Insightful interviews and discussions with leading portfolio managers, investors and entrepreneurs from the world of alternative investments.

Listen to Troy, who analyzes the expected future movement of the U.S. Stock Market.  Using Fundamental and Technical Analysis plus leveraged ETF's, Troy seeks to exceed returns of a "Buy and Hold" approach to investing by identifying when to use leveraged ETF's and when to exit to Cash.  He divides the market into Long Term, Intermediate Term and Short term, and recommends accordingly.  In addition, he quantifies the historical price changes during various time periods following breakouts and breakdowns of various sectors, etc.  The results are very specific and can be very helpful and often defy conventional thinking.  A very interesting conversation re: a subject of interest of most every investor.

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Listen to John, Portfolio Manager of the Tactical Credit Fund, discuss this unique fund strategy, starting with the whirlwind days of the credit crisis of 2008.  Using  four asset buckets - High Yield - Bank Debt - Convertible Bonds - Investment Grade Bonds, they tactically invest into each according to the opportunities that they see in each, including Long/Short opportunities, with varying time frames.  Focused on higher than usual volatility and yield, they repeatedly apply their "Rotational Trade" seeking to achieve higher than market yields and returns.  In this day of rising interest rates and low yields this type of strategy should be very interesting to investors and advisors.  

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Joe founded and is the CEO of Synergy, services other RIA firms by providing 18  investment strategies, a Hedge Fund, marketing and practice management.  Joe discusses their "Sailboat" strategy, a rules based tactical allocation/Sector Rotation model, using about a dozen signals, and its role in their array of strategies. For Advisors, he also discusses the "E-Myth" principle of working on a business as opposed to working in a business.  

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Listen to Joe, Director of Education & Business Development @ the OIC, w/over 24 years in the Options industry as a market maker, w/Options Express, Schwab, et al,  educating institutions on risk mitigation and enhanced performance using Options.  Since 1992 the OIC has provided increased awareness, education and promotion of exchange listed Options for investors, Advisors and institutions. Joe discusses strategy diversification thru Options vs. product diversification. Retail investors, Investment Advisors and institutions are using Options at a rapid rate of increase year over year.  Using Options, one can: 1) Decrease Risk w/o increasing capital; 2) Leverage assets, define and balance the risk; 3) Apply tools to solve problems that could not be solved in other ways.  This is a very interesting conversation that investors/Advisors should find to be well worth the listen.

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Listen to Bob, CEO of Equinox Funds, a family of Mutual Funds using Commodity Trading Advisors and their strategies, expanding into equity strategies.  Their initial fund, the Frontier Fund, was the original Managed Futures category offered thru the format of a liquid, low minimum Mutual Fund, and later launching the first portfolio of multi-strategy CTA's in a Mutual Fund.  We discuss the opportunity to  diversify into Commodities, and their approach to invest into them without having to liquidate fixed income and equities. We also discuss their unique fee arrangement for their Ampersand Fund.  Anyone looking for diversification and possible enhanced returns thru Commodities should find this interview to be very interesting.

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Arthur Lipper, entrepreuner, author, lecturer at many universities, investor, consultant, discusses a new way to provide working capital to private, early stage businesses, called Revenue Royalties.  He discusses his e-book - "Revenue Royalties" - www.RexRevenueRoyalties.com., which is an alternative for these businesses to raise working capital thru Royalties based on Revenues, as opposed to selling an equity portion of the busines.  A fascinating idea of Arthur's that is a unique way to provide this needed resource and funding opportunity.  Certainly cutting edge, we are sure our listeners will find it to be very interesting and thought provoking.

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With a couple of decades experience behind him in trading and investment management, Brian discusses trading in today's markets.  As the author of the book, "Technical Analysis Thru Multiple Time Frames," Brian looks at the importance of several pricnicples in trading:

  1-"Risk/Reward or Perceived Edge;"

  2 - The importance of Magnitude over Frequency of profitable trading;

  3- The importance of Support & Resistance and the time frames he uses;

  4 - The price ranges of stocks that he likes to trade, and why;

  5 - How to deal with Earnings Report periods as a trader;

This is a very interesting conversation that anyone interested in trading would find to be interesting and insightful.

You can catch Brian on Youtube, under the  title of "Thermal1" - Hope you enjoy it.

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As a researcher, Brett evaluates investment opportunities to invest for a steady income stream.  His published "The Contrarian Income Report" and "Hidden Yields" reports identify Closed End Funds, REIT's, and other investments that offer outsized yields.  Cherry picking opportunities among stocks in these and similar areas, Brett offers yields that are not often seen today.  Looking to generate income thru yields while seeking to increase the equity value as well, he discusses their methods of identifying those stocks who are likely to have an increasing stock price in addition to the outsized dividends.  Anyone interested in cash flow investing should listen to this interview.

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As part of the Arbor family of companies, including the 30 year old publicly traded mortgage REIT, Arbor Realty Trust (ABR), ArborCrowd offers real estate investing opportunites to Accrdited Investors online. Adam is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ArborCrowd, and they are able to leverage their connections and experience in the mortgage real estate industry to offer investment opportunities to investors.  In a unique position to build upon the relationships, network and opportunities that they find thru their mortgage business, they seek to select among the best opportunities in these real estate investing projects and offer them to investors thru ArborCrowd.  Due to the Jobs Act of 2012, this opportunity is now available.  Focusing on secondary and tertiary markets, they seek to offer value add work force/multi-family properties to investors.  For the fixed income portion of one's portfolio, listeners will find this interview to be most interesting.

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Listen to Edward, responsible for investor relations, discuss their unique strategy to create profits for investors thru short term bridge loans on real estate.  For Accredited Investors, they receive referrals from banks on cases where the banks cannot lend, they make loans on properties (often owner occupied), secured by the real estate thru a first trust deed, with a typical shorter term duration of 1-3 years.  Compared to the risk/reward ratio of traditional fixed income investments, most investors needing income investments should be very interested in this conversation.

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Dr. Ball, with a PhD in Economics from MIT and the current Dept. of Economics Chair @ Johns Hopkins University,  wrote his book to address the Lehman Brothers failure, which was the pivotal event in triggering the financial crisis of 2008.  Addressing a continuing controversy of whether Lehman should have been rescued or allowed to fail, he spent four years researching a plethora of public records to determine if the legal and political climates would/should have allowed for the rescue of Lehman. His insights are very interesting re: this critical and pivotal event, the genesis of a market development that contributed to a major financial crisis.  We thoroughly enjoyed doing the interview and are confident that our listeners will find it to be enlightening, balanced, and insightful on this historic and impactful event.

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Welcome back Dave - Dave was the very first guest that we had on Strategic Investor Radio, back in October, 2014.  His patience with us in those early days was greatly appreciated and we are always glad to be the beneficiaries of his insights into the world of investing.  He has an MBA from U. of Chicago and is the Portfolio Manager for Cedar Capital, specializing in portfolio construction, typically within a quantitative framework and the ways in which Alternative Investments work within a portfolio.  Using a recently created index by Thomson Reuters, focused on Venture Capital and Private Equity investments, with about 6000 Private Equity firms and 28,000 Venture Capital firms, this index offers diversification into these markets typically not available to the private investor. Any investor will find this conversation to be not only interesting but focused on a subject that is very helpful and important to them.

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As President and Chief Investment Officer.  Using their proprietary investment strategy they call ROTAROME. Focused on investing vs. speculating, he much prefers investing over speculating. He is fcused on the business, vs. the stock price, which he considers to be investing, as opposed to speculation, which would be a focus on the stock price.   He uses the ROTAROME method of stock analysis as a metric to determine which businesses to focus on and purchase.  ROTA measures the business itself and ROME seeks to evaluate and measure the relative "Cheap or Expensive" current price of the stock. They seek a high number in each over a period of time.  This is a very interesting method of analysis and interview.  We hope you enjoy it.

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Listen to Bryan, Portfolio Manager for the Infrastrucure Fund, focusing on utilities, telecom, energy, transportation/Logistics, which are all part of this fund.  These highly regulated sectors represent about 25% of the U.S. economy, and are becoming more key to the economy and political landscapes.  Expecting these assets to become more valuable in the near and longer term future, Bryan makes compelling points re: the future opportunities of this space.  Loaded with misperceptions by investors, Bryan addresses the need to be focused on this strategy.

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Publishing over 200 indexes, S-Network Global uses these indexes to provide the underlying investments for focused and specialty ETF's.  Gregg is responsible for developing those indexes that are used to create these custom ETF's with ESG focus and purpose.  This is certainly a timely topic, with Blackrock and now Walmart making policy decisions focused on ESG factors.  The world is changing, and those not at least following these changes can be left behind.  S-Network is, together with Reuters, in the forefront in creating opportunity in this specialty arena.  We hope you enjoy the interview. 

FYI for our listeners - S-Network is sponsoring the 6th Annual "Summer in the City CSR Investing Summit" in NYC on Wed, July 18.  Our listeners receive $100 off the Registration price by applying the Code  “OCTalkRadio” - The Conference website is www.csrinvstingsummit.org.

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The Portfolio Manager for the past 10 years for the Shelton International Select Equity Strategy, Andy discusses the unique analysis methodology of his and Shelton, focusing on and measuring redploying its own capital to create value for shareholders.  Focusing on asset growth and return on asset capital, they define 5 stages in a corporate life cycle, identify which stage a company is in at a particular time, and how the company is dealing with the issues they face.  Using GE and Netflix  as example, Andy applies their system of analysis to them and discusses how Shelton approaches these, and similar companies.  Focusing on international companies, he has taken on quite a challenge, which creates a very interesting investing analysis system and discusses it.  This is a different approach to company analysis and anyone interested in investing in inernational companies will find this discussion well worth the effort.

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A brainchild of Sal's, Teucrium is a family of Exchange Traded Products, all focused on agricultural commodities.  With heavy experience in ag commodity trading, including ethanol, he was involved in the establishment of the ethanol over the counter market.  He shows how farmers are the eternal optimists, and will plant until prices reach their cost of production.  Ag commodities have ever increasing uses, creating constant demand for a variety of uses, and the prices are seasonal, making it very consistent in price fluctuation.  This is fascinating stuff and recommend it to all listeners.  Sal tells a compelling story in a very intersting style.

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Listen to Eric, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, tell how Spider Rock uses Options strategies to reduce risk and solve other problems with portfolio construction.  Plain vanilla equities and fixed income strategies cannot do what Options can do.  Working with institutions, family offices and Advisors, they construct portfolios around risk mitigation and yield augmentation, and even much more sophisticated strategies. He discusses how to get paid while waiting for a market pullback and how to derisk a portfolio without being exposed to capital gains.  Not knowing Options today is a definite handicap to any investor and this interview deserves a listen by all investors.  

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KraneShares is a family of ETF's, all focused on China.  Brendan, the Chief Investment Officer, tells about the restructuring of the MSCI Emerging Market Index, to include mainland Chinese securities.  Index based ETF's, as passive investments, invest in those companies that are included in these indexes.  This means that those who invest in this index will now include those securities from Chinese exchanges, resulting in additional shares to be purchased of these companies.  This is somewhat historic, and could generate some significant changes in the value of these securities that will now be included in the index.  Very interesting interview for any investor.

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Josh discusses this conference and its opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.

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Providing safety training, oversight and management to the construction and heavy machinery industries.  Using advanced software to provide training and direction, Nextwave is state of the art in providing their training and service. Timothy is the COO, and discusses the opportunities of Nextwave.

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A private merchant banking firm, with offices in Santa Monica, London and Sydney, Australia, they provide private equity, Venture Capital and advisory services to start ups and growing companies, focusing on Biotechnology, AI, Blockchain, Software and Precious Metals.  Rick discusses what he sees as the key to success in these ventures.

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Saveene.com arranges for the renting of yachts, luxury real estate and exotic cars.  In a fractional ownership model, this site provides a unique service to the luxury community.

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In the "Spirits" business (Alcoholic Beverages), specializing in independent premium producers and their own proprietary brews.  This market has changed substantially over the past years, and Blu Tango is looking to capitalize on this trend. 

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John discusses the background of Petvivo's new product used in the treatment of osteo arthritis for dogs and horses.  Unique in that it focuses on the cause, not just the relief of the pain and symptoms, this product will be offered thru Veterinarians.  He relates examples and stories of race horses that were greatly improved by the product.

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