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Simplify Names John Downing Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

In newly created role, Downing will focus on portfolio management duties for income-focused strategies, as well as new product development and research

September 26, 2022

NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Simplify Asset Management (“Simplify”), an innovative provider of Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), is today announcing that asset management industry veteran John Downing has joined its team as Managing Director & Portfolio Manager. 

Mr. Downing joins Simplify with more than two decades of industry experience, most recently as the Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer with RDC Capital Partners LP, where he was responsible for a number of investment management functions, including actively managing a diversified portfolio of options and equity, commodity, and fixed income instruments. 

Prior to co-founding RDC, Mr. Downing spent close to a decade as a Portfolio Manager with Convexity Capital Management LP, which spun out of Harvard Management Company and eventually grew to more than $15 billion in assets. With Convexity, Mr. Downing oversaw the risk functions across a variety of countries and asset classes and led the development of a suite of sophisticated analytics. 

With Simplify, he will be bringing that analytical experience to bear across a variety of income-focused ETF offerings, and will also play a key role in research, analysis and development of new strategy and product ideas designed to complement Simplify’s already robust product lineup, which has been gaining significant traction with advisors, institutions and individual investors. 

“Having worked closely with John before, I know the depth and breadth of his knowledge and am very excited about all of the ideas and new approaches he will bring forward,” said Peter van Amson, Managing Director, Head of Risk Management with Simplify. “Understanding risks and the opportunities those risks may contain is at the heart of the Simplify story, and John’s expertise in this area makes him a terrific addition to our team.”

“I’ve been following Simplify closely since they opened their doors in 2020 and have long been impressed by the unique approach they have taken to blazing new trails in the ETF space,” added Mr. Downing. “I’m thrilled to now be a part of these efforts and look forward to all we are going to accomplish together on behalf of advisors and investors.”


Simplify Asset Management Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser founded in 2020 to help advisors tackle the most pressing portfolio challenges with an innovative set of options-based strategies. By accounting for real-world investor needs and market behavior, along with the non-linear power of options, our strategies allow for the tailored portfolio outcomes for which clients are looking. For more information, visit


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