TDI Podcast: It’s Simple Math (#799)

CPI hits the bullseye – perfectly inline with expectations.

Optimism returns – market on the move – but what about those pesky valuations?

Earnings season – starts…right now.

Our guest Alex Shahidi – Evoke Advisors, talking about Risk Parity.

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Alex is a Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Evoke Advisors. Alex has over 22 years of experience as an investment consultant managing multibillion-dollar portfolios. He began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he led one of the firm’s largest institutional consulting groups, advising more than $10 billion in assets. In 2014, Alex co-founded ARIS, where he, along with co-founder Damien Bisserier, oversaw the firm’s research and client service efforts. In 2019, they launched the RPAR Risk Parity ETF, which quickly became one of the largest Alternative ETFs in the country. ARIS merged with Evoke Advisors in 2020 and the combined firm currently advises over $20 billion in assets.

Alex focuses on advising large pension funds, foundations, endowments, and ultra-high-net-worth families. He works with his clients in a variety of financial areas including developing investment policy statements, managing asset allocation, selecting managers, monitoring portfolio performance, and creating financial plans.

Alex is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®). Barron’s magazine has repeatedly ranked him as one of America’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors, Top 1,200 Financial Advisors and Top 1,000 Financial Advisors.

Alex graduated cum laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in business economics and law. He earned a JD from the University of California, Hastings Law School, and is a licensed attorney in California.

Alex is a prolific writer. His first book titled Balanced Asset Allocation: How to Profit in Any Economic Climate, was released in late 2014. The article introducing the premise of the book was recognized with the IMCA 2012 Stephen L. Kessler Writing Award as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, Money News,, and Wall Street Daily. In 2021, he launched his second book titled Risk Parity: How to Invest for All Market Environments.

Alex has been interviewed on Bloomberg Television and Radio, BBC World News, and Yahoo Finance and for articles in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and other major publications. He has also been featured in numerous podcasts including Capital Allocators, The Investor’s Podcast, and Seeking Alpha. Alex is also a member of the Forbes Finance Council and regularly contributes content for

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Stocks mentioned in this episode: (SPY), (AMZN), (SBUX)