Michael Zhuang

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“Michael Zhuang, Principal of MZ Capital Management, is dedicated to helping physicians, entrepreneurs, and divorced women build wealth and live well.”
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MZ Capital Management

Job Title:

Principal

Biography:

Michael Zhuang is founder and principal of MZ Capital, a fee-only registered investment advisor firm located in the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Michael earned dual Master Degrees in Mathematics and Quantitative Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. He was also a PhD candidate for Financial Economics. After completing all training and exams, he decided his true calling is not in academia. The PhD training taught him how to think rigorously and research thoroughly.

From 1999 to 2000, Michael worked as a financial engineer for Societe Generale, the biggest French banking group.

From 2000 to 2003, Michael was hired by PG&E National Energy Group to launch their weather derivatives trading business. Within 2 years, he became one of the top 3 traders in the field. Nevertheless, he saw first hand the crooked ways of the financial industry where everything goes to make a buck. That experience motivated him to launch MZ Capital.

Michael's investment approach is based on the Nobel Prize winning research of Eugene Fama. He is also deeply influenced by three people: Warren Buffet on value-orientation and patience, David Swensen on multi-asset-class investing and decision framework, and John Bogle on minimization of costs for clients and stewardship of clients' money.

Michael is active in the community. He twice sponsored Melodic Impact, a musical fundraiser for kids with cancer. He volunteered as an instructor for Toastmasters International's Youth Leadership Program. He was on the board of Special Love, Inc., a non-profit devoted to kids suffering from cancer. Recently, he also completed Leadership Montgomery.

Michael is married with two children. His favorite past time is stand-up comedy and storytelling. He was nominated as Top Ten Storytellers in Virginia. He has also won multiple Story League contests in DC and Best Storyteller in Philadelphia's Story Slam. He performed clean comedy regularly in corporate, charity and association events.

Education:

MS, Finance and Economics, Carnegie Mellon University

CRD Number:

3231950

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Wow. $15,000 a year income is barely a living wage. One thing I can tell you is that there is no portfolio of any kind that can solve your money problem. Your best investment is not in stocks, but in yourself, which I presume you are doing by going to school. Instead of trying to build a portfolio, make sure you learn marketable skills, and also learn to market your skills. One last thing, learn storytelling. This is a powerful tool. I hired my first employee because he told me a story that touched me. People will open doors for you when they empathize with you.

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