James Hickman is CIO of HVM Capital, LLC, and a long-time analyst and portfolio manager covering public and private equities and alternative asset class mutual funds. He was the portfolio manager and designer of a multi-alternatives mutual fund that finished in the top 26% of the Morningstar category with less than 5% standard deviation and a Sortino Ratio in excess of 2.00. Investing in pre-revenue startups, Hickman had exits in 60% of investments and materially outperformed broader venture capital indices. He was also a Portfolio Manager at PAR Capital in Boston. Hickman was voted "Best Up and Comer" and later a perennial member of the Institutional Investor All America Research Team in the Major Chemicals Category. Hickman was also recognized as a Wall Street Journal All Star in the Stock Picking and Earnings Accuracy categories.
Hickman is also current President of The Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass.
The plight of taxi medallion owners and the banks that lent to them continues, and Medallion Financial appears to be under-reserved.
The market rally may have merit on a 'relative-to-Clinton' basis, but there are no easy answers for what has ailed the U.S. and global economies since 2000
Consumer spending, exports, government spending and inventory are all low-quality and transitory drivers of third-quarter gross domestic product growth of 2.9%, but fixed investment contracted again.
The pressure is high and rising for taxi medallion owners and the lenders who financed purchases at much higher cash flows and values.
In France, more than three decades of high-tax-big-safety-net-Keynsianism yielded a self-perpetuating cycle of slower growth and rising tax increases. Here's how it compares to the U.S.
Poor labor productivity growth, chronically low money velocity and a severe labor overhang are all symptoms of the core issue of companies not reinvesting in their own organic growth.
Uber and Lyft continue to clobber taxis and rental cars among business travelers, while market share transfer beyond business starting to seriously hurt taxi medallion lenders.
Another poor-quality jobs report as real unemployment ticks up again.
The Brexit, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are all symptoms of historic discontent related to more than a decade of declining bottom-quartile wages and poor jobs growth.
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