Tom Essaye began his financial services career at Merrill Lynch’s Corporate and Investment Banking group. During that time he worked on the junk bond, syndicated loan, and domestic equity trading desks. Then Tom joined the firm’s U.S. Listed Equity desk, where he traded equities for clients on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. While on the floor Tom managed multi-million dollar equity trades from some of the world’s largest hedge and mutual funds.
When Tom recognized a unique fundamental investment opportunity in the natural resource markets, he co-founded a natural resource and commodity focused hedge fund. He served as the director of trading and investor relations, where he executed the fund’s equity and commodity futures trades.
He spent the final two years at the fund as manager of the energy portion of the portfolio, which totaled one-third of the fund’s assets. Additionally, through his entire tenure at the fund, Tom represented the fund at investor and industry conferences.
Tom has held the position of Vice President of Investment Services at Weiss Research, and now he manages the company’s Million-Dollar Contrarian Portfolio.
Tom is a cum laude graduate from Vanderbilt University with a major in business management and minors in finance and philosophy. And he received his MBA from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.