Ian worked for Kerrisdale, a New York activist hedge fund, for three years, before moving to Latin America to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities there. His Ian's Insider Corner service provides live chat, model portfolios, full access and updates to his "IMF" portfolio, along with a weekly newsletter which expands on these topics.
Ian is also an associate analyst for Value Investor's Edge. VIE is a top-ranked deep value research service featuring exclusive work from J Mintzmyer, James Catlin, and Ian Bezek.
Robert Ruggirello, CFA is the Managing Director of Brave Eagle Wealth Management, a NY based fee-only Registered Investment Advisor. Previously, Mr. Ruggirello served as an Analyst at Centre Asset Management, LLC. Robert holds a MS in Financial Statement Analysis & Securities Valuation from Baruch College and BBA in Finance from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. Robert is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA society of NY.
Brave Eagle Wealth Management specializes in holistic portfolio management for retired members of the FDNY. Our approach is differentiated in how we incorporate human capital and insurance levels into the asset allocation decision. We use financial assets to build a completion portfolio that diversifies away from the risks associated with our clients human capital.
We use a combination of active and passive investments in an expanded asset allocation framework that includes real assets and absolute return strategies.
I am a value investor. I like to daytrade and ride stocks upward on good news and earnings beats. 2013 had a lot of those, but 2014 - not so much.
I am very new to investing and trading, and got into the market in late 2012 after pretend-investing for a few months, but I have had good luck so far.
I recently decided to try my hand at article writing, as I often leave rather detailed and lengthy comments on other articles. The amount of revisions required to get an article published was a bit discouraging, and did not allow me to mention opportunities in a timely fashion, so now I am back to just commenting.
In 2013, I was the windshield.
I am a professional investor with more than fifteen years of experience, including working as a credit analyst and portfolio manager for several hedge funds and money managers. Focus on capital structure arbitrage and structured fixed income securities.
Academic background in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research with BA and MS degrees from UC Berkeley. MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Participant in high technology including computing and networking as a Member of Technical Staff, algorithm designer and Product Manager. Pursued interests in Health Care by doing coursework and research in Public Health, Pharmaceutical Economics, Integrated Medicine and Neurobiology. Currently focused on research, analysis and writing on status and evolution of Health Insurance. Interested in Long Term Care, Mobile Health and Big Data integration. Convergence of these topics is likely to be fascinating, frustrating, complicated, full of investment opportunities and really meaningful to people's health and well-being. Lifelong learner and teacher - always looking for new opportunities to teach and to be taught.
As a professional in commercial real estate, my investment focus is on REITs. My goal is to provide detailed research on the properties being acquired and sold by REITs, as the quality and value of the real estate purchased by a REIT has an impact on the long term health of a REIT.
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Degree: Chemistry from NC State University.
For short-term ideas about big movers, follow my StockTalks. But please note I am not the best short term stock picker. I am 7-0-1 in the long term, but 0-3 in the short term.
Micheal Filloon (oil shale/short term and long term)
Brad Thomas (REIT short and long term)
Taylor Dart (mainly gold short and long term also swing/trend trader)
Ian Bezek (long term trader and new ideas)
Over the last 12 years, I am 7-4-1. I was up 130%, 29%, 15%, 3%, 19%, 25%, 56% from 2001-2007 respectively, and down 39%, 39%, 79% from 2008-2010 respectively. In 2011, I was flat, but some ill-timed trades (should have held AG) caused a loss of 17% and 14% in 2012 and 2013. Note: gains and losses include transaction costs. 2009 and 2010, I traded frequently, adding up transaction costs. That is why I favor long term holding over short term trading.
I invest in all stocks. I don't agree that US stocks are the safest. Want a safe stock, try TEVA. It did not fall much, or at all, during the credit crisis. And generics are the future.
Being a chemistry graduate, I tend to focus of the drug, medical, biotech, and chemical industries. So far, I wrote about 5 medical companies (RPC, OREX, KV.A, PLX, & XOMA). OREX and KV.A were right on target, though KV.A has fallen back hard after reaching their highs, which surprised me. PLX was half right: it did get a negative letter from the FDA, but the options strategy was wrong. For RPC, so far, I have been wrong, and exited my position in mid-May. XOMA also has fallen since I wrote about it.
However, I also cover diverse stocks, from BIDU to NCT. Ignoring other industries is a big mistake. I look for stocks I find undervalued on both a value perspective and a growth perspective, but placing more emphasis on growth. I combine both fundamental and technical analysis. The fundamentals only tell you part of the story.
Anybody can make money. Don't let Wall Street analysts manipulate you. Their analysis is good, but don't take everything they say. Good luck investing, and I will do everything I can to make you money.
Oh, and I invest in rather risky stocks with high potentials. If you are nearing retirement, I don't recommend you copy my portfolio. I will label my stocks with the risk/reward factor. I am adding a watch list with some stocks for retirement investors that I like. All watch list stocks are long term holdings.
CTL (medium risk/medium reward)
DIN (medium risk/high reward)
GBTC (medium risk/high reward)
NRZ (medium risk/high reward)
SBGL (medium risk/high reward)
TEVA (medium risk/high reward)
BTCS (high risk/high reward)
MCOA (high risk/high reward)
MGTI (high risk/very high reward)
PRELF (high risk/very high reward)
XXII (high risk/very high reward)
RGSE (very high risk/high/if any reward)
SUNEQ (extremely high risk/very high/if any reward)
ROK (medium risk/medium reward)
AG (medium risk/medium reward)
EXK (medium risk/medium reward)
GTIM (medium risk/high reward)
BOJA (medium risk/high reward)
SWKS (medium risk/high reward)
JAZZ (medium risk/high reward)
NFLX (medium risk/high reward)
LVS (medium risk/high reward)
SAM (medium risk/high reward)
CMG (medium risk/high reward)
ZNH (medium risk/high reward)
RDY (medium risk/high reward)
NVDA (low risk/high reward)
AVGO (low risk/medium reward)
CF (low risk/high reward)
TTM (low risk/high reward)
NVO (low risk/high reward)
BIDU (low risk/high reward)
PCLN (low risk/high reward)
CLF (low risk/medium reward)
AAPL (low risk/medium reward)
GOOG (low risk/medium reward)
TEVA (low risk/medium reward)
GOL (low risk/medium reward)
CIM (low risk/medium reward) - dividend stock
"To be best of breed requires a strong moat and I believe that this is something that can not be found by just looking at the numbers"
You may find my writing style to be a bit different - I heavily prioritize the business model over anything else. There are many businesses with great earnings and dividends histories - how do you know which ones will continue to prosper in the future? We must avoid investing like a stock screener and should carefully filter out companies that look good on paper but in reality posses no moat.
I am most influenced by Peter Lynch's teachings in "One up on Wall Street." I highly recommend this book for all beginning investors. I should point out that there is much more to learn from him than "buy what you know" which even is not ever said in his book. Lynch taught me to focus on understanding the business model and the free cash flow.
I hope to contribute to this stock community and keep investing fun (and profitable!)
Current Conviction Buys:
Simon Property Group (SPG)
I am a private investor, focused on value investing through balance sheet analysis.
I am not a financial professional nor do I work predominantly in finance.
I am a Business Development professional, working to develop new offerings into strong businesses.
I manage a global long/short equity hedge fund, with particular focus on special situations. Previously, I was a highly rated sell-side analyst with a major US investment bank, and a management consultant. I hold an MBA and degrees in mathematical statistics.
I'm an Army veteran and former energy dividend writer for The Motley Fool. My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams, and enrich their lives. With 22 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and income streams. I'm currently on an epic quest to build a broadly diversified, high-quality, high-yield dividend growth portfolio that:
1. Pays 5% to 6% yield
2. Offers 6% to 7% annual dividend growth
3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
I am a value investor focusing on REITS and other income producing stocks and etfs. I have accounting designations from both US & Canada.
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Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Data Center Knowledge - I cover business and investing news in a weekly column: DCK Investor Edge. Sr Contributor writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
In Q4 2015, it became clear to me that public cloud "friend or foe," was going to be a positive catalyst for Data Center REITs. The global public cloud giants follow a bifurcated strategy of owning and leasing space. Another paradigm shift involved Amazon Landlords, industrial REITs which own fulfillment, warehouse/distribution, and smaller "last mile" urban infill properties, and the DC REITs which support exponential growth of the AWS public cloud (as well as MSFT Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Salesforce, and others).
Many SA readers have followed my work over the past few years to profit from my expertise, research and analysis. The majority of my insights and analysis are now published on REITs 4 Alpha, an SA Marketplace service where members get real-time access on Live Chat each day the market is open.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
As a natural resources industry expert and with a passion for investing, I conduct in-depth research to generate valuation-based, actionable investment ideas for the member of The Natural Resources Hub (TNRH), a popular Seeking Alpha Marketplace service which also features top-performing model portfolios and a lively Chat Room.
With a Ph.D. in geosciences, I have worked for over 35 years in research, oil and gas industry, and industry data management. I have been managing family investment accounts through bull and bear markets with great returns. My hands-on industry working experience helps me in uncovering opportunities in the oil and gas, mineral resources, and other areas.
I focus on identifying deep values and undervalued moated businesses with an asymmetrical risk-reward profile. My investing style is contrarian and mostly long.
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I am a retired airline executive with legal and financial experience. I have a background in economics and finance with a focus on securities and securities analysis. I was in private practice for 10 years doing trial and appellate work prior to joining United Airlines where I did both transactions and litigation. I was with United for over 29 years, the last 17 as Assistant General Counsel. I now am a self directed investor, seeking to create cash flow to supplement our pensions and social security. I take a long term view focusing on securities that create a steady cash flow.
My trading experience includes over twenty five years of intense investment analysis, trend analysis and deep level due diligence studies. My interest is to find small company opportunities that have established funding sources, have a plan of action and are in the preliminary to first stages of pipeline development and execution. My coverage and investment interest includes biotech, small cap and emerging growth companies, regardless of sector. I am a contributing writer at CNA Finance and cover emerging opportunities as well as breaking news events.
- Bachelors Degree in Mathematics Education
- Masters Degree in Mathematics
- Series 6, 63, 65 Completed Successfully (All three completed within 6 months, No longer registered)
- High School Teacher
- Former Personal Banker for Chase Bank
- Amateur Photographer