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Updated by Zack Miller on Nov 01, 2016
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Who do you think is a big thinker in finance (ideas, tools, strategies)?

There's a lot of second-rate financial information and poor financial advice floating around online. These people rise above the noise, helping themselves and those around them make better investment decisions.

Who do you think should be on this list?


Terrance Odean

Do Day Traders Rationally Learn About Their Ability? with Brad Barber, Yi-Tsung Lee and Yu-Jane Liu. The Cross-Section of Speculator Skill: Evidence from Taiwan with Brad Barber, Yi-Tsung Lee and Yu-Jane Liu. Once Burned, Twice Shy: How Naïve Learning, Counterfactuals, and Regret Affect the Repurchase of Stocks Previously Sold with Brad Barber and Michal Strahilevitz, forthcoming Journal of Marketing Research.

Richard L. Peterson

Inside the Investor's Brain (Wiley, 2007) MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity (Wiley, 2010) Neuroeconomics Post-Doctoral Studies - Stanford University, 2003-2004. Psychiatry Residency - San Mateo Medical Center, 2000-2004. M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) - University of Texas Medical Branch, May 2000, with Honors. B.S.

David Merkel

Author of the Aleph Blog:
David J. Merkel, CFA — 2010-present, I run my own equity asset management shop, called Aleph Investments. I manage separately managed stock and bond accounts for upper middle class individuals and small institutions. My minimum is $100,000

Jason Zweig seeks to help investors maximize the odds of reaching their goals. This site preaches the virtues of investing patience and condemns bad logic and bad behavior.

Michael Mauboussin

Legg Mason's Chief Investment Officer and author of investment books


Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

Of best-selling Nudge fame.

Shlomo Benartzi

Shlomo Benartzi, and Richard H. Thaler. (Summer 2007). Heuristics and Biases in Retirement Savings Behavior. Journal of Economic Perspectives. [ Link ] Shlomo Benartzi, and Richard H. Thaler. (February 2004). Save More Tomorrow: Using Behavioral Economics to Increase Employee Savings. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 112.1, Part 2, pp. S164-S187.

Meir Statman

Meir Statman is the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and Visiting Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on behavioral finance. He attempts to understand how investors and managers make financial decisions and how these decisions are reflected in financial markets. Meir's book, "What Investors Really Want," has recently been published by McGraw-Hill. The book's subtitles are "Know What Drives Investor Behavior and Make Better Financial Decisions," and "Learn the Lessons of Behavioral Finance."

Brad Barber

Brad is the Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Professor of Finance at the UC Davis, Graduate School of Management. He is also the Director of the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility. His recent research focuses on analyst recommendations and investor psychology. His research has been covered extensively in the financial press, including Business Week, Time, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNNfn, and CNBC.

David F. Swensen

As Yale University's Chief Investment Officer, Swensen literally wrote the book about endowment investing.

Jonathan Clements

OKAY, OKAY, I ADMIT IT, I don't update this Web site very often. But if you check back occasionally, you're likely to find new stuff. While I am no longer in the column-writing business, I continue to do a heap of writing for Citi Personal Wealth Management-and some of those pieces are now available on

Wesley R. Gray

Wes is a professor at Drexel, runs the Turnkey Analyst site, and got his PhD at Chicago.

Tom Brakke

Tom Brakke, CFA, is president of thomas j. brakke, llc, and its affiliated entities, including tjb research, a consulting firm specializing in helping investment firms in the areas of investment process, the use of external research, and the communication of investment ideas within a firm and to its clients.

Mebane Faber

I get a ton of emails with ideas and questions about trading systems. We put together a research piece that answers a lot of these questions and will likely publish it in the coming weeks on the blog or in a white paper.

Darren Roulstone

Director, PhD Program Associate Professor of Accounting & MIS Professor Roulstone conducts research on the role of information intermediaries in capital markets. He publishes in, and is a reviewer for, a variety of accounting, finance, and legal journals. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting Research, the Accounting Review, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Robert D. Arnott

Robert D. Arnott (born 1954) is an American entrepreneur, investor, editor and writer who focuses on articles about quantitative investing. He is the father of Richard Wiles-Arnott, Sydney Arnott, and Robin Arnott. He edited the CFA Institute's Financial Analysts Journal from 2002–2006, and has edited three books on equity management and tactical asset allocation.[1] He is a co-author of the book The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest.[2]