Sector Expert: John Stephenson

First Asset Investment Management, Inc.

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John Stephenson is a senior vice president and portfolio manager with First Asset Investment Management Inc., where he is responsible for a wide range of equity mandates with a particular focus on energy and resource investing. He has been recognized by Brendan Wood International (BWI) as one of Canada's 50 best portfolio managers for the past three years. He is the author of The Little Book of Commodity Investing (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), which has been translated into five languages and Shell Shocked: How Canadians Can Invest After the Collapse (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), and writes a free bi-weekly investment newsletter, Money Focus, which reaches a global audience of more than 125,000 (

Stephenson is regularly quoted by Bloomberg News, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail and is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and Canada's Business News Network (BNN), Sun TV and the CBC. He is frequently the keynote speaker at investment conferences throughout North America. Stephenson holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from INSEAD, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations. He lives in Toronto.

Recent Interviews

Why My Portfolio Gained 30% This Year: John Stephenson (10/2/12)

Markets aren't great—but they're not all that bad, says John Stephenson, vice president of First Asset Management Inc. They were strong enough to allow the fund manager and newsletter writer to increase his portfolio's worth by 30% year-over-year. His advice? Be nimble and buy and sell on your feet. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Stephenson highlights some small-cap companies that may help you book gains—repeatedly.

John Stephenson's Predictions for Avoiding an Economic Crash (9/28/12)

While the markets have been on edge for the past year or so and have left most investors bewildered as to what to do next, portfolio manager and author John Stephenson thinks that the course is set for higher gold prices. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Stephenson explains why he thinks we will avoid a worldwide economic crash and how the continuing QEs and foreign government bailouts will push more investors into the gold and mining share markets as gold moves above $2,000/ounce. He also talks about some of his favorite gold mining names that should be good vehicles to profit from this move.

Oil and Gas Services Avoid Geopolitical Risk: John Stephenson (1/17/12)

With oil reserves less and less accessible to western majors, producer stocks can carry significant geopolitical risk. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, First Asset Investment Management Inc. Senior Vice President John Stephenson explains why service-oriented companies are smart selections for risk-averse energy investors. No matter what happens in the oil and gas business, the companies doing the drilling have solid prospects in this market environment.

Recent Quotes

"DGC is a good-looking development play."

The Gold Report Interview with John Stephenson (9/28/12)
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"We've had good success with G; this is one to keep on your radar screens."

The Gold Report Interview with John Stephenson (9/28/12)
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"G has good growth and great production diversity and is the lowest cost major producer."

The Gold Report Interview with John Stephenson (1/16/12)
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