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John Petersen

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John Petersen, a lawyer and CPA, has specialized in advising companies on corporate finance and business development for more than 30 years. He writes the deathless prose and dire warnings investors read in offering documents and SEC reports. While Petersen has served as a board member or executive officer for a handful of public companies, the bulk of his work is behind the scenes where precision and a passion for detail are essential. Petersen¿s investing style is that of ¿elephant hunter,¿ and nothing grabs his attention like a ¿multi-bagger¿ in the rough. His investing time horizon is two to four years. On the long side, Petersen looks for blood in the streets and stock prices that have been beaten down to unconscionably low levels. On the short side, he seeks out high-profile companies that trade at unsustainable levels while hype-intoxicated executives make the same tactical mistakes he¿s suffered through with clients. Petersen¿s sector focus is batteries and efficient transportation because he has almost a decade of experience in the industry, including a three-year stint as board chairman of an R&D-stage battery-technology developer. He¿s convinced these sectors are emerging investment mega-trends.

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How to Make Money by Understanding 'Hype Cycles' in Technology: Part I

By John Petersen

New products tend to follow the same pattern from conception to completion.

10:01AM 11/16/12

Tesla Motors Pollutes Today for a Greener Tomorrow

By John Petersen

The environmental math for electric cars simply doesn't add up.

10:27AM 11/07/12

Electric Cars Suffer in Epic Faceplant

By John Petersen

Manufacturers are more interested in making cars more efficient, not revolutionizing the industry with plug-ins.

07:00AM 11/01/12

Little-Known Filth Fouls Clean Energy, Costing Trillions

By John Petersen

Renewables carry high costs because of intermittent power.

07:19AM 10/18/12

Advanced Battery Technology Contains a Fatal Flaw

By John Petersen

Lithium-ion batteries can't be recycled effectively, something that will stifle their wider use.

09:46AM 10/03/12

Electric Cars -- the Math Simply Doesn't Add Up

By John Petersen

Conserving energy by using technology metals is a losing game.

09:32AM 10/02/12

Why Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Are Wrong About Tesla

By John Petersen

Both firms overestimate the car company's year-end cash position.

08:15AM 09/20/12

The New Thing in Green Tech: Micro-Hybrid Batteries

By John Petersen

Stop-start engines are key in boosting efficiency. That's why battery makers that enable the technology are getting noticed.

07:00AM 08/28/12

Tesla's 'BS to Book' Ratio Says It All

By John Petersen

A lot is riding on the Model S, but the odds are impossibly steep that Tesla will survive.

12:21PM 08/23/12

Beleaguered Battery Maker Soon to Get a Jolt

By John Petersen

Axion Power International has suffered from supply-and-demand imbalances. But the real story is with its revolutionary technology.

07:00AM 08/22/12

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