Tony Abbate, CFA is founder and Managing Director of Granite Value Capital, a Hanover, NH based investment management firm. Tony received his BBA in Finance and Business Economics from University of Notre Dame in 1992. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997. Prior to starting Granite Value Capital, he worked for nine years as a Portfolio Manager in Fleet/Bank of America's Private Wealth Management division. Tony has thoroughly studied the teachings of the value investment philosophy set forth by Benjamin Graham during the 1930s and 1940s and expanded upon by Warren Buffett and other investors in the second half of the 20th century. In 2000 he completed a study of every publicly traded company with a minimum market capitalization of $25 million (over 5,000 companies) in the United States. From this study he created a universe of about 1,500 stocks that he continuously monitors. Tony's equity investment selection process focuses on minimizing three elements of risk: business risk, balance sheet/bankruptcy risk, valuation risk. Tony looks at stock ownership as owning an interest in a business. His goal is to own a portfolio of companies with return and risk characteristics that are superior to the broader market.