John Stepek has been writing professionally about business, economics and investing for over two decades. He serves as executive editor of MoneyWeek, Britain’s best-selling investment magazine.
In The Sceptical Investor, he distills the latest research on behavioral finance and provides practical strategies to help you spot opportunities in common investment scenarios – from turnaround plays to bubbles and busts others overlook.
Early Life and Education
Jan Stepek, son of a Polish entrepreneur, is no novice when it comes to business. He took inspiration from his dad’s success and built an incredibly profitable multi-million dollar family business on the cheap – literally. However, despite all his efforts, the company he founded eventually failed – leaving young Martin with an especially painful experience; having never witnessed his parents go through such hardship before.
Years later, Stepek found himself at a Glasgow library perusing mindfulness books when he came across one particular title that particularly struck him. Soon enough, Stepek learned the name of its author – which would prove to be an influential inspiration for Stepek’s subsequent bestselling trilogy on mindful living, also published by Fleming Publications.
Stepek has been writing professionally about business, economics and investment for more than two decades. He is the executive editor of Britain’s bestselling weekly investment magazine MoneyWeek as well as its daily email newsletter Money Morning. Additionally, he contributes regularly to a variety of specialist financial publications.
Stepek’s debut book, The Sceptical Investor, was released in March 2019. In this practical guide to contrarian investing, he brings together cutting-edge research on behavioral finance with examples from famous contrarians to show how to spot opportunities other investors miss. Additionally, he shows skeptical investors how to avoid buying stocks that won’t go anywhere and avoid falling knives. Ultimately, Stepek provides a way out for anyone unwilling to risk their own capital: find an experienced contrarian fund manager.
Achievements and Honors
John Stepek is a well-known figure in personal finance publications. As former editor and lead writer of MoneyWeek, he’s best known for his daily newsletter The Mavericks. At heart a philatelist at heart, member of the Scottish Football League Hall of Fame, family man and enthusiast for gin & tonic, John stands out with his generosity and willingness to give. Unfortunately his wife still insists on sticking up for sexism – an all too common trait among males of certain age group.
John Stepek has been writing professionally about business, economics and investing for more than two decades. He serves as executive editor of Britain’s best-selling investment magazine MoneyWeek and writes the daily email newsletter Money Morning for it.
He is the author of “The Sceptical Investor,” a book on contrarian investing that has been featured in The Spectator and Sunday Times. Additionally, he has served as expert commentator on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, BBC Radio Scotland, Newsnight and Daily Politics.
Published in 2013, this book won the NABE Pinnacle Prize and was runner up for the UK People’s Book Prize that year. It has since been adapted into a film directed by Pawel Nuckowski that will be screened at Warsaw Film Festival this autumn.
John Stepek is an acclaimed economics and investment journalist, having written about business, finance and investing for over two decades. He serves as executive editor of Britain’s best-selling weekly investment magazine MoneyWeek and creator of its daily email newsletter Money Morning that goes out to 85,000 investors daily. Additionally, John has authored several books on investing such as The Sceptical Investor and The Big Short. With estimated net worth between $50-74K, John lives with his wife in Glasgow with no children; born in 1951 he is 71 years old and has made several significant investments throughout his lifetime