Michael Demaray is principal and founder of Elevated Capital LLC. He focuses on investing in companies in relation to their intrinsic value. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
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I am an author of books related to the decision framing and optimizing processes of Buffett and Munger. These books are available at www.frips.com and: http://www.amazon.com/Bud-Labitan/e/B002D1ERT4 With integrity and patience, we can also earn superior profits by carefully evaluating facts and continuously exercising discipline. I have been a steelworker, student, medical doctor, county board of health member, medical director, and a software developer. In 2003, I earned my MBA, and started a career in intrinsic value investing. You can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abhi Mathews is the President at Minerva Valuations Inc. He has been in the financial services industry for over eleven years, during which, he assisted in placing and advising on over $400 million in capital for public and private companies. Having worked in boutique investment banks, M&A advisory firms and valuation firms, Abhi presents and writes on topics ranging from valuation of private & public companies to investing in exchange traded funds, preferred shares and arbitrage situations, .
His valuation, advisory and modeling experience includes the valuation of business enterprises, common stock, preferred stock, debt issues, partnership interests, going public transactions, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, estate tax planning, management buy-outs, shareholder transactions, fairness opinions, divestitures, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), shareholder disputes, and family law matters.
Abhi currently sits as a member of the educational working body of the CFA Institute and an advisory board member for a Canadian asset manager. He previously sat on the board of a couple of not for profit organizations, which focused on educating children. Abhi is a Chartered Business Valuator and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is completing his designation to become a Senior Appraiser - Business Valuations with the American Society of Appraisers.
I mainly trade mean-reversion strategies, specifically in the deep value space, but my fund is unconstrained and explores the entire asset class universe, looking for unexplored and underpriced opportunities across all investible sectors.
Value investor interested in learning more from this community. Like the idea of going against the tide as a contrarian, don't like to follow the pack.
Majored in Finance, work in the insurance industry, and have always had an interest in investing. Live with my wife on Telegraph Hill in beautiful San Francisco, CA. Die hard 49er, Giants, Warriors, and Sharks fan.
Founder of "The Contrarian", a premium research service, featuring the "Bet The Farm" Portfolio. Actively investing since 1995, I have soared like an eagle, and been unmercifully humbled by the markets. Achieved positive returns in 2008, and turned an account with $60,310 on 1/1/2009 into an account with $3,177,937 on 11/30/2009. My best years have been 1995-2003, 2008-2012, and 2016. My worst years were 2013-2015 & 2017. I believe inflation is coming, and we are at an inflection point in the markets.
Twenty year career as an investment analyst, investor, portfolio manager, consultant, and writer. Founder of Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd, which was incorporated in the spring of 2009. Dyed in the wool contrarian investor, who has learned, the hard way, that a good contrarian is only contrarian 20% of the time, but being right at key inflection points is the key to meaningful wealth creation in the markets. I believe we are near a meaningful inflection point, perhaps the biggest one yet, for the third time in the past 15 years.
Historically, I have had huge wins and impressive losses based on a concentrated, contrarian strategy. Trying to keep the good while filtering out the bad.
Seeking to run an all weather portfolio with minimal volatility and index overlays to capture my strategic and tactical recommendations along with a concentrated best ideas portfolio, which is my bread and butter, but the volatility only makes it suitable for a small piece of an investor's overall portfolio. The following are a couple of my favorite investment quotes.
"Life and investing are long ballgames." Julian Robertson
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure."
"Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein
I’ve been on top of the world, and the world has been on top of me. I have learned to enjoy the perspective from each view, and use opportunities to persistently acquire knowledge, and enjoy the company of those around me, especially loved ones, family, and friends.
At heart, I am a market historian with an unrivaled passion for the capital markets. I have had a long history and specialization with concentrated positions and options trading. Made money in 2008 with a net long portfolio, deploying capital in some of the market's darkest hours into long positions including purchases of American Express, Atlas Energy, Crosstex, First Industrial Real Estate, General Growth Properties, Genworth, Macquarie Infrastructure, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and Vornado near their lows. Shorting, hedging, and option strategies also helped me in 2007 and 2009, and these are skills that I have developed ever since I started trading heavily in 1996.I enjoy reading, accumulating knowledge, and putting this knowledge to work in the active capital markets, learning lessons along the way.To this day, I continue to learn, and some of these learning lessons have been excruciatingly difficult ones, especially over the past several years, as I made mistakes allocating capital, including a sizable portion of my own capital (I always invest alongside my clients), to commodity related stocks. While all commodity related stocks have struggled since April of 2011, coal companies, which attracted me due to their extremely cheap valuations, and out-of-favor status (I am a strong believer in behavioral finance alongside fundamentals and technicals) have been the worst investing mistake of my career. The focus on the commodity arena has been the biggest mistake of my investment career thus far, yet in its aftermath, I see tremendous opportunity, even larger in scope than the fortuitous 2008/2009 environment.The capital that I accumulated and the confidence gained in navigating the treacherous investment waters of 2008 gave me the confidence to launch my own investment firm in the spring of 2009, right before the ultimate lows in the stock market. At the time I was working as a senior analyst at one of the largest RIA's in the country, and I felt strongly that the market environment was the best time since 1974/1975 to start an investment firm.
Prior to starting my firm, I was a senior analyst for three different firms over approximately 10 years (Charles Schwab, Redwood, Oxford), moving up in responsibility and scope at each stop along my journey. Since I was a paperboy, I have always had an interest in the investment markets. I love researching and finding opportunities. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, as well as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, CAIA. After starting in the teaching program at Ball State University, I switched to a career in finance when I turned a small student loan into a substantial amount of capital. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance from Ball State.
Full disclosure, I am not currently a registered investment advisor, though I did serve in this capacity from 2009-2014, while owning Koldus Contrarian Investments, Ltd. Additionally, I held various securities licenses from 2000-2014, without a single complaint filed, and I continue to hold industry designations. At the end of 2014, I voluntarily let my state registration expire, as I transitioned the business to a different structure. Prior to this, I had passed, and held, various securities exams and licenses, including the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 exams, in addition to others, alongside my CFA and CAIA designations. Unfortunately, I did not file the proper paperwork to withdraw my state registration, and I did not disclose a personal arrangement, and subsequent civil case, between myself and a former close personal friend and client, that was initiated in 2011. I was unaware that I was required to disclose these items, and my securities attorney, at the time, did not advise me to do so. Previously, I had managed a portfolio for this gentleman, and we had taken an investment of approximately $7 million in 2009, and grown it to over $25 million at the beginning of 2012. After a difficult year of performance, an employee of the firm I owned, and friend, resigned in early 2013, and took the aforementioned client to a competing firm. As a result of not filing the proper paperwork, I agreed to a settlement, with a potential $2500 fine in the future, depending on if I choose to reapply to be a non-exempt advisor.
Just a small time private investor that is currently investing in oil & gas related energy names. Both from Canada and the US. Since I cannot generate enough in dividends from Canadian producers anymore, and now that I am retired, I'm having to invest much more in the Permian in order to find any names worth owning for growth. Subscribing member to HFI Research, and The Upstream Oil Hub, and enjoying what we get to learn there. (updated on 6/29/2017)