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James Underwood, CFA

James Underwood, CFA

Principal,
Portfolio Strategist

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Fooled by Randomness | Shawshank Redemption
  • My wife, my son, and my daughter
  • "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us" - Marcel Proust
  • Authentic, calm, decisive

Investment Group

Jim is a member of the Investment Committee and is based out of our Birmingham, Alabama, office.

Jim joined CAPTRUST in 2020 from Welch Hornsby, an independent, fee-only investment advisory firm, where he served as chief portfolio strategist for more than 13 years. At CAPTRUST, he leads the Portfolio Management Team concentrating on the discretionary investment model strategies that encompass both wealth and institutional models.

His professional focus is on investment model construction, risk, and performance attribution. He is a spokesperson for the firm both internally and externally on models and managers. He also leads the team that implements the decisions of the Investment Committee into the model strategies.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has been in the industry since 1999. In 2012, Jim was awarded a prestigious Top 40 under 40 award by the Birmingham Business Journal.

Jim and his wife, Amy, are the parents of two children and are members of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Auburn University
  • Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Industry Designations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®

Industry Involvement

  • Member—CFA Institute
  • Former Member—Investment Committee, United Way of Central Alabama
  • Former Member—Board of Directors, Children’s Harbor
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