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

In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright sits down with Greg Rutherford, co-founder and CEO of Cavalier Funds. Cavalier operates a family of seven mutual funds each managed by sub-advisors. The fund family consists of five equity and two fixed-income funds, each of which aim to capture benchmark returns in rising markets, while protecting assets in declining markets.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley wright interviews Michael Stubben, founder and president of Phoenix-based Summit Real Estate Advisory Services. Summit produces analytical research reports, primarily for financial advisors, on mostly non-listed REITs and BDCs (business development companies). The firm covers some publically traded REITs that were previously unlisted and haven’t gained much analyst coverage yet. Summit’s quarterly reports cover all 71 non-listed REITs that file with the SEC – they are pretty much alone in their field.

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David Scranton is the founder and President of Sound Income Strategies, a New York-based RIA firm focused on income investing. He’s also the author of a new book: Return on Principle: 7 Core Values to Help Protect Your Money in Good Times and Bad, and the host of a Newsmax program called “The Income Generation.” Host Charley Wright interviews Mr. Scranton in this episode of Strategic Investor Radio.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Don Robinson, CEO and CIO of Philadelphia-based Palladiem. The firm offers risk-managed strategies to investors and advisors. These strategies include absolute return, global macro, multi-strategy, and endowment models. Palladiem’s name is a portmanteau of Palladio, the Italian Renaissance architect; and diem, as in “seize the day.” Robinson jokes that coming up with a unique name was “the hardest thing” about starting the firm.
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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Eric Lutton, Chief Investment Officer of Sound Income Strategies. Eric is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and his job as CIO of Sound Income Strategies is to generate investment income – this is particularly difficult in today’s low-yield environment, as Charley points out. With investment-grade bond yields at rock-bottom lows, Eric looks to alternative assets like REITs, MLPs, BDCs, and preferred stock in pursuit of portfolio income.

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Collective2.com is a website that allows everyone from professional money managers to “housewives in Mexico City” to publish their own trading systems and publically track the results. Moreover, these “trade leaders” can offer subscription alerts and even broker-synced automated trading services to paying subscribers, with the subscription revenue shared by the trade leader and Collective2. In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Rod Casilli, Collective2’s Head of Product.

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Garvin Jabush and Jeremy Deems founded Green Alpha Advisors in 2007. Both men came from San Francisco-based Forward Funds, where they ran a “green” fund co-branded with the Sierra Club. That experience led them to develop a “more progressive” approach to environmental-impact investing that moved beyond “negative screening” of the “most objectionable” S&P 500 components. Today, Green Alpha runs four separately managed account strategies plus one mutual fund – the Shelton Green Alpha Fund (NEXTX) – which are modeled on what they see as the future, sustainable economy. Mr. Jabush sits down with host Charley Wright in this episode of Strategic Investor Radio.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Bryan Hertz, the CEO and co-founder of Voxox. Voxox is a “new type of phone company” that provides entrepreneurs and small- to medium-size businesses with easy-to-use and affordable phone systems. Mr. Hertz discusses his firm’s flagship product Cloud Phone, which turns any mobile device into a business phone system in under three minutes.

Hertz founded Voxox with his father and brother as an investor-backed, family business. The founders’ dream was to bring “powerful, unified communications to the masses.” Today, Voxox’s Cloud Phone allows entrepreneurs and solo practitioners like lawyers, doctors, and real estate professionals to have a phone system “in their pocket.” In Hertz’s words, Cloud Phone “literally turns your cell phone into a business phone system, and it allows coworkers from anywhere in the world to work together utilizing this phone system, to make and receive calls as if they were in the same city.”
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Dave Landry is a stock-trading educator focusing on technical analysis. He offers a daily trading service with stock picks and money-management ideas at DaveLandry.com. In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Mr. Landry, who disagrees with the notion that “you can’t time the market.” The market can only do three things – it can go up, down, or move sideways – and no matter your approach to trading, you have to capture the trend in order to make a profit.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Sean Wright – no relation – of Carden Capital. Sean is the founder and a Managing Partner of Carden, which is known for its unique investment strategies applied for institutions, mutual funds, private investors, and advisors. 

Sean earned an MBA from Wharton and began his investment-industry career as an investment banker. He eventually “caught the entrepreneurial bug” and founded Carden. Soon thereafter, Gaven Duemke – a German who studied at Oxford and traded derivatives in London for many years – joined Sean as a fellow Managing Partner of the firm. 

Carden is focused on systematic strategies. “Everything we do has some sort of algorithm,” says Sean. “By using models, we can take emotion out of investment decisions and thereby create better returns.” Sean says his firm aims to “achieve superior risk-adjusted returns over a cycle so clients can have a better experience.”
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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright conducts an in-studio interview with Thomas Schumann, founder and CEO of Thomas Schumann Capital. Schumann’s focus is on investing in water, which he says is quickly rising as an asset class. Mr. Schumann isn’t alone in this view: In 2011, Citigroup’s chief economist said he believed water was becoming the most important physical commodity asset class in the world – ahead of oil, industrial metals, gold, and agricultural products. 

The exciting thing about investments in water, in Schumann’s view, is that they create “social, environmental, and financial impact” for the world’s 7 billion stakeholders. “There’s not one single human, environmental, or financial process on this Earth that isn’t driven by water,” says Schumann. 

But how does one invest in water? Schumann says there are investment opportunities in companies and technology that provide water supply, improve water quality, and monitor water efficiency. Schumann’s eponymous firm is in the process of launching a specialist water fund, which will invest strictly in water and water-related companies. 

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Paul Coan of Ploutos Wealth. Named for the Greek god of wealth and abundance, Indianapolis-based Ploutos develops and manages strategies for advisors to use in managing their clients’ assets. The firm currently offers eight portfolios, all in the alternatives space.

Coan began his investment-industry career with a mutual-fund company around twenty years ago. From there, he moved to a large and well-known wire house, where he was tapped for a “family office task force.” The firm ultimately decided not to pursue family office business, but Coan says once he saw the “magic” of the family office model, he “couldn’t go back to pitching mutual funds and stocks.” Coan spun out and started his own RIA firm, and then founded Ploutos in 2011 to “give back” to financial advisors who “weren’t as lucky” as he was in discovering the family office model.
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David Armstrong, portfolio manager for Cedar Capital, was Strategic Investor Radio’s very first guest when the program debuted in October 2014. In this episode, Mr. Armstrong is back with host Charley Wright, as the two men discuss Cedar Capital’s “unique and innovative investment strategies” and approach to portfolio construction.

Cedar Capital works exclusively with investment advisors who then maintain a personal relationship with clients. The firm’s Market Advantage Portfolios (“MAPs”) are held within separately managed accounts (“SMAs”) or investors can hold assets directly by copying Cedar Capital’s allocation weights. Those weights are based on models used by endowments and foundations, and generally break down to equal parts private equity (“PE”), absolute-return strategies, and commodity and real estate exposure. MAPs achieves or emulates those exposures through ETFs and mutual funds.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Bill Kelly, the CEO of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”) Association. Bill began his career as a CPA for Price Waterhouse before moving on to asset management, where he had a nearly 30-year career on the “buy side.” Ultimately, he was the founding partner of an asset management firm that sold to Robeco, and he says this experience gave him a great deal of insight into how the industry runs.

Today, Bill is the CEO of the CAIA Association, and he says “our product is education.” The CAIA began conducting classes in 2003, when there were only 43 students – including previous Strategic Investor Radio guest Dick Pfister, who proudly boasts of his “#10” CAIA charter. Now the CAIA Association has more than 8,400 members in 90 different countries, and its annual class sizes are in the neighborhood of 6,000 students.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Dr. Omar Shah of Boston Infomatix. Dr. Shah’s premier product is a trading platform and portfolio management system that combines data analysis, an algorithmic trading system, trade execution, and money management all in one.

Dr. Shah’s system looks at seven different signals that, when aggregated, determine a suggested allocation percentage. For example, if the model’s output was “20,” this would mean investors should invest a 20% share of the capital they have allocated to the system in the broad U.S. stock market (i.e., the “SPY” ETF), and keep the remainder in cash. The system yields a new output every trading day, taking things like interest rates, market breadth, volatility, and volume into account.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Cathie Wood. Ms. Wood is the CEO and CIO of Ark Invest, which is headquartered in New York City. She has more than two decades worth of experience as an economist, equity research analyst, and portfolio manager. In 2014, Ms. Wood founded Ark Invest, which she says is focused on only one thing: Disruptive innovation.

The company’s five big themes are:

- DNA sequencing
- Next-generation Internet
- Automation and artificial intelligence (“AI”)
- Energy storage (she predicts the demise of the internal-combustion engine in the next 10-20 years)
- Blockchain and bitcoin

Indeed, Ms. Wood says Ark Invest probably knows more about blockchain, bitcoin, ether, and ethereum than most buy-side institutions.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Bob Hennessey of San Diego-based Coastal Capital. Bob started out in the 1990s as a financial planner and advisor, but then started wholesaling for a variety of asset management shops some years later. Around five years ago, he went into business for himself with Coastal Capital, and now he works as an independent wholesaler, representing funds to the advisory community.

Bob is an alternative investments specialist. He says he likes alternatives because of their low correlation to traditional asset classes, such as stocks and bonds, and their ability to “dampen the volatility” of a portfolio. He loves liquid alternatives for expanding access to alternative asset classes and strategies for everyday investors, and he notes how as recently as the late 1980s, retail investors’ only real options were stocks, bonds, and real estate. Host Charley Wright also notes that alternatives provide a “smoother ride” during volatile times, such as the period immediate following the Brexit vote.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Alan Stone of Wall Street Research. Mr. Stone’s firm, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, publishes newsletters and reports focused on small- and micro-cap stocks. These stocks may trade on major exchanges or over-the-counter, or they may be entirely private.

Mr. Stone graduated from Wharton, where he studied economics and finance. He had a notable career on Wall Street before relocating to Los Angeles more than a quarter-century ago, which is when he purchased the then-fifteen-year-old Wall Street Research brand from its original owner. Stone repurposed the newsletter as an online publication, and twenty-five years later, his site – WallStreetResearch.org – is the top listing for the popular Google search “Wall Street research.”

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright talks with Taylor Garrett. Mr. Garrett is Managing Director of Central Trade & Transfer, a Salt Lake City-based firm that operates an “eBay-type” auction system for non-publically traded assets.

Garrett explains that Central Trade & Transfer began as a marketplace for limited partnerships (“LPs”). Then, after the Financial Crisis, the firm reorganized in its “2.0 version” as an online auction platform for illiquid assets like non-traded real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and business development companies (“BDCs”), private equity funds, venture capital funds, individual real estate assets, entire companies, and “all shapes and sizes of LPs.” Garrett says most of Central Trade & Transfer’s business has been with domestic assets, but there have been some international assets sold through its auction system, as well.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Sanford Coggins, the founder and president of VisionWise Capital. Mr. Coggins has over three decades worth of experience in commercial real estate and a background as a registered investment advisor (“RIA”). He combines his expertise from both fields to make VisionWise a sort-of “RIA of real estate.”

Coggins has always been a high achiever. He played quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns and then went into commercial banking right out of college. From there, his career path took him into commercial real estate right ahead of a big downturn for the market, when he moved to Merrill Lynch. Shortly thereafter, Coggins started his own RIA firm, but then decided that real estate was his preferred asset class, so he founded VisionWise.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Suneet Singal, founder and managing partner of First Capital Real Estate Investments, which is headquartered in New York City. Mr. Singal says he started working at age 11 and hasn’t looked back since. He began his career working for a Fortune 500 firm but quickly decided he wanted to work for himself. Since 2001, he’s been a loan officer, a manager, a broker, a securitizer, and he’s built both a wholesale and real estate platform, totaling 15 years’ experience in real estate financing and operations.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Sandra Powers, Ark Global’s founder and CEO. Ms. Powers has close to two decades of experience in the financial services industry, with roughly half of that time spent at State Street Global Advisors, where she was responsible for marketing and communications related to the firm’s largest pension plan clients. In 2007, she founded Ark Global, which provides consultation to investment managers looking to raise institutional capital, and to institutional investors looking for high-quality, differentiated investment managers.

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In this episode of Strategic Investor Radio, host Charley Wright interviews Tom Florence, president and CEO of 361 Capital. Mr. Florence began his career as an advisor with Merrill Lynch in 1985, before moving to Fidelity. Later, he had the pleasure of serving as managing director of Morningstar, working under company founder Joe Mansueto. Florence says it was his idea for Morningstar to get in the asset-management business, and the firm now manages several billion dollars for advisors and advisors’ clients. 

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Dick Pfister, founder and CEO of AlphaCore Capital, is Charley Wright’s guest on this episode of Strategic Investor Radio. Mr. Pfister has nearly a quarter-century of experience in alternative investments, starting as a floor trader in Chicago and later becoming a partner at Altegris, and he says he was inspired to start AlphaCore when he had a “personal liquidity event” upon selling his prior company. Advisors were essentially serving up “60/40” solutions, and in Pfister’s view, that approach is outdated and alternatives are essential. [read more]

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Listen to Brian Mitts who discusses the wide variety of investments offered by Highland to the marketplace and, more specifically their Healthcare BDC.  This interview was done at the ADISA Conference in San Diego

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