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Scott V. Nystrom, Ph.D. is editor of the Self Directed Investor web site. He is also Editor of the Gold Stock Strategist newsletter. Dr. Nystrom spent 25 years pouring over economic and financial data, crunching numbers, writing economic policy briefs, and authoring complex studies while working at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Congress, academia, and the private sector. He has taught microeconomics, financial analysis, and health economics courses at graduate business schools and to senior Congressional staff. In addition, Dr. Nystrom has testified before Congress on the unintended economic effects of government action.

Over the past 20 years and as a self directed investor, he has applied his extensive skills to his personal investments with great success. Seeking Alpha Certified

Dr. Nystrom advocates and uses a top-down/bottom up, sector rotation investment approach. This method involves identifying: (1) global economic and financial trends-the "top down," (2) "in-cycle" high growth sectors, (3) undervalued companies in the in-cycle sector based on fundamental analysis-the "bottom up." As high growth sectors rotate, he moves assets into the latest favored sector. Dr. Nystrom explains, "My investment approach is like surfing. You need to get on the wave while it is building and move off the wave before it crests."

Another broad theme in his investment approach is to focus on dividend paying stocks. As an experienced income investor, Scott believes, "You can't restate a dividend. Dividends can provide ballast during market corrections."

Understanding global financial markets, economic trends, resource economics, international trade, global aging, and the political dynamics of economic policy are a passion for Dr. Nystrom. He has access to and understands how the top minds in the economic, political, financial, and investment world think. Moreover, Scott is a prolific student of investing and a highly respected member of a social media investment web site called ValueForum (www.valueforum.com) with over 1,000 high net worth investors and money managers who debate the merits of stocks as well as global economic and financial trends.

As an educator, Dr. Nystrom is highly motivated to teach investors, share investment ideas, and promote financial literacy across the generations.

Professional Experience

Scott V. Nystrom, Ph.D. is editor of the Gold Stock Strategist newsletter and the Self Directed Investor web site. He previously worked in the following positions.

Senior Adviser in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2006-2009.

Executive Director of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging from 2005-2006.

Senior Adviser to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging from 2002-2005.

Adjunct Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University from 1997-2000.

Assistant Professor of Health Care Management at the Marymount University School of Business teaching health economics, health policy, managed care, and financial analysis from 1998-1999. Adjunct Professor 1997, 2000.

Vice President for Policy Research and Chief Economist at Muse & Associates, a health policy consulting firm, from 1995-2001.

Senior Adviser for President Clinton’s Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement & Tax Reform Co-Chaired by Senators Bob Kerrey and John Danforth from 1994-1995.

Budget Associate & Ways & Means Committee Associate working on tax, budget, and health reform for Congressman Jim McCrery of Louisiana from 1991-1994.

Career staff in the Executive Office of the President of the United States at the Office of Management and Budget from 1984-1991.

Education

Dr. Nystrom earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, a Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. from the George Washington University.


The Editor is not a Registered Investment Adviser. The content contained on the Self Directed Investor web site represents the opinion of the authors. No guarantees or promises are made regarding investment results. The information on the Self Directed Investor is solely for the education and entertainment of the reader and authors.

Recent articles:

September 20 Market Week in Preview
Sat, Mar 19, 10:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

All eyes will be on housing as homebuilders post earnings and housing-related economic reports are ...

September 20 Market Week in Preview
Mon, Sep 20, 10:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

All eyes will be on housing as homebuilders post earnings and housing-related economic reports are ...

Economic and Earnings Preview: Week of September 13
Mon, Sep 13, 9:11 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Bank stocks rise in Europe and Asia on the new Basel III agreement. Investors will ...

Equity Futures Point to Lower Open
Tue, Sep 7, 8:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Futures point to a lower opening on Wall Street after a long Labor Day weekend. ...

Earnings Preview for the Week of July 19-23, 2010
Tue, Jul 20, 11:21 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. stock futures signal positive open as second quarter earnings season kicks into high gear. ...

July 2010 Economic Release Calendar
Mon, Jul 12, 9:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

DateEventJuly 1Initial Unemployment Claims-8:30Construction Expenditures, May-10:00ISM's Purchasing Manager's Index, June-10:00Weekly Fed Data-4:30July 2Employment Situation, June-8:30Factory ...

Earnings Preview: The Week Ahead for July 12-16, 2010
Mon, Jul 12, 8:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Global equity markets are mixed on Monday morning. Second quarter earnings season kicks off the ...

Investing 101 – Six Tips for Success
Fri, Jul 9, 2:51 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

"Learn the basics and know thyself"There is much to understand to be a successful self ...

U.S. Dollar Gains, Fades on Initial Jobs Data, Then Firms
Thu, Jun 24, 9:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Heightened risk aversion and fear of continued global economic weakness in the U.S. and a ...

Week Ahead: China’s Yuan Statement Rallies Risk Assets
Mon, Jun 21, 12:51 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Global equity markets surge on news that China will let its currency float gradually over ...

Euro Rises on Spanish Bond Bid
Thu, Jun 17, 12:58 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

In Thursday morning's foreign exchange trading, the euro continued to move higher against the U.S. ...

June 2010 Monthly Economic Release Calendar
Wed, Jun 9, 9:32 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

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Market and Earnings Preview: Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Shares Down in Pre-market
Mon, Apr 5, 9:12 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. stock futures pointed to a solid open on Monday in reaction to Friday’s news ...

Bullish Investors Drive Stocks Higher
Thu, Apr 1, 5:22 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. stocks start the second quarter by jumping higher on positive economic data. ...

April 2010 Monthly Economic Release Calendar
Thu, Apr 1, 1:32 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

DATE EVENT4/1Initial Unemployment Claims-8:30Construction Expenditures, February-10:00ISM’s Purchasing Manager’s Index, March-10:00Weekly Fed Data-4:304/2Good Friday-U.S. Financial Markets ...

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY): Earnings Preview for Fiscal Q4 2010
Wed, Mar 24, 11:22 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Minneapolis-based electronics retailer Best Buy Inc. (BBY) is scheduled to report its fiscal fourth quarter ...

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME): Earnings Preview for Q4 2009
Mon, Mar 15, 1:32 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

GameStop Corp. (GME) is scheduled to report their fourth quarter 2009 results before the market ...

3 Dividend Stock Favorites of Warren Buffett
Thu, Mar 11, 12:12 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Risk-averse investors are increasingly turning to stocks that provide a reliable stream of income. Certificates ...

March 2010 Economic Release Calendar
Sat, Feb 27, 10:52 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

DATE EVENT3/113- & 26-Week Treasury Bill AuctionPersonal Income and Outlays, January-8:30Construction Expenditures, January-10:00ISM’s Purchasing Manager’s ...

Southwestern Energy Earnings Preview: Fourth Quarter 2009
Thu, Feb 25, 3:12 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Houston based independent energy company, Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) is scheduled to report quarterly earnings ...

Dollar Edges Lower Waiting for Bernanke Testimony
Wed, Feb 24, 10:12 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The U.S. dollar edged downward on Wednesday morning as traders are anxiously waiting for Federal ...

Markets Meet Week With Optimism
Mon, Feb 22, 9:32 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Traders remain optimistic after two weeks of stock market gains. U.S. ...

Is Rogers Communications a Buy?
Thu, Feb 18, 11:12 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Toronto, Canada-based Rogers Communications (RCI) declared a quarterly dividend of thirty two cents per share ...

Investors Cautious as Greece Rattles Markets
Mon, Feb 8, 11:22 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Investors remain cautious as U.S. stocks opened lower then turned higher this morning on fears ...

February 2010 Economic Release Calendar
Sat, Feb 6, 9:12 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

DATE EVENT2/113- & 26-Week Treasury Bill AuctionPersonal Income and Outlays, December-8:30Construction Expenditures, December-10:00ISM’s Purchasing Manager’s ...

S&P 500 & Risk Appetite Rise: Can It Last?
Tue, Feb 2, 1:32 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The S&P 500 and global indices were all higher yesterday and edging up today. Investors ...

Dollar Retreats on Obama Bank Proposal
Fri, Jan 22, 4:34 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The U.S. dollar gave back some of the weeks gains on Friday, after President Obama ...

China Signals Curbs in Lending, Hitting Global Stocks and Commodities Hard
Wed, Jan 20, 9:12 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Risk assets, including U.S. stocks and commodities, took a big hit today as investors reacted ...

U.S. Stock Futures Slide Amid Caution on Earnings
Tue, Jan 19, 9:42 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. stock futures are down slightly in the pre-market this morning. ...

Chevron Provides Disappointing Q4 2009 Earnings Guidance
Tue, Jan 12, 9:11 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

San Ramon, California-based Chevron Corp. (CVX) cautioned investors on Monday that earnings for the fourth ...

Stocks, Oil, and Gold All Up While the U.S. Dollar Wilts
Mon, Jan 11, 9:11 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Stocks, oil, and gold continue to rise higher on further weakness in the U.S. dollar. ...

Markets Buoyant on Upbeat Earnings Expectations
Fri, Jan 8, 7:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. stock markets began the year higher in the first week of trading for 2010. ...

Markets Start 2010 on a Positive Note
Mon, Jan 4, 9:21 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The majority of major global equity markets kicked off 2010 on a positive note amid ...

Micron Beats Expectation, Posting First Profit in 3 Years
Tue, Dec 22, 10:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Boise, Idaho chip company Micron Technology (MU) reported a quarterly profit of $204 million, or ...

GDP Revised Down to 2.2%, Economists Remain Concerned
Tue, Dec 22, 5:31 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

U.S. third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) was revised downward today after initial estimates of ...

Financials Face Headwinds, GS Downgrades Banks
Tue, Dec 22, 2:31 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Today, analysts at Goldman Sachs issued bearish comments on the banking sector, cutting earnings estimates ...

Walgreen Boosts Profits 20%, Citi Downgrades
Tue, Dec 22, 11:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

America’s largest drug store chain, Walgreen Co, (WAG) posted a 19.5 percent gain in quarterly ...

Navistar Beats Consensus, Rallies 7%
Tue, Dec 22, 11:21 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Navistar International Corp. (NAV) reported a fourth-quarter adjusted profit of $128 million, or $1.77 a ...

ConAgra Beats the Street, Gets UBS Upgrade
Tue, Dec 22, 10:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Yesterday, ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG) posted earnings of $239 million, or 54 cents a share ...

Why Did Oil Surge Higher This Week?
Sat, Dec 19, 0:21 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Crude oil futures prices surged higher this week on supply concerns due to rising tensions ...

Nike Beats Consensus Earnings Forecast
Fri, Dec 18, 9:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Late Thursday, athletic footwear and apparel maker Nike, Inc. (NKE) posted fiscal second quarter profits ...

Weekly Economic and Earnings Preview — Week of December 14
Mon, Dec 14, 9:31 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Recession continued to give way to forecasts favoring recovery last week, but investors remain cautious ...

Investors Look for Positive Signs in Retailer Earnings
Mon, Nov 9, 2:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Investors will be looking to retail earnings this week for signs about consumer spending during ...

Valero Declares Dividend, Yields 3 Percent
Mon, Oct 19, 1:21 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) announced last week that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly ...

Goldman Beats Q3 Consensus and Sells Off
Thu, Oct 15, 12:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Goldman Sachs (GS) reported a jump in third-quarter earnings this morning on strong results from ...

Google 3Q Earnings Preview: Give Me a Beat!
Wed, Oct 14, 7:21 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Internet search giant, Google Inc. (GOOG) is scheduled to report its third quarter 2009 results ...

Anworth Mortgage Cuts Quarterly Dividend
Tue, Oct 13, 5:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH) announced last night after the closing bell that its Board ...

Reynolds Raises Dividend, Pays 7.2% Yield
Mon, Oct 12, 4:24 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Reynolds American Incorporated (RAI) announced last week that its Board of Directors declared a 5.9 ...

ConocoPhillips Boosts Dividend and Plans to Sell Assets
Sun, Oct 11, 8:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

ConocoPhillips (COP) announced last week that its Board of Directors declared a 6.4 percent increase ...

Teekay Corp. Declares Dividend
Fri, Oct 9, 10:31 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Teekay Corporation (TK) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend ...

Diebold Announces Quarterly Dividend
Fri, Oct 9, 8:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Diebold, Incorporated (DBD) announced Thursday that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash ...

Pepsi Bottling Group Declares Quarterly Dividend, Reaches Annual High
Thu, Oct 8, 10:31 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) announced Thursday that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly ...

Colgate Hits 52-Week High After Declaring Quarterly Dividend
Thu, Oct 8, 9:31 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The Colgate Palmolive Company (CL) announced Thursday that its Board of Directors have declared a ...

How Much Longer Can AmREITs Fly High?
Wed, Sep 23, 11:51 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Back on June 26 of this year, I suggested to readers here that they may ...

Oil in Trading Range Despite Today’s Price Weakness
Mon, Sep 21, 12:11 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Light, sweet crude futures for October delivery fell for a third day, settling in at ...

Self Directed Investors – 6 Things We Want from IROs
Wed, Sep 16, 10:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Investors are still reeling from the string of failures in the regulatory regime and financial ...

Natural Gas Price Soars, What Does it Mean for E&Ps?
Fri, Sep 11, 1:11 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Natural gas rallied to a two and a half week high on Thursday, the biggest ...

BIS Gets Tough With Bankers
Tue, Sep 8, 10:00 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

On Monday, the Basel, Switzerland based Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced that central bankers ...

Gold Miners: Are They All Fairly Valued by the Market?
Thu, Jul 2, 2:02 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

There are several ways to value large gold producers. One of the conventional methods is ...

Are High Yielding aMREITs Ready to Run?
Fri, Jun 26, 2:49 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

Agency mortgage backed real estate investment trusts, or aMREITs, are an often overlooked sub-industry in ...

De-Hedging Trends Remain Bullish for Gold Price
Fri, Jun 19, 1:53 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The latest quarterly hedge book analysis from compiled by GFMS Ltd. for Socit Gnrale was ...

Are Corporate Earnings at Risk in Q2?
Thu, Jun 11, 3:20 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom

The economy may or may not have bottomed, but dont expect corporate earnings outside of ...

Why Are Oil and Gasoline Prices Rising?
Tue, Jun 2, 3:42 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

Oil prices marched higher for the past 6 trading days hitting a six-month high rising ...

Uncertainty Reigns in the Banking Industry
Wed, Apr 29, 11:41 AM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

Uncertainty continues to plague the banking industry and self directed investors holding banking shares could ...

Is This A Turning Point for the Price of Gold?
Mon, Apr 27, 3:18 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

April 27, 2009, Washington DC Last Friday, we learned that China has been secretly building ...

No One Cares More About Your Money Than You Do!
Fri, Apr 24, 3:29 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

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