Published on October 2, 2018
“We started the firm in 1983 with the philosophy that managers perform best when they invest in only their most promising ideas.”
- John Osterweis
In our latest paper, John Osterweis, our Chief Investment Officer, and Jim Callinan, lead portfolio manager of our Emerging Opportunity Fund, take a closer look at the reasons they believe concentrated strategies offer the best opportunity to outperform the market. They also discuss the risk management implications of focused portfolios, as well as our approach to safeguarding our clients’ assets.
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John S. OsterweisView Bio
John S. Osterweis
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer
John Osterweis graduated from Bowdoin College (B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. with top honors in Finance).
After graduating from business school, he served as a Senior Analyst concentrating on the forest products and paper industry for several regional brokerage firms and later for E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc. In addition to his activities as an analyst, Mr. Osterweis served as Director of Research for two firms and managed equity portfolios for over ten years.
In late 1982, Mr. Osterweis decided to devote full time to his portfolio management activities, and in April of 1983 launched Osterweis Capital Management.
For a number of years Mr. Osterweis served as Director of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Director on the Stanford Alumni Association Executive Board, Trustee of Bowdoin College, Director and Vice Chairman of Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, and President of the Board of Directors for Summer Search Foundation. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the San Francisco Ballet Association Director of the San Francisco Free Clinic, and President Emeritus of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation, as well as Trustee Emeritus of Summer Search Foundation and of Bowdoin College.
Mr. Osterweis is the firm’s Chief Investment Officer and Chairman and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is a principal of the firm and the lead Portfolio Manager for the core equity and flexible balanced strategies.
James L. CallinanView Bio
James L. Callinan
Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Jim Callinan graduated from Harvard College (B.A. Economics), New York University (M.S. Accounting) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). Mr. Callinan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Prior to joining Osterweis Capital Management in 2016, Mr. Callinan managed the Emerging Growth Partnership, LP, a concentrated small cap growth strategy he founded at RS and transitioned to his own firm. Before that, he was Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer at RS Investments. He also co-founded the RS Growth Group LLC at Robertson Stephens Investment Management in 1996 and managed the RS Emerging Growth Fund from 1996 until 2010.
He began his career at Putnam Investments as an equity research analyst in 1987 and served as portfolio manager for the Putnam OTC Emerging Growth Fund from 1994 to 1996.
Mr. Callinan is an Executive Committee member of the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation Advisory Board, the Weatherbie Capital (an Alger Company) Advisory Board and the Friends of Harvard Football Board.
Mr. Callinan is a principal of the firm and a Portfolio Manager for the emerging growth strategy. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the flexible balanced strategy.
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Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund may invest in unseasoned companies, which involve additional risks such as abrupt or erratic price movements. The Fund may invest in small and mid-sized companies, which may involve greater volatility than large-sized companies. The Fund may invest in IPOs and unseasoned companies that are in the early stages of their development and may pose more risk compared to more established companies. The Fund may invest in ETFs, which involve risks that do not apply to conventional funds. Higher turnover rates may result in increased transaction costs, which could impact performance. From time to time, the Fund may have concentrated positions in one or more sectors subjecting the Fund to sector emphasis risk including the health care sector, which may be affected by government regulation, restrictions, pricing and other market developments and the technology sector, which tends to be more volatile than the overall market. The Fund may invest in foreign and emerging market securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks may increase for emerging markets.
The Osterweis Fund may invest in medium and smaller sized companies, which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. The Fund may invest in foreign and emerging market securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks may increase for emerging markets. The Fund may invest in Master Limited Partnerships, which involve risk related to energy prices, demand and changes in tax code. The Fund may invest in debt securities that are un-rated or rated below investment grade. Lower-rated securities may present an increased possibility of default, price volatility or illiquidity compared to higher-rated securities. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This commentary contains the current opinions of the authors as of the date above which are subject to change at any time. This commentary has been distributed for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation or offer of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.
Alpha is a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. Alpha takes the volatility (price risk) of an investment and compares its risk-adjusted performance to a benchmark index. The excess return of the investment relative to the return of the benchmark index is an investment’s alpha.
The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index that is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The index does not incur expenses, is not available for investment, and includes the reinvestment of dividends.
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