Joe Cantu, Chief Investment Officer | President

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Joe Cantu

Joe Cantu, Chief Investment Officer

Joe Cantu, Chief Investment Officer | President



Professional:

Joe Cantu is the Global Tactical Asset Allocation Manager – Chief Investment Officer and President. Firm manages money through separately managed account strategies as an Active Stock Trader Advisor keying on Stocks, International investments, Fixed Income and ETFs in a proactive global momentum strategy for industries and sectors.

Joe Cantu has been in the global wealth management business since 1988 and a Portfolio Manager at three of the largest Wall Street firms, Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. His business specializes in managing estate retirement assets, IRA Rollovers, and Rabbi Trust assets. Joe is an Army veteran and served as a nuclear weapons Officer in Europe. He also served as a helicopter pilot in Latin America, Flight Operations and Commanded the HQ Company, 1st Cavalry Division, Combat Aviation Brigade in the US. He has completed the Florida State Pension Trustee educational program in Tallahassee, FL.


Education:

Joe Cantu has his Master of Science degree in Business Administration obtained in Heidelberg, Germany a division of Boston University; Boston, MA, USA. He is a West Point Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and an Economics Concentration from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Furthermore, he achieved the Henry O’Flipper Award for Leadership at West Point.


Professional Education:

Pension Trustee Education Program for Fire and Police Plans, Tallahassee, FL
Florida Public Pension Trustee Association annual conference, Orlando, FL
Custom Portfolio Manager Program for Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
Portfolio Management Program for Smith Barney, Houston, TX
Advanced Financial Consultant Program for Smith Barney, New York, NY
Pre-CIMA Program, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
Trust PIA Certification Program for Merrill Lynch, Miami, FL
Advanced Financial Consultant Program for Merrill Lynch, Princeton, NJ
Certified Financial Planning Program, Univ. of Houston, TX
Wills, Trusts and Estates, American College, Boston, MA




Like your sails, read the telltales of the Market to fine tune your course… – Joe Cantu, Chief Investment Officer


College Educational Instructor:

In the past, concurrent with his professional career, Joe has been a night college instructor and taught many notable investment courses such as: “Retirement and Estate Planning”, with portfolios of stocks, bonds, fixed income, gold, real estate and energy; “Options” basic and advanced; “Mutual Funds” basic and advanced; “Wills, Estates and Trusts” and “401(k) US and International Investing”; How to Read Wall Street Periodicals Course: The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, IBD Investors Business Daily, S&P Standard and Poor Company factsheets, etc.”

Past Securities Licenses
  • General Securities Representative Series 7 License for trading and offering Stocks, Equities in ADRs for International Stocks, Gold, Utility, Dividend Stocks, 401K Plans Funds, Bonds, Options, High Yield bonds, Mutual Funds, US Treasuries, Mortgage Back securities, Tax Free Municipal Bonds, Convertible Bonds, Exchange Traded Funds, Closed End Funds, Tax Deferred Annuities, and publicly traded Master Limited Partnerships, Alternative Investments such as Commodity based, Energy, Tax Free Exchange Funds and Private Equity Hedge Funds.
  • National Commodity Futures Examination Series 3 License for trading Commodities.
  • Uniform Securities Agent State Law Series 63 License for state publicly traded investments.
  • Uniform Investment Adviser Law Series 65 License to serve as an Registered Investment Adviser.


Past Investment Memberships and Associations

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Pacific Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Options, Chicago Board of Trade for Commodities and Options, and the New York Options Exchange. In addition, Joe was proud to serve as an assistant guest trader on the floor of the NYSE for a single day as a Market Maker for Halliburton and Best Buy stock.

Employment History

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AND PRESIDENT
2010 to Present – Cantu Tactical Wealth Management, Miami: Global Tactical Asset Allocation Manager and Consultant. Tactical Wealth Management with Proactive Asset Management and Pension Plan Consulting. Joe Cantu is the Tactical Asset Manager – Senior Chief Investment Officer and Founder. Firm manages money through separately managed account strategies for Defined Benefit Plans, Rabbi Trusts, Charities, 401k’s, IRA’s and private individual accounts. Keys on Stocks, Fixed Income and ETFs in ProActive Global Momentum strategy for Industries and Sectors. Firm was formerly Cantu Pension Income Tactics, Inc.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER, VP
2007 – 2010 Merrill Lynch – Bank of America, Miami: Vice President, Financial Advisor, PIA Program Portfolio Manager using a Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy and Consultant. Directly managed Tactical Balanced Portfolios for businesses, charities, private foundations, High Net Worth families and numerous types of Retirement Plans. Consultant for Defined Benefit and 401K Plans using stocks, bonds, ETFs, energy, gold and position hedging securities.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER, Sr. VP
2002 – 2007 Morgan Stanley, Houston and Miami: Senior Vice President, Custom Portfolio Manager using Global Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy. Tactical Balanced Wealth Manager for investment portfolios. Selected all securities such as stocks, bonds, international fixed income investments, gold, silver, energy, real estate investment trusts and ETFs. Experienced in working with Family Limited Partnerships, Trusts, charities and all levels of Retirement Plans such as defined benefit plans, 401k’s, IRA’s,profit sharing plans and Rabbi Trusts.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER – RETIREMENT & ESTATE PLANNING, Sr. VP
1995 – 2002 SMITH BARNEY, Houston: Senior Vice President, Global Tactical Asset Allocation Manager and Financial Consultant and Portfolio Manager. Managed investments for High Net Worth families, businesses, retirement Plans: defined benefit plans, 401k’s, Rabbi Trusts and profit sharing plans. Discretionary Portfolio Manager. Presented financial planning for money management in Estate and Trust accounts for tax advantaged strategies, Alternative Managers, high income cash flow, growth and Principal Protection Strategic Financial Plans

STRATEGIC FINANCIAL PLANNER – EXECUTIVE RULE 144/145, VP
1990 – 1995 Merrill Lynch, Houston: Financial Consultant, Stockbroker. Strategic Financial Planner whom created long term strategies for exercising Employee Stock Options for SEC Rule 144/145 corporate executives. Directly managed all levels of retirement plans to include defined benefit plans, IRAs and 401k’s. Developed “Forward” liquidity plans and Tax Free Exchange Fund strategies.

TAX FREE BOND AND IPO STOCKBROKER, ASST. VP
1988 – 1990 Lovett Mitchell Webb & Garrison, Houston: Municipal Bond Broker and Stockbroker.
The Firm originated many of the tax free municipal bond offerings in the Greater Houston area to include Initial Public Offerings for local Oil & Gas companies.

COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR – INVESTMENTS AND ESTATE PLANNING
1990 – 2004 North Harris College and Florida International University, Miami & Houston: College Instructor for Tactical Asset Management, International Investing and Estate Planning. Composed and taught courses such as: Retirement & Estate Planning, Wills-Estates & Trusts, Tactical Portfolio Management, Mutual Funds, Basic and Advanced Stock Options, Zero Coupon Fixed Income Investments, Tax Free Municipal Bonds, 401(K), US and International Investing.

HEADQUARTERS COMMANDER, US Army Captain and Helicopter Pilot
1986 – 1988 Combat Aviation Brigade, 1ST Cav. Div. US Army, Commander:
US Army Aviation Captain responsible for 560 Soldiers, $25 Million in Dining Facilities, Helicopter and Fixed Wing Aircraft, Satellite, Truck and Power Generation Equipment. Set Outstanding Unit records in European “Reforger” Exercises with NATO Allied Forces in Belgium, Denmark and Germany.

PROTOCOL DIGNITARY LIAISON OFFICER, US Army Captain and Helicopter Pilot
1986 HONDURAS, LATIN AMERICA EMBASSY-MIL.GROUP: Protocol Officer, Captain, Officer-In-Charge of congressional delegations, high level corporate and General Officer Foreign Presidential meetings and briefings.

HELICOPTER FLIGHT OPERATIONS OFFICER, US Army Captain and Helicopter Pilot
1984 – 1986 Combat Aviation Brigade, 1ST Cav. Div. US Army: US Army Aviation Captain Directly responsible for $55 million of 22 helicopter aircraft, maintenance facilities, trucks, power generation equipment, 44 pilots, FAA Safety Aviation Standards, Brigade mission briefings and Project Manager for military exercises.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAUNCH OFFICER, US Army Captain
1980 – 1984 Pershing Missile NATO Brigade, Europe: US Army Captain, Directly responsible for 3 Nuclear Warheads and missile launchers, Satellite Communications with 60 men, transportation and power generation equipment. Passed background check and approved for “Top Secret Atomic NATO” Nuclear Weapons Security Clearance for Allied Combat Alert Missile Status duty. Directly responsible and executed launch operations in the protection of our European Theatre against Communist nuclear counter strike hostilities.

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