Teaching the Next Generation

First Wilshire has a long history of training interns, several of which later became employees. Apart from graduates or near graduates with a strong interest in investment research, we have also hosted a few high school students. The basic concepts of finance and research are invaluable to everyone and we enjoy planting the seeds early. […]

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Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Identity, Data and Assets

The First Wilshire Team takes extra steps to ensure our clients data is secure but it’s always a good idea for individuals to be aware of common cyber threats, how cyber-criminals use stolen data and best practices for protecting your data. The following presentation provides useful information on protecting your identity, data and assets. • […]

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How Socially Conscious are ESG Funds?

The concept of socially conscious investing, known as ESG (for Environmental, Social, and Governance investment criteria) has been around a long time but has picked up steam in recent years. One of your portfolio managers did his senior project in college under the guidance of one of the early professors in the ESG area, who […]

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High Valuations and High Compensation in the Russell 2000

The top 10 Russell 2000 companies had a combined market capitalization of $66.1 billion, produce pre-stock compensation after tax profit of $815.8 million of which they paid out $357.5 mil in stock compensation (44%). The median stock compensation of the top 10 was 32.0% and trade at a price-to-earnings multiple of 144x. This is a […]

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First Wilshire’s CEO Scott Hood Interviewed by Bloomberg

Scott Hood, CEO and Portfolio Manager at First Wilshire appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak Australia where he discussed top-line issues – like global trade tensions and interest rates that could impact and potentially boost small cap performance in 2019. He also touched upon the market for leveraged cyclical stocks, noting that it could be time for […]

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First Wilshire’s CEO Scott Hood Speaks with Barron’s

First Wilshire CEO and Portfolio Manager Scott Hood was featured in Barron’s, where he discussed valuations of major internet stocks in the Chinese equities market off the back of his recent trip to the country in July. Article excerpt: When Tencent shares will rise again is harder to predict. For one thing, valuation isn’t particularly […]

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Unemployment Rate at Rare Level

Excerpt from our newsletter:  A headline worth pointing out from the 2nd quarter was the official unemployment rate hitting 3.8%, the lowest level in 18 years. It is interesting to note that the last time unemployment hit 3.8% was in April 2000 and lasted only one month. One would have to go all the way […]

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