General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> December 19, 2011

Growth Investing With Attention To Value – Richard F. Aster Jr. – Aster Investment Management, Inc.

Richard F. Aster Jr., President of Aster Investment Management, Inc., was born in Southern California. His formal education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Aster worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and invested privately before joining Newburger, Loeb & Company, a New York Stock Exchange firm, in 1970. He worked for Newburger, Loeb for almost two years as a West Coast Analyst before joining Robertson, Colman, Siebel & Weisel, which became Montgomery Securities and subsequently Banc of America Securities, Montgomery Division. Mr. Aster's responsibilities at Montgomery Securities included formulating the firm's economic overview and investment strategy. His primary areas of research included emerging growth stocks and special situations covering a broad number of industries. Mr. Aster successfully managed accounts on a discretionary basis during this period. He left Montgomery Securities in March 1977 to form Aster Investment Management. Mr. Aster started the Meridian Growth Fund (MERDX) in 1984, the Meridian Value Fund (MVALX) in 1994 and the Meridian Equity Income Fund (MEIFX) in 2005. Profile
TWST: Please start with an overview of Aster Investment Management and the Meridian funds.

Mr. Aster: Aster Investment Management manages three funds. The Meridian Growth Fund (MERDX), the Meridian