Sunday, December 6, 2015

Elementum Advisors' John DeCaro and Chris Cebula Visited Dr. Krause's Classes on December 4th

John DeCaro and Chris Cebula of Elementum
John DeCaro and Chris Cebula (AIM '09) of Elementum Advisors lectured in Dr. Krause's Fixed Income class and visited the AIM program on Friday, December 4. 

Elementum is an independent, SEC-registered alternative investment manager specializing in collateralized natural event reinsurance investments ("Risk-Linked Investments" or "RLI"). The firm is located in Chicago and focuses on natural event exposed investment - from liquid catastrophe bonds to high-alpha collateralized reinsurance investments.


Elementum was launched in December 2009 by John DeCaro, Tony Rettino, and Mike France. The principals have worked together in the Risk-Linked Investment arena since 1995. Prior to founding Elementum, they worked together in the Reinsurance and Risk-Linked Investments group at Stark Investments, a leading multi-strategy hedge fund in Milwaukee. Elementum’s team includes all of the former members of the group at Stark, as well as a former member of Stark’s Business Development team.

Chris Cebula and Dr. Krause 

Dr. David Krause, AIM program director said, "John DeCaro and Chris Cebula again did an excellent job in the classroom today. They were able to take a complex topic, structured catastrophic bonds, and explain it at a level that the students understood.  Cat bonds are fixed income instruments where the principal and coupon interest are exposed to severe but infrequent catastrophes (e.g., hurricanes and earthquakes). They discussed risk linked investments and the practical application of how cat bonds trade and are valued."

John DeCaro - Elementum Advisors
John DeCaro

John C. DeCaro, CFA is a Founding Principal and Portfolio Manager at Elementum. He is responsible for the firm’s portfolio construction, investment selection, tactical trading and hedging. Prior to launching Elementum, he co-managed Stark Investments’ Reinsurance and Risk-Linked Investments team from September 2005 through November 2009. John has 12 years investment experience managing a variety of reinsurance and risk-linked investment strategies. John earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997.

Chris Cebula

Christopher Cebula, CFA initially joined Elementum as an Analyst and advanced to Portfolio Management Associate.  Prior to Elementum he worked in an Operations/Trading Assistant role at Phalanx Capital Management.  Chris graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University’s Applied Investment Management Program, has passed both levels of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) exam, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Dr. Krause commented, "The students are always fascinated by the material presented by John and Chris. It is clear that John DeCaro and Chris Cebula are some of the top cat bond specialists in the business today. While these are complex instruments, John and Chris did an excellent job explaining them and giving real examples. We are pleased that they were able to join us again – the sixth year they have visited Marquette’s campus."
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