Rick Ferri

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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.

  • 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.


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Rick Ferri Blog

Oh, how painful it has been to learn these lessons. I’ve been around the investment industry for a long time and have made plenty of mistakes. I’ve also seen a lot of variations on the theme of investing, some of which have made the industry better and others of which seem like nothing more than [...]
Harry Markowitz won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990 for his work on a theory of portfolio management for individual wealth holders. Since that time, Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) has become the bedrock for creating best-practice portfolio selection methods. Creating an optimal portfolio consists of estimating a portfolio’s future risk and expected return as [...]
I was a brand-spanking new Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps 35 years ago. We graduated 135 “butter-bars” from my Officer Candidate class. We were called that because the single, brass bar rank insignia looks like a bar of butter. We had a lot of pride and ambition on commissioning day, and all the opportunity [...]
Tune into any financial news network and you’ll hear a continuous drumbeat of Wall Street analysts spouting their most recent stock market forecast. I find there is value to these forecasts – entertainment value – especially from the forecasters who foresee grandiose returns or impending doom. In terms of investment value, if these forecasts serve [...]
With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I am reminded of the many benefits of independence, especially independent investment advice. You would think that independent advice would be any adviser’s highest calling. Surely our mission should be to aggressively avoid direct or indirect conflicts of interest, so we can freely employ any funds or investments [...]

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

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