Bret Jensen was chief investment strategist from 2008-2011 for Simplified Asset Management (S.A.M.), a small long/short hedge fund based in Miami. The fund was in top 5% of long/short hedge funds for total return in its first full year (2009) as ranked by Hedgeco fund database (more than 450 funds in category). Jensen has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including more than a decade of managerial experience at American Express.Expand

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Arizona State University. His personal blog is at http://www.bretjenseninvests.com. Jensen acts as corporate secretary for Florida Alternative Investment Association, which encompasses more than 100 managers managing more than $30 billion in assets under management.

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| Jul 31, 2015
| 2:38 PM EDT
$51 billion - How much Uber is valued at in its last financing round. The unicorns keep growing. Back in the ...

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| Jul 31, 2015
| 10:00 AM EDT
Stat of the day. This just out from Reuters. The value of merger and acquisition deals through yesterday was...
Synergy and Progenics have been kind to my portfolio.
Try small stakes in several sector names to improve your odds. Also, don't trade after hours.
| Jul 30, 2015
| 11:03 AM EDT
Market is giving back some of its gains of the last two sessions. With slightly over half of the S&P 500 r...
| Jul 30, 2015
| 8:45 AM EDT
Second quarter GDP comes in at 2.3%, first quarter GDP is revised up to .6%. This means GDP for the first hal...
After five straight declines, the market had two days of solid gains. Equities continue to trade in a historically narrow range as stocks power up on dovish comments from the Federal Reserve that left many stating that the central bank will raise rates for the first time since 2006 -- but no one knows for sure.
Commentaries are flying around the Fed's latest statement, with much discussion around what "solid" job growth means. How we got to the point where the market is so focused on a quarter-point rate hike off zero after six years of a so-called "recovery" is beyond me. It does not say much about the strength of the underlying economy or the confidence of the Federal Reserve.

Sticking Up for the Ex-Im Bank Real Money Pro($)

Markets still are holding their gains as we come to midday. Interestingly, the biotech index is off today despite great results and a solid up day from Gilead Sciences (GILD), one of the four horsemen of biotech. Some infrastructure plays such as Mastec (MTZ) and Terex (TEX) are having nice days and are up 3% or so on the day.

This Is Quite an Improvement Real Money Pro($)

The market has improved quite a bit since my last update. All major indices are up nicely as we head into the European close. Rail car makers seemed to have bottomed this week. Trinity Industries (TRN) and Greenbrier Companies (GBX) are showing more strength again today. 

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