Matt Hall, Co-Founder & President
Matt is the author of Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor (Apr 2016) and is Hill Investment Group’s lead on all strategic matters—crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships.
Matt found his calling while in Las Vegas. Over fifteen years ago, Matt’s wife suggested they have lunch with friends from St. Louis, who happened to be visiting “Sin City” at the same time. The friends, Ed and Dorette Goldberg, gave Matt a book on how financial markets really work. Within the first 100 pages, he knew his life had changed. Matt contacted the author’s investment advisory firm, created an opening for himself, and spent the next six years rising the company’s ranks.
In June of 2005, Matt and Rick Hill left the firm where they met to create Hill Investment Group, together shaping a group that would fuse their unique abilities. Hill Investment Group is sometimes referred to as a model practice and has earned respect from both clients and the advisor community. The firm has grown from fifty million dollars in assets under management in 2005 to over 600 million dollars under advisement in 2017.
Matt graduated from the University of Missouri — Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. A brief stint in law school followed. Matt is a student of his craft and has attended the highest levels of practitioner training. Matt has led education programs for advisors tied to marketing, client service and practice management. Matt founded a peer group called Evidence-Based Advisors. There are over 1400 members from the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada. In 2010 Matt also co-created an evidence-based mutual fund with Jared Kizer that now has close to a billion dollars in assets.
Books He Often Recommends To People
Beyond reading Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor, I suggest Larry Swedroe’s original book, The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy. For pleasure I’m addicted to Michael Lewis. Moneyball is one of my recent favorites because it isn’t really about baseball. It’s about resourcefully using data to defeat the wasteful competitor who ignores the statistics. It’s analogous to what we do at Hill.
OFTEN DESCRIBED AS
Some friends call me the “relentless motivator” and others call me the “relentless agitator.” I see both as compliments.
My wife Lisa and I met standing in line at the Mizzou bookstore in 1993. Our 9-year-old daughter Harper is the star of our household.
MEMORABLE MEDIA APPEARANCES
Profiled in Laura Vanderkam’s book, What the Most Successful People Do at Work
LONG VIEW MOMENT
People sometimes ask us how long is the long view? We say that it hopefully extends beyond their own lifetimes. What if your great-grandchildren benefit from your prudent and thoughtful planning today?
GREATEST CHALLENGE OVERCOME
Being diagnosed with leukemia at age 33 was a challenge. I thrive in remission thanks to Gleevec and great doctors.
WHAT HE FINDS UNDERRATED
Taking a walk in the afternoon. It’s good to get the blood moving.
HOW HE STAYS SHARP
Writing my book Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor (April 2016) was an incredibly demanding process, but one that has been worth the investment of time and energy. It is very hard to write about investing without boring your audience. I gave it all I have and the early reviews have been phenomenal.
FRIENDS OR FAMILY POKE FUN AT
My mom used to challenge me to go 24 hours without suggesting how we could do something better. I didn’t make it five minutes. I like to edit.
In Moneyball, when John Henry talks with Billy Beane about how Beane has changed the game, threatened the old ways of building a baseball team, and won more efficiently than the teams with big budgets.
Don’t confuse strategy and outcome. (Borrowed from Larry Swedroe.)
FINANCIAL LESSON HE’LL TEACH HIS DAUGHTER
The rewards from patience and discipline are sweet.
MOST SATISFYING PART OF LIFE AT HILL INVESTMENT
Working to improve the lives of others with people who care about you and want to do the same.