MARTIN D. WEISS is the nation's leading consumer advocate for financial safety. He is president of The Weiss Group, Inc., a leader in the fields of money markets, interest rates, economic safety, and forecasting. The Group has helped millions of Americans judge the financial stability of insurance companies, HMOs, banks, savings & loans, and securities brokers.
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 management techniques at Japanese financial institutions, Dr. Weiss returned to the United States in 1980 to begin issuing formal safety ratings on banks and savings institutions. His firm issued the first independent insurance ratings in 1989, the first ratings of brokerage firms in 1992, and the first HMO ratings in 1994.
Acclaimed for his accurate, objective evaluations, Weiss 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. Plus, books by Weiss have been published in Japanese and serialized in major Japanese business magazines and newspapers such as Economisto and the Japan Economic Journal. Articles have also appeared in the London Spectator and other European economic journals.
Dr. Weiss has testified before Congress and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators regarding insurance company stability, where he has proposed legislation requiring full financial disclosure to the consumer. He testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations when it considered the financial difficulties befalling Blue Cross/Blue Shield member companies. He is also a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at major investment seminars in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Weiss is the editor of the financial newsletter, Safe Money Report, known for its track record in picking major turns in interest rates. He is the publisher of Sagami's Scientific Investing, dedicated to finding and recommending the highest performing stocks and mutual funds; and Undiscovered Tech Stocks, which seeks to find stocks before the Wall Street analysts follow them.
Martin Weiss holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.