About the Author

Jordan Strauss, CFA

Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager

Jordan is a member of the Manager Strategies team at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. He conducts third-party manager due diligence of alternative investment strategies including hedge funds, private equity, and private real estate.

Jordan has nearly a decade of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2014, Jordan worked with PNC for nearly two years in the Investment Advisor Research Group conducting due diligence on alternative investment strategies. Earlier in his career, Jordan spent four years researching hedge funds and serving as a fundamental equity analyst at Lionstone Capital Management in New York. Jordan began his investment career in 2005 at Natixis Capital Markets in New York working closely with the CLO, RMBS, and hedge fund lending businesses. 

Jordan holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont. Jordan is a CFA® Charterholder.


By the Author

A Look Inside an Elusive Investment Alternative

Julian Freeman, CFA and Jordan Strauss, CFA |
Investment Management

Private markets. Sounds like a secret club. And in many ways, it is—but today we are going to lift the veil of secrecy and let light in upon the mystery. To help break down this complex topic, we have Senior Portfolio Manager Jordan Strauss and Senior Research Analyst Julian Freeman. Let’s first lay out the basics. Julian, what exactly is meant by private markets investing—and how does it differ from public markets?Private markets (PM) fits within the alternatives asset class.

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Investing in Private Markets: A Primer

Julian Freeman, CFA and Jordan Strauss, CFA |
Investment Management

For many, the private markets asset class represents a road less traveled.* Typically, investors focus on more traditional asset classes, like stocks and bonds, where information is often readily available and digestible, as it can often seem like the path of least resistance. However, of late many large and sophisticated investors have been increasing their capital allocations to private markets for reasons they believe are compelling enough to make it worth taking the risk.

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Special Purpose Acquisition Companies—Investment or SPACulation?

Jordan Strauss, CFA |
Wilmington Wire

March 8, 2021— Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around for decades but gained wide recognition in 2020 as an increasingly popular, alternative method of going public following a surge in initial public offering (IPO) and merger activity. In 2020, 248 new SPACs came to market, encompassing 53% of all IPOs for the year, and raised a cumulative $83 billion—more than five times 2019’s volume (Figure 1).

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Using REITs to Build Returns

Jordan Strauss, CFA and Jessica Blitz |
Wilmington Wire
Real estate investment trusts REITs. Shopping cart and model of house.

April 2, 2020—As markets continue to fluctuate, it looks as if no asset classes have been spared the COVID-19-driven price hit. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have struggled along with the broader equity market, despite having outperformed during past periods of stress, including the market drawdown in 4Q 2018.REITs own, and frequently operate, income-generating real estate.

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Angel Investing

Jordan Strauss, CFA |
Investment Management

Angel investing is a proactive way for individuals to invest in private equity—but it’s risky business.

Angel investors are generally high-net-worth individuals who provide seed capital to startup companies.
Successful angel investing requires a high level of involvement and expertise in the industry or fieldwork.
Although it provides investors with diversification and low correlation, angel investing carries high risk.

Angel investors are small-scale venture capitalists.

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