Brandon at Starr Family Home in Marshall Texas

About Me

I am a fee only financial advisor and Assistant Professor of Finance at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX.

I have been in the Arkansas Army National Guard since 2009 and am an Infantry Captain in the 39th Infantry Brigade. My wife Callie is a stay-at-home mom and cares for our daughter, Brooklyn, and son, Jackson. Callie works much harder, and her job is much more important than mine. We live in Hallsville, TX.

I grew up in Texarkana and still spend a lot of time there.

The Nerd Stuff

I teach courses on investments, economics, personal financial planning, corporate finance, international finance, and money and banking.

My research interests include investment portfolio construction, retirement withdrawal strategies, market efficiency, and investor rationality. My dissertation, entitled “The Low-Beta Anomaly and Estimation Interval,” concerns the varying spans of time over which beta is estimated and the degree to which this influences the measured relationship between risk and return.

I am a proponent of index investing and keeping investment expenses low. My  focus is on retirement planning, and I stress to my students the importance of starting early.

My undergraduate degree in finance is from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. My MBA was earned at Texas A&M University in Texarkana, my home town. My Master of Science in Finance was earned at Texas A&M University in Commerce, and my Ph.D. in Finance at Hampton University.

I also hold the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation from The American College of Financial Services. And am a Certified Financial Planner®.

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