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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 ( 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.


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.

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