Interview: A Conversation With Sam Stovall by Leslie N. Masonson
Sam Stovall, CFP, is currently Chief Investment Strategist at CFRA Research and provides commentary and analysis on the equity markets, with particular attention paid to industry and sector seasonality and momentum. He also serves as chairman of the CFRA Investment Policy Committee. Moreover, he writes a weekly column for the MarketScope Advisor website, as well as contributes to the well-known weekly The Outlook. He worked at S&P Global (later known as S&P Capital IQ) from April 1989 through September 2016, and was the Chief Equity Strategist of S&P Capital IQ, as well as chairman of its Investment Policy Committee.
Previously, he was editor-in-chief at Argus Research in NYC. He is the author of The Seven Rules Of Wall Street (2009) as well as The Standard & Poor’s Guide To Sector Investing (1995). He received an MBA in ﬁnance from New York University and a BA in history and education from Muhlenberg College. He is on the latter college’s board of trustees. Stovall is also a board member of W!SE (Working in Support of Education), an educational not-for-proﬁt that aims to improve the lives of young people through programs that develop ﬁnancial literacy and readiness for college and careers. He speaks at many industry conferences including AAII and other venues, he participates in CFRA webinars, and contributes to the Equities.com website.
STOCKS & COMMODITIES ETF columnist Leslie Masonson interviewed Sam Stovall on June 13, 2019 to discuss his historical perspective on the markets and his focus on sector and industry investing ...
Sam, did your highly respected father, Robert Stovall, a well-known Wall Street authority, influence you to enter the investment business? If not, how did you end up on Wall Street?
I ended up on Wall Street as sort of an end-run, if you will. I went to Muhlenberg College and was an education major. I had my heart set on being a social studies teacher and a football coach on the sidelines ...