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Staff

Capital Publishing Group’s staff are dedicated to empowering readers through relevant information. Capital Publishing Group maintains a roster of financial professionals including CFA® charter holders, FINRA® members, licensed securities attorneys, editors and financial writers.

You can learn more about our staff below.

Geoff Noble, CFA
Senior Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Geoff Noble, CFA® has been an integral part of Capital Publishing Group's daily operations, reviewing market reporting implementation, helping to manage equity research department programs, and working to develop training programs utilized across all Capital Publishing Group subsidiary brands. His insights on the market can be read in various Capital Publishing Group publications each month.

Additionally, Mr. Noble is a director for the firm Noble Brothers Consult, a private company based in Durban, South Africa that provides various professional services, but specializes in technology solutions for financial companies. The companies main project is the design and implementation of a Simulation Tool (SST) at Bridge Fund Managers. The SST is a Monte Carlo multivariate auto-regressive time series simulation of a number of investment asset classes. The SST assists users to choose a suitable investment portfolio.

With over 10 years as a Chartered Accountant and CFA® charterholder, Mr. Noble's professional experience includes corporate finance, financial modelling, due diligence, corporate advisory, valuations, investment analysis, and portfolio management. He also develops and implements financial models to assist with decision making. These models range from discounted cash flow models, annual/monthly budgeting, capital projects and Monte Carlo simulations among others.

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Gregg Castano
Senior Advisor
Press Relations Department

Gregg Castano, Senior Advisor has overseen and consulted in the creation of all public releases and content within the Research Dept, which includes the creation and maintenance of all content templates. Mr. Castano has provided insight on the company’s overall growth strategy, and consulted on content creation to ensure that all content and public releases are produced with material fact. In addition, Mr. Castano advises CPG on industry best practices.

Mr. Castano spent 32 years with Business Wire, beginning his career as a newsroom assistant in 1985 and assuming progressively more senior sales and management roles as he worked his way up the organizational ladder.  In December of 2009, following a 3 year stint as Co-Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Castano was appointed president of the company, a role in which he remained until his retirement in May, 2017. Mr. Castano played a key role in Business Wire's international expansion as the company grew into one of the world’s leading newswire services.  He oversaw the opening of offices in Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto and Calgary.

Mr. Castano received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University in 1984.

Terrell Wilson, CRD
Compliance Officer
Equity Research Department

Terrell Wilson, FINRA® registered member and reviewer policy implementation, helps to manage compliance programs, has worked to develop training programs utilized across all Capital Publishing Group subsidiary brands, and provides insights on the market can be read in various Capital Publishing Group publications each month.

 

Additionally, Mr. Wilson is currently the Assistant Vice President & Investment Adviser Representative at Bank Financial and offers investment wealth management advise via Cetera Investments. Mr. Wilson has a broad knowledge of insurance, banking and investment services. He was previously an Investment Advisor Representative at MassMutual of Illinois and an AVP/Financial Adviser at Merrill Lynch.

 

From 2008-2013 Mr. Wilson led sales and service professional teams as the AVP Banking Center Manager at Bank of America. He drove continuous improvement of banking center performance, provided operational expertise and developed associate proficiency. From 2004-2008 Mr. Wilson was responsible for driving sales throughout 189 branches of Guaranty Bank and developed divisional and regional sales scripts and plans to drive sales success.

 

Mr. Wilson completed his Masters of Business Administration, Finance concentration at Keller Graduate School of Management and he currently serves as immediate past President of IL JumpStart Coalition. Mr. Wilson holds the series 7, series 66, Life & Health licenses.

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Cheick Sissoko, CRD
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Cheick Sissoko, FINRA® registered member has reviewed policy implementation, and produced insight on a spectrum of financial topics for all Capital Publishing Group subsidiary brands. His insights on the market can be read in various Capital Publishing Group publications each month.

 

Additionally, Mr. Sissoko is currently the Chief Executive Officer at S.A.S Enterprise. Mr. Sissoko has a broad knowledge of investment policy education, asset allocation analysis, asset liability modeling, and performance measurement strategy and evaluation. From 2011-2015 Mr. Sissoko worked as a broker for various investment services including Scottrade, Vanguard, and Branch Banking and Trust.

 

Mr. Sissoko completed his Masters of Business Administration, at Wake Forest University School of Business. Mr. Sissoko holds the series 7, series 63 licenses and is in the process of receiving a CPA Designation.

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Lora Alexander, Esq.

Compliance Advisor
Legal Department

Lora Alexander has been involved in review of policy implementation, helping to manage compliance programs, working with regulators, and managing regulatory frameworks across various Capital Publishing Group subsidiary brands.


Previously, Mrs. Alexander was Senior Counsel for FINRA® Regulatory Policy and Research department where she was responsible for coordinating regulatory activities with the Securities and Exchange Commission staff, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, FINRA®  clients, and members of other state and federal regulatory organizations. Additionally, Mrs. Alexander investigated potential rule violations pertaining to sales practices and trading violations by FINRA®  member firms and associated persons with respect to violations of FINRA®, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rules, and the rules of various Exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange, BATS, DirectEdge and NASDAQ.

Mrs. Alexander graduated Cum Laude from Howard University School of Law in 2003. Mrs. Alexander is barred in the District of Columbia and New York. Prior to attending law school, Mrs. Alexander received a bachelors degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Check the background of this legal professional on the New York State Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

Thomas Caraco, Esq.

Corporate Counsel
Legal Department

Thomas Caraco has been a reviewer of policy implementation, helped to manage compliance programs, worked with regulators, as well as reviewed and created contracts and agreements across various Capital Publishing Group subsidiary brands.

Mr. Caraco is an admitted New York attorney that specializes in corporate law. Mr. Caraco graduated from Vermont Law School in 2012. In his five years as a practicing attorney, Mr. Caraco has assisted clients in the drafting and review of all forms of corporate governance documents and contracts, and has provided general corporate legal consulting services to a wide range of companies throughout the United States and abroad.

Check the background of this legal professional on the New York State Bar.

Deborah Lynn Blumberg
Senior Editor
Editorial Department

Deborah Lynn Blumberg has proof read materials Capital Publishing Group produced, while compiling and maintaining style guides.  Ms. Blumberg assisted in reviewing internal procedures as well as analyst insight to ensure consistency and high standards are applied to published content.

Additionally, Ms. Blumberg is an officer of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Blumberg holds a Master of Arts degree in journalism and Latin American Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Psychology from Wellesley College. Ms. Blumberg has also studied at the University of Seville in Spain.

Ms. Blumberg is an award-winning writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience writing for some of the world’s top publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Newsday and the Christian Science Monitor. Ms. Blumberg covered U.S. Treasurys, money markets and the Federal Reserve for Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared as an expert commentator on WSJ Video and Fox Business.

Ms. Blumberg previously worked in marketing and communications at JPMorgan Chase, and currently works with corporations and non-profits around the globe on their content needs, and contributes articles to top publications. Ms. Blumberg's clients have included Investopedia, the YMCA, Keller Williams and Journey Meditation. In addition to business and finance, Ms. Blumberg has also written about health and wellness, real estate and immigration.

Vachik Gevorgyan, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Vachik Gevorgyan, CFA® produces content and exclusive market reporting for Capital Publishing Group, having many of his commentaries published through partner brands to provide insight for investors. Mr. Gevorgyan has also received many awards for his articles and reports, such as in December 2007 when he was awarded the Isahak Isahakaian prize of the Central Bank of Armenia for the report on "The Obstacles of Capital Market Development in Armenia".

 

In September of 2016, Mr. Gevorgyan obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst® certified designation.

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Affan Bin Mahmood, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Affan Bin Mahmood, CFA® produces engaging independent content for Capital Publishing Group's Equity Research department and sources topics for commentary across various Capital Publishing Group brands.

In addition, Mr. Mahmood is the founder of FinBus Advisors, a financial and business services advisory firm that helps start-ups and early stage companies formulate business plans, financial strategies, and pitches, in order to secure funding. 


Previously, Mr. Mahmood worked for the Pakistan Stock Exchange as an ExCom member and senior manager in charge of a team responsible for valuations, IPOs, and buy-backs.
Mr. Mahmood graduated with honors studying business administration and management, after which he worked for a series of companies focusing on financial analysis, business planning, and investment strategy. 

Mr. Mahmood holds an MBA degree from HEC Paris. He is also a CFA® charterholder and certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

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Vishal Nebhani, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Vishal Nebhani, CFA® has helped produce exclusive market insight for Capital Publishing Group's Equity Research department to provide self-directed investors with independent content.

Mr. Nebhani has been working in the professional financial industry for the past 9 years, graduating with a Master of Business Administration specializing in finance from The Institute of Mangement, NIRMA University, in India in 2008. With previous experience working for one of Bank of America's subsidiaries, BA Continuum Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Mr. Nebhani's primary responsibility entailed qualitative and quantitative analysis of credit risks faced by the banks corporate loan portfolio across two sectors: Media & Telecom and Leveraged Finance.

In 2010, Mr. Nebhani obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst® certified designation and continues to excel in his field as a buy-side credit research associate with a long-short equity fund based in the US for Gravitas Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

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Scott Taylor, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Scott Taylor, CFA® has been a Financial Analyst in Capital Publishing Group's Equity Research department, providing insight on the market through exclusive market reporting that can be found throughout various subsidiary brands.

Mr. Taylor graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in finance and minor in economics. He started work at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York, in the Transaction Services, Valuation Advisory group. Mr. Taylor then joined Ralph Lauren’s Corporate Business Development team in September 2013.

 

As of August 2014, Mr. Taylor had completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and became a charterholder. In September 2015, Mr. Taylor left Ralph Lauren to pursue a career as an independent consultant; he subsequently traveled Latin America while learning Spanish and working remotely. Currently, Mr. Taylor works with senior management on a variety of financial modeling, cost saving, valuation, and market research initiatives.

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Rosen Grigorov, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Rosen Grigorov, CFA® has been one of Capital Publishing Group's most experienced Financial Analysts who has worked to provide quality content to our established readership through concise market insight.

 

Concurrently, Mr. Grigorov is the Deputy Manager of Advisory Services and Valuations for MBL|CBRE a part of the CBRE affiliate network.

In 1998 Mr. Grigorov began his education with the University of National and World Economy, receiving his Masters in International Economic Relations in 2005. Just a few years later in 2008, Mr. Grigorov set his sights on becoming a CFA® charterholder and in 2010 he completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) program and became a charterholder. Over the years he has gained experience in many financial fields having worked for employers such as UniCredit BullBank and UniCredit Bank Austria AG.

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Mikhail Chepkiy, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Mikhail Chepkiy, CFA® has sourced many topics of interest to provide fresh market insights for Capital Publishing Group and subsidiary brands' readership. Mr. Chepkiy is also a founder of popular Russian banking portal kuap.ru. In 2012, Mr. Chepkiy obtained his CFA® charterholder designation.

Mr. Chepkiy is a banking professional with 10 years experience in Russian and European finance. Other areas of interest include risk management, financial modeling, and investment management.

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Edward Sheldon, CFA
Financial Analyst
Equity Research Department

Edward Sheldon, CFA® has worked in the Equity Research department to create unique market insight for Capital Publishing Group. Mr. Sheldon's content can be found through Capital Publishing Group's subsidiary brands.

Mr. Sheldon grew up in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2003. He began his career in private wealth, assisting high net worth clients with their retirement portfolios, before moving to London in 2005 to work in institutional asset management.

 

Mr. Sheldon has completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst® program and became a charterholder in 2015. With a strong interest in investing and wealth management, Mr. Sheldon currently writes about a variety of investing topics for clients in both the US and Europe.

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Mark Gay
Financial Writer
Equity Research Department

Mark Gay has provided independent views of the financial market through insights that can be found through Capital Publishing Group and its subsidiary brands.

Mr. Gay is a markets commentator who also writes about macro news – economic data, emerging markets and events as they affect trading strategy. He was CNBC’s first Bonds Analyst and a co-host of Squawk Box.

In the past, Mr. Gay worked many years for Reuters news agency and reported from around the world.

Bruce Powers
Financial Writer
Equity Research Department

Bruce Powers has provided Capital Publishing Group's readership with exclusive market reporting and relevant content. Mr. Power's work can be found through various Capital Publishing Group brands.

Mr. Powers has been involved in the financial markets for over 20 years, as an analyst, trader, educator and writer. He is currently a Corporate Advisor to Blue Birch Capital Advisors, a systematic trading strategy developer, and Co-chair of the Dubai Chapter of the Market Technicians Association.

Previously, Mr. Powers was President at WideVision, online publisher of the MarketsToday.net financial portal. He continues to publish as Chief Technical Analyst for the portal while also publishing analysis on sites such as Investing.com, SeekingAlpha, FXStreet, TalkMarkets, and ForexAlchemy, among others.

For the past eight years, Mr. Powers has written a weekly technical analysis column on the UAE stock markets for the Gulf News newspaper. He previously wrote a monthly column for the Wealth Monitor magazine and has appeared over 150 times on TV business news shows.

Mr. Powers is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and earned his MBA in Finance from the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, USA.

Aaron Cohen
Editor
Editorial Department

Aaron Cohen is an integral member of Capital Publishing Group's editorial team, editing and proofreading for published content. Mr. Cohen ensures quality content through maintenance and adherence of in-house style guidelines.

After a successful career as an analyst in the financial services industry, Mr. Cohen also works as a content management editor and coach, helping entrepreneurs and businesses alike craft compelling content to reach their desired target audience. Mr. Cohen volunteers as a business mentor and enjoys working with startups all over the world. Mr. Cohen has a passion for sustainable finance and routinely follows the current global impact investing movement.