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

Jerry Parker, one of the original "Turtle Traders" trained by Richard Dennis, discusses his strategy and his career as a commodities trader since the mid 1980's.  Jerry provides a brief history of the "Turtle Traders" and discusses his trend following system in currencies, commodities, equities, etc., in markets around the world.  He talks about the common mistakes in futures market trading and the common misconceptions he finds by investors.  Trading is a major challenge and Jerry helps us better understand the Futures marketplace.

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Ali, Managing Director of CGP, discusses the rapidly increasing investing opportunities in Tech investing in So. Calif.  Ali sees the So. Cal area as being able to surpass the Silicon Valley for Tech Start ups.  Having been in Tech VC investing in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, with a Family Office and with VC firms, after 10 years in So. Cal Ali recognizes the tremendous growth in this industry in recent years and sees it cotinuing, and increasing.  CGP's unique business model, fund of funds in the VC space, looks to take advantage of their relationships and insights and contacts in this area.  In 2010 the So. Cal VC Tech investments totalled $400 million.  In 2015 it totalled about $5 Billion.  Listen to Ali tell this fascinating story.

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Founder and CEO of Mobi724,headquartered in Montreal, Marcel discusses how this innovative company is changing the world of loyalty rewards and incentive programs by banks and financial institutions.  As a publicly traded FinTech company, they are replacing outdated loyalty reward programs' delivery methods with FinTch technologies that reduce expenses and increase revenues.  Focusing on financial institutions worldwide, they reduce costs and create additional transactions thru their new delivery methodology. Investors will find this to be a very interesting conversation and potential investment opportunity.  

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SSI started in the '70's as one of the original firms to offer market neutral strategies, and George has been the Chief Investment Officer of SSI for the past two decades, following stints with Credit Suisse, Drexel Burnham and managing money for Sir John Templeton.  Focusing on Convertible Securities thru long only and Convertible Arbitrage strategies, George discusses Convertibles - how they work, where they fit in a portfolio, what benefits and disadvantages they offer, etc.  With 45% of the Convertible market is in Health Care and Technology, he discusses how this is a market niche opportunity.  He provides specific examples of where Convertibles have worked well, how they performed in the credit crisis in 2008 and how they recovered, as well as market periods that are typcially not advantageous for Convertibles.  This is an excellent introduction to Convertibles by one of the leaders in the industry in this space and every investor should find it enlightening and interesting. 

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Danielle, founder of Money Strong LLC, following several years on Wall Street in the trenches then as a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, worked for the Dallas Fed for 9 years, advising Richard Fisher (the resident maverick of Fed Chairmen at that time), and reveals in her book her insider's view of this opaque yet powerful organization.  Armed with unique opportunities and skills allowing her to observe, perceive and describe the inner workings of the organization that moves markets, she holds nothing back in describing an organization that she views as out of touch with reality in a number of ways.  This is fascinating and we know that anyone who follows the financial world and news will find her insights and opinions to be well worth hearing and provacative.  Her book was released earlier this year, and has created significant attention and controversy in the media and the financial world.

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Listen to Ari, founder and CEO, discuss the keys to success in commercial real estate investing.  Starting while in law school building residential housing, then moving on to commercial facilities, they are now focused on a variety of asset classes of real estate, including self storage facilities.  While still at a young age Ari has created a very successful real estate investment company.  He explains that "...great businesses solve a problem,"  then explains how his firm does that by being creative in tertiary geographical markets throughout the country. They stay away from prime properties in major cities and "Boom and Bust" areas.  Anyone interested in real estate investing will find this to be very interesting. 

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Resulting from the changes in regulations due to the Job Act of 2012, RealtyShares.com is able to offer intitutional level real estate projects to investors at a very low minimum, with broad selection of real estate opportunities.  Listen to Amy discuss this opportunity and unique model for the investor. She discusses the vetting process of the real estate opportunities they offer.  They are diversified in geography in real estate type and in geography. She addresses the misconceptions and primary concerns of investors investing with their system and provides an example of how a paid off project performed. Investors interested in institutional real estate should find this be very interesting.

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Jeff, experienced CEO of public energy companies, discusses the unique business model of Epus.  By following a unique model of raising funds directly from private investors, then investing into existing wells that are currently in production (as opposed to exploring for new wells, with its inherent risk and potential outsized rewards), Epus looks to create value for its investors.  In his third Start-up, Jeff believes that this is an opportune time to find quality assets at distressed prices and generate a strong yield for the investors.  These are producing assets, with a track record of production and costs.  This should be a very interesting interview for investors looking to generate yield in today's low yield environment.

 
 
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In this short episode, Paul discusses the Power to do many things thru a single Podcast, all designed for the SMARTPHONE.  He focuses specifically on the Financial Industry and its working as though it were the 1980's.  Listen to Paul's insights resulting from having produced literally thousands of shows, and their success in now distributing their Podcasts.  If you are looking to promote your strategy/service, you will like this.

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In this short episode, Charley provides some great insights into "Story Telling," partly taken from a TED Talk, showing its power in persuading a listener.  If you ever want/need to exercise some influence, listen to this.  Even works with Teenagers.

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Chris, a CPA, founder and President of Cyr Financial, believes in quantitative, systematic, dynamic investment strategies.  Based on Global Macro, Relative Strength, Momentum metrics and indictaors, Cyr Financial has developed strategies designed to move with the trend in the near future.   Having done significant research on the subject, he discusses research he has found that provides compelling evidence of the potential productivity of the Relative Strength strategy.  Anyone looking to compare "Active" investing vs. "Passive/Index" investing will find this interview to be very interesting.

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Jay, Portfolio Manager for Reaves, focusing on Energy Infrastructure (Utilities and Nat Gas sectors), discusses this popular and typically consistently performing sector.  Changes are occurring rapidly in this industry - Technology (fracking), lower oil and Nat Gas prices, social issues arising from these lower prices, and Jay discusses the potential impact of these changes moving forward. Investors looking for cash flow will find this information very interesting and applicable.

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Nate is Partner and Portfolio Manager of Commodity Asset Management, a Hedge Fund and CTA specializing in investing in commodities that receive limited attention and coverage in the financial markets - silicon, tin, zinc, nickel, frac sand, et al.  A former trader at Goldman Sachs, AQR and Bridgewater (some of the largest and storied investment firms or Hedge Funds), Nate explains his response to some of the misconceptions of many investors to commodity investing.  Their unique focus, using fundamental analysis, gives their investments very low correlation with the equities marketplace.  This is designed to be true diversification.  For a discussion of an investment and strategy that is unique, designed to have low correlation with other investments, on markets that have a very limited following, listen to his interview.  This is definitely not investing with the herd.

 

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Elliott is the co-founder and publisher of "Capitalist Times," a research firm and newsletter publisher on several subjects, with the flagship newsletter and focus being "The Energy & Income Investing" newsletter.  He focuses on all things energy, with particular focus on income investing in this industry.  He discusses how the energy sector has changed and is changing, due primarily to technology (i.e. fracking).  The rising power of short cycle oil producers has driven down the price of oil with efficiency gains and other technological improvements.  Going from a culture of scarcity to a culture of excess for oil and natural gas, the changes in the industry, and by consequence investing in that sector, is creating paradigm shifts for producers, service companies and investors.  He discusses the opportunities for investors in this sector moving forward and opportunities in the MLP space.  Investors won't want to miss this interview.

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The founder of Stillwater Capital, Bryan discusses the hedged strategies that he has implemented with Stillwater.  He focuses on his "Short Selling" aspect of his strategies and discusses his Long/Short Strategy and how it is unique in the marketplace.  He uses primarily fundamental analysis but enhances it with technical analysis.  Anyone interested in Hedged Equity style investing will find this to be very interesting.

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Ronnie Moas has developed a 155 factor model to select stocks with profitable potential and provides recommendations to subscribers.  Each recommendation is a combination of technical, fundamental and subjective analysis, generates a 30 page report, and Ronnie typically has about  50-75 recommendations at any given time.  We also discuss Cryptocurrencies.  With the dissatisfaction of so many investors with traditional investments, investors are looking for alternative opportunities. Cryptocurrencies have become a phenomenon and Ronnie discusses it with us.  Fascinating stuff that you won't want to miss.

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Tai Zen, co-founder and CEO of CryptoCurrency.Market, discusses Bitcoin and Blockchain for our listeners.  They, together with their competitors, have become a phenomenon.  This is an opportunity to understand Bitcoin and Blockchain for even those of us who are neophytes in this area.  

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Blind Squirrel Entertainment, a video game developer, has formed a Venture Fund for the developement and bringing to market of video games.  With core competencies of "shipping games" and managing multipe projects, BSE is raising funds to make equity investments into other game developers,  to provide their expertise to develop, deliver and market these companies' games.  Investors, Advisors, "Gamers" and their friends/family will find this to be very interesting.

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Lisa, an investment world veteran at Lehman and elsewhere, created in 2005 HedgeConnection.com to create and build relationships between Hedge Funds and investors/allocators.  With over 6500 funds and over 5000 investors/allocators, Lisa explains their services and networking events.  As a bonus - You will not want to miss Lisa's story of how she became a Broadway Show Producer for a short time, and won a Tony Award for one of her productions, then left it all to form HedgeConnection.com.  

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Jason, Co-Founder and Sr. Portfolio Manager, discusses their unique tactical strategy, combining Efficient Frontier analysis together with longer term tactical strategies to provide a tactical approach that is designed to be less reliant on manager accuracy than typical tactical strategies.  Dissatisfied with the typical tactical strategies, they developed their "Frontier Based Tactical" strategy.  He explains their strategy and how and why it is unique in the world of tactical investing.  Listen to this very interesting interview for a unique way to use a tactical strategy to protect a portfolio.

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A returning visit of Charles, who is always interesting and never lacks for opinions.  He discusses his view of stock price evaluation.  He sees supply and demand as being the critical elements in determining stock prices, and focues on 3 elements: Free Cash Flow - Number of Outstanding Shares - Asset to Debt Ratio.  Their ETF, TTAC, invests in the 100 companies that score the best in these areas.  You won't want to miss this interview.

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With Zeo Capital Advisors in San Fransisco, Venk discusses his experiences that keep him returning to NAAIM.  Zeo is a low volatility fixed income Bond Fund, a short duration Corporate Bond strategy, and buys bonds in the open marketplace.  This is a Mutual Fund, about six years old.

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With Sojourn Financial Strategies in Ohio, Steve discusses the opportunities of NAAIM and Sojourn Financial Strategies, which provides trading signals for investors and Advisors, using Mutual Funds, with about ten strategies, lasting three to twelve months.  They provide daily signals of either Long, Short or in Cash, based on pure technical analysis.

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With RGB Capital Group in San Diego, Rob discusses the benefits of NAAIM and his firm.  Focused primarily on Retirees and Pre-Retirees, looking to protect their assets while generating a reasonable return, they use a Tactcal approach to investment management.  They like High Yield Bonds and invest in Mutual Funds and ETF's, with "Go Anywhere" strategies.  Rob works directly with the clients as a relationship manager.

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Patrick, a PhD in Engineering Computational Physics from Stanford, became an Investment Advisor, 12 years ago,  serving retail clients, and has created a FinTech company, Emotomy.  A visualization platform, Emotomy assists the investor to more easily and accurately envision what the investment portfolio is actually doing.  The platform automatically executes the trades, with unique features in the Client Portal.  It is an integrated system that includes all forms and documents, creating portfolios, visualization of the investments, opening accounts, making changes, portfolio explanations and discussions between client and advisor. 

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