Martin D. Weiss is one of the nation’s leading providers of a wide range of investment information. He is chairman of Weiss Research, Inc., the publisher of Money and Markets, and of Weiss Ratings, the only truly independent rating agency, covering U.S. banks, insurance companies and stocks.
Dr. Weiss began his career in 1971 when he founded Weiss Research, dedicated to evaluating the safety of financial institutions and investments for consulting clients. After spending two years in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar studying Japanese financial institutions, Dr. Weiss returned to the United States in 1980 to begin issuing formal safety ratings on U.S. banks. He issued the first-ever independent insurance ratings in 1989, the first ratings of brokerage firms in 1992, and the first HMO ratings in 1994. Today, the Weiss companies have over a half million subscribers in more than 91 countries around the world.
Dr. Weiss’ insurance company ratings were praised by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the most accurate, and his Weiss Stock Ratings were ranked as #1 in for performance by the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times wrote that he was “the first to warn of the dangers [in the financial industry]” and Barron’s called him “the leader in identifying vulnerable companies.”
Widely acclaimed for his objectivity and complete freedom from the conflicts of interest that are common among other rating agencies, he has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, and network news programs, including The Today Show. He has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire Magazine, Money, Business Week, Fortune, and The Institutional Investor.
Dr. Weiss testified before the U.S. Congress, where he proposed legislation requiring full financial disclosure to the consumer. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at major investment seminars in the U.S. and abroad. And he has written several New York Times bestselling books, which have been published in German, Japanese, Russian, and Vietnamese.
Dr. Weiss is also very active in nonprofit organizations. He is founder and chairman of the Financial Publishers Association (FIPA), a trade association that seeks to establish ethics and standards of practice for the industry. Plus, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Weiss School, a pre-k through eighth grade school for gifted children in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Martin Weiss holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a fluent speaker of Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Japanese, and several other languages.