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Do-It-Yourself Wealth Management

Take Control of Your Financial Life!

DIY Wealth Management
Stanley Kon

Stanley J. Kon, PhD

Stanley J. Kon is Chairman of Ripsaw LLC where he oversees research, education, and product development. He also is the editor of the Journal of Fixed Income.

Dr. Kon has written extensively in the areas of investment management, performance measurement, asset pricing, statistical models of stock returns and mortgage-backed securities. He has published articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Fixed Income and Financial Analysts Journal.

He served as the J. B. Fuqua Visiting Professor of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he taught courses in fixed income securities and risk management. He was also a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he received the Executive MBA outstanding teacher award.

Prior to that, Stanley was a principal, executive vice-president, director of research and co-director of the investment management group at Smith Breeden Associates, Inc., an institutional investment management company.

Prior to that, he was a Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan from 1982-1997. Prior to 1982, Professor Kon served on the faculties of New York University, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Kon also founded Modern Portfolio Strategies Inc. in 1985. The premiere product the MPS OPTIMIZER™ brought the most sophisticated portfolio selection techniques to computer software at the time. The MPS OPTIMIZER™ was used by investment management professionals and in business school classrooms across the country.

Dr. Kon has also served on several bank and holding company boards and as a consultant to government, business and financial institutions.

Dr. Kon received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Lowell Technological Institute, his MBA in Finance and Economics from St. John’s University and his PhD in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Stanley J. Kon, our Co-Founder and Chairman has recently written a book that thoroughly explains his approach to wealth management. This DIY guide is a great companion to Ripsaw® Wealth Tools!

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The task of personal and family wealth management seems like it requires so many interrelated complex decisions with multiple risk dimensions that most people feel overwhelmed. However, we are all our own wealth managers, regardless of who you pay for advice and trade execution. Given the potential conflicts of interest, managerial risk and high fees, it is not difficult to do better for yourself than what most professionals can do for you. Even if you choose to pay a professional, it is still your responsibility to monitor them concerning suitable strategies and performance net of fees. In this book, the author (Stanley J. Kon, PhD) with long careers as a professor of finance and in the practice of institutional investment management, will take you through a disciplined “Do-It-Yourself” investment process for wealth portfolio construction, monitoring and revision involving many accounts and many investments with overlapping risk dimensions. Follow DIYWealth on twitter!

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