Meet the Experts
Amy Calistri is the lead investment analyst behind StreetAuthority’s Stock of the Month and The Daily Paycheck. So confident in her simple, but effective, strategies, StreetAuthority gave Amy $300,000 in real money to invest in her newsletter portfolios. Amy is experienced in managing large sums of money. As a board trustee for a non-profit service organization, Amy managed the investment of over $5 million in trust funds. In her 15+ year tenure at IBM, Amy managed more than 60 engineers and an annual budget of over $85 million.
Although an engineer by trade, Amy has always had a passion for the markets. She even used her earliest investment gains for a down payment on her first house when she was just 24 years old.
In the 1990s, Amy honed her research skills as a senior economic consultant with Applied Economics Consulting Group. Here, Amy provided economic, financial and risk management services in support of commercial litigation. Amy’s expert witness team even helped secure a settlement that lead to the award of over $500 million to a telecom patent holder.
Before joining StreetAuthority, Amy created and taught online investment courses used by Bloomberg.com and National City Corporation. Her investing articles have also been featured on Nasdaq.com and Google Finance.
Amy has always placed an emphasis on her education. In addition to her Series 3 certification, she holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University. She also holds a master’s in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin. At UT, Amy worked with noted economist James Galbraith, with whom she authored several publications.
When not following the market, Amy follows her other risk-versus-reward passion — poker. Amy has competed in a number of major tournaments, including a World Series of Poker event.
Amber Hestla is the lead investment strategist behind Profitable Trading’s Income Trader. She specializes in generating income using options strategies that minimize risk by applying skills she learned on military deployments and intelligence training to the markets.
While deployed overseas with the military, Amber learned the importance of analyzing data to forecast what is likely to happen in the future, a skill she now applies to financial markets. Prior to that, Amber studied risk management working undercover. While risk management is no longer a matter of life and death, she believes it is the most important factor in long-term trading success.
And although she makes her living in the markets, she continue to study the markets and trading daily. Her writing has been featured in trading magazines including the Market Technicians Association newsletter, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, SFO, and Shares, a weekly trading magazine published in the United Kingdom.
Amber Hestla is the editor for Profitable Trading’s Income Trader.
Andy Obermueller is the chief investment strategist for Game-Changing Stocks. He spent 10 years as a financial journalist, working for some of the nation’s largest newspapers. At the business desk of The Star-Ledger, his market acumen helped guide the financial news read by more than a million people each day. After watching business from the outside for 10 years, Obermueller got an inside look as a commercial lender with Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group, where he worked prior to joining StreetAuthority.
Andy is a research fanatic who spends dozens of hours each week poring over government data and corporate finances. He then takes his most profitable ideas and presents them each month in his premium newsletters. Andy has built a successful track record of uncovering opportunities missed by most analysts and making aggressive calls to earn his readers triple-digit gains. In addition to research, Andy hasn’t forgotten the shoe-leather reporting he learned in the newspaper business. He remains a thorough interviewer who’s ready to talk with any source, from the guys on the factory floor right up to the CEO.
Andy Obermueller is the chief investment strategist for Game-Changing Stocks.
Dave Forest serves as the chief stock market strategist for Junior Resource Advisor.
A trained geologist, Dave has worked in the mining and oil and gas sectors for more than a decade, traveling as far as Russia, Myanmar and Madagascar to inspect natural resource projects.
Dave has also been involved in a number of mining and oil company ventures and consultancies, including a position as chief operating officer for Condoto Platinum, an Australian company with operations in Colombia, and as director of Notela Resource Advisors, a natural resources advisory firm. Dave previously managed the energy research division at Casey Research. His degree in geology came from the University of Alberta in Dave’s native Canada.
While at Casey Research, Dave demonstrated an uncanny knack for finding exceptional natural resource companies. In June 2005, he recommended Valkyries Petroleum, which was bought out less than a year later by Lundin Petroleum for a 186% gain. In March 2006, he recommended JNR Resources, on which he booked a 352% gain in about a year. And in November 2006 Dave recommended Pitchstone Exploration, on which he booked a 95% gain in six months.
Elliott Gue knows investing. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London, Elliott has dedicated himself to learning the ins and outs of the stock market.
Elliott Gue has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in a number of major publications, including Barron’s, Forbes and the Washington Post. His expertise and track record of success have also made him a sought-after speaker at MoneyShows and events hosted by the Association of Individual Investors.
Elliott also contributed chapters on developments in global energy markets to two books published by the FT Press, The Silk Road to Riches: How You Can Profit by Investing in Asia’s Newfound Prosperity and Rise of the State: Profitable Investing and Geopolitics in the 21st Century.
Elliott is also an avid world traveler. He’s spent the last decade doing “boots on the ground” research — meeting with top company executives and industry experts throughout the world, from Houston to Tokyo, Amsterdam, Beirut and London. This type of in-depth, personalized research is something you won’t find anywhere else.
Michael J. Carr
Michael J. Carr, CMT, is a widely-published market practitioner. He is the author of two books related to investing, Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing, and Conquering the Divide: How to Use Economic Indicators to Catch Stock Market Trends. These books describe his comprehensive approach to investing, both focusing as much on avoiding risk as seeking rewards.
His work has been published in major industry magazines including Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, Futures, SFO, Traders and Shares (both UK-based magazines) and at numerous websites including traders.com, moneynews.com and workingmoney.com. He has spoken to numerous groups of investors, always offering precise and detailed tools to use in the investment process.
Mike is a member of the Market Technicians Association, and editor of MTA’s newsletter, Technically Speaking. He has served as a director of the MTA Educational Foundation, promoting the value of technical analysis to the academic community. He has achieved the Chartered Market Designation by completing MTA’s rigorous testing program and upholding the organization’s code of ethics.
Prior to deciding to dedicate his time solely to research and writing, Mike worked as an investment manager with daily trading responsibility for more than $200 million in separately managed accounts and two mutual funds.
Michael J. Carr is the chief investment strategist of StreetAuthority’s Maximum Profit.
Nathan Slaughter, the chief investment strategist of High-Yield Investing and Scarcity & Real Wealth, has developed a long and successful track record over the years by finding profitable investments no matter where they hide. Nathan’s previous experience includes a long at AXA/Equitable Advisors, one of the world’s largest financial planning firms. He also honed his research skills at Morgan Keegan, where he managed millions in portfolio assets and performed consultative retirement planning services.
To reach more investors, Nathan switched gears in 2004 and began writing full-time. He has since published hundreds of articles for a variety of prominent online and print publications. Nathan has interviewed industry insiders like Paul Weisbruch and CEOs like Tom Evans of Bankrate.com, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times for his expertise on economic moats.
Nathan’s educational background includes NASD Series 6, 7, 63, & 65 certifications, as well as a degree in finance/investment management from Sam M. Walton School of Business, where he received a full academic scholarship. When not following the market, Nathan enjoys watching his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, and camping and fishing with his family.