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Wilshire Funds Management names Nicolas Amato MD, Head of Alternative Portfolio Management

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Wilshire Funds Management has named Nicolas “Nico” Amato as managing director, head of Alternative Portfolio Management.

Amato will report to Wilshire Funds Management Chief Investment Officer Josh Emanuel. Previously, he spent ten years at Dorchester Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based alternatives investment manager.

Amato will direct all investment aspects of Wilshire Funds Management’s alternatives activities, including portfolio construction, manager research and investment research. Wilshire Funds Management oversees multi-asset class, multi-manager and alternative investment programs for financial intermediaries and advises on more than USD147 billion of client assets.

“Nico’s 17 years of experience, most of that focused on alternative investments, will immediately enhance the work we are doing as a premier provider of hedge fund managed accounts, customised risk premia strategies and liquid alternatives,” says Jason Schwarz, president of Wilshire Funds Management. “Nico’s research, risk management and portfolio construction experience will be a huge benefit to our growing alternatives team.”

As a partner at Dorchester Capital Advisors, Amato focused on managing the firm’s research and risk teams, communicating with investors, and overseeing portfolios from a liquidity, risk and portfolio management perspective. Amato started his career at the Merrill Lynch office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned an Economics Licentiate degree, Cum Laude, from San Andres University, a Masters in Finance from CEMA University (both in Buenos Aires), and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Amato is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.

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