DIY Financial Advisor
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray received a PhD, and was a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in entrepreneurship and behavioral finance led him to found Alpha Architect. He is the author of Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors and DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth. You can learn more about his firm at http://alphaarchitect.com.
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DIY Financial Advisor – Description
DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth by Wesley R. Gray is a synopsis of our research findings developed while serving as a consultant and asset manager for family offices. By way of background, a family office is a company, or group of people, who manage the wealth a family has gained over generations. The term ‘family office’ has an element of cachet, and even mystique, because it is usually associated with the mega-wealthy. However, practically speaking, virtually any family that manages its investments—independent of the size of the investment pool—could be considered a family office. The difference is mainly semantic.
DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth by Wesley R. Gray outlines a step-by-step process through which investors can take control of their hard-earned wealth and manage their own family office. Our research indicates that what matters in investing are minimizing psychology traps and managing fees and taxes. These simple concepts apply to all families, not just the ultra-wealthy.
But can—or should—we be managing our own wealth?
Our natural inclination is to succumb to the challenge of portfolio management and let an ‘expert’ deal with the problem. For a variety of reasons we discuss in this book, we should resist the gut reaction to hire experts. We suggest that investors maintain direct control, or at least a thorough understanding, of how their hard-earned wealth is managed. Our book is meant to be an educational journey that slowly builds confidence in one’s own ability to manage a portfolio. We end our book with a potential solution that could be applicable to a wide-variety of investors, from the ultra-high net worth to middle class individuals, all of whom are focused on similar goals of preserving and growing their capital over time.
DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth by Wesley R. Gray is a unique resource. This book is the only comprehensive guide to implementing simple quantitative models that can beat the experts. And it comes at the perfect time, as the investment industry is undergoing a significant shift due in part to the use of automated investment strategies that do not require a financial advisor’s involvement. DIY Financial Advisor is an essential text that guides you in making your money work for you—not for someone else!
DIY Financial Advisor – Review
Praise for DIY Financial Advisor
“Surprisingly simple advice: Avoid these common mistakes, make these small improvements, and voilà! Better investing performance!” – Barry Ritholtz, Chief Investment Officer, Ritholtz Wealth Management
“Sophisticated yet sensible advice is typically afforded to only the wealthiest individuals and institutions. Now it is accessible to all in DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth by Wesley R. Gray. A must read.” – Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence and author of The Institutional ETF Toolbox
“DIY Financial Advisor is a great read for investors who want to take their retirement into their own hands. Wes Gray & co. bring a ton of enthusiasm to the topic while arming their readers to the teeth with useful information.” – Joshua M. Brown, author of the bestselling book Backstage Wall Street, founder of The Reformed Broker blog, and star of CNBC’s The Halftime Report
“Wall Street’s so-called experts are overconfident, biased, and out to sell you a story. That is why DIY Financial Advisor is such a valuable resource.” – Tadas Viskanta, Founder and Editor of Abnormal Returns, author of Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere
“Investors are told their success relies on complex strategies and expert forecasts about the future. Using an evidence-based approach, Gray, Vogel, and Foulke prove why this isn’t the case. A great read!” – Ben Carlson, author of A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan