Insight, Foresight, Perspective

Independent, objective research and guidance to assist your financial professional in designing the investment strategy that's right for you.

Cetera Investment Management delivers a wealth of independent, objective research and guidance designed to make sense out of the complex, often-changing economic landscape. They provide the insight, foresight, and perspective on the financial markets your financial professional needs to keep you on track to pursuing greater financial well-being. Together with your financial professional, they’re your partner for acquiring a deeper understanding of the economic landscape, maintaining a forward-looking focus on market trends and performance, and creating solutions designed to help you capitalize on that perspective—so you can feel more confident you are on the path to your investment goal.

Insight, Foresight, Perspective

Independent, objective research and guidance to assist your financial professional in designing the investment strategy that's right for you.

Cetera Investment Management delivers a wealth of independent, objective research and guidance designed to make sense out of the complex, often-changing economic landscape. They provide the insight, foresight, and perspective on the financial markets your financial professional needs to keep you on track to pursuing greater financial well-being. Together with your financial professional, they’re your partner for acquiring a deeper understanding of the economic landscape, maintaining a forward-looking focus on market trends and performance, and creating solutions designed to help you capitalize on that perspective—so you can feel more confident you are on the path to your investment goal.

What You’ll See from Us

For Financial Professional - Advisor

  • Quarterly market outlooks, offering analysis of the financial markets in the context of the current economic environment, feature investment guidance that can be taken straight to your portfolio.

  • Regular market commentaries dive deep into the drivers of change in the markets, making sense out of the complex, often blurred relationships between markets and governments.

  • Weekly, monthly, and quarterly market recaps help frame performance, market and geopolitical events, government actions, and news, while providing investment opportunities.

  • Our Quarterly Chartbook uses a graphical format to show current and historical performance of several key economic and market indicators that shape our investment positioning, and includes our Recession Riskometer.

  • Regular media appearances on TV, print, and radio give us a chance to share our insights with the investing public and spur a healthy dialog about the markets and making the most out of one’s investments.

  • Timely economic and market updates via Twitter

Meet The Team

Gene Goldman

Gene Goldman

Chief Investment Officer & Director of Research

Gene Goldman is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the firm’s research offerings. His role includes setting the vision for superior capabilities and enabling the delivery of objective investment advice. He provides day-to-day oversight of Cetera Investment Management, with a focus on providing unbiased research about the economy and financial markets, asset allocation strategies, mutual funds and other investment related topics. Goldman also leads the investment committee and their commitment to delivering superior investment oversight.

Goldman has more than 26 years of experience in the development of investment strategies, money manager research and overseeing investment analysts. Prior to joining Cetera, he served in a variety of roles at LPL Financial including market strategist and lead strategist of the manager strategy group. Earlier in his career, has was a mutual fund product analyst at Liberty Financial.

Goldman is frequently cited in a range of national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Forbes, and Reuters and he is a regular guest on high-profile news networks including CNBC and Fox Business News. He has been a featured or keynote speaker at dozens of industry events.

Goldman earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Northeastern University. He also holds Series 7 and 63 securities registrations and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA).

Brian Klimke, CFA

Investment Director

Hristo Stefanov, CFA, CAIA

Investment Director

Richard Anderson

Investment Director

Barton (Bart) Liro

Client Portfolio Manager

Collin Martin, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

Vaishali Kothari

Senior Investment Analyst

Shannon Otterbeck

Director, Research Strategy and Development

Edgar “EJ” Vincente

Analyst

Brian Klimke, CFA

Investment Director

Brian Klimke is primarily responsible for managing Cetera Investment Management’s Investor Strategy Group, producing timely, rigorous analysis of key economic and financial market events and portfolio construction guidance. He publishes market commentaries and communications for advisors, investors and the media.

Brian has more than 15 years of experience in investment oversight, monitoring and investment platform positioning. Before joining Cetera Investment Management, he served as director of investment research at Transamerica, where he played an integral role in the development of the Transamerica Financial Advisors’ asset allocation models and proprietary ETF portfolios. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1999.

Brian earned his bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in finance, investment and banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in international business. He holds the Series 7, 24, 27, 63 and 87 securities registrations and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Hristo Stefanov, CFA, CAIA

Investment Director

Hristo Stefanov is primarily responsible for managing Cetera Investment Management’s Manager Research Group, which is focused on delivering specific investment strategy recommendations. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the four-member Manager Research Team to deliver actionable and timely recommendations across a variety of asset categories, which can be used as ideas in portfolio implementation. Investment recommendations made by the team are represented in Cetera Investment Management's Research Select List, and also form the basis of other investment programs offered by the firm. A major part of the team's duties also involves maintaining ongoing monitoring of current recommendations.

Hristo has more than 20 years of experience in investment oversight, manager selection and monitoring. Prior to his current role he was responsible for overseeing Cetera Investment Management's Portfolio Strategy Group, where he was responsible for market insight and portfolio construction guidance. In this role he generated ideas to be used in Cetera Investment Management's strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies and incorporated the Research team's overall market outlook into portfolio construction and risk mitigation.

Hristo earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of California, Riverside. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst®, Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM, and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement™ designations as well as the Series 7 securities registration.

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Richard Anderson

Investment Director

Richard Anderson is primarily responsible for market insights, publishing hundreds of commentaries a year. He leverages his background in both trading and research to produce actionable insights for advisors and investors. He also manages Cetera’s subscription-based third-party equity and ETF research platforms.

Prior to his current role, he was equity research director at PrimeVest Financial Services Inc. (now Cetera Investment Services LLC), founding the department in 1998. Anderson has more than 15 years of equity research experience and more than 20 years of Wall Street trading experience.

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Barton (Bart) Liro

Client Portfolio Manager

Bart Liro is primarily responsible for the education and distribution of Cetera Investment Management’s solutions and resources. He works closely with advisors on best practices for implementing and pursuing objective based investment goals. Additional responsibilities include supporting asset allocation solutions, investment lists, and ongoing design and development of SetIncome®.

Prior to this role with Cetera Investment Management, Liro was a member of the Portfolio Solutions Group responsible for Product Strategy and Innovation. He led the design and development of investment based FinTech initiatives bridging the gap between technology applications and portfolio construction support.

Before joining Cetera in 2015, Liro was Head of Wealth Management and Advisory Services at an independent Registered Investment Adviser and registered broker-dealer. He was responsible for overseeing platform development, product creation and investment advisory relationship management. Additionally, he served as the lead Portfolio Strategist for the firm’s mutual fund and exchange-traded fund wrap models.  

Liro earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Saint Michael’s College. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation, Series 7, and 66 securities registrations.

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Collin Martin, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst

Collin Martin is primarily responsible for providing portfolio construction guidance for Cetera Investment Management’s asset allocation models. Additional responsibilities include generating research and quantitative analysis on the economy and global capital markets that contribute to the team’s market outlook, publications, and tactical positioning within the firm’s asset allocation solutions.

Prior to his current role, Martin worked in portfolio management for First Allied Asset Management, where he created and managed customized portfolios for the Private Client Services advisory program. Collin also worked in Quality Assurance, focusing on operational analysis and developing profitability models for First Allied Securities. He has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Martin graduated cum laude from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. He also holds the Series 65 registration.

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Vaishali Kothari

Senior Investment Analyst

Vaishali Kothari is a Senior Investment Analyst for Cetera Investment Management. In this role, she reviews all Cetera publications, leverages her compliance background to drive efficiencies within investment processes, and analyzes the performance of recommended funds and investment portfolios. She also oversees international equity and alternative mutual funds.

Kothari has more than a decade of industry experience. Prior to joining Cetera Investment Management, Kothari worked for Cetera Financial Group® as a director of due diligence. In this role, she performed due diligence on mutual funds and worked collaboratively with fund sponsors, broker-dealers, and Pershing LLC. Kothari was also a member of the firm’s Advisory Services Department, where she validated data integrity and provided reconciliation methodologies. Before her tenure at Cetera Financial Group, she spent four years at National Planning Corporation (NPC)/National Planning Holdings (NPH). There, she held varied positions within Advertising Review, providing compliance with policies and procedures, and within Advisory Services to deliver value-added marketing and research services for their separately managed account program.

Kothari earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations.

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Shannon Otterbeck

Director, Research Strategy and Development

Shannon Otterbeck is primarily responsible for managing the day-to-day business functions of the Research Department, implementing business initiatives, plans and procedures. Shannon oversees the publishing of hundreds of financial market commentaries and communications per year for advisors and investors.

Otterbeck has more than 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Cetera Investment Management, she served as the Vice President and Senior Product Manager for First Allied Asset Management where she played a vital role facilitating growth in sales through the coordination of various aspects of marketing, advisor and wholesaler support, and advisory operations.

Otterbeck earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and holds Series 7 and 65 securities registrations.

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Edgar “EJ” Vincente

Analyst

Edgar "EJ" Vicente is primarily responsible for publishing our communications to our financial advisors including market commentaries, investment perspectives, and changes to our investment fund line-up. In addition, he supports the quantitative and manager research team with reports, database maintenance, and analysis.

Prior to joining Cetera Investment Management, Vicente worked for Cetera Financial Group® as an Operations Associate with the firm’s Advisory Services department. In this role, he coordinated and validated advisory billing activity for all Cetera broker/dealers. He was also responsible for identifying trends and patterns in monthly metrics to highlight areas of opportunity and provide operational analysis to executive and director levels. Vicente earned his bachelor’s degree in Statistics & Quantitative Modeling from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, City University of New York.

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