The wealth management space is in a state of rapid change. FinTech disruptors continue to develop new allocation tools, newer investors aren’t flocking to traditional channels, and cost pressure is relentless. From the potential economic impacts of data and AI to the implications of COVID-19, the questions around strategy have never been more confounding, and the stakes have never been higher. Amid unprecedented economic turmoil and regulatory change, most asset managers have afforded themselves little time to bring the future into focus. But the industry stands on the precipice of a number of fundamental shifts that will shape the future of the asset management industry.
Adam Ibrahim, an up-and-coming asset manager in his late twenties, has found a way to get on top of this wave of disruption and come out on top for his clients. He has achieved this by employing holistic global asset management strategies that pair strategic hard real estate investments with diversified and risk-managed market traded portfolios.
Raised in New York in the early 1990s by a single mother who taught art in the public school system, Ibrahim became hungry for success and believed the world of investments could afford him an escape as long as he stayed ahead of the curve. During high school, he discovered an incredible opportunity on Wall Street and began working as an institutional sales intern at a small investment bank. This experience solidified his love of finance and drive to be successful.
After high school, Ibrahim attended Binghamton University and studied economics while starting a few projects and businesses-he believed strongly in the power of learning by doing. Over 5 years he built a vertically integrated investment partnership, acquiring, developing, and managing more than 50 properties in upstate New York on behalf of himself and his investors. His New York real estate platform brings institutional and accredited investors transparent and secure exposure to high-yield multifamily real estate assets in secondary and tertiary markets throughout the Northeast. Additionally, through the use of automation, energy management technology, and durable renovation processes, operating margins are improved, value is unlocked, and management is streamlined.
On the liquid asset management side, Adam Ibrahim and his team developed a strategy he calls 365. According to Ibrahim, “365 is an all-weather strategy. It is not about trying to predict the future, but rather building and maintaining a portfolio of liquid assets that benefit from the widest variety of potential economics outcomes, especially the extreme ones that nobody expects” 365 is able to track gains in most asset markets while mitigating losses in events of extreme economic shocks and disasters. The result is an institutional product that captures market appreciation with less volatility while preserving liquidity for institutions and high net worth individuals during critical periods, such as the current COVID-19 chaos. During the peak of market pressures around the virus, 365’s hedges were able to almost completely offset the mark-to-market losses on core assets through the rapid pullback across nearly all asset classes trading.
Ibrahim’s early combination of experience with property management, business development, and finance allowed him to develop a complex understanding of different asset classes on both an operational and financial level. As a supplement to operating his businesses, Adam serves as a Board Director of the Greater Miami-Miami Beach Police Foundation and a Board Director of Leatherstocking Cooperative Insurance Company.
Ibrahim, who at just 28 oversees approximately $90 Million on behalf of institutions and high net worth clients through his firms, is a firm believer in slow-multitasking-having a few projects at once to keep his productivity and creativity at optimal levels while decreasing chances of burnout. This is part of what he credits for his sustained success and ability to think uniquely in the business development space while still maintaining a fundamental understanding of opportunistic investment and risk management.