Mary Ellen McGonagle started her illustrious career at the ripe, young age of 21 when she went to work on Wall Street right out of college. Working as an assistant on the Fixed Income trading desk at Goldman Sachs, she thought she’d “died and gone to heaven.”
With all the commotion on the active trading floor and the huge amounts of money being traded, it was a very heady experience for this young college grad. “Exhilarating” is the word Mary Ellen used to describe her first job on Wall Street, and she knew she’d found her future. After a while, she left Goldman and took a position at Equitable Life, a large insurance firm highly regarded on Wall Street. She was soon promoted to portfolio manager, with 8 accounts worth over $2 Billion! It was here that Mary Ellen also learned how BIG money institutions had access to high-level intelligence that individuals did not have.
After 8 years of peak performance for her clients, Mary Ellen and her new husband decided to leave the Big Apple and head for Los Angeles to take a position with the famed William O’Neil + Co. As you may know, Bill O’Neil is the founder of Investor’s Business Daily and author of many books on investing. Insiders know about Bill’s highly-respected, proprietary system that examines stocks– and picks out the ones that meet extremely stringent requirements.
Mary Ellen’s work regularly involved analyzing hundreds of data points on thousands of stocks to determine the stocks that were healthy and poised to take off. She provided her stock ideas to top portfolio managers, using her analytical and technical prowess — depending on the needs of their portfolio (small cap, large cap, value). She also helped them stay on top of their existing portfolios, by pointing out stocks ready to go higher or the ones poised to go lower, so they’d know whether to buy more or sell. Mary Ellen also sold O’Neil’s “Idea Service,” at a price tag of $75,000/year. And professional money managers all over the world gladly paid for it. For 15 years, working closely with the investing legend and creator of this highly-acclaimed system, designed to pick winning stocks …
Mary Ellen was one of ONLY about 20 people in the world to have weekly meetings and intra-week meetings with Bill O’Neil for 15 years, where her skills were tested by the master himself.
In fact, during one of their ‘role-play’ sessions, he told her she was “too nice.” Hmmm.
Nevertheless, those fund managers, who embraced the O’Neil system have gone on to great heights.
While at O’Neil+Co, Mary Ellen was also required to invest her own money in an account that was reviewed by Bill O’Neil.
“It was felt that we could not teach what we didn’t understand, so it was imperative that we actively traded our own accounts,” says Mary Ellen.
She’s been ‘in the trenches,’ through many market cycles …
- The Tech Bubble, as tech stocks soared and crashed
- The 2002 Recovery
- The 2008 Banking Crash
- The 2009 Recovery
Two of her institutional clients were Morningstar Fund Managers of the year, while she was advising them. No small feat!
And her clients spanned the globe … London, Sweden, Ireland, Iceland. And all over the US, from New York to San Francisco.
A few of her clients you may have heard of … Fidelity Asset Management, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Oppenheimer to name a few.
BIG names, BIG money. And they all depended on Mary Ellen’s insights to make their investing decisions. That’s BIG!
Now it’s YOUR turn …
After advising these high-flying, TOP portfolio HEDGE and Mutual Fund managers for 20 years, Mary Ellen is turning her attention to independent investors.
“I wanted to make a real difference for the individual investor”
Mary Ellen says
This seasoned veteran is not just another newsletter publisher, pushing information that’s already outdated by the time investors read about it.
Mary Ellen is so excited that the investing playing field is more level than ever before – and looks forward to helping individual investors and giving them a leg up!
Two things have made this happen …
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has empowered the SEC to regulate the industry … requiring most funds to register and regularly disclose details on trading activity, positions held and returns in their portfolio.
And since the 2002 SEC mandate … corporations must provide access to relevant information to individuals at the SAME time they provide it to institutions.
So, while all this has resulted in leveling the playing field for smart investors, they still need to know …
- Where to look
- What to look for
Now individual, self-directed investors can easily outperform the market and avoid the hucksters and hype often found on the Internet these days.
Independent investors can also be a LOT more nimble than the behemoth firms, which is a HUGE benefit.
This is an exciting time to invest in the stock markets and now smart, savvy, independent investors can have a PRO on their side.
And don’t be fooled by scaled-down, pseudo-complex data software that’s being peddled out there. Know the source and choose someone you trust.
Mary Ellen knows what to look for – combining fundamental and technical information –with a heavy dose of intuition, and 20 years as a trusted advisor to the advisors.
Everyone knows the market follows institutional investing. Now you can invest like they do.
You can tap into the MEM Mind Vault … 20+ years of stock market intelligence, previously only available to the top portfolio managers at upwards of $100k/year.
Investors from all walks of life and all over the world can now access Mary Ellen’s sage advice, through this site and her flagship letter …
The MEM Edge.