Jerry C. Wagner, J.D.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Jerry C. Wagner is Founder and President of Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd. Formerly a tax and securities attorney, Mr. Wagner recognized early on that technology and hedge fund techniques could be applied to help individuals successfully invest, while managing their downside risk. After spending time pioneering new techniques in market analysis, designing quantitative methodologies, and managing investment portfolios, Mr. Wagner founded Flexible Plan Investments in February 1981.
Mr. Wagner is also a founding member of the National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM), a non-profit association of registered investment advisors who utilize dynamic or tactical asset allocation strategies to manage over $30 billion in assets invested in mutual funds, ETFs and annuities. Previously serving as Director, Chairman, President and Vice President, Mr. Wagner drafted the organization's Code of Ethics, was a co-author of their Performance Measurement Standards, and has chaired their Mutual Funds and Public Relations Committees.
With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Mr. Wagner has written numerous articles and white papers on the merits of active investing, and has been featured in Financial Planning magazine, Financial Advisor Magazine, the Journal of Investing, and other financial publications.
Mr. Wagner received a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and his JD from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Research papers and articles by Jerry
Strategic diversification can help protect clients in all types of markets – Forbes, December 10, 2012
How RIAs open big doors to small investors – Forbes, August 8, 2011
Rethink risk - August 1, 2003
Why market timing works - Journal of Investing, Summer 1992 Volume 6, Number 2
Buy and hope vs active management
Why we manage for risk and not just return
Z. George Yang, PhD, CFA
CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Dr. Z. George Yang, CFA, a highly respected academic scholar, is the firm’s Co-Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager.
Dr. Yang joined Flexible Plan Investments in 2008 following a 10-year engineering career developing quantitative and analytical methods in the automotive industry. He was a winner of the Henry Ford Technology Award from Ford Motor Company in 1999. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, a PhD from Cornell University, and a B S from The University of Science and Technology of China.
He has been a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) since 2006. He holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) from the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and Accredited Investments Fiduciary (AIF) from FI360.
Dr. Yang was the 2nd place winner of the 2010 NAAIM Wagner Award for the Advancement in Active Investment Management for his paper titled “Buy-Write or Put-Write: An Active Portfolio to Strike it Right” and the 3rd place winner of the 2012 and 2013 NAAIM Wagner Award for his papers titled: “Optimal Portfolio Strategy to Control Maximum Drawdown (The Case of Risk-based Active Management with Dynamic Asset Allocation)” (co-written with Liang Zhong, 2012) and “Filtered Market Statistics and Technical Trading Rules” (2013).
Research papers by George
Filtered market statistics and technical trading rules
Buy-write or put-write, an active index writing portfolio to strike it right
Optimal portfolio strategy to control maximum drawdown
Jason Teed, CFA
ASSISTANT MANAGER, RESEARCH
Jason Teed is responsible for the daily calculation of mutual fund trades, optimization of trading system models, development and verification of new algorithmic trading methodologies, up to and through completion and actual trading, proprietary asset allocation design and testing, walk-forward optimization design and utilization, and fiduciary communication with clients.
Mr. Teed holds an MBA in Finance from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Tim Hanna is responsible for reviewing new and existing strategies and modifications for tradability, feasibility and implementation. Mr. Hanna has a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Finance from Walsh College. He holds the CFIP (Certified Fixed-Income Practitioner) designation and is studying for Level III of the CFA program.
Before joining FPI, he was an Institutional Bond Broker at Multi-Bank Securities and previously a derivatives trader.
Rukmal ("Rocky") Fernando
PORTFOLIO RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
With more than fifteen years at Flexible Plan, Rocky Fernando has an extensive overall knowledge of investment research and company functions. He is primarily responsible for handling reconciliations of GIPS compliance data as well as all strategy-related data requests from marketing and compliance.
Mr. Fernando holds a BA in Finance from Indiana University.