As a founding partner of the Corner Group and Portfolio Manager, Ian provides disciplined, long-term investment management and wealth planning solutions to affluent individuals and businesses. With over 50 years in the investment industry, Ian has confronted, overcome and successfully managed his way through both bull and bear markets.
His experience makes the Corner Group what it is today: An enduring partnership built on trusted client relationships with an intensely service-oriented approach to investing.
Ian’s contrarian approach helps to set the investment strategy for the Corner Group. Trusting an intuition that he has developed over four decades of market observation, Ian follows an investment strategy that is disciplined and backed by a strong generalist philosophy. He exemplifies his investment mandate through his analytical writings for the team’s quarterly newsletter, The Comment.
Ian began writing The Comment in 1974, after one of the worst stock market downturns in history. Since the newsletter’s inception, Ian’s writings have stood the test of time highlighting various economic, political and analytical insights that surround the investing public and more importantly, Corner Group clients.
As a “voraciously eclectic” reader, Ian dedicates two days a week to focus on research and analysis; components necessary to staying well-versed in the world financial markets and developing investment strategies.
The Comment (October 2007): Predictions of the U.S. Credit Crisis
Proving that conventionalists aren’t always accurate, Ian highlighted this in the October 2007 issue of The Comment which was a prelude the worst credit-crisis in history. He recommended, holding less in equities and shorting the NASDAQ 100, S&P 500 and Dow Jones 30, while remarks from experts such as Ben Bernanke (Federal Reserve Chairman) and Henry Paulson (U.S. Treasury Secretary) suggested that the credit crunch and resulting financial market turmoil would have little impact on economic activity. Paulson agreed that “it is very much our view that the economy is strong enough to keep growing despite these two penalties.” By March 2009, the three major U.S. indices lost over 50 per cent in value leaving Bernanke and Paulson vulnerable by mistakenly calling the credit-crisis “containable.”
- Bachelor of Science at McGill University
- Studied for Masters of Economics at Simon Fraser University
Ian is an avid traveler and over the years, has traveled around the world. He also enjoys reading and spending time with his family skiing the local mountains.