Based in Europe, Nicholas is a widely recognized expert on exchange-traded funds and an accomplished investment expert. Nicholas has been a regular commentator on CNN International and Fox Business Network. He has also been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fox Business News, CBS MarketWatch, Yahoo Finance and MSN Money Central.
Here’s a little more about the journey that led him to you…
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Nicholas earned spending money by selling flavored ice cubes at Little League baseball games, delivering the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 5:00 a.m. and shoveling snow during the harsh Pennsylvania winters.
For a kid from the Rust Belt who was a big Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan, he also lived a double life. He spent his summers studying in West Germany (before unification), France, Italy and communist Hungary on scholarships he diligently applied for while in high school.
I was lucky. My parents made me aware of opportunities other kids couldn’t even dream about. Every summer, I had the chance to dip into a completely different language, reality and culture. During the bad old days of the Cold War, not a lot of kids from the United States were spending their summers in Europe, let alone behind the Iron Curtain. It was as if I got to visit another planet each summer. And then I spent the school year back on planet earth.
Luckily, this was the kind of unusual background that top colleges were looking for.
Nicholas earned a B.A. in both economics and history and an M.A. in history in less than four years from Stanford University.
There, he discovered the work of free market economist Friedrich Hayek and wrote two theses on his work.
That work put him on track to win a Fulbright scholarship to the Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest, making him one of the first Fulbright scholars to study behind the Iron Curtain.
Assuming his academic interests in the Soviet Union and centrally planned economies was a professional dead-end, he turned down an economics Ph.D scholarship to Oxford University and went on to attend Harvard Law School instead.
Truth be told, he wasn’t a big fan of the law. Compared with the exciting world of clashing economic ideals, law seemed pedestrian and boring. Harvard proved better fit for his classmates, including future president Barack Obama and good friend, now Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.
As luck would have it, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down before he graduated. Suddenly, Eastern Europe and Russia were open for business.
After Harvard, he joined the world’s largest law firm, which had just opened offices in Eastern Europe. His mission – as he put it then – was to “help dismantle centrally planned economies.”
For nearly four years, he worked on the privatizations of some of the leading banks, oil companies and telecom companies in the region, listing them on regional stock exchanges. It’s this work that first exposed him to the fascinating world of investing.
Nicholas then set out to learn all he could about finance and embarked on a successful and varied business career, including launching several investment funds in Europe, founding a London-based roundtable of leading investment experts like Steve Forbes and Nassim Taleb, and writing for Eagle Publishing’s The Global Guru for 12 years alongside four other investment advisory newsletters.
In January 2018, Nicholas became The Oxford Club’s first and only ETF strategist, writing for the daily Liberty Through Wealth e-letter (formerly Investment U) and our flagship newsletter, The Oxford Communiqué. He is also the Editor of the new ETF trading service, Oxford Wealth Accelerator.
Outside of work, Nicholas focuses on managing his personal investments and his growing family.
Articles by Nicholas
- Humans vs. Quant Traders: Who Wins in the World of Trading? February 25, 2020- Stock pickers are a dying breed. Taking their place? Quant systems. Here’s why quant trading has the edge over humans in building wealth.
- Looking Back on The World in 2020 February 18, 2020- In his 1994 book, The World in 2020, journalist Hamish McRae writes about his predictions for global wealth, emerging markets and more.
- An Evening With the Anointed: What I Learned About Paul Krugman February 13, 2020- Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman is a big name in the world of financial economics. But will his rhetoric and work stand the test of time?
- Beware of Marxists in French Clothes February 11, 2020- In the world of economists, Thomas Piketty has been lauded as an overnight rock star. But are his views on financial economics actually anything new?
- Don’t Bet on This Top Wall Street Hedge Fund February 6, 2020- This high-profile hedge fund manager delivered an eye-popping 58.1% return last year, but here’s why his fund is not a safe bet for wealth creation.
- Don’t “Disrupt” Your Investing February 4, 2020- Disruptive technologies are very seductive for investors. Even though they promise dramatic results, investing in them may not be the best way to grow your wealth.
- What This Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist’s Mistake Can Teach You About Investing January 31, 2020- The retraction of a scientific paper on chemistry may seem like it has nothing to do with investing, but the lesson might just hold the secret of wealth.
- Worried About a Market Crash? Here’s How to Profit January 28, 2020- Is the current pullback just jitters or the start of a bear market? Either way, make sure you have a plan in place, starting with these ETF trading strategies.
- Why You Should (Probably) Avoid Story Stocks January 23, 2020- Stories can be very compelling, which is why story stocks are so hard to resist. Should investors use them as a shortcut to wealth accumulation or stay away?
- Warren Buffett’s Favorite Indicator Is Flashing Red January 21, 2020- Warren Buffett will never bet against America, but he does trust certain indicators to tell him what to expect for the U.S. markets and when to hold back.