Tim Melvin is a writer from Windermere, Fla. In addition to writing about the markets, he manages accounts for family and friends. He has written serveral articles and collaborated on several investment books. Prior to striking out on his own he spent 20 years a stockbroker, the last 15 as a Vice President of Investments with a regional firm in the Mid Atlantic area. He specializes in deep value investing as well as special situations and activist stocks, and is the author of the Junior Chamber Course on Value Investing, as well as numerous articles in various publications on the subject of value investing, the stock market and the world around us.

Latest filing shows the firm bought BX, AC, CFG and more in 4Q.
Business REITs have tanked recently, but these names look promising.
The opportunity to buy good companies and quality assets at lower prices is a good thing.
Investors haven't lost their taste for real estate, but 'it is very hard not to be a seller.'
There are similarities to the strategies for football and finances.
Think -- and look -- outside the box to find opportunities.
Alternative energy and private equity are 2 areas worth exploring.
These government contractors should do well if a populist prevails.
Buyers and sellers are often both attractive community-banking M&A.
One consistent theme at the Phoenix bank conference is that size really does matter.

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JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon buys 500K shares of the company - CNBC, citing DJ
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