April 28th, 2010

Sy Harding Biography.

Sy was Chief Engineer and Vice-President of manufacturer Lewis & Saunders Inc., in Laconia, NH. for seven years in the early 1970s. He left NH to found Cametrics Inc., in Woodbury, CT. He built that high-tech manufacturer substantially over a five-year period. It was then acquired by a Wall Street firm.

Back in NH, and after a two-year ‘sabbatical’, he founded Scotia Technology Corp. in Laconia, and also rapidly built it into a sizable manufacturing company over the next five years. It was then acquired by a NYSE listed company in the mid 1980s.

After another two-year sabbatical, Sy’s interest turned to investing and markets.

With his experience being in engineering and business management, it was natural that his approach to investing would involve both the technical aspects of the economy and markets, and analysis of the fundamentals of financial reports, corporate goals, products, managements, markets, and the economy.

With an engineering mindset for details, and the need to know how things worked, it was also probably inevitable that he would study the history of markets in great detail, in an effort to find out what had worked in the past, and more importantly what had not.

Finally satisfied with what he had learned, in 1988 he founded Asset Management Research Corp., which for 22 years has been providing economic and market research to financial institutions and serious individual investors, beginning with an investment advisory newsletter, and expanding it into a financial website when the Internet was made more publicly available in the mid-1990’s.

In 1991, he also founded Harding Capital Management Inc., and managed accounts for several hundred private clients until 1997, out-performing the benchmark S&P 500 in most of those years. In 1997, Harding stopped managing money for others to focus on converting the firm’s newsletter into a comprehensive financial website advisory service to take advantage of the Internet and its potential to become an important method of providing financial research information in greater quantity and detail than could be incorporated in a newsletter.

His Street Smart Report Online now has subscribers in 34 countries around the world.

Harding has been ranked in the Top-Ten of Market-Timers by Timer Digest almost every year since 1990 when his work first began attracting attention.

Harding has written two books. The first was Riding the Bear – How to Prosper in the Coming Bear Market. It was published in 1999, and warned why the stock market was in a bubble that was due to burst, and would result in the worst bear market since the 1929 crash. The stock market topped out into the severe 2000-2002 bear market just nine months later. The S&P 500 lost 50% of its value, and the Nasdaq 76% of its value, in that bear market.

Meanwhile, in Riding the Bear Harding had also introduced the Street Smart Seasonal Timing Strategy as the strategy that would allow investors to continue to profit from the 1990’s bull market, and keep the profits, and go on to make additional profits in the coming bear market, rather than giving the profits back as most investors always do in bear markets. That strategy had no down years throughout that bear market, and over the 10 years since its introduction has vastly outperformed the market.

Harding’s current book, written in 2007, is Beat the Market the Easy Way – Surprising Seasonal Patterns That Double the Market’s Performance.

In it, he discusses why most investors lose money in the stock market over the long-term, and how they can quite easily reverse t
hat outcome.

Sy Harding’s market studies and articles have appeared in numerous publications over the years, including Barron’s, and the Bull & Bear Financial Report, as well as on  dozens of financial websites around the world. He has been quoted in most financial publications and on financial TV networks and websites, including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Financial magazine, Business Week, Bull & Bear, Miami Herald, New Hampshire Business Review, FNN TV, Bloomberg TV, CNBC TV, Decisionpoint.com, Financial Sense Newshour, Stockhouse.com, Seeking Alpha, etc.

However, he is still quite unknown. Not comfortable with public appearances he very rarely accepts invitations for interviews, and is never out on the ‘promotion circuit’ with seminars or ‘guest’ appearances.

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