Bill O'Brien

Mike Thompson, CFA

Alpha Seeker™ and Tactical Beta Strategies Co-Portfolio Manager

BS in Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Mike has over 23 years of experience constructing and managing portfolios with a focus on volatility and risk management strategies. Mike is a co-portfolio manager of the Alpha Seeker strategy and the Tactical Beta strategy.

Early in his career, his work included portfolio management roles at The Northern Trust, William Blair and Premier Asset Management LLC, a $500M investment advisor spun out of Northern Trust. Mike later provided derivatives modeling expertise to a start-up derivatives exchange in Chicago before being recruited by a family office where he co-developed a VIX trading strategy that began trading on a proprietary basis using VIX ETPs in October 2011. In 2013, Mike began trading the strategy directly in the futures market for the proprietary trading desk of ED&F Man Ltd and as a Commodity Trading Advisor, first as a principal of Advocate Asset Management LLC and subsequently for Typhon Capital Management LLC. He co-developed the Alpha Seeker and Tactical Beta strategies with his brother Matt. Mike is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

We believe that managing beta is a good source of alpha.