Founded by Roger Ibbotson, Zebra Capital was launched to apply cutting edge academic research to the financial markets. Zebra Capital’s team includes seasoned practitioners who have specialized in applying academic theory to the financial markets.
Roger G. Ibbotson, Ph.D.
Chairman and Director of Research
Roger Ibbotson is the Chairman and Director of Research of Zebra Capital Management, LLC. He is a member of the Zebra Capital portfolio management team having served in this role since the firm was founded in 2001. He is also Professor in the Practice Emeritus of Finance at Yale School of Management.
Professor Ibbotson was formerly Chairman of Ibbotson Associates and Ibbotson Associates Advisors, LLC until both were acquired by Morningstar Inc. in March 2006. Since then and until 2016, Professor Ibbotson served in an advisory role to Morningstar, Inc. Ibbotson Associates Advisors, LLC was a registered investment adviser and wholly-owned subsidiary of Ibbotson Associates, a company founded by Professor Ibbotson in 1977 and a leading provider of asset allocation research and services.
Professor Ibbotson conducts research on a broad range of financial topics, including investment returns, mutual funds, international markets, portfolio management, and valuation. He wrote numerous books and articles including Stocks, Bonds, Bills, and Inflation with Rex Sinquefield (updated annually) which serves as a standard reference for information on capital market returns. He published The Equity Risk Premium with William Goetzmann and Lifetime Financial Advice with Milevsky, Chen, and Zhu. He also co-authored two books with Gary Brinson, Global Investing and Investment Markets. In addition, he co-authored a textbook with Jack Clark Francis, Investments: A Global Approach. He is a regular contributor and editorial board member to both trade and academic journals. He is the recipient of many awards including the Graham and Dodd Top Award in 2013, Graham and Dodd Best Perspectives Award in 2010, Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence in 2000, Graham and Dodd Scroll Award in 1982, 1984, 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012 and Graham and Dodd Award in 1979 and best Financial Analysts Journal article of 2013. He received the Harry M. Markowitz Award for “Momentum, Acceleration, and Reversal”, the 2015 best paper in the Journal of Investment Management.
Professor Ibbotson served on numerous boards and currently serves as a disinterested director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating Committee of Dimensional Investment Group Inc. (“DIG”) and DFA Investment Dimensions Group Inc. (“DFAIDG”), registered investment companies for which Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc. serves as investment adviser. He frequently speaks at universities, conferences, and other forums. He received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University, his M.B.A. from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago where he taught for more than ten years and served as Executive Director of the Center for Research in Security Prices.
John J. Holmgren, Jr.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Investment Officer
John J. Holmgren, Jr. joined Zebra Capital Management, LLC in 2011 as President and is responsible for the development, management and implementation of Zebra Capital’s business and strategies.
Mr. Holmgren was formerly President and CIO of Holmgren Capital Management, LLC, a global investment management and research firm specializing in bottom-up quantitative investment models, from 2007 until 2011. From 1999 through 2007, Mr. Holmgren was Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of DSI International Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBS AG. He was responsible for managing the investment programs for DSI and integrating DSI within the UBS business organization. Mr. Holmgren was a UBS Managing Director and Regional Head where he sat on various UBS Global AM and O’Connor Investment, Risk and Management Committees. Mr. Holmgren joined DSI International Management, an investment advisor focusing on global quantitative risk controlled and long/short equity products, as Chief Operating Officer in 1997 from DSC Data Services, a quantitative investment research firm he founded in 1988. In 1987, he was one of the original founders of DSI International Management. From 1988 to 1997, he was the founder and President of DSC Data Services, Inc., an independent, quantitative research firm.
Mr. Holmgren has a B.A. in Economics from Providence College and is a member of the NYSSA, CQA and CFAI.