Rod Smyth

As Chief Investment Strategist, Rod is responsible for developing and communicating Riverfront’s investment views to our clients.  Rod brings more than 30 years of global investment experience to support both our investment process and business development efforts. He serves on the firm’s Executive and Operating Committees, where he focuses on the strategic direction of the firm and its culture.

Rod, an Irishman, has lived, worked, and invested in Europe, Asia and North America during his tenure in the investment business. From 1982 to 1995, he was based in Europe as a global portfolio manager and in Asia as the investment strategist for a leading British investment bank.

In 1995, Rod moved to Richmond to work for Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms where he combined both roles serving as the firm’s Chief Investment Strategist for eight years and as portfolio manager for its Global Asset Allocation portfolios. Rod is also the current Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Virginia State Retirement System.

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.

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