About

Background
Bill Parish, President and CEO

Registered Investment Advisor (RIA):
  • Manage investment portfolios for individuals, pensions and trusts.
  • Provide key planning advice on all financial matters.
  • Publish financial, economic and corporate governance related research.
  • Advance key corporate governance initiatives to increase market transparency.
  • Internationally recognized as a leader in evaluating interest rate trends, mergers, technology developments, stock options and other compensation programs, accounting and regulatory rules and corporate governance matters.
  • Widely quoted in the NY Times, Bloomberg, Barrons, USA Today, LA Times, Oregonian and other leading publications.
Personalized service and level of support

Choosing Parish Investments will also provide a more personalized service and level of support. Parish Investments focuses upon investment selection and client relations. This provides more long term continuity and stability, especially in this age of mergers. My clients include exceptionally large portfolios in addition to smaller portfolios, although smaller portfolios are only accepted based upon a strong personal connection or relationship with an existing client. Fees charged are .75 percent per year with an annual minimum.

No fees accepted from any investment company

A written guarantee is provided that no fees are accepted, either directly or indirectly, from any investment company on any client. Removing such conflicts of interest is a key ingredient to successful long-term oriented investment. You need not worry about being sold products such as annuities, load mutual funds, bonds underwritten by certain affiliated companies, etc.

Credentials
Experience with both strong and weak markets

Parish Investments has been in business for more than 20 years, and provided good results in both strong and weak investment markets. Due to concern over key corporate governance and accounting issues, clients stock exposure was greatly reduced in late 1999 and in fact no equities were recommended again until August of 2003. Avoiding the large losses most investors incurred has made a significant difference in clients total assets. Of course there are no guarantees with respect to future returns, yet it is exactly this type of long-term oriented thinking that investors should expect.

Recognized as a leader in understanding complex financial transactions

Parish Investments is recognized as a leader in understanding complex financial transactions, including mergers and other issues.  Work in this area has generated hundreds of news stories and television and radio interviews.  Too much of the investment industry is sales driven today.  With Parish Investments you get an advisor with a genuine portfolio management, rather than sales, orientation.

Educational Background:
  • Masters of Business Administration (Finance) – Portland State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Finance/Accounting), minor Journalism – University of Oregon
  • Fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Russian. Basic conversation in Mandarin.
Previous Professional Experience:
  • Chief Financial Officer 
  • Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Analyst and Business Planner
  • Certified Public Accountant, Auditor and Systems Consultant
  • Rural Bank Consultant – Peace Corp Volunteer in Paraguay, South America

PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIALS

“I want to thank you for your wonderfully informative talk…. full of humor and common sense with insight and honesty. We loved your comments and fresh approach… many thanks from all of us,”

Investment Group President

“For someone who appreciates first rate academic research like myself, your work was simply sensational.”

Bob Packwood, former Chair of the US Senate Finance Committee

“Participants treated you like a rock star and were thrilled to hear you speak about these accounting issues. Thank you for adding so much to our conference.”

Organizer for conference of 400 leading money managers

“Amazing presentation Bill, I understand now and agree that engineering should stay out of the accounting area.”

Former President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AICPA, Bill Ezell

I was absolutely astounded to read your analysis of Microsoft,”

Director of large high profile international law center based in UK

“I respect your analysis of Microsoft’s financials…”

Former CEO and founder of the Vanguard family of mutual funds, John Bogle

“I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been providing an excellent public service through your opposition to TPG in its effort to purchase Portland General Electric. The information you provided is superb and your Public Utility Commission testimony enlightening,”

Leading public power advocate, former President of Lasco shipping and Port of Portland Director, Ken Lewis

“In late 1998 Bill Parish work on corporate earnings distortions went largely unrecognized by the mainstream media and finally in 2002 the Wall Street Journal reinvented Mr. Parish wheel. It’s bad enough it took the journal so long, but what’s worse, a reference to Mr. Parish work was no where to be found in the front page article.”

Director of Research at Northern Trust Bank, Paul Kasriel

“Astonishing.”

Response by Glenn Simpson, top reporter at Wall Street Journal, regarding report on Cisco Systems

“That can’t be, that must be changed” upon hearing the tax ramifications of stock option accounting and the fact that NQ options are not a preference item for AMT purposes but rather W-2 Income.

Chief Operating Officer at Securities and Exchange Commission, Bob Herdman

“With much admiration and respect, keep up the good work.”

Nation’s leading hedge fund analyst, Albert Meyer

Note:  Oregon Administrative Rules prohibit Registered Investment Advisors from using “Testimonials for Advertising Purposes.”  The objective of the preceding comments are to provide feedback with respect to Bill Parish’s public comments regarding key accounting and regulatory policies, not investment management performance.