Rod Smyth

Rod leads the Selection Team as Director of Investments.  As one of RiverFront’s four Founding Partners, Rod has been an important contributor to our investment decision making process since our strategies were incepted. He has also become a mentor to our investment team members bringing his experience and wisdom to their decision making processes.  Rod has over 30 years of investment experience both as a portfolio manager and investment strategist, making him uniquely qualified to lead the Selection Team.  Rod began working with many members of the RiverFront team in 1995, when he moved to Richmond to work for Wachovia Securities after working in the investment industry overseas.  At Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms Rod served as the firm’s Chief Investment Strategist for eight years and as a portfolio manager for its Global Asset Allocation portfolios.  Rod also serves on the firm’s Leadership Team and chairs the Investment Committee (IC). As IC Chair, Rod draws on his 14 years of service as Chair of the Virginia Retirement System’s Investment Committee; a $70 billion state pension plan.  

Rod is a regular guest on the financial news channels (CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg) and is frequently quoted in the financial press.

Rod earned an MA in Economics from Dundee University in Scotland.

The Art & Science: Whether as an investment strategist or on stage, Rod is a performer.  He comes by it naturally, as his mother was a trained singer and his father an amateur conductor.  His talents range from singing in a choir to performing in front of television cameras as a strategist.  Rod’s youngest son, an accomplished actor, recently said that he also wanted to study business so he could be a "financial actor" like his dad.