In both of our active and passive portfolio solutions ALPS has partnered with some of the best-in-class asset managers and index providers. For our ETF, ETP, Mutual Fund, and Variable Insurance solutions we have partnered with the following firms:

  • Alerian
  • Barron's
  • Blackstone Group
  • Clough Capital
  • Cohen & Steers
  • CoreCommodity Management
  • Morningstar Investment Management
  • Principal
  • Red Rocks Capital
  • Rich Investment Solutions
  • RiverFront
  • RiverNorth
  • Segall Bryant & Hamill
  • Select Sector SPDRs
  • Stadion Money Management
  • Stone Harbor
  • United States Commodity Funds
  • VelocityShares
  • Wellington Management Company
  • Westport Resources


Alerian equips investors to make informed decisions about Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and energy infrastructure. Its benchmarks, including the flagship Alerian MLP Index (AMZ), are widely used by industry executives, investment professionals, research analysts, and national media to analyze relative performance. Over $16 billion is directly tied to the Alerian Index Series through exchange-traded products, delta one notes, and separately managed accounts. For index values, yields, constituents, and announcements regarding rebalancings, please visit


Barron's is America's premier financial magazine, renowned for its market-moving stories. Published by Dow Jones & Co. since 1921, it reaches an influential audience of senior corporate officers, institutional investors, individual investors and financial professionals.

Blackstone and GSO Capital Partners LP

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long - term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our credit business, GSO, is one of the largest credit - oriented alternative asset managers in the world and a major participant in leveraged finance. GSO specializes in collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) and credit - oriented funds, which include leveraged loans, special situations, mezzanine, distressed, secondary market and rescue financing credit strategies. Our other alternative asset management businesses include the management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions and closed - end funds. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services.

Clough Capital Partners, LP

Founded in 2000, Clough Capital Partners, LP is an investment management firm, with offices in Boston and Hong Kong, that actively manages assets across several hedge funds, mutual funds and separately managed accounts using a global, theme-based approach.

Cohen & Steers

Cohen & Steers is a leading global investment manager with a long history of innovation and a focus on real assets, including real estate, infrastructure and commodities.

In 1986, Martin Cohen and Robert Steers established Cohen & Steers as the first investment company to specialize in listed real estate. As the global real estate securities market evolved, we expanded our operations to Europe and Asia Pacific, forming the industry’s largest global investment team dedicated to real estate securities. Through careful consideration, we have added to our investment offerings over the years, developing related strategies designed to meet investors’ increasing demand for dividend income and real returns.

Cohen & Steers was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004 under the ticker: CNS. Cohen & Steers is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seattle.

CoreCommodity Management

At CoreCommodity, our philosophy is to provide investors with a diversified suite of high quality asset management products based upon a deep understanding of the commodity markets.

With almost 50 years of combined industry experience, Adam C. De Chiara and Bradford Klein, Co-Presidents of CoreCommodity, have extensive experience in building, managing and innovating investments in commodities.

Among their notable accomplishments, CoreCommodity's executive team was responsible for the design of the Dow Jones - UBS Commodity Index and the current Thomson Reuters / Jefferies CRB Index two of the most renowned commodity indices globally.

Robert Hyman, Portfolio Manager for the Fund, has successfully traded commodities and commodity related products for over 34 years.


Morningstar Investment Management, sub-advisor and market leader in Asset Allocation, provides day-to-day management of Portfolios. With over 32 years of experience providing real asset allocation solutions, Morningstar has a trusted name and track record in the investment community.

Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC ("PrinREI")

Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC is a real estate investment and management firm. The firm offers real estate investment options including commercial mortgages, construction-permanent financing, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The firm is based in Des Moines, Iowa. Principal Real Estate Investors operates as a subsidiary of Principal Global Investors, LLC.

Red Rocks Capital

Red Rocks Capital serves as the Sub-adviser to the fund. As the first and largest domestic money manager to package listed private equity products, Red Rocks Capital provides private clients, institutional investors and financial professionals access to some of the world's best private equity managers.

RiverFront Investment Group, LLC

RiverFront Investment Group, LLC is an independent registered investment advisor located in Richmond Virginia. Majority owned by its employees, the firm provides asset management, investment advice, and leading edge market insights. RiverFront's minority investors include Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird) and Private Advisors, LLC. For more information, please visit RiverFront's website at

RiverFront uses a proprietary and patented Price Matters™ optimization process to provide comprehensive, tactical global allocation portfolios.

RiverFront Investment Group was created in April 2008 when a team of investment professionals from Wachovia Securities formed the investment advisory firm to offer investment strategy and asset allocation portfolios for financial advisors to use with their clients. The professionals at RiverFront are frequently quoted in the press for their observations on topics such as Federal Reserve monetary policy and stock market behavior.

The firm uses a "Glass Walls" approach, stressing transparency in its advice model and its relationships within the financial services industry.


RiverNorth is a Chicago‐based investment management firm founded in 2000 that specializes in opportunistic investment strategies. The firm focuses on strategies in niche markets where it believes the potential to exploit inefficiencies is greatest. RiverNorth has $3.3 billion in assets under management as of 12/31/2015.

Rich Investment Solutions, LLC

Rich Investment Solutions, LLC (RIS) is a New York City based SEC registered investment advisory firm that was formed in 2009 to develop and manage innovative investment strategies within exchange traded products. Headed by Kevin Rich and Jeff Klearman, RIS sub-advises to ALPS as the adviser on the U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index Fund (NYSE Arca: HVPW).

Segall Bryant & Hamill

The Workplace Equality Index® is managed by Segall Bryant & Hamill, an independent investment management firm headquartered in Chicago, with offices in St. Louis, Philadelphia, Denver, and Naples, Florida. The firm was established in 1994 and offers domestic equity and fixed income strategies, international and global equity, and alternative strategies for institutional and wealth management clients.

Segall Bryant & Hamill acquired Denver Investment Advisors LLC, the former manager of the Workplace Equality Index®, on 4/30/2018.

Select Sector SPDRs

Sector SPDRs are unique ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) that divide the S&P 500 into nine sector index funds thereby allowing investors to customize their investments by picking and weighting individual sectors to meet specific investment goals. You can buy or sell Sector SPDR ETFs on NYSE Arca throughout the trading day, just like shares of stock. Together, the nine Sector SPDRs represent the S&P 500 as a whole. However, each SPDR can be bought individually, providing undiluted exposure to a particular sector. The 9 Sector SPDRs are: XLY, XLP, XLE, XLF, XLV, XLI, XLB, XLK & XLU.

Stone Harbor Investment Partners

Stone Harbor Investment Partner is a 100% employee-owned, institutional fixed income investment management firm focused on credit risk strategies and asset allocation. Many team members have been together for almost 20 years with offices in New York, London, Melbourne and Singapore.

Stadion Money Management

Stadion Money Management is a privately owned money management firm based near Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1993, Stadion helps investors - through their advisors or company retirement plans - protect and grow their "serious money." That is, the money that absolutely must be there for the important long-term goals like retirement, education, and future family legacy.

United States Commodity Funds® LLC

United States Commodity Funds, LLC is a manager of exchange traded securities that are designed to track the movements in the prices of different commodity futures. The firm is registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator.

Wellington Management Company LLP

Wellington Management Company offers comprehensive investment management capabilities that span nearly all segments of the global capital markets. Our investment solutions, tailored to the unique return and risk objectives of institutional clients in more than 50 countries, draw on a robust body of proprietary research and a collaborative culture that encourages independent thought and healthy debate. As a private partnership, we believe our ownership structure fosters a long-term view that aligns our perspectives with those of our clients.

VelocityShares ®

VelocityShares Index & Calculation Services is dedicated to providing the market with sophisticated, transparent, and investible indices. The indices meet the rigorous standards required to be the basis for exchange traded products. VelocityShares Index & Calculation Services is a division of VelocityShares LLC.

VelocityShares® is dedicated to providing sophisticated investors with unique solutions for portfolio and trading risk management. The success of the firm results from delivering innovative, efficient, and intelligent products for a wide range of institutional investors. As a leader in designing exchange traded products and strategies for institutional investors, VelocityShares is focused on developing liquid instruments that enable institutional investors to manage their market risk and express short-term views. The team has significant experience across asset classes and on both the buy- and sell-sides of the financial markets. Employing that combined knowledge and insight enables the development and delivery of innovative products.

Westport Resources

Life is complex, particularly in the world of finance. Constant tax law changes and governmental regulation, coupled with fluctuation in both domestic and international markets, are causing many to become increasingly weary of taking on more risk than needed. Given these uncertainties, making sound financial decisions has become more and more difficult. At Westport Resources, meeting financial priorities, achieving realistic targets and being able to sleep at night are our foremost priorities.

Most multi-planner practices tend to be “generalists,” being proficient at a number of pieces of the financial puzzle, yet being an expert at none……that is not how we operate. Westport Resources employs a team approach, having built a team of top-tier financial & investment experts, each with complementary areas of expertise.

Investment Team

Michael E. Portnoy

Mr. Portnoy is a partner and co-founder of Trust Advisory Group, Inc. and is responsible for alternative investment manager research and selection, monitoring and on-going due diligence. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Portnoy was a vice president of public investments for Hatteras Funds, a multi billion dollar firm specializing in alternative investments. There, he was the portfolio manager of the Hatteras Alternative Mutual Funds, formerly the AIP Funds, a multi-manager, multi-strategy fund of funds in a daily liquid '40 Act mutual fund format. Mr. Portnoy has spent his career of almost 40 years developing and managing innovative investment products. Among his many successful ventures were The Managers Funds, developed at Evaluation. Associates in the 1980's and now owned by Affiliated Managers Group; Trust Advisors Equity Plus and Twin Plus, two multimanager market neutral equity funds; and various liquid investment products developed for some of the largest US financial institutions.

Mr. Portnoy holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan and an MBA from Capital University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 26, and 63 registrations. Mr. Portnoy is married with two children, is an avid golfer, and has served ten years on his town's Board of Finance.

Mark R. Tonucci

Mr. Tonucci is a partner and co-founder of Trust Advisory Group, Inc. and is responsible for product design, investment manager research and selection. Mark has 40 years experience as a portfolio manager and research analyst in the hedge fund, mutual fund and trust industries. He was most recently a portfolio manager for Hatteras Alternative Mutual Funds. Prior to this, Mr. Tonucci served as Managing Director at Trust Advisors LLC, an asset management and consulting firm from 1996 to 2009. He co-lead the decision making process for manager selection in multi-strategy funds including Trust Advisors Multi-Strategy Fund and the AIP Funds. Prior to forming Trust Advisors LLC, Mr. Tonucci was a Senior Vice President at Evaluation Associates where he spearheaded the development of an investment management group for institutional investors.

Mr. Tonucci holds a BA from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA from University of New Haven. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 26, and 63 registrations. Mr. Tonucci is married with three children and has served on a number of boards of directors and trustees.

Paul A. LaBossiere. CFA

Mr. LaBossiere is a partner and is responsible for strategic planning and relationship management. For the past 18 years Paul has focused on alternatives recently joining from Gabelli & Partners, LLC where for 6 years he worked on the parent company's brand extension into hedge funds. There he interacted daily with both onshore and off-shore clients, in all aspects including funding, administration, and reporting for the open-end and closed-end fund vehicles. His past experience with institutional investors includes senior roles at Innovest Capital, a market neutral manager, as well as HSBC Asset Management where he worked with the very largest private equity Investors. Previous positions include client relationship work at JP Morgan Investment Management and Bank of America.

Mr. LaBossiere graduated from the US Naval Academy serving as a Navy Pilot for 7 Years. He holds a Series 7 and 63 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Paul is married with two children.