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Victor A. Canto, Ph.D.

Chief Economist

As the Chairman of La Jolla Economics, an economic consulting firm and registered investment adviser, that he founded in 1997, Victor’s investment expertise has been sought by corporations, governments, universities and investment management firms from around the world. That group includes Cadinha & Company, as well as foreign central banks, finance ministers, and other global dignitaries. From serving on Cadinha’s investment committee to consulting on how various policies affect investment performance, Victor has been helping us bring smarter people and a better process to our work on behalf of our clients for many years.

Dr. Canto has been part of the Cadinha team since we opened our doors in 1979. His global expertise allows us to broaden the investment opportunities for our clients. Previously, Victor was an adviser to the Lazard Capital Allocator Series, Chief Investment Officer, Director of Research and portfolio manager at Calport Asset Management, and President and Director of Research at A B Laffer, V A Canto and Associates.

Victor received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago after receiving his B.Sc. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career has included tenured university professorships in finance and economics at the University of Southern California, research, consulting and writing. His name is on several books as well as articles in many of the leading economic journals in the US and beyond.

Victor is married to his high school sweetheart, Ana, with whom he is the father of three amazing daughters. His passion in life, after his family and career, is spending time with his Paso Fino horses.