Ryan Issakainen

Ryan
Issakainen
Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist ,
First Trust Advisors

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.

Articles
Preparing for the Unexpected with Commodity Futures ETFs
VIEWPOINTS: Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist, First Trust Advisors; Three straight years of negative returns for broad commodity benchmark indices, such as the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Return Index, have led some investment advisors (and their clients) to begin questioning the rationale for including commodity futures ETFs1 in their asset allocation models
The Case for Managed Futures ETFs
VIEWPOINTS: Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist, First Trust Advisors; After enduring one of the most tumultuous periods of modern US stock market history, investors have gained a renewed interest in strategies aimed at reducing the volatility of their investment portfolios.
A Decade of Low Volatility with High Dividends
VIEWPOINTS: Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist, First Trust Advisors; Over the past few years, both “low volatility” and “dividend” strategies have resonated with ETF investors, many of whom were seeking more conservative approaches by which to increase exposure to stocks.
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