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Academic Advisory Board

Matson Money’s Academic Advisory Board is comprised of luminaries in their respective fields bringing expertise in the critical aspects of what it means to be an investor and how to leverage the power of free markets. Each member provides an invaluable contribution to the foundational principles of Matson Money, while also playing a key role helping to build our future as a premier investor coaching company.

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Harry M. Markowitz, Ph.D.

1990 The Nobel Prize in Economics, Modern Portfolio Theory 1989 Von Neumann Award, Operations Research Society of America Principal, Harry Markowitz Company Adjunct professor, Rady School of Management, UCSD Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago M.A., Economics, University of Chicago Ph.B., Liberal Arts, University of Chicago

Legacy Member - 2018-2023

Harry Markowitz received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1990 for his contributions to financial economics. Markowitz developed the foundations of Modern Portfolio Theory in the 1950s, which demonstrates how an investment portfolio can be engineered to maximize return for any given level of risk. This work included the Markowitz Efficient Frontier which allows individual investors to understand how a portfolio’s expected returns vary with the amount of risk taken...

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Arthur B. Laffer, Ph.D.

Member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (both terms), 1981-1989 Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates Bachelors of Economics, Yale University MBA, Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University

Dr. Laffer’s economic acumen brings a distinct advantage to Matson Money, our coaches, and clients with insights on the implication of economic policy on savers and investors. Frequently referred to as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics,” Dr. Laffer helps navigate the complexities of the economy, interest rates, and tax efficiency as it applies to portfolio construction.

Terrance Odean, Ph.D.

Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance Haas School of Business, University of California Bachelors of Statistics, UC Berkeley Masters of Finance, UC Berkeley Ph.D., Finance, UC Berkeley

Terrance Odean is a leader in the field of behavioral finance, boasting extensive research in the area of investor behavior, investor biases and habits. His research reveals how behavior can destroy investor performance and the ability to create wealth. Dr. Odean’s expertise is essential to the creation of coaching systems and tools for prudent long–term investing.

Savina Rizova, Ph.D.

Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics, Dartmouth College MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Ph.D., Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Savina Rizova currently serves as Dimensional Fund Advisor’s Co-Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Research. In her role at Dimensional, she applies her background in finance to a wide variety of research projects to help improve every step of the investment process, from research on drivers of returns to portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading. In addition, Savina leads the efforts of the Research group to provide thought leadership to clients and prospects on important...

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R. Lyman Ott, Ph.D.

Bachelors of Mathematics and Education, Bucknell University Masters of Mathematics, Bucknell University Ph.D., Statistics, Virginia Tech

As an expert in the field of statistics, Dr. Ott lends his expertise to Matson Money and investors by actively analyzing and providing third-party validation for the economic and financial research upon which our portfolios are constructed. His scrutiny indicates the probability of outcomes concerning the implementation of specific investing strategies. His analysis of the existence and confirmation of “The Barbell Effect” has a significant impact on the design of Matson Money portfolios.

David Eagleman, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist at Stanford University CEO and co-founder Neosensory Chief Science Officer and co-founder BrainCheck Guggenheim Fellow Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine Postdoctoral fellowship at Salk Institute Writer and presenter of the Emmy-nominated international TV series "The Brain with David Eagleman" International bestselling author

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University, an internationally bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity he directs the Center for Science and Law. Eagleman is the author of...

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An Academic Approach to Wealth Accumulation

With the assistance of our esteemed Academic Advisory Board, we train and develop investors to adopt a scientific approach to investing, focusing on both statistical data and human behavior promoting a disciplined and evidence-based approach toward their financial future.

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