By |Published On: November 1st, 2017|Categories: Business Updates|

Jack and I will be attending the Evidence-Based Investing Conference tomorrow in NYC. We’re excited to participate and be part of the crowd. Be sure to give us a holler — love to discuss whatever is on your mind!

Author rendering of the scene at EBI

Historically, the conversations at EBI can end up covering fun topics.

For example, Over the summer, Jack spoke at the West Coast version and recapped his experience via this post. Key highlights?

  1. Investor Behavior Matters
  2. Embrace Transparency
  3. Being an Evidence-Based Investor is difficult!

I spoke at the EBI conference last year in NYC (will be doing so again this year). The chatter at that conference was related to the low volatility anomaly. A recap is here. The main point I made during this discussion, in not so eloquent terms?

Right now, low-vol is expensive crap. You should be buying cheap crap.

Turns out that was the correct sentiment for the past year:

Source: Yahoo Finance

Where will be go this year? I’m guessing passive versus active, machine learning, and maybe some Amazon chatter. But who knows. Hopefully, we’ll geek out on factor research with Cliff Asness at the helm. Or maybe Tim Buckley can explain how they plan on addressing a basic question: how big is too big? Jason Zweig should be good for an update or two on how our “monkey” brains work and/or don’t work.

With Josh Brown and Barry Ritholz on the mic, you know this will be an exciting event.

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Wesley Gray, PhD
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. Next, Wes took an academic job in his wife’s hometown of Philadelphia and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management firm dedicated to an impact mission of empowering investors through education. He is a contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. Wes has published multiple academic papers and four books, including Embedded (Naval Institute Press, 2009), Quantitative Value (Wiley, 2012), DIY Financial Advisor (Wiley, 2015), and Quantitative Momentum (Wiley, 2016). Dr. Gray currently resides in Palmas Del Mar Puerto Rico with his wife and three children. He recently finished the Leadville 100 ultramarathon race and promises to make better life decisions in the future.

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