Armored Wolf Veterans Join James Alpha Management

The first full week of October was an eventful one for PIMCO veteran John Brynjolfsson. All in a week he announced his global macro hedge fund Armored Wolf would be closing in the coming months and converting into a small family office, and at the same time will be joining  James Alpha Advisors to continue serving as portfolio manager for the James Alpha Global Enhanced Real Return Fund (GRRIX).

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John Brynjolfsson, Portfolio Manager of the James Alpha Global Enhanced Real Return Fund.

“This role connects me with an organization with which I have a longstanding relationship and respect hugely,” said Mr. Brynjolfsson, in a recent statement. “James Alpha was instrumental in launching Armored Wolf six years ago and has served as trusted counsel across a broad range of disciplines. Tim and I have also managed portfolios together over the same period of time and I look forward to continuing that partnership as well.”

Continued Collaboration with James Alpha

Mr. Brynjolfsson added that he and Armored Wolf colleague Tim Alford, who will also be joining James Alpha, identified James Alpha as the right partner due to the scale and quality of its operations, and that the James Alpha Global Enhanced Real Return Fund will simply be a continuation of a collaboration he and Mr. Alford have already enjoyed with James Alpha for the past six years. Most importantly, Brynjolfsson and Alford will be freed from business concerns and able to focus on generating alpha for investors in their new roles.

“James Alpha is a perfect fit for us and we believe our strategy is a perfect fit for today’s challenging markets,” said Mr. Alford. “Our fund seeks to provide retail investors access to the same sophisticated investment strategies that institutional investors benefit from and that John and I have successfully implemented for more than two decades.”

Mr. Brynjolfsson is a popular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and PBS’s Wealth Track. He worked with PIMCO for 19 years, launching and growing the firm’s Real Return platform from a startup to $80 billion in third-party assets. His expertise includes asset allocation, risk management, global macro investing, commodities, inflation-linked bonds, and event-linked catastrophe bonds.

Deep Hedge Fund Experience

Prior to joining Armored Wolf, Mr. Alford was a portfolio manager, head trader, and member of the three-person investment committee for Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund he helped grow from $2 billion to $5 billion in assets under management. Mr. Alford has also served as a portfolio manager at CRG Partners Funds, Halcyon Financial Advisors, PG&E Energy Trading, and PNC Bank.

“We are, of course, delighted to deepen our relationship with world class money managers like John Brynjolfsson and Tim Alford,” said James Alpha Advisors CEO Jim Vitalie. “Over time, we believe we will be collaborating with John and Tim in many other ways as well. They are a great addition to our team.”