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Erik Kobayashi-Solomon

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon is a market strategist and co-editor of the Morningstar OptionInvestor newsletter. Before joining Morningstar in 2006, he worked for Morgan Stanley in Tokyo and New York, then later at two New Jersey-based hedge funds as a risk manager. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Japanese Studies and was selected outstanding student of his graduating class at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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As volatility ebbs and flows with large price swings, a strangle option strategy could be attractive right now, says Morningstar option specialist Erik Kobayashi-Solomon.

In this special one-hour presentation, Morningstar strategist Erik Kobayashi-Solomon describes how individual investors can overcome the structural and behavioral impediments that can be detrimental to their returns.

Although hedging offers a form of portfolio insurance, investors often mistime the market and mistake asset-allocation woes as hedging problems, says Morningstar's Erik Kobayashi-Solomon.

Depressed stock prices and increased market volatility can be a great combination for income-seekers to sell puts, says Morningstar OptionInvestor editor Erik Kobayashi-Solomon.

The semiconductor-equipment manufacturer's move into the solar-panel market has lowered margins for now, but the long-term opportunity remains attractive, according to Morningstar's Andy Ng.

Morningstar's Daniel Holland sees significant upside for investors in diversified industrial firm Actuant as capital spending picks up in the coming years.

The merger of RRI Energy and Mirant could create more synergies than the market currently believes says Morningstar energy analyst Mark Barnett.