Rob Stein is the Managing Partner of Astor Financial (http://www.astorllc.com) and Managing Editor of ETF Port.com (http://etfport.com/). He began his career as an economist at the Federal Reserve in April 1983, then under Chairman Paul Volker. From 1984 to 1991, Rob was employed in senior trading or portfolio management positions with Bank of America New York, Harris Bank Chicago and Continental Bank Chicago, which was acquired by Bank of America. In 1991, Rob was employed by Barclay’s Bank plc New York, as managing director of Proprietary Trading. Returning to Chicago in 1994, Mr. Stein formed Astor Financial, Inc. (AF) an investment and brokerage firm. In 2001, Mr. Stein formed Astor Asset Management, LLC, a division of AF, for the purpose of providing investment advisory services to individuals, using a proprietary economic model. Astor Asset Management, LLC is currently an investment adviser registered with the SEC and is owned, in part, by Sanders Morris Harris Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:SMHG) a publicly traded financial services firm. In January 2003, Stein was named by Business Week as one of the best unknown managers. Mr. Stein is the author of The Bull Inside the Bear: Finding New Investment Opportunities in Today’s Fast-Changing Financial Markets (John Wiley & Sons), Inside Greenspan’s Briefcase: Investment Strategies for Profiling from Key Reports & Data (McGraw Hill), and Charting a Profitable Investment Course with Active Management (Marketplace Books). He has been featured in print and broadcast media such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Mr. Stein is founder and president of the Dream of Jeanne Foundation and also serves as vice chairman on the Board of Trustees for Glenkirk. Both organizations help the mentally challenged participate fully in all areas of community life. Astor formed Astor Charitable Partners to give back to the local community. Mr. Stein graduated from the University of Michigan.