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Founder of Bern Factor LLC, a registered investment advisory firm located in Virginia, and the sole investment advisor representative of the firm at present. My association with the Marketplace subscription service, Friedrich Global Research, is a collaboration with Mycroft Friedrich, another contributor on Seeking Alpha. Together we have nearly 80 years of investing and analysis experience. I am a former CPA (1990 -2017) and became a CFA charter holder in 2000. I consider myself an expert in Quantitative and Qualitative analysis and have extensive experience in Technical Analysis. I also have a deep interest in stock market history and hold degrees in Economics (BSBA) and Management Information Systems (MBA). I have been actively involved with investment analysis and investment management since 1985 but have been a student of investing since the 1960s. I owned my first individual stock position while still in high school. I am a student of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett. I have achieved a uniquely diverse experience from multiple careers that has allowed me to develop a broad perspective enabling me to look at the big picture of macroeconomics all the way down to the detail of a retail unit or factory floor. In my youth I was in retail, then served in reconnaissance during my tours in Vietnam. I have been a blue collar, union worker in a factory and a manager in services, hospitality and transportation as well as a manager of professional staffs. I have more than 20 years of experience each in both public and private sectors. I have personal points of reference that many analysts will never have. I bring more to the table than just the theories and models I have studied or built. To understand more about my investing philosophy please visit my website.
I am the publisher of "Margin of Safety Investing" (MOSI) here on Seeking Alpha and have over 20 years of experience as an investment advisor. TipRanks.com has tracked me since 2011 and ranks me in the top few percent of all analysts. MarketWatch.com named me "The World's Next Great Investing Columnist" after I predicted the oil shale boom in their analyst competition.
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The Busted IPO Forum founded by Bret Jensen, is a hypothetical $150K portfolio built of stocks that have been public for 18 months to five years that are significantly under their offering price. Many times after the initial analyst hyperbole has died and lockups have expired, these same companies can be had for .30 to .50 cents on the dollar from when the shares went public. As lucrative as this niche has been for Bret's portfolio over the years, a service or newsletter has not existed that covered this segment of the market -- until now! The goal in creating the Busted IPO Forum is to build a portfolio of 15-20 small cap and mid cap busted IPOs which consistently outperform the Russell 2000 over time.
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I evaluate solar manufacturers and renewable yieldcos based on their operational, financial and growth factors. I can be found daily on the forum Solar PV Investor, at https://solarpvinvestor.com
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I manage the capital of only a handful of families and I see it as my number one job to protect their financial security. They don’t pay me to sell them investment products, beat an index, abandon true investing for mindless diversification or follow the Wall Street lemmings down the primrose path. I manage their money exactly as I manage my own so I don’t take any risk at all unless I strongly believe it is worth taking. Blogging here on SA is part of my research. I write to find out what I think. I invite you to join the family of satisfied clients send an e-mail :email@example.com
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:
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3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
"I usually ignore advice from other traders, especially the ones who believe they are on to a “sure thing”. The old timers, who talk about 'maybe there is a chance of so and so,' are often right and early. - Ed Seykota
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I joined Seeking Alpha as a Senior Editor in 2012 and currently manage the Energy vertical. I've spent the last 20 years working in publishing, and my experience includes editing scientific/medical journals, personal finance magazines, and several investment websites. Here at Seeking Alpha we're always looking for new ideas and new authors, so please contact me if you're interested in contributing.
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With a Ph.D. in geosciences, I have worked for decades 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 Physician (Board Certified in Child Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and General Pediatrics) and I have been an investor in individual biotech companies for about 5 years. I first published on Seeking Alpha in 2014 and began writing regularly in mid 2017. My focus is finding value in Biotech companies while also reviewing technical aspects of their stocks. I concentrate on Neuroscience companies and share my perspective in this area.
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.
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.
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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
Jussi Askola is a former private equity real estate investor with experience working in Europe and the USA. Recently, Jussi worked for a private equity firm in Dallas, Texas and earlier performed property acquisition in Germany. Jussi is also the lead REIT analyst at High Dividend Opportunities (HDO), the #1 ranked dividend research service on Seeking Alpha featuring Jussi's best investment ideas.
In addition to being a CFA Level III candidate, Jussi holds a B.Sc. in Real Estate Finance from University Nürtingen-Geislingen (Germany) and a B.Sc. Construction and Property Management from University of South Wales (UK).
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Investing in stocks can be highly rewarding -- or excruciatingly costly and painful. Confucius said, “Life is really simple. But we insist on making it complicated.” Warren Buffett, in applying Confucius’ wisdom to the world of investing, said “Investing is simple, but not easy.” This is a great truism for investors to always keep in mind. It’s not easy because we humans have a penchant for complicating things, especially when it comes to investing our money.
Earlier in my “investing career”, I was a pure value investor but I came to appreciate that there was value in paying-up for quality. So about 25 years ago, I settled on my approach to investing which can be summarized in four compound words: Quality-Value, Large-Cap, Dividend-Growth, Long-Term - that is, a long investment horizon. My ideal holding period is forever.
By “Quality-Value,” I mean quality companies whose stocks are trading at a fair price. I only want to own great businesses that are managed by seasoned professionals who are good capital allocators. And I want them to have skin in the game. By this I mean I want them to own equity in the business and think and act like owners.
My goal in value investing is to find diamonds in the rough - stocks of companies that the market has temporarily undervalued. In other words, companies whose stock prices do not reflect their fundamental worth or intrinsic value.
Some value investors only look at present assets and don't place any value on future growth. I include the estimation of future growth and cash flows in my investment analysis. Despite the different methodologies, it comes down to the same thing: trying to buy something for less than it is fundamentally worth.
With large-cap stocks as the starting point, I focus on value and dividends, particularly dividend growth. In my experience, dividend-growth investing is a value tilt in disguise.
A long investment horizon is a key advantage individual investors have in generating real net returns versus institutional investors. The “pros” are evaluated at least quarterly against benchmarks and their professional peers and are under pressure to make many buy and sell decisions within short periods of time and. As a group, they turn their portfolios over more than once a year, often for no other reason than "window-dressing."
All of this activity increases costs and judgment errors, making it more difficult for them to be correct all the time. Instead of making just a few thoughtful investment decisions per year, professional portfolio managers are making hundreds. Individual investors are not under such pressure to swing at so many pitches.
A speculator tries to predict the thinking and actions of others. But as someone once said, "It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Because I am investing for the long term in a diversified portfolio of carefully selected companies with broad economic moats and timeless businesses, I don't have to speculate on the gyrations of global market or the behavior of other investors.
By staying focused on the fundamental value of the underlying businesses in making our investment decisions in the first place, we have no need to fear fluctuations of the stock market. I don't panic in the inevitable periodic bear markets. Volatility is a fact of life for investors in the stock market. Periodic market downturns present opportunities to acquire additional shares of quality businesses when they go on sale.
Robert P. Balan has almost 50 years of experience in the financial markets. Education in mining engineering, computer science, finance, and training in economics led to a commodity analysis career during the commodity boom of the early 1970s. Robert made a switch to global macro focus in the early 1980 when the commodity bull market waned, with specialization in foreign exchange. Robert wrote a very high profile daily FX analysis while Geneva-based in the mid-1980s (the first FX commentary with a real global readership, "most accessed" in the Reuters and Telerate networks from 1988 to 1994). He worked for Swiss Bank Corp and Union Bank of Switzerland (precursors of today’s new UBS) as head of technical research and as proprietary trader in various major finance centers (London, New York, and subsequently head of proprietary trading in Toronto, respectively) from late 1980s to mid-1990s. A stint at Bank of America as head of global technical research (in London and New York) followed in late 1990s to early 2000s. Robert did technical analysis for Saxo Bank (Denmark) in the mid-200s based in New York. He returned to Switzerland in 2004 as head of technical research and strategy, and FX and commodity market analyst for Swiss Life Asset Management in Zurich. He joined Diapason Commodities Management in 2008 as senior market strategist, and subsequently as Chief Market Strategist, utilizing fundamental macroeconomic drivers, and structural/technical data in modeling asset price and sector movements. Robert wrote a book on the Elliott Wave Principle in 1988, which was hailed by the London Society of Technical Analysts as “the best book ever written on the subject”. Robert is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), USA.
Avi Gilburt is founder of ElliottWaveTrader.net, a live trading room and member forum focusing on Elliott Wave market analysis with over 3000 members and over 450 money manager clients. Avi emphasizes a comprehensive reading of charts and wave counts that is free of personal bias or predisposition.
Avi is an accountant and a lawyer by training. His education background includes his graduating college with dual accounting and economics majors, and he then passed all four parts of the CPA exam at once right after he graduated college. He then earned his Juris Doctorate in an advanced two and a half year program at the St. John’s School of Law in New York, where he graduated cum laude, and in the top 5% of his class. He then went onto the NYU School of Law for his masters of law in taxation (LL.M.).
Before retiring from his legal career, Avi was a partner and National Director at a major national firm. During his legal career, he spearheaded a number of acquisition transactions worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in value. So, clearly, Mr. Gilburt has a detailed understanding how businesses work and are valued.
Yet, when it came to learning how to accurately analyze the financial markets, Avi had to unlearn everything he learned in economics in order to maintain on the correct side of the market the great majority of the time. In fact, once he came to the realization that economics and geopolitics fail to assist in understanding how the market works, it allowed him to view financial markets from a more accurate perspective.
For those interested in how Avi went from a successful lawyer and accountant to become the founder of Elliottwavetrader.net, his detailed story is linked here.
Since Avi began providing his analysis to the public, he has made some spectacular market calls which has earned him the reputation of being one of the best technical analysts in the world.
As an example of some of his most notable astounding market calls, in July of 2011, he called for the USD to begin a multi-year rally from the 74 region to an ideal target of 103.53. In January of 2017, the DXY struck 103.82 and began a pullback expected by Avi.
As another example of one of his astounding calls, Avi called the top in the gold market during its parabolic phase in 2011, with an ideal target of $1,915. As we all know, gold hit a high of $1,921, and pulled back for over 4 years since that time. The night that gold hit its lows in December of 2015, Avi was telling his subscribers that he was on the phone with his broker buying a large order of physical gold, while he had been accumulating individual miner stocks that month, and had just opened the EWT Miners Portfolio to begin buying individual miners stocks due to his expectation of an impending low in the complex.
One of his most shocking calls in the stock market was his call in 2015 for the S&P500 to rally from the 1800SPX region to the 2600SPX region, whereas it would coincide with a “global melt-up” in many other assets. Moreover, he was banging on the table in November of 2016 that we were about to enter the most powerful phase of the rally to 2600SPX, and he strongly noted that it did not matter who won the 2016 election in the US, despite many believing that the market would “crash” if Trump would win the election. This was indeed a testament to the accuracy of the Fibonacci Pinball method that Avi developed.
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I began my journey as a registered representative in the financial planning industry upon attaining my Series 6 license to sell a limited set of securities products. I was also licensed to sell health and life insurance products as well to be able to provide clients with a comprehensive financial plan. I learned in this short time, that selling mutual funds and insurance products was not for me.
Following that experience, I worked as a manager in retail/commercial banking operations for an international banking firm learning about money management and risk management principles as applied to large real estate escrow banking. After banking, I worked in information systems analysis and programming, and finally in manufacturing. I am semi-retired now and focus my time on investment activities and generating investment income to supplement my current income.
I research the relevant data for content into my articles and try to be as accurate as possible. My articles detail some of the moves in my portfolio that are suited to my risk tolerances and income needs; Readers' of my articles should use this content to form their own opinions in light of their own risk tolerances and portfolio composition. The content of my articles should be used as a part of a larger comprehensive investment opinion and should be verified by a certified financial planner.
I am not an expert in any one area, but I do have enough competency in the following areas to construct an income generating portfolio along with overall growth of capital.
Dividend Growth Investing;
Master Limited Partnerships;
Growth Stocks (at a reasonable price);
Bonds (Investment grade, high yield, inflation protected, bank loans);
Stock Options Strategies (Long/Short) Currencies (Pairs Trading).
Supporting Skill Sets:
Technical Charting Analysis;
Portfolio Asset Allocation;
Understanding of Macro Economic Forecasts.
Disclosure: I am still learning all of the above competencies and plan on gaining even deeper insights so I can be an even better investor.
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.
I am a JD/CPA with extensive experience working in the CLO industry. I am currently the legal counsel at MJX Asset Management, a $12 billion aum CLO manager. I was also an initial member of CIFC's (a public leveraged loan investment manager) executive team where I was responsible for the issuance of 7 CLOs and numerous warehouse facilities. Prior to that experience, I was a Director in S&P's CDO rating group, where I specialized in rating middle market CLOs.