John LaForgeHead 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, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company that is focused on delivering the highest quality investment expertise and advice to help investors manage risk and succeed financially. Wells Fargo Investment Institute serves clients of Wealth and Investment Management, a division of Wells Fargo comprised of Wells Fargo Private Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement, and Abbot Downing businesses, accounting for more than $1.6 trillion* in assets under administration.
Mr. LaForge is part of the leadership team that develops strategic and tactical asset allocation recommendations and market commentary for real assets, which includes real estate investment trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) as well as global equities. In his role, he provides commentary and strategy across the commodity spectrum, covering the most widely followed energy, metal, agricultural, and soft groups. Mr. LaForge 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 Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Mr. LaForge 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. Mr. LaForge has focused primarily on asset management and investment research during his 23 years of investment experience.
Mr. LaForge earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa. He is based in Sarasota, Florida.
*As of Sept. 30, 2016
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