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VanEck has partnered with Ned Davis Research (NDR), a recognized leader in objective market and economic data and analysis with a long history of researching financial market cycles and using technical signals to supplement macroeconomic and fundamental research. The portfolio managers in VanEck's Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team make allocations decisions using the NDR model. This Team conducts its own asset allocation and risk modeling research which is used by many of VanEck's investment strategies and also maintains continuous interaction with NDR to review the latest research.
David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Portfolio Manager for the VanEck NDR Managed Allocation Fund and VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF
  • Head of VanEck’s Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team
    • Serves as a quantitative analysis resource for VanEck’s active and passive investment strategies, particularly in the areas of asset allocation and risk modeling
    • Conducts asset allocation and product development research, utilizing objective macroeconomic/fundamental, technical, and sentiment data and metrics
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • 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
  • 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, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • BS, Business Economics, State University of New York College at Cortland

John Lau
John Lau
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the VanEck NDR Managed Allocation Fund and member of the VanEck Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Responsible for quantitative model research and analysis, trade execution for the Guided Allocation ETFs, research portfolio performance and attribution, and other portfolio management tasks
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior to his current role, served as Analyst for VanEck’s multi-manager alternative strategies
  • BS, Business Administration (concentration in Financial Analysis), State University of New York at Buffalo