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Uncertainty Leads to Volatility

INVESTOR WORRIES DRIVING MARKET VOLATILITY Fed concerns Trade wars Decelerating global growth China’s economic deceleration Falling oil prices Geopolitical instability Simmering debt bubbles OUR APPROACH:  STAYING FOCUSED ON THE LONG TERM What’s driving the current volatility? Rather than one or two factors like economic health or the direction of interest rates, investors are feeling uncertain about […]

3Q:2018 Quarterly Update – Volatility Up, Yet Growth Persists

It was a strong quarter for equities. Stocks scaled a wall of worry in Q3, driven by a mix of renewed synchronized global economic growth, robust Q2 earnings growth and strong Q3 forecasts. Companies found innovative ways to compete and excel. Credit markets faced challenges. US Treasury yields rose across the curve, reflecting increases in […]

Catherine Nicholas, CIO and Portfolio Manager, featured on Asset TV’s Masterclass: Small Caps

On September 12, Catherine Nicholas, CIO and Portfolio Manager, joined host Gillian Kemmerer and three other small-cap managers to discuss some of the current and prospective drivers of small-cap stock performance. Video was sponsored by Nicholas.  The thoughts and opinions expressed in the video are solely those of the persons speaking as of September 12, […]

Team NIC Rolls Up Its Sleeves at Local Beach Clean Up

Nicholas Partners team members rise early on a Saturday morning to lend a hand at a local beach cleanup near Oceanside Pier—just north of our offices in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Spearheaded by the firm’s Giving Back Committee, the team collected over 26.5 pounds of trash from the shoreline and nearby children’s park. “Living in […]

Lisa Wheatley Shares Her Insights on the Innovation Cycle in Healthcare

At the CUSO Financial Annual Conference in August, Lisa Wheatley, Portfolio Manager and healthcare specialist, shared her insights on the long-term, secular innovation cycle in healthcare, ripe with investment opportunities. (3:24) Lisa highlights why our firm’s San Diego location is an edge in her healthcare-company research and why early-stage biotechnology and medical device companies can […]

2Q:2018 Quarterly Update – Divergent Trends Emerge in 2Q

US equity markets climbed higher in the second quarter, outperforming non-US developed and emerging markets. With investor appetite gravitating toward domestically oriented companies, smaller-cap stocks outperformed mid and large caps. Value names outperformed in small cap, but growth stocks beat in mid and large. Core bonds were slightly negative while convertibles posted healthy positive returns, […]

Convertibles Resume their Historic Strategic Role

In a Rising Interest Rate Environment, Convertibles Offer Lower-Risk Equity and Higher-Returning Fixed Income Exposure KEY TAKEAWAYS Convertibles are more attractively valued than low volatility equity indexes Convertibles have less interest rate risk than straight bonds Record new issuance creates more opportunity for “balanced” managers SMID issues dominate, creating exploitable inefficiencies March 2018 marked the […]

NYCEDC’s “Blockchain Week New York City”

KEY TAKEAWAYS Enterprise interest in blockchain technology continues to broaden Deployment of blockchain technology in supply chain management is accelerating Protocol-level technology innovations will enable broader adoption Interoperability of multiple specialized blockchain protocols is likely future Blockchain continues to capture market attention. Technology specialist, Emmy Sobieski, shares her insights of the unfolding news and trends […]