Active Alts

Meet the Team

Brad H. Lamensdorf

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Lamensdorf serves both as the Portfolio Manager and as owner of the Sub-Advisor. Mr. Lamensdorf has served as a portfolio manager and principal of Ranger Alternative Management, L.P. since 2009, providing trading and marketing strategy for short only portfolios.

Brad Lamensdorf, a seasoned money manager and market strategist, is the CIO of The Lamensdorf Market Timing Report, a newsletter designed to help investors improve performance via market timing by assessing the environment of the stock market using a variety of technical, fundamental and sentiment-oriented tools from powerful independent research firms. Many investors mechanically enter and depart the market without a trµe “game plan.” Studies have shown that retail investors, in particular, are very poor market timers, tending to invest at or near market peaks and sell at or near market lows. The newsletter is designed to provide risk parameters for both professional and retail investors around the short-term stock market environment, giving subscribers better insight about when to allocate assets into or out of the equity markets.

Lamensdorf, a frequent guest commentator and analyst on major business networks including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News, also serves as a Portfolio Manager and Principal of Ranger Alternative Management LP, a sub-advisor to the Advisor Shares Ranger Equity Bear Exchange Traded Fund (NYSE: HDGE). In this role, he conducts top-down technical evaluations of broader market liquidity, sentiment and breadth to help identify short and intermediate-term market trends, manage exposure and mitigate risk. HDGE was launched in 2011 and is the first and sole actively managed, short-only ETF in existence.

Lamensdorf, also was founder and CIO of  Tarpon Partners, managing a long/short fund that was up more than 260% gross from 1998-2005. Earlier in his career, he was as an equity trader/market strategist for Taylor and Company, the Bass Brothers’ trading arm, co-managing a short-only strategy among other alternative strategies of over 1 billion is AUM.

John Lawrence Allen Esq.


John Lawrence Allen commenced his profession as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office where he quickly established a reputation as a highly skilled litigator prosecuting complex white collar crimes. Mr. Allen served in the Trash Detail as a special prosecutor against the Southeast Los Angeles gangs, the Crips and the Brims.

Mr. Allen left the practice of law and started a private fund where he pioneered program trading devising a hedging and risk arbitrage system for the S&P 500 Stock Index futures market. After several highly successful years, Mr. Allen was recruited to manage his trading program for Shearson American Express. After a decade working in the investment community, Mr. Allen returned to the practice of law specializing in securities arbitration involving securities regulation, broker/dealer fraud, securities fraud, customer complaints, and employment law. Mr. Allen had represented broker/dealers, hedge funds, registered investment advisors, customers and registered representatives in arbitration before FINRA, the American Arbitration Association and in regulatory matters before FINRA.

Mr. Allen was asked to assist the United States Permanent Select Committee on Investigations of micro-capital stock fraud and senior abuse in 1996 and also served as Chairman of the Joint Committee of the State Bar of California and the Royal Courts of Justice for England and Wales. He has served on various Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) forums on procedural reform, seminar speaker and panel member for the FINRA, Arbitration Chairman before the American Arbitration Association, arbitration panel member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Office of Dispute Resolution, and is a frequent speaker before professional and lay audiences on recognizing and preventing investment fraud. Mr. Allen has been called upon to provide expert commentary for print and electronic media and has received frequent coverage of high profile cases in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Barron Magazine, CNN, CNBC, NBC Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, Blumberg, National Public Radio and other television and radio programs. Mr. Allen is author of Investor Beware published by John Wiley & Sons; his latest book Make Wall Street Pay You Back was released in April 2014. Mr. Allen wrote a monthly column on investment fraud for Physician Money Digest and is a contributing author for the Practicing Law Institute.

Mr. Allen serves in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New Canaan Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).