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November 03, 2014 10:37 ET

Common Sense Investment Management, LLC Announces Launch of New Liquid Strategies Business Line With Appointment of Ted Gutierrez and Mel Meinhardt

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - November 03, 2014) -

  • Gutierrez & Meinhardt will develop a new range of alternative products
  • Liquid Strategies business line complements CSIM's existing Hedge Fund products

Common Sense Investment Management, LLC ("CSIM"), an independent, privately-held investment manager, announced the launch of a new business line, Liquid Strategies, to complement their existing Hedge Fund business. Led by a team of industry veterans, Liquid Strategies will invest in Managed Futures managers using a combination of non-finance techniques and patented risk management processes. Ted Gutierrez and Mel Meinhardt have been appointed to guide Liquid Strategies as co-Chief Investment Officers.

Ted Gutierrez, co-CIO, will be primarily responsible for the investment process. Formerly a Managing Director and Management Committee Member at Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Gutierrez was involved in investment and operational innovations during some of the European markets' historically most volatile periods. Later working for Montgomery Securities and again at Cowen and Co., Mr. Gutierrez continued to develop the insights into cross border market behavior and that will be his focus at CSIM.

"The improved liquidity and transparency of select international markets has made it possible to significantly reduce downside risk while creating real opportunities. CSIM is the perfect fit to create innovative vehicles to leverage those opportunities." Mr. Gutierrez said.

Mr. Gutierrez started in finance in 1982, after graduating from UC Berkeley's MBA program. He traded options for AG Becker on the American Stock Exchange, and later was an independent market maker in options. Mr. Gutierrez advised the Deutsche Bourse (German Stock Exchange) on which he had previously been a member, created and managed joint ventures with European banks (BNP Paribas and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken ("SEB")), and advised large North American pensions. Mr. Gutierrez is a graduate of NYU.

As co-CIO, Mel Meinhardt designed and will implement the technologies & processes underpinning the Liquid Strategies products. Formerly a portfolio manager with SEB, Mr. Meinhardt has partnered with Mr. Gutierrez for more than ten years. Mr. Meinhardt's prior experiences include advanced technology manager and analyst roles at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he specialized in the identification, acquisition and implementation of new technologies. After leaving the CIA, Mr. Meinhardt worked for technology firms including Westinghouse, largely in strategic roles.

"We believe bringing leading edge and reliable control systems to portfolio management can create new opportunities and improved risk management." Mr. Meinhardt said.

Prior to the CIA, Mr. Meinhardt served as an officer and nuclear engineer on submarines in the US Navy. Mr. Meinhardt is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis and has a MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Gane, CEO of CSIM, stated that "Ted and Mel bring over a decade of research and product development in the Managed Futures space. Coupling their backgrounds with our recent hiring of Marc Lorin from Newedge -- a leading prime broker for Managed Futures strategies -- it represents a substantial and exciting step forward for CSIM and our product suite. We believe the engineered and algorithmically constructed products, utilizing Managed Futures managers at their core, will offer our investors a differentiated and uncorrelated return stream to complement our existing equity alternative strategies."

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About Common Sense Investment Management, LLC

Founded in 1991, Common Sense Investment Management, LLC ("CSIM") is an independent, privately-held investment manager located in Portland, Oregon. CSIM is a veteran alternative investments solutions provider with an industry-leading track record over 23 years of outperformance, portfolio differentiation and capital preservation. 

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