Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Individual Client Accounts

Tom Jacobs in an Investment Advisor managing individual accounts with Dallas's Echelon Investment Management, and co-author of What's Behind the Numbers? A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery and Avoiding Huge Losses in Your Portfolio (McGraw-Hill, 2012). He has been ... more


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Market Jitters? Here's How To Sleep At Night
7 years ago

Thank you Marcy! My firm will let me use large well-known companies as examples and I will do so from here forward. Please excuse this oversight. As a former teacher, I know the value of real-life examples.

China On Margin
7 years ago

Thank you George. I'm a former high school teacher so I like to try to do this. I appreciate your comment.

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Work Experience

Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Individual Client Accounts
Echelon Investment Management, Dallas
November 2013 - Present (9 years 5 months)
Managing Partner
The Marfa Group
2012 - Present (11 years 3 months)
Managing Partner
Complete Growth Investor, LLC
January 2004 - Present (19 years 5 months)

Holding company for investments in management entities of investment funds; investing and personal finance website; misc. other investments.

Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Motley Fool Special Ops
The Motley Fool
January 2010 - December 2014 (5 years)

Advisor and Portfolio Manager


University of Chicago Law School
JD, Law
1984 / 1987
Cornell University
1973 / 1978
English, English Education


What's Behind the Numbers?: A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery and Avoiding Huge Losses in Your Portfolio
Tom Jacobs and John Del Vecchio
McGraw-Hill Education

Companies are under more pressure than ever to “beat by a penny,” but you don’t need to be a forensic accountant to uncover where the spin ends and the truth begins. With the help of a powerhouse team of authors, you can avoid losing a chunk of your portfolio when the next overhyped growth stock fails by knowing What’s Behind the Numbers?

Investing experts John Del Vecchio and Tom Jacobs mix a potent combination of earnings quality analysis, long-side investing, and short-side portfolio risk management to help you create a long-short portfolio with less volatility and greater returns, while avoiding landmine stocks that will blow a hole in your financial security.