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John Rutledge

Chief Investment Strategist,


About John

Dr. John Rutledge is chief investment strategist of Safanad, a global principal investment house, and a member of its investment committee, directing investments in private equity, real estate, and marketable securities. Dr. Rutledge wrote the Business Strategy column for Forbes magazine for more than a decade and was a regular cast member of Forbes on Fox for many years. He is a senior research fellow and clinical full professor at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches complexity economics and finance and chairs dissertations. He is a member of the board of directors of several privately owned companies including Global School Management, Pansophic, Early Learning Academies, and Element Critical data centers. Dr. Rutledge has had a long career in private equity investing and served on many boards of directors. He is the founder of Rutledge Capital, a private equity investment firm focused on US middle market companies, where he led more than 30 leveraged buyouts.

John's Videos

Dr. John Rutledge will explain why economics did such a bad job and give you a simple framework for understanding these massive asset-market disruptions. He will explain where we are today, and help you understand what to expect in the post-pandemic years ahead. And he will give you the five simple disciplines behind his investment strategy today:
  • Investors need to leave their emotions at the door.
  • You should forget GDP and focus on asset markets.
  • Financial crises are when you make all the money.
  • You should stay invested in core companies and hold plenty of cash.
  • Follow the first four disciplines, turn off your TV, put down your phone, and spend time with your family.