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 Stocks on the Move, 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; and Prescriptions for Healthy Living, a health newsletter written by Dr. James Balch.
Martin Weiss holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
LARRY EDELSON has been actively involved in the precious metals markets for over 20 years. In 1978, he started at Wilcap Advisors, a private money management firm which specialized in gold and silver.
In 1982, Mr. Edelson subsequently joined Emanuel Capital Management, where he was a senior trader, managing several million in private funds in precious metals. During this time, Mr. Edelson became the largest gold arbitrage trader in the world, trading an average of $175 million worth of bullion daily. Plus, he was also responsible for making future spread markets in gold and silver.
In 1982, Mr. Edelson became the founder and principal of International Commodity Services, Inc., an international commodity brokerage firm with offices in Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, and Osaka, Japan.
In 1995, Mr. Edelson joined Weiss Research as Co-Editor of the Silver & Gold Report. In 1996, he became Associate Editor of Safe Money Report, published by Weiss Research, Inc. He is now Managing Editor of that report, as well as Associate Co-Editor of Irving's Interest Rate Speculator, Assistant Editor of Stock Options Hotline and Index Options Hotline, and Editor of Larry's Gold Trader.
Mr. Edelson's market timing has been uncanny, both in stocks and precious metals. In August 1987, he told all his clients to get out of the stock market in order to sidestep a crash. Then, at the bottom of the 1987 stock market crash, he published a special report, Cycles of War, forecasting a virtually nonstop bull market that would last until October 1997/April of 1998.
Mr. Edelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economic anthropology from Columbia University in 1976, and did his post-graduate studies at New York University.