Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo
Van Eck Global is a recognized hard assets specialist, and the hard assets team employs a fundamental, value-oriented approach within a strong risk-management culture. Hard assets investing is our core competency, and it is supported by a dedicated team of investment professionals that includes three formally trained geologists (Reynolds, Foster and Miller).  
Marc Freed
Marc Freed
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager for Van Eck's long/short equity index strategies
  • Developed the True Alpha® rating and ranking methodology, patented in April 2010
  • In the 10 years prior to joining Van Eck, managed fund of hedge fund portfolios at Lyster Watson & Co. in New York
  • Co-founded Deutsche Bank’s Franchise Finance Group in 1996 and developed proprietary fixed income pricing models and structured commercial mortgage transactions 
  • Spent early career years running Salomon Brothers NY trading desk for U.S. Government zero coupon bonds (CATS® and STRIPS®), creating and managing Salomon’s UK Gilt trading desk in London, and managing the European government bond trading desk of Morgan Grenfell in London
  • MS, Management, Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982; BA, Mathematics & Economics, Brown University, 1975
  • Passed oral and written doctoral exams in Economics at NYU Stern School of Business, 1994

John Lau
John Lau
  • Joined Van Eck in 2007
  • Serves as Analyst for Van Eck's multi-manager alternatives strategies; responsible for supporting the research of alternative investment strategies and portfolio analytics
  • Prior to his current role, served as settlements supervisor for Van Eck
  • BS, Business Administration, with concentration in Financial Analysis, SUNY Buffalo

David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Long/Short Equity strategy
  • Previously served as Director of Manager Research and Investment Committee Member for Van Eck's multi- manager alternatives strategies; was responsible for the manager search and selection of alternative investment strategies
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, served as Director and Portfolio Manager within the UBS Portfolio Strategy Group. Responsible for a multi-manager portfolio of assets for domestic-based clients. Also held roles at Oppenheimer & Co. and Georgeson, Inc.
  • BS, Business Economics, Cortland College; MBA, Finance, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
  • Joined Van Eck in 2009
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Co-Chair for Van Eck's multi-manager alternatives strategies
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, founding member and principal of Explorer Alternative Management LLC, a hedge fund manager search and selection firm
  • Founding member and general partner of the Pinnacle Fund, a multi-manager investment limited partnership. Subsequent to the acquisition of Pinnacle, formed Highland Partners LLC and in 1998, served as the managing general partner of The Highlander Fund and the Highlander Opportunity Fund LP
  • BS, Administration, University of Florida