnology that arise as high probability market niche innovation or expansion based on scientific peer-reviewed evidence supportive of novel mechanism(s) of action. By diligently screening investment candidates in multiple biotechnology sectors, initial position recommendations and reinforcing position pricing profiles can be systematically evaluated citing fundamental trends for investors to exploit. If you would like to request that Strong Bio publish an article on a company of interest, please request by private message. Strong Bio reminds the reader that investment in biotechnology can be considered high risk, and diversification of assets is a necessity. Strong Bio is a personal branding of F. Thomas Crump, Ph.D., in an attempt to communicate with a biotechnology stock club that got too large to communicate with by text. Strong Bio mobile app under construction.
NYC-based investment professional. Background in value investing and growth at reasonable price within the context of long/short equity, with additional focus on credit, sovereign debt, commodities, and currencies as part of an overall global macro focus.
A buy-side equity research analyst and a deputy portfolio manager covering global financials.
With nearly 10 years of investment experience on both buy- and sell-side, I provide research coverage on U.S., European, LatAm and CEEMEA banks/financials, including fundamental analysis, DCF/multiples valuation, commentaries on price-sensitive events and actionable trading ideas. If you are interested in the topic, click the "Follow" button beside my name on the top of the page.
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I am a former Investment and Commercial Banker with over 30 years experience in the field. I have been advising both individuals and institutional clients on high-yield investment strategies since 1991. As author of “High Dividend Opportunities”, a premium subscription service at Seeking Alpha, my objective is to bring investors the most profitable and newest high dividend ideas, with special focus on the Energy sector. The service includes an actively managed model Portfolio targeting an overall dividend yield of 6-9% in addition to long-term capital gains. My research aims to maximize returns by identifying undervalued securities in the High Yield space.
In addition to being a former Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") from the State of Arizona, I hold a BS Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Masters degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona). I am also a Certified Mortgage Advisor CEMAP, a UK certification. My Research and Articles have been featured on Seeking Alpha, Investing.com, ETFdailynews, and on FXEmpire.
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Andrew Left's Citron Research (http://www.citronresearch.com/) (formally known as Stocklemon.com) seeks to expose companies whose management is in some way misleading investors. Left digs into SEC filings, financials, management histories and other data to uncover such situations, and he is usually short the stocks he writes about. Mr. Left has been publishing for 7 years and has created a track record that is unrivaled in short selling. Mr. Left has been cited in Barron's, Wall St Journal, CNBC and other major publications repeatedly for his work. Mr. Left was also an invited speaker at the reknown Master Investor Conference.
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I am a former investment advisor and owner of several businesses, and consequently everything related to business - including investing, macro-economics, and emerging products and services come under my research and interests radar.
The most interesting and important to me are the entertainment industry, commodities, BRICs, and the impact of loose money policies on businesses and investors.
These days I invest only for myself, while continuing to write on a variety of financial and economic topics.
I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.
Richard J. Parsons is a former banker who writes about banking. His newest book is “Investing in Banks: Strategies and Statistics for Bankers, Directors, and Investors,” published in April 2016 by The Risk Management Association. In this book he examines long-term bank stock performance and identifies specific factors that create and destroy shareholder value. He is also the author of "Broke: America’s Banking System," published in 2013, also published by RMA. In this book Parsons explains why the U.S. banking system has suffered nearly 3,500 bank failures over the past three decades. Parsons is a frequent contributor to the American Banker and the Risk Management Journal. He teaches the Operational Risk Management course for the Wharton-RMA Advanced Risk Management Program as well as the Advanced Operational Risk Management course for the RMA. The RMA Journal selected Parsons’ article -- “The Next Crisis in Banking: A Talent Crisis?” -- as the first place winner in its 2014 Journalistic Excellence Award. Prior to writing and speaking about the banking industry, Parsons spent more than 31 years at Bank of America where he was an executive vice president and member of the Management Operating Committee. In his last role he chaired the bank’s Operational and Compliance Risk Committee and the Emerging Risk Committee. Parsons has a BA in history from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.