Michael Arrington is the founder of the Crunch Network and editor of TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com), a highly influential Silicon Valley blog "dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies." He is on the board of Foldera, a web-based organizer, and is an investor in Daylife, a news startup. He has served as a corporate lawyer, been involved in sales and business development at RealNames and co-founded Achex, which was sold to First Data Corp. Arrington also founded two companies in Canada and was COO at Razorgator. His consulting stints have included SnapNames, Verisign and Spotback.
Alfstad Capital is a boutique independent investment management firm specializing in meeting the portfolio needs of institutions and funds actively managed in fixed income portfolios. Launched in 2005, Alfstad Capital’s investment consultants focus on portfolio profitability and growth. We first develop an in-depth knowledge of each client’s market niche, target their goals, and pursue them backed with thirty years of independent investment experience. Integrated with the scientific discipline of portfolio analytics, and capital markets analysis, our management strategy frequently results in total return investing.
The Alfstad independent investment method: Learn everything, forget nothing. We know that the best ideas in independent investing aren’t the newest or the riskiest—they’re the safest. As our team of investment consultants strive to improve your portfolio profitability, we start with protection and independence. This may sound like a fresh approach to some, but it’s not—it’s the way fixed-income investment should be.
We’ll get to know you like we know the fixed income industry. Your community deserves a healthy economy. We’re changing effective fixed-income investment strategy by focusing on our communities. Backed by 30 years of financial wisdom and authority, capital markets analysis, and through our partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network®, Alfstad Capital’s investment consultants’ portfolio analysis will help you invest soundly while helping to protect your assets.
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The key to our success is our people. Guided by professionalism, our investment consultants are moved passionately to meet our clients’ needs, and we are proud of our many accomplishments. Meet our independent investment management team:
Mike Alfstad is an investment manager, finance columnist, and the founder and CEO of Alfstad Capital. After a lengthy career in bond trading and capital market investments, he founded Alfstad Capital to focus his finance acumen on the portfolio needs of financial institutions. He also acts as a consultant, bringing his 30 years of asset/liability risk analysis and cash flow management experience to CEO’s, several banks, and non-profit boards of directors.
Being Norwegian and very conservative, Mike has applied the time-tested investment discipline of Total Return to deep risk analysis versus reward probabilities for over twenty years, always keeping in mind that bond portfolios do well only when they are managed with an eye to the future and the recognition that interest rates are volatile and ever-changing.
A proud University of Washington alum and amateur horseback rider, Mike is proud to enjoy modest success as a vintage race car owner/driver within SOVREN, an organization whose significant proceeds support Seattle Children’s Hospital. He dreams of one day being as good on horseback as he is in the driver’s seat on the race courses across the U.S.
Michiel Telkamp, known as ‘Tele’ by his peers, has 15 years of experience as a broker in fixed-income securities and is currently a Registered Representative of Commonwealth. A former member of the US National Rugby Team, this spirited Dutchman is an avid cyclist and proud father of two.
Ann Wakeman joined Alfstad Capital in 2009, bringing two decades of experience in the fixed-income markets. Ann is integral to trading, operations, marketing and compliance in the firm. She keeps busy chauffeuring her two teenagers and volunteering for the Northwest Adoption Exchange.
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The publisher heads the Catastrophe Modeling & Global-Growth Surveillance Observatory at CVA -- Powered by Quantum-Behavioral Trading Technology, derived partly from two US patents, both invented and assigned to Efrem Hoffman (2000 and 2001; accessible at US Patent Office website under Quicksearch -- enter first and last name; both patent titles start with the word Hierarchical).
Real-Time tweets of Behavioral Market Insight are available on many primary financial news sites that TAG Financial stock tickers with time-sensitive Just-In-Time Commentary.
Based in Toronto, the publisher has a deep conviction for writing time-sensisitve commentary, trend-pieces, and investing oppinion-focused posts that challenge conventional thinking and legacy market-analysis, especially when it comes to analyzing emergent trends and Super-Anomalies of the marketplace.
He brings a broad business technology and strategic investment vision to the companies he counsels. While consulting for and collaborating with industry experts on financial trading, order execution, electronic trading room design, real-time data management, and extreme event modeling; he has gained over 13 years experience researching and developing intelligent analytic and multi-dimensional visualization solutions for the next generation of financial wealth management platforms.
Mr. Hoffman is a recognized inventor of smart-data analysis and self-thinking soft-computing machines, with working applications, and patents that have been cited internationally on over 60 instances on Patent Applications of: Fortune 500 Companies, preeminent governmental agencies, scientific think-tanks, including leading practitioners at ivy-league academic institutions.
Prior to applying these technologies to CVAs mission-critical and time-sensitive Portfolio Defense and Risk-Intelligence Analysis of Global-Macro Trends & Sector Rotation, the applications ranged from Early-Warning Alert Systems for Environmental Catastrophe Prediction -- Aviation Forecasting of Wind-Shear Hazards and Tornados – to Quantum Encryption of Sensitive Information and Mission-Critical Data. These methods can also been applied to Earthquake and Avalanche Forecasting, as well as 3D Image Recognition of MRIs and Radiological Scans. One common thread that has remained constant throughout Mr. Hoffman’s practice is his unwavering commitment and passion for exploiting mathematics and the knowledge of nature to better understand the leading mechanisms that cause complex, large-scale networks of many interacting agents – financial, social, or physical -- to abruptly shift from periods of stability and growth, to unstable regimes of extreme turbulence and decay.