Stephen Leeb, Ph.D., Research Chairman and Editor
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Stephen Leeb, Ph.D. is Founder and Research Chairman of the Leeb Group, the publisher of an extensive line of financial newsletters and e-letters reaching more than 200,000 subscribers. The publications ---- The Complete Investor, Leeb Income Performance, The Cash Cow, Leeb's Real World Investing, Leeb's Aggressive Trader, Leeb’s Million Dollar Portfolio, Brain Trust Profits and Leeb Income Millionaire --- have received multiple awards for editorial excellence.
Dr. Leeb’s books have been notable for predicting the secular bull market that started in the 1980s (Getting in on the Ground Floor, Putnam, 1986); the tech stock crash and rise of real assets, including oil and gold (Defying the Market: Profiting in the Turbulent Post-Technology Market Boom, McGraw-Hill, 1999); and the surge in oil prices (The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis, Warner Books, 2004). His national bestseller, The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel (Warner Books, 2006), co-authored with Glen Strathy, outlined the biggest challenges facing the US economy, and accurately predicted the 2008 sub prime mortgage crisis as well as the vicious subsequent economic cycle requiring massive infusions of government stimulus, near zero interest rates and much higher federal debt levels. Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy (Business Plus, 2009) predicted a permanent peak in global commodity production. Dr. Leeb’s eighth and latest book, Red Alert (Hachette, 2011), co-written with the Leeb Group’s Greg Dorsey, outlined China’s growing prosperity and the ways in which its demands on increasingly scarce resources threaten the American way of life.
Among his many speaking engagements, he has been the keynote speaker at both a JPMorgan Chase energy conference and a Royal Bank of Canada commodities conference.
Dr. Leeb received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He then earned his master’s degree in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in just three years, an academic record that stands to date. He is frequently quoted in the financial media, including Investors Business Daily, USA Today, Business Week, The New York Times, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, Dr. Leeb is a regular guest on Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN and Neil Cavuto.
Alyssa A. Lappen, Managing Editor
Ms. Lappen has been reporting, editing and writing on business and economics for over 30 years. As a senior writer at Neuberger Berman from 1999 through 2002, Ms. Lappen wrote in-house white papers for money managers and clients and articles for major investment journals.
From 1993 through 1999, she served as senior editor covering institutional money management at Institutional Investor, where she wrote a record number of cover stories on money management firms, from legendary Fidelity Investments and PIMCO to Mutual Shares and Amvescap, and often interviewed high-profile figures like Bill Gross, John Templeton, Jeremy Grantham, Michael Price, Barr Rosenberg and economist Henry Kaufman.
Previously, Ms. Lappen was a senior editor at Working Woman (1991-1993); and an associate editor at Forbes (1978-1991). She graduated from Tulane University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English Literature.
Kuen (Scott) Chan, Contributing Editor
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Mr. Chan moved from China to the U.S. with family at the age of ten. He passed the rigorous entrance exam and attended the merit-based Stuyvesant High School, widely held to be best public school in New York City. He then attended New York University, and graduated with a double major in Psychology and East Asian Studies and a minor in Economics.
After several years working in the Publishing industry, Mr. Chan attended the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College to further his studies. In 2008, he graduated with a 3.9 GPA, earning an MBA degree with dual concentration in Finance and Computer Information Systems.
Since joining Leeb Group shortly thereafter, Mr. Chan has been involved with many publications under the Leeb umbrella. He serves as the editor for Brain Trust Profits, manages the FundFinds Portfolio in The Complete Investor, and is a regular contributor to Leeb Group’s extensive line of financial newsletters and e-letters.
Mr. Chan is an avid baseball fan and enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time. A multicultural person, he reads Chinese and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.
Donna Leeb, Editor
For 35 years, Donna Leeb has worked closely with Dr. Stephen Leeb, Ph.D., in financial newsletter publishing. She and her husband launched his first investment publication, Investment Strategist, in the late 1970s. Ms. Leeb has been executive editor of The Complete Investor since its founding in late 2003.
She has also co-authored three books with Dr. Leeb. Getting in on the Ground Floor, Defying the Market, and The Oil Factor, and contributed to his later books as well. In addition to working at Leeb Group, Ms. Leeb previously served as editorial director for the nonprofit Open Doors educational agency and as a copy editor at Business Week.
She graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor's degree in Politics and subsequently earned an M.A. in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Manhattan and has two grown sons.
Elizabeth Blessing, Contributing Editor
For the past 20 years, Elizabeth Blessing has worked as a writer specializing in technical, marketing and financial writing. She's written sales and editorial copy for technology companies, CPAs, Certified Financial Planners and financial newsletter publishers. She's created user documentation and online Help systems for software applications. Her client list includes Motorola, Visio Corporation, Memec Inc., Weiss Research, Eagle Financial and Nightingale Conant.
In 2014, she wrote the winning sales promotion for the prestigious Clayton Makepeace Copywriting Challenge. Her prize included a $12,500 contract to write an online sales campaign for financial publisher, Weiss Research.
For the Leeb Group, she works closely with Dr. Stephen Leeb. She researches and writes about high-yield stocks for Leeb Income Millionaire and growth investing and income stocks for The Complete Investor.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Literature/Writing. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her Spanish language skills and exploring the redwood forests of Northern California.