Steven Jon Kaplan

Series 65
Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“As the CEO of True Contrarian, Steven Kaplan is committed to continually researching the latest developments in the global financial markets.”

True Contrarian Investments LLC

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Steven Jon Kaplan began in August 1996 as a weekly blog and later expanded this to a daily newsletter with intraday updates in February 2006.  He has been trading his own account, and those of family and close friends, since 1981, and handles separately managed accounts for qualified clients. As a registered investment advisor, Steve charges a 20 % performance fee on net profits and no management fees.  He has been quoted in Barron's, Market Watch, Dow Jones Newswires, Seeking Alpha, Kitco, and elsewhere and has appeared on Market Watch cable TV with Stacey Delo.

Steven's goal is to identify those assets which are farthest away from the best estimates of their realistic fair-value levels. This is done through designing algorithms which examine the most reliable signals in the financial markets. These include insider buying relative to selling; investor inflows and outflows; media and advisors' sentiment; and intraday behavior especially near multi-decade tops and bottoms. He studies historical interrelationships to mathematically identify which divergences from typical behavior are pointing the way toward essential trend changes.

Steve enjoys running with the New York Road Runners Club, composing and performing on piano and voice, writing stories, and traveling to unique places.  He enjoys hearing from anyone about a wide range of topics, so please let him know what you think about the web site or whatever is on your mind.  You can find his music on ReverbNation.


BES, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University

Assets Under Management:

$24 million

Fee Structure:

20% of net profits; zero management fees.

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You didn't say which state you live in which is an important consideration.  Especially if you live in a place with high state and local taxes like California and New York City, you should invest your money at where you can currently get 2.24% for a six-month U.S. Treasury and 2.68% for a two-year U.S. Treasury.  The interest is only paid upon redemption, and is free of state and local taxes.  This is higher than you will get with most banks and both the principal and interest are guaranteed by the U.S. government.  These are also the highest yields since 2007.

On a related topic, next year is not a good time to buy a house.  Housing prices in the U.S. are substantially overvalued and will likely drop for four or five years.  Wait until housing inventories are much higher and the media are asking how much lower prices will drop before buying.

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