Some of the brightest stars from the world of money management will teach individual investors the basics of investing in an eight-part series of 30-minute television shows.
"Beyond Wall Street: The Art of Investing," debuts this week on public television stations in 21 major markets.
The series, which cost $1.6 million to produce, has been in the works for six years, said Tom Willison, partner at Dakin & Willison Productions, San Rafael, Calif., co-producer of the series with Pacem Productions, Los Angeles and Channel 13/WNET in New York.
"We realized in our business - as consultants helping money managers articulate the investment process - that the average investor needs that same knowledge.
"Most business shows focus on market activity of the day and often promote individual funds or stocks," Mr. Willison said.
"Beyond Wall Street" doesn't mention specific funds or stocks. Its mission is to educate by teaching the fundamentals of sound investing, spotlighting one topic a week.
"It has a timeless quality that will still be useful in 20 years," said Mr. Willison.
In the premiere, Foster Friess, portfolio manager, Brandywine Funds, will discuss growth stock investing.
Future shows include John Neff, retired manager of Vanguard's Windsor Fund, who will explain value investing; Barr Rosenberg, chairman of Rosenberg Institutional Equity Management, on quantitative investing; Nobel prize winner William Sharpe on indexing; Mark Mobius, Templeton portfolio manager, on emerging markets investing; and William Gross, managing director, Pacific Investment Management Co., will talk about fixed-income investing.
Financial journalists Jane Bryant Quinn and Andrew Tobias will host the programs.
The series is funded by SEI Investments, with a research grant from the William H. Donner Foundation.