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

With the lead time to develop, build and sell residential units in the 3-5 year range in California it is no wonder that the pace of residential development has slowed and that the housing shortage continues to escalate. Listen to Mike Cutbirth, founder and CEO of Triad, discuss their business model of purchasing land that is already pre-approved for residential development, reducing the gestation period to under a year.  This unique approach to selective purchasing offers many advantages to investors, and anyone interested in investing in real estate will find this interview to be very interesting.  We hope you enjoy it.

Ever the raconteur, previous guest Ted discusses the investment strategy of Incline - a systematic manager, combining futures and equity investing, agnostically, both long and short. Focused on diversification, they seek to reduce risk thru non-correlated investments.  This is a very interesting conversation re: the commodities and their role in creating risk averse portfolios.  

Former bankers, Freedom Financial makes first position loans to Real Estate professionals who bring value added commercial projects to the community and returns to investors.  Bringing their expertise to the western U.S., he discusses the opportunities and value that exist in this geography and why clients come to finance companies such as theirs as opposed to banks.

Millennium Trust is the Custodian of over $26 Billion in Alternative Investments, held in trust and valued as required by the IRS. Listen to this 5 minute interview w/Ted as he tells us stories of their clients and services.

Listen to this 5 minute interview w/George, out of Switzerland, discusses opportunities to invest in Venture Capital thru Blockchain and cryptocurrency tokens, allowing investors to invest small amounts into these funds and projects in a liquid investments.  They offer a very interesting business model that does not follow any traditional path.

Listen to this 5 minute interview with Bill Kelly, CEO of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, discusses Alternative Investments, CAIA and the opportunities they bring to the investment world.  Bill is always interesting and a delight to listen to. 

Listen to Rob, CEO, and previous CEO multiple times plus corporate board member for several companies in the industry, discuss this niche in the pharma world.  A publicly traded company, focusing on the delivery system of medications, w/systems offering less toxicology and fewer side effects. W/a proprietary system they offer a delivery system that is unique and is not processed thru the stomach.  Many investors should find this interview and company to be very interesting.

Trained as an architect, Ed transitioned into the world of investments over 25 years ago, w/some major and high profile asset management firms. Focusing primarily on Gold, Ed discusses the place for this precious metal in investors' asset allocation. W/over $10 Billion in assets, Sprott offers some tax advantaged opportunities in certain situations.  There are several ways to own Gold and Sprott does most of them.  Any investor should find this to be very interesting.

An Engineer and mathematician by background, Francisco has spent the past 20 plus years applying the skills and experience to investing that he learned from the technical and analytical background for which he had been trained.  Focusing on the process of evaluating stock selection thru Fundamentals and Momentum, they analyze the earnings and revenues acceleration and momentum of various stocks, and seek to go Long on those w/strong scores and Short those w/Low scores, ranking each one according to over 70 data points. This is an original creation by Francisco and Cognios and listeners will find it to be very interesting.

Karlin, a longtime contributor to a wide range of multifamily/real estate investment publications, including Kiplinger, Globest.com, Multi-Housing News, et al, and a Principal @ IMG, discusses value-added real estate opportunities.  They look to improve not only properties for residences, but also communities and neighborhoods.  Looking to grow over time, rather than the more immediate fix and flip strategy, IMG focuses on Multi-Family because they see continued opportunity there, like the risk reward ratios, and are experienced in this segment of the real estate world.  They focus on six to seven metropolitan areas, with facilities that are 150 - 350 units, w/equities of $12 - 18 million.  Listen to Karlin tell their story, discuss their challenges and work to temper investors' expectations.

Ted discusses the benefits of using Alternative Assets in IRA acct's - Millenium Trust custodies these typically illiquid assets, a service that the larger custodians often do not offer for the assets desired.  Examples of such investments are stock in private companies, trust deeds, commercial real estate, private credit, etc.  Any investor with funds in IRA's of any type will find this to be enlightening and interesting.  

Sanford, founder and CEO, discusses their value added strategy in real estate investing, primarily in Orange County.  With a narrow niche focus of 5-50 unit multi-family apartment buildings.  Buying units priced below market, upgrading, raising rents, managing for some months then selling is their Modus Operandi.  Anyone interested in real estate investing will find Sanford's insights and comments to be very interesting.  

BP Capital is the public arm of the investment strategies of Boon Pickens , with a focus on oil, natural gas, et al.  Toby, Managing Principal and Portfolio Manager for BP Capital, tells their story ( with a very pleasant southern drawl) discussing their unique approach to energy investing. With the energy sector playing such an important role in the U.S. economy and the investment community, and the opportunity to hear how Boon does things, you won't want to miss this. 

Tony is co-founder and president of Brandometry, which invests via the Brand Value Index, looking to benefit from investing in companies who have built/managed companies with strong brand recognition, which is now considered to be intangible assets.  Large Cap U.S. Equities are the components of the index, and includes about 50 companies, with a strategy that is long only, no leverage, and equal weight among the components.  This is a unique strategy that many investors who focus on mutual funds and ETF's will find to be very interesting.

Graham tells about Innovator ETF's unique Defined Outcome ETF's, designed to protect the assets from downside exposure while seeking to capture a significant portion of any upside.  This "Buffer" strategy follows the strategy used in Structured Notes and Equity Index Annuities, but with some significant differences.  Any investor concerned about losing principal value following a 10 year Bull Market should find this interview to be very interesting.

Listen to Dr. Paul Glance, a PhD in Engineering, following a career in automotive engineering, found a second career in creating investment strategies. For a couple of decades he provided Long & Short market timing signals for mutual funds and now he offers his portfolios and timing signals directly to advisors and investors. With performance of his trades confirmed and verified thru TimerTrac.com., he offers four different strategies, all using ETF's. For a deep dive into some very interesting strategies using Quantitative Analysis, Buckingham Pi Theorem and other complex signals, listen to this interview.

Dr. Anderson, with a Ph.D in Finance, and President of Griffin Capital Asset Management,  is focused on real estate investing, has a combination of real estate industry and academic experience, using research driven strategies, applying modeling, quantitative testing, and back testing in developing projects and investment vehicles, typically using REIT structures.  In addition, they invest in real estate securities, looking always to diversify investors' portfolios in the real estate area.  Listening to Randy is always a treat,  educational and enlightening. To learn about real estate investing, listen to Randy.

Listen to Dave, a Louisiana boy, discuss how he educates and coaches how to trade stocks and ETF's, with lots of personality and fun.  Having worked as a trader for Hedge Funds for years, given speeches and presentations t/o the world, and authored three books, he is able to lead his students to follow charting patterns and analysis.  A trend following/momentum, discretionary trader, he trades primarily stocks, with some ETF's, and known for his "Bow Tie" pattern.  Listen to Dave discuss market trading in a very interesting way, and receive a copy of one of his books.

Peter's been in the precious metals industry forever, and discusses the opportunities and challenges of this industry.  Gold has been in demand as an investment for thousands of years and many advisors have touted its productivity and place in investment portfolios for the typical investor for decades.  Peter knows the industry, the players and the products of precious metals and offers us his insights into this very important segment of the investment world.  

Jan, founder, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, tells the story of Arixa, who makes real estate secured bridge loans to home and commercial renovators.  With over 800 transactions totaling over $700 million, Arixa focuses on coastal California's major urban markets, with loans of less than two year duration and a margin of safety of about 40%.  He also discusses the new "Opportunity Zones" program recently established by the U.S. Congress.  Anyone interested in credit/fixed income investing should find this interview to be of significant interest.

 

 

 

Bernard, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, discusses their unique strategy to mitigate risk while seeking to benefit from capital growth. Focusing on mitigating the downside risk, the 90/10 strategy applies 90% of the portfolio very safe, short maturity fixed income for maximum safety and applies 10% to higher risk positions.  Hence, only 10% is at risk, using Call Options to maximize potential return.  This is a very interesting approach to investing that is quite unique in the marketplace that most investors will find to be very interesting.

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.

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.  

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.  

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.