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David P. Nolan

Senior Investment Strategist

In his role as senior investment strategist, David serves as the chair of the Investment Strategy Committee and is responsible for oversight of all McKinley Carter investment programs. In addition, David serves as the specialist for our Risk Management Specialized Practice Group.

Licensing and Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Wake Forest University
  • Series 7 and Series 66 Licenses (1979-84)

Accomplishments and Honors

Prior to McKinley Carter, David worked for BB&T Corp. and its predecessors, serving as senior vice president and portfolio manager in the Asset Management (RIA) division where he managed multiple public equity mutual funds. He also managed an equity common trust fund that transitioned into a public mutual fund (1993) for 24 years. In 2006, the fund was named a "Category King" by the Wall Street Journal due to its status as a "Lipper Leader” for consistent, long-term performance.

David has appeared on CNBC TV, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio and was featured twice in The Wall Street Transcript. He has been quoted in other media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Online, and Smart Money Online.

Community Involvement

David has been active in his church since 1979. He currently serves on its Finance Committee and as a member of the board of trustees, having previously served as board president. David has also chaired the Fellowship and Recreation Committee, coached church league basketball for 41 years and chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, establishing a long-range vision for the church. He represents his church on the Charleston Church Recreation Association Board.

David serves on the Investment Subcommittee of the Presbytery of WV and is a member of the Investment Committee of the YWCA of Charleston. He is also a former board member of the Charleston Children’s Theatre and Daymark (serving at-risk youth).

David’s Articles
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The Beat Goes On: Vaccine Optimism Paved Way for 2020 Record Highs, Sets Stage for 2021

What a year we experienced in 2020! The most tumultuous year in recent memory ended on a high note for markets as the fourth quarter brought greater political and medical clarity — one that resulted in substantial market gains over the past three months, which helped to make 2020 a surprisingly strong year for market returns. What can we expect in 2021?

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Risky Business – These Are Not Your Father’s Bonds

Your bonds are facing challenges not seen in our lifetimes – historically low interest rates have benefitted current bondholders as their prices have risen sharply in value; but the low current rates leave bonds exposed to losses, assuming rates rise in the future. Wondering if you should sell your bonds? Here are some strategies to consider.

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The Economy and the Markets in The Age of COVID – A Contest Between the Federal Reserve and Margo Channing

2020 continues to be one of the most unpredictable years in memory, as markets rose to new all-time highs in the third quarter despite a resurgence in coronavirus cases, as stocks rallied thanks to a combination of an even more accommodative Fed policy, hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, and a stronger-than-expected economic rebound, before markets declined moderately from those highs in mid-September.

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