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Russell Napier

speaker location icon Edinburgh, UK

Co-Founder of ERIC (Electronic Research Interchange), former equity strategist at CLSA

Acclaimed author and financial historian

Co-founder of The Library of Mistakes which studies financial history

Russell Napier is an independent market strategist who researches and writes about issues impacting global equity markets. He is also the co-founder of ERIC, an online platform for high-quality individually priced investment research.

Previously, Russell was a strategist for CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, where he contributed to the development and scope of CLSA’s equity research. He is the author of “The Solid Ground,” a global macro report originally published by CLSA and now published independently.

Russell began his career in investment at Baillie Gifford in Edinburgh, before joining CLSA as an Asian equity strategist in Hong Kong in 1995. He moved into consultancy in 1999. Russell is a director of the Mid Wynd International Investment Trust. He is a member of the investment advisory committees of two fund management companies, Cerno Capital and Kennox Asset Management.

His 2016 book Anatomy of a Bear: Learning from Wall Street’s Four Great Bottoms has been published to critical and commercial acclaim.  It has been called a ‘cult classic’ by the Financial Times.

In 2014, Russell co founded the non-profit venture The Library of Mistakes, a business and financial history library in Edinburgh which has branches in India and Switzerland.

He created a course for finance professionals at the Edinburgh Business School called ‘A Practical History of Financial Markets’, which he continues to run. .

He is a Fellow of The CFA Society of the UK and is an Honorary Professor at both Heriot-Watt University and The University of Stirling.


  • Global Macro Strategy Outlook
  • 21 Lessons From Financial History For The Way We Live Now
  • Capital Management in An Age of Financial Repression- why financial repression will return based on what we have learned from economic history
  • Mean Reversion of Equity Valuation: Role of Inflation & Deflation
  • How Money Is Made & Destroyed


Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street's Four Great Bottoms

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