From There To Here

As we continue to celebrate NorthStar’s 10-Year Anniversary, we sat down with its Executive Vice President of National Sales, Bill Wostoupal.

Bill provides us with his unique perspective from behind the sales desk, and discusses our growth and how we got from there to here.



It’s Quiet…Too Quiet?

As the VIX, a measure of the implied volatility of the S&P 500, continues to decline, I can’t help but wonder if the market hasn’t become too complacent. Perhaps, as the movies teach us, the unnatural quiet portends the doom of our beloved hero, the S&P 500. Or, does it? Bloomberg did a little digging...

Why I am a Portfolio Manager

Content Provided by Paula Wieck, CLS Investment Research Manager There is no shortage of reasons why I chose investment management for my profession. These motivating factors began during my childhood, when my desire to help people become financially secure began to take shape. Now, as a portfolio manager, every decision I make, I not only...

Interesting Thoughts on Capitalism

Content provided by Steve Donahoe, CLS Senior Portfolio Manager A colleague recently mentioned a book to me that I thought had an interesting title: The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You. The book is edited by Tom G. Palmer. I consider myself a capitalist to the bone because, if for no other...

A Look from the Periphery: Attempting to Separate What You See and What You Think

Content Provided by Matt Santini, CLS Portfolio Manager For those of us who have spent any amount of meaningful time with a mask on, we know how important peripheral vision can be. If you are a skin diver, so much can be happening in your periphery, it can be at times unsettling. You might let...

Poker Skills Come in Handy

Content Provided by Marc Pfeffer, CLS Senior Portfolio Manager As someone who has played poker for a long time, one of the most important attributes to winning is to read or “tell” your opponents. A “tell” can be a comment, gesture, or facial expression. Something that alerts you to how strong the opponent’s hand is,...

Why I Like Domestic Energy

Content Provided by Paula Wieck, CLS Investment Research Manager Outside the U.S., oil and natural gas prices have stayed high, particularly in Europe and Japan, where resources are limited. In the meantime, the U.S. is experiencing a boom in oil and natural gas production! America’s dependency on foreign imports of oil and natural gas has...

Crotchety Old Man Hates Valentine’s Day

Content Provided by Berk Brown So, I have a confession to make and, in today’s day and age, it seems like the best place to do that is in a blog. I hate Valentine’s Day. There, I said it. And, frankly, I mean it. Is it because I’ve lost in love and I’m bitter? Nope....

Winning with People

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CLS Chief Investment Officer Last week my wife and I attended a new office space grand opening for a thriving business in our local community. The owners are friends of ours, so we wanted to check out their new space. In short, it was fantastic, and there are several reasons...

新年快乐 (Happy New Year)!

Content Provided by Rui Wang, CLS Research Analyst Last Sunday was New Year’s Day according to the Chinese calendar. Millions of Chinese enjoyed extravagant celebrations and extended vacations. So far, both the Chinese economy and equity markets have had a great start, making the national holiday even more enjoyable. It seems like a great time...