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Christopher Orr, SDIP

Director of Institutional Products/Private Equity Focus

Christopher Orr is a Director, Institutional Products, at PENSCO, where he has spent the past five years helping clients meet their retirement savings goals by using self-directed IRAs.

Christopher started his career as a financial advisor, working with clients who invested primarily in exchange-traded products like stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Realizing he wanted to help clients access a wider array of options to meet their investment needs, he joined PENSCO. Through his work on PENSCO’s asset review team, Christopher gained experience with a variety of private equity investment types, from private corporate stock to hedge funds, LLPs to LLCs, and more. Today, he uses his broad expertise to help high net worth clients, advisors and asset sponsors accomplish their private equity investing goals using self-directed IRAs.

A native of San Francisco, Christopher holds a B.A. from California State, Long Beach. In 2018 he earned the Self-Directed IRA Professional (SDIP) designation through the Retirement Industry Trust Association, and, while working as a financial advisor, he held his Series 7 and Series 66.

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How Much of Your Retirement Portfolio Should be Allocated to Alternative Investments?

How Much of Your Retirement Portfolio Should be Allocated to Alternative Investments?

  |  By Christopher Orr, SDIP

As investor interest in alternative investments rises, a particular question is becoming more and more common: “How much of a retirement portfoli... Read this article »


Investing in Start-Ups: Owning Pre-IPO Shares in Your Self-Directed IRA

Investing in Start-Ups: Owning Pre-IPO Shares in Your Self-Directed IRA

  |  By Christopher Orr, SDIP

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Want to Invest in Startups? Regulatory Changes May Help Make That Happen

Want to Invest in Startups? Regulatory Changes May Help Make That Happen

  |  By Christopher Orr, SDIP

Many private equity opportunities, from investing in startups to private hedge funds, are reserved for “accredited investors” — investors who mee... Read this article »


Is Your IRA Asset Allocation Too Extreme?

Is Your IRA Asset Allocation Too Extreme?

  |  By Christopher Orr, SDIP

When it comes to investing, many of us have heard of the 60-40 approach to risk allocation—you put 60% of your portfolio in stocks and 40% in bon... Read this article »


IRA vs. 401(k)? Maybe You Don’t Have to Choose

IRA vs. 401(k)? Maybe You Don’t Have to Choose

  |  By Christopher Orr, SDIP

When deciding how to save for retirement many investors spend time mulling whether to choose an IRA vs. a 401(k). The good news is that it doesn’... Read this article »


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