John Collett Polk

Portfolio Manager at KWK Management LLC

John Collett Polk

John Collett Polk

Portfolio Manager at KWK Management LLC

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Mr. John C. Polk, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager at KWK Management LLC. He is the investment manager for the KWK Merger Arbitrage Fund, KWK Management’s merger/risk arbitrage investment fund.Before joining KWK in 2004, Mr. Polk was with Wedbush Morgan Securities where he managed the firm’s proprietary risk arbitrage and statistical trading department. Prior to 2000, Mr. Polk was a Specialist for Wedbush Morgan at the Pacific Stock Exchange and served on The Exchange’s Equity Listing Committee.Mr. Polk graduated from Occidental College with an A.B. in Economics and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Education

In 1887, the year a group of knowledge-thirsty Presbyterians founded "The Occidental University of Los Angeles, California," a Kansas prohibitionist named Harvey Wilcox purchased a ranch just west of the city, naming it Hollywood. Tuition in 1888, the year Oxy opened its doors, was $50. The new college wasn't exactly swamped with applicants: 40 students enrolled that fall. Southern California's oldest football rivalry? Not UCLA-USC. Oxy and Pomona first squared off in 1895 -- preceding those other guys by more than 30 years. Student body president Clarence Spaulding became Oxy's first Rhodes Scholar in 1908. Today, Oxy still has more Rhodes Scholars (10) than USC (9). Big changes came to campus in 1926: freshmen were required to live on campus for the first time, and the Oxy basketball team had to adjust to playing indoors after Alumni Gymnasium was built. Sammy Lee '43's first gold medal in diving at the 1948 London Games wasn't Oxy's first Olympic hardware: Tigers have won a total of seven medals. If Oxy were a country, we'd be tied with Israel and Tunisia. In 1992, with the nation's eyes on Los Angeles during the largest riots the country had seen since the '60s, Occidental was recognized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for its forward-thinking stance on diversity. A knight who hits people with a chicken? A commanding officer of a naval base and the Girl Scouts? The James Dean of disability studies? There are some brilliant characters among our notable alumni.

Career History
Portfolio Manager
2004 - Current

KWK Management does not focus on or specialize in and specific investment strategy, approach or philosophy. Each of their fund's investment strategy is outlined in that fund's memorandum. KWK Partners LP/KWK Partners Offshore Fund Ltd. seeks a high level of total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management across a wide range of interest rate environments. The fund invests primarily in short-to-intermediate duration MBS issued by government sponsored enterprises, including mortgage pass-through certificates and collateralized mortgage obligations.KWK Opportunity Fund LP seeks a high level of absolute return consistent with preservation of capital. The fund directly invests a portion of its assets and implements additional non-correlated financial strategies through investment in affiliated funds, as well as, other privately offered investment funds. The firm may also engage other investment managers to directly invest portions of the fund’s assets.KWK Merger Arbitrage Fund LP/Coastview Equity Partners LP seeks appreciation through an event-driven, relative-value investment approach that KWK Management believes is less correlated to the movements of equity markets and less volatile than traditional long-equity or long-short equity investment approaches. The fund may utilize arbitrage/hedging techniques designed to reduce certain risks associated with the fund’s portfolio.In addition to the strategies utilized in these funds, KWK Management may also employ the following strategies: long-term purchases; short-term purchases; trading; short sales; margin transactions; option writing, including covered options, uncovered options or spreading strategies; futures and options on futures transactions, derivative instruments, swap agreements, foreign securities, foreign currency transactions; and hedging techniques designed to reduce certain risks.

Professional
Prior - 2003

Founded in 1955, Wedbush Securities, Inc., formerly Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc., is a full-service investment bank and brokerage firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The firm is a subsidiary of WEDBUSH, Inc. Wedbush provides private and institutional brokerage, investment banking, private capital, research and asset management to individual, institutional and issuing clients. They provide brokerage and advisory services to both institutional and private clients. Wedbush focuses on middle-market companies. The firm has met the financing needs of numerous successful growth companies across a variety of industries through public offerings, private placements and financial advisory services.Wedbush Securities' research focuses on providing coverage of small and mid-sized companies in the following industries: (1) consumer products and services (2) technology (3) entertainment and media (4) life sciences and (5) industrial growth and clean technology.Within the consumer products and services sector, the firm focuses on consumer products, entertainment retail, footwear/apparel and specialty retail (hardlines, softlines and sporting goods). Their technology research focuses on communications equipment, datacenter technologies, enterprise software, software applications, infrastructure software, Internet infrastructure, semiconductors, telecommunications software, financial Technology and wireless equipment. Wedbush Securities' research within the entertainment and media sector includes software, toys, movies and Internet advertising/media. The firm's life sciences research focuses on biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, cardiovascular, devices/regenerative, emerging pharmaceuticals, healthcare services/managed care, medical diagnostics/life science tools, medical technology and specialty pharmaceuticals. Within the industrial growth and clean technology sector, the firm focuses on solar technology, water and renewable energy solutions. Wedbush Securities provides a variety of reports to institutional and private clients. These reports include a daily research summary and monthly portfolio highlights.

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John Collett Polk is affiliated with KWK Management LLC, Wedbush Securities, Inc.

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