Investing, Gambling & Gamification - New Market Dynamics Demand New Portfolio Risk Metrics

Thursday, July 29, 2021

2:00 PM EDT | 11:00 AM PDT

60 minutes

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The gamification of markets spurred by the wave of retail investors has replaced disciplined investment analysis with speculation and conjecture. For a lucky few, the irrational behavior provided short-term success. However, such behavior goes hand-in-hand with steep losses… which you guessed it… is actually gambling rather than investing.

In today’s market, many advisors don’t realize they are dealing with gambling outcomes, thereby exposing their clients to a gambling risk that continues to grow in severity. This new dynamic makes the mitigation of gambling risk in a portfolio critical and begs the question: Are you rolling the dice with your client’s portfolio? This presentation will cover:

  • What does the portfolio of a gambler look like? And how does it differ from a true investor?
  • How to identify and mitigate a gambling risk and what causes it specifically?
  • Effective tools and strategies to help clients navigate these unprecedented market dynamics.  


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Julian Koski
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
New Age Alpha

Innovator and entrepreneur, Julian built and sold his first company at age 29 to Ernst & Young. Since then he has built and managed an investment bank, asset management firm, broker-dealer and private equity fund, investing in healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment.

As Chief Investment Officer Julian leads New Age Alpha’s investment process, business development, marketing and distribution efforts across all products and investor groups.

This parallels his previous role at Transparent Value, where, he led the product evangelism, marketing and distribution efforts through the broker-dealer and wirehouse channels, as well as the full range of asset management intermediaries and institutional investors.

Julian is passionately driven by his love for nature and appreciates the responsibility to preserve it for future generations. Julian built and owns, Kubili House, a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. A core belief that he had from the conception of Kubili House is that visitors want their travel dollars to serve a greater purpose; people want to invest in a business that gives back. They want to make a difference. He believes that aligning the interests of owners, tourists and local communities is a key to sustaining our natural resources. ‘Think differently, make the difference’ is much more than a slogan it’s how he thinks and it’s at the heart of his mission to preserve these natural wonders for future generations to enjoy.

The success of Kubili serves as the foundation of New Age Alpha’s Impact Investing Solutions, providing investors a path to directly impact the lives of communities living in and around South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park.

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Andy Kern, PhD
Senior Portfolio Manager
New Age Alpha

Andy serves as senior portfolio manager of New Age Alpha Long Short. He is also responsible for New Age Alpha's research initiatives, including historical and ongoing analysis of the H-FactorTM investment methodology. This involves adapting, testing and applying findings from academic finance literature to continually improve the company’s strategies.

Prior to New Age Alpha, Andy was Vice President at Guggenheim Transparent Value. His research helped refine and improve the firm’s proprietary “Required Business Performance (RBP)” investment process by incorporating innovative econometric techniques. He also assisted with marketing efforts, supported the external sales force, and produced content for investor and external stakeholder communications.

Andy served on the faculty of the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri and his research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He holds an MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Missouri.

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Robert Huebscher
CEO and Founder
Advisor Perspectives

Robert Huebscher is the founder and CEO of Advisor Perspectives and serves as its editor-in-chief. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has written extensively on topics including investment management, portfolio construction, financial planning and global economics.