Ed Hyman

Source: Evercore ISI

Ed Hyman, the Best Strategist You've Never Heard Of

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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This week, on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Evercore ISI's Ed Hyman.

Hyman, an engineer by training, approaches economic data differently than many practitioners of the dismal science. In the 1960s, he was the first strategist to use a time-sharing computer to crunch economic data.  Hyman also created a series of wide-ranging private company surveys to provide a look at the economy in real time. To help his sales team understand complicated data, Hyman began annotating technical charts in plain English. He found clients liked the simplicity and focus as well.

For these and his many other innovations, Hyman has been voted Wall Street's top economist by Institutional Investor for 35 consecutive years. The streak is unprecedented. Hyman may be the most influential strategist the public never heard of.

Listen to the full podcast on iTunesSoundCloud and on Bloomberg. Earlier podcasts can be found on iTunes and at BloombergView.com

Be sure to check out our conversation next week with Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors.

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