Growth and Opportunities in Alternative Investing

Traditionally, when speaking of alternatives, hedge funds come up.  Today, however, there is the least amount of movement in this vertical.  Todd Ryden, CEO of FNEX, says the most interesting space is in real estate, which can be direct investment from an equity standpoint or yield-based interest.  Ryden is also seeing a lot of interest in secondaries, which is a marketplace where stock and large market companies trade.  For example, before Facebook and LinkedIn went public, there was a robust marketplace for the trading of those private shares.  There are quite a bit of companies that have some traction in that secondary space, Ryden says.  

Todd Ryden  CEO, FNEX  Source:

Todd Ryden



Education is something that FNEX focuses on because there's so much lacking the space, explains Ryden and for even for the most educated people, they don't know what alternatives mean for an investment strategy.  How you access a true alternative investment to lower your volatility and give you a longer-term investment horizon is becoming harder to find and harder to educate yourself about them in terms of making a good investment strategy decision, he adds.  One of the strategies used at FNEX is to partner with people who bring education to the table and to that end, utilize blogging, speaking publicly, webinars, white papers and collaborating and re-purposing other educational materials.

For Ryden, it would be hard to convince him that equities are highly volatile, given the tremendous boom this area has seen.  When you're in a structure that's locked in, that a lot of hedge funds and private equity funds have, "it takes the emotion out of it and so you can't sell at the bottom," says Ryden and takes the flight scenario away.  What he's seen as of late is the advent of liquid alternatives, which are alternative strategies that trade on an exchange, which he doesn't think will playout as intended because the attraction of some alternatives is that they are a liquid and takes the emotion out and takes into account the investment strategy over a longer period of time.  

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.