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Blockchain, Distributed Systems and AI in the Shared Economy 2019

It has been a year since we started writing about what blockchain means for the future economy and our technology investments. One of my more memorable moments of 2018 was hearing UC Berkeley professor Dr. Dawn Song say: “Blockchain frees AI, and AI can help blockchain reach its full potential.” When we think about how […]

4Q 2018 US Small Cap Bear Market Creates Opportunity

The Russell 2000 Index fell -27% in 4Q 2018 with more than 2 out of 3 stocks falling over 20%, in bear market territory.  This pullback resulted in the Russell 2000 Index dropping -11.1% for 2018, the fourth worst year since the inception of the Russell 2000 Index in 1979. Historically, strong performance for small […]

Is the Leveraged Loan Market a Signal?

As investors in equity and credit securities, we watch the credit markets closely as credit risk premia affect equity returns. The leveraged loan market has grown in significance as issuance has increased over the last few years—and their prices have fallen dramatically since mid-November. We believe that quality matters in this environment, so investors should […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Are Most Exceptional Growers?

KEY TAKEAWAY: To potentially generate above-average returns, investors may need to look for “Top Growers,” which were concentrated in smaller-cap companies and in the most innovative sectors over the last three years. As a dynamic growth investor, we believe finding companies that can deliver and sustain earnings growth is a vital part of the investment […]
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