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Peter Ricchiuti

Business Professor and Raconter
Peter Ricchiuti
  • Top professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business
  • Founded Tulane’s nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports, a student stock research program
  • Served as assistant state treasurer for Louisiana where he managed the State’s $3 billion investment portfolio

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Peter Ricchiuti is the business professor you wish you had back in college. His humor and insight have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. In a recent competition, Peter’s teaching delivery skills placed atop a field of 500 universities representing 43 countries.

Peter is a graduate of Babson College, started his career at the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co and later served as the assistant state treasurer for Louisiana. There he successfully managed the State’s $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993 he founded Tulane’s nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program (www.burkenroad.org). Here he leads 200 business students in search of overlooked and underpriced stocks in six southern states. He and his program have been featured widely in the financial press including; The Wall Street Journal, BARRON’s and The New York Times.

In 2014 The Financial Times published Peter’s first book, Stocks Under Rocks and he currently hosts a popular weekly business program called Out To Lunch on National Public Radio in New Orleans.

Peter has addressed over 1000 groups in 47 states. These include groups of nuns, tin can manufacturers, money managers, waterpark owners, insurance professionals and NFL players. He has even done a couple of TED TALKS.

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Peter Ricchiuti TEDx on U.S. Economy

Market signals; what the financial markets are telling us now. If the majority of people were right, the majority of the people would be rich…and they’re not!” Following the herd has rarely produced superior long-term results.  Tulane University’s Peter Ricchiuti will share his informative and entertaining perspective on financial markets, the importance of proper diversification and the cyclical nature of both stocks and investment sectors. 

Uncertainty Brings Opportunity. The decisions made by business leaders and investors during tough times determine their relative condition when things improve. Decision makers need the proper tools to correctly balance survival and opportunism. Making the right calls involves blocking out the noise and remembering that if a majority of the people were right, … a majority of the people would be rich.           

The Four Most Dangerous Words In Finance “THIS TIME IT’S DIFFERENT!” Trees don’t really grow to the sky and downturns eventually find some kind of equilibrium point. In times of great optimism and great pessimism we tend to lose sight of historical economic patterns and valuations. Unfortunately, for many each time is the first time. The buzzing background of the 24 hour news cycle only serves to make this worse. We will look at indicators that deliver perspective.

Do These Earnings Make My PE Look Big??? How high is too high? The truth is that no investment is either good or bad. It is all a function of the price that you are buying or selling it at. This kind of thinking is often ignored in a market frenzy. It’s often tough to trust your instincts, focus on the historic patterns and not get swept up by all those talking heads. As economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said “there are two kinds of forecasters, those that don’t know, and those that don’t know that they don’t know.

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