Sell side – started out in retail in ‘95 now institutional since 2000. Did some risk arb in the 90s, when I took this alias and I guess it stuck. Arb strategies are my main interest (risk/quant/index arb and others), though the field is so crowded now, margins are terrible on the equity side, so I’ve turned to Fixed income more and more. I’ll try to stick to the facts, and not argue opinions. I’ve learned over a long time that you cannot convince anyone of anything on the internet. So I’ll just let the facts speak for themselves and let people draw the conclusion that they want. Should I fail in that endeaver, and human nature to express oneself kicks in - any opinions I express are accidental and do not reflect those of my company or any affiliate. Or possibly even me. Just go back to the facts. Thats good advice for anybody, honestly.
Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week. Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.
I scrapped most of what I wrote before, here is the edit: Seeking investments without using the ridiculous style-box approach. "A diversified portfolio is a career-saving move, not an investment philosophy": Me. My primary focus is on Risk Arbitrage but at various times over the past 20 years I've had the majority of my funds in: Value, Growth, Spinoffs, Special Sit, Momentum, Junk, Defaulted Debt, Preferreds, and Converts; all have their place and time. Prefer the company of investors who have lost money and have learned humility vs Type A jackasses.
I am an experienced individual investor who has been trading merger arbitrage stocks and options since the 90's. I am a writer with a Master of Science from Northwestern University and I truly enjoy writing articles about the stock market. I try to look for opportunities where the odds are in my favor and there is a definite edge. On Seeking Alpha my articles will aim to provide insight and favorable risk/reward for the readers.However, I am not an investment advisor so any recomendations or ideas I write about in my articles, blogs, or comments shouldn't be taken as investment advice. I recommend using my writings as a starting point to which you should add your own research or that of an investment advisor.
"Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet."
-David Sklansky, "The Theory of Poker"