First Wilshire Hosts Client Meeting

First Wilshire recently had the privilege of hosting a client appreciation brunch for our Los Angeles area clients at a historical Pasadena venue. The portfolio managers and analysts discussed the reasons small cap value stocks have historically outperformed growth and large cap stocks, First Wilshire’s hands-on research process, and the outlook going forward. We enjoyed this […]

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First Wilshire Featured in Value Investor Insight

Speaking to Value Investor Insight, First Wilshire Securities CEO and Portfolio Manager Scott Hood exemplified the firm’s intensive research process to support the investment case for Northwest Pipe Co., the country’s largest manufacturer of steel pipes for water infrastructure systems. Rather than focus on cyclical tailwinds, Scott pointed to the company’s fundamentals – a 33% […]

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First Wilshire Profiled in CityWire USA’s ‘Boutique of the Week’ Section

  First Wilshire was profiled in CityWire USA’s ‘boutique of the week’ section featuring an interview with CEO and Portfolio Manager Scott Hood. Scott discussed how First Wilshire’s founding principles have informed current ‘academic’ investment processes, including the firm’s proprietary one-pager and database, started in 1993 to keep a record of every company analyzed. He also […]

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First Wilshire Welcomes Nicole Green

Nicole Green has joined First Wilshire as our new Vice President of Administration. Prior to joining First Wilshire, Nicole was a Principal at a large publicly traded investment management company where she was Head of the Investment Operations and Trade Operations teams. Prior to that Nicole worked at the law firms Morrison and Foerster LLP […]

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Since you Asked About Bitcoin

January 23, 2018 We have been asked several times what we think of bitcoin and crypto-currencies. Generally we just say we don’t think much about it and forward a few good articles we have tucked away. We have no idea where it should trade and believe it has about equal odds of dropping to 5,000 […]

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The Future of Retail: Amazon vs. the Rest

Disruption, confusion and severe stock price drops always offers the opportunity to uncover mispriced stocks. This led us to screen through all the U.S. retail companies, visit select companies and stores, while debating the future of retail. The disruption of retail begins with a look at Amazon. So far in 2017, Amazon’s stock market value […]

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First Wilshire Celebrates 40 Years

First Wilshire is not prone to celebrating success and milestones, and in fact we are rather superstitious about it, but we’re proud to note that 2017 marks First Wilshire’s 40 year anniversary serving our clients. We’ve been “Detecting Value Since 1977,” and surviving this many years is an accomplishment in itself, but doing so with […]

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First Wilshire Welcomes Cristian Pedroza

We are pleased to announce that Cristian Pedroza has joined First Wilshire as our new Trader. He brings with him nearly a decade of trading experience which includes trading our style of small-cap and international investments. Cristian holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. We welcome Cristian to the […]

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Interest Rates Effect on Performance

 So how do stock markets, and in particular small caps, perform during rising rate cycles? The table below, produced by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), shows small stocks (the S&P 600 and Russell 2000) have tended to outperform larger stocks (S&P 500) when interest rates rise. Rising interest rates do not automatically spell doom for stocks. […]

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