I am a published poet and author.
My poems have been set to music and performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded on Grenadilla Records. Thus, I became a member of A.S.C.A.P.
I worked in publishing for several years as an editorial assistant. Subsequently, I earned my MS in Education and supported my writing career as a teacher in East Harlem, working with at risk children.
In 2001, I set up a small, independent press and published my first book, a prototype, 'Dear John: Letters from a Fan in New York CIty, AN INTERACTIVE BOOK.'
The book became a calling card. Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to the USA, loved my writing and concept so much that he wanted to contribute the foreword to my current book, 'john lennon: in their own write, a loving tribute from his friends and fans.'
The book was launched with a joint-book signing with Mr. Bernstein and me at Bloomingdale's Flagship Store, at 59th ST and Lexington Ave, NY, NY. It is currently available from my own website, www.dearjohnlennon.com and at online stores. In addition, Barnes & Noble has it available at any store. If you ask for it, they will order it for you.
I have just been published by Pangea Corp. The title is available on iBooks for iPad, only.
It's called "A Lennon Pastiche.' It's a fully immersive interactive book with music, videos, interviews, poetry -- using Apple's latest capabilities to create rich, mixed media iBooks like no other. You may download a free sample, anytime, from the iTunes Store! Enjoy!
In addition, I am working full-time on a mainstream novel. In addition, I'm revising a suspense/romance thriller. My daily poetry continues.
For further details, you may contact me at WriterMyst@aol.com. Serious inquiries only, please.
I am the husband of one wife, and I have one college aged son who still sees me as a mentor. I am a world citizen; a fighter of poverty through clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and visiting the sick, orphan and stranger.
I am long several stocks but starting to transition towards all income growth dividend stocks, plus a smidgeon of S&P 500 Index funds. I am heavily invested in the Apple Ecosystem and a high-end user since Powerbook 100, LOL, although I was a late iPhone adopter, I've owned Palm, Nokia, Sony/E.
I have extensive international experience and am very multicultural in my approach to everything. Also, I am an avid science fiction reader, and have a collection of all the Nebula and Hugo award winners, mostly first edition.
Bachar Samawi is Founder of Bachar Samawi Ventures (http://www.samawi.net).
Bachar Samawi has 29-years international experience in finance, trading, new business development, private equity, venture capital and investment management, spanning multiple sectors including Banking, Energy, Technology, Agro, Industry, Healthcare and Real Estate.
As Chief investment Officer for one of Qatar Holding’s international $5 Billion subsidiary partnerships (Qatar Holding / Qatar Investment Authority is the $370 Billion Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund), Mr. Samawi was primarily responsible for evaluating and determining investment opportunities (which include Healthcare, Banking, Energy, Agriculture, and other), as well as launching projects with expected private equity requirement in excess of $100 Million per project. To such effect, Mr. Samawi deployed his Wall Street experience to lead meetings and negotiations with all stakeholders, including government officials and ministers, major banks, investors, financiers, international organizations, global corporations, diplomatic missions, and more.
As Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Partner for Caltech Developments Limited - Your Global Partner in Energy, Mr. Samawi led strategy & structuring on multi-billion dollar long-term crude oil refining supply negotiations.
Mr. Samawi held senior level positions with multi-Billion dollar institutions in the USA and the Middle East including National Energy Group in the Washington DC area (non-regulated subsidiary of $34 Billion Pacific Gas & Electric), where he built the power trading department, Sanwa-BGK in New York (US Primary Dealership subsidiary of Sanwa Bank, which later merged with Tokai Bank and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, to become today’s $75 Billion Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), where he co-founded the Fixed Income OTC Options department, and other international holding companies (diversified in Banking, Industry, Real Estate, Services and Trade).
His responsibilities included launching new businesses, setting up departments generating income in excess of $100 Million annually, negotiating and securing partnerships with Top Five international conglomerates in Energy and Finance, advising Board of Directors on Strategic Ventures, acting as Interim CEO, trouble-shooting and turning around struggling businesses, optimizing financial and real estate portfolios, and more.
Samawi graduated from Yale University with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. He has also completed numerous certifications in Finance and Management & Leadership training and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. Samawi has also authored numerous articles and white papers, and has given speeches throughout the world including France, Germany and the USA.
Efsinvestment.com website offers simple do-it-yourself type of investment ideas. You can download excel files that can easily calculate the Fair Value of a stock, along with O-Metrix score and Margin of Safety.
Investment philosophy is to first determine the maximum loss, and invest accordingly. Like many value investors, we prefer to invest in stocks with the highest dividend yields, and highest EPS growth potentials. Telecommunication and energy stocks in emerging markets are among the favorites.
Seeking Alpha offers a great opportunity to become a part of a strong finance network. Based on extensive quantitative analysis, in any market, going short is risky. Statistical analysis shows that technical indicators work only if they are strong enough to convince the majority of the investors. Do not buy a stock at the top, do not sell a stock at the dip.
Chose to walk away from the corporate world and its dogma; couldn't be happier!
I find it interesting that people seem to have strong opinions about the market like Religion when all that really matters in the end is making money (long or short).
Why do I write? Two reasons: (1) I'm grateful for the market and what it has given me, I'd like to be able to share so I may be able to help others, and (2) I hope that any inspired intellectual discussions that follows helps me improve my investment thesis and approach.
My goal? To keep us in the game with specific actionable items! Track record on published articles:
2011 : 85.6% on RIMM short; 5.3% on AAPL long
2012 YTD : 81% (closed May 2012) on AAPL long; 55.3% on MoneyBall portfolio
The Jaded Consumer (pseudonym) has master's and doctorate degrees in fields related to health policy and policy analysis, and routinely assists small businesses operating in fields characterized by complex or uncertain regulation. TJC believes that an investment produces enduring returns when backed by compelling reasons that profitability and competitive position can be maintained over time in the face of competitors eager to succeed in the same markets. TJC views real-world markets as ordinary human institutions subject to common mistakes and fears, and is eager to invest in companies whose businesses appear to be widely misunderstood in ways that discount their apparent future performance.