Dennis Tilley

Director of Alternative Investments

Dennis is responsible for Merriman’s alternative investments including the proactive improvement of investment programs, oversight of research and portfolio management activities, and the development of new investment solutions when needed. Since joining Merriman in 1999, Dennis has served as Director of Research (2000-2008), Director of Alternative Investments (2008-2013), CIO (2013-2018) and was on the Merriman Board of Directors from 2010-2012. Dennis also serves as a portfolio manager of global tactical asset allocation strategies at Merriman.

Prior to joining our company, Dennis spent eleven years as an engineer performing research and development in electric propulsion. He published many papers and won numerous awards and patents in the field. Dennis holds a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

Away from work, Dennis enjoys hiking, skiing, Seattle and Husky sports teams, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children.



As one of our longest-tenured employees, Dennis was featured in a roundtable discussion about what it’s like to work at Merriman and the role our Research department plays.

An Interview With Dennis Tilley

Our very own Director of Alternative Investments, Dennis Tilley, was interviewed by Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities.

Living Fully with Merriman CIO and Portfolio Manager Dennis Tilley

Whether overseeing Merriman’s diversified portfolio, researching the latest financial innovations or rock climbing, Merriman Chief Investment Officer Dennis Tilley talks about why finding passion at work and in his personal life is so important to him.

Stop worrying about rising interest rates

There is practically universal opinion that interest rates will rise in the future, and that bond portfolios will suffer painful losses when this happens. At Merriman, we think the financial news media has blown this story way out of proportion, with inflammatory...