Asif Alam is the Global Head of Machine Readable News at Thomson Reuters. He is at the forefront of developing new ways to turn big data into actionable ideas.
ETFGI is an independent research and consultancy firm aimed at providing services to the rapidly expanding global Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) industry and investors. The new firm is focused on providing thought leadership; publishing independent research on the industry, products, applications, competitor analysis; providing education, assistance and tools for investors on product comparison, asset allocation implementation and offering customised research. The founding partners of the firm bring a wealth of ETF implementation and capital markets experience to the venture. Deborah Fuhr, Shane Kelly and Matthew Murray were instrumental in the development of the first ETF global industry research reports and worldwide handbooks while they were at Morgan Stanley and most recently they have been responsible for the development and production of ETF reports and handbooks at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors.
Fathom Consulting is a different kind of economics and financial markets consultancy. Our clients include some of the world’s leading financial institutions and corporates, as well as governments and policy groups. Entirely independent, we provide economic analysis and forecasts for the global, European and UK economies and their key asset prices; and specialise in bespoke, project-based research and consultancy. Specifically, we focus on the relationship between the macro economy and financial markets. Ultimately where others see a clear distinction, we see the two as inextricably linked. For more information, visit www.fathom-consulting.com/TR.
François D. Sicart is founder and chairman of Tocqueville Management Corporation, the general partner of Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. Prior to founding Tocqueville Asset Management in 1985, Mr. Sicart was associated with Tucker Anthony, a New York investment firm, for 17 years. Prior to that, Mr. Sicart served in the French Air Force and taught accounting and finance for two years. Mr. Sicart earned an M.B.A. from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (H.E.C.), the leading business school in France.
George Bonne, PhD, PRM, is Director of Quantitative Research at Thomson Reuters StarMine where one of his primary research areas is leading a team to create a new credit risk model that incorporates data and analytical approaches from both novel and traditional sources. Additional current research interests include predicting deals – IPOs and M&As – and creating more accurate macroeconomic forecasts. Previously he was a Senior Quantitative Research Analyst at StarMine where he helped create equity selection models involving valuation, analyst revisions and momentum. He came to StarMine from KLA-Tencor and Applied Materials, where he analyzed large data sets to develop mathematical models of the performance of semiconductor equipment. George holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Irvine.
Greg Harrison covers a broad base of corporate earnings, including fundamental data, estimate revisions, growth rates and valuations. Focusing on companies in the S&P 500, his weekly earnings commentary includes macro level research and company-specific insights. Previously, Greg worked in the biotechnology industry, providing validation consulting services to help companies ensure that their manufacturing processes were capable of producing safe and effective products. Greg holds a BS in Biology from the University of Washington and MBA and MSF degrees from the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management.
James Hunt, Managing Director, is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. Mr. Hunt joined Tocqueville in 2000 and is a member of the Multi Cap Equity Investment Committee and is the lead Portfolio Manager of the International Multi Cap Equity strategy and Portfolio Manager of the Tocqueville International Value Fund. He is also the lead Portfolio Manager of Tocqueville Global Partners. Mr. Hunt was Director of Research at Tocqueville from 2000 to 2006. Prior to joining Tocqueville, Mr. Hunt formed Hunt Asset Management in 1999. Prior to forming Hunt Asset Management, he spent eight years with Lehman Brothers and two years with Warburg Dillon Read as an executive in their respective investment banking departments. He began his career in 1984 as an Equity Analyst with Delafield Asset Management. Mr. Hunt earned a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Yale University's School of Management.
Dr. Jason Ribando is a Senior Quantitative Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters. He works on building global equity and credit risk models on the StarMine team. Jason has written a number of research notes on StarMine signal performance, and he makes frequent use of QA Studio to test his hypotheses about factor performance around the globe. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters Jason worked for Quantal International where he extended Quantal’s risk model to derivatives for integration into Thomson Reuters platforms. Before switching to finance, Jason served as a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in geometry, calculus, probability and statistics, and combinatorics. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCSD, a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT, and a Master in Financial Engineering degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Jayme Fagas is the Head of Evaluated Pricing at Thomson Reuters. With over 25 years in the financial industry, Jayme brings significant expertise to the Thomson Reuters team having worked in evaluations, trading and analytics. Previously, Jayme headed up the MBS/ABS evaluations team at PricingDirect, Inc., a division Bear Stearns, now JP Morgan.
Jeff manages Lipper’s research efforts in the U.S. and Canada. His responsibilities include general industry knowledge, performance, flows, and methodology. He is a regular contributor to Lipper’s Fund Flows and Closed-End Funds reports and writes and presents Lipper’s quarterly performance review, with an emphasis on fixed income markets. He is widely quoted in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, SmartMoney, CNBC, Ignites.com, and more. Jeff joined Lipper in 1997, serving as a fee and expense analyst and later a portfolio research specialist. For the past ten years, he’s been in the research department where he assumed his current role. Jeff has completed Level I of the CFA program and holds a BA in economics from Metropolitan State College. Jeff is also a member of the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee.
Ms. Stauth has a strong background in quantitative finance research and quantitative investment management workflow. In her role as Director of Quant Product Strategy, Ms. Stauth has been a key influence on product strategy for QA Studio and has worked closely with strategic partners such as Palantir Technologies as well as overseeing the pilot engagement model for new clients. Prior to moving to a product role, Ms. Stauth spent three years as a quant researcher in the StarMine Quant Research team building stock selection factors and models, and was pivotal in creating the StarMine Short Interest Model. Ms. Stauth holds a PhD in biophysics from UC Berkeley where she applied computational data analytic techniques to neuroscience research.
Jharonne Martis-Olivo’s key responsibilities include analysis of actual and estimated retail same store sales data over time and across competitors, providing insight into company outlooks, revealing trend expectations, and yielding clues to anticipated consumer behavior. Her observations and analysis can be found in her monthly research reports, SSS Preview and SSS Review, which are widely distributed to institutional clients and the financial media. Additionally, Martis-Olivo periodically publishes in-depth Market Insight notes and serves as an internal resource on all issues related to the US consumer. Martis-Olivo has worked as a software developer at NetLander, Inc., where she contributed to key projects at the NASA J.F. Kennedy Space Center, and was a Control Desk Analyst Manager at Citigroup. She holds a BS in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Finance. A widely quoted authority on the U.S. consumer and retail information, including same store sales and corporate earnings, Martis-Olivo’s research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN Money, and Barron’s, and she has appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch and The Nightly Business Report, as well as other financial news outlets.
John Hathaway, CFA, is senior managing director and portfolio manager at Tocqueville Asset Management, overseeing the Tocqueville Gold Fund, Tocqueville Gold Partners and the fund company's gold equity strategy. Prior to joining Tocqueville in 1997, he was the chief investment officer at Oak Hall Advisors for seven years. In 1986, he founded and managed Hudson Capital Advisors. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Harvard College.
John Kozey is a Senior Analyst for Intelligent Analytics at Thomson Reuters, focusing on equities, derivatives and ETFs. John uses Thomson Reuters analytics to develop unique reports that blend fundamental and chart analytics on macro and individual topics for actionable ideas. John has been analyzing and communicating financial ideas to clients for over two decades, and was the Equity Research Director for Bridge Trading Company, as well as a former institutional equity derivatives salesman, sales-trader and desk analyst. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) , Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designations. He received his MBA in Finance from Cornell’s Johnson School of Management.
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Kevin Riordan began his career in the futures industry in 1984, working his way through Loyola University on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade for Stotler & Company. Since becoming a broker in 1990, Kevin has worked with thousands of clients and developed an excellent understanding of many trading methods and techniques. Over time he developed a method combining advance Fibonacci analysis combined with pattern recognition. He founded Riordan Trading LLC in 1999 through which he publishes the Riordan Report commodity newsletter. It is now an audio and video newsletter available to Capital Trading Group clients every weekend. As of August 2012 selected portions are made available on Reuters’ AlphaNow. Kevin conducts live seminars and webinars and has been a featured speaker at trading expos and symposiums. Since 2009 he has been a regular contributor to Stocks & Jocks, a Chicago radio program specializing in market news, providing the technical analysis viewpoint. Beginning in 2012, Kevin is a Reuters AlphaNow contributor. He may be reached at email@example.com, or (877) 285-0391. Series 3 Registered Educational CTA Links: Capital Trading Group: http://www.ctgtrading.com/pages/index.cfm Thomson Reuters Alpha Now: http://alphanow.thomsonreuters.com/videos/riordan-report/ Stocks & Jocks: http://stocksandjocks.net/
Matthew Lemieux is a senior research analyst for Lipper where he specializes in performance analysis, methodology management, and fund flows. He is a frequent contributor to Lipper’s FundFlows Insight reports and weekly video series as well as Lipper’s quarterly flows review. In his role, Matthew helps coordinate research content throughout the Lipper and Thomson Reuters organizations. This work includes methodology creation and maintenance, product specialization, and media support. He has been cited in many of the industry’s top tier financial publications. Matthew received a BA in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his MBA with a finance emphasis from the University of Colorado at Denver. Areas of Expertise: • Industry research • Methodology • Performance • Fund Flows • Product
Michael Lutz is a Senior Analytics Specialist at Thomson Reuters. He is tasked with supporting Investment Management workflows with a focus on StarMine’s quantitative analytics, portfolio performance attribution, and portfolio risk analysis. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Michael was an Associate on the North American strategy team at POSCO. Michael earned his BA in both Economics and Geography from Binghamton University and is a CFA Level III candidate.
Nell Sloane began her career over 26 years ago at the Chicago Futures Exchanges. She initiated her introductory to the industry by working for a grain trader at the CBOT. As she continued to handle the trade execution, reconciliation and Capital Raising she moved on to becoming a featured contributor to Daily Metals Commentaries for 321 gold, Kitco, Silver-Investor.com and FreeMarketNews.com and periodically for the Moore Research Center. Nell eventually launched her own commodity newsletter providing fundamental and technical analysis entitled, “The Opening Belle”. Later in her career she was listed by a variety of financial publications as a broker to use. These publications included, Hume Super Investors Files, TWMPMM trading course by Ken Roberts, Opportunities in Options by David Caplan, McMaster On Line by R.E. McMaster and featured in “The Art of the Trade” published by McGraw Hill. She spoke at numerous financial seminars and financial radio shows. Ms. Sloane previously was an Executive Member of Chicago Finance Committee and a community representative for an international au pair agency matching host families with childcare. She’s a mother of two teenage boys and spends most time outside of the financial world attending their numerous sports events.
Nicholas Giannini is a Client Specialist in the Investment Management space at Thomson Reuters. Specializing in Datastream, his responsibilities include client retention, growth, and product engagement, including partnering with Reuters News, Reuters Breakingviews, and Thomson Legal to produce a series of special client webinars and talks. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Nicholas taught as a Graudate Instructor in the Emory University Department of English, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pace University. His teaching and research interests span 20th Century American Literature (in particular William Faulkner), American Studies, Gender, Law, Contemporary Film Theory and Aesthetics. Nicholas is a member of the MLA and has delivered numerous presentations at, among others, the American Popular Culture Association, American Culture Association, and Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is the author of Homeland (In)security: Terminal Masculinity & the Specter of 9/11 and is currently authoring a critical study of children, semiotics, and the horror film. He holds a PhD and MA in English from Emory University.
Shirley Birman is the Manager of Quantitative Consulting at Thomson Reuters StarMine. Shirley began working at StarMine in June 2007 in the quantitative consulting role, serving as the liaison between the sales team and the researchers. She has a B.S. in Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. While working on her Master’s degree, Shirley focused on corporate finance research and in particular, examined the impact of corporate governance on firm performance. She also studied the effect of multiple PIPE (private investments in public equity) issuances on the characteristics of the deal (i.e. type, discount).
Sri Raman formulates timely and actionable quantitative insights that help clients develop alpha-generating investment strategies. An expert in using data analysis and manipulation tools, such as Thomson Reuters MarketQA and StarMine Professional, he identifies market anomalies based on company fundamentals and sector trends. Raman has been featured on Fox Business News, CNBC and Reuters Insider TV, discussing investment opportunities and sharing his market perspectives. Raman, a ten-year Thomson Reuters veteran, holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business with a concentration in Quantitative Finance.
Dr. Stephen Malinak is Global Head of Quantitative Research for Thomson Reuters, serving Investment and Advisory customers in all of the world’s major financial centers. His team builds a wide variety of innovative analytics, quant factors, and quant models based on the vast range of Thomson Reuters content sets. He was Director of Quantitative Research for StarMine prior to its acquisition by Thomson Reuters. Previously, he worked as a litigation consultant at LECG, valuing businesses and intellectual property in the telecommunications, high tech, and pharmaceuticals industries. As a strategy consultant for Strategic Decisions Group, he constructed detailed probabilistic cash flow forecasts for portfolios of new products and new business ventures. He built a practice area around commodity price forecasting and risk management, based on fundamental supply/demand analysis as well as stochastic process models. Stephen has a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford in Engineering-Economic Systems. He also has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, where he studied acoustics under Dr. Bose.
Suzanne McGee currently serves as the editor of Alpha Now for Thomson Reuters. After spending more than 13 years as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Toronto, New York, and London, she became a freelance contributor to more than a dozen business publications, including Barron's, The Financial Times, Institutional Investor, and INC. Suzanne has written about the financial markets for various publications, including the New York Post and Portfolio.com and is a Loeb Award winner for a multimedia series on consumer culture in China.
Thomas is founder of Credit Capital Advisory. He previously ran Fitch Solutions, the analytics division of Fitch Group. Prior to joining Fitch in 2007, he managed the Datastream, Economics and Fixed Income business lines at Thomson Financial. He joined Thomson Financial in 2003 from FT Interactive Data where he was Financial Markets Group Director. Before managing fixed income/economic analytics and research businesses, he spent several years as an international management consultant in Europe, North America and Asia turning around failing businesses. Thomas is a prominent commentator on risk management with expertise in credit, operational and liquidity risk. He has also published numerous articles and reports on the impact that credit has on the wider economy and the implications for asset allocation and business cycle measurement. Other prior research includes the measurement of non-financial risks which were undertaken in conjunction with the World Economic Forum. His forthcoming book, Profiting from Monetary Policy: Investing Through the Business Cycle will be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year. In 2007 he coauthored Prediction Markets: The End of the Regulatory State with Frank Vibert. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
Tim Gaumer is the Global Director of Fundamental Research at Thomson Reuters. He held the same position at StarMine, a company acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008. With more than 17 years of experience conducting fundamental analysis, Mr. Gaumer is widely regarded as an expert helping fundamental investor apply innovative analytics in their investment process. He has worked for two independent research firms and most recently as director of research at Jefferson Research & Management. He also previously worked at several buy-side firms, most recently at Transamerica Investment Management as an equity analyst and portfolio manager. Mr. Gaumer is a much sought after speaker regularly presenting at global CFA Societies and industry conferences. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and graduate degree in Business Administration.
Tom Roseen is the Head of Research Services with Lipper. He is the editor and an author of Lipper's U.S. Research Studies, FundFlows Insight Reports and FundIndustry Insight Reports. In addition, Tom is the author of the widely followed "Taxes in the Mutual Fund Industry." He is involved in fund analysis and research, and contributes to the monthly and quarterly equity and fixed income FundMarket Insight reports, webcasts and podcasts, where he focuses on domestic and world fund performance and attribution. His areas of expertise include closed-end fund analysis, portfolio evaluation, equity and fixed income fund research, fund flows analysis, after-tax performance and Lipper Leaders. Tom has appeared on TV and on various radio programs and has been cited in many of the industry's leading financial publications and the United States Congress. Tom joined Lipper in 1996 from Janus and has worked in several positions, including portfolio, performance, board analysis services and research. Tom has a BS in finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master's in International Management from the University of Denver. Tom is a member of the CFA Society of Colorado.
Vincent Flasseur is the Financial Graphics Editor for Reuters, based in London. Previously conducted research and provided commentary on the investment banking sector.