Doug Kass is a world-renowned hedge fund manager that brings decades of experience and success navigating through some of the most turbulent periods in market history. He is known for his time-tested analytical skills and ability to look past the current noise and herd mentality.
In TheStreet’s Real Money Pro service, Kass provides frequent market commentary and, and investing ideas for active investors throughout each trading day in Doug’s Daily Diary. He also serves as president of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. Previously, he served as a senior manager at Omega Advisors, a $6 billion investment partnership. He co-authored a book with Ralph Nader and the Center for the Study of Responsive Law called “Citibank: The Ralph Nader Report” and can be found as a guest host on CNBC's "Squawk Box."A Note from Doug: Current strategies and actionable trade ideas -- all on one dynamic platform built exclusively for active trades. From sudden sell-offs to sudden spikes, Real Money Pro arms you with crucial analysis -- at a rapid fire, professional pace -- to help you make sound trading decisions -- every day, every hour, and every minute. Join me and my team of professional traders for unique perspectives and breakthrough investment opportunities.
Helene Meisler is a world-renowned market technician and equity trader. As a self-identified swing trader, she specializes in utilizing technical analysis to capture short-to-medium term stock gains over a period of several days to several weeks.
As the first-ever technical analyst for Goldman Sachs in 1989, Meisler has been one of the pioneers in the financial industry for over 40 years. She has gained notoriety for her use of hand-drawn charts and ability to find profitable opportunities other financial experts miss.
In addition to her work at TheStreet where she contributes daily to Real Money and Top Stocks, and is an Action Alerts PLUS team member, Meisler frequently appears as a commentator on various financial news networks, including CNBC and Bloomberg TV. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences and events.
James "Rev Shark" DePorre started his career as an attorney and CPA before teaching himself stock trading after becoming totally deaf. He is the founder of Shark Investing, an educational website that evolved from the first internet chat rooms dedicated to stocks on AOL in the 1990s. DePorre is also CEO of Hammerhead Strategies, LLC, which offers money management services to select clients. DePorre is one of TheStreet Real Money’s most beloved contributors since 2011.
He is the author of “Shark Investing: How a Deaf Guy with No Job and Limited Capital Made a Fortune Investing in the Stock Market.” DePorre is most proud of how many people he has helped develop an approach to the stock market that allows them to earn lifelong income from trading.
As an aggressive trader that believes small, individual traders and investors have unique advantages that allow them to produce exceptional market returns with discipline and hard work, DePorre specializes in trending market coverage. When he’s not writing financial content, DePorre can be found driving his tractor in North Carolina or attending his kids’ piano concerts.
Bruce Kamich brings five decades of experience with bulge bracket investment banks to the Real Money team. He was one of the earliest Chartered Market Technicians (CMTs) in the financial industry, and has authored two books on charting and technical analysis.
As our in-house market technician, Kamich specializes in utilizing technical analysis to time the market using classic pattern recognition, indicators, candlesticks, and Point and Figure methods. Kamich is someone who will help you find short-term and medium-term investing opportunities that other analysts might miss.
Teaching others how to utilize technical analysis for financial gain is something Kamich is very passionate about. He taught technical analysis at Baruch College for 21 years. He has been contributing regularly to Real Money since 2015 and authors articles specializing in technical analysis. In his free time, he is currently working on a novel about diving for buried treasure.
As a veteran of Wall Street, Paul Price brings decades of experience working for some of the biggest financial firms including Merill Lynch, AG Edwards, and Wells Fargo. In 2000, Price retired and has been living off of his portfolio’s returns ever since while continuing to increase his net worth through investing.
Price self-identifies as a value investor, so you can look to him to find companies that are undervalued compared to their other key financial metrics like cash flow or revenue. He also engages in options trading and provides Real Money Pro members guidance on options plays.
He has published articles for the Real Money Pro community daily since 2010. He is passionate about investing and teaching others to grow their wealth through his investing strategies.
Mark has a Bachelor’s in Science from Villanova University.
Bob Lang is one of the country’s top options traders, an expert market technician, and a highly sought-after mentor and teacher. He is a private trader in equity and option markets and created his own hedge fund and options trading company called Explosive Options. He is also founder and Chief Options Analyst at Aztec Capital, LLC. He has been a regular contributor to TheStreet’s paid subscription products like Action Alerts PLUS and Real Money since 2009.
Lang is both a short-term trader and long-term stock investor. He utilizes technical and fundamental analysis to find investment opportunities. His coverage for TheStreet specializes in options trading, stock investing, and technical analysis.
One of Lang’s claims to fame is his creation of the acronym FANG to describe the top tech companies at the time (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google). The acronym has since expanded considerably and is still widely used today. He is the author of the book “Know Your Options” and holds an MBA from the University of Redlands. When he’s not providing financial commentary for TheStreet, he can be found on the tennis court, reading, or traveling.
Jim Collins is the Founding Partner of Portfolio Guru. Collins researches small stocks in his newsletter, MicroCap Guru, and uses income-investing principles with a contrarian bent to manage money for individuals on a fee-only, separately-managed account basis.
Previously, Collins spent 10 years as a sell-side analyst in New York and London covering the automotive sector for Lehman Brothers, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and UBS. He holds an A.B. in Economics and History from Duke University and has the CFA designation.
Collins is passionate about building wealth for individual investors. When he is not working, he can be found running, and participating in various sports. Fun fact about Collins: he has researched equities on all six inhabited continents.
Timothy Collins has worked as a financial adviser since 1999, focusing on portfolio customization, with a concentration on correlation arbitrage and risk-managed growth. He started Collins Capital Advisors in 2007, which has evolved into TangleTrade Management, LLC. Currently, he operates Retro Wall Street, a site focused on education, trader mentoring and humor. You'll find him spending his days in the Retro Wall Street chat room.
Prior to joining his first firm, American Express Financial Advisors, in 1999, Collins worked as a staff accountant for United Information Systems in Bethesda, Md. He has also worked as a financial analyst for Securities Pricing and Research in Annapolis, Md. Collins is a graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), with degrees in business administration, economics and sociology and is a winner of the Bates Prize.
Stephen "Sarge" Guilfoyle is the founder and President of Sarge986 LLC, a family run trading operation. An NYSE floor trader for over 30 years, Guilfoyle has served as the Chief Market Economist for Stuart Frankel & Co., the U.S. Economist for Meridian Equity Partners, and as a Vice President in Block Trading and Investment Banking with Credit Suisse over the years. Guilfoyle earned his nickname “Sarge” while serving as an actual sergeant in reserve components of the U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army while simultaneously working on Wall Street.
He self-identifies as a day trader, long-term investor, and anything in between. He believes in removing the emotion out of the decision-making process and trusting the data. Look to Guilfoyle to prepare you for the trading day with his popular early morning Market Recon newsletter on Real Money, which provides a mix of fundamentals, technical analysis, economic commentary and trading ideas.
With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Bret Jensen brings success as an investor and entrepreneur to TheStreet Real Money Pro team. As the chief investment strategist at Simplified Asset Management between 2008-2011, Jensen’s small long/short hedge fund was in the top 5% of long/short hedge funds for total return in its first full year (2009) as ranked by Hedgeco fund database. He currently acts as corporate secretary for Florida Alternative Investment Association, which encompasses more than 100 managers managing more than $30 billion in assets under management.
Jensen specializes in value and GARP investing, along with simple options strategies like covered call trades. He is passionate about teaching others how to achieve financial independence at a relatively young age like he did.
He has been a Real Money and Real Money Pro contributor for TheStreet team since 2012. His coverage focuses primarily on sector coverage, stock trading ideas, options trading, and macroeconomic trends. Fun fact about Jensen: he became a professional poker player at the age of 18 before turning his attention to investing.
With a background in economics, Butler has been writing investment articles for about four years now. He likes value plays, and equities that avoid debt. He believes in earnings, not charts.
Ed Ponsi is the managing director of Barchetta Capital Management, an NFA-registered commodity trading advisory, and is also the president of FXEducator. An experienced professional trader, Ponsi has advised a variety of hedge funds and institutional traders. He is a regular contributor to Real Money and covers a wide range of topics like market sectors and commodities. A self-defined trend follower, Ponsi makes investment decisions based on price and volume.
Ponsi has made over 100 appearances on CNBC, CNN, FBN, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He has been profiled in magazines such as "Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities" and "The Traders Journal." He is the author of several books including “Forex Patterns and Probabilities,” a top-selling book on currency trading that has been translated for release in China; and “The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook,” which was endorsed by Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at The Johns Hopkins University, and “Selling America Short: The New World Order vs. the American Middle Class.”
Fun fact about Ponsi: Prior to his career in finance, he used to be a professional musician (lead guitarist!).
Jonathan Heller, CFA, CFP® is president of KEJ Financial Advisors, his fee-only financial planning company. Heller spent 17 years at Bloomberg Financial Markets in various roles, from 1989 until 2005. In 2005, he joined SEI Investments as director of investment communications within SEI's Investment Management Unit. Heller is founder of Cheap Stocks, a website dedicated to deep-value investing. He has been a contributor to TheStreet Real Money since 2011 providing trending market coverage and stock ideas.
Heller has an undergraduate degree from Grove City College and an MBA from Rider University, where he has also served on the adjunct faculty. He is a value investor who, like Warren Buffett, follows Benjamin Graham’s investment principles. When he isn’t investing, you can find him playing the guitar, at the beach, or learning presidential history.
Maleeha Bengali is CEO of MB Commodities Capital, based in London. In the past two decades, she has worked as a portfolio manager and hedge fund manager for UBS, Goldman Sachs, and Merill Lynch. She began contributing to TheStreet's Real Money in 2018, where she specializes in commodities coverage.
Bengali focuses on using both top-down macro and bottom-up fundamental relative value analysis applying cross-asset arbitrage techniques to capitalize on the relative mispricings evident in these asset classes. She has generated a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~ 10% using systematic delta neutral investment trading strategies; minimizing market and directional risk while maximizing returns, focusing on alpha generation.
When Bengali isn’t covering global financial topics, she can be found on the tennis court, biking, or listening to EDM music.
Tom is a Head of Fixed Income and a Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory, overseeing more than $6 billion in bond portfolios in both mutual funds and separate accounts. He has spent over 20 years in the fixed income business, concentrating on macroeconomic analysis. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Tom was a managing director at Cavanaugh Capital Management. He served as a portfolio manager and was responsible for trading, analysis and management of taxable fixed income portfolios.
You can reach Tom on twitter @tdgraff
Debra Borchardt is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of the cannabis financial news site Green Market Report. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered the cannabis industry for the last seven years. Debra is often a panel guest or moderator at cannabis conferences and is considered a thought leader in the industry. She has appeared on Yahoo Finance TV, Cheddar TV and Bold TV to speak about the financial aspects of the industry.
Mark Abssy has spent the last 15 years developing indexes and helping new issuers bring thematic ETFs to market including FAN, HACK, SKYY, YYY, IPAY, ISRA, GAMR, CNCR, JGLD, DTOX in the US and ISPY, FOOD, CYBR, DIGI and DTOX in Europe. Over his 30-year career in financial services, he’s held many roles in short-term investments, mutual funds, and CEFs and ETFs at large investment firms like Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, and Loomis Sayles. Abyss is also the founder of All You Can ETF, LLC.
Abssy has been contributing to TheStreet Real Money since 2021. His coverage focuses on thematic investing and ETFs. His experience developing indexes and helping new issuers bring ETFs to market helps him uncover the best ETFs available for his followers.
He received a BSBA from Northeastern University with a focus in Finance and International Business. Outside of work, Abssy can be found coaching rugby or working on his photography skills.
Bob Ciura is the President of Content at Sure Dividend. With an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in Finance from DePaul University, Ciura brings several years of experience in financial modeling and equity valuation to the Real Money team. As a value and income investor with a specific focus on strong dividend-paying companies, he provides regular coverage on Real Money on dividend investing.
Ciura’s specialty is in financial writing – he has been featured on Fox Business, CNN, Yahoo Finance, MSN, The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, and Newsmax. When he isn’t covering financial news, he can be found reading, fishing, and trying new restaurants around Chicago.
Alex Frew McMillan is our global equities expert for Real Money and Real Money Pro. As a widely respected and experienced foreign correspondent, he has covered financial news related to real estate, hedge funds, personal finance and global equities. Since moving to Hong Kong from New York City 15 years ago, he has devoted himself to coverage of Asia, writing magazine stories and analysis pieces for prominent Asian and U.S.-based publications like The New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and the Economic Intelligence Unit. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio to discuss his work.
As a long-time expat who grew up with a South African father and British mother, McMillan delivers a unique perspective on global investment, macroeconomic, and geopolitical trends. He self-identifies as a buy-and-hold investor with particular interest in ETFs for his anchor allocations. He also buys individual growth stocks, with an emphasis on Asian electric vehicle makers and chipmakers.
McMillan graduated with a degree in Journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors and distinction, and serves as co-chairman of the university's alumni association in Hong Kong. Besides reporting, he is also an avid tennis player, snowboarder and scuba diver. McMillan is a PADI-certified divemaster and NASM-certified personal trainer.
Carley Garner is a futures and options broker with DeCarley Trading, a division of Zaner Financial Services, in Las Vegas, Nevada. With nearly two decades of experience, her commodity market analysis is a staple of TheStreet's Real Money Pro service. Garner is a prolific writer: she has authored several award-winning books including “Trading Commodity Options with Creativity,” “Higher Probability Commodity Trading,” “A Trader’s First Book on Commodities,” “Currency Trading in the Forex and Futures Markets,” and “Commodity Options.” She pens a monthly column for the long-running Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine. Her e-newsletters, The DeCarley Perspective and The Financial Futures Report, have garnered a loyal following.
With a passion for teaching others and getting new investors into the industry, Garner is also proactive in providing free trading education at www.DeCarleyTrading.com. She is often referenced on Jim Cramer’s Mad Money on CNBC, and she is a regular guest on Bloomberg Television’s Options Insight segment with Abigail Doolittle. You might also see her on the Cow Guy Close hosted by Scott Shellady on RFD-TV and “Futures” aired on TD Ameritrade Network. She also regularly speaks at industry conferences around the U.S. In her free time, you can often find her on a hiking trail.
Brad Ginesin manages Polar Capital LP, a long/short hedge fund he founded in 2000. He’s worked on and managed several equity trading desks including Monarch Financial and WFP Management. He has been a regular contributor to Real Money since 2021, specializing in market sector coverage.
Ginesin graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a degree in Applied Econ & Business Mgmt. He is a value investor who follows fundamental analysis. He avoids momentum stocks and hype favoring a long-term investing strategy.
Ginesin is the author of The Trading Desk, a Wall Street inspired novel published in 2021. In addition to being a long-term investor, he is also a long distance runner who is currently training for his fifth marathon.
Eric Jhonsa is an independent tech stock investor who contributes tech stocks coverage to TheStreet's Real Money. Previously, he has worked full-time for TheStreet from 2016-2020 and Seeking Alpha from 2011-2016 covering tech news. With a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University, Jhonsa takes a big-picture view of how macroeconomic conditions and tech trends stand to influence companies and their stock prices.
Jhonsa likes to maintain a large number of long and short positions, and trims and adds to positions actively. On the long side, he specializes in investing in tech companies that benefit from secular growth trends and have durable competitive strengths, while keeping a close eye on valuations and long-term margins/profitability. On the short side, he looks for highly overvalued companies, particularly ones that have benefited from speculative euphoria and/or whose business models look deeply flawed.
When he’s not focused on tech stocks, you can find Jhonsa playing tennis, taking landscape photography or rooting for Philadelphia sports teams.
Guy S. Ortmann, CMT is Director of Research and Senior Technical Analyst at R.F. Lafferty & Co. Inc.
He has built an impressive investing track record over the last 35 years using a combination of technical and fundamental analysis to find timely and profitable U.S. macro equity market and stock/commodity specific ideas for institutional and high net worth clients. His research has been published in many high visibility Wall Street publications.
Ortmann is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and holder of multiple Series licenses including the 7, 63, 24, 86, and 87. His formal study in technical analysis included two years at the New York Institute of Finance with Alan Shaw, former head of technical analysis at Smith Barney.
He believes that both technical and fundamental analysis are absolute requirements for consistent portfolio performance. As he describes it, “using only one or the other is the equivalent to driving at night with your headlights off.”
When Ortmann isn’t providing financial analysis for Real Money members, he can be found fly fishing or adding to his collection of antique English sports cars.
Peter Tchir started his career at Bankers Trust and later at Deutsche Bank, running high-yield derivatives. He has traded all manner of fixed-income products, both on the sell side as a market maker and as a portfolio manager at a fixed-income hedge fund. During the financial crisis he ran the U.S. CDS-index business (made famous by The Big Short) for RBS. He was an early adopter of fixed income ETFs and has worked closely with the biggest traders, users and providers.
Tchir received B.S. in mathematics and computer sciences from the University of Waterloo and an MBA with distinction from Vanderbilt University, where he also won the Matt Wiggington Leadership Award for outstanding performance in finance.
Tchir describes his investing style as contrarian by nature and uses macroeconomic analysis to think about the next 3% to 5% move in the S&P 500, often a timeframe of weeks to months rather than years. When he’s not thinking about market movements (it’s rare!), you can find him applying his competitive spirit on the golf course.
With 30 years of cross-industry experience, Chris Versace brings his thematic investing lens to Action Alerts PLUS each day as lead portfolio manager. His daily insights, analysis, and recommendations provide the foundation for the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.
Versace began his career in equity research before founding Versace Management in 2005. He joined TheStreet team in 2011 as a Real Money contributor before becoming portfolio manager of Action Alerts PLUS in 2021. He holds an MBA from Fordham Gabelli School of Business and has co-authored a book called “Cocktail Investing - Distilling Everyday Noise into Clear Investing Signals for Better Returns.”
With a passion for teaching others about investing, Versace spent 9 years as an Assistant Professor of Finance at NJCU School of Business. When he’s not contributing to TheStreet’s premium services, he can be found speaking at industry conferences or at a Bruce Springsteen concert (he’s seen him 50 times and counting!).