Posts From Drasko Kovrlija

Drasko Kovrlija

Drasko Kovrlija is a fiduciary advisor and risk and portfolio manager with almost 20 years of experience. He is the founder and President of Kastel Capital Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm, that specializes in helping clients build and protect their wealth. In addition to writing for See It Market, Drasko publishes informational and educational articles about the markets and the business of trading on the Noanet Trader blog. His work has also been featured on MarketWatch and Fox Radio. Drasko managed a long/short equity hedge fund from 2005 to 2011. He started his career in financial services as a management consultant in the 1990s in New York City. Drasko has an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in NJ where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He currently resides in the Boston area with his wife and four children.


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2017 Financial Market Review: A Year Of Living Dangerously

In trying to understand and navigate the financial markets in 2017, one could be forgiven for feeling like a young Mel Gibson in the movie “A Year Of Living Dangerously” – as a neophyte reporter completely out of depth in a complex and hostile world. Regardless of where you see…

Q3 Financial Markets Review: Stocks Come Full Circle

It is hard to remember a year that started with as much doom and gloom as 2016. U.S. stock market indices limped into the year after much nerve-racking volatility in the second half of 2015. The new year started with a broad market sell-off. And within the first few weeks many sectors…

What Is Under Your ETF’s Hood?

Much is written daily about exchange traded funds (ETFs) as they continue to grow in popularity and are increasingly becoming the vehicle of choice for investment portfolios. There are now roughly 2,000 ETFs listed in the U.S. and there are multiple funds covering any given financial market index, asset class, sector, sub-sector,…

Investment Fees and Expenses: The Logic Of Numbers

It is fair to say we are very focused on investment fees and expenses. At times, this probably comes across as an irrational obsession to everyday investors using (or in need) of an advisor. As many like to explain it, if you are shopping for a new car, computer, or vacuum cleaner,…

Investing In 2016: The Market’s Wild Ride Heads Into Q2

The first three months of 2016 are in the books and about the only thing everyone can agree on is that, for financial markets everywhere, it was definitely a quarter full of drama and excitement. The sharp drop in the US stock market at the start of the year had nearly everyone convinced that the…

January 2016 Stock Market Review: The Bear Awakens?

The first month of 2016 is now in the books and it was just plain ugly for most financial markets. As many commentators noted this was one of the worst January’s in the history for US equities, particularly the first two weeks. Despite a furious rally on the last day of trading…

Spotting Market Tops With Intermarket Analysis

With the (very) old bull market in the U.S. equities about to complete its seventh year, there is rampant speculation regarding when and how its inevitable end will arrive. As is always the case with bull market tops or major turning points, they frustrate all attempts at prediction. Fundamental analysts…

The Insidious Nature Of Investing Hindsight

Many of my conversations with clients touch upon how they react to missing significant investment opportunities or selling profitable investments too soon. Most of you are no doubt familiar with the investing woulda-coulda-shouldas. Unfortunately, those opportunities or mistakes only become clear with the passage of time or the “benefit of…

When Market Bubbles Burst: Biotech Sector Feels The Pain

When The Bubble Bursts… After reaching 400 in July, the Biotech iShares Sector ETF (IBB) has been exhibiting all the technical hallmarks of a major market top. And perhaps it will soon be seen as one of the modern market bubbles that burst. To recap, we have seen violent moves in both…

Market Outlook: Are Bond Bulls Ready To Run Higher?

In last week’s market outlook (“Stalemate“) I speculated about the potential danger of the market getting what it wanted from the Fed, namely no increase in interest rates. My view was that this could send a signal that the global economies were weaker than expected, hardly an outcome favoring the…