Alex Dumortier

Alex Dumortier writes a twice-daily column covering topical subjects from a contrarian, value-oriented perspective; he also co-authored 'The Astonishing Collapse of MF Global'. He received his degree in Economics and Political Economy from Princeton University and began his career in the City of London. After having lived in several capital cities, Alex now resides in Washington, D.C.. When he is not reading or writing, Alex likes to run and practice Bikram yoga (a form of "hot" yoga.)

General Information

Alex Dumortier
Fool Since:
April 26 2000
TMFBullnBear (1/19/2012), TMFMarathonMan (4/21/2011), XMFMarathonMan (3/11/2009), adumortier (12/4/2006)
Where I Live:
Washington, D.C.
Where I Grew Up:
Paris (FR)

Investing Basics

Investing Style:
Value Investor

Investing Favorites

I don't invest in stocks -- only funds/ ETFs. Besides, 'favorite' implies a degree of emotional attachment that is counterproductive in investing.
Popular Delusions, Special Ops, Welling@Weeden
Barron's, The Economist, Grant's Interest Rate Observer

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
Valuing equity markets (CAPE, Tobin's q ratio), asset allocation, hedge fund due due diligence.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Janson de Sailly, Princeton, et al
Job Title


Personal Quote:
"The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare" - Juma Ikangaa, winner 1989 NYC Marathon
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Noam Chomsky, Michael Crichton (No Longer possible, RIP)
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Chamonix, Martha's Vineyard, St Barthelemy
Favorite Sports or Teams:
BJJ, Backcountry Skiing
Book Currently Reading:
The Monty Hall Problem

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An Interview with TMFAleph1

Last updated: 2/22/2015
The Fool:
What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? (Include name, location, and average bill for two.)
La Tour d'Argent, Paris ($$$$$), Les Ambassadeurs, Paris ($$$$$), some kaiseki restaurant in Gion quarter, Kyoto ($$$$$).
The Fool:
What seemingly insurmountable challenge did you meet and defeat?
One of my proudest achievements was achieving a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. However, I never thought this was insurmountable. Tough, yes. Insurmountable, no.

My Story

I graduated from the Lycée Janson de Sailly (Paris), read economics at Princeton. I began my career in the City of London, where I spent 6 1/2 years before going on to work in Tokyo and Chicago. My favorite investment thinkers include Jeremy Grantham, Andrew Redleaf, Andrew Smithers, and Ed Thorp. In my free time, I read and train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I used to be a runner (I've completed three marathons, with one Boston-qualifying time).

Contact Information

alex dot dumortier at gmail dot com