Behind the Markets with Two Hedge Fund Managers

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Last week on our “Behind the Markets” podcast, I spoke with Garth Friesen, Principal at III Capital Management, and Jason Gerlach, CEO of Sunrise Capital Partners. The conversation with these two alternative investment managers, who have both been in the business for nearly 30 years, covered a number of interesting topics, including:


  • Friesen’s pending new book, “Bite the Ass Off a Bear: Getting In and Standing Out on a Hedge Fund Trading Floor.” The book is going to be geared toward young graduates looking to enter the hedge fund space
  • How Gerlach followed a non-traditional path to becoming CEO of a hedge fund that started with him being a lawyer and how he made the transition to run a hedge fund business
  • We explored a number of topics related to how both guests built their teams and general advice for employees of asset management firms
  • The value of emotional intelligence (EQ) vs. the standard IQ in a future quant-oriented world.
  • Strategies for tail risk hedging and how to overcome some of the costs to protecting portfolios using correlation hedges and different option contingency structures
  • Thoughts on bond market and the trend in rates and credit-related assets
  • How Sunrise Capital tries to be reactive to various markets to perform well in all market environments
  • Trends in hedge fund assets, performance and fee pressures

 I appreciate both guests coming on. Listen to the full podcast below.


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Global Head of Research
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Jeremy Schwartz has served as our Global Head of Research since November 2018 and leads WisdomTree’s investment strategy team in the construction of WisdomTree’s equity indexes, quantitative active strategies and multi-asset model portfolios. Mr. Schwartz joined WisdomTree in May 2005 as a Senior Analyst, adding to his responsibilities in February 2007 as Deputy Director of Research and thereafter, from October 2008 to October 2018, as Director of Research. Prior to joining WisdomTree, he was head research assistant for Professor Jeremy Siegel and helped with the research and writing of Stocks for the Long Run and The Future for Investors. Mr. Schwartz also is co-author of the Financial Analysts Journal paper, What Happened to the Original Stocks in the S&P 500? He received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and hosts the Wharton Business Radio program Behind the Markets on SiriusXM 132. Mr. Schwartz is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.