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
- The Other Tech Boom September 29, 2020- There’s a tech boom that no one is talking about... and you can get in on it with the click of a mouse.
- Is Apple (Still) the Perfect Stock? September 24, 2020- Apple has reached a staggering $2 trillion valuation. But is it still the perfect stock?
- How to Profit From a Bursting Bubble September 22, 2020- It takes nerves of steel to profit from a market downturn. Here’s how to do it.
- Moody Mr. Market Gives Swing Traders an Opportunity September 17, 2020- When Mr. Market overreacted last week, it gave swing traders the perfect opportunity.
- Lessons From the Other Crash of the 1920s September 15, 2020- Most investors know about the 1929 stock market crash. But history has all but forgotten an equally important crash during the roaring ’20s...
- The Biggest Stock Market Bubble in History September 10, 2020- What does the Russian financial crisis of 1998 have to do with U.S. stock markets in 2020? More than you think.
- Is This Investment a Value Trap? September 8, 2020- Warren Buffett is dipping a toe into the Japanese market. Should you follow his lead?
- Profit During the Quietest Trading Week of the Year September 3, 2020- It’s tough to make profits during the quietest trading week of the year. But it’s not impossible.
- The Not-So-Secret Driver Behind the Market Rally September 1, 2020- There’s a big trend that’s responsible for the market’s rally. And this trend is your friend...
- What “Creative Destruction” Can Teach You About Buy-and-Hold Investing August 25, 2020- Warren Buffett’s investing approach has always ignored this key insight from an Austrian economist... but you can take advantage of it.