About Us

C.M. Bidwell & Associates, Ltd. has been a federally registered investment advisory with the Securities and Exchange Commission since our founding by Dr. Bidwell in 1979.  While a finance professor at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Bidwell was asked to manage the pension funds of a small local institution.  He is a recognized expert in market anomalies having published several papers in academic journals beginning in the 1970’s. His thesis that positive earnings surprises coupled with a low price-to-earnings ratio formed the model for hedge fund managers and other quantitative investors for decades to come.

Our firm has remained academically inclined, maintaining a focus on market anomaly research and continuing to enhance our quantitative model of stock selection.  We seek out employees with high academic achievement and a desire to continue learning to make us better at managing money.  All employees are involved in the research process, ensuring our strong emphasis on objective portfolio management.

We are very much a family firm with a select group of clients. We have never been interested in an ever-growing client base. We are interested in knowing our clients and providing them with excellent personal service. We do not receive commissions for trades we place nor do we sponsor proprietary funds.  Our clients pay us a percentage of the assets we manage for them.  When their accounts grow in size, our fees grow by a commensurate amount. As such, we make objective investment decisions based on our clients’ goals. It has always been our view that if we excel at what we do, the clients will follow.

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Clinton M. Bidwell III, PhD. Finance, MBA, BA

Chairman & Chief Investment Officer

  • PhD. Finance | University of Southern California
  • MBA | University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Political Science | University of California, Berkeley

Clinton M. Bidwell III is the founder and Chairman of C. M. Bidwell & Associates, Ltd. He created the firm in 1979 in Honolulu while a Professor of Finance at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Bidwell has served as Professor of Finance at several universities on the U.S. Mainland including the University of California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles in the field of investments.

See the section of articles included in this website here.

Prior to receiving his doctorate at the University of Southern California, Dr. Bidwell was Director of Research for a NYSE firm, opened the Bear Stearns office in Century City, Los Angeles, California, and worked as an investment advisor with Dominick & Dominick in Los Angeles. Dr. Bidwell earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Niall Kilcommons, CFA, CMA

President & Chief Compliance Officer

  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Bachelor of Management | University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Niall Kilcommons is President and a Portfolio Manager at C. M. Bidwell & Associates, Ltd. He joined the firm in 1999 and has since been key in the firm’s back-office management, compliance, research and portfolio management. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kilcommons was an accountant with the corporate financial reporting group at Fracmaster, Ltd., an international oil and gas services company in Calgary, Canada. Mr. Kilcommons is a CFA charter holder and is a CMA Professional as awarded by the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Mr. Kilcommons manages the investments of numerous client portfolios in the mega large cap and large cap styles. Additionally, Mr. Kilcommons is responsible for back-testing of new variables in conjunction with research results that may be incorporated into the firm’s quantitative management approach. All back-office and compliance functions are overseen by Mr. Kilcommons.

Debra Chun, MBA, BS Finance

Senior Vice President

  • MBA | Columbia University
  • BS, Finance | University of Hawaii, Manoa

Debra Chun is Senior Vice President of C. M. Bidwell & Associates, Ltd. She joined C. M. Bidwell & Associates in 1999 and has since been an integral part of the firm’s portfolio management, research and marketing efforts. Prior to joining C. M. Bidwell & Associates, Ms. Chun was Vice President of Finance at Pacific Marine & Supply Co., Ltd. and Manager of Corporate Planning at Alexander & Baldwin. Ms. Chun received her Bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Hawaii and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in New York City.

Ms. Chun manages the investment of numerous client portfolios in U.S. traded stocks, including stock selection and trading. Additionally, Ms. Chun is responsible for model creation and implementation in conjunction with research results that may be incorporated into the firm’s quantitative management approach. She also selects mutual funds and ETFs for private wealth management clients to ensure target asset allocations and long term financial objectives are met.

Brett Bidwell, CFA, CFP®

Vice President

  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Certified Financial Planner ™
  • Master of Economic | University of Texas, Austin
  • BS, Economics | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Brett is located in Austin, Texas.

Brett Bidwell has served as a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services. He was part of a team that managed $150 million for both individual and institutional accounts. He worked directly with clients throughout the portfolio management process from development of the Investment Policy Statement to portfolio implementation and monitoring. Prior to that, Brett worked as the Director of Research for C.M. Bidwell & Associates.

Mr. Bidwell received a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a major in economics. He has passed all written examinations required for his PhD in economics from UT, as well as completed the field requirements in Econometrics, Industrial Organization, and Labor Theory. He has earned the CFP® designation and is a CFA charter holder.

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