Ariah Rastegar is a veteran investor who founded Rastegar Capital in Dallas, Texas in 2015. The firm provides access, transparency and service to a growing investor base.
He says that the biggest mistake people make when they invest their money is not understanding all of the risks involved. “Being a professional investor is about managing downside risk. Everything else is just the game of chance.”There is always a certain amount of risk when you invest. But professional investing is about minimizing that risk. “What we do has to do with statistical analysis; it has to do with calculating variables; looking at trends.”
People who are just getting into the markets, he says, should consult with an investment professional before they ever invest a dime. “The first thing they need to do is go talk to a Registered Investment Advisor. They need to go find a fiduciary; someone that’s especially a fee-only investment advisor; someone that will be their advocate, that will help them navigate these waters, first and foremost.”
Consulting with a professional first is only common sense. “It’s like plumbing,” he says. “If there’s – if your sink is broken, if I don’t know anything about plumbing, I’m going to go get a wrench – I’m going to make things worse than they already are. Whereas, in everywhere else in your life, if there’s a problem, you get a professional. If your hand is cut you go to an emergency room and ask a doctor. If you need to change your oil you go to a mechanic. The most important thing in your life, your money, you’re just going to go after it yourself? And act like you know what you’re doing?”
Ariah Rastegar is a graduate of Texas A&M, and earned a law degree from St. Mary’s University.