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361 Capital is a leading boutique asset manager offering institutional-quality alternative mutual funds to investment advisors and their clients.
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About 361 Capital

361 Capital is a leading boutique asset manager focused on alternative and behavioral-based equity solutions that seek to deliver meaningful alpha, manage risk and offer diversification potential to investor portfolios. Founded in 2001, we offer a suite of investment products including, Long/Short Equity, Managed Futures, Macro, as well as Small, Mid and Large Cap Equity.

Advanced Asset Management Advisors, Inc. (AAMA), one of the original strategists on the FTJ FundChoice platform, is a Registered Investment Advisor providing money management services…
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About Advanced Asset Management Advisors

Advanced Asset Management Advisors, Inc. (AAMA), one of the original strategists on the FTJ FundChoice platform, is a Registered Investment Advisor providing money management services to individuals and families, corporations, retirement plans and eleemosynary organizations.  Their firm was founded in 1998 and AAMA’s investment professionals have combined investment management experience of over 95 years, spanning more than three decades of stock and bond market cycles.  AAMA is privately owned and its offices are located in Dublin, Ohio.

Since 1931, American Funds, part of Capital Group, has helped investors pursue long-term investment success. Our consistent approach - in combination with The Capital System…
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About American Funds

Our investment process, The Capital SystemSM combines individual accountability with teamwork.  Each fund is divided into portions that are managed independently by investment professionals with diverse backgrounds, ages and investment approaches.  An extensive global research effort is the backbone of our system.

Appleton Partners is a Separately Managed Account strategist. As the antithesis of a one-size-fits-all mentality, Appleton Partners offers objective advice and customized portfolios to address…
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About Appleton Partners – SMA

Appleton Partners* is a Separately Managed Account strategist available on the ftj | FundChoice platform. Since 1986, Appleton Partners has stayed true to the belief in managing every relationship and each account to meet the unique needs of their clients. As the antithesis of a one-size-fits-all mentality, Appleton Partners offers objective advice and customized portfolios to address the specific assets and aspirations of clients.

Appleton Partners manages over $8 billion in client assets for high-net worth-individuals, corporations, foundations, and pension and profit-sharing plans in 45 states and abroad.

*subject to Broker Dealer/RIA availability.

Through close collaboration with financial advisors, Clark Capital provides the tools, resources, and scalability needed to run a successful investment advisory practice.
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About Clark Capital Management Group

Through close collaboration with financial advisors, Clark Capital provides the tools, resources, and scalability needed to run a successful investment advisory practice.  They believe this allows advisors to focus on their most valuable role: understanding their clients’ needs and helping them achieve successful outcomes.

Clark Capital’s mission is to provide advisors with disciplined, consistent and reliable investment strategies that can help clients stay on track to reach their long term goals.  They do this by creating highly personalized investment strategies designed to help clients remain committed to their individual financial plans.

Clark Capital’s Navigator Investment Solutions are personalized to the unique requirements of high net worth individuals, corporation, foundations, and retirement plans.

CLS Investments, LLC (CLS) is a third party investment manager, ETF strategist, and longtime trusted partner in the financial industry. CLS’s active asset allocation approach, customizable strategy…
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About CLS Investments

CLS Investments, LLC (CLS) is a third party investment manager, ETF strategist, and longtime trusted partner in the financial industry. CLS’s active asset allocation approach, customizable strategy offerings, and risk management expertise has led financial professionals to entrust their clients’ portfolios to CLS since 1989.

Risk Budgeting Methodology

CLS’s Risk Budgeting Methodology pairs a disciplined risk management system with a flexible approach to asset allocation. This methodology is designed to provide investors with stability in their portfolios and peace of mind that their investments are being maintained at the level of risk they are comfortable with, regardless of what’s happening in the market. In addition, by globally diversifying investments among over 100 asset class segments and strategies, CLS seeks to minimize portfolio volatility, while pursuing area of opportunity in the market, all within the constraints of the investor’s Risk Budget.

CLS Offerings on the FTJ FundChoice Platform

CLS offers a variety of investment options on the FTJ FundChoice platform, including those oriented toward income generation and tax management, in addition to stock-only and high net worth portfolios. The variety of investment options span

Cougar Global Investments is a macro-driven, global tactical asset allocation strategist. Cougar Global believes the goal of investing is to generate compound growth that seeks…
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About Cougar Global Investments

Cougar Global Investments is a macro-driven, global tactical asset allocation strategist.  Cougar Global believes the goal of investing is to generate compound growth that seeks to achieve clients’ investment objectives. The primary means of pursuing adequate compound growth is to avoid losing money. Since 1993, Cougar Global founded by Dr. James Breech, has been practicing a strict discipline of downside risk management, and strives to participates in bull markets while avoiding, if possible, the downside in bear markets.

Founded in 2004 for the sole purpose of managing ETF based separate accounts, Efficient Market Advisors ("EMA") boasts one of the longest pure ETF track…
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About Efficient Market Advisors

Founded in 2004 for the sole purpose of managing ETF based separate accounts, Efficient Market Advisors (“EMA”) boasts one of the longest pure ETF track records in the investment management industry.  EMA’s mission is to deliver superior investment returns over full market cycles through the implementation of their proprietary asset allocation process.

EMA is an independent firm which utilizes both in house and third-party research to construct ETF portfolios.

A pioneer and widely recognized leader within the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment industry, First Affirmative offers asset management services designed to help individual and…
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About First Affirmative Financial Network

A pioneer and widely recognized leader within the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment industry, First Affirmative offers asset management services designed to help individual and institutional investors align investment decision-making with personal values and/or institutional missions.

First Affirmative seeks to create value for both shareowners and society as a whole by investing in the most responsible companies with attractive profit potential.  Portfolios are designed to both support and profit from companies with the most positive impact on our world.  Investors who utilize First Affirmative’s services make a conscious choice to put their money to work for a dual purpose – to provide for a secure retirement, for example, while directing capital to enterprises that enhance the common good.

Horizon Investments is a goals-based investment management firm focused on delivering investment solutions rooted in modern financial engineering and academic research. We work in partnership…
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About Horizon Investments

Horizon Investments is a goals-based investment management firm focused on delivering investment solutions rooted in modern financial engineering and academic research. We work in partnership with financial advisors to deliver investment strategies that align clients’ wealth with their life goals.

The firm was founded in 1995 upon an active investment approach and a focus on the global marketplace. Over 20 years we’ve continued to expand our investment management team to include the Ph.D.s and research analysts needed to pursue a forward-looking approach to addressing a myriad of challenges that investors face while seeking to grow their wealth. As a result, financial advisors pursue Horizon for the innovative risk mitigation and retirement income strategies we deliver today.

Horizon offers experienced and creative asset management expertise to financial intermediaries across the financial spectrum. Horizon’s strategies are available to RIAs and financial advisors through leading financial technology platforms.

Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management ("LTAM") is an SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm, established in 1982, and has approximately $2 billion in assets under management.
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About Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management

Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management (“LTAM”) is an SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm, established in 1982, and has approximately $2 billion in assets under management.  Their dedicated staff of professionals has over 100 years of investment management experience, specializing in market analysis, due diligence, fund selection and asset allocation and diversification strategies.  Whether for individuals, families, foundations, endowments, retirement plans or profit sharing plans, LTAM delivers personalized strategies and a full range of investment solutions.

Established in 1987, Litman Gregory Asset Management has developed a national reputation for money manager due diligence and global tactical asset allocation.
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About Litman Gregory Asset Management

Established in 1987, Litman Gregory Asset Management has developed a national reputation for money manager due diligence and global tactical asset allocation. In addition to its turn-key portfolios for financial advisors, the firm offers independent investment advisory services for private clients, proprietary mutual funds, and research publishing. Litman Gregory has been a strategist with FTJ FundChoice since the launch of the Strategist Platform in 2004. The portfolios are managed in accordance with Litman Gregory philosophy that intensive research and a disciplined process are critical to success. Litman Gregory seeks to add value through tactical asset allocation founded on extensive economic scenario analysis and forward-looking fundamental assessments of asset classes, as well as through proprietary due diligence designed to identify premier investment talent from a variety of independent firms.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, Loring Ward is dedicated to bringing science, reason and innovation to investing.
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About Loring Ward

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, Loring Ward is dedicated to bringing science, reason and innovation to investing.

Founded in 1990, we provide Investment Management, Business Management and Practice Development to a select group of America’s most knowledgeable and forward-thinking independent financial Advisors and their clients.

Loring Ward’s portfolio management programs are tailored to the unique needs of successful individuals as well as small businesses and institutions. Our Asset Class Investing philosophy combines more than eight decades of market data, Nobel Prize-winning academic research and the latest discoveries in behavioral finance.

Loring Ward has more than $12 Billion in assets under management as of May 2015.

A pioneer in managing all ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) portfolios, Main Management, LLC is committed to delivering transparent, cost-efficient, and customized investment solutions to high…
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About Main Management

A pioneer in managing all ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) portfolios, Main Management, LLC is committed to delivering liquid, transparent and cost-efficient investment solutions to family offices, high net worth individuals and institutional investors.

By combining the investment insights of experienced industry professionals with smart implementation vehicles, Main Management offers a unique approach that translates into distinct advantages for their clients.

Their principal goal is to deliver core solutions that outperform a stated benchmark in a tax aware manner so clients get to keep more of their investment returns.

Meeder Investment Management is an investment firm that supports financial advisors working to grow and protect client wealth. Since 1974, Meeder has been responding to…
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About Meeder Investment Management

Meeder Investment Management is an investment firm that supports financial advisors working to grow and protect client wealth. Since 1974, Meeder has been responding to the needs of institutional and individual investors. As of 12/31/16, Meeder manages, advises and administers nearly $12 billion in assets under management and administration.

For more than 40 years Meeder has specialized in customized investment solutions that incorporate their proprietary tactical multi-discipline/multi-factor approach to investing.

The Meeder Advantage

Meeder believes there are multiple forces that influence the market and many ways to achieve investment objectives. This is why they have developed a tactical investment philosophy that is both multi-discipline and multi-factor. Meeder believes that the process of incorporating factors that respond to current market conditions into their multi-discipline models is a competitive advantage and key differentiator among other strategists.

Meeder Private Wealth is a Separately Managed Account strategist with portfolios built to meet the needs and objectives of each client. The portfolio is designed…
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About Meeder Private Wealth – SMA

Meeder Private Wealth* is a Separately Managed Account strategist with portfolios built to meet the needs and objectives of each client. The portfolio is designed specifically to minimize taxes and track a client-specified benchmark. You can interact directly with Meeder Private Wealth Management when managing your client portfolios.

Their experienced team of equity and fixed income professionals manage customized solutions for institutions and high net worth investors focusing on enhanced diversification and sophisticated tax management.

*subject to Broker Dealer/RIA availability

MMS single-ticker strategies are a group of tactical and alternative managers that can be accessed within MMS. In most cases, these specific investment strategies from…
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About MMS – Single Ticker Strategies

MMS single-ticker strategies are a group of tactical and alternative managers that can be accessed within MMS.  In most cases, these specific investment strategies from these firms are unavailable to investors except in this form.

With the assistance of Rocaton Advisors, FTJ FundChoice has reviewed thousands of available strategies and narrowed the list to these specific options to fulfill the mandate requirements of the platform.  Rocaton Advisors will assist FTJ FundChoice in the ongoing monitoring of these investment offerings for their inclusion as strategies for the platform.

Ocean Park was founded in Santa Monica, California in 1988. Since the very beginning, they have made it a priority to focus on the goals,…
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About Ocean Park Asset Management

Since 1988, Ocean Park Asset Management, Inc. has been helping conservative investors to preserve and grow their wealth. Through the years, they have fine-tuned an investment approach specifically designed to help investors enjoy a relaxing, worry-free future. While many firms focus solely on generating returns, Ocean Park also focuses on reducing downside risk. Ocean Park employs a goal oriented approach using decades of strategic research and proven risk management disciplines. In today’s volatile markets, investors cannot afford to simply track a benchmark – they need to get results. Ocean Park strives to deliver peace of mind through unusually broad diversification and their risk mitigation disciplines. This is why every decision Ocean Park makes is done in an effort to achieve quantifiable goals.

  • Limit downside risk to 4-5% even in a bad month or quarter.
  • Target a satisfactory average annual return through a market cycle.

As of February 28, 2017, Ocean Park and its affiliates manage or advise over $2.3 billion in assets for conservative clients.

PGR has applied its 130 years of combined professional experience as Actuaries, Consultants, and Investment Advisors in establishing a proven track record of meeting the…
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About PGR Solutions

PGR has applied its 130 years of combined professional experience as Actuaries, Consultants, and Investment Advisors in establishing a proven track record of meeting the needs and goals of a wide array of diverse clients. They have accomplished this by holding firm to their fundamental business tenet– Philosophy, Design, Implementation and Discipline are inseparable. The mission of PGR is to deliver the performance of global capital markets and increase returns through portfolio design constructed through academics.

Russell Investments is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offers actively managed multi-asset portfolios and services which include advice,…
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About Russell Investments

Russell Investments is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offers actively managed multi-asset portfolios and services which include advice, investments and implementation. Russell Investments uses their core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures to help each investor achieve their desired investment outcomes.​

Toews' primary objective is to participate in market gains, but to avoid significant losses. Their research shows that virtually all market declines of significance are…
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About Toews Corporation

Toews’ primary objective is to participate in market gains, but to avoid significant losses. Their research shows that virtually all market declines of significance are preceded by periods of negative, more moderate price decreases. Toews’ strategy attempts to exit markets during the preliminary phase of the decline, before large losses are realized. When markets are rising, assets are fully invested and attempt to track the market indices. During significant long-term declines, Toews attempts to mimic the return of money market or fixed income instruments and avoid the majority of losses.

Since its beginning in 1975, Vanguard has grown to become one of the world’s largest investment management companies, with more than $3.01 trillion in U.S.…
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About Vanguard

Since its beginning in 1975, Vanguard has grown to become one of the world’s largest investment management companies, with more than $3.01 trillion in U.S. fund assets as of March 31, 2015. Vanguard provides an extensive array of investment products, including a full range of low-cost ETFs and mutual funds designed to help financial advisors grow and preserve the wealth of their clients.

Most investment firms are either publicly traded or privately owned. Vanguard is different: They’re owned by the Vanguard funds, which are owned by their clients. Vanguard makes every decision with only their clients’ needs in mind. Vanguard’s unique structure, along with their commitment to provide outstanding performance and service at the lowest possible cost, provides financial advisors with many opportunities for building their businesses and enhancing their client relationships.

Wilshire Funds Management (WFM) is the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates. WFM leverages Wilshire's institutional expertise to deliver Wilshire Advisor Solutions, a…
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About Wilshire Associates

Wilshire Funds Management (WFM) is the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates. WFM leverages Wilshire’s institutional expertise to deliver Wilshire Advisor Solutions, a suite of portfolios delivering a broad rand of outcome-oriented investment solutions for advisors and their clients. Guided by decades of market-tested experience, the Wilshire Advisor Solutions portfolios combine the risk management techniques of the firm’s proprietary analytical tools with their best-in-class asset allocation practices and the expertise of their manager research team, all drawing on more than thirty years of experience studying capital markets and serving institutional investors.