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Vanderbilt Financial Group is proud to announce Ted Hirsch has joined the firm as Chief Economist.

Ted Hirsch Vanderbilt Financial Group is proud to announce Ted Hirsch has joined the firm as Chief Economist. With an extensive background in mathematics and statistics, Ted brings over a decade of experience in financial markets in day trading, designing and managing portfolios, and providing market and economic analysis for Financial Advisors. Academically, Ted studied at the prestigious Maharishi International University – earning the title of Class Valedictorian for his BS in Mathematics and later graduating with an MBA specializing in quality management and statistical process control.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ted held the role of Chief Investment Officer of a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) in Alamo California. Over the past 8 years, his strategic work within the Firm helped fuel the growth of their Advisors through constructing model portfolios, fund research and selection, economic research, and market commentary and analysis.

As Chief Economist for Vanderbilt, Ted will perform multiple functions within the Firm’s research department. Acting in a capacity of portfolio manager, he will create and manage model portfolios for both traditional and ESG Advisors designed to maximize risk adjusted returns and employ a market hedging strategy to limit downside risk. Ted will also issue two market commentary reports each month – one being a review and analysis of the developments in financial markets over the prior month and the second commentary rotating from month to month with topics ranging from asset class reviews, in-depth analysis of factions of the economy, or timely events affecting the market.

“I look forward to joining the exceptional team at Vanderbilt Financial Group. I will work hard to provide the tools, resources and market commentary Advisors need to navigate today’s marketplace and help provide exceptional value to clients,” Ted said of joining the Vanderbilt Financial Group team.

From an early age, Ted has been passionate about sports – especially those with a heavy statistical or mathematical component such as golf and baseball. He currently lives in Germany with his 8-year old son Lukas, whom he coaches in T-ball.

About Vanderbilt Financial Group:

Vanderbilt Financial Group is an investment firm disrupting traditional finance by focusing on socially and environmentally responsible, ethical, and impactful investments. Vanderbilt is known as “The Sustainable Broker-Dealer” and RIA for their commitment to providing financial advisors and their clients with access to values-aligned investments. Headquartered in a LEED-certified Platinum building, Vanderbilt’s commitment to changing the world begins at home in our office and within our culture. Under the leadership of Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Stephen Distante, Vanderbilt’s culture has garnered multiple awards and was most recently named “Best Places to Work on Long Island” for 2018.

As a thought leader in the impact space, Vanderbilt Financial Group is dedicated to increasing the reach and impact of the financial services industry using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. Their education platform, Impact U, provides students, advisors and investors with unique opportunities to increase their impact investing knowledge through videos, podcasts and fun interactive exercises. Vanderbilt and CEO Steve Distante recently released a documentary short film “Impact,” produced in partnership with Investment News, that sheds light on how purposeful entrepreneurship and impactful investments can help improve the world’s greatest challenges. Interact with Impact U at

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