About Us

Our Company

InvestorsObserver has provided options-oriented analysis, research tools, and information to individual investors since 2002. Our company also provides equity-options content to independent research giant Standard & Poor’s and its clients. We hold several patents on technological innovations we developed to make options trading easier, less risky, and more accessible to the average investor.

Our goal is to demystify the world of options trading for the individual investor, provide example trading strategies that can make healthy profits in any market conditions, and give members the tools they need to secure their financial futures.

Our Team

InvestorsObserver has a dedicated staff of analysts and programmers with years of experience in the options markets. While we come from varying backgrounds and have different areas of expertise, we share a desire to provide the best information, analysis, and tools to our members.

Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines
Editorial Director

Email: braines@investorsobserver.com

Bobby Raines is the Managing Editor of the Market Intelligence Center. He has degrees in Mass Communications and History from Emory & Henry College. Bobby worked at a mid-sized daily newspaper before making a switch to covering the financial industry full time in the years leading up to the financial crisis. He has been a member of the Fresh Brewed Media team since 2011 and has served as a writer and analyst. You can write to him at braines@marketintelligencecenter.com or follow him on twitter @BRatMICenter.

Julian Close

Julian Close
Options Analyst Writer

Email: jclose@investorsobserver.com

Julian Close has been a business writer since the first day of the twenty-first century, having written for PRA International and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. He became a stockbroker in 1993, but now works for Fresh Brewed Media and uses his powers only for good. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes
Options and ETF Analyst Writer

Email: mfowlkes@investorsobserver.com

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va. Follow

Michael Haden

Michael Haden
Options Analyst Writer

Email: mhaden@investorsobserver.com

Michael Haden is an Options Analyst at InvestorsObserver. He graduated from James Madison University in 1986 with a degree in Marketing. In two decades with Standard & Poor’s, Michael honed his analytical skills in the Financial Industry. He has a conservative view toward investing and prefers value stocks to high-fliers with big risk.

Kevin Kersten

Kevin Kersten
Options Analyst Writer

Email: kkersten@investorsobserver.com

Mr. Kersten is an investor, writer and analyst who likes to dig down into the risk and reward of complex option strategies. He has managed portfolios, blogged about stocks, helped develop proprietary options reports, composed stock reports, conducted online webinars and written extensively about options since 2004.