Peter Atwater

Peter Atwater

Formal First Name

Peter Atwater teaches confidence-driven decision-making in the Economics Department at The College of William & Mary. After helping various hedge funds successfully navigate the banking crisis, he turned to social psychology. He writes and speaks about how changes in confidence affect our preferences, decisions, and actions. Given his talent to knit Wall Street, Main Street, and Constitution Avenue, Atwater is a renowned favorite of the media. A lifelong creative thinker, he was also a pioneer in securitization.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He built and then ran JPMorgan’s asset-backed securities business.

  • He was called "one of the smartest guys you have never heard of on anything financial" by Herb Greenberg of CNBC.

  • He has also written financial articles for the World Policy Institute.


  • His research on confidence has been mentioned in The Financial Times, Reuters, and Time Magazine.

  • He is also a frequent commentator on television, appearing on CNBC and Fox Business News.

  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision and 2021 Real Vision Festival of Learning.