David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, CIMA® is the founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors as well as On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and Financial Times Top 400 Advisors in America. He brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman’s Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. He is a frequent guest on
CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor to Forbes.
David is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and holds numerous financial designations and licenses. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute, and is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County.
David is a disciple of Milton Friedman, a lover of Ronald Reagan, and a “National Review kind of conservative” (the only kind). His prolific writings strive to reflect an ideology of freedom principles integrated with transcendent truths. His heroes are his late father, Dr. Greg Bahnsen, and Larry Kudlow, and he proudly claims heavy influence from John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, F.A. Hayek, Winston Churchill, C.S. Lewis, William Buckley, Margaret Thatcher, George Gilder, and Father Robert Sirico.
David’s true passions include anything involving related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and his house in the desert. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of 15+ years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they’ve created together in Newport Beach, California. David spends 18-20 waking hours per day thinking about the free and virtuous society.