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How Baltimore’s Natural Advantages and Infrastructure Can Lead to Economic Growth

January 11, 2017 - In recent history, Baltimore has been challenged by a lack of economic opportunity, but that need not be the case moving forward. One of the most effective ways to enhance economic opportunity is to understand the region’s natural resources and then invest in these natural advantages to deliver economic growth to both the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. See page 26.

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Baltimore Company Stocks Are Mixed Amid Market Turmoil in January

January 29, 2016 - U.S. stock markets swooned in the new year amid fears that an economic slowdown in China would spill over into domestic recession and as oil prices plummeted. Yet for some of the Baltimore region's largest public companies, the markets were more mixed for [...]

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Is Short-Selling the Tail Wagging the Dog?

January 7, 2016 - Sometimes a simple question does not have a simple answer. To understand the role of short selling, one has to step back and try to understand how short selling impacts price discovery in equity markets. We are familiar with the terminology short squeeze, prime brokers, and short interest, but what does it all mean?

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Limitations and Consequences of ETFs

January 5, 2015 - Before delving into the limitations and unintended consequences of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), it is important to define an ETF. Where did these investment vehicles originate? How significant are ETFs to investors? The first Exchange Traded Fund was launched in January 1993 by State Street Global Advisors under the ticker symbol 'SPY'. The ETF was designed to track the value of the S&P 500 [...]

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High Frequency Trading Explained

May 4, 2014 - The national and global market system for securities has changed in recent years, neither by intent nor by design. New technology and the recent for-profit orientation of securities exchanges has led to the rise of a new class of securities market participants who dominate trading volume while profiting from an informational advantage. High-frequency traders are known for their short holding periods [...]

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Reversal of Fortune

January 7, 2014 - As an investment manager, I seek investments with sustainable growth. I have the freedom to look anywhere in the world. Quietly, the U.S. has developed a competitive advantage in energy costs that is rewriting the history books.

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Preparing for 'the Big One'

July 9, 2013 - Having lurched from flash crash to hash crash over the last three years, is the US equities market structure sound enough for  the coming correction?  When Belfast locals discuss the city's relationship with the doomed RMS Titanic, they often joke: "She was fine when she left here." [...]

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Warren Buffett's Annual Meeting 2013

May 9, 2013 - There is no known parallel to Warren Buffett's Annual Meeting. What would possess 35,000 people to travel from around the world for the meeting? In a world where there is an oversupply of information, it might be as simple as the desire for someone to put [...]

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Baltimore-Area Stocks Rebound

April 16, 2013 - The stock market rebounded Tuesday after Monday's sharp sell-off following the fatal bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. The three major indexes - the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ and Standard & Poor's 500 - all climbed higher Tuesday as did major Baltimore-area stocks.

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SEC Weighs Bigger Stock-Price Increments 12 Years After Pennies

February 4, 2013 - Twelve years after the U.S. switched to 1-cent increments for stock trading to save investors money, regulators and broker-dealers are considering a test of larger tick sizes. A pilot study of bigger quoting increments to improve liquidity in less-active stocks will be debated by executives from exchanges and brokers, market makers and academics [...]

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How Does Fair Participation Affect Investor Confidence? - Submitted to SEC

November 2, 2012 - Since its inception the SEC has had a legislative mandate to create "fair and honest markets". Largely, the SEC has achieved this through adaptive rule making that is open to public commentary while implementing Congress's legislated changes.

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With New Buyer, Sparrows Point Faces a Possible End to Decades of Steelmaking

August 10, 2012 - Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families. The story of the massive steel mill follows the arc of American manufacturing.

Takeaways from Blue Point Investment PM Niall O'Malley's Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Annual Meeting

May 9, 2012 - This article originally appeared in CITYBIZLIST on May 9, 2012 The turmoil in the financial markets during the past four years has galvanized the need for a balanced approach in uncertain times.

Rust Belt Rising - Maryland's Manufacturers Are Rising

January 3, 2012 - U.S. and Maryland manufacturing have receded for the past 40 years as cheaper emerging market manufacturing resulted in the wholesale relocation to the emerging markets. Outsourcing has been a persistent buzzword. There is growing evidence that manufacturing in the U.S. and Maryland is on the rise.

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Baltimore's Star Stock Pickers Say Bigger is Better These Days

January 14, 2011 - As the economy starts clawing itself out from the crater dug by the Great Recession, a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price thinks the nation's biggest companies are in the best position to take advantage of the turnaround.

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What an Emerging Opportunity Means for Maryland Companies

January 5, 2011 - As income levels grow, emerging market consumers become a more important force in creating an opportunity for Maryland based companies. To understand the recent changes in the consumer market it is helpful to step back and look at the recent role of the emerging markets.

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Lehman Bros.' Fall Still Dogging Some of Baltimore's Largest Stocks

September 20, 2010 - Greater Baltimore stocks took a beating in the market's near collapse two years ago - and some have yet to recover. The region's 10 biggest publicly traded companies lost a combined $2.7 billion in market value since Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing on Sept. 15, 2008.

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Baltimore Stocks Go High and Low as Market Rebounds

April 23, 2010 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 11,000 for the first time in more than a year and a half April 12 — marking a return to a height not seen since a tumultuous September 2008 that shook Baltimore and Wall Street. But can the same be said for local stocks?

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Right on the Money

April 9, 2010 - This is an interview with the Portfolio Manager, Niall O'Malley which was originally published in the Baltimore Business Journal. "Niall O'Malley has impeccable timing.  The businessman began seeing the cracks in the American economic system three years ago and decided to leave his job as vice-president..."

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How is China's Growth Creating Opportunities in Maryland

January 5, 2010 - There are many ways to look at investments. As a portfolio manager, I use growth at a reasonable price (GARP) as a framework to shape my observations.

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Market-to-Market Commentary Submitted to the SEC

December 8, 2008 - Synchronized global deleveraging and cash hoarding are creating overstated capital shortages as fair value increasingly deviates from intrinsic value. 

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