What a year!?! The stock market has increased over 75% in the past 12 months and left many investors scratching their heads, asking the question “What do we do now?” Since the market is near all-time highs, should you sell? Will it continue its atmospheric rise and we should buy? While I don’t know if I have those answers, I can offer some investing frameworks for this market and share some stock picks that I’m actively adding to my portfolio.

Risk & Reward The principles of investing revolve around this idea of risk and reward. If you want to take…


In case you haven’t heard, ETFs are all the rage right now. But what exactly is an ETF? ETF stands for “Exchange Traded Fund” and is an investment vehicle that trades like an individual stock but includes multiple stocks in one. It’s like a basket of stocks, rather than choosing between Tesla and Apple, you can buy one ETF that includes both companies.

Why ETFs? An ETF is a safer investment than owning individual stocks because of diversification. Like they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. What if all of your 401k was in Enron stock? Or…


A summer consulting initiative from GW MBA’s to support small businesses across the nation

The recent coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented struggle to the Main Street economy. We are experiencing high levels of unemployment, softening demand and increasing uncertainty. That’s why we believe this is the perfect time to take business skills out of the classroom and onto the streets.

This upcoming summer, several MBA students from The George Washington University School of Business will be offering pro-bono consulting services to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation.

We have multiple MBA teams who are trained and prepared to meet business leaders where they’re at, learn their unique challenges, and partner with them…


I recently visited the Library of Congress where they have compiled a collection of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. It was awe inspiring to see the thousands of centuries old books that were read by our third president and author of the Declaration of the Independence. I was reminded of a simple phrase “leaders are readers” and realized the depth of principled thought and debate that took place in building a nation that would stand the test of time.

What worries me today is that many of our elected officials do not make decisions out of principle, but out of short-sighted…


It wasn’t that long ago when we were all celebrating the new year and dreaming about how wonderful our lives would be in 2020. Now, due to an unforeseen virus, many of our lives are upended and we are questioning if 2020 is going to be as fantastic as we hoped. Take heart, there is always a path forward. You don’t just have to settle for surviving, but you can THRIVE during this season of being “stuck at home.”

Here are 7 ways to thrive in this season:

1. Develop a routine.

If you’re used to being at school or work, then your body…


A 365 day breakdown of the life of Jesus as presented in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

If you are like me, you want to read the Bible every day, but you’re not sure where to start. How about with the life of Christ? As Christians, we are called to live like Jesus and that starts with looking at Jesus. I challenge you to take this next year, read through the Gospels verse-by-verse and see how Jesus moves in your life.

Each day…

  1. Slowly read through the given passage. Use your imagination to picture Jesus and the surrounding situation. Immerse yourself in the story.
  2. Reflect on how you can apply the passage to your life and look…

7 Stock Picks For The New Year and Decade

The stock market has been red-hot this past year! Despite plenty of volatility and uncertainty, the market is ending up 30% since January. If you’re not investing in stocks, you might be feeling some regret. But there’s no time like the present. 2020 is a new year that offers new opportunities for investing and making money. Most analysts predict that the market will increase by 5–15% in 2020. Positive returns are never guaranteed, but the odds are in your favor. So get off the sidelines, and get invested!

Here are some great investments for 2020, and the next decade:


Are you looking for a good book? Well if you know me (pictured above), you know that I love reading! Here are my favorite books from the past year:

#8 - Originals by Adam Grant


The stock market is reaching all-time highs, but is now the time to jump in? I want to offer a few perspectives on how I am investing in this economic climate. If you are just learning to invest, please first read my article 4 Steps to Start Investing to acquaint yourself with the basics. If you are familiar with investing, please read on and share your insights as well.

Here is how I’m positioning myself in November 2019:

1. Skimming Off The Top. As the market has reached new highs, I’ve skimmed a bit off the top and taken some…


How do you know if you are a leader? Countless books and studies have been made yet people are still confused on the subject. Are leaders born or made? Can anyone become a leader? While I don’t claim to have all the answers, here are some thoughts…

If you define leadership as influencing others, then everybody has the ability and responsibility to lead. Parents should lead their children. Teachers lead their classroom. Peers should lead one another by setting a good example. In this sense, I believe that everybody is a leader because everybody has influence.

However, I also believe…

Travis Nicholson

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