Investment Team

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Liquid alternatives refer to alternative strategies without the restrictive liquidity terms and investment lock-ups. VanEck has been managing liquid alternative investment strategies since 2003. 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.
Marc Freed
Marc Freed
  • Portfolio Manager for the Long/Short Equity strategy
  • Works with other analysts at the firm to develop portfolio management tools
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Developed the True Alpha® rating and ranking methodology, patented in 2010, that scores and ranks funds based on their risk-adjusted performance over a twelve month period
  • Prior to joining VanEck, managed fund of hedge fund portfolios at Lyster Watson & Co. (New York)
  • Previously co-founded Deutsche Bank’s Franchise Finance Group; developed proprietary fixed income pricing models for structured commercial mortgage transactions
  • Formerly ran Salomon Brothers’ NY trading desk for U.S. Government zero coupon bonds; managed Salomon’s UK Gilt trading desk (London); managed the European government bond trading desk of Morgan Grenfell (London)
  • PhD Candidate (ABD), Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • MS, Management, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, Mathematics and Economics, Brown University
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Union College, 2001-2002

John Lau
John Lau
  • Analyst for the Quantitative Strategies
  • Responsible for portfolio analytics and research
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to his current role, served as settlements supervisor and administrator at VanEck
  • BS, Business Administration (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 VanEck's multi-manager alternatives strategies; responsible for manager search and selection of alternative investment strategies
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served as Director and Portfolio Manager within the UBS Portfolio Strategy Group; responsible for a multi-manager portfolio of assets for domestic-based clients
  • Earlier career experience includes sales and client relationship roles at Oppenheimer & Co. and Georgeson, Inc.
  • MBA, Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; BS, Business Economics, State University of New York College at Cortland