Michael Loftis is the founder of Ridgewood Capital Management LLC. His primary focus is value-oriented equity investing in the small and mid cap sectors. Michael is a former investment banker (Lehman Brothers and Barclays) and former M&A and securities law attorney (Mayer Brown and Keating Muething & Klekamp).
Drilling Equipment Sales history Gas, Mining, Construction, Water, Foundations, and Environmental projects in the Western Hemisphere. Investing to build value, and enjoy challenges and learning from respected members of the community
Paul F. Rodgers, CFA, has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University with concentration in finance. He is a CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst. He managed both personal money and mutual funds for National City Bank starting in 1988 before founding Gold Leaf Capital Management, Inc.
Long/short equity research analyst at Lone Star Value Management.
Lone Star Value is a long/short equity investment fund focused on long-term investing in deeply undervalued public securities that creates value through a hands-on approach.
Scott Miller has been investing for 10 years. He has worked in private equity, as CFO of a venture backed start up that now has 400 employees, and most recently as an analyst at a value focused hedge fund where he saw first hand the short term impact technical factors such as redemptions and forced selling can have on share prices and the buying opportunities that can be created for patient investors focused on fundamentals. Scott is in the process of starting a blog: Fundamentals Matter (http://fundamentalsmatter.blogspot.com/)
Perhaps more than any other time in the last six decades, the fate of markets is inextricably intertwined with the ebb and flow of geopolitics. From the ECB's attempts to use the central bank's balance sheet to influence political outcomes across the eurozone to Saudi Arabia's efforts to transform the kingdom's influence over crude prices into an instrument of foreign policy, it's become increasingly clear that one simply cannot fully comprehend market movements without a thorough understanding of concurrent political outcomes. Drawing on extensive experience in both politics and finance, Heisenberg will help demystify a world in which investors can no longer hope to conceptualize markets as existing in anything that even approximates a vacuum. "I am the one who knocks."
Volte-Face Investments represents the writings of an independent investment manager who managed a long/short equity fund. The author worked for a major Wall Street firm for 12 years before leaving to start his own business in 2009. Since then he has been pursuing investment management full time. The purpose of the articles is to explain the thinking with regards to a particular investment opportunity and to provide readers with a foundation from which they can begin their own due diligence. Volte-Face Investment's writings are not solicitations to transact any security. For further information or consulting, please contact via direct message or direct message on twitter @voltefaceinvest
Sramana Mitra is the founder of One Million by One Million (1M/1M), a global virtual accelerator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. Sramana has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Full bio can be found at http://www.sramanamitra.com/bio/
I am a student and explorer of our mind, consciousness and reality behind the veil. I started investing in stocks in early 2015. Soon, I see what life leads me to with this experience. Stock market opens a window for me to interactively create and perceive the workings of the consciousness. It is an interactive mirror to explore and probe into the working of our own mind-emotion system, individually and collectively. My investment philosophy become gradually mature and can be summarized in the following aspects of an investment process:
1. Perceiving the economic characteristics of the business and its industry: the supply and demand, competitive landscape, value generation process and its share of contribution by labor, capital, tangible and intangible assets as well as economic goodwill (the unobserved value of the integrated whole business due to resource optimization and scale).
2. Understanding the financial and accounting characteristics of the company;
3. The mass *perception* of the above two determining of the price, which can be deviate from their true underlying value, sometimes dramatically due to limited scope of investors' attention awareness and its illusory effect;
4. Be aware of my own and investor's thinking process -- the hidden source drivers of every thoughts and urge to act, as well as the comprehensive and deeper insight regarding to the above three points, observing the influences of my own innate emotional drive and reactions.
Excessive return on investment can be achieved only when the subject "I", with a deep anchor inside and free from the influence of the mass mind, can perceive innocently and objectively the deviation in No. 3 that is going to diminish with high certainty, with the effect of time, by which the nature of 1. and 2. will unfold with more clarity through the manifestation of previously hidden and illusion-clouded true forces, or with the effect of direct intervention with the mass mind, through clear writing communication. In another word, there are opportunities where the market can misunderstand a strong deterministic force that "I" can see with clarity, meantime know that misunderstanding will correct itself by time. The ability of catching these opportunities makes an investor *conscious*, relying on all four factors above.
“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing" -- W. B.
My first equity investments were tiny dividend reinvestment plan purchases when I was a young adult. My investments were not sizable enough to earn big returns, but they were profitable and educational over time. Learning how to identify cycles, irrational reactions, fundamental shifts and other characteristics on a tiny scale proved valuable later as the scale of my investing grew. There is a lot of wisdom in the market, and a lot of idiocy. Filtering in the former and out the latter, but most importantly developing a core compass upon which one can rely independently, is critical to achieve self directed market-based investing success. With no investment education other than experience with my own money and my self-built compass, I have no credentials to offer beyond whatever level of faith you may have in my opinion.
Olivia is an undergraduate student at Ursinus college pursuing a bachelors of science in mathematics with minors in finance and computer science with expected graduate date May 2018. Olivia furthers her study in finance through the Ursinus College Finance Scholar Program. She enjoys studying topics that exist in the intersection of math, computer science, and finance. Outside of the classroom Olivia is a two-time Academic All-American swimmer.
Frances Coppola worked in banking for 17 years as a business analyst and project manager, running business and systems projects for (among others) RBS, Nat West, HSBC, Midland Bank and SBC Warburg (now UBS). Her banking experience encompasses retail and investment banking, front office, operations and settlement, but her particular area of expertise is financial control and risk management. She is particularly proud of the fact that RBS still produces its financial and regulatory reporting using a group consolidation system that she designed.
Frances is now a writer and commentator on banking, finance and economics. Her blog Coppola Comment is widely read and her writing has featured on the Financial Times, City AM, The Economist. The Guardian and a range of online publications. She also writes for the online magazine Pieria and occasionally for the ICAEW, and she is a frequent commentator on banking matters for the BBC.
Frances has an MBA from Cass Business School with a specialism in finance and risk management. And since financial people can be creative too, Frances is also a professional singer and singing teacher. She has a B.Mus from London University and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music. She also has two teenage children and not much time to do the garden any more!
High School Student. Senior year. So be extra cautious in your follow-up DD of ideas. Contrarian by nature. No special expertise in any sector, stock, market or asset class. Very interested in capital structure arbitrage, using LEAPS, Spin-offs and alternative forecasting methods.
Long LQDT and some Danish stocks.
I search for companies that are undervalued due to fear that have strong fundamentals in order to buy long, and companies that are overvalued due to greed that have weaknesses such as poor free cash flow or an unviable business model in order to short them. As Warren Buffet recommends: buy fear and sell greed. When I find potential candidates, I research the daylights out of them and only choose the best opportunities. To give you an idea of some the stocks I’ve focused on, in the past I successfully shorted Twitter, GoPro, Garmin, TrueCar, FCX, Wayfair, Pandora and Transocean, and was successfully long Cisco, Expedia, Goodyear Tire, Facebook, Apple, Celgene and Delta. Many of those are no longer good shorts or longs. My current favorite long stock is Iconix (ICON). I was previously a consultant for executives at companies such as Fidelity Investments and Google, including the Vice-president of Sales at Google. Prior to that I owned and operated two retail stores that I sold, and before that I was a journalist. I’ve been investing for 22 years in stocks, bonds, commodities and options. I spend a lot of my free time researching investments and donate half of the gains to charity.
Dichotomy Capital LLC acts as the investment advisor to a limited partnership and separately managed accounts. The Fund is an absolute return fund founded on value principles. The Fund employs a strict value investing approach that searches for securities that differ significantly from their intrinsic value. Our research utilizes deep investigation, on-site visits, expert interviews, and exhaustive readings to understand the business as an owner.
Ian Clark is the Managing Partner of Dichotomy Capital. He began his career in chemistry designing organometallic catalysts after he received his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Though my job title is Scientist/Systems Analyst, my day job is to apply physics, math, and statistics to complex systems engineering problems. My academic interests advance the state of the art in optimal estimation/filtering theory, chaos & nonlinear dynamics, fluid dynamics, machine learning/artificial intelligence/BigData, and Systems-of-Systems (SoS).
I am a physicist exploring real-world data fusion problems. My PhD explored complex & nonlinear systems and force networks a bed of flowing sand. I have nearly 20 years of industry experience, and 25 years managing the family trust.
My investing interests lie in the corners where a small investor may have the advantage: arbitrage, exploiting derivatives, value, and special situations -- all to support early retirement.
I write The Winters Report, an independent equity research publication on US banks. Contact me at WintersReport@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter (@HarvardWinters). Previously I worked as a financial services investment banker, at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and various middle-market investment banks. I received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1993.
Not really a trader, I like to position for the long term, long term is up to several years, not quarters. I follow the company, not the stock price. Look for unusual ideas, with great upside. Alternatives, anything goes.
ex-hedge fund investment professional, 7 years investing experience, mainly looking for special situation opportunities in small-mid cap firms with significantly asymmetric risk/reward profile
Markman Advisors specializes in the strategic analysis of investment opportunities presented by intellectual property—and in particular, patent—litigation activities. We are all USPTO-registered patent attorneys with decades of combined experience in patent litigation, licensing and procurement. After many years practicing at some of the world’s largest and well-known law firms, we established and now run a premier intellectual-property boutique law firm, where we continue to practice patent litigation.
We have litigated numerous high-stakes patent cases in federal district courts throughout the country, as well as at the appellate level before the Federal Circuit. We are also experienced in USPTO proceedings, and have advised clients across a wide swath of technical areas with respect to patent-related matters.
Our base of former and current legal clients is diverse, from technology start-ups to some of the world’s largest and most well-known corporations. Collectively, we have led those clients through numerous Markman hearings, summary judgment motions, trials and appeals – on both the offensive and defensive sides of a case.
Our patent litigation experience, coupled with our knowledge of the market for "patent play" stocks, is the alpha we bring to each patent litigation-driven investment opportunity.
I am a former senior executive with global responsibilities for a Fortune 50 firm and the holder of a doctorate degree in business. For fun, I developed and teach an executive education program focused on strategy at a world renowned business school.