ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Unparalleled products and services customized to the individual needs of our clients.
We strive to provide products and services customized to the individual needs of our clients. Our approach is relationship based in a consultative process.
Our seasoned consultants have the knowledge and practical experience to tailor services to the varying needs of each investor – whether assisting clients new to managed futures or sophisticated investors well-versed with managed futures and portfolio management.
At Walsh Asset Management, we consider it our mission to understand each investor’s needs and add value through the use of research, analysis and due diligence. Utilizing a consultative process, we assist our clients with manager selection, and the integration of managed futures programs to enhance diversification and increase the optimization of portfolios.
We believe that the real value of managed futures is as a component of a portfolio. Therefore, we do not offer a large list of selected CTAs for self-service purposes. Instead, we offer a limited list of CTAs and programs as stand-alone investments.
We spend our time analyzing and tracking managers using numerous CTA databases and clearing firm databases as our primary source. Additionally, we continually search and monitor other sources for additional managers and funds. Once a CTA program meets the quantitative parameters for our Selected Manager list or the parameters for an individual investor’s portfolio needs, we begin a thorough due diligence process.
Managed Futures Integration and Portfolio Restructuring
We specialize in portfolio building. Through a consultative process, we determine which program(s) meet the risk-return objectives of the investor.
This consultative process includes –
- a meeting to determine the risk parameters and return objectives of the client
- a review of the client’s current portfolio
- recommendation of specific CTA programs, allocations and investment timing
- implementation of new allocations
- and monitoring of the CTA program(s) performance
James (Jim) O’Connell, Director, Asset Management Division
Jim O’Connell leads the continued growth of managed futures business for the company by supporting clients in their efforts to diversify their portfolios in this fast-growing alternative investment sector.
Prior to joining Walsh Trading, Jim served as Vice President of Managed Futures at PFGBest. Jim joined the company in 2002 as director of Business Development, a role that utilized his considerable experience gleaned over more than two decades as a futures industry professional.
Jim was a director at Lind-Waldock & Co. beginning in 1997, working in risk management, forex business development and expansion of the customer base along with products and services to distribute. He set a record of forty-eight consecutive profitable months while simultaneously creating that firm’s forex department. Jim and his staff of 12 facilitated the set-up of forex front, middle and back offices, implementation of margining rules and real-time margin monitoring.
Before that, Jim managed a futures fund in excess of $12 million as a commodity trader with R. Jeffs Kollar & Associates/Sheridan Asset Management. He established trading systems and was responsible for the associated accounting and reporting efforts.
Jim was formerly vice president and senior foreign exchange dealer at The Chicago Corporation. In that role, he increased the client base dramatically while also serving as a shift manager overseeing trade desk operations.
Jim began his career in the futures industry in 1981 as CBOT floor manager for trading firm Rouse-Woodstock, Inc. He continued as a CBOT floor manager for Harris Trust & Savings Co. in 1984. In 1986, he started working as an independent commodity trader with Goldenberg, Hehmeyer & Co. and then became a general partner in a joint venture currency/EFP trade dealing desk, later joining Sanwa-BGK Securities Co., LP as vice president and government securities dealer.
Phone: 312-985-0931 or 800-498-6936