Neil George began his financial services career in 1987, recruited by Merrill Lynch International Bank directly from his MBA class at Webster University. There, he served on various market regional teams throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas as a researcher, asset manager and securities trader.
He worked at Mark Twain Bank (now part of US Bank), where he co-founded the International Markets Division, and Guinness-Flight (now part of Investec PLC), where he served as Chief Economist. Both roles affording him the opportunity to build international trade and brokerage platforms, launch a variety of investment products including mutual funds and deposit accounts, and manage a fixed-income mutual fund worth over $1 billion.
Neil is also an experienced bond trader, who, in the 1980s, successfully gambled on a New Zealand turnaround, at one point becoming the country’s single largest debt holder.
He retired from financial services in 2002 to launch his career as a full-time financial writer, researcher and analyst and over the years has served as the editor-in-chief of several investment advisories dedicated to finding Wall Street’s safest yields – awarded both Best Financial Newsletter and Best Financial Reporting from the Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA).
With a focus on identifying the best opportunities for individual investors, often missed by the mainstream financial media, Neil’s recommendations have spanned listed and non-listed equities, fixed-income and derivative securities. His system for tracking down new ideas starts with a development in the market with investible implications – putting the leaders in the affected segment through a rigorous analysis. Bringing to bear his extensive experience as an economist, a trader, a banker, an asset manager and a market historian, he thoroughly weighs both the risks and opportunities that lie within each new idea he uncovers long before sharing it with his readers.
When he isn’t scouring Wall Street for ultra-safe dividends, he serves as an adjunct professor and board member of Webster University’s Walker School of Business and Technology, and frequently lectures at Webster’s main St. Louis, Missouri, campus, as well as its satellite campuses in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Chengdu. He has also given lectures at the prestigious Shanghai University of Finance.
Neil has appeared on every major financial news network, and his commentary has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.