With an extensive background in financial services, Alec finds his passion serving individuals and families, working with them to find balance in their often-busy lives to establish a long-term financial plan and tackle the unknowns of preparing for retirement. In this development, Alec encourages consistent monitoring of investments, and works to tailor the wealth management experience for each individual that he works with. He values the relationships that he creates, as he holds trust and respect as first and foremost in each client interaction, striving each day to ensure that those he works with are satisfied and confident in their decisions.
A Washington native, Alec received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Gonzaga University. Now a full-time resident post-graduation, Alec is an integral member of the Seattle branch of Wedbush Securities.
John’s focus is helping business owners and retirees accumulate and preserve wealth for retirement. In addition, John works closely with those individuals in achieving their income needs through personal fixed income portfolios.
The Investment Advisory Process
John emphasizes an investment advisory process to help him determine the appropriate risk level for each of his clients prior to making any investment recommendations. An investment policy statement is the first step in helping to determine the risk level and suitability for his clients. This statement is based off a series of questions regarding risk and return. Next, John would need to evaluate his client’s investment objectives for their retirement plan. The investment policy statement would help him determine what those objectives are. Time horizon is another critical piece in developing a successful retirement plan. To determine an appropriate time horizon, the client’s age, liquidity needs and years to and during retirement need to be carefully considered.
The second step in the investment advisory process would be to develop an asset allocation model. There are several asset classes that are available through different investment platforms to meet the needs of each client through Wedbush Securities.
The third step in the investment advisory process involves implementing high quality investments through Wedbush Securities to meet the asset allocation process.
The last step in John’s process would be to effectively communicate with his clients on an ongoing basis through one on one private meeting.
In 1991, John began his career as a Financial Advisor with Shearson Lehman Brothers in Orange, Ca. Prior to joining Shearson in 1991, John graduated from California State University, Fullerton in June of 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.
In his free time, john enjoys surfing and Karate training. He is also an active member of the Santa Ana Kiwanis club in Santa Ana, Ca and the Surfrider Foundation. John and his wife Monica have a 11 year old daughter, Sophia.
Nick McKay is Vice President, Equity Research at Wedbush Securities. He covers the Entertainment Software and Internet: Media and Gaming sectors.
Nick has been an integral part of the Wedbush Securities Equity Research team for over thirteen years. He focuses primarily on the video game industry, with over a decade of experience studying its most important companies, its key trends, and the corresponding ramifications for entertainment more broadly. He has become a go-to resource for clients seeking to get up-to-speed on the industry, as well its past, present, and future. The video game team’s in-depth research notes, detailed financial models, and network of contacts on the Buy Side and within the video game industry have made it an important resource for the investment community.
Prior to joining Wedbush Securities, Nick started off his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, before spending time at both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers in their investment banking departments. He holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College.
Taz Koujalgi is an Equity Research Analyst covering the Enterprise Software sector, including cybersecurity, infrastructure, data/analytics and communications. Prior to joining Wedbush in 2022, Taz served as Director of Software Equity Research at Guggenheim Partners as an integral part of the firm’s software coverage team. He has been covering the software sector, on the sell-side and buy-side for more than a dozen years, starting in equity research with FTN Equity Capital following the enterprise software space before moving to Deutsche Bank and Aurmedis Global Investors with his coverage of software and technology respectively. His deep understanding of the software space is rooted in his engineering background and early career in technology and programming at Wipro Technologies, Taos (an IBM company), and Merrill Lynch before transitioning to the sell-side research.
Taz received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from DYP College of Engineering in India, and his MBA in Finance from
New Your University’s Stern School of business.
Andreas Argyrides has covered the emerging pharmaceutical sector at Wedbush PacGrow since 2020. During this tenure, Andreas delved into a wide range of therapeutic technologies and disease areas including novel platform delivery technologies within eye, liver and lung diseases, traditional small molecules for metabolic and endocrine diseases and gene therapy for rare genomic diseases. His decade-plus experience in various roles across the healthcare industry from venture capital and investment banking to trading and equity research on the buyside gives him an integrated perspective with deep industry and scientific insight.
Andreas received his B.A. in History and Economics with honors from New York University.
As Wedbush Financial Advisors, we are dedicated to serving our clients and the community. We believe our clients come first and work to help protect their financial success. With many years of experience in the securities industry, we are committed to using our experience and knowledge to educate clients to help them make informed investment decisions.
We also develop personalized investment strategies, to assist our clients in reaching their short and long-term financial goals. Whether you would like to build personal wealth, plan for retirement, minimize estate taxes or prepare for the tuition costs of your children (or grandchildren), we will help you clearly define your investment objectives and risk tolerance to determine an asset allocation strategy designed to help you achieve your financial goals.
Contact us for a complimentary portfolio review or to learn more about creating a plan to grow your financial success.
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