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Founder and Lead Analyst at Lone Wolf Publications Ltd (www.lonewolftrader.com).
I also manage a private investment portfolio full time, and also provide mutual fund analysis and buy recommendations to individual investors managing their own investments.
I trade for myself via ETFs and futures markets, with interests in commodities generally and a special interest in precious metals.
I am an "extreme value" investor, focusing mostly on micro and nanocap companies selling for a steep discount to price/book, price/sales, price/earnings, EV/EBITDA and other traditional measures of value. (Price-to-book is my favorite, by far.) My emphasis is on low priced stocks (especially under $5), since the marketplace is very inefficient in valuing them, as both institutional investors and brokerages increasingly shun them. I am a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, and like to invest in the most unloved and out of favor sectors of the market, and numerically screen for the best relative values in those out of favor sectors. A key to my success is to buy companies where the insiders are buying in the open market, to confirm the underlying value proposition. I like to buy stocks trading near a multi-year low, and average down aggressively if the stock moves against me (assuming the circumstances for my purchase haven't changed). I like to look for stocks that are being "dumped" from indices (Russell 2000 or S&P 600 Small Cap, most commonly), or subject to tax-loss selling, creating arbitrary selling pressure in a tight time window. I also like special situations, including selective leveraged turnaround situations, that I can catch at their "inflection" point. I have achieved outsized annualized returns, over the last 27 years, with these strategies. I also take 5%+ positions in companies, and engage in selective shareholder activism, to hold accountable the insular and/or corrupt boards that are sadly all too common, especially in smaller, family-run public companies. I HATE, and decry, index investing, as stocks that are "over-demanded" are going to be over-PRICED, which offsets the miniscule savings of avoiding the "extra cost" of an active manager.
A native of Chicago, I have a B.S. in accounting (1990) from DePaul University, am a former federal financial institution examiner, and am currently an elected City Councilman in my adopted home town of La Porte, Indiana. I love old houses, live in one designed by architect Franklin Burnham (who also designed the Georgia State Capitol), and currently sit on the board of directors of the Parents Television Council, a nationwide non-profit, and the most consequential and compelling charitable organization known to man.
Some information about my investing:
I have been investing my own money (and managing it myself) for over two decades now. I would never let anyone else manage my money and neither should you.
My portfolio is structured as a "High Yield Strategic Income" portfolio. The portfolio has evolved over the past 20 years. All distributions are reinvested.
I make every attempt to tell my fellow investors what they "need" to hear, not what Wall Street and the main stream media think you "want" to hear.
"Past performance definitely does not guarantee future results". With that said it amazes me that for most investors of dividend stocks, the best they can do is invest in all the same exact S&P company stocks by largest market cap.
A side note:
I used to be more involved in the Seeking Alpha community however I have scaled way back. The content has become extremely stale & most articles (especially regarding dividend stocks) are simply repeats of previous articles written be different authors. (How many articles do we need about KO, GE, MO, etc. that say exactly the same thing 300 times per year, year in, year out?) The amount of so called advertising masquerading as articles has reached absurd levels as well.
Educate yourself about what people really earn in this country:
Then ask yourself: "How is it possible most people the US can "appear" to be so wealthy?"
It is a starting point to cut through the deception that is the main stream media and Wall Street salespeople.
Also: Everyone no matter what age should watch "Money as Debt"
A personal note:
Our family are active charitable donors to:
* The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
* St. Jude's Children's Hospital
* Ronald McDonald House
These institutions provide valuable services to children and veterans in need. I know this from personal experience. If you are able, please donate a little something every month to each of these organizations. Thank you.