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Bert Hochfeld is a convicted felon. He was convicted in 20212 of misappropriating funds from a hedge fund that he operated.
Mr. Hochfeld graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Penssylvania and received an MBA from Harvard. Mr. Hochfeld has had a long career in the tech world working for such firms as IBM, Memorex/Telex, Raytheon Data Systems and BMC Software. Starting in the 1990's, Mr. Hochfeld worked as a sell side analyst and won awards from the WSJ for his coverage of the software space. In 2001, Mr. Hochfeld formed his own independent research company, Hochfeld Independent Research Group, which provided research services to major instiutions including Fidelity, Columbia Asset, SAC Capital and many other prominent instiutions and hedge funds. He also operated the Hepplewhite Fund, a hedge fund that specialized in tech investment. In the 5 years ending in 2011, Hepplewhite Fund was rated the best performing small cap fund by Hedge Fund Research, and independent 3rd party firm that specializes in ranking managers.
In 2016, Mr. Hochfeld formed Ticker Target Investments, LLC. Ticker Target is the vehicle that Mr. Hochfeld uses to provide clients with investment consulting services and which publishes a newsletter and model portfolio, available to subscribers. Overall, Ticker Target keeps tabs on about 500 names in the space and is always investigating new investment opportunities. Mr. Hochfeld has published more than 300 articles on Seeking Alpha, all of them dealing with companies in the information technology space.
Joel has been a software engineer in the tech field for 13 years and has been an investor for longer than that. He hopes his articles will bring new insights but encourages readers to do their own research before investing.
Michael Wiggins De Oliveira specializes in deep value, with a relentless focus on companies which generate strong free cash flow.
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Hello! I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I first started using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham around 2005. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio, I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies inside of it as a bit of an experiment.
I am mostly self taught, but in 2008, I quadrupled my money in the crash, and saw numerous opportunities that I jumped on throughout the next few years. By 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% larger than when I had first started.
I was previously employed with Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. Because of that experience, I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation a strong focus.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power, and the strength of a brand reputation matters. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
Additionally, I make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at brandpower.whotrades.com.
Tomasz Tunguz is a Partner at Redpoint Ventures where he works with Axial, Looker, Electric Imp, Expensify, ThredUp, Quantifind and Erply. He blogs at www.tomtunguz.com
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Tomasz holds a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.E. in System Identification and Control Systems and Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College where he was a George Revitz Fellow.
Specialties: Social networking, monetization, enterprise systems architecture, machine learning, business process management, mobile web
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My focus is on small cap companies that are underfollowed....they fly under the radar but offer opportunities for investment success because these companies have built in catalysts, such as a management team that has a clear business plan with fundamentals in place for the catalysts to bear fruit or a company that has dominant market share in a niche too small for the bigger players.
My personal investments may include well known stocks, but I like to write about small caps as described above. I don't think that a portfolio should be built on solely the type of stock that I write about but I offer ideas for the part of a portfolio dedicated to catalytic investment, Please note that the risk and reward in this type of investment are both greater than investment in large cap stocks and funds.
I have been working in funds management for over 20 years and reside in Australia working for a growing boutique fund manager. I have found a particular interest in micro-cap and small-cap software company investing. After exhausting the limited depth and breadth of Australian software names, I now follow and invest into a select number of American and to a lesser extent European software names.
Private investor. I've been investing in stocks for 20+ years. I feel I've learned a lot over that time. I run a focused portfolio and patience is my mantra. I tend to focus on three types of stocks mostly in the small cap sector:
- Companies with new technology that will disrupt an industry. I do not invest in biotechs and am not looking to gamble. These must be high conviction picks with proven technology, clear goals, and excellent management.
- Value plays based on fundamentals. The companies must not only be cheap, but have a good story regarding how they will get the market to realize their true value.
- Stocks with special situations or upcoming catalysts.
Quad 7 Capital, parent company of Quad 7 Research, Quad 7 Partners, and Quad 7 Poker, was founded in 2017 by a team that consists of a long time investor, health researcher, financial author, professor, professional poker player, and politician. For investors and traders, Quad 7 Capital will soon be launching its BAD BEAT Investing Service, focused on extreme value, and leveraging news driven events for rapid return swing trades.
The company has expertise in business, policy, economics, mathematics, game theory and the sciences. The company has experience with government, academia, and private industry. Quad7Capital.com covers a wide range of sectors and companies, with particular emphasis on news related items and mini-analyses on growth companies, cryptocurrencies, REITS, biotechnology/ pharmaceuticals, precious metals, blue chips and small-cap companies. It further offers money saving tips and market news.
Quad 7 Partners is the driving force behind the overall focus on current events, earnings, and timely developments, while Quad 7 Research aims to conduct several in depth analyses per month to identify misplaced market bets, and deep value situations. We are on Stocktwits, and Twitter under username _Quad7Capital_, and on Facebook and TalkMarkets under Quad7Capital.
I am a fund analyst seeking heavily undervalued small cap stocks for long term investment. If the opportunity presents itself I will also play the short side on companies that I feel are heavily overvalued.
Individual Investor. Formal Education Accounting/Finance. I have a degree in Accounting from Quinnipiac University. I have over 20 years of trading experience having gained perspective from trading through the implosion of both 2000 Internet crash as well as the 2008-2009 Financial meltdown. I have garnered a high degree of market discipline with respect the asset pricing. I am interested in the relationships between macro level events and how they influence investments at at a micro level. I am a bottoms up stock analyst but seek broad market context as well in evaluating specific company stock pricing. Broad market trends have significant ramifications relative to individual stock issues. Investments are relative, so a study in all asset classes in critical.
Have been investing in stocks for over 25 years. Worked on Wall Street on the equity side of the business. Now invest in both public and private equity. Try to identify Overlooked and Underfollowed names set up for outsized returns.
We are a research group that consults hedge fund and high-net worth clients. We specialized in identifying special opportunities from both the long and short side. The writer for 3D Analytics has professional traded for hedge funds for 10+ years and specializes in 1) finding hidden, unrecognized value, 2) shorting overvalued stocks, and 3) arbitrage situations. The articles are written solely by him, but has a group that assist him in finding opportunities, basic research, and editing.
Martin Vlcek is a full-time investor and analyst who has been actively investing and managing money for more than 15 years. Martin has an Economics degree. He currently works for an asset management company BH Securities, www.bhs.cz. Ideas and information expressed in his articles on SeekingAlpha are his own and don't represent an official BH Securities opinion. Martin is not an investment advisor. Information published in his articles and comments should not be viewed as investment advice or endorsement to invest in the financial instruments mentioned. Martin’s investment philosophy is to hold a truly diversified portfolio of investments across asset classes with low or negative correlation and a positive carry if possible. His primary stock investment focus is on undervalued stocks with upcoming catalysts and a favorable reward-to-risk ratio.
Martin became a full-time investor and money manager after a 15-year career in online marketing where he was one of the pioneers of the pay-per-click search. Martin later held managerial positions at several Fortune 500 companies and also managed his own startup company.
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It's me, DTEJD1997 on Seeking Alpha. I sometimes post on Yahoo! stock message boards. Sometimes I make comments here.
I wish to keep this "nom de plume", as I have been posting for about a decade with it on Yahoo! and other financial websites. I have some amount of "equity" built into it.
Like my handle implies, I have a JD. I earned that in 1997. I am licensed but not actively practicing. I am originally from Detroit. Hence the "nom de plume", "DTEJD1997".
I have an undergraduate degree in Business Management (Finance).
I find the stock market interesting. I sometimes buy & sell stocks. I love investigating and analyzing things. I sometimes go off the "beaten path". I primarily invest in "nano" & micro-caps as I think I might be able to have an advantage there.
I hope that investors start to get "active" with the companies that they own. I strongly suggest reading and following everything that your company does. I also suggest voting your proxy statement. I will also contact management and engage them in conversation. I hope to get more "active" in the near future.
I hope that I can share interesting ideas in the future, they are definitely waiting to be found.
Jason Rivera is the author of How To Value Invest and has invested for five years and completely dedicated himself to becoming an excellent value investor in February of 2012. He is completely self-taught from books, websites, blogs, etc because he was not able to go to college due to health issues. He is a very conservative deep value and special situations investor who concentrates mainly on micro and nano caps and melds the philosophies of Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Seth Klarman, and Joel Greenblatt into his own company analysis. He is aspiring to build his own "personal" MBA through the knowledge he is constantly gaining and contributes articles to Seeking Alpha, Guru Focus, Benzinga, and Insider Monkey.
If you like my work feel free to visit my blog at http://valueinvestingjourney.com where I write about various investing topics, post my articles, list my goals, and where I have posted my investing philosophy.
If you have any comments, questions, or potential job opportunities for me please contact me through Seeking Alpha, through my blog above, or at email@example.com
I focus on the microcap space (market cap below $250 million) because it is one of the most inefficient and "alpha rich" areas of the global equity market, which provides the greatest opportunity to generate alpha through fundamental research.
I use a bottom up, investment decision making process. The ideal investment has an asymmetric risk/return profile with a limited downside (e.g. high net cash balance, strong cash flow) and significant upside (e.g. asset value extraction, overlooked business model transition).
Microcaps are particularly attractive to the following groups:
Activist investors. A small absolute investment (on a dollar basis) can be leveraged into a relatively large position (as a percentage of shares outstanding), which provides a greater ability to demand change.
Private equity firms. The persistent microcap discount can be “arbed away” via an LBO with the new owners accruing all of the gains for themselves. The small absolute size of many microcaps on an EV basis significantly expands the number of firms able to pursue this strategy.
This inefficiency exists for several reasons.
A lack of analyst coverage due to lower trading volume (less soft dollars from HF/MF), the global settlement that permanently severed the link between research/banking and the rise in electronic trading/decimalization. Moreover, none of these trends are likely to reverse for the foreseeable future (if ever).
A lack of institutional products given the natural capacity constraint for new/existing managers.
An inability to effectively implement a passive approach (e.g. ETFs, index funds) due to the lower liquidity and wider bid/ask spread. However, each of these obstacles can be overcome by using a combination of electronic trading tools (e.g. algos) and patience in building a positive size.
Inaccurate and persistent misconceptions about microcaps (e.g. they are riskier than larger cap stocks).
I currently trade for my personal account but would like to move into the investment management side of the industry.