Flaherty & Crumrine Incorporated specializes in the management of preferred, contingent capital and related income securities. We have focused on preferred securities portfolios for institutional clients and investment funds since our inception in 1983.
We are an independent and employee-controlled investment adviser with a dedicated credit research team that performs comprehensive analysis of the risks faced by preferred and contingent capital security holders. With only a relatively small number of institutional portfolios and eight public funds (including two in Canada), we are able to offer customized portfolio strategies to best meet each client’s investment objectives, risk tolerances, tax position and time horizon.
If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to e-mail or call so we may discuss potential strategies to match your needs.
Investment Approach and Philosophy
We believe the best way to achieve consistently superior investment results in the preferred and contingent capital securities market is to manage credit risk and reinvestment risk, the two main pitfalls that come with focusing solely on high current income. In each case, potential problems can be averted at relatively little cost when they are recognized early.
Proper portfolio maintenance requires serious analytical efforts. To do this, we utilize a combination of intensive credit research and quantitative analysis, along with some very pragmatic trading strategies. However, we do not believe in strategies which require heroic bets on individual credits or on predicting the direction of interest rates. Rather, we see ourselves as assessors of risk and our goal is to build and maintain preferred portfolios that sufficiently compensate our clients for taking on those risks.
R. Eric Chadwick
Portfolio Manager, President
Mr. Chadwick has managed preferred securities at Flaherty & Crumrine since 1999 and is a member of the firm’s portfolio management team. As one of the firm’s traders, he shares responsibility for implementing investment strategies. Mr. Chadwick is also involved in the development of tools for managing the portfolios and developing firm-wide systems. Together with Mr. Conwell and Mr. Stone, he serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of the executive management committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of the Flaherty & Crumrine closed-end funds.
Prior to joining Flaherty & Crumrine in 1999, he worked at Koch Industries Inc. where he was responsible for managing sizable portfolios of both preferred securities and corporate bonds. He was also responsible for developing analytical tools used in the management of the portfolios, and providing fundamental research on a broad range of credits.
Bradford S. Stone
Portfolio Manager, Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Stone joined Flaherty & Crumrine in 2003 after a 20-year career on Wall Street. Based in Summit, New Jersey, he is a member of the firm’s portfolio management team. He is responsible for macroeconomic and quantitative research and analysis and directs our credit research group. Together with Mr. Chadwick and Mr. Conwell, he serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of the executive management committee. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer of the U.S. Flaherty & Crumrine closed-end funds and oversees the financial reporting and tax operations for the Flaherty & Crumrine closed-end funds.
From 2001 until joining Flaherty & Crumrine, he was Director of U.S. Market Strategy at Barclays Capital in New York, where he advised clients on market strategies across U.S. treasuries, agencies, and interest rate derivative products. Prior to Barclays, he spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where he most recently held the position of Director — Interest Rate Product Strategy, Americas. He was a regular member of Institutional Investor’s All-America Fixed Income Research Team, earning the top ranking in Derivatives Strategy in 2001. He began his career at Salomon Brothers as an options trader and derivative salesperson.
5/03 – Present
Flaherty & Crumrine Incorporated
6/01 – 5/03
2/87 – 6/01
Goldman, Sachs & Company
8/83 – 2/87
Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mr. Stone earned his M.B.A. from Wharton Graduate School of Business and his A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer,
Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Conwell joined Flaherty & Crumrine in 2005. Together with Mr. Chadwick and Mr. Stone, he serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of the executive management committee. He has responsibility in fund management, client servicing and marketing efforts. In addition, he is responsible for compliance and legal matters. Mr. Conwell also serves as Vice President, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of the Flaherty & Crumrine closed-end funds.
Previously, Mr. Conwell practiced at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a global law firm, for more than six years in the areas of corporate finance and investment management regulation.
Rick J. Seto, CFA
Managing Director, Vice President
Mr. Seto joined Flaherty & Crumrine in 2003 after spending eight years as an equity and fixed income analyst and eight years as a commercial bank lending officer. Mr. Seto is a member of the firm’s credit committee, where his focus is on global banks, REITs and industrials.
From 1999 until joining Flaherty & Crumrine, Mr. Seto was an Associate Equity Analyst at UBS Investment Bank, where he covered natural gas pipelines, local distribution companies, electric utilities, and master limited partnerships. Prior to UBS, he spent three years at Moody’s Investors Service as an Associate Analyst covering investment-grade Consumer Products and Retail companies. From 1991-1996, he was an AVP and commercial lending officer at NatWest Bank with primary account and cross-sell responsibilities for a portfolio of consumer products, consumer finance and retail companies. He was a member of the top-ranked Institutional Investor’s All-America Natural Gas Equity Research Team at UBS in 2003. He began his career at Heller Financial Inc. as a financial analyst in asset-based lending.
10/03 – Present
Flaherty & Crumrine Incorporated
10/99 – 10/03
UBS Investment Bank
10/96 – 10/99
Moody’s Investors Service
12/91 – 10/96
Fleet Bank, N.A. (formerly NatWest Bank, N.A.)
Mr. Seto completed a formal credit-training program at NatWest Bank, and earned his B.S. in Statistics and Econometrics from New York University.
Lisa Tucci, CFA
Ms. Tucci joined Flaherty & Crumrine in 2005. Ms. Tucci is a member of the firm’s credit committee, where her focus is on the utility, energy and banking industries.
Prior to joining Flaherty & Crumrine, she spent five years as an Associate Director of Equity Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she covered natural gas pipelines and natural gas and electric utilities. Ms. Tucci was a member of the top-ranked Institutional Investor’s All-America Natural Gas Equity Research Team at UBS in 2003 and earned an honorable mention herself the same year.
Mr. Russo has worked as a senior analyst covering investment grade and high yield corporate credits since 2000, primarily in the insurance and healthcare sectors. His prior experience includes manager of a team of analysts at an investment bank and as bank examiner for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Russo began his career as a corporate accountant for a regional bank holding company.
12/12 – Present
Flaherty & Crumrine Incorporated
12/00 – 5/12
Dwight Asset Management
8/92 – 5/00
Sandler O’Neill and Partners, L.P.
11/89 – 8/92
U.S. Department of the Treasury
2/85 – 5/89
Bank of New England
Mr. Russo earned his M.S.F. from Bentley College Graduate School and his B.A. from Rutgers College.
Roger W. Ko
Mr. Ko joined Flaherty & Crumrine in September 2013 to act as one of the firm’s traders. Prior to joining Flaherty and Crumrine, he worked for nine years as a trader at Deutsche Bank. From 2004-2010, he helped manage a proprietary trading portfolio comprised of preferred securities, corporate bonds, term loans, credit default swaps, and structured products. He helped to develop an integrated system to organize, track, and analyze a diverse and complex portfolio of securities. In 2010, he joined the credit correlation desk and most recently, he traded Aircraft ABS as the primary market maker for Deutsche.
James Chen, CFA
Mr. Chen joined Flaherty & Crumrine in 2007. He is involved in market research, systems development, and client servicing.
Previously, he worked at Wedbush Morgan Securities in its equity research department while earning his M.B.A. degree. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in the software industry, first at an internet startup, Plumtree Software (now a part of Oracle Corporation), writing web portal applications and later at SPL Worldgroup (also now a part of Oracle Corporation) managing its web portal deployment.
Flaherty & Crumrine was founded in 1983, with “roots” in preferred securities going back to 1969. Co-founders Bob Flaherty and Don Crumrine worked for many years together at Scudder, Stevens & Clark where they managed preferred portfolios for corporate investors. They were innovators in the development of strategies for hedging the general interest rate exposure of preferred portfolios. Together Mr. Flaherty and Mr. Crumrine founded the firm to focus exclusively on managing preferred portfolios and associated securities and hedges; Robert Ettinger joined soon thereafter to support that effort. Messrs. Flaherty, Crumrine and Ettinger have retired but remain minority partners of the firm.
1983 Flaherty & Crumrine founded
1991 PFD (NYSE) closed-end fund inception
1992 PFO (NYSE) closed-end fund inception
1999 Eric Chadwick (Portfolio Manager and President) joined Flaherty & Crumrine
2003 Jan: Bob Flaherty retires
2003 Jan: FFC (NYSE) closed-end fund inception
2003 May: Bradford Stone (Portfolio Manager, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer) joined Flaherty & Crumrine
2003 August: FLC (NYSE) closed-end fund inception
2004 FFI-U (TSX) closed-end fund inception
2005 Chad Conwell (Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer) joined Flaherty & Crumrine
2007 Guggenheim UIT series launched
2011 Destra Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred and Income Fund (NASDAQ: DPIIX) inception
2013 DFP (NYSE) closed-end fund inception
2015 Don Crumrine and Bob Ettinger retire
2018 Brompton Flaherty & Crumrine Investment Grade Preferred ETF (TSX: BPRF) inception