Tim McElvaine

Value veteran dances to his own tune.

Michael Ryval 1 September, 2006 | 1:00PM
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If you want to ask Tim McElvaine where stock markets are going, he will tell you that you've come to the wrong person. "I'm pretty sure that I am the only investor who missed the entire metals, minerals and oil and gas boom completely," says McElvaine, 43, manager of the $89.8-millionMcElvaine Investment Trust and president of Vancouver-based McElvaine Investment Management Ltd.

"I joke with people that I dance to my own tune, in a corner," adds McElvaine, in his characteristic self-deprecating style. "Sometimes, out of sheer luck you will be in beat with the music and sometimes you will look awfully stupid. But at least you're enjoying yourself. That's where I am, dancing the foxtrot while everyone else is doing the rumba."

McElvaine counts himself lucky to have about 500 investors who put up with his self-admitted idiosyncratic style. He also runs the $80-million McElvaine Limited Partnership, a global equity product. Both funds are sold by offering memorandum to qualified investors, and minimum investment amounts vary by province from $25,000 to $150,000.

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