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Ron holds a MSc in Financial Economics (specializing in Development Economics) from the University of London and a BS in Economics from Oregon State University. He writes about the global economic factors that move the markets.

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E Recent Changes In S&P 500 Betas - December 2017
Most sources of data for betas of individual stocks derive their analysis based on 5 years of data on monthly data. This is too long-term for most investors and can hide much of the volatility and thus risk of individual stocks.
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A Look At A Highly Rated Dividend Portfolio
A peak at a high quality dividend portfolio's performance assuming constant stock price.
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Recent Changes In S&P 500 Betas
This article explores some data related to betas of stocks in the S&P 500.
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STOCKS I FOLLOW

APA Apache Corporation
APOL Apollo Education Group Inc.
ARLP Alliance Resource Partners L.P.
ARR Armour Residential REIT Inc.
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
BRKL Brookline Bancorp Inc.
BTU Peabody Energy Corporation
CLF Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (fmrly Cliffs Natural Resources)
CODI Compass Diversified Holdings
COF Capital One Financial Corporation
COH Coach (now Tapestry)
DLX Deluxe Corporation
DTE DTE Energy Company
DV DeVry Inc.
ED Consolidated Edison Inc.
EGAS Gas Natural Inc.
EMN Eastman Chemical Co.
ESRX Express Scripts Inc.
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp
FDO Family Dollar Stores Inc.
FL Foot Locker Inc.
FLR Fluor Corporation
FNLC First Bancorp Inc (ME)
GAIN Gladstone Investment Corporation
GE General Electric Company
GNW Genworth Financial Inc.
HIG Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
HTS Hatteras Financial Corp.
HUM Humana Inc.
IP International Paper Co.
ISRG Intuitive Surgical Inc.
IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc.
JCP J.C. Penney Company Inc.
KHC Kraft Heinz Company, The
KIM Kimco Realty Corporation
KRO KRONOS Worldwide Inc.
KSS Kohls Corporation
LARK Landmark Bancorp Inc.
LEN Lennar Corporation
LNC Lincoln National Corporation
LO Lorillard Inc.
LXK Lexmark International Inc.
LYB LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
MAS Masco Corporation
MCD McDonald's Corporation
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation
MRH Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.
MS Morgan Stanley
MU Micron Technology Inc.
NFLX Netflix Inc.
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc.
OHAI OHA Investment Corporation
ORCL Oracle Corporation
PFE Pfizer Inc.
PHM PulteGroup Inc.
PRGO Perrigo Company
PSX Phillips 66
PULB Pulaski Financial Corp.
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company
RL Ralph Lauren Corporation
S Sprint Nextel Corporation
SPLS Staples Inc.
STM STMicroelectronics NV
STX Seagate Technology.
SWY Safeway Inc.
TAN Guggenheim Global Solar Energy Index ETF
TDC Teradata Corporation
TGT Target Corporation
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
TRTN Triton International Ltd
TSH Teche Holding Co
VIAV Viavi Solutions Inc.
WCRX Warner Chilcott plc
WU The Western Union Company
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Work Experience

R Programmer; Support Engineer
Microsoft Advanced Analytics
April 2017 - Present (2 years 9 months)
IT Data Analyst
Sharyland Utilities, L.P.
August 2015 - August 2016 (1 year 1 month)

• Created maps, using R programming language with multiple layers of data, including data items such as outage polygons, troubled elements, lightning strikes, routers, collectors and meters, and projects.
• Recognized, reported, and analyzed trends that may develop from data stream. 
• Created ARIMA models, using R for forecasting revenue based on normalized weather patterns. 

Business Analyst - Oracle & Emerging Tech
AT&T
October 2014 - April 2015 (7 months)

Convert, migrate and scrub data for uploading to MS SQL tables using tools like R, Excel, shell scripts {PDF to Text}. 
Maintain Data Quality over data transitions/transformations like: PDF to text, to be read by R where data mapping and QC was maintained, to CSV, to Excel, to MS SQL Server.

Education

Oregon State University
BS in Economics, Economics
Technical background in Computer Science (Cobol, Fortran, Pascal, Basic, Assembly Language)
School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London
MSc in Development Finance, Financial Economics with Econometrics
2005 / 2009
Master of Science majoring in Development Finance * Emphasis in Financial Economics * Completed 2 courses in econometrics including sections in dummy variables, multivariate time series analysis and forecasting.

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