Although I was critical about the Firsthand Technology Value Fund (NASDAQ:SVVC), in my past Seeking Alpha article the shares are now too cheap to ignore. Todays successful IPO for Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), means that SVVC shares are worth 6% more than they were worth yesterday, but the market has yet to take much notice. On SVVC's most recent 10Q published June 30, 2017, the fund held 1.5 million shares of Roku common stock, which was valued at $1.13 per share.
Note from the author: I am responsible for submitting the shareholder proposal discussed in this article. The Liberty All Star Equity Fund (NYSE:USA) is a diversified closed end fund that invests mostly in large-cap domestic common stocks. The fund has consistently underperformed its benchmark, the Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average as well as the Dow (DJIA), NASDAQ and S&P 500 for the past three, five and ten years.
It is hard to imagine how a technology fund manager could be capable of losing 30% during the past six years while the Nasdaq has more than doubled, yet Kevin Landis of Firsthand Technology Value Fund (NASDAQ:SVVC) has managed to do just that. The closed-end fund universe is littered with poorly performing funds that charge exorbitant fees and trade at steep discounts to their net asset values, but SVVC is in a class of its own.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".