Tag Archives: Alpha Select

April 01

Climbing the Wall of Worry – Alpha Select Update for March 2014

By David Nelson, CFA Investors certainly climbed the Wall of Worry this month shrugging off a Russian invasion, China’s Debt Bubble and a Fed Head who stumbled in her debut performance before the press. Despite these concerns markets sit just shy of all-time highs. My post over the weekend, The Worm Has Turned talked about the […]

February 03

January – What Happened, Why It Happened and What We Are Doing About It!

By David Nelson, CFA January was a month most stock investors would like to forget, especially coming on the heels of 2013 where the market offered few opportunities to get in.  Alpha Select outperformed this month but a 3.6% fall in the S&P has to be addressed. Let’s talk about; What happened, Why it happened […]

January 02

2014 – Why the Ride Isn’t Over!

By David Nelson, CFA Gordon Gekko – “This is your wakeup call pal. Go to work.” It’s 6:30 am Wednesday, January 1st 2014 and I can’t get my mind off Gekko’s call to Bud Fox in the movie “Wall Street.” Obviously, I didn’t make it to Times Square last night, so I decided to start […]

December 17

Before the Bell – Drowing in Oil (OXY) (HP) – Boeing (BA) More Good News

Drowning in Oil – Energy independence is a big part of my bull thesis for U.S. Equity markets. While not achievable for some time we continue to march down that path. Several of the major news organizations including Bloomberg, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal ran stories yesterday pointing to record output of U.S. […]

December 10

Before the Bell – Boeing (BA) “Let’s Make a Deal” – Volcker Rule – What Will Banks Do?

Volcker Rule – Five federal agencies are set to vote on the Volcker Rule which attempts to limit financial risk taking by banking institutions. If passed, hedges that banks put on to limit risk will have to be tied to specific investment. They will no longer be able to make broad bets like the one […]

December 09

Before the Bell – Fed’s Next Move – Baby Boomers – Barron’s Picks – GILD

The Fed’s Next Move – After Friday’s strong employment report investors are now faced with a decision. Which do they want more, jobs or QE? Friday’s answer was a resounding “jobs”. How will they feel if the Fed moves as early as next week to remove stimulus and start the taper? The taper will certainly […]

December 05

Before the Bell – AAPL, China Update, Minimum Wage, the ACA, Jobs, Volker Rule

Apple (AAPL) – The chart is certainly looking like the Apple of old. After several years of negotiations Apple finally cut a deal with China Mobile. This has been rumored for some time and part of the reason Steve Mulonovich from UBS upgraded the stock recently. Apple is in the Alpha Select portfolio. Despite having […]

November 04

Every Bull Market Feels Like a Bubble

During every Bull Market we see a parade of analysts, portfolio managers and talking heads trying to call the top. Screams that the market is a bubble and the end of the world is just around the corner are heard daily. If I look back over my career, I’m sure I’m guilty as well. The […]

September 01

Buy the Dip or Back to the Bunker?

Buy the Dip has been a rallying cry for talking heads for most of 2013. It always sounds smart and exactly what the Doctor ordered until it actually happens. Suddenly the talking heads turn bearish and the buyable dip feels like the beginning of a correction forcing us back to the bunker. I succumb to the same […]