Jeff Russell, B. Comm., MA

Jeff Russell is a financial writer for Profit Confidential at Lombardi Financial where he covers large-cap stocks and stock trends. His interests lie in micro, macro, and labor economics. He holds an MA in economics from York University and a business management degree from Ryerson University, where he graduated with honors.

Get to Know Jeff…

What was your first job and how did you become interested in investing?

My first job was as a lighting artist in the computer animation industry. I first became interested in investing after reading numerous books on investing and the stock market. I was instantly hooked by the idea that by owning a piece of a company, I could potentially turn $1.00 into $2.00 or more.

What did you take away from that experience?

I made my first investment in the stock of a company that I thought was “cool” without doing any research. Over the next couple of months, the stock declined significantly and I lost quite a bit of money. I shouldn’t have blindly thrown my money at a stock without looking first at the fundamentals. The lesson I learned was to wait for the right buying opportunity.

What is your investment philosophy?

I like to think of myself as a value investor and I’ve tried to align my investing philosophy with that of Warren Buffett. I like to invest in companies rather than the stock. I look for good companies that the market has unfairly punished due to an over-reaction to bad news.

Jeff Russell's Articles

In a turbulent market, buying stocks can be met with much trepidation. But for the smart investor, a market correction such as the one we are experiencing now can be an excellent buying opportunity. With Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock down about 10% for the year, investors might want…

Just when you thought Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) was done opening its cafes on practically every street corner, CEO Howard Schultz has found another way to put up a few more. It’s a situation that could mean big things for Starbucks stock. Starbucks is now going after the upscale…

Analyst: Stock Market Crash Coming A U.S. stock market crash may be coming this year, as a rapid decline in China’s foreign reserves will cause the Chinese yuan to collapse. At least that’s the word from noted perma-bear, Albert Edwards, global strategist at Societe General. “A renminbi devaluation…

Analyst: Canadian Dollar to $0.68 Sal Guatiera, senior economist at Bank of Montreal, is warning that the Canadian dollar is set to go lower. Guatiera is forecasting that the loonie could fall to US$0.68 or lower by the summer. Due to a weakening Canadian economy, Guatieri predicts that…

Jim Rogers: Everyone Will Suffer Jim Rogers, the legendary billionaire investor and chairman of Rogers Holdings, says the global economy is about to get pounded into a recession and, as usual, the average person will be the one who suffers. “We’re all going to suffer,” Rogers said in…

Peter Schiff Sounds the Alarm Bells Peter Schiff, CEO and chief global strategist for Euro Pacific Capital, thinks the current U.S. economic recovery is the stuff of fantasy. In a recent interview on CNBC’s Street Signs, Schiff said there is no recovery and that the U.S. economy is…

Bear Market Coming: Analyst This $240-billion investment officer is predicting that technology stocks are poised to enter a bear market, with the NASDAQ Composite Index set to plummet further in 2016. Scott Minerd, chief investment officer for Guggenheim Partners LLC, says the NASDAQ Composite Index could crash this…

The U.S. economy saw some good news last Friday. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9%—the first time the rate has dropped below five percent since February 2008. U.S. wages also picked up as employers increased hours for workers. So, is it…

Analyst: This Is Good News for GLU Stock Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) stock surged about 30% on Thursday after reporting earnings and announcing a partnership with Taylor Swift to develop a game featuring the singer. After a prick jump like that, it might be a good idea for…

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) stock crashed on Friday after issuing weak guidance for the first quarter of 2016. But according to Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju, the dip may be a buying opportunity for investors. Although Ju cut LinkedIn’s price target based on lower guidance, he remains bullish on…

This Could Be Big for MSFT Stock Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares jumped almost six percent last week after investors cheered the company’s latest earnings report. MSFT stock has enjoyed quite the bull run as of late. It is now up 31.5% over the past 52 weeks, compared to…

YHOO Stock Undervalued: Analyst It may not be all doom and gloom for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) stock. On the contrary, Citigroup analyst Mark May thinks it may actually be a good time for investors to pick up some Yahoo stock. Yahoo shares surged on Thursday after May upgraded…

We’re “Overdue” for a Stock Market Crash: Analyst 1,698 days. That’s how long it’s been since the last time the stock market crashed five percent or more in a single day. Now, one Wall Street analyst says this could be a problem. Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at…

Even though Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock has declined about 27% since the beginning of 2016—mostly due to lower guidance on vehicle deliveries and a weak market—an analyst at Dougherty & Company sees huge gains for TSLA stock in 2016. Andrea James has maintained a “Buy” rating on…

Is This Bad News for Google Stock? Shares of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) have soared since the company’s initial public offering (IPO). But according to one analyst, the best days for Google stock may be behind it. On Tuesday, Alphabet bumped Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) off its throne to become…

This has been a rough year for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG). CMG stock has plummeted nearly 40% since late October after an outbreak of E. coli and the norovirus hit several of its restaurants across the United States. Same-store sales plunged 14.6% in the fourth quarter. And…