Lenore Elle Hawkins, co-manager of the Growth Seeker portfolio, is a founding partner at the investment advisory firm Meritas Advisors and author of the blog, EllesEconomy.com. She is her firm's chief investment strategist, with a focus on macroeconomic influences while minimizing portfolio volatility and authors her firm's monthly newsletter.Expand

Hawkins previously served as the vice president of corporate development for Centara Capital Management Group. Before that, she served as the vice president of strategic planning and corporate development for National Mobile Television. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College, an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the Board of Directors for the Dreyfuss Initiative, founded by Richard Dreyfuss.Collapse

As we enter a new year, we'll be seeking growth in 2017 and beyond, much like we have with our existing positions.
The vote will cause instability, with Italian banks the hardest hit.
The Russell 2000 soared to a record, and the greenback notched its highest level in 13 years.
We see this shift continuing past the holiday shopping season.
This testimony actually reduces the likelihood of a rate hike in December.
Troubles on Main Street, Wall Street and in Washington Aren't Going Away Soon.
Credit and debt loads, in the U.S. and globally, are making headlines.
When investors buy stocks for yield and bonds for capital appreciation, nothing is quite what one would expect.
From a valuation perspective a correction is needed, but the side effects of central bank largess are preventing such a move, giving us a market that flaunts all historical norms.
Stock valuations have hit levels that require a phenomenal amount of hopefulness.

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