Where to Find Alternative Investments

Given the tremendous size of the alternative market, access still presents a problem for most people to alternative investments.  With 75% of advisors now recommending a 10-20% allocation into alternatives, Todd Ryden, CEO of FNEX, says that the market is slowly improving, yet people still need to educated.  As more people hear about alternatives, the advisor space has to wake up and provide some of those alternative strategies that individuals are looking for, explains Ryden.  He feels we're in a "deal discovery" standpoint from a high net-worth's perspective with a lot more attention coming to this market in the next couple of years.   

Todd Ryken  CEO, FNEX  Source: hedgethink.com

Todd Ryken


Source: hedgethink.com

 Ryden agrees that alternatives are designed to produce returns that are uncorrelated with stocks and bonds.  If you're a regular investor just looking at bonds, everything is "extraordinarily expensive," he says and when things that don't correlate begin to do so, you need to think of a way to be non-correlated.  Some alternative strategies will allow for that, he says.  

All of the technical indicators speak to the fact that we're at a top or nearing a top and Ryden would be looking to "take some chips off the table" or begin to position a portfolio so that in a downside move it won't be harmed as much.  

Todd Ryden is the CEO of FNEX, the first alternative investment marketplace providing a broad platform for investors to source a variety of private investments, such as private shares in companies, secondaries in well-known companies, hedge funds and basically everything that doesn't change on an exchange.  Ryden spoke with Alternative Investing News providing online alternative investing video news content.  Alternative Investing News is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  This video was brought to you by Vantage Self-Directed Retirement Plans.

J.P. Dahdah

After graduating from The University of Arizona where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Marketing, Mr. J.P. Dahdah began his professional career in 1997 as a financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors. In 1999, he founded Dahdah Global Wealth Management, LLC, a comprehensive wealth management company which specialized in working with business owners. In June 2004, Mr. Dahdah founded his second company, Entrust Arizona, LLC. Entrust Arizona provided self-directed retirement plan administration and custodial services to individuals and small business owners who desired to include non-traditional assets, such as real estate, as part of their tax-deferred and tax-free portfolios. Mr. Dahdah earned the Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) designation by The Institute of Certified Bankers in 2007, and in 2009, he began hosting a weekly “Wealth Wednesdays” radio show on KFNN 1510AM. In that same year, the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) presented Entrust Arizona with “Arizona’s Companies to Watch” Award, an honor celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs. Experiencing an annualized revenue growth of 28%, Entrust Arizona’s client base grew to over 6,500 clients and $600M in retirement assets in less than seven years. A testament to the Company’s size, strength, and growth, Entrust Arizona re-branded and changed its business name to Vantage Retirement Plans, LLC, on January 3rd, 2012. Mr. Dahdah has been happily married since 2008 to his wife Erin and is the proud father of his daughter, Liliana Sofia and son, Juan Pablo II.