Dan Plettner invests and receives income for securities research, including “buy-side” research. Dan does not offer advisory services to individuals. Dan does license his own real time trading data to Covestor Ltd. (“Covestor”). Covestor is a Registered Investment Advisor that uses Dan Plettner's data to create models for its clients:

"Core" (Long Only)

Long Short Opportunistic

Taxable Income

Tax Advantaged (Income)

Dan is not a registered investment advisor. Inquiries must be directed to Covestor Investment Management Client Services by phone (877)873.8830 or e-mail: clientservices@cv.im

Dan focuses his qualitative investigative research methods on Closed-End Funds and other underfollowed securities. His efforts seek to identify potential valuation changes which are unanticipated by median market participants. He believes readily available “quantitative research” is of minimal value for achieving outsized returns within any particular investing style.

Dan Plettner was born in 1975 and has been investing since his teen years. After completing his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), he won the “NSD award” as a retail Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Dan relocated to Morgan Stanley’s International Headquarters in Manhattan where he served as a Closed-End Fund Product Specialist until 2000 and then attained his MBA from New York University.

Dan Plettner has authored several articles currently on Seeking Alpha. There are also other articles which are no longer accessible on Seeking Alpha (explanation in next section) with a few accessible below:

SRQ and SRO: Consider the Susan L. Ciciora Trust's Agenda

(pertains to SRQ and SRO proxy and Horejsi Group)

Boulder Growth and Income Fund (BIF): An Ethical Board Would Restore Shareholder Value

Insider Manipulation Unwinds Like Leverage Part II

(Pertains to Boulder Funds and Horejsi Group)

Who is First Opportunity Fund (FF) Hiring?

Press Contact: plettner@fuse.net
Dan Plettner is now on Twitter as "ClosedEnd"

Message to Dan Plettner from Boaz Berkowitz, Director of Contributor Relations regarding the removal of articles perceived to accuse Boulder Investment Advisors and/or the Horejsi Group of Outright Fraud (10:08 AM EST Thursday, June 18 2009)

Hi Dan, we received a letter from BIA's attorney about your articles.
Mick Weinstein, the Editor-in-Chief has issued a clarification on our
editorial policy to the editors regarding this. For your convenience
I have copied and pasted what he sent to the editors below. To
clarify, you are still a contributing author - you have not been
removed from the site and we will still publish your articles. But
after reviewing your published articles, he felt it was best to remove
them. My apologies.

"When contributing SA authors make claims of outright criminal fraud
in the management of publicly-traded companies or fund providers, we
generally should not publish the article. In any given case, the
author's claims may or may not be accurate, but it's simply beyond the
capacity of our editorial team to research the claims in the manner
necessary before we could responsibly publish it. This, because the
very act of publishing such claims on a broadly-read and influential
financial website grants immediate legitimacy to the claims that may
not be justified. We therefore believe that claims of corporate fraud
are best handled by regulators and law enforcement officials first.

There are grey areas with our policy of distinguishing between these
two types of critique. We recently published a series of articles by
an author, Dan Plettner, who made claims of mismanagement at Boulder
Investment Advisers, LLC. As a stockholder in one of Boulder's CEFs,
Plettner argued aggressively that management was not acting in the
interest of shareholders and claimed that management's and
shareholders' interests were not appropriately aligned. Plettner also
made strong personal charges against BIA managment. At the time of
submission, our staff editor felt that Plettner's position did not
cross over into claims of outright fraud at BIA, and published his

We received a letter this week from BIA that encouraged us to revisit
the matter. Upon further review, we now believe that Plettner's
articles can reasonably be understood as making claims of criminal
fraud at BIA. We have decided, therefore, to remove the articles from
the site while Plettner pursues the matter through law enforcement

We generally prefer not to remove articles entirely from our archive.
Removal both wipes out the historical record of the article and breaks
any incoming links from around the web - both are bad practice for an
internet publisher. But in this case, the headlines themselves of
Plettner's articles made strong claims against BIA management that
could be reasonably understood as accusations of fraud. So we decided
to deviate from our normal practice of keeping disputed articles in
place - with text removed and an editor's note added - and remove the
article entirely.

As Seeking Alpha's stature and readership has grown, we receive more
and more article disputes from both our readership base and
corporations. (See our policy for disputing an article.) Most disputes
concern claims of fact on SA. We spend a great deal of time assessing
these disputes and working with authors to resolve them. We consider
this post-publication fact-checking a core activity of our editorial
team and a unique (and essential) aspect of the SA editorial model.

The Pletter/BIA case was unusual because it was less about claims of
fact and more about claims of fraud. It's the first time I can recall
we removed an article on this basis post-publication."

Updated June 22, 2010

Press Contact: plettner@fuse.net