Ed Easterling is the founder and president of Crestmont Holdings LLC, an Oregon-based investment management and research firm that publishes provocative research on the financial markets at www.CrestmontResearch.com. He has over thirty years of alternative investment experience, including financial markets, private equity, and business operations. Mr. Easterling is the author of Unexpected Returns: Understanding Secular Stock Market Cycles. In addition, he is contributing author to Just One Thing (John Wiley & Sons) and co-author of chapters in Bull’s Eye Investing by John Mauldin (John Wiley & Sons). Mr. Easterling is a Senior Fellow and a board member at the Alternative Asset Management Center at SMU’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, and previously served as a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching the course on alternative investments and hedge funds for MBA students. Mr. Easterling holds a BBA in business, a BA in psychology, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.