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

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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Ken, owner of Capital Research Advisors in Georgia, discusses his passion and devotion for NAAIM, also discusses Capital Research, who manages money for retail clients and other Advisors.  With two fixed income portfolios, plus five equity strategies, they use tactical strategies.  

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As the founder and owner of Alternative Strategies Group, Inc, in Sioux Falls, SD, discusses the benefits of NAAIM and their conferences, and his firm.  He uses Long/Short, Sector Rotation, Volatility strategy, and other strategies for his clients.

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Jane Fox, founder and owner of Quantitrader, former corporate employer, left Bechtel Corp. to become a full time trader.  She has a strategy qualifiying as a Finalist at the conference's NAAIM Shark Tank, and discusses this strategy.  Technical Analysis based, she created algorythms to trade in the stocks in the S&P 500.  In addition, she now provides signals for subscribers.  It is a Rules Based Investment System.

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Dr. Harloff, with a PhD in Engineering and former employee of NASA, is a finalist at the NAAIM Shark Tank.  He discusses his strategy, a combination of the S&P 500 long and inverse and government bonds long and inverse designed to outperform a standard 60/40 portfolio.  Generating long term signals on these positions, he provides them for his clients and other Advisors.  He has 13 strategies.  His motto - "Believe in Active Management."

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The Business Development Officer of Spectrum Financial in Virginia Beach, Virgina, Emily is the President of NAAIM.  She discusses her company's membership in NAAIM since 1990 and her committment to NAAIM's learning and collaboration.  Spectrum Financial is a money manager and RIA, with retail clients, investment services to Advisors, and institutions, managing Fixed Income as their specialty.  

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Practicing in Annapolis, Maryland, Carl, a CMT,  is the owner of Sera Capital and is a NAAIM Shark Tank Finalist for this conference.  He discusses his alternative to cash, thru Volativity and 10 year Bond.  It is an inverse investment on the VIX.  He uses this for his clients and makes it available to other Advisors. He also discusses their new book.

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A former Disney Imagineer turned Financial Planner in Santa Clarita, CA, Brad discusses his active investment strategies that he has developed for his clientele, which include tactical, options and other stragies to protect assets.  He uses dividend stocks, Closed End Funds, Preferred Stock, ETF's and Mutual Funds, but no Short Selling.  He imploys options and options spreads to create hedges for his portfolios.

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Blind Squirrel Entertainment is a video game developer for Disney and others that has developed and successfully brought to market many successful video games.  Drew Bradford discusses their new venture fund, which raises funds from investors to be invested in several video game developments and marketing projects.  This opportunity is for Accredited Investors, and is expected to be involved in ten to twenty different companies/projects.  Blind Squirrel feels that their core competencies of bringing products to market can benefit other projects who may have certain skill sets but lack the experience or breadth of knowledge to bring all the resources together for a project to be successul.  Anyone interested is this consistently growing industry will find this to be very interesting.

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Lisa, CEO and Founding Partner, tells us how Hedge Connect brings together Hedge Funds and institutional investment Allocators thru a platform and thru premier networking events.  This is a unique service and platform for institutional investors.  From a background in mortgage derivatives with Lehman and others, Lisa took a hiatus from the investment world and went to Broadway (yes, as in Broadway shows) and became a Producer, winning an Emmy.  Then returned to the investment world, saw an opportunity to serve the Hedge Fund industry, and formed Hedge Connect.  In addition to the website, they now offer the Global Fund Forum, held in Bermuda, to gather managers and investors, connecting in a variety of ways, including pre-scheduled one on one meetings.  It includes "Deal Ring" which is their own "Shark Tank."  Toward the end she discusses her Broadway experience, which you will not want to miss.  You will definitely find this interview to be interesting, in many ways.  

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A long time Professor at the Univ. of Denver and the holder of several patents in investment management methodology, Dr. Howard is the Founder, CEO and Director of Research at AthenaInvest. Here he explains "Behavioral Investment Management" and how it is applied in the investment management systems of AthenaInvest, an Asset Manager that sub-advises to Advisors in portfolio management.  Rejecting "Modern Portfolio Theory," AthenaInvest focuses on Behavioral Finance in their portfolio management, looking for measurable behavioral price distortions and invest accordingly.  It is hard to argue with Dr. Tom, and you'll find this to be very interesting.

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Chris, Founder and CEO, explains how private investors can invest in farmland, timberland, orchards or livestock operations, with a vey low minimum.  Thru the Crowdfunding system an investor can access the site, select one or more investments and choose to invest as desired, by project.  These are new opportunities, equity investments, that did not exist in the past for the private investor with a limited minimum capital to invest.  This is a long term, illiquid investment.  Anyone interested in the agriculture industry will find this interview to be very interesting.

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Listen to Kevin Carter, Founder and Owner of Big Tree Capital, a Hedge Fund and ETF, focused on emerging and frontier markets' E-Commerce companies.  Focusing on their ETF, EMQQ, this interview focuses on the opportunities of E-Commerce industry in China, India and elsewhere in these markets.  An industry veteran, Kevin sees this focus as a somewhat unique way for investors to potentially benefit from this burgeoning market and opportunity.  He makes some compelling points that any investor will find to be well worth the listen.

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Michael Klein, CEO of Freedom Financial Funds, explains how they provide debt and equity funding for Real Estate funding.  Raising capital from investors, FFF provides First Trust Deed loans for 12-18 months for bridge, build to suit, construction projects by Real Estate professionals.  In a world of low yield, any investor looking for cash flow or fixed income alternatives will find this interview to be very interesting. With decades of experience in the real estate lending industry, FFF finds projects through many, longtime connections.  With over 90% of their business coming from existing clients, Michael discusses what they do and how they do it.

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Listen to Ted, a Founder and Partner of Incline, discuss the two alpha engines in their investment strategy. Calling it the "Systemmatic Hybrid" - As in an auto with two engines - Incline seeks to create greater diversification for investors' portfolios.  It does this with their two part investment strategies - Combining individual equities (with a somewhat unique hedging strategy) and over 70 global futures markets. Looking for diversification?  Listen to this interview with Ted.

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RealtyMogul.com - An online source for active and passive Commercial Real Estate opportunities for the private investor, at low minimums, which is a relatively new and rare thing.  Real Estate operators come to them for capital, raised from investors, to fund their projects.  Their fund raising model is somewhat unique in the marketplace.  Listen to this interview to better understand the new opportunities available today to real estate investors.

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CLS, a 29 year Advisor to Advisors in Portfolio Management, works with thousands of Advisors to help manage their portfolios with a variety of Mutual Funds and Separately Managed Acct's.  Case manages their American Funds Porfolios, selecting the combination of  funds within American Funds that is viewed to be most advantageous during particular maket cycles.  Listen to Case explain the "Risk Budgeting" approach of CLS and their approach to allocating among various Mutual Funds. Visit CLS @ https://www.clsinvest.com/

 

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Patrick Delaney, who is responsible for corporate retirement plans for T. Rowe Price, discusses how Advisors can differentiate themselves by working with plan participants to pro-actively and credibly address financial wellness opportunities with the participants.  Today's demographics are very different from those of years past and there are significant needs of plan participants that can only be addressed thru focus and individual attention.  Patrick addresses the who, how and why of this new approach to retirement plan services and arms Advisors with talking points on how and why to proceed down this path.

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Dana is responsible for research and  portfolio engineering at Symmetry and discusses how they consider low and minimum volatility in creating portfolios.  She also discusses the importance of considering factor exposure in creating portfolios.

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Frank Maselli, panelist at the Conference and longtime Advisor coach and trainer, discusses the ever evolving role of the Wholesaler and the changes that have occurred in how they bring value to the Advisor clients.  He sees the wholesaling industry shrinking in the coming years and discusses other changes in the industry.

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Listen to Sherry Turkle, PhD, professor at MIT, author TED Talk giver, discusses her presentation "Reclaiming Conversation in the Financial Services Industry"  - Reminds the attendees of the importance of remembering that we are working with real people.  Listen to her take on the importance of retaining the human dimension.

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IMCA Conference - Recently appointed as the Financial Times Associate Editor Rana was Formerly the Economics Analyst at CNN, with Newsweek and Time, and spoke to the conference attendees on the topic of "Things that worry me and things that don't in the world economy."  Listen to what Rana sees as important and unimportant on the world stage.

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IMCA Conference - Nathan Harness, Professor of Financial Planning at Texas A&M, discusses the key characteristics of Millenials.  With more CFP's over 70 than under 30, with the average age of 54, and average client age is mid-sixties.  By 2025 Millenials will be 44% of the total population.  Dr. Harness tells us what we need to know about the Millenials.

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From the IMCA Conference - Michael, who writes about Financial Planning Strategies and Practice Management for Advisors, discusses the potential changes in the tax code in the near future.  

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At the IMCA Conference - Fee compression, Wrap Fee options, the DOL Fiduciary Rule, Robo Advisors have changed and are changing the world of Advisors.  Like a golfer who does not change their golf swing, Advisors need to adapt.  Jonathan's advice and direction can be invaluable.

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