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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Santa Clara University,
Leavy School of Business
Ph.D., Columbia University
B.A. and M.B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Investor behavior and decision making is a key component to reaching long-term investing goals. We are pleased to welcome noted behavioral finance researcher, Meir Statman to the Matson Money Academic Board. His work attempts to understand how investors and managers make financial decisions and how these decisions are reflected in financial markets. His most recent...
Neuroscientist at Stanford University
CEO and co-founder Neosensory
Chief Science Officer and co-founder BrainCheck
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...
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 towards their financial future.