Who is Brian Colwell?

Who Is Brian Colwell?

Alternative Investment Explorer

My passion is research and finding good answers to hard questions:

“Great answers aren’t found on paved roads and well-beaten paths. Great answers live in the wild. I vow to venture deep into the digital jungle in the hunt for knowledge. Tap into my alternative investment news and commentary to uncover great answers to your alternative investment questions.”

“Wow…interesting profile…you’re certainly into a lot of stuff. Soooo… what is it you do?”

I get that ALL the time… the thing is, there’s no sales pitch ANYWHERE in my work. That’s because I don’t sell anything except #service. This confuses people, and I understand. Allow me to explain…

Cheerful Service

The Order of the Arrow: Boy Scouts National Honor Society

The Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow emphasizes the habit of helpfulness, and establishes cheerful Service to others as a #life purpose in developing #leadership #skills in youth.

As a third generation #EagleScout, Vigil member in the Order of the Arrow, and recipient of the Founder’s Award, my entire youth revolved around the habits and principles of #BoyScouts. I’m proud to say the spirit of service, the Scout Law, and the Scout Oath have all continued to impact my life as an adult and lead me to what it is I do now… #research, service, and education.

Discovering Twitter

The digital landscape needs a landscaper

Twitter is UGLY! It can be used for #SocialMedia, but it is NOT a social site. Social sites are Facebook, Linkedin, etc. … Twitter is for information, research, #news. BUT as far as that goes, Twitter is also an unfriendly research tool. Further, most people using #twitter don’t tag their tweets appropriately, so twitter has a hard time aggregating #content. This is a HUGE opportunity for #financialservices firms right now, as no firm currently dominates #hashtag real estate.

Sorting the news

I began my investment research on twitter looking into emerging and #frontiermarkets. Wow… good luck. Info is everywhere! Just trying to aggregate news on Africa requires searches like: #africa #afrika #emergingmarket #emergingmarkets #frontiermarket #frontiermarkets #developingnations #nigeria #egypt #southafrica #bokoharam $vwo $eem $fm $nge $egpt $eza and more!

On top of that, while some specialize in individual countries on twitter, few really capture #investment opportunities in multiple #emergingmarkets. It’s hard to consider where to go when you can’t see the whole picture.

So my picture expanded. From micro to #macro. Looking at Africa obviously led to #China. And how can you look at China without looking at #commodities and ultimately the #geopolitics of it all? It’s all connected and related…

Becoming a Macro Investor

Am I into “a lot of stuff?” Sure… duh, it’s called #GlobalMacro #investing. It’s the “big picture.” I like macro thinking because I can do what I want, say what I want, and take what opportunities come, as they come, as I want. It’s the ultimate rule-breaker (rule-bender?) #strategy, and I’ve always been one to look outside the box to win the game. #always100

“Soooo… what do you do?”

Good question! I’ve created several @twitter handles, each of which serves to organize #news on specific topics. #Content from many curated sources is passed through these handles and aggregated to my main handle, which has a #macro focus and is serves to guide my #investment decisions.

@BColwell_Econ

This $twtr handle includes #news from the following topics:

  • #economics #economy
  • #4IR #industrialrevolution #industrialdisruption
  • #military #navy #airforce
  • #terrorism #isis #isil
  • #cyberterrorism #cyberwar #hackers #hacking
  • #geopolitics #politics
  • #brexit #grexit
  • #centralbanks
  • #fed #ecd #boj
  • #interestrates #zirp #nirp
  • #stocks #stockmarket #investing
  • investing for #retirement
  • tickers: $spy $qqq $dia $iwm $vti $voo $tlt $edv $vglt $es $ym $nq $rinf $hack

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@BColwell_EmgMkt

This $twtr handle includes #news from the following topics:

  • #emergingmarket #emergingmarkets
  • #frontiermarket #frontiermarkets
  • #africa #nigeria #egypt #southafrica
  • #asia #china #india #modi #asean #indonesia #vietnam
  • #latinamerica #mexico
  • #southamerica #brazil #argentina #venezuela
  • #easterneurope #russia #putin #ukraine
  • #middleeast #israel #pakistan #iran #saudiarabia
  • tickers: $vwo $eem $fm $afk $nge $egpt $rnd $fxi $hao $yao $cn $inda $indy $epi $asea $axjl $aaxj $indo $ilf $argt $brf $rsx $rbl $isra $pak $mes $ksa

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@BColwell_CTA

This $twtr handle includes #news from the following topics:

  • #commodities
  • #globalmacro
  • #mining #mines
  • #metals #minerals #rareearth
  • #industrialmetals #steel
  • #basemetals #ironore #copper #aluminum
  • #preciousmetals #gold #silver #platinum
  • #energy #crude #oil #coal #gas #naturalgas
  • #cleantech #ev #lithium #li
  • #renewables #solar #solarpower #wind #windfarm
  • #smartgrid
  • #agriculture #grains #corn #wheat #soybeans
  • #climate #climatechange #drought #water #foodsecurity
  • #managedfutures #goldfutures #energyfutures #grainfutures
  • tickers: $cu $cupm $jjc $gld $iau $phys $sgol $gtu $slv $pslv $pplt $oil $olem $xle $xom $bp $cvx $rds.a $rds.b $tsla $lit $ilc.v $tan $fan $gex $grid $corn $weat $soyb $bal $wtr

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@BColwell_ALT

This $twtr handle includes #news from the following topics:

  • #alternativeinvestment #alternativeinvestments
  • #liquidalt #liquidalts
  • #reit #reits #realestate #cre
  • #currency #currencies #currencywars #dollar #euro #yen #yuan #pound #aussie
  • #trading #daytrading
  • #longshort #hedgedequity #equityhedge
  • #hedgefund #hedgefunds
  • #assetallocation #portfolio #strategy
  • #venturecapital #vc #ipo #ipos
  • #fintech
  • #blockchain #crypto #cryptocurrency #bitcoin #etherium #ether
  • #highyield #yield #dividend #bdc #bdcs
  • #distresseddebt
  • #privateequity #privatedebt
  • tickers: $ipo $ipos $vnq $rez $agnc $morl $o $nly $cys $nnn $uup $fxe $fxy $fxch $fxb $fxa $bdcl $psec $main $htgc $mcc $fsc $gain $glad $acas $kkr $cg $bx $blk

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@BrianDColwell

This $twtr handle includes #news aggregated from all the above handles. The end result is a great #GlobalMacro #news feed.

  • #4IR #innovation #disruption
  • #alternativeinvestments #liquidalts
  • #geopolitics
  • #emergingmarkets
  • #commodities
  • #lithium #renewables
  • #stockmarket #investing

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The end result is a great #GlobalMacro #News Feed

I went looking for a one-stop-shop #economy news source and was overwhelmed with all the great #content. So why did I make my own #twitter handle for #economics and #geopolitics? Because I couldn’t find one that reported with a focus towards the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the #disruption this is and will cause.

I created my own news source so I could stay ahead of the #robots.

I went looking for a great #emergingmarkets news sources and had a hard time, so I made one. I’m not interested in just #Africa, just #China, just #ASEAN, or only #MENA. I want to look at all of it, and not just drought, food insecurity, corruption, and warfare. I also want to find investment opportunities that come from looking at all this #news together with a 50,000 foot view.

Commodities get even more complex as analysts specialize. What a pain! #Grain reporters aren’t #gold traders, and #oil analysts aren’t also #managedfutures traders. Here we go! I made my own commodities page to bring together #news from as many great #commodities #analysts and companies as I could find, everything from #physicalgold to #lithium and #rareearth #mining.

The situation, if you could believe it, was even worse for #alternativeinvestments. #Hedgefunds are notoriously hard to find information on, so naturally the discussion shifts to #liquidalts. Great! That sounds easy! Except for the fact that almost everyone defines #alternativeinvestment slightly differently, making a single source nearly impossible to locate. BAM! I made my own, and it includes everything from #realassets to #startups.

My main handle, @briandcolwell, becomes a great #globalmacro #news feed as I aggregate the BEST content from the above accounts to a single source. My #investment thought process is further refined through my weekly newsletter, the Global View Weekly. Check it out! It’s full of actionable items, fully mobile responsive, and completely FREE. “Cheerful Service to Others”

“OK! I get it! Soooo… what do you do?”

LOL. At this point most people are confused. Twitter is still very new to most people, and it’s user unfriendliness tends to put off new users.

What I’ve outlined above is my content curation and distribution system. It’s the machine, the engine, of my #SocialMedia platform. This platform builds followers, profile views, interactions, and impressions.

OK, so how do impressions = revenue? Human behavior. The Internet is here to stay. People turn to their smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops for information throughout the day.

The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook

Social Media is KEY

THAT’s what I do.

I design and build custom #SocialMedia Platforms

I design and build custom #SocialMediaplatforms, specializing in #financialservices. In addition, I leverage my existing platform to amplify my clients message to more quickly grow their follower base. My last client gained over 1,800 twitter followers with 1.5M impressions AND over 1,600 #LinkedIn connections with 33K impressions in only 28-days. That’s impressive. Here’s the #casestudy: Walsh Trading.

 

Let me know if you have any other questions! I look forward to working with you soon.

Sincerely,

Brian D Colwell

www.briandcolwell.com

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