Rick Ferri

From Bogleheads
Jump to: navigation, search
Rick Ferri. Photo by Paul (sddiehard).

Rick is a bogleheads.org reading list author

My name is Richard Ferri (Rick). I have been in the investment business for over 20 years. The first 10+ as a broker and the last 10+ years as a low-fee investment advisor.

My title is Founder of Portfolio Solutions, LLC, an investment management firm based Troy, MI. Portfolio Solutions manages close to $1 billion in separately accounts for high-net-worth individuals, families, non-profit organizations, and corporate pension plans. The firm specializes in a low-cost, tax-efficient, asset allocation investment approach to building wealth.
Education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Master of Science degree in Finance from Walsh College.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Prior to joining the investment community in 1988, I served as an officer and jet pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. In total, I served for 21 years and retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in early 2001.

I have authored six books. My latest book, The Power of Passive Investing: More Wealth with Less Work, shows how passive investors who buy the market will capture better results than most active investors who try to beat the market. The ETF Book is a comprehensive guide to the illusive world of exchange-traded funds. Other books are Serious Money: Straight Talk about Investing for Retirement [free on-line], All About Index Funds [2nd Edition: McGraw-Hill], All About Asset Allocation [McGraw-Hill] and Protecting Your Wealth in Good Times and Bad [temporarily out of print, see below].

All the royalties I earn from the sale of books is donated to the Semper Fi Fund. This non-profit organization provides immediate financial support for injured members of U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Books

Any purchases made at Amazon.com will result in a small referral fee for us. It does not cost you anything extra.

Blog

Rick Ferri Blog

The dispersion among individual stock returns varies over time. Low dispersion occurs when all stocks tend to move in the same direction, and high dispersion occurs when stocks tend to go their separate ways. It’s during a period of high dispersion we hear Wall Street gurus proclaim: “It’s a stock picker’s market.” The inference is that it’s easier to beat the market during these periods. That’s not true.
Imagine we’re on an intergalactic spaceship traveling far away from Earth. It’s a quiet day. There are no meteor storms or alien encounters to contend with. We’re sitting in the Solar Lounge discussing a topic of great interest to both of us – the root elements of investment value. Our dialogue is as follows: What defines investment value? Is it the return of an investment over time? We contemplate this and decide that return cannot be a good definition of value because inflation causes prices to rise, which is not an increase in real value. Then inflation gains are taxed by governments, which reduces real value.
Freedom is not free. Our rights and privileges come at a high cost. The brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom are not able to enjoy the sacrifices they gave, but their families and friends are, and that’s what’s important. Seeing this reality firsthand as a young Marine Corp officer changed my life. It also shaped my career in the investment industry.
I’m often asked what I think about asset location strategies. This is a tax management technique where an investor places the most tax-efficient investments in the least tax-efficient account type and vice versa to reduce near-term taxes. There are advantages and disadvantages to this strategy. I believe whether you choose to do this or not is a matter of preference rather than substance.
Love and money have a lot in common. It struck me how similar these two pursuits are while reading a recent Wall Street Journal article on the pursuit of a satisfying life by Charles Murray. We seek both love and money over our lifetimes; we’re drawn to them, fight over them, agonize over them, neglect them and lose them on occasion, and then seek them again.

RSS Feed icon - 200px.png Rick Ferri RSS feed

Video

Rick Ferri discusses his book, The Power of Passive Investing, with Morningstar.

See also

External links

Website