Pearl Capital Advisors, LLC ("Pearl") was founded in January 2014 to act as the alternative investment arm of a California-based family office. In October 2015 Pearl launched its first, "in-house" trading strategy, the Hedged VIX Program.

Pearl is an alternative investment advisor based in San Francisco, California. The firm is registered as a CPO (Commodity Pool Operator) and a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) with the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) and is a Member of the National Futures Association.

Pearl provides its services exclusively to Qualified Eligible Participants as defined under section 4.7 of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Hedged VIX Program

In October 2015, Pearl determined the family's portfolio needed additional diversification. Not finding suitable strategies available in the market place, Pearl designed its own strategy which relies on unique and specialized sources of return. The Program may complement and add value to even the most diversified portfolios.

In early 2016, Pearl made the decision to offer the Hedged VIX Program as a stand-alone strategy to outside clients. We assert the Program may find a place in your portfolio to deliver a unique source of return as it has in ours.

Timothy Jacobson, CFA

Managing Partner, Head of Investments

Tim is a founding member of Pearl, co-creator and manager of the Hedged VIX Program, and leads Pearl's manager research and due diligence, portfolio construction, and risk management interests. Throughout his career, Tim has fulfilled a variety of roles and responsibilities within the investment and finance industries. He started his career with Franklin Templeton Investments where he provided economic research to the government bond team, was head of risk management reporting on behalf of the firm's international fixed income team, and also performed manager research and due diligence for the firm's alternative strategies group.

Tim is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds the Series 3 License as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Tim is also a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Lawson Stringer

Managing Partner, Head of Trading & Operations

Lawson is a founding member of Pearl, co-creator and manager of the Hedged VIX Program, and leads the trading and operation efforts.

Throughout his career, Lawson has fulfilled a variety of roles and responsibilities within trading, brokerage and administration. Earlier in his career, he led a portfolio administration team at State Street Corporation, which he joined in 2006. His focus at State Street was counter party risk management for some of the world's largest insurance and pension funds such as CalPers & CalSters. Lawson began his career working for Henyep Investments, a boutique company located in London, England, as a foreign exchange market maker.

Lawson holds professional securities licenses Series 3 and 65.

Alexandra Elston

Managing Partner, Head of Technology

Alexandra is a founding member of Pearl and leads the software development efforts of Pearl's proprietary systems. Prior to joining Pearl, Alexandra was the lead architect on multiple projects using a wide range of technologies creating synergistic technology solutions in diverse industries including: financial institutions, military, and government organizations. Most fittingly Alexandra developed a multi-threading application which enabled real-time risk monitoring of asset managers.

Alexandra received a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from INCCA University (Bogota, Colombia) and her master's degree in Project Management with emphasis in software development from the prestigious Rosario University (Bogota, Colombia).

Phone: 650-278-2032


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