About Us - Trained in Finance & Humanity
In order to achieve both financial health and happiness, we need to seek advice from someone trained in both.
Martial arts training is an optimal way to learn how to engage in an activity in the most effective manner while
still enjoying life to its fullest. According to the martial approach, one needs philosophical understanding as
well as technical abilities. Steve Kanney, CFA began the study of martial
arts in 1972 and Aikido in 1978. He further studied the philosophical aspects of the martial arts through
meditation training, particularly Zen, beginning in 1996. The connection between Zen and Japanese martial
traditions is quite extensive. He opened Scarsdale Aikido in 2003 for the purpose of teaching both the philosophy
and the art and currently continues as the chief instructor.
Many problems/concerns in the financial arena have been well-resolved in the institutional marketplace, but not
addressed with individuals. Steve Kanney, CFA simultaneously pursued a
career in the institutional financial markets beginning with a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Emory University in
1983. He completed a CFA in 1993. He worked in institutional fixed income sales based upon asset/liability matching
analysis from 1984 up until 2000, 11 years of which was at the infamous Lehman Brothers. Recognizing the long trend
of decline in the ethical conduct in the brokerage segment of the financial industry, he left Lehman and began work
at a hedge fund as a risk manager in 2001. He also developed some statistically-based trading strategies for the
interest rate markets during that period. In late 2003 he began a martial arts school, Scarsdale Aikido. He left his formal occupation in finance at the end of
that year. He managed assets privately (without fees) for individual investors from 2004 onwards.
He has a unique background for bridging the gap between the strategy of martial arts and the incremental
analysis of finance. As the chief instructor of a Scarsdale Aikido he teaches the philosophy both through physical
movements and discussion on a daily basis. He also worked extensively with the complex nature of the financial
decision-making matrix advising multi billion dollar banks, investment advisors and to a lesser degree insurance
companies for many years. As the skills and discipline of institutional finance continue to trickle down to the
individual investors through improved technology, his skills are particularly cogent. Combining the philosophy of
martial arts with the technical knowledge of finance can help anyone, regardless of their financial status,
find a greater sense of purpose in life and express it with a more precise financial acumen.
We can make appointments in Westchester County, greater New York City area and Connecticut.
Legal - The purpose of this site and all services offered are educational
in nature and not to provide any investment advice, planning or recommendations of any securities. The purpose is
to educate you to make your own financial decisions, or prepare you to evaluate your financial advisors with
confidence so you can gain trust in the services they provide.