Episode 14: Meb Faber

June 25, 2021
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Investor. Writer. Researcher. Strategist. Family man. This week’s guest wears multiple hats-all at the same time. Known for his blog, podcast, and several books about the craft of investing, Meb Faber’s voice appeals to investors and non-investors alike. Investing is “all about narratives,” Faber says, “Look at historical contexts and global weather, stakeholder interests and your own motivations.” A veteran strategist with a love for reading, Faber is a big proponent of portfolio diversification and learning to be a “value investor.”

Born in Colorado, Meb moved around a lot as a boy and landed in North Carolina for his adolescent years. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a double major in Engineering Science and Biology, he changed direction and became an investment strategies expert. Today, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three-year-old son. Listening to Meb’s conversation with Eric, you’ll quickly hear why he is such a natural fit for Alto’s mantra, “you do you.”

In this episode, value investor Meb Faber shares market wisdom applicable not only to stocks, bonds, and building your portfolio, but also to life itself, from farming to family and beyond. If you want to know the secret to being ready for the unexpected-take a listen.

Favorite Moments

  • (6:20) Family history
  • (18:39) Recipe for investing
  • (26:35) Favorite mountain
  • (34:59) Narratives
  • (37:01) Big winners
  • (47:22) You don’t have to play

About Meb Faber

Mebane (pronounced “meb-in”) Faber is a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management, as well as the manager of Cambria’s ETFs and separate accounts. Faber is the host of The Meb Faber Show podcast and has authored numerous white papers and books, including Invest with the House: Hacking the Top Hedge Funds, Global Asset Allocation: A Survey of the World’s Top Investment Strategies, Global Value: How to Spot Bubbles, Avoid Market Crashes, and Earn Big Returns in the Stock Market, and Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing. He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in Barron’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

After graduating from UVA, Faber worked in Washington D.C. (biotech equity analyst) and San Francisco/Lake Tahoe (quant analyst/ski bum) before trading his skis for a surfboard and moving to Manhattan Beach, CA. He spends most of his free time skiing, learning to surf, and traveling.


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