Kostohryz got started in the investment business working as an emerging markets analyst for one of the US’s largest asset management firms. There, he covered sectors as diverse as banking, energy, construction, and metals and mining. Later, Kostohryz became head of international investments for a major investment bank in Brazil, working out of Rio de Janeiro and New York.
For the past several years, Kostohryz has been devoting his time to various entrepreneurial and personal ventures outside of the capital markets arena. However, recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime trading and investment opportunity, Kostohryz started shorting and buying puts on banks and oil companies in September 2008 and had covered his bearish positions by October of 2008. In March 2009, he went long a portfolio of stocks, effectively identifying a trough in the financial crisis.
Kostohryz’s background, experiences, and interests are quite varied: Born in Mexico, he grew up between south Texas and Colombia, has lived and worked in nine different countries, and has traveled extensively in more than 50 others. Kostohryz actively pursues various intellectual interests and is currently working on a book that explores the role of culture in economic development. He is a former NCAA decathlete and has stayed active in a variety of sports.
Kostohryz graduated with honors from both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Description of Dr. James Kostohryz as written in Minyanville.com
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