Category Archives: Investment Management

June 19

Facebook – There’s nothing social about social media

By David Nelson, CFA The year is 1970. The United States is in the middle of an unpopular war, Kent State is fresh in our minds, Janis Joplin is found dead from a heroin overdose and U.S. markets are entering a decade that financial professionals still with us would like to forget. …Evolution, revolution, gun […]

June 09

Trump to Privatize Air Traffic Control – Bring It On!

By David Nelson, CFA I’m at 33,000 feet aboard Jet Blue’s flight from JFK to Albuquerque New Mexico. After sitting on the taxi way number 26 for take-off and a 90 minute delay I thought the timing was perfect to put together some talking points regarding the President’s proposal to move Air Traffic Control from […]

June 02

The Glass is Half Empty – 2 Charts That Prove It!

The Glass is Half Empty – 2 Charts that prove it By David Nelson, CFA Despite a Washington backdrop that continues to drag on investor sentiment, markets around the world powered higher following a brief reset after the leak of former FBI Director James Comey’s memo. Leadership continues to narrow into a handful of names […]

May 30

Bonds Aren’t Following the Bull Market Script

By David Nelson, CFA With equity markets (SPY) at all-time highs investors are searching for any signal that could give them an advance warning to pull the rip cord. Even in the face of a paralyzed Washington traders have stepped in to buy each and every dip. Tax reform and other market friendly initiatives have […]

May 22

The Greatest Show on Earth

By David Nelson, CFA After 146 years the Greatest Show on Earth Ringling Bros. took its final bow. The lions, tigers and bears along with an army of circus performers and technicians end a tradition that first had its roots in 1871 under showman P.T. Barnum. Don’t worry circus fans. Thrills still await just east […]

May 15

Tug of War – Investors Caught in the Middle

By David Nelson, CFA Investors seem to have stumbled into the middle of a good old fashioned Tug of War. On one side strong corporate earnings, sales and margins look to push stocks higher. On the other is a paralyzed Washington as both sides of the aisle believe the only thing that matters is I […]

May 09

Common Sense Investing for Retirement

By David Nelson, CFA Probably the most important word I’ll use this morning is consistency. Regardless of age having a plan and sticking to it is the best advice any financial professional can give. Mutual funds often get a bad rap and even today some talk about a bubble in index funds. It doesn’t matter […]

May 08

Can The Hammer Save Oil Bulls?

By David Nelson, CFA Healthcare and the French Elections topped the Wall of Worry list for the last several weeks. As of this writing a Macron win seems all but certain with early exit polls giving him 65% of the vote. Here in the states Healthcare is once again center stage as a partisan Congress […]

May 01

What CEOs Will Do With the Trump Tax Cut – The Answer Isn’t What You Think

By David Nelson, CFA After a 6 week slide from the all-time intraday high of 2400, the S&P 500 (SPY) rallied in the final two weeks of April hoping to retake the high ground. The tug of war between valuation, politics and macro concerns vs. a relatively strong earnings season rages on. While the CBOE […]

April 17

Forget North Korea – Something even more sinister is lurking in the shadows

By David Nelson, CFA The usual suspects’ valuation and politics both played a role in last week’s market decline. However, it’s safe to say rumors of another nuclear test on the Korean peninsula forced traders to the exit as the S&P 500 (SPY) closed at the lows of the day, week and month heading into […]