I am a former securities analyst (financial companies & biotech) and portfolio manager. I largely avoid security analysis (though not underlying statistical and mathematical analysis or industry related work) because for the last several decades I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the level and tone of government regulation of the Industry.
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Over 35 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action; and biotech. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur.
I have been interested in the market my entire life. From my first equity purchase when I was 15- Chrysler just before the government bailout to managing the portfolio of my father- and outperforming the major indexes with lower risk for over 20 years, I have been attracted to the intellectual and financial challenges of identifying opportunity and making above average returns- again on a risk adjusted basis.
Professionally, I am currently the CFO of a post-start up software development company with a focus on mobile telecom applications. I have served as the CFO,COO, CRO and President of public and private companies. My academic background includes a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the University of Michigan. I have CPA and CGMA designations.
Generally, I seek outsized appreciation opportunities with below average risk and often favor stocks that have downside protection through one or more of the following- robust dividend yield, high book value, cash balance or other backstop. I tend to shy away from momentum stocks and those with very high PEs or PEGs.
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.
CYNICONOMICS is run by F.F. Wiley and Ginger Snap – professional names for two veterans of the asset management industry. Our blog is based on our portfolio management experience and F.F.'s ongoing research, and motivated by our respective, midlife crises. Most people drive around in convertibles and reinterpret their wedding vows. We made up new names and started the blog. And F.F. has drafted a book, which one day he’ll finish up and publish.
Value Digger holds MSc. in Electrical Engineering, speaks four languages and has lived in the U.S. for many years. He is a full-time, deep value investor and a well-known freelance writer who has been consistently ranked in the TOP-100 on TipRanks out of over 6,000 financial bloggers and analysts since 2012.
Specifically, he is a Seeking Alpha Author with one of the highest Followers per Article (F/A) rates. His F/A rate in Seeking Alpha exceeds 30 followers per article. Also, he is the Publisher and Editor of "The Alpha Discoverer", an insightful investment newsletter on The Maven (MVEN). Additionally, he is an Author for Stockhouse.com, Canada's #1 financial portal and one of North America's largest small cap investor communities with over 1 million unique visitors a month.
In 2014, Value Digger created a big community of deep value investors on his own website www.nathansbulletin.com. In 2015, Value Digger launched "Value Investor's Stock Club" on Seeking Alpha, a top-ranked deep value research service which includes an unparalleled, actively-managed and high-return Portfolio of unknown/underfollowed stocks. In 2017, Value Digger launched "The Alpha Discoverer", an insightful investment newsletter on TheMaven (MVEN) platform.
The Quarterly Performance Reviews PROVE his high returns and are available to his subscribers on Seeking Alpha and TheMaven. For reference, when Value Digger was managing money in the early 2000s, his Portfolio's annual ROI consistently exceeded 70%. His Premium Research is based on a comprehensive review of company-specific factors, macro conditions, competitors and the industry trends. Value Digger uses his analytical skills, goes against the grain and repeatedly discovers disconnects in a variety of sectors.
When it comes to his publicly-available picks and his free articles, Value Digger has a success rate of ~70%, an average return per recommendation of ~20% and a 5-star rating (TipRanks.com), which is the highest category quality ranking used to evaluate financial experts. TipRanks.com is a comprehensive investing tool that allows private investors and day traders to see the measured performance of anyone who publicly provides financial advice. TipRanks.com collects data, evaluates and ranks over 6,000 financial experts worldwide.
After 30 years of investing experience in the international markets (U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe), Value Digger has formulated a deep understanding of valuation analysis and his investment philosophy is firmly grounded in Ben Graham-style value-oriented opportunities that often have an assymetric risk/reward profile. On that front, he has created a unique proprietary database with thousands of publicly-traded companies per sector, which helps him spot the bargains and the bubbles before many investors find them.
Founder and Portfolio Manager of The Guardian Opportunities Leveraged Fixed-Income Fund (ISIN LU0705057627)
Ariel's career path includes senior positions with Bank Leumi USA (New York), Coutts Bank Ltd (Zurich) and Royal Bank of Scotland (London).
Ariel has held Investment Advisory licenses in Israel and the United States. He is a CPA and has a BA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA (Finance)
I mainly focus on two sectors: technology and auto industry. I am long only and I like to take a conservative approach where I sell covered calls on the shares I hold in order to reduce my risks. Some of the stocks I follow closest are Nokia, Microsoft, Ford and Apple. I believe that being able to see beyond numbers and actually understanding business models of companies we cover is crucial to provide useful insight on companies.