Blaine Rollins, CFA
Blaine is Managing Director, responsible for market insight and strategy. He is the author of the hugely popular Weekly Research Briefing, which has a weekly circulation of over 80,000.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane, Blaine was Chief Market Strategist of 361 Capital where his responsibilities included investment research, portfolio construction and management, and hedging and trading strategies. Blaine was also a member of 361 Capital’s Board of Managers. Previously, Blaine served as Executive Vice President at Janus Capital Group (now Janus Henderson) and Portfolio Manager of the Janus Fund, Janus Balanced Fund, Janus Equity Income Fund and the Janus Triton Fund. He began his career as a financial analyst at AMG in 1989 and has three decades of financial services industry experience.
Blaine earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Weekly Research Briefing: Nothing But Net
If you need any further proof that the stock market is now focused on earnings, NVIDIA just gave it to you. Not only were the company's results incredible, but the full earnings digestion gave investors a further look into just how big the AI data market could become.
Weekly Research Briefing: Finding Liquidity
Today's financial markets are also operating in a world that is less and less frozen every day. As you look at the news across the tape, in any newspaper or on any financial news network, you will see a system getting more liquid every day.
Weekly Research Briefing: Hungry Fish
The S&P 500 moves through 5,000, the NASDAQ hits 16,000, and the Dow Jones Industrials is eyeing 40,000. Those are some landmark levels advertising that investors are hungry and want to be fed. What were the catalysts last week?
Weekly Research Briefing: Best of Both Worlds
Last week was a big one for data (economic and earnings) as well as an update from the Fed. The full week of strong earnings and economic reports would have given the market enough to scratch its head about a March Fed rate cut.
Weekly Research Briefing: Readying the Shears
Welcome to Fed week. This week's FOMC meeting is a big one. There won't be a rate cut. Instead, this will be the meeting where the Fed decides if it will stick with its previous measures of inflation and financial condition monitoring. If nothing changes, then Jerome Powell will likely show us how sharp the Fed's scissors are to cut the Fed Funds rate at the March meeting.
Weekly Research Briefing: Towering New Heights
All-time new highs in the S&P 500 on Friday as the market finally broke through its previous peak from two years ago. There were many contributors to the market's good mood, but Taiwan Semiconductor's earning results and forward outlook was a big catalyst.
Weekly Research Briefing: Frozen In and Out
While many of our lives were flipped upside down due to the storms or football loyalties, the markets continued on in their boring trending pattern.
Weekly Research Briefing: New Year, Same Puzzle
Welcome back. The tree is down, the puzzles are boxed, and the leftovers are gone, but our study of the markets continues. Some interesting developments in the weeks that we were away.
Weekly Research Briefing: Your December Pivot
After riding the Fed Funds ski lift upward since April of 2022, Jerome Powell announced last week that it is now time for the FOMC to strap on the brain bucket and 'shred the gnar'. In other words, it is time for the Fed Funds rate to go lower. This move caused immediate panic among Wall Street strategists who have barely seen the ink dry on their freshly printed 2024 market outlook.
Weekly Research Briefing: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
A short note this week as I was traveling for both work and family. In my many observations from the road, I saw no signs of a recession or major slowdown from my 6 days of travel.
Weekly Research Briefing: Deflated in a Good Way
The financial markets continued their upward moves last week as several inflation measures in the U.S. and Europe surprised to the downside, sending bond yields to new recent lows and the S&P 500 to 2023 closing highs. More importantly, both credit spreads contracted further while the equities broadened out to smaller cap companies. What are the markets trying to tell us?