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Michael K. Farr

Michael Farr
President and majority owner, Farr, Miller & Washington LLC

Michael Farr is CEO and founder of Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee and is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the firm. Prior to starting Farr, Miller & Washington, he was a principal with Alex, Brown & Sons.

Mr. Farr has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC's Nightly News, CNN, Bloomberg TV, Reuters, and the Nightly Business Report. Mr. Farr is heard on Associated Press Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. And he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The Washington Post, Businessweek, USA Today, and many other publications. His market blogs can be found on HuffingtonPost.com and Politico.com.

He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, National Association for Business Economics, The World Presidents' Organization, International Atlantic Economic Society, and The Washington Association of Money Managers.

Mr. Farr is an award-winning author of three books. The first,"A Million Is Not Enough," was published by Hachette Book Group USA in 2008. That was followed by "The Arrogance Cycle," released in September 2011 by Globe Pequot Press. His third book, "Restoring Our American Dream: The Best Investment," was released in March of 2013 by Headline Books Inc. and received a Finalist Award from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Current Events/Social Change category.

Mr. Farr is currently Chairman of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of Sibley Memorial Hospital and of Sewanee, The University of the South. He is a current Director of Goal Financial, LLC and Atlas Financial Services Group, Ltd. He has formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army, Chairman of the Travelers Aid Society, and Trustee of Ford's Theatre; Nation's Capital Progress Foundation; the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation; and Neediest Kids.

Mr. Farr is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is married and has two children.

Follow Michael K. Farr on Twitter @Michael_K_Farr or contact Farr on his website.


  • What's Next?

    On Wall Street, as in all places, the truth will set you free. The opposite may be occurring. The un-truth may be trapping us. I'm hearing almost universal consensus on two theories that strike me as possibly fallacious.

  • A tour bus passes the Wall Street bull in the financial district January 22, 2007 in New York City.

    We think that by late fall, the Fed will find some new disguise to renew asset purchases in an attempt to help along our baby biker.

  • Wallet

    The US is facing a double tightening of both fiscal and monetary policies. Europe has raised rates twice, and they are nowhere near seeing daylight in dealing with Greece and her sister sinners. China has raised rates and bank reserve requirements. Global tightening is not a backdrop for economic expansion

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    Existing home sales, mortgage delinquencies, and MBA mortgage foreclosures data released Thursday were disappointing. The data continue to suggest that we are undergoing a very slow, unbalanced, and tenuous economic recovery.

  • New York Stock Exchange

    This is what a market turning point looks and feels like. We won’t know for sure whether it is a significant turning point until it unfolds. This is another way of suggesting that a storm is upon us and we can’t assess damages until it has passed.

  • Investors have been shunning high quality and defensive companies (and sectors) in favor of more speculative investments since the stock market lows in March, 2009. This approach has paid off in spades as the Fed and Congress continually bailed out poor investment decisions whenever stocks swooned. However, an interesting sea change has developed within the stock market since the end of the first quarter.

  • Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Bernanke is obviously most concerned about the weak pace of employment growth. The Fed's dual mandate requires him to focus on employment as well as price stability. However, it appears as though Bernanke's strategy with regard to employment is to increase stock prices.

  • When I was a 16 year old counselor-in-training, I sat in Jim Weiss’ cabin at Camp Wachusett and learned about providing discipline. Jim gave a very simple, clear approach for working with children that included consistency and following through on your word.

  • My grandfather (and hero) Michael Keogh used to say that if faced with a complex problem, do the right thing. He assured me that whatever the circumstances I would always be able to discern the morally correct answer.

  • Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Investors spend a good deal of time parsing the actions and statements by the Federal Reserve banks and governors. Ben Bernanke has the dubious distinction of chairing this eclectic economic curia, and his weighing-in of opinion carries more weight. It is only fitting then that Ben spends a little extra time on the examination table.