Contrary Opinion Forum  ™

Like No Other Conference


Contrary thinking permeates the Forum itself. No sponsors. No sales pitches. No pre-arranged meetings. No trade show floors. This is truly a unique event where information is shared and relationships flourish.     

The Contrary Opinion Forum™ is a uniquely New England event. It is the brainchild of Jim Fraser and fellow Vermonter Humphrey Neill, the originator of the Theory of Contrary Investing. The Forum survives both Neill and Jim Fraser who retired from involvement in 2004. Jim Fraser managed his investment business from a grand house in Burlington, Vermont, and established the Forum as a venue for contrarians and thought leaders to gather and share insight and friendship. 


For many years the Forum has assembled in the fall at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. This classic location on the shores of Lake Champlain provides a unique environment, far away from the urban convention halls that are the norm in the industry. The location itself promotes fresh thinking, social interaction and a chance to relax and reflect.  


The Forum begins with a cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday evening. The first speaker presents after dinner to set a macro stage for the upcoming day.

The next day consists of a variety of presenters and discussion sessions which facilitate  the sharing and discussing of ideas. A cocktail reception, dinner and presentation round out a very remarkable second day.

The final day is purposely open for the attendees and the presenters to informally mingle, exchange contact information and  to bond by experiencing the resort together. Impromptu presentations or discussions sessions may be facilitated in the morning.

Jim Fraser established Fraser Management Associates in Burlington, Vermont, to offer investors an opportunity to benefit from the theory of contrary investing. In his view contrary investing does not necessarily mean doing the opposite of everybody else. Rather it means not being persuaded by short-term fears and markets surges and instead focusing on long-term, under appreciated trends. As an example, Jim was one of the first investment professionals to identify water scarcity as an important long term driver of human, and thus investing, activity.

Fraser Management Associates is now known as Fraser Advisors and is part of a group of boutique firms, all focused on providing very unique opportunities to clients and enhancing services offered by institutions. Fraser Advisors continues to offer insights in contrarian and thematic investing and honors Jim's legacy with the continuing tradition of the Contrary Opinion Forum™.



The Theory of Contrary Investing

Fraser Advisors

Event registration includes:

  • Attendance at all presentations
  • Electronic copies of presentations
  • Wed/Thurs cocktail receptions
  • Wed/Thurs dinners
  • Thurs/Fri breakfasts
  • Lunch on Thursday
  • Refreshment beverages and snacks

Single Registration : $1,495

Couple registration: $1,995

Event registration does not include lodging. Please make room reservations directly with the Basin Harbor club at: