CLS Blog

The Right Path

October 9, 2018

Content provided by Robyn Murray, Freelance Writer Colin Maloy always figured he’d be a dentist. His dad’s a dentist. His grandfather was a dentist. But when he finally got to dentistry school and sat down in class, he realized he hated biology. “It was the most painful thing in the world,” he recalled. “I did…

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Out of the Kitchen

September 21, 2018

Content provided by Robyn Murray, Freelance Writer If you ever make it to Summer Kitchen Café in Omaha, you’ll find a bustling bakery, delicious comfort food – at least 10 varieties of potato casserole – and a range of tempting hot drinks. You’ll also probably find Jesse Bargstadt, or a member of his family. “My…

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ESG Investing: Myths and Truths

September 21, 2018

Content Provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager Col. Jessep: You want answers? Kaffee: I WANT THE TRUTH! Col. Jessup: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!! – A Few Good Men (1992) ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing has been a hot topic lately. Asset growth has reflected this, picking up over the last couple of…

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The Pitfalls of “Resulting”

September 7, 2018

Content provided by Joe Smith, CFA, CLS Senior Market Strategist Focusing only on results can lead to hindsight bias. Outcomes should always be evaluated relative to the quality of the initial decision. At CLS, our decision to overweight international stocks has solid footing in data and research. As a portfolio manager, I generally have a…

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Happy Birthday, Warren

September 4, 2018

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Senior Portfolio Manager & Co-Director of Research Warren Buffett turned 88 years old on Thursday, August 30. Quite possibly the most famous value investor of all time, Buffett took control of Berkshire Hathaway in 1965 (“that is, when current management took over”). Since then, the company has transformed…

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ESG Investing: Look for Progress, Not Perfection

August 23, 2018

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT – Chief Investment Officer Recently, I took up paddle board racing. It has appeal in a variety of ways: the discipline that goes along with training for an event on the calendar, the competitive aspect of the budding sport, plus it’s a lot of fun! Paddle boarding is…

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Risk Budgeting Basics: Can U.S. Treasuries be Riskier Than Emerging Market Stocks?

August 22, 2018

Content Provided by Case Eichenberger, CIMA – Client Portfolio Manager Risk can be defined in multiple ways: beta to the stock market, standard deviation of returns, relative standard deviation to the stock market, probability of catastrophic loss, probability of not realizing goals, or probability of not sticking with investments, among others. None are correct or…

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Duality and the Story of a Gorilla

August 8, 2018

Content provided by Robyn Murray, Freelance Writer Nick Arreola is used to navigating different worlds. He is biracial (white American and Mexican) and a degree-laden academic psychologist who has spent half his career teaching himself how to write code. Now, in a new position at CLS– one that involves a bet on behavioral and science-driven…

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Sir John Templeton: The Humble Approach

July 10, 2018

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT – Chief Investment Officer One of the most important days in my development as an investment manager occurred in the spring of 1987. It was during my undergraduate days at Babson College. It was Founder’s Day, which is Babson’s oldest tradition, a day established to recognize the school’s…

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The Rock Stars at CLS Investments

July 6, 2018

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT – Chief Investment Officer When I was at Fidelity Investments (FMR Co) back in the 1990s, legendary investor Peter Lynch had moved on, but the culture he helped create, one fully dedicated to active management and high performance, was still in place. Fidelity hired the best and brightest…

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