Meet Our Financial Management Team

Our team has decades of portfolio management experience. We know very well the day-to-day skills needed to implement our “Don’t fight the Fed, but don’t fail with the Fed either” strategy in your portfolio.

Robert Wiedemer
Managing Director

Robert Wiedemer co-wrote the landmark book that predicted the current downturn in the economy in 2006, America’s Bubble Economy, published by John Wiley. As Paul Farrell, Senior Investment Columnist at Dow Jones MarketWatch recently said, “In short, America’s Bubble Economy’s prediction, though ignored, was accurate.” Kiplinger’s chose it as one of the best business books of 2006.

His following book, Aftershock, was published by John Wiley in November 2009. It was chosen by Smart Money magazine as one of the five best investment books of 2009. Aftershock second edition was published in August 2011 and became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller.

Aftershock has also received widespread international interest. It has become a bestseller in Korea and has also been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Aftershock and America’s Bubble Economy have been the subject of articles in the major press including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Hedge Fund Journal, Euromoney, Barrons, Reuters, AP, and others.

Mr. Wiedemer’s fourth book, The Aftershock Investor, was released in September 2012 and is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. The Aftershock Investor second edition was released in October 2013 and Aftershock third edition was released in April 2014. Aftershock fourth edition was released in July 2015.  Mr. Wiedemer’s books have sold almost 1 million copies.

Robert Wiedemer speaks to groups of investors, financial analysts and economists including the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, SIFMA, CFA Societies, the World Bank, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, and the National Press Club.

He is a frequent commentator on TV, including CNBC and Fox Business News.

Mr. Wiedemer holds a Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor) and an MS-Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Matthew Piepenburg
Managing Director
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Mr. Piepenburg has over 20 years of experience as the General Counsel and, later, Chief Investment Officer of a Single Family Office as well as the Managing Director of a Multi-Family-Office (Massey Quick & Co). Mr. Piepenburg has overseen the allocation of over $5B in investable assets over a full range of portfolios and alternative investment vehicles. He has led the quantitative and qualitative due diligence on hundreds of diverse hedge fund managers and strategies and has developed a unique expertise as to the best practices and diverse strategies of the world’s premier investment funds. This expertise has informed an equally strong understanding of macro forces and their essential role in selecting the most efficient and timely strategies for long term asset preservation and growth.

Mr. Piepenburg graduated with the highest honors from Brown University (magna cum laude, phi beta kappa) and holds a Masters and Law degree from Harvard and the University of Michigan. Fluent in French and German, he is the author of numerous international white papers on macro conditions, asset classes and global risk management strategies. He also holds a Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).

Cindy Spitzer 
Senior Investment Advisor

Cindy Spitzer is coauthor of the landmark book America’s Bubble Economy (Wiley, 2006) and the bestselling Aftershock series of books (Wiley, 2009-2015). Ms. Spitzer holds a Series 65 and serves as Senior Investment Advisor Representative for Ark Financial Management.

Ms Spitzer is also president of Aftershock Consultants, a macroeconomic consulting firm providing investment guidance and support to more than 700 clients in nine countries based on the Aftershock books.

Cindy Spitzer has collaborated on more than two dozen books, including Buy and Hold is Dead (Again) and many others.

Cindy Spitzer can be reached at 443-980-7367 and cspitzer@arkfinria.com

David Wiedemer, Ph.D.
Chief Economist

Dr. David Wiedemer was the co-author of America’s Bubble Economy, the landmark book published in 2006 that accurately predicted the Great Recession and the popping of the housing, private credit, stock and consumer spending bubbles. His series of predictions were contrary to most major economists and government officials. His analysis provided the macroeconomic basis for the economic evaluation and predictions contained in the book.

Mr. Wiedemer also co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Aftershock, now in its third edition, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Aftershock Investor, now in its second edition.  He again provided the economic analysis underlying their accurate financial and economic predictions. As Ark Financial’s Chief Economist he provides the macroeconomic viewpoint that drives the firm’s macroeconomic investment decisions.

Mr. Wiedemer holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.