John Buckingham leads a team that scrutinizes hundreds of stocks for money management clients and newsletter subscribers to The Prudent Speculator investment newsletter, of which he is the editor. He is equally resolute in his management of Al Frank’s proprietary mutual funds. John has been a part of AFAM since 1987 and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. He has served as the firm’s Director of Research since 1989 and Chief Portfolio Manager since 1990. John graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1987 with a B.S. degree in computer science and a minor in business administration. His opinion is widely sought: John has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, is frequently interviewed by publications and conducts workshops at investment seminars.
Mr. Eric Hare has been with AFAM Capital since 2006 and over the years he has held several key roles in the organization. Eric started his tenure with the firm working as a member of the investment team. Subsequently, he moved to the business side and worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer. He has played an important part in the advancements and developments of our company. For example, he created the current work-flow processes that serve as the basic structure for our entire firm; built the marketing, operations, and technology groups; collaborated in launching new products such as mutual funds and SMAs; managed and grew the private client division; and has been instrumental in expanding the reach of The Prudent Speculator, our investment newsletter that has been around since 1977. Eric has a holistic view of the investment management business which, together with his proven versatility, has allowed him to have a significant impact as the President of AFAM Capital. As our organization continues to evolve, Eric will add and develop new talent, and strengthen our relations with strategic partners, clients, and vendors. In addition, it is AFAM’s desire to maintain our involvement with the community and Eric leads the company’s philanthropic efforts. Currently, he oversees the company’s donations program and is part of the Big Brother & Big Sisters of Central Texas.