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Rod Thomas

Rod is the founder and Managing Director of Avantis Wealth, bringing new insights and profitable investment strategies using high income alternative investments. The senior team at Avantis Wealth includes a close-knit group of investment professionals with more than 75 years of combined experience. As Managing Director, Rod is determined to use high income, alternative investments to deliver financial freedom and income security to all clients.

Rod has an innovative and forward-thinking perspective, contextualized by 30+ years of professional experience. This has allowed him to challenge the conventions of the investment sector and develop a new investment strategy called F.R.E.S.H.


Fixed returns


Rewarding high income


Exit strategy pre-defined


Security in place


Hands off management

Avantis Wealth uses the F.R.ES.H. investment strategy to identify investments that meet five core criteria. Using this strategy enables Avantis Wealth to introduce clients to investments that typically offer 7% – 15% annual returns, sometimes considerably more! These level of returns provide the ability to transform the prospects of clients, whether it is for more income from investment today, or meeting and exceeding the pension and retirement goals of clients.

Whatever the reason, the outcome focused on by Rod is greater financial security and a better quality of life.

Rod Thomas and the Avantis Wealth team have built their approach to developing strong streams of investment income on the twin pillars of tried-and-true business tactics and new market-leading alternative investments. With realistic returns for clients of  7%-15% per annum from their pensions, ISAs, and other investments it is no surprise that the ‘traditional’ financial services sector finds it hard to compete.

This blog will focus on alternative investment options for people who are ready to plan more secure and prosperous futures. Stay tuned!


Is a Buy-to-Let Remortgaging Crisis on the Horizon?

2018 opened with fresh headaches for buy-to-let (BTL) investors. As I’ve chronicled extensively, the BTL sector has become just a shadow of its former self in the face of regulatory scrutiny and changing economic patterns, but now, landlords must face a new range of...

Buy-to-Let Investment Continues Its Downward Spiral

Any investor or landlord hoping for a Christmas miracle in the buy-to-let (BTL) sector will find themselves left out in the cold this season. As I’ve discussed extensively, BTL investment has suffered mightily at the hands of regulation and changing economic patterns,...

Why Buy-to-Let is Becoming a Specialist Investor’s Class

According to conventional wisdom, if something were easy, then everyone would do it. This is becoming increasingly true of the buy-to-let (BTL) investment sector: Until recently, this asset class was a lucrative way for investors to earn reliable income, but a...

Why Investors Should Be Wary of Buy-to-Let Investments

Historically, buy-to-let (BTL) investments have been a lucrative choice for many investors. With landlords or property managers overseeing day-to-day operations, BTL represented a hands-off investment. Furthermore, rents collected from tenants allowed investors to...

Inflation: A Crucial Factor for Investment

Inflation is taking hold of the U.K. and people are concerned. Nearly each year since 1958, we’ve seen annual increases in prices and this trend is not expected to stop. Factoring in inflation can and should be part of your investment plans. But in order to understand...

The Three Biggest Risks Facing Investors in Retirement

Just a couple of days ago, I read a detailed report from Old Mutual Global Investors, one of our oldest and most respected fund managers, which talked about what they perceive as the three biggest risks that people face in retirement, specifically around their...

Is Buy-to-Let Still a Safe Bet?

In recent months, the sluggish economy has kept bank rates low, and consequently, returns on savings have been meager at best. At the same time, political uncertainty has spelled trouble for markets in the wake of the chaotic general election and haphazard Brexit...

Investments and savings set for continued poor returns

In recent days, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 5 to 3 to hold interest rates at their historic low point. This was interesting because it was a surprise to see even three people on the committee vote to raise rates, and it prompted comment...

Election Disaster Impacts Your Investment Future

The UK election result of 8 June is an electoral disaster for the Conservative Party and more than challenging for the whole country. The intention of achieving a larger Tory majority backfired in a tremendous way, and now, we are headed for a hung parliament and a...

New Approaches for Property Investment

Over the last 40 years the idea of buying property for investment, typically residential buy-to- let, has enabled many aspirational investors to leverage their funds and end up with very valuable assets and a good cash flow. But today, in 2017, existing property...