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With nearly a decade’s experience running agencies, I have crafted numerous business to business sales & marketing strategies. Along the way, I’ve learned that the most important foundation isn’t always the sexiest. In this series, my goal is to share that experience with professionals in the financial services industry. Advisors today are met with an increasing demand to stand out from the crowd and bring value to clients. Chances are good that your current level of service will help you…


The long awaited fall selloff has finally materialized as concerns about the European economy came to the forefront in October. After propping up the rest of the European Union for the last several years, stalwart Germany now seems to be slipping into the mire. As recession fears intensified over the weak European data, markets sank lower in mid-October. Although the selloff in itself was not a complete surprise, the speed of the downturn caught many investors off guard. Yet, there may…

Coach roots him on

Part Three: Establishing Oneself as a Mentor and Financial Coach In the third and final installment of our interview with Coach Phillip Fulmer and BPV CEO Mike West, the two discuss cultivating a relationship of trust with an athlete, bridging the cultural gap between finance and sports, and making connections to players as a prospective advisor. BPV: So much of the relationship seems dependent on an athlete trusting an advisor completely. How can an advisor go about building that kind…


There is a tradition in the United States where it is customary to give one’s spouse an anniversary gift that corresponds to the number of years you’ve been married. After one year, you receive paper; after 60 years, you receive diamonds.  Given that October 5th marked the three year anniversary of the launch of our two flagship funds, BPV should be receiving leather goods this year. Oddly enough, this is a pretty appropriate metaphor for the mutual fund industry. Few…

Meet BPV

A brief overview of the people and principles behind Back Porch Vista, a mutual fund company based in Knoxville, TN.


BPV Capital Management highlights the three year anniversary of two of its funds with a relevant message from an unexpected source.


There was a time in the not too distant past when we consumers relied on information brokers to inform a buying decision. From buying a new car, to a new home, to a television, we consulted trained professionals who maintained the specs and information that were largely hidden behind a gate. Now AutoTrader, Zillow, and Amazon have forever changed the buying process. Clients control the buying decisions and “sales” people are facilitators of the transaction. I was recently in a national…


What is a corporate inversion? How many times have you heard this term in the past month?  It’s the phrase of the year in the mergers & acquisitions world. It’s talked about everywhere, from the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, to the local newspaper and barbershop. If you’ve been within earshot of anyone in the business world in the past six months, chances are you’ve heard about inversions. You’ve heard why they are good and why they are bad.  You’ve…


In early September, Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank surprised markets by announcing not only a deeper cut to interest rates (bringing bank deposit rates down to a shocking -0.2%) but also future plans to expand the ECB’s balance sheet including an asset-backed purchase program. While the news came as somewhat of a shock, the call for new stimulus programs is understandable considering the challenges facing the European Union. But so was the ECB’s unwillingness up until now to…

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Back Porch Visits is a series of face-to-face discussions with investment industry professionals who are working to change the financial landscape for the average investor. Here, BPV’s Mike West visits Philadelphia to discuss company culture, investment ethics, and personal retirement plans with AJO’s Ted Aronson.

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