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Dana Telsey (born 1962 in New York City, New York[1]) is the CEO and Chief Research Officer of Telsey Advisory Group. She is an American consultant and top-ranked equity research analyst covering the retail industry. Telsey has been ranked for 13 years, and was the number one ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine for seven years.[2]


Education and early career work

Telsey is a 1984 graduate of Hobart-William Smith College and has an M.B.A. degree from Fordham University.[3] Family members have worked in the fashion industry. Her grandmother worked at Bergdorf Goodman and her mother at Fred the Furrier in addition to the family bookstore on Madison Avenue.[4]

Telsey started at Barron Capital after her mother secured a secretary's position for Telsey from a former neighbor, Ron Baron, while meeting him on the street, and asking him: "Can you give Dana a job?"[5] Telsey was eventually promoted to Vice President of the Baron Asset Fund, a mutual fund of Barron Capital.[6] Later, she was an analyst at CJ Lawrence from 1991 to 1994.[5][7]

Bear Stearns and television career

Telsey previously worked at Bear Stearns from 1994 to 2006, most recently as a Senior Managing Director. She is a frequent guest analyst on CNBC and CNN, and has been interviewed by ABC News, Wall Street Week, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News.[3][5] Prior to being a top rated analyst at Bear Stearns, she worked at CJ Lawrence and with Baron Asset Fund.

Telsey founded the eponymous Telsey Advisory Group in August 2006.[2]

Independent analyst role

Corey Hajim of CNN commented:

"Some clients pay less than $100,000 a year for access to written reports, online computer models and news e-mails. Others pay several times that for direct access to Telsey and her team and customized services like mall tours. As an independent analyst, Telsey can give clients opinionated critiques of companies in a way her Wall Street brethren can't: She doesn't have to worry that publicly released reports will get back to management and impair her future access."[5]

According to Michael Gould, CEO of Bloomingdales, "I don't know how many sure bets there are, but if there is anyone who is going to be enormously successful doing this, it is going to be Dana Telsey." [8 ]

The firm provides primary; contextual; quantitative and qualitative research. It offers research through company, industry, and sector specific and thematic reports. It caters to hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity firms, and private and public consumer companies. The firm also offers consulting services. [9]


  • Number one ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine for seven years.[2]
  • Women-Owned Business of the Year by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce[10]
  • Telsey Advisory Group was recognized in the 2009 Institutional Investor Magazine rankings of the Best Independents in three categories: #1 in Retailing/Specialty Stores, #1 in Retailing/Broadlines and Department Stores, and #2 in Apparel & Footwear.[11]


  1. ^ (2009). The biography of Dana Telsey. Retrieved on 2009-11-30 from
  2. ^ a b c PR NewsWire (2006-08-01). "Top Institutional Investor-Rated Retail Analyst Dana Telsey Launches Telsey Advisory Group". Press release. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  3. ^ a b "Dana Telsey". Telsey Advisory Group. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  4. ^ Campbell, Patricia (2008). "5th Avenue Meets Wall Street". Stocks, Futures and Options Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  5. ^ a b c d Hajim, Corey (2006-12-14). "From shopaholic to star retail analyst". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  6. ^ "Speakers and Panellists: Dana Telsey". World Retail Congress. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  7. ^ Mannes, George (2000-06-23). "Lights, Camera, Stock Picks: When Analysts Become TV Stars". Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  8. ^ "From shopaholic to star retail analyst". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2009-12-15.  
  9. ^ "Telsey Advisory Group LLC".  
  10. ^ BusinessWire (2007-11-07). "Telsey Advisory Group Named Women-Owned Business of the Year by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce". Press release. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  11. ^ "About TAG". Telsey Advisory Group. Retrieved 2009-12-15.  

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