Alastair J. Macdonald is a Zimbabwean-born and educated investment consultant, writer, speaker and entrepreneur. Hailing from a long line of successful entrepreneurs, he started his first business at age eighteen. As an ex-professional hunter and safari guide, he lead numerous expeditions throughout southern Africa for internationally acclaimed media organizations such as National Geographic and France’s Channel 9. His business expanded into venture capital and early enterprise funding, before he moved to the USA to work on Wall Street. He holds FINRA license series 7, 63 and 65 with over eighteen years in the investment management and consulting industry, thirteen of those years in independent practice. He is a past board member of the Maine Economic Growth Council, and former adviser to the Katahdin Institute. He is the founder and editor of The Parallax Letter, a financial and market advisory letter since 2004. In these pages he successfully recommended gold at $390/oz, called the top in Oil in 2008, anticipated the US housing bust fully one year before it occurred, the financial crisis in August 2007 and the market bottom in April 2009.
His work has covered broad aspects of the financial world, from raising venture capital and working on initial public offerings, to advising individual investors, trusts, governors and state legislators.
He is also the host of “Alone in the Crowd” a weekly podcast discussing markets, economics, geopolitics and the social mood that drives them all. Keenly aware of the predatory nature of the financial services industry, with his own unusual history and the unique perspective it spawned, he pulls back the covers on the false beliefs and bad ideas that confine individuals to the whims of the herd and the institutions they feed.
When not immersed in his work as an analyst, speaker and writer, he is a black-belt instructor and avid competitor in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.