National Futures and Financial Weekly

Contributor Biography

Rod Smythe

Riverfront Investment Group, LLC
9011 Arboretum Parkway, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23236

Rod is an Irishman with 25 years of global investment experience. He has lived in and worked in the securities industry in Asia, Europe and North America. Trained in Japan by Nomura Securities in 1983, he worked as an Asian specialist for Citicorp on Wall Street from 1985 -1988. In 1988 Rod went home to Ireland where he worked for six years as a portfolio manager investing in the US, Asian and Latin American markets, returning to Japan in 1993 as the Investment Strategist for Baring Securities in Tokyo.

Since 1996, Rod has been in Richmond with Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms in various key investment roles. Rod was appointed Wachovia's Chief Investment Strategist in 2000. He is widely quoted in the media and appears frequently on CNBC, PBS and Bloomberg.

Rod has an MA in Economics from Dundee University in Scotland.


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