Casey Smith is President of Wiser Wealth Management, Marietta, GA-based fee-only fiduciary wealth management firm offering asset management, tax preparation, estate planning and financial planning services. Wiser’s unique investing techniques has earned Casey speaking engagements at Inside ETFs in Florida, Inside ETFs Europe in Amsterdam, the Asia ETF Conference in Singapore, Indexing Summit in New York and the Delta Connection Pilots Retirement Workshop. Casey has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The New York Times, Atlanta Daily Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, Financial Advisor, Dallas New Era, CNN Radio, Seeking Alpha.com, ETFsHub.com, Indexuniverse.com, ETFMarketPro.com, and Leadingtheway.org. Casey writes regularly for his own blog at wiserinvestor.com. Casey sits on the Board of the Planned Giving Council of Berry College, The Berry College Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Committee, the Berry Student Run Enterprises Advisory Board and the Berry College Board of Visitors. Casey is a member of the Marietta Business Association and serves on the board of Hughes Polymer Additives, Inc, Laney Holdings, Inc (oil rights). In addition to his work as a financial advisor, Casey is a Captain for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), a Delta Connection Carrier for Delta Airlines and United Airlines. He began flying in 2002 mainly for recreation, but his hobby quickly evolved into a flying career as he began flying for US Airways Express in New England. In 2004, he was hired by Atlantic Southeast Airlines to fly the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Casey is able to manage his flying schedule in a way that allows him to be available at the Wiser Wealth office during regular business hours. Casey’s savvy as a financial advisor has not gone unnoticed by his airline colleagues and superiors, as he was chosen as the instructor for Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ 401k workshop for its 3000 pilots and flight attendants. He sits on the Atlantic Southeast Airlines Airline Pilots Association (ASA ALPA) Retirement and Insurance Committee as a “401k Specialist”. Casey graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a major in Finance in 2000. He earned his Series 7 and 66 while employed at a financial firm in Atlanta. He holds the Master of Estate Preservation designation and has additional education in tax preparation. Casey formed Wiser Wealth Management, Inc, a Registered Investment Advisory firm in 2001. Casey and his family live near the Marietta Square and attend the Church of The Apostles (apostles.org) in Atlanta. He enjoys golf and is a member of Canon Gate at Eagle Watch/Bentwater Golf Club.
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Larry Swedroe is director of research for Buckingham Asset Management (www.investmentadvisornow.com), a Registered Investment Advisor firm in St. Louis, Mo and an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE (www.thebamalliance.com). He is also director of research for BAM Advisor Services, LLC (www.bamservices.com), a service provider to investment advisors across the country, most of whom are affiliated with CPA firms. Previously, Larry was vice chairman of Prudential Home Mortgage. Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College.
To help inform investors about the passive investment approach, he was among the first authors to publish a book that explained passive investing in layman’s terms — The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need. He has authored seven more books: What Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Know (2001), Rational Investing in Irrational Times (2002), The Successful Investor Today (2003), Wise Investing Made Simple (2007), Wise Investing Made Simpler (2010) and The Quest for Alpha (2011), and Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett (2012).
He also co-authored five books: The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You’ll Ever Need (2006, with Joe Hempen), The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You’ll Ever Need (2008, with Jared Kizer) and The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan (2010, with Tiya Lim and Kevin Grogan), Ivestment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make (2011, with RC Balaban) and Reducing the Risk of Black Swans (2013 with Kevin Grogan). He writes the blog Wise Investing for CBS’s personal finance Web site http://www.cbsnews.com/search/author/larry-swedroe, He also writes for IndexUniverse.com http://www.indexuniverse.com/sections/index-investor-corner.html and you can follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/larryswedroe).
Aniket Ullal is the founder of First Bridge Data (www.firstbridgedata.com), a provider of institutional quality ETF data & analytics. Previously he had product responsibility for S&P's US index products including the widely tracked S&P 500 and S&P/Case-Shiller indices. First Bridge's clients range from individual financial advisors to hedge funds with over $10BN in assets. First Bridge's products include daily holdings & granular classifications data, as well as daily analytic dashboards to monitor ETF portfolio risk.
Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD, Managing Director and head of Asset Allocation, is a member of the Global Allocation team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies Group. He serves as a member of BlackRock's Americas Executive Committee.
Mr. Koesterich's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to his current role, Mr. Koesterich was BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Strategist and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Model Portfolio Solutions business. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Investment Strategy for scientific active equities and as senior portfolio manager in the US Market Neutral Group. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Koesterich was the Chief North American Strategist at State Street Bank and Trust. He began his investment career at Instinet Research Partners where he occupied several positions in research, including Director of Investment Strategy for both U.S. and European research, and Equity Analyst. He is a frequent contributor to financials news media and the author of two books, including his most recent "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble."
Mr. Koesterich earned a BA in history from Brandeis University, a JD from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a CFA Charterholder.