4Q:2018 Quarterly Update – Investor Worries Overwhelmed Fundamentals

MARKETS AND PERFORMANCE Investor worries overwhelmed fundamentals. A combination of worrisome factors—any one or two of which would normally be sufficient—drove stocks downward during the fourth quarter. The US trade war with China persisted. Global economic growth decelerated, particularly in China, sparking fears of corporate earnings declines, supply chain disruption and, potentially, a US recession. […]

Nicholas Investment Partners Launches Small Cap Growth Mutual Fund Based on Its Institutional US Small Cap Strategy

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca January 16, 2019 — Nicholas Investment Partners, L.P. (“Nicholas Partners”), announced today the launch of its first no load mutual fund, the Nicholas Partners Small Cap Growth Fund (NPSGX, NPSYX), with $40 million in partner assets. The majority women-owned firm currently manages over $393m in small-cap growth assets for institutional investors, […]

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 […]