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Orion’s The Weighing Machine How does Orion help financial advisors guide investors toward their financial goals? We provide the services and solutions advisors need to help clients stay invested in balanced portfolios. On Orion’s “The Weighing Machine,” featuring Orion Chief Investment Officer Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT we cut through the market clamor and focus on time-tested principles that help financial advisors and investors reach their long-term financial goals. Each podcast reviews weekly commentary by Orion’s investment team and features a special guest to discuss market headlines.

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Orion’s The Weighing Machine How does Orion help financial advisors guide investors toward their financial goals? We provide the services and solutions advisors need to help clients stay invested in balanced portfolios. On Orion’s “The Weighing Machine,” featuring Orion Chief Investment Officer Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT we cut through the market clamor and focus on time-tested principles that help financial advisors and investors reach their long-term financial goals. Each podcast reviews weekly commentary by Orion’s investment team and features a special guest to discuss market headlines.

    Bringing Systematic Investment Strategies to Advisors with Bryce Skaff

    Bringing Systematic Investment Strategies to Advisors with Bryce Skaff

    Advisors are an important part of the investment ecosystem. They help clients develop investment strategies and provide guidance on allocating assets best. Although every advisor has a unique approach to managing portfolios, they share one goal in common: to manage a portfolio that meets their client's expectations.
    In this episode, Rusty talks with Bryce Skaff, Co-Head of Global Client Group at Dimensional Fund Advisors. Bryce has been with Dimensional since 1998. He was most recently Dimensional's Head of U.S. Financial Advisor Services, which helped advisory firms design more effective investments, messaging, and business strategies. Before joining Dimensional, Bryce was a secondary markets analyst for Provident Funding.
    Bryce talks with Rusty about the value Dimensional Fund Advisors place on advisors, why the firm introduces exchange-rated funds in addition to their mutual funds, and the motivation behind Dimensional's recent introduction of ETF models.

    Key Takeaways

    [02:11] - An overview of Bryce's personal and professional background.

    [04:25] - How Bryce got started at Dimensional Fund Advisors.

    [06:29] - The value Dimensional Fund Advisors places on advisors.

    [10:10] - A historical overview of Dimensional Fund Advisors and its value factors.

    [15:54] - Are value investments finally on the rise?

    [20:10] - Why Dimensional introduces exchange-rated funds in addition to their mutual funds.

    [23:53] - The motivation behind Dimensional's recent introduction of ETF models.

    [29:03] - How investors and advisors can access Dimensional's material resources.

    [31:10] - Bryce's perspective on what makes a good financial advisor.

    [34:38] - Some of the people Bryce is grateful to on a professional level.

    [38:25] - How Bryce maintains his physical and mental well-being.

    [41:04] - Content recommendation from Bryce.

     
    Quotes
    [07:11] - "We strongly believe advisors are a linchpin in the process. Advisors do a good job increasing the odds of success for investors." ~ Bryce Skaff
    [27:53] - "As an industry, we default to complexity. When in reality, it's often the simplest of concepts that make the biggest impact on investors." ~ Bryce Skaff
    [33:29] - "Great advisors are doing the right thing because they understand the truth and are willing to embrace it and give that dose of reality to the investor." ~ Bryce Skaff
     
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    Bryce Skaff on LinkedIn

    Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Good Vibes by Jahboy

    The Surf Conservation Partnership

    The University of Chicago

    Wells Fargo

    Vanguard

    Atomic Habits by James Clear


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    1735-OPS-9/22/2022

    • 45 min
    The Possibility of a Global Recession with Colleen Ambrose

    The Possibility of a Global Recession with Colleen Ambrose

    Inflation has been rising steadily since the beginning of the year and is now at a level considered concerning by many economists. And while the Fed has been raising interest rates to keep inflation in check, it is becoming increasingly difficult. With inflation remaining stubbornly high, many believe a recession is becoming increasingly likely. What does this mean for the fixed-income market and the bond market?
    In this episode, Rusty and Robyn talk with Colleen Ambrose, Director of Fixed Income Markets at Capital Group. Colleen has 35 years of industry experience and has been with Capital Group for two years. Before joining Capital Group, Colleen was a portfolio manager at Bank of America. Before that, she was a fixed-income client portfolio manager at American Century Investments. Colleen holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago, and Women Investment Professionals. 
    Colleen talks with Rusty and Robyn about her outlook for fixed income, the bond market, and the headwinds in the economy, including inflation, Federal Reserve policy, and a potential recession.

    Key Takeaways

    [02:34] - Colleen's professional background and what she does at Capital Group.

    [04:29] - What Women Investment Professionals is all about.

    [05:27] - Colleen's advice to investors in light of global financial market events.

    [07:54] - Capital Group's outlook on inflation.

    [09:32] - Colleen's thoughts on the Federal Reserve's inflation policy.

    [10:24] - What Capital Group has to say about recession risk.

    [11:46] - The impact of geopolitical risks on the fixed-income market.

    [13:17] - How the fixed income bear market will end.

    [14:59] - Colleen's view on long-term interest rates.

    [15:46] - What Capital Group thinks about investment grade bonds, high yield bonds, emerging markets, and debt.

     [17:21] - Why investors should consider fixed-income assets during market volatility.

    [19:30] - Colleen's personal investment strategy.

    [20:28] - How Colleen maintains her physical and mental health to perform at her best.

    [21:29] - The lessons Colleen learned from her mentors.

    [22:35] - Colleen's recommendation for content.


    Quotes
    [04:05] - "I love being that point person between our investment team and the end user clients to help them optimize what they're doing with their fixed income. Fixed income can be archaic and complex to understand. I like putting it in user-friendly terms to help people understand the messaging and move forward the right way." ~ Colleen Ambrose
    [10:39] - "We're not there yet. But 2023 is likely to see a recession, potentially a global recession. The U.S. will be slowing from the impact of Federal Reserve hikes and higher inflation. In terms of the employment landscape, we start to see layoffs in the economy that could impact things." ~ Colleen Ambrose
    [22:01] - "In the real world, you learn so much by doing. I equate learning about the bond market or financial markets to being plopped down in the middle of a foreign country, not knowing the language. And every day, you have to get up and learn the language." ~ Colleen Ambrose

    Links 

    Colleen Ambrose 

    Capital Group

    Walking On Sunshine

    Women Investment Professionals

    Bloomberg

    The Wall Street Journal

    The Economist


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    2145-OPS-11/8/2022

    • 25 min
    Tactical Investment Strategies with James St. Aubin and Kenneth Sleeper

    Tactical Investment Strategies with James St. Aubin and Kenneth Sleeper

    In this episode, Rusty and Robyn talk with Kenneth Sleeper, Ocean Park Asset Management's Co-Founder, Co-Managing Director, and Portfolio Manager. Also joining them is James St. Aubin, Chief Investment Officer for Sierra Mutual Funds and Ocean Park Asset Management.
    Kenneth oversees all aspects of the organization's activities, including asset management, research, and client relationships. Before co-founding Sierra Investment Management, the parent company of the Sierra Mutual Funds and Ocean Park Asset Management, Kenneth applied his extensive background in statistical and computer applications to develop and refine computerized techniques for reducing downside risk. James, on the other hand, is an accomplished investment management executive. His experience in over 20 years in the industry includes asset allocation, manager research, and portfolio construction leadership roles.
    Kenneth and James talk with Rusty and Robyn about how they manage portfolios in today's market environment, what strategies they're implementing in their investments, and how they help investors stay calm, carry on, and stay on course during market downturns.

    Key Takeaways

    [03:41] - Why Ocean Park Asset Management was founded.

    [06:51] - An overview of James St. Aubin's career in wealth management.

    [08:30] - The factors influencing the market's movement.

    [12:32] - How Ocean Park Asset Management manages portfolios in the current market environment.

    [14:09] - How Ocean Park Asset Management helps investors stay calm and carry on in the face of market negativity.

    [17:18] - How James and Ken manage client expectations.

    [21:19] - What James and Ken say about geopolitical turbulence.

    [23:39] - How Ocean Park Asset Management uses tactical analysis in its investment process.

    [26:05] - How James keeps his mental and physical health to perform at his best.

    [29:05] - The people Ken and James are grateful for professionally.

    [32:13] - James and Ken's recommendations for content.


    Quotes
    [10:02] - "2022 has been about dealing with the consequences of the policy mistake, a double whammy of rate hikes and QT (Quantitative Tightening) at a pace and up to a level not easily digested by financial markets. Think about it as a shock and awe in the opposite direction, but this time it's intended to beat inflation." ~ James St. Aubin
    [13:41] - "We can't predict what the future holds, but we have a lot of history showing that this will eventually work itself out. It's just patience that's required right now. And that goes to the heart of investor education for all professionals that manage money." ~ Kenneth Sleeper
    [20:05] - "The number one value add for advisors is keeping them from capitulation in times of stress. This, too, shall pass is a perfect phrase for both up and down markets, honestly not to get people too greedy or fearful that we have to stay the course. The key ingredient to success is ensuring that this environment does not knock them off their path." ~ James St. Aubin
     
    Links 

    Kenneth Sleeper

    James St. Aubin

    Ocean Park Asset Management

    I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty

    Stranglehold by Ted Nugent

    Skip Schweiss

    Ryan Harder

    Investment Advisory | HighMark Capital Management

    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

    Victor Zhang

    Wilshire

    American Century Investments


    Michael Covel's Trend Following


    Jim Bianco

    Barron's

    The Wall Street Journal


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    2142-OPS-11/8/2022

    • 34 min
    Fixed Income Asset Allocation with Samuel Lau

    Fixed Income Asset Allocation with Samuel Lau

    Throughout history, there have been different schools of thought regarding investing. Some investors believe in taking on more risk to achieve higher returns, while others prefer preserving capital and generating stability. In this current economic climate, however, many investors are worried about the stock and bond markets and how they will affect their investments. 
    In this episode, Rusty and Robyn talk with Samuel Lau. Samuel is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine's strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives-based and multi-asset strategies, including DoubleLine's Shiller Enhanced CAPE®, Shiller Enhanced International CAPE®, Real Estate and Income, and Multi-Asset Trend strategies. He also co-hosts the Sherman Show and the Monday Morning Minutes podcasts.
    A fixed-income asset allocation strategist, Samuel talks with Rusty and Robyn about the fixed-income market, the headwinds facing the bond market, and the inflation and Federal Reserve policy.

    Key Takeaways

    [03:43] - Among the many roles Samuel plays at DoubleLine.

    [07:48] - What Samuel has learned from podcasting.

    [09:03] - One of Samuel's favorite episodes.

    [11:00] - What Samuel thinks about the stock market and bonds.

    [12:59] - DoubleLine's view on inflation.

    [16:21] - What DoubleLine thinks about the Federal Reserve policy.

    [19:28] - A possibility of an economic recession.

    [23:55] - How Samuel considers geopolitical risk when building portfolios.

    [27:29] - Samuel's outlook for interest rates.

    [31:05] - An overview of investment-grade corporate bonds.

    [35:56] - Samuel's perspective on emerging market debt.

    [37:12] - Diversifying portfolios with real assets and low volatility assets.

    [40:23] - Samuel's forecast for the stock market.

    [42:47] - Why investors should consider fixed-income investments.

    [44:47] - Samuel's personal investment strategy.

    [45:48] - How Samuel maintains his mental and physical health to perform at his peak.

    [48:02] - The people Samuel is grateful for on a professional level.

    [49:48] - Samuel's recommendations for content.


    Quotes
    [12:06] - "On the bond side of things, it's very painful. It's the worst year-to-day performance in the U.S. bond market on record going back to the index's inception. But investors have their heads wrapped around the rationale behind it." ~ Samuel Lau
    [17:48] - "We all fear the risk of the Fed and the FOMC over-tightening through their rate hikes and sending the economy into a hard landing, which people would refer to as a policy mistake." ~ Samuel Lau
    [38:32] - "When you look at the positive performers, commodities are one of the two asset classes that have that plus sign in front of it on a year-to-date basis. The other asset class is the U.S. dollar." ~ Samuel Lau
     
    Links 

    DoubleLine

    Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin

    Jeffrey Gundlach

    The Sherman Show

    Jeffrey Sherman

    Monday Morning Minutes

    Robert Shiller

    Mary Daly

    Federal Reserve of San Francisco

    Nick Timaraos

    The Wall Street Journal

    National Bureau of Economic Research

    Grant's Interest Rate Observer

    DoubleLine Capital on YouTube

    Channel 11

    PS Perspective


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    2077-OPS-11/1/2022

    • 54 min
    Bringing Hedge Fund Portfolio Solutions to Investors with Andrew Beer

    Bringing Hedge Fund Portfolio Solutions to Investors with Andrew Beer

    The last few years have been a rollercoaster for investors. The market has been volatile, asset values have declined, and there is general uncertainty about the future. In times like these, it's important to have a diversified portfolio that can weather the storm. Hedge funds offer a unique opportunity for investors to hedge against risk and protect their portfolios.
    In this episode, Rusty and Robyn talk with Andrew Beer, Managing Member at Dynamic Beta investments. Andrew started in the hedge fund industry in 1994 when he joined the Baupost Group as one of six generalist portfolio managers. Over the past decade, Andrew's singular focus has been to identify strategies to match or outperform portfolios of leading hedge funds with low fees, daily liquidity, and less downside risk.
    A pioneer in hedge fund replication, Andrew talks with Rusty and Robyn about hedge funds, hedge fund strategies that investors find helpful, and how hedge funds are becoming a new fixed-income substitute.

    Key Takeaways

    [03:06] - What motivated Andrew to specialize in hedge funds.

    [07:24] - The role of Dynamic Beta investments in the hedge fund industry.

    [08:53] - Andrew's thoughts on what's currently driving the markets.

    [10:44] - The outlook for traditional stock and bond markets. 

    [11:58] - How investors can improve the risk-adjusted return potential of a traditional balanced portfolio.

    [14:12] - An in-depth look at hedge funds.

    [15:36] - What replication means at Dynamic Beta investments.

    [17:29] - Hedge fund strategies that investors find helpful.

    [20:01] - What investors should look for when investing in managed futures.

    [22:11] - How hedge funds are becoming a new fixed-income substitute.

    [25:09] - Typical allocations to hedge fund strategies and managed futures.

    [29:43] - How Andrew invests personally.

    [31:34] - How Andrew keeps his physical and mental well-being to perform at his best.

    [32:49] - People Andrew is thankful for on a professional level.

    [35:41] - Andrew's recommendations for content.


    Quotes
    [12:19] - "What's the best diversifier on planet earth, where we want to put our money if we can? The answer for us is managed futures." ~ Andrew Beer
    [13:20] - "Stocks and bonds are incredible investments over time. But stocks, bonds, and managed futures are the right diversified portfolio." ~ Andrew Beer
    [27:43] - "The vast majority of products created in the ETF world are single-manager products, and single-manager products on a standalone basis don't have a role in the asset allocation model." ~ Andrew Beer

    Links 

    Andrew Beer on LinkedIn

    Andrew Beer on Twitter

    Dynamic Beta investments


    Tomorrow 

    Kristof Gleich

    Harbor Capital

    The Baupost Group

    Kathryn Kaminski

    AlphaSimplex Group

    Abbey Capital

    Stanley Druckenmiller

    Corey Stein

    Flirting with Models

    Brian Portnoy

    The Rational Optimist

    iMGP Funds


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    2004-OPS-10/25/2022

    • 40 min
    Growth and Investment Opportunities in Infrastructure with Ken Baumgartner

    Growth and Investment Opportunities in Infrastructure with Ken Baumgartner

    Uncertainty and volatility are increasingly the new normal in today's investment markets. This has led many investors to seek out new asset classes that are not only stable and generate attractive returns but are also backed by structural growth trends. One asset class that meets these criteria is infrastructure. 
    In this episode, Rusty and Robyn talk with Ken Baumgartner, Investment Director at Wellington Management. In his role, Ken provides business management and strategic oversight for asset allocation, inflation hedging solutions, and strategic solutions for multi-manager platforms. He works closely with portfolio managers to evaluate and communicate portfolio characteristics, performance, and market outlook to external constituents. 
    Known for his expertise in inflation hedging, Ken talks with Rusty and Robyn about infrastructure as an asset class, the biggest themes in the infrastructure market today, and how infrastructure can help hedge inflation.

    Key Takeaways

    [02:45] - How Ken got into financial services.

    [04:49] - What makes Wellington Management unique.

    [06:47] - How infrastructure can help hedge inflation.

    [08:46] - Infrastructure as an asset class.

    [11:34] - What makes public infrastructure different from private infrastructure.

    [13:38] - The biggest themes in the infrastructure space today.

    [15:41] - Why electric utilities may be key to the energy transition.

    [17:34] - Risks associated with lower volatility asset classes.

    [19:13] - What impact has the boom in commodities had on Wellington's outlook on energy?

    [23:21] - The impact of midterm elections on infrastructure.

    [24:27] - How Ken maintains his mental and physical well-being to perform at a high level.

    [25:54] - Ken's content recommendation.


    Quotes
    [07:55] - "Compared to potentially other higher beta volatile asset classes, such as natural resource equities or commodities, the performance of the infrastructure profile will be much more stable." ~ Ken Baumgartner
    [13:47] - "One of the biggest themes across global markets is the idea of decarbonization. Here you have a multi-decade secular growth in both the transmission and the renewable space. And the best way to invest is through the regulated utilities that own the wires and the transmission and are also investing in renewables to bring their power production footprint." ~ Ken Baumgartner
    [16:45] - "Carbon should not necessarily be thought of as dirty. People are too quick to cast aside some of these companies that today might still have some carbon in their power production stack but are doing more for the world to decarbonize than any of the cleanest and greenest." ~ Ken Baumgartner

    Links 

    Ken Baumgartner on LinkedIn

    Wellington Management

    Mr. Brightside by The Killers

    Everlong by Foo Fighters

    T.N.T. by AC/DC

    Goldman Sachs

    New York Islanders

    Harvard Business School

    John Hancock Investment Management

    Podcasts - Freakonomics


    WellSaid - The Wellington Management Podcast 

    The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success


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    2003-OPS-10/25/2022

    • 30 min

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