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Wrestling with Markets

While I was at Future Proof last month, I sat down with DoubleLine Capital's Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Sherman, and Samuel Lau, a DoubleLine Portfolio Manager, to record their podcast - The Sherman Show

The episode went live last week on all your favorite podcast players! Our conversation spanned two of my favorite topics and passions - financial markets and pro wrestling. (Jeff and Sam are both fans of the unique genre of sports-entertainment, albeit not to the insane level of yours truly.)

I appreciated that they didn't lob me any softball questions. They weren't afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions, like:

"What lessons from the wrestling world can apply to an advisor or investor?"

We also covered more serious topics, including:

  • My career trajectory in wealth management.
  • How I ended up starting this blog, and subsequently my book The Allocator's Edge.
  • The appropriateness, risks, and uses of interval funds.
  • Liquid and semi-liquid alternative investments, including managed futures, diversified arbitrage strategies, floating-rate catastrophe reinsurance assets, real assets, and direct lending.
  • Why an allocation to core bonds is still important, even in a time of tightening monetary policy and rising rates.
  • Savant’s long-term tilt to value in its equity allocation.
  • Innovations in alternative investments, including the development of true private markets for wealth managers.
  • The advent of fractionalized ownership and trading of collectibles, paintings, and other illiquid assets via consumer apps.
  • The power of storytelling.
  • A little word association game called "Sherman Says".

I could have chatted with these guys for hours, and I think that comes through in the discussion. Other than sounding like a teenage boy at times after losing my voice earlier in that week, I'm delighted with how the episode turned out. I hope you can give it a listen!

Full Episode Here: 

TSS Episode 126: Savant Wealth Management’s Philip Huber on Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments

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About the author

Phil Huber, CFA, CFP®

Phil is the Head of Portfolio Solutions for Cliffwater, a leading alternative investment adviser and fund manager. Prior to joining Cliffwater in 2024, Phil was the Chief Investment Officer for Savant Wealth Management, a multi-billion dollar wealth management firm. Phil has been involved in the financial services industry since 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. More about me here. Twitter: @bpsandpieces

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