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Randy Swan
Founder, CEO & Lead Portfolio Manager

Randy Swan

Randy Swan developed the Defined Risk Strategy in 1997 to help protect clients from large losses. Before founding Swan Global Investments, Randy was a CPA and senior manager for KPMG's Financial Services Group, primarily working with insurance companies and risk managers. His experience at KPMG helped him in designing the DRS, as he was able to see firsthand how insurance companies manage risk. The DRS seeks to use options strategically and tactically to structure particular risk/reward parameters in portfolio management.

Randy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as the Options Industry Council's Wealth Summit, the Alternative Investment Summit and more. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Leadership Council of the Options Industry Council (OIC). The initiative is designed to support education within the financial advisor channel, specifically focused on advancing the awareness and use of options in building a superior portfolio.

Randy is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas with a master's degree in professional accounting.

Robert Swan
COO & Portfolio Manager

Robert Swan

Rob manages and implements the Swan Defined Risk Strategy as Co-Portfolio Manager, including investment management and trading as well as development and maintenance of proprietary technology, enabling Swan to scale and execute the DRS across multiple platforms and thousands of accounts. He also provides daily oversight of Swan operations as COO.

Prior to joining Swan, Rob's previous positions have ranged from flight-test engineering and computer aided design software development at the Boeing Company, to director of operations and part owner of Object Publisher Web Services, the leading web service automation provider for custom brochure and catalog publishing. His analytical, technical, and computing skills have been developed and applied since 1988 in production software development, computer automation, process design and standardization, business and technical process modeling, and aerodynamics engineering.

Rob's outside interests include mountain biking, fishing, skiing, scuba diving, and sailing. He took a one-year sabbatical with his wife, Michelle, to sail their 40' boat from Seattle to Mexico, across to French Polynesia, up to Hawaii and back to Seattle. (Rob now understands why people invented airplanes.) Rob and Michelle spend time trying to keep up with their two boys, Jackson and Austin, who are quite a bit faster than their sailboat.

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Setting an Appropriate Target for Returns

Setting an Appropriate Target for Returns

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments One of the most frequent questions we receive at Swan Global Investments is, “What is the appropriate benchmark for the Defined Risk Strategy?”  It’s a legitimate…

Volmageddon? The Tale of Two Volatilities

Volmageddon? The Tale of Two Volatilities

By Chris Hausman, Swan Global Investments If 2017 was “the best of times,” then February 2018 was “the worst of times”—at least in the volatility markets. During the first week of…

Do Low Volatility Strategies Have Anything New to Offer?

Do Low Volatility Strategies Have Anything New to Offer?

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments Strategy Comparison Series One of the new strategies attracting attention and assets these days is “low volatility” investing. Also described as “managed volatility” or “minimum…

Examining the Current Low Volatility Environment

Examining the Current Low Volatility Environment

By Chris Hausman, Swan Global Investments With all of the volatile political events happening domestically and internationally, the low market volatility over the past few years has puzzled investors. Many look…

Equal Weight Advantages Over Cap Weight

Equal Weight Advantages Over Cap Weight

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments As many people know, the Swan Global Defined Risk Strategy is composed of three primary elements: the long, buy-and-hold position in an equity market, the…

An Equal Weight Approach to ETF Investing

An Equal Weight Approach to ETF Investing

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments In a recent blog post, we made the case for equally weighting the various SPDR sector ETFs to gain our market exposure in the flagship U.S. Large Cap…

Changing the Game in Emerging Markets Investing

Changing the Game in Emerging Markets Investing

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments Investing in a Volatile Asset Class In a world of low yields and sluggish growth in most of the developed world, many consider emerging markets investing…

The Impact of Volatility on Investment Returns

The Impact of Volatility on Investment Returns

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments In a previous blog post, “The Importance of Avoiding Large Losses,” we discussed the impacts of large losses on portfolios and wealth creation. Certainly anyone…

Considering ETF Risks & Trends

Considering ETF Risks & Trends

By Micah Wakefield, Swan Global Investments Recently, Swan held its second annual CIO Summit where over 80 participants converged in Chicago to discuss challenges facing investors. It was an opportunity…

The 60/40 Portfolio: If It’s Broke, Then Fix It

The 60/40 Portfolio: If It’s Broke, Then Fix It

By Marc Odo, Swan Global Investments For decades the standard representation for a balanced portfolio has been the “60/40”- 60% equities, 40% bonds. Although most investors diversified beyond this model…

Why Volatility Can Be a Drag for Investors

Why Volatility Can Be a Drag for Investors

Note: This article appears on the ETFtrends.com Strategist Channel By Marc Odo Read the fine print of the disclosures of a leveraged exchange traded fund (ETF) and you’ll probably come across…

Do Market Anomalies Occur More Frequently Now?

Do Market Anomalies Occur More Frequently Now?

The Webster Dictionary defines an anomaly as “something that is unusual or unexpected, a deviation from the rule.” However, if observed anomalies continue to rise in frequency, are they still…

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