Next Generation of Solutions-Based ETFs: Tactical Asset Allocation Combined with Income

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

1:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT

60 minutes

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Investors continue to seek income-producing investments. With rising interest rates and inflation driving increased volatility for traditional fixed income investments, the demand for alternative income generation is high. But this requires a dynamic, tactical approach to asset allocation. The Nasdaq-100® Index has generated a long and impressive record of performance as a large-cap growth equity strategy. Combined with traditional fixed income and an options overlay in a rules-based, income-oriented solution, it has the potential to deliver continued upside from secular growth trends and stable income throughout bouts of market volatility. 

In this webinar, Thomas Campbell and Jonathan Molchan, Co-CEOs and portfolio managers of STF Management, discuss a unique, yet simple approach they have built to meet the income generation needs of clients. They will focus on how this approach can be delivered in a tax-efficient way. Mark Marex, Senior Specialist of Index Research at Nasdaq, will discuss some of the latest research topics on the Nasdaq-100.

Key takeaways are: 

  • Why rules-based investing is critical in the current market environment
  • How the tactical unconstrained growth (TUG) methodology navigates equity volatility 
  • Why institutional investors are adopting the TUG methodology 
  • How an options overlay strategy enhances monthly income
  • Why tax-sensitive clients benefit from income ETFs 
  • What has driven the historical outperformance of the Nasdaq-100, and how it is positioned for the current market environment

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Thomas Campbell
STF Management LP

Thomas Campbell serves as a Managing Partner of STF Management LP and began his career in financial services with Fidelity Investments in the early 1990s, focused on retail marketing efforts.

Becoming an independent representative and advisor in 1995, by 1998 he was a branch manager for his firm, and in 1999 completed his CFP designation (since released). He caught the active management bug prior to 2001 and ever since has focused on tactical approaches to asset allocation. By 2008, these efforts culminated in the creation of the rule set for Self-adjusting Trend Following (STF) which remains a separately managed account offering and ‘1940 Act Fund from Flexible Plan Investments. In 2014, his second algorithmic system Tactical Unconstrained Growth (TUG) was created, and it too has been used as a separately managed account and 1940 Act Fund, this time through Q3 Asset Management. Additionally, TUG is an ETF model on Transamerica’s TransOne platform through Nasdaq Dorsey Wright.

He lives in Frisco, TX and is married with two grown children.

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Jonathan Molchan
STF Management LP

Jonathan Molchan serves as a Managing Partner of STF Management LP and has been involved in the financial services industry for nearly two decades.

He began his career at SAC Capital Advisors where he focused on long/short equity as well as listed and OTC quantitative derivatives’ strategies. Following that, while at Millennium Management, he focused on long/short equity, global macro, and derivatives’ trading, research, and risk management. He has also held roles at Cowen and Mirae Asset.

Mr. Molchan became involved in the ETF industry in 2013 as he saw an opportunity to utilize his derivatives’ experience to expand options-based ETFs to the investment community. Throughout his time focused on ETFs, he has served in numerous role to include, portfolio manager, product developer and manager, and a marketer of options-based strategies; in addition to being featured in numerous industry outlets with a focus on education revolving around options and asset allocation.

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Mark Marex, CFA
Director, Index Research & Development
Nasdaq Investment Intelligence

Mark Marex works as a Senior Specialist in Index Research & Development, splitting his efforts between producing original content in support of existing index products, as well as developing new indexes for launch and commercialization. Before joining Nasdaq Global Indexes in 2019, Mark was an emerging fund manager of a systematic long/short US large-cap equity strategy, and co-founded Roundtree Capital Management in 2016. Prior to that, Mark spent eight years at Citigroup in New York, working as a Product Manager of FX in the Investor Services business; as a Vice President of Client Strategy & Analytics in the Investment Banking division; and when he first started in 2008, as a Product Controller in Structured Credit.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University in 2008, and has been a CFA charter holder since 2012. He is passionate about innovation in the world of indexing, ETFs, and quantitative investing. He resides in New Jersey with his wife.

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Bob Veres
Editor & Publisher
Inside Information

Bob Veres is Editor and Publisher of Inside Information. He is an entertaining futurist for the financial advisory profession, author of “The New Profession,” and the best source anywhere for the most relevant thoughts, ideas, experiments and practical tips about how to meet the bright future of the profession on its own terms. He has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession and was granted the Special Achievement Award for service to the profession by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association.