Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Robert Stein began his career as a project analyst for the Federal Reserve under former chairman Paul Volcker and later went on to hold senior trading or portfolio management positions with large money-center Wall Street banks. Returning to Chicago in 1994, he formed Astor Financial, Inc., the parent company of Astor Asset Management LLC (“AAM”) a registered investment adviser and the predecessor firm to Astor Investment Management, LLC. AAM was acquired in 2010 by Knight Capital group (NYSE:KCG) and Mr. Stein was appointed to the Executive Committee reporting to the Board of Directors and directly to the Chairman. In a management restructuring, Mr. Stein re-organized AAM as an independent firm (Astor Investment Management LLC). Mr. Stein is the co-creator of the Astor Economic Index® (AEI), the firm’s proprietary method used to create a smoother, more accurate “live read” on the economy. He is also the author of several books, including: Inside Greenspan’s Briefcase (McGraw Hill) and Finding the Bull inside the Bear (John Wiley & Sons). Mr. Stein is the founder of the i-CARE Foundation, an organization that provides an annual grant to Northwestern Hospital to enhance patient experience and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors to GlenKirk, an organization that supports people with special needs. Mr. Stein holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. John Eckstein joined Astor in 2011 and serves as the Chief Investment Officer. As Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee, Mr. Eckstein is responsible for the firm’s international and global macro strategies. In 1995, Mr. Eckstein founded Cornerstone Quantitative Investment Group, a global macro hedge fund with peak assets of $600M. Prior to Cornerstone, Mr. Eckstein was a researcher for Luck Trading Company, a commodity trading adviser. Mr. Eckstein is the co-author of Commodity Investing (John Wiley & Sons, 2008) and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Mr. Eckstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Master’s in Public Administration (International Economic Policy) from Columbia University.
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Bryan Novak joined Astor in 2002 and currently serves as Senior Managing Director. Mr. Novak has been involved in the research and development of the trading and investment strategies at the firm. He was instrumental in the launch of the firm’s mutual fund family in 2009 and has served as part of the portfolio management team since 2004. Prior to Astor, Mr. Novak was an equity options trader for Second City Trading, LLC at the CBOE in Chicago. Mr. Nova appears regularly in numerous financial media outlets and is often a panelist at ETF industry events. Mr. Novak earned his Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the Ohio State University. Mr. Novak is a CAIA charterholder.