MA Financial Group was formerly Moelis Australia

John Garrett

John Garrett

John Garrett

Managing Director at MA Financial Group

John specialises in writing about financial markets, specifically business strategy, investing, portfolio management, behavioural finance and macroeconomics. 


He has written articles for Livewire and has had articles published on ValueWalk and Abnormal Returns.

John is an equities specialist and has over 18 years’ experience in the financial markets across property investment sales, equity research, sales trading, and risk arbitrage, long/short and special situations.

John was previously the Head of Hedge Fund Sales at UBS Investment Bank and Head of Sales Trading at UBS.

John has a Bachelor of Business in Property/Valuation and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is also an Accredited Level 1 and Level 2 Derivatives Advisor on the Australian Stock Exchange.

John is an Adjunct Professor at IE Business School in Madrid.  

Short squeezes, GameStop and the implications for investing

Short squeezes, GameStop and the implications for investing

The last few weeks are testament to the wild swings investors can experience when both emotion and crowd behaviour take control. Managing Director, John Garrett, explains short selling’s dangerous quirk along with the time-tested way of delivering attractive returns.

The beauty of stock markets

The beauty of stock markets

Managing Director, John Garrett, explores the beauty of stock markets and the importance of the right perspective, a few home truths, a grasp of history and an ability to filter out the noise.

The home bias problem, and why geographic diversification can be a lifesaver
Investing and the political crystal ball – AusBiz interview
Does investment success require a crystal ball on politics?

Does investment success require a crystal ball on politics?

Plenty of ink gets spent by strategists and economists opining on the latest political developments and implications for markets. So, does investment success require a crystal ball on politics? 

Mitigating risk in the hunt for enhanced returns

Mitigating risk in the hunt for enhanced returns

The search for enhanced returns in a low rate environment can be a fruitful exercise, but it is not without danger. Managing Director, John Garrett, explains how investors can mitigate risk.

Identifying great companies amidst a (COVID-19) crisis

Identifying great companies amidst a (COVID-19) crisis

“Bad companies are destroyed by crises, good companies survive them, great companies are improved by them.” When it comes to investing in a crisis, how do you identify the great companies that will capitalise, adapt to change and emerge stronger? 

If you can't predict the future, how do you build a robust portfolio?

If you can't predict the future, how do you build a robust portfolio?

The events of 2020 have reiterated just how hard it is to forecast markets. When it comes to building a robust portfolio, regardless of market conditions, we seek to answer just one key question.

PANdemIC - This too shall pass

PANdemIC - This too shall pass

Our Managing Director and Small Caps Portfolio Manager John Garrett shared some historical perspectives on volatile markets with LiveWire.

Three mis-priced yield plays?

Three mis-priced yield plays?

With investors continuing their 2019 hunt for yield into 2020, our small caps team have identified three new stocks in real estate that combine both an attractive passing yield and potential for capital appreciation.      

Impact of negative rates on global capital flows

Impact of negative rates on global capital flows

In investing, strange things can happen. And if you went back a decade ago and surveyed investors, I don’t think you’d find anyone predicting negative interest rates.

Unconventional thinking on three conventional businesses

Unconventional thinking on three conventional businesses

Being able to override greed and fear in the face of market volatility is mainly psychological – and a large part of successful investing.