Investment Wisdom Podcast – Day 9 of 12

What It Means to be a True Systematic Manager and How to Spot the Lemon’s in your Lineup

Adam Butler, CFA, CAIA
Adam Butler is Chief Investment Officer of ReSolve Asset Management, sub-advisor to an alternative allocation strategy at Rational Funds. He manages ETF and futures based strategies including a global risk parity ETF, two Adaptive Asset Allocation funds, and a multi-strategy hedge fund. Adam is also author of the book Adaptive Asset Allocation: Dynamic Global Portfolios to Profit in Good Times and is ranked in the top 1% of authors by paper downloads on SSRN. He has authored over a dozen papers and dozens of articles on asset allocation; factor investing; quantitative methods; and portfolio optimization. Adam holds both CFA and CAIA charters and appears on BNN Bloomberg and CNBC.

So far, we have been discussing a variety of ways to build portfolios and harvest returns, but we haven’t really addressed a fundamental aspect of how we think about the portfolio construction. Even though most of us like to think that we will rise to the occasion in the face of a challenge, the reality is that we will most likely sink to the level of our training during those difficult times. In the world of investing, that ‘training’ can be thought of as establishing sound, economically viable and time-tested rules when things are calm (and emotions are in check) and executing them relentlessly through thick and thin. On this 9th day, we get down to what it really means to be a systematic investor.

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