General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> December 8, 2008

Investing In Tactical Opportunities – John M. Babyak & Nicholas A. Caruso Jr. – Wolverine Investments

Nicholas A. Caruso Jr. is Senior Vice President and Chief Wealth Strategist of Wolverine Investments, where his duties range from portfolio management and research to new business development. As a strategist, he designs and monitors customized technical indictors to measure market momentum and investor psychology. Prior to joining Wolverine Investments in 2005, he spent the majority of his investment career with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he was a Vice President of the Private Client Group. Over his long career, Mr. Caruso utilized both proprietary technical and fundamental investment strategies to reduce exposure to risk while enhancing growth of principal opportunities. He maintains that providing clients with portfolio protection and income enhancement is the most common sense approach to producing more consistent portfolio returns. After graduating from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, he attended Bridgeport University where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree. He also served in the Military Intelligence division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Profile
JOHN M. BABYAK is the President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Wolverine Investments, where his duties span all functional areas, including: portfolio management and research; business planning and budgeting; trading, information systems and administration; and new business development and client service. Prior to joining WHB/Wolverine Asset Management in 1993, Mr. Babyak held various systems engineering, sales and marketing management positions at IBM. He graduated from The University of Vermont in 1982 with a degree in Management Engineering. Mr. Babyak has written numerous articles about the markets, including the studies "Rationale for Yield-Enhanced Convertible Securities," "Covered Call Writing: Managing Risk, Enhancing Portfolio Returns," "Managing Portfolios For Optimal Tax-Efficiency" and "Convertible Securities as an Asset Class." He is an internationally published market commentator and is frequently quoted in the securities news media, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Profile
TWST: Would you please tell us about your responsibilities at Wolverine

Investments and bring us up to date on your firm?

Mr. Babyak: Despite these very difficult markets, our professional