Investing in physical gold and silver. Frequently trading in commodity ETFs, equities, and options. Investment strategies based more on fundamentals and common sense rather than charts and technicals. Firmly in the "I don't know" camp about many of the outcomes of future geopolitical events that will drive the markets. Try to avoid trades around speculating on the "unknowns" while making best prediction about future outcomes. Rarely trade options with expiration dates less than a year away. Will sell about any stock that gains 15% or more or loses 5%. Strong on AAPL as a growth stock. Like CLWR and S for speculation. Have been short on both AMZN and CRM (not now, but will be again soon). I try to stay 50% cash except for specific exceptions. Always looking for a good sound fundamentally based idea.
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Atlanta resident but born in NJ. 3 children, 2 in college, 1 in High School. Have been in paper industry for 20 years and have always loved the markets.
Was a Finance Major with enough knowledge to be dangerous and to lose a large % of my investments during the tech bubble. Much more conservative now with P/E ratios and dividend reinvestment. My passion is investing and I'm happy to be back in and trading again. I had a 10 year hiatus.
Matthew Bradbard serves as a Director at RCM Alternatives & Attain Portfolio Advisors. Matthew began his career in the commodities business as an advisor to clients on asset allocation and buy/sell decisions. Matthew has devised, implemented and executed trading strategies for several firms since entering the commodity business in 2001. Matthew has also managed his own global macro CTA that traded numerous futures and options strategies and operated his own Introducing Broker for 5 years. A prolific commentator, Matthew has published subject-specific articles, market commentaries, and Managed Futures educational pieces for the last decade. Matthew is frequently interviewed for his opinion on commodities and current events as they relate to commodities and their role in an investor’s portfolios.
I am a CFA charter holder with over 25 years experience at a number of major global middle market investment banks. I worked as a sell side equity research analyst as well as in investment banking where I researched and analyzed M&A trends and activity.
Yes, I ski uphill. I don't often take the easiest way in any endeavor. Skiing uphill (as opposed to downhill skiing) is a lot of work, but you actually get yourself from point A to point B (and back again) without extraneous non-skiing interventions.
I'm NOT degreed in finance, business or economics, although I hold 5 advanced degrees (BA's in Philosophy, German Lang and Lit, BS in Chemistry, MS in Agricultural Science, Ph.D in Plant Physiology). Following a career in Research Plant Physiology (with heavy use of Analytic Chemistry), I've been working half-time in Health Policy non-Profit organizations and half-time in investing (related research). These latter studies have been mostly in natural resources -mining in particular. I would not call myself an expert in mining, or in precious metals. I would only claim to be an investor who is well-informed.
I think a lot of the top financial pundits and bloggers have completely lost sight of what the fundamental concepts mean, despite the fact they use them all the time. The key concepts are used so loosely that they mean nothing at all in the general financial blogging arena, unless you know that particular writer very well. (For example, "high-risk investment".) Facts and careful use of language matter (of course not at all to a pudint's and their TV ratings).
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After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and two master degrees (a Master in Public Policy and a Master in Business Administration) from the University of Texas at Austin, J.S. Kim started working within the Private Wealth Management division of one of the largest financial institutions in America. In 2005, dissatisfied with the ethics of the commercial investment industry and to be able to serve his clients in a manner consistent with his own commitment to integrity and honor, JS left the corporate world behind to launch his own company, SmartKnowledgeU™ (http://smartknowledgeu.com/), a fiercely independent investment research, consulting and education firm in 2006.
Hello. I am Peter Pham, and AlphaVN.com is my creation. As a former proprietary trader with expertise in institutional sales and trading based in Vietnam, my approach is to mix quantitative trading techniques and fundamental analysis to provide a unique view of the changes taking place in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. Those changes create opportunities for both domestic and international investors. I also advise some of the largest international fund managers in the world on how to trade and approach Vietnam’s markets. Some of my current picks have returned more than 100% since early 2011.
This background has helped me build my local and international network of contacts, through organizing company roadshows and conferences, and has enabled me to embark on exciting new ventures. In the past year, AlphaVN has grown from a personal project to a respected voice covering Asian markets. Through AlphaVN's partnership with Stocktwits.com, it is now possible to interact with an audience of up to 40 million people through both traditional media outlets like Reuters, CNN Money and newer online investment resources like Yahoo Finance. Having worked on both sides of the world (Asia and North America), I can help bridge the
communication gap between East and West. I am able to illuminate the difference between Asia in theory and Asia in reality for market professionals from momentum traders to generational investors.
Building on this relationship, AlphaVN also has syndication partnerships with leading financial resource providers. On Seeking Alpha, my work has generated enough traffic to garner top readership in multiple categories including Forex, Demographics and ETF Long and Short Ideas. On The Motley Fool, more than a dozen pieces gestated here at AlphaVN have been chosen Editor's Choice and have generated significant traffic and discussion.
AlphaVN has signed a strategic partnership agreement with AWR Lloyd, a research and advisory firm Southeast Asia, to better tell the story of commodity and infrastructure investment.
2012 also saw the publication of my first book, The Big Trade: Simple Solutions for Maximum Market Returns by Wiley.
Dedicated to telling the story of the billions under-served by the financial press, AlphaVN.com is becoming a unique offering in the world of information, creating a vital link for investors in the West seeking solid information about the economic changes happening in the East. It is our goal to provide the most accurate accounting of their money's true potential in these markets. Our position is that as Southeast Asia grows, AlphaVN will grow alongside it by providing the right information at the right time to the right people, no matter where they might be. It is through partnerships in media and both sides of the investment aisle that we hope to bring Southeast Asia's compelling story to the investing world.
David White is a software/firmware/marketing professional and a long time investor. He has worked in the networking field, the semiconductor equipment field, the mainframe computer field, and the pharmaceutical/scientific instrumentation field. He has bachelor's degrees in bioresource sciences and biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry. He has done significant graduate work in EECS and business at Stanford (through SITN) and UC Santa Cruz. He was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems (about 1/3 of an MS in EECS) by the Stanford Computer Science Department. He also took most of Stanford's undergraduate Computer Science curriculum. He has been nominated for at least three separate Nobel Prizes (Economics and Peace). He came extremely close to winning the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics. There are about 3000 nominations for each prize; but since the same people are often nominated multiple times the 3000 nominations lead to only about 250 to 350 nominees worldwide in a given year. With about 7.5B people in the world, the odds of getting three separate nominations are about 1 in 10**22. I also was a Research Fellow for Dr. Stanley Prusiner on the Scrapie project that won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. I probably had little to do with it; but I still get bragging rights.
Elliott Gue knows energy. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London, Elliott has dedicated himself to learning the ins and outs of this dynamic sector, scouring trade magazines, attending industry conferences, touring facilities and meeting with management teams. For seven years, Elliott Gue shared his expertise and stock-picking abilities with individual investors through a highly regarded, energy-focused research publication. Elliott Gue’s knowledge of the sector and prescient investment calls prompted the official program of the 2008 G-8 Summit in Tokyo to call him “the world’s leading energy strategist.” He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in a number of major publications, including Barron’s, Forbes and the Washington Post. In October 2012, Elliott Gue launched the Energy & Income Advisor (www.EnergyandIncomeAdvisor.com), a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector, from growth stocks to high-yielding utilities, royalty trusts and master limited partnerships. Roger Conrad also contributes analysis of master limited partnerships and Canadian energy stocks to the publication. The masthead may have changed, but subscribers can expect the same in-depth analysis and rational assessments of investment opportunities in the energy sector.
I have been analyzing and trading stocks for over 10 years. I have primarily studied and followed value investors like Warren Buffet. However, I also believe that technical analysis can play a role in analyzing a stock before making an investment. I have found that solid financial analysis, combined with the ability to understand current market psychology is key to investment success.
I also find the best trading spot is far away from Wall Street, my favorite place is a sunny beach in Mexico.
I am planning to form a small private equity company which will focus on activist investing and possibly buyouts of smaller capitalization companies.
I am a Portuguese independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked for both sell side (brokerage) and buy side (fund management) institutions. I've been trading professionally for about 20 years.
I have a Marketplace service here on Seeking Alpha called Idea Generator that's focused on real-time actionable ideas based on valuation and catalysts. The Idea Generator portfolio has beat the S&P 500 by more than 48% in 28 months.
I also launched www.thinkfn.com in 2004. Thinkfn (Think Finance) carries thousands of educational articles on finance and markets (in Portuguese).
I trade futures, stocks from the long and short side, forex and options. I trade both discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader, Quantshare and others). I can be reached at paulo.santosATthinkfn.com or followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ThinkFinance999
Helix Investment Research was founded in July 2011 by Ivan Deryugin, and focuses on leveraging secular global trends, across a variety of sectors, in order to generate long-term outperformance.
If you are reading this to find out who I am because something I just said pissed you off, let me take this opportunity to apologize.
If you are reading this for any other reason, surely you must have something better to do. If that sounds rude, see above.
Geordy is a value investor and freelance writer whose investment approach draws heavily from the teachings of Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and Benjamin Graham. He believes that while the way we trade stocks will continue to evolve over time, the fundamental philosophy of buying great businesses at great prices will never change. He writes for Seeking Alpha because it offers the best marketplace of investment ideas on the Internet bar none, and he considers it a privilege to be a part of this great community.
Avi Gilburt is founder of ElliottWaveTrader.net, a live trading room and member forum focusing on Elliott Wave market analysis with over 3000 members and over 450 money manager clients. Avi emphasizes a comprehensive reading of charts and wave counts that is free of personal bias or predisposition.
Avi is an accountant and a lawyer by training. His education background includes his graduating college with dual accounting and economics majors, and he then passed all four parts of the CPA exam at once right after he graduated college. He then earned his Juris Doctorate in an advanced two and a half year program at the St. John’s School of Law in New York, where he graduated cum laude, and in the top 5% of his class. He then went onto the NYU School of Law for his masters of law in taxation (LL.M.).
Before retiring from his legal career, Avi was a partner and National Director at a major national firm. During his legal career, he spearheaded a number of acquisition transactions worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in value. So, clearly, Mr. Gilburt has a detailed understanding how businesses work and are valued.
Yet, when it came to learning how to accurately analyze the financial markets, Avi had to unlearn everything he learned in economics in order to maintain on the correct side of the market the great majority of the time. In fact, once he came to the realization that economics and geopolitics fail to assist in understanding how the market works, it allowed him to view financial markets from a more accurate perspective.
For those interested in how Avi went from a successful lawyer and accountant to become the founder of Elliottwavetrader.net, his detailed story is linked here.
Since Avi began providing his analysis to the public, he has made some spectacular market calls which has earned him the reputation of being one of the best technical analysts in the world.
As an example of some of his most notable astounding market calls, in July of 2011, he called for the USD to begin a multi-year rally from the 74 region to an ideal target of 103.53. In January of 2017, the DXY struck 103.82 and began a pullback expected by Avi.
As another example of one of his astounding calls, Avi called the top in the gold market during its parabolic phase in 2011, with an ideal target of $1,915. As we all know, gold hit a high of $1,921, and pulled back for over 4 years since that time. The night that gold hit its lows in December of 2015, Avi was telling his subscribers that he was on the phone with his broker buying a large order of physical gold, while he had been accumulating individual miner stocks that month, and had just opened the EWT Miners Portfolio to begin buying individual miners stocks due to his expectation of an impending low in the complex.
One of his most shocking calls in the stock market was his call in 2015 for the S&P500 to rally from the 1800SPX region to the 2600SPX region, whereas it would coincide with a “global melt-up” in many other assets. Moreover, he was banging on the table in November of 2016 that we were about to enter the most powerful phase of the rally to 2600SPX, and he strongly noted that it did not matter who won the 2016 election in the US, despite many believing that the market would “crash” if Trump would win the election. This was indeed a testament to the accuracy of the Fibonacci Pinball method that Avi developed.
Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
I make references to music I'm obsessed with (e.g., Old 97s, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen) in my writing. If you notice any of these references, it makes me happy.
Peter Morici is a Professor of Business at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the University, he served as Director of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He directed the agency's professional economists working on ITC investigations and provided international economic policy advice to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, U.S. Trade Representative, Council of Economic Advisors, and other government agencies.
Dr. Morici received his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1974. From 1974 to 1976, he taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 1976, he joined the Federal Energy Administration, and in 1978, moved to the National Planning Association in Washington. At NPA, Dr. Morici served in positions of increasing research and managerial responsibility and was elected a Vice President in 1983. Dr. Morici joined the University of Maine as a Professor of Economics in 1988 and was Director of its Canadian-American Center from 1990 to 1993.
An acknowledged expert on international economics and agreements, macroeconomics, and industrial policy, he has advised many leading corporations and governments regarding trade and regulatory issues. He serves on the Reuters macroeconomic forecasting panel. His views are frequently featured on CNN, Reuters Financial Network, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, Fox, National Public Radio and Broadcasting, and the BBC, and in columns on the opinion pages of newspapers and portals in the United States and abroad.
The Ford, Rockefeller, Sloan, Donner, and several other foundations have supported his work. He is the author of 18 books and monographs. Among these are: Reconciling Trade and the Environment in the World Trade Organization; Labor Standards in the Global Trading System; Antitrust in the Global Trading System: Reconciling U.S., Japanese and EU Approaches; Setting U.S. Goals for WTO Negotiations ; The Trade Deficit: Where Does It Come from and What Does It Do; Free Trade in the Americas: An Architecture for Hemispheric Integration; Trade Talks with Mexico: A Time for Realism; Making Free Trade Work: The Canada-U.S. Agreement; and Reassessing American Competitiveness. He has published widely in leading public policy and business journals such as Foreign Policy, International Economy, Regulation, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.
Steve Reinstadtler is a Managing General Partner at SR Capital Advisors, a New York-based private equity firm. The principals at SR Capital have been responsible for over $400 million in private equity investments and have consistently generated top quartile returns.
In the course of conducting research and due diligence for private equity investments, we occasionally uncover interesting investment ideas in the public markets. Seeking Alpha is the forum we use to share our ideas with friends and colleagues.
Mr. Reinstadtler holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.