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Alan Brochstein, CFA


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I am a leading authority on publicly-traded cannabis stocks. I began following the industry in 2013 and do so on a full-time basis. I have been focused on investing professionally since 1986.

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I am a financial analyst who earned the Chartered Financial Analyst Charter in 1995. I began my career in bonds in 1986 and transitioned to stocks in 1998. I worked for an investment advisor as a portfolio manager until 2006, when I launched my own research and consulting firm, AB Analytical Services. I began following cannabis stocks in 2013 and created, an online community with analysis, model portfolios with trade alerts, chat, forums and news updates along with weekly and monthly reviews. In 2015, I launched as a cannabis business news content site. I also run a LinkedIn's largest cannabis-focused networking group, with about 8000 members.


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B.A. in Economics and Math from Northwestern University Chartered Financial Analyst

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Cannabis legalization is a tremendous opportunity, but there are very few investment professionals focused on it.

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Recent Answers from Alan Brochstein, CFA

2013-06-25 Sprint:

Thanks for the questions, Torrey.  On Sprint, this is something I don't follow that closely, but it's not a complete merger.  Softbank will be acquiring the majority, but not all.  Sprint will remain a

2012-11-05 small cap stocks:

Your question could be answered with a book!  Let me try to give you a few brief suggestions.  Small growth companies trade very expensively - don't pay so much attention to the valuation but rather focus

2012-06-08 Penny Stocks:

Ever?  Yes.  Likely?  No.  The liquidity and level of SEC disclosure are two major differences.  Also, penny stocks tend to have limited institutional ownership or Wall Street analyst coverage.  Small-Caps

2011-12-28 stock value, if any:

Tom, Fresensius did apparently change their name.  It's quite possible that your stock is worth something, but this actually falls outside my domain of expertise.  It's also possible that the equity was

2010-07-14 Short Term Trading:

That's an even better question for me to answer, as I believe that I have a very well defined process, though it's constantly evolving.  By the way, you can learn more about my approach by visiting my


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