Mr. Brooks is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (B.A. Economics and Minor in Business Management, 1996). He is securities licensed Series 7 Financial Advisor, Series 24 Registered Principal, Series 66 Investment Advisor Representative, and is a graduate of the Dorsey Wright & Associates Advanced Institute of Point & Figure. He is registered and has clients in 35 states, in addition to his international clients.
Mr. Brooks began his career in 1994 during the early growth stages of the small independent broker-dealer, Brookstreet Securities. Working in the the various departments of Agency Trading, Investment Banking, Corporate Accounting, Business Development, and Member Services, he achieved an Executive Vice President position, responsible for the growth and development of the firm to 700+ Financial Advisors, 8 billion in assets, and 150 million in annual revenue.
During his tenure, he had the good fortune to evaluate the many Advisors’ business practices with their investor-clients. As a result, Gold Coast Financial Group was designed with a ‘best practices’ blueprint, always putting the client needs first and foremost.
Throughout his career, Mr. Brooks has been actively involved in the financial markets, constructing and managing portfolios for his investor-clients. The “tested in the trenches” experience has given him extensive knowledge of the vast array of investment opportunities and vehicles available to investors. Beyond the well-known investments of equities, ETFs, options, bonds, and mutual funds, his knowledge extends into structured products, alternative investments, direct participation programs, private placements, private equity, and more. He has studied a variety of methodologies in his ongoing pursuit to optimize asset growth while managing downside risk.
With increased market volatility, institutional super computers and trading algorithms, the conventional methods of portfolio construction have become antiquated. Retail investors need help more than ever to grow their net worth while managing risk for the inevitable bear markets. With the use of tactical, rules-based strategies for different market environments, complemented with alternative investments, Brooks’ primary concern is to grow client net worth each and every year while allowing his clients to sleep well at night.