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Tom Byrne

Tom Byrne

Tom founded Byrne Asset Management in 1998. He serves as the Managing Director and Head of Equity Portfolio Management and brings over 35 years experience in the securities industry to his clients.

The foundation for Byrne Asset Management was created during Tom’s formative years as a securities and commodities lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in NYC. His investment focus and intense interest in understanding what drives markets took him to Shearson Lehman, Inc., where he advised many large institutional accounts.

In early 1987, Tom published a book on the relationship between stock index futures and the stock market, warning readers that “the stock market may well eventually crash” and that stock index futures “might accelerate it”.  In 1988, he served as a member of the Brady Commission staff that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

Tom’s curiosity and passion for achieving superior investment results led him to Commodities Corporation in Princeton, NJ, where he learned to model quantitative investment strategies with a disciplined risk overlay.

Tom has been a member of the New Jersey State Investment Council since 2010 and has been chairman in recent years.  The Council oversees the investment of New Jersey’s public pension fund assets.  He has also served as a member of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, and has written and spoken extensively on these issues.  Byrne also serves as a trustee and treasurer of The Fund for New Jersey and is a trustee of several other civic organizations. He also served two terms as Chairman of the Democratic State Committee in New Jersey.

Tom is a graduate of Princeton University (1976) and Fordham Law School (1981).

You can reach Tom at tombyrne@byrneasset.com.