Who am I?

My name is Brian Herriot, and I started fastfollowinvestor.com as a personal blog about money, markets, and finding meaning.

I’m a husband of 20+ years, father of 10+ years, and management consultant/ business owner.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I’m fascinated with investments and the economy.

fastfollowinvestor.com (FFI) is my personalized take on Tactical Asset Allocation (TAA), an investment strategy. The strategy is built on quantitative trend investing, first used by my idol Ed Thorpe.

It’s my niche. And, I’m an evangelist.

First, FFI generates stock-like investment returns while you pursue financial independence.

Then, FFI protects against severe losses, so you sleep well once you’ve become financially free.

More do-it-yourself investors and financial advisors should know about it.

If you want to learn even more about me, you can here.

Are you a Fast Follow Investor?

Here is a short post describing my typical reader.

Fast Follow Investing (FFI) observes these key principles:

  • Tracks market indexes over individual stocks, using low-cost ETFs
  • Accesses all types of investments (stocks, bonds, real estate, gold, commodities, cash)
  • Requires no expertise or personal judgment as to the direction of markets
  • Works in all economic regimes (growth, recession, inflationary)
  • Rides extreme market gains, often well into bubble territory
  • Yet, protects against severe market crashes by reacting to changes in investor sentiment

With FFI, you don’t start an investment trend, but instead, jump in on the trend quickly.

In other words, you are a “fast follower”:

  • Every month, the mathematical model behind FFI look at the entire investment landscape
  • The model adjusts how my portfolio is allocated, similar to rebalancing
  • More money is allocated to investments expected to outperform and less to those expected to underperform

It’s hard to find a once-in-a-lifetime investment more than once in a lifetime. So, instead, FFI watches the market and jumps into very good investments again and again.

With FFI, you won’t find the next Apple or Tesla (which is mostly luck, anyhow!). But you will slowly and steadily trade your way to huge gains.

It’s boring, but it works. It’s dependable.

For a deeper understanding of quantitative trend investing, read this publicly available white-paper, by Meb Faber.

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