Alex Zhao, CFA, is an equity analyst for Morningstar, covering the telecommunications industry. Before assuming his current role in June 2016, Zhao led Morningstar’s performance team of the U.S. mutual fund database. He has worked for Morningstar since 2010, progressing from performance analyst to investment analyst for the firm’s Investment Management group. Zhao holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Kenyon College, and he is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. The opinions and research contained in his publications before June 2016 are those of Alex Zhao. Morningstar or its subsidiaries have not reviewed or endorsed any material contained herein and are not responsible for any trading decisions, damages, or other losses resulting from, or related to, the information, data, analyses or opinions or their use.
Recent Graduate from DePaul with a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Finance and Management with a Minor in Accounting. Currently interning at a financial advising company with a focus on fundamental and technical analysis. Candidate for the CFA Level 1 in December.
I am an essayist who writes primarily about Burkean conservatism, capitalism, and the concept of durable independence. I specialize in investment theory, Iowa politics, education, and family travel. My interests range from home and furniture restoration, to scuba diving, cycling, camping, and gardening. I also like to write about connections I see between literature, philosophy, art, history, and current affairs. I hold a master’s degree in politics from Iowa State University, graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of Iowa State’s graduate research award in in 2015.
I have worked as a teaching assistant (ISU), a fiction writer (Losing Latitude, Symptoms of a Broken Heart), a political blogger (Des Moines Examiner), a hospitality auditor (Hilton), a publisher (Remarco Publishing), a vending machine repair man, an antique furniture restorer, and a swimming instructor. As an undergraduate, I worked full-time overnights at a gas station to pay for school. For the last six years, my primary job has been as a stay-at-home dad to two children ages six and four.
I am currently working on a book about the definition of conservatism and the value of durable independence, as well as laying the groundwork for a non-profit that focuses on land conservation and utilization in Iowa. In 2016 (when my youngest starts school) I’ll be looking for teaching opportunities in central Iowa or administrative work in higher education.
Astute student of value investing with a focus on dividend growth. Doing my homework and learning something new everyday. You can't acquire much more than miniscule knowledge of what this vast investing universe is all about, but you can learn what works for your own situation.
I started and led a consumer products oriented consulting firm for 20 years. We consulted with many of the premier companies including KO, JNJ, SJM, CL, BMY, G, MMM, GIS, MO, etc. After selling the business I wrote a book on investing in Great Companies and started an investment firm that managed three mutual funds with AUM of $1.4 billion using the principles outlined in the book that I wrote. The largest fund outperformed the S&P 500 during the five years that I managed the fund.
After selling the funds I have been involved in various ventures including investment management, a country music channel, and purchasing consumer debt.