Mission Statement:

Jeffrey A. Johnson, CFA is the founder and principal of Cornerstone Investment Associates, LLC and he works with a number of economic, financial, legal and technical associates to provide education and objective advice related to investments and financial planning.  Cornerstone brings institutional-level expertise into the retail investment decision-making process.  Jeff also provides one-on-one meetings within the Twin Cities region based on time availability.  Cornerstone exists partly as a labor of love, and partly to give back.  Cornerstone seeks to bring a Christian perspective into our money and stewardship decisions to help achieve short-term, intermediate-term and long-term investment returns.  We also believe that some investment and stewardship commitments can produce eternal returns.  The Cornerstone operating model seeks to provide value for users, and we hope that the value derived from this web site will be paid forward.  So, instead of paying a fee or a subscription to Cornerstone, I recommend donations to charities that are above and beyond your normal charitable giving.  Some favorite charities are MN Adult and Teen Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, and World Vision.

Cornerstone:  The Cornerstone name is based on a number of factors.  First, we like the image of a cornerstone that provides a solid base for investing.  We also believe that a cornerstone is necessary in a world with a fire hose of information that provides a deluge without necessarily adding value.  Finally, there are a number of biblical scripture passages related to Cornerstone as follows:

-Isaiah 28:16-See I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.

-Ephesians 2:20-with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone,

-1 Peter 2:6.  “a chosen and precious cornerstone, …The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”

Jeff Johnson Bio:  Jeff brings 30+ years of investment experience to Cornerstone.  Although retired from daily corporate work responsibilities managing money, Jeff continues to pursue his investment passion within a “giving back” perspective.  Corporate work experience included institutional and high net worth money management as an analyst and portfolio manager at US Bank Asset Management.  Work experience also included building and running the Investment Department at Stevens Foster, a High Net Worth wealth management firm.  Jeff has managed multi-billion dollar investments in institutional pension accounts and mutual funds.  He also managed high net worth investments for clients with total investable assets above $1 billion.  He has been interviewed a number of times on CNBC, and has been interviewed numerous times in the past on local Twin Cities media.  Although work experience primarily involved institutional and HNW, The HNW work included investment recommendations for client children and grandchildren.  Jeff has also taught economics as an adjunct instructor in the Business and Economics Department at Bethel University.

Cornerstone utilizes long-term fundamental analysis based on a strong mix as an:

-experienced, time-tested practitioner (living in the real world sitting across the table from investors.)

-knowledge and utilization of leading-edge academic research and theory.

Jeff has a MA in Economics from the University of Iowa, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst-CFA designation.

Jeff is currently chair of the Peace Church Eagan Finance Team and chair of Investments for the Peace Church Endowment Fund.

Jeff is married to Carol, his wife of 45 years, and is blessed with two wonderful children and 4 grandchildren.  He also loves family time and fishing at the cabin on Woman Lake near Longville, MN.


Jeff Johnson

Rosemount, MN  55068




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