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Liquid alternatives refer to alternative strategies without the restrictive liquidity terms and investment lock-ups. Van Eck has been managing liquid alternative investment strategies since 2003. Our multi-manager alternatives strategy allocates to hedge-style strategies across a variety of disciplines. Our long/short equity strategies are based on intelligently designed strategies that seek to deliver consistent hedge-style returns while offering low volatility, transparency and daily liquidity.  
Jan F. van Eck
Jan F. van Eck
  • Joined Van Eck in 1992
  • Heads alternative, international and institutional businesses for Van Eck
  • Also heads Van Eck's Market Vectors ETF business, which was launched in 2006
  • Has created a variety of international, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and alternative investment formats
  • Serves as Co-Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Co-Chair for Van Eck's multi-manager alternatives strategies
  • From 1994 to 1998, established a fund management joint venture with Shenyin Wanguo Securities, one of the largest securities firms in China
  • Director, National Committee on US-China Relations, 2011. Registered with National Futures Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • 2013 Finalist for Fund Leader of the Year, Institutional Investor's Mutual Fund Industry Awards
  • JD, Stanford University, 1991; BA (Phi Beta Kappa), Economics, Williams College, 1985

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

David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Director of Manager Research and Investment Committee Member for Van Eck's multi-manager alternatives strategies; responsible for the manager search and selection of alternative investment strategies
  • Earlier career positions include 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.
  • MBA, Finance, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 2012; BS, Business Economics, Cortland College, 2003

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

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