Financial Planner or M.D.? Major Midwest Firm Turns to Doctor-Turned-Advisor to Utilize "Evidence-Based Investing" Grounded in Medical Traditions

Friday, September 26, 2008 General News
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NEWS ADVISORY // Will your next financial planner be a doctor? Savant Capital Management, a fast-rising investment advisory firm with offices in Illinois and Wisconsin, will explain why it has taken the unusual step of adding a doctor to its team of financial planners. Additionally, Savant will detail how it has framed a unique "road map to investing success" known as "Evidence-Based Investing" (EBI).

Event: September 30, 2008

News event speakers will be:

* Brian J. Knabe, M.D., financial advisor, Savant Capital Management, Inc. Rockford, IL.; and

* Brent Brodeski, managing director, Savant Capital Management, Inc., Rockford, IL.

As Knabe and Brodeski will explain, Evidence-Based Investing involves the judicious use of current best evidence to make informed investment decisions. The concept is built around the evidence-based method that has produced great success in the field of medicine. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is defined as "the attempt to apply standards of evidence gained from the scientific method to aspects of medical practice in a uniform manner." This proven medical approach is now being adapted by Savant in the investment world in the context of long-term, passive fee-only financial advice.

Brian Knabe utilizes his experience from the medical field as he works with clients, advisors, portfolio managers, and planners to develop comprehensive planning, investment, and tax strategies for professionals. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University with an honors degree in biomedical engineering. Knabe earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. He also attended the University of Illinois for his family practice residency, serving as chief resident. Knabe is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine with the University of Illinois. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Catholic Medical Association. He recently passed the exam for his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and now works with Savant Capital Management as an advisor.

TO PARTICIPATE: Reporters can join this live, phone-based national news conference (with full Q&A) taking place at 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. CT on September 30, 2008 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "Savant Evidence Based Investing" news event.

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the Savant Capital Management, Inc. news event will be available on the Web at as of 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on September 30, 2008.

CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell, + 1 (703) 276-3266 or


With offices in Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Freeport, Rockford and also Madison, WI., Savant Capital Management, Inc. offers investment management, financial planning and family office services to financially established individuals, trust funds, retirement plans, and non-profit organizations. Savant is regularly recognized as being among the top wealth managers in the United States. In August 2008, Barron's placed Savant at #28 on the list of the top 100 independent investment advisers in the U.S. In March of 2008, Savant was named the top independent adviser in Illinois by Chicago magazine. Savant ranked #4 in Illinois in Registered Rep Magazine's March 2008 list of the :Top 100 Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs)." In 2007, Savant was recognized by Financial Advisor magazine as the nation's 12th-fastest growing wealth managers with in excess of $1 billion in assets under management. For the past seven years, Savant has earned a place on Bloomberg Wealth Manager's Top Wealth Manager

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