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I'm a former Private Equity executive that quit to begin buying technology companies. After successfully buying and selling private technology companies on my own I run a larger PE backed technology company as CEO.
I began investing and reading about investing as far back as high school. I not only graduated at the top of my top university class, but also taught corporate finance. Later got my MBA from another top school and graduated as valedictorian. I've made millions of dollars trading my own personal account, particularly long calls on technology stocks such as AAPL, GOOG, and BIDU.
I was formerly nationally ranked in chess and am a member of Mensa.
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I am an independent trader originally from New York. I am mostly a value and commodities investor, but I do use some options based hedging strategies as well.
I hope you enjoy my work!
Nothing I write should be considered investment advice. Only you can decide if any specific financial asset, security, allocation, opinion, idea, etc. is best for your financial portfolio.
Author of two books, available here, Options Strategies Every Investor Should Know and The 5 Fundamentals of Building a Retirement Portfolio (both available in paperback and eBook).
Dr. Ahanotu is a graduate of Stanford University with over twenty-five years of experience doing analytic modeling, executing pricing strategies through price optimization, and implementing, developing, and selling enterprise software. He adds to this industry experience another five overlapping years of research in knowledge management and organizational learning.
Duru Ahanotu, Ph.D. founded Ahan Analytics, LLC to deliver data-driven approaches for improving business performance with a focus on local non-profits, small businesses, and local governments. For example, he built a scheduling optimization model for a small OBGYN practice that took into account the stochastic arrivals of babies that interrupt clinic appointments. He also provided recommendations to improve the public-facing web site for a Bay Area police department that increased completion rate of incidence reports.
Dr. Ahanotu currently writes and maintains a financial blog (http://www.drduru.com/onetwentytwo) that demonstrates the use of data analysis to understand financial markets. He particularly focuses on the innovative use of a custom technical indicator. The blog includes the analysis of housing markets, currencies, commodities, high-tech, and historical/seasonal market trends.
Dr. Ahanotu is also developing a learning module to help youth make better decisions through analysis and structured thinking.
Dr. Ahanotu earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems (1999), a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and Honors in Values, Technology, Science, and Society (1991) - all at Stanford University.
Adam Levine-Weinberg is a graduate student by day, but also follows the stock market obsessively. He is an amateur investor always looking for good value stocks, and generally aims to profit from the market's irrationality.
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
PortfoliV.com is an investment portal project based on running a set of virtual hedge funds. The aim is to build an investment portal based on actual trades made rather than textual commentaries.14 virtual funds based on a variety of themes are managed by the site owner on strict real-life conditions including real-time bid and ask prices, commissions and margin calls.
Site visitors are able to comment on the trades and follow Fund performances. As the site builds a certain amount of feedback the aim is to aggregate these responses and integrate them into the Fund trading decisions. This way the site aims to transform itself onto what can be called an "OpenSource Virtual HedgeFund" that is transparent, but utilizes all sorts of trading techniques used in common Hedge Funds.
The site owner, and the main trader so far, is an independent trader with 10 years of trading experience. He splits the year evenly between living in the US, Europe and Middle East and therefore can make informed trading decisions on a variety of developments in the world especially forex issues. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and has passed all three levels of the CFA examinations, with his CFA certification pending approval.
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Long time private investor of Stocks and Options. I have been trading Stocks for 14 years and Options for 12+ years. I am extremely creative when it comes to my trades and I almost always attempt to keep things leveraged. The one thing I've learned is an investor should always be hedged and never be "Naked" in your trades.
Nigam Arora is a distinguished master of the financial markets, a popular columnist, an engineer and nuclear physicist by background, has founded two Inc. 500 fastest growing companies, has been involved in over 50 entrepreneurial ventures, is the developer of Theory ZYX of Successful Change Management, is the author of the book on Theory ZYX, as well as the developer of the ZYX Change Method to profit from change in trading and investing that has produced unrivaled investment performance in both bull and bear markets over a long period of time. Nigam's advanced mathematics skills have played a key role in the success of the combination of ZYX Change Method and the adaptive ZYX Allocation Model which automatically changes based on market conditions. The adaptiveness has overcome the weakness of conventional models in that they work for a while and then stop working as market conditions change. Nigam is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of the globally well-respected firm The Arora Report. He is also the founder of the Change Management Center. Nigam is a contributor to Forbes, MarketWatch which is an online affiliate of The Wall Street Journal, and Kitco. His writings have also been seen or referenced in numerous additional media and investment research platforms across the globe. Nigam's writings have generated over 50 million page views. His columns are routinely among the most popular and often the headline at MarketWatch. His columns have also been often among the most popular at Forbes and Seeking Alpha. People close to Nigam call him an economist due to his deep knowledge in applying leading economic indicators to call the markets to generate high risk adjusted returns. Nigam is known for his prescient calls from which subscribers to The Arora Report have handsomely benefited. Over the years, Nigam has made thousands of accurate calls on macro, individual stocks, individual ETFs, commodities including precious metals and crude oil, and currencies. Here are some of his major macro calls. STOCKS • Calls to go to 100% cash prior to the 2008 stock market cash for long only investors • Calls to go to 100% short prior to the 2008 crash for investors who were able to short • In the early stages of the decline prior to 2008 crash, calls to go heavily in inverse ETFs • In the 2008 crash when most investors lost half of the value of their portfolios, subscriber to The Arora Report made money by the boat load • Call to take profits on inverse ETFs in February 2009, just before the market bottom • Calls to take profits on all short positions in February 2009, just before the market bottom • Calls to aggressively buy stocks long in February and March of 2009 right at the market bottom • Aggressive hedging and profit taking prior to market downturn in 2011 making 2011 a profitable year for The Arora Report subscribers, a year in which most investors lost money • Staying aggressively long, at times with protective hedges, during the long bull market of 2009-2015 • Calls for up to 50% cash and aggressive hedging in late 2015 prior to the market downturn of early 2016 GOLD AND SILVER • Calls to backup the truck and buy gold in $600s with average of $663 before a run to $1904 • Calls to allocate 20% (maximum allowed under diversification rules) to silver in $16-18 range with average of $17.73 before a run to $50 • Call to sell all of the silver at $48.50 close to the to the top at just over $50 • Call to short sell silver over $50 and holding the short position all the way down to $14 range. • Call to sell half of the gold at the exact top at $1904 and put a stop on the remaining at $1750, subsequently gold fell to $1000 range. • Correctly stayed bearish on gold and silver since 2011 top to early 2016 with numerous calls to trade mostly from the short side and a handful of correct calls to take long positions to profit from countertrend rallies CRUDE OIL • Bullish calls to buy crude oil long in 2007 in the range of $65-73 with an average of $68.71 before a run to the range of $140 in 2008 • Call to sell all of the crude oil position in 2008 at $138.87 in 2008 right near the top in $140 range • Bearish calls to sell crude oil short in 2008 in the range of $121-133 with an average of 127.34 before a fall to the $40 range • Call to take profits on all of the crude oil short position in 2009 at $41.86 right near the bottom • Bullish calls to buy crude oil long in 2009 in the range of $43-49 with an average of $47.18 before a run to the range of $108 in 2011 • Call to take profits on all of the crude oil long position at $103.43 in 2011 • Bearish calls to sell short crude oil in the range of $108 in 2014 right near the top • Correctly stayed bearish on oil in 2014 to early 2016 as oil dropped to $27 range EUROPE • During European sovereign debt crisis when many gurus were calling for failure of euro, made the correct bold call that euro will survive as a currency and European Union would not break up • Made several specific investment calls stemming from the foregoing macro call that have generated large profits CHINA • When China GDP was growing at about 12% and everyone with rare exceptions was bullish on China, made a bold bearish call that China super-cycle was over; by 2016 China true GDP growth fell to about 6% • Made several specific investment calls stemming from the foregoing macro call that have generated large profits
Equity Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager with extensive experience identifying investment opportunities with favorable risk/reward characteristics across multiple industries. Generated investment ideas for and managed Global, International and U.S focused portfolios. Significant experience evaluating both developed market and emerging market companies. Extensive travel to conduct management meetings around the globe. Hold an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business and an MA Economics from Tufts University.
Jason Merriam is former publisher and editor of the Merriam Report providing innovative financial analysis based on dual cash-flow, accruals and capital productivity methodologies. An active investor for 35 years, he is also founder and president of Merriam Investor Services since 1990. MIS offers portfolio analysis and investment research services to institutional and retail investor clients. Prior to MIS, Jason was managing partner for Beach and Sea Group, a San Diego based investment LP. Merriam studied corporate finance and accounting with Robert J. Westervelt, retired senior VP of Finance at Warner Lambert and Pfizer. As Mr. Westervelt's intern, Jason assisted and was responsible for financial statement analysis, evaluation of earnings-quality, credit/liquidity/dividend assessment, etc. This opportunity allowed Jason to advance his research of the novel dual cash-flow methodology (based on the pioneering work of Harry Ernst and Jeffrey Fotta in the 1990's). Jason has 22 years experience in active portfolio management and asset allocation. Media appearances include: CNBC, MarketWatch, New York Times and San Diego Union Tribune. Visit his blog: www.merriamreport.blogspot.com
I am an individual investor. I also assist a small number of other investors develop a quality portfolio by first determining their goals and risks. Individuals I assist with their investments, I mainly help set up a long term investment strategy with a small portion of the portfolio dedicated to trading.
Investing strictly for myself, I am mainly a short term trader with a small amount allocated towards long term holds. The reason my strategy is slighty different than individuals I assist with their investment is that I am willing to take more risk with myself. I try to find short term strategies that use sense, but also require experience, knowledge, and continued research. Information is always changing and that is why adjustments sometimes need to be made to original plans. Although it is easy to fall in love with a stock, just ensure that your continued investment is for the right reasons and the company's strengths are still in tact and their weaknesses have not changed.
The main thing I would push any investor to do is to not be lazy. It is easy to follow the coattails of others and believe a well thought out opinion, but every investor needs to come to their determination of the value of an investment. Ensure that continual research is being done, read the quarterly and yearly statements, contact management often, follow other companies to get a comparison. Also, sharing ideas with other quality investors is a very good and positive thing to do as well as an investor can learn a lot from others, but it is always important to follow up by doing your own due diligence on shared information. Just remember, you do not know everything and there is always something that can be learned.
Andy Zaky has been a stock investor for over 17-years now and has a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law-- a top 15 law school in the United Stated. Andy's focus is in technology stocks. He has closely analyzed Apple, Google and Amazon since 2005. Andy currently runs a variety of model portfolios at Bullish Cross and plans to launch a U.S. Domestic conservative Long-Short highly-diversified equity fund that closely tracks the S&P 500. The model for that fund has signfiicnatly outperformed the S&P 500 since the portfolio launched in 2015 despite being diversified in at least 450 stocks at all times, no derivatives and no single stock comprising of more than 5% of the portfolio's AUM at entry as of September 2017.
I am the Executive VP of Zacks Investment Research in charge of Zacks.com and all its services for individual investors. I have a top down investment approach with a focus on value and upward earnings estimate revisions. And there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing insights with fellow investors.
Marek Kuchta worked as a business analyst, a marketing manager and currently runs the Gold in Mind project. He's interested in long-term investing and retirement investment strategies.
“Considering the state of Western economies, it worries me that reportedly less than 1% of citizens include gold or some kind of a 'safe haven' as a a part of their savings mix. I think everybody should have some type of financial insurance against bad times, but in reality, most people don't. To spread the 'keep gold in mind' message, I created the website Gold in Mind.”
Mike Stall is a writer on SunshineProfits.com. He is a commodity analyst in the precious and industrial metals space with a background in quantitative analysis of the financial markets. Mike Stall has been actively associated with studying gold, silver and base metal prices from both a quantitative as well as a fundamental standpoint.
Mike Stall believes that commodities are superior investment instruments in comparison with most other asset classes as they tend to perform better in environments of inflation, fluctuating currencies and uncertain equity markets.According to him, the inherent and intrinsic value of a commodity often leads to safer and stronger returns that have been historically proven, fundamentally as well as quantitatively.
I'm a philosopher who took a long sabbatical in finance, from currency options trading on Wall St. to financial and economic consulting in SE Asia. I started out chopping wood and carrying water, as the Zen saying goes, in Upstate NY, and, after enlightenment, currently chop wood and carry water.
Proactiveinvestors is a leading multimedia news organization, investor portal and events management business with offices in New York, Sydney, Toronto and London.
Proactiveinvestors operates five financial websites in four languages providing breaking news, comment and analysis on hundreds of listed companies across the globe daily. We are one of the fastest growing financial media portals in the world.
The group also operates hugely successful “investor forums” where three or four companies present to an audience of high net sophisticated investors, fund managers, hedge funds, private client brokers and analysts.
Ian Mclelland founded Proactiveinvestors in 2006 as a way to channel his own views on companies small and mid-cap public companies. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job as the website's readership exploded.
I run a fund based on automated trading and technical analysis. But my favorite pastime is thinking and talking about political economy. I guess I'm George Soros.
Writing helps clarifying my thinking. All opinion expressed here is mine, wholly mine, nobody's but mine. And all trading/investment opinion I talk about here is related only to my personal accounts, not the fund.
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Erik is the senior market technician for Prometheus Market Insight and has been performing chart analysis since 1995. The software program that he developed to monitor long-term stock market trends has correctly identified 92% of the cyclical turning points in the S&P 500 index since 1940. His Gold Currency Index has predicted every major trend change in the US gold market since its creation in 2005.
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He founded Invest2Success.com to empower independent and institutional investors traders to take control of their financial destiny by providing them education training mentorship and support for them to research analyze invest and trade in the markets successfully in the long-term.
As he says, "With knowledge, dated goals, a plan of action, then taking action, profitable investing and trading success will only be a matter of time."
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.
Mike Shedlock (Mish) is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management (http://www.sitkapacific.com/). Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.
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I blog at Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis (http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/) which typically has commentary every day of the week. I am also a contributing "professor" on Minyanville (http://www.minyanville.com/), a community site focused on economic and financial education.
I do weekly podcasts every Thursday on HoweStreet (http://www.howestreet.com/audiovideo/) and a brief 7 minute segment on Saturday on CKNW AM 980 (http://cknw.com/%20) in Vancouver.
When not writing about stocks or the economy I spend a great deal of time on photography and in the garden. I have over 80 magazine and book cover credits. Some of my Wisconsin and gardening images can be seen at MichaelShedlock.com (http://www.michaelshedlock.com/BestImages/index.html).
The Rational Walk was created to provide a platform to publish equity research based on value investing principles. We believe that diligent and thorough security analysis has the potential to identify opportunities in the financial markets for the small number of investors who truly have long time horizons and the appropriate temperament to ignore short term market fluctuations. The Rational Walk’s extensive coverage of Berkshire Hathaway has been mentioned in several news articles.