Ryan Issakainen is Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist for First Trust Advisors, L.P. Since joining First Trust in January of 2000, Mr. Issakainen has worked in various capacities with Unit Investment Trusts, Closed-Ended Funds, Structured Products, and Exchange-Traded Funds.
As an ETF Strategist at First Trust, Ryan provides in-depth analysis and commentary related to ETF investing, including a monthly ETF webcast for financial advisors, and a quarterly ETF newsletter. In addition to his research responsibilities, Ryan speaks at various ETF industry events and conferences throughout the country.
Mr. Issakainen has appeared on a number of radio and television outlets including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg Radio, and WBBM Newsradio 780. In addition, he has given interviews to numerous print outlets including Investor’s Business Daily, Bloomberg, Reuters, InvestmentNews, Investment Advisor Magazine, TheStreet.com, Index Universe, MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, US News and World Report, and Fortune Magazine.
Ryan holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He resides in upstate New York with his wife Lauren and children Abigail, Joshua, and Caleb.