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John LaForge

Head of Real Asset Strategy

Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Wells Fargo & Company

John LaForge is the head of real asset strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank N.A., which is focused on delivering the highest quality investment expertise and advice to help investors manage risk and succeed financially. WFII serves Wealth & Investment Management, a division of Wells Fargo & Company.

John is part of the leadership team that develops recommendations and market commentary for real assets, including commodities, real estate investment trusts, and master limited partnerships. He provides commentary and strategy across the commodity spectrum, covering the most widely followed energy, metals, agricultural, and soft groups. John has been featured in various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television.

Prior to joining WFII, John spent seven years at Ned Davis Research as chief commodity strategist. Prior to that, he managed $1.2 billion across seven mutual/hedge funds under multiple client platforms for Phoenix Investment Partners. John has focused primarily on asset management and investment research during his 29 years of investment experience.

John earned a bachelor of science in finance and a master of business administration from the University of Tampa. He is based in Sarasota, Florida.

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