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Criminally Underfunded

Kevin O’Neill calls in for hour one to talk political truth-twisting, MLB playoff races and inflated college football attendance reporting. Author and public pensions whistle blower, Chris Tobe, joins the show to shed light on the public pension crisis facing a large portion of the country. John Neal of PTI Securities & Futures‘ Peoria, AZ location closes the show talking markets. 

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Kevin O’Neill is our Wednesday morning sports guy. His segment emphasizes what happens off the field as much as what happens on the field. All businesses have their intrigue, but the inner workings of sports organizations find their way into the public domain frequently. Unless a rant from the Chief spills into Kevin’s segment (not an unusual occurrence), he will highlight some of those sports related business issues; but be advised that those highlights usually come with an opinion. Read more.

Chris Tobe

CHRIS TOBE, CFA, CAIA is an expert in Public Pension plans and is the author of “Kentucky Fried Pensions”. He is also a 401(k) expert with a specialty in Stable Value and has written a book “Consultants & Plan Sponsors Guide to Stable Value“. He writes a Wall Street Journal Marketplace Column that regularly covers public pensions, 401(k)s and other investments. He currently consults to Public Plans with the Hackett Group and does legal expert work via his firm Stable Value Consultants. National Public pension speaking engagements include the National Association of State Treasurers, the Public Pension forum at the Ohio State Law School, DePauw University in Chicago, and at the National Press Club for Governing Magazine. As a public pension trustee he completed the Program for Advanced Trustee Studies at Harvard Law School and Fiduciary College held at the Stanford University. He holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University, and an MBA in Finance & Accounting from Indiana University – Bloomington. He is the past president of the CFA Society of Louisville. He has the taught the MBA investment course at the University of Louisville


John Neal directs PTI Securities’ Glendale, Arizona office serving the firm’s clients in the Phoenix metro area and across the Western U.S. He oversees day-to-day operations, including client services, investor education, staff management and marketing. John has more than 12 years of management experience in the securities and financial services industry. He joined PTI Securities in 2003 in this role. Prior to that time, he was a branch manager with Phoenix area firms, Granite Capital Management and, most recently, Independent Financial Management. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John earned a bachelor’s degree in international management from Arizona State University in Tempe. Away from work, John enjoys reading, live music and outdoor activities. He also volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Lupus Foundation of America. Married with two children, John and his family live in Peoria, Arizona.

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