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Sep 21, 2022

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses Opportunities in Tech

Watch CNBC’s interview with Larry Cordisco, Co-CIO for Core Equity, who discusses the tech sector and where he is looking for opportunities.
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Sep 21, 2022

Kiplinger: 5 Stocks Making the Most of Supply-Chain Issues

Companies are changing how they do business as a result of global supply chain issues, moving more towards deglobalization. This Kiplinger article quotes Larry Cordisco, who discusses Ametek (AME) and Lincoln Electric (LECU) as two examples of this trend.
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Sep 20, 2022

Dividend Growth Stocks and High Yield Bonds: An Innovative Approach to Generating Investment Income

Generating investment income is challenging, especially in the low-yield environment we have been living with for the past decade. We believe that combining dividend growth stocks with an allocation to shorter-duration non-investment grade bonds is an effective solution.
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Sep 7, 2022

20 Years of Common Sense Investing: Our Top 5 Principles

We have always believed that common sense is the key to successful investing. Since launching our Strategic Income Fund two decades ago, our straightforward, flexible approach has allowed us to navigate all types of markets and consistently deliver strong risk-adjusted returns over time.
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Aug 30, 2022

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe: Interview with Eddy Vataru

Listen to Eddy’s August 25, 2022 interview on the “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe” podcast to hear his thoughts on the Fed's response to inflation and if there is likely to be a soft landing.
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Aug 18, 2022

Navigating Short-Term Dislocation Through Long-Term Thinking

Thanks to general concerns about shorter-term bonds and fears of a looming recession, many shorter duration securities are currently yielding more than longer duration securities. According to Venk Reddy, CIO for our Sustainable Credit Strategies, to properly capitalize on this unusual situation, investors must distinguish between strong credits that are discounted due to decreased market sentiment versus those with deteriorating fundamentals.
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Aug 2, 2022

The Fed Has a Third Mandate, and the Market Has a New Imaginary Friend

Much has been made of the market’s relationship with the Fed in recent months, but what has only been mentioned in passing is the impact on market psychology of past Fed actions. When paired with a Fed that is hyperaware of those market psychologies, we find ourselves seeing an interesting dynamic develop today as the Fed battles inflation on one hand and the risk of a recession on the other.
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Jul 28, 2022

July 21 Webinar Replay - Osterweis Fund and Osterweis Growth & Income Fund Q2 Update

If you were unable to join our quarterly webinar, watch the replay to hear updates on the Osterweis Fund and Osterweis Growth & Income Fund.
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Jul 21, 2022

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses IBM's Earnings

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Co-CIO for Core Equity, who discusses IBM's earnings report, along with other tech companies.
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Jul 20, 2022

Fundamentally Challenged or Fundamentally Cheap? Bargain Hunting in a Down Market

2022 has been a rough year for fixed income investors (among others), as most bonds have experienced double digit losses. Perhaps the only silver lining to this situation is that many securities have declined in price even though the issuer’s credit quality has not materially changed, which has created some excellent buying opportunities for active managers like us.
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Jul 19, 2022

Third Quarter Equity Outlook

Equity markets have struggled so far in 2022, but in our view the declines are largely due to “The Great Normalization” – the unwinding of the Covid economy that was defined by excess liquidity, unusually high demand, and extremely low interest rates.
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Jul 15, 2022

July 12 Webinar Replay - Osterweis Strategic Income Fund Q2 Update

If you were unable to join our quarterly webinar, watch the the replay to hear updates on the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund.
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Jul 15, 2022

Short-Term Investing with a Long-Term Perspective

Ironically, the short-term bond market works best for patient investors with longer-term horizons, as many participants have high liquidity needs and will sell quality bonds at a discount in order to raise cash quickly. This creates buying opportunities for investors like us, as we are always happy to hold a strong credit to maturity, especially if we can purchase it below its fair market value.
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Jul 14, 2022

Third Quarter Total Return Outlook

Despite the Fed’s aggressive tightening policy, we think inflation still has a ways to run, though we remain cautiously optimistic about the economy.
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Jul 12, 2022

Inflation vs. Stagflation: A Distinction Without a Difference?

The stagflation scenario predicted as imminent by some economists never quite came to pass… at least not yet. Meanwhile, the current state of inflation appears to be the results of a series of seemingly one-off scenarios. However, if one looks closer, patterns begin to emerge.
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Jul 12, 2022

Third Quarter Strategic Income Outlook

With investors wondering whether we are finally through the worst of the selloff, our latest Strategic Income outlook tries to answer the question, “Are we there yet?”
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Jun 9, 2022

Webinar Replay - The Great Normalization: Managing Equities in a Highly Fluid Market

If you were unable to join Larry Cordisco’s webinar on The Great Normalization: Managing Equities in a Highly Fluid Market, you can watch a replay to hear him answer the question: "What is normal?" in equity markets and the economy.
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May 17, 2022

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses AMD's Latest Earnings

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund and Osterweis Fund, who discusses AMD's latest earnings report and how it holds up against what people are focused on this quarter.
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May 17, 2022

Kiplinger: The Osterweis Strategic Income Fund is Discussed in this Field Guide to Income Investment Opportunities

This Kiplinger article quotes Carl Kaufman, who describes the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund's (OSTIX) tendency to perform well in down markets.
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May 17, 2022

MarketWatch: What’s Next for the Stock Market as Investors Grapple with Fed Near ‘Peak Hawkishness’

The portfolio managers for the Osterweis Total Return Fund (OSTRX) were recently quoted in a MarketWatch article discussing the Fed’s current policy predicament and potential strategies for managing inflation.
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May 2, 2022

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses Alphabet and Microsoft's Latest Earnings

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund and Osterweis Fund, who discusses Alphabet and Microsoft's latest earnings, the historical context, and the long-term story.
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Apr 21, 2022

Second Quarter Equity Outlook

Concerns about the Ukraine war, inflation, and the Fed were top of mind last quarter, but a lesser appreciated long-tern headwind is the de-globalization of the labor force, which could have profound effects on the economy.
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Apr 19, 2022

Zeo Team Joins Osterweis

We are excited to announce that on May 1, 2022, Zeo Capital Advisors' six employees became part of the Osterweis team. Their additional expertise allows us to expand our fixed income strategies and product suite into ESG-focused short duration and sustainable high yield.
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Apr 14, 2022

Second Quarter Total Return Outlook

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated inflation, which was already rising. The big questions now are how far will the Fed be willing to go to slow inflation, and how will the market react as rates increase?
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Apr 14, 2022

AdvisorIntelligence Annual Fund Review

Read AdvisorIntelligence's annual review of the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund, where it continues to rate the fund as “Recommended” in its Absolute-Return-Oriented bond fund category.
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Apr 12, 2022

Second Quarter Strategic Income Outlook

The war in Ukraine has further complicated the investment backdrop, and fears of a recession are rising now that the U.S. yield curve has inverted. Given so much uncertainty, we are focusing on what we can control and maintaining a defensive posture.
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Mar 25, 2022

Morningstar: Bond Investors Facing Worst Losses in Years

Eddy Vataru, Lead Portfolio Manager for the Total Return Fund, was quoted in a Morningstar.com article about how rates are affecting the bond market.
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Mar 14, 2022

Strategic Income Fund: Built to Withstand Challenging Markets

Bonds have started slowly in 2022 due to persistent inflation, a looming Fed tightening cycle, and the Russia/Ukraine conflict. We believe the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund is well-positioned to address these challenges, as its flexible mandate and defensive approach help to protect against rising rates and market volatility.
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Mar 8, 2022

Market Perspectives: Our Latest Thoughts on Ukraine

The Ukraine conflict has escalated rapidly, creating a massive humanitarian crisis and increasing volatility across financial markets. In this piece we review the major economic implications of the war and discuss the steps we are taking to manage the impact on portfolios.
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Mar 1, 2022

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe: Interview with Eddy Vataru

Listen to Eddy’s February 23, 2022 interview on the “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe” podcast to hear his thoughts on inflation and potential fed fund hikes.
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Feb 11, 2022

Barron’s: A Small-Cap Stock Fund Looks for the Next Netflix

Barron’s recently published a profile on the Emerging Opportunity Fund and how Lead Portfolio Manager Jim Callinan navigates the small cap universe. The article highlights why, in the current market environment, he remains "steadfast in his focus on quality companies."
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Jan 5, 2022

In Search of Upside: Finding Opportunities in Small Cap Growth

Small cap growth stocks lagged for most of 2021 as the market simultaneously dealt with the pandemic, inflation, and tightening Fed policy. Given these challenges, we have been focusing on high quality companies trading at attractive valuations, and we have also been looking at non-technology businesses that are embracing digitization.
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Dec 14, 2021

Mutual Fund Observer: Osterweis Growth & Income Fund Profile

Mutual Fund Observer recently published a profile on the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund (OSTVX). The profile highlights why MFO believes the fund "warrants a place on any grown-up investor's due-diligence shortlist."
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Dec 13, 2021

Press Release: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Receives Five-Star Five-Year Morningstar Rating

The fund is rated 5 stars in the Small Cap Growth category for the 5-Year, 3-Year, & Overall Periods. As of November 30, 2021, the fund was rated against 507 small cap growth funds in the 5-year category and 574 funds in the 3-year and overall categories, based on total returns.
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Dec 6, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: November 2021

Interest rates were mixed in November, as shorter maturity yields continued to rise while longer maturity yields fell further. The continued flattening of the yield curve reflects the market’s expectation that the Fed will be more aggressive in their tapering of official purchases and potentially raise the fed funds target rate more quickly and aggressively than previously thought.
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Nov 24, 2021

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe: Interview with Larry Cordisco

Listen to Larry’s November 24th interview on the “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe” podcast to hear his thoughts about where he is finding opportunities in the market and why income is particularly important for many investors.
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Nov 17, 2021

Portfolio Manager Nael Fakhry Discusses the Supply Chain and Onshoring Trends

In this brief video, Nael Fakhry, Portfolio Manager at Osterweis, discusses supply chain reshoring, its effects on just-in-time inventory, and how some of our holdings may be beneficiaries of this trend.
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Nov 17, 2021

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses Companies That May Benefit from Persistent Inflation

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund and Osterweis Fund, who discusses stocks whose dividend growth should outpace inflation.
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Nov 8, 2021

MarketWatch: Easy money in junk debt markets helps borrowers, but are investors risking too much in a reach for yield?

In this MarketWatch article, Craig Manchuck provides his perspectives on the high yield market.
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Nov 5, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: October 2021

Interest rates were mixed in October, as shorter maturity yields rose while longer maturity yields fell. The dramatic flattening in the yield curve reflects the market expectation that the Fed will begin tapering its bond purchase program imminently and has pulled forward expectations for rate hikes once the taper is completed.
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Oct 20, 2021

Orion's Weighing Machine Podcast: Interview with Carl Kaufman

Carl Kaufman was featured a recent edition of Orion’s "The Weighing Machine" podcast. During the podcast, Carl discussed how he got into the business and the strategy behind the Strategic Income Fund.
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Oct 6, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: September 2021

U.S. Treasury yields continued to rise during September as the Federal Reserve prepared markets for an eventual tapering of its quantitative easing program and inflation data remained elevated. Corporate bond spreads were resilient despite the rise in equity volatility.
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Oct 4, 2021

Yahoo! Finance Market Recap Featuring Larry Cordisco

Watch Yahoo! Finance's Market Recap featuring Larry Cordisco, who discusses how his team is investing given the recent pullback in the market.
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Sep 30, 2021

Is the Fed Ignoring Its Own Inflation Data?

The Fed continues to assert that elevated inflation is largely due to “transitory factors,” but the Underlying Inflation Gauge, which is published by their own New York branch, tells a different story. To understand where inflation is heading, we advise investors to pay close attention to UIG data, even it if the Fed doesn’t.
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Sep 28, 2021

Barron's Magazine: Interview with Larry Cordisco

Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager of the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund (OSTVX), was recently interviewed by Barron’s about Advanced Micro’s acquisition of Xilinx. According to Larry, the deal is a strategic winner for AMD and will help the company as it continues to challenge Intel for supremacy in the chip market.
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Sep 14, 2021

CNBC: Larry Cordisco Discusses Stocks that Are Poised for Growth

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Growth & Income Fund and the Osterweis Fund, who discusses stocks that are poised for long-term growth.
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Sep 7, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: August 2021

U.S. Treasuries ended their 4-month streak of positive returns and falling yields in August. Intermediate maturity yields rose more than shorter and longer maturities, as the market began to see through the impact of the Delta variant and focus more on the Federal Reserve’s plan to scale back their bond buying program.
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Aug 5, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: July 2021

Longer term Treasury yields fell for a fourth consecutive month in July, as concerns around the resurgence of coronavirus weighed on forecasts for continued economic growth. Agency MBS underperformed investment grade corporates and Treasuries. While some inflation metrics set generational highs, and other economic data indicated a continued recovery, investors were focused on the potential impact of viral spread.
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Jul 19, 2021

CNBC: Interview with Larry Cordisco

Watch CNBC's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Fund, who discusses the tech trading environment and a potential Intel acquisition. (Subscription required.)
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Jul 7, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: June 2021

Following the June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Treasury curve flattened as the market reacted to a more aggressive hiking schedule than previously expected. Risk continued to perform well as investment grade (IG) corporates outperformed again and tightened through levels not seen since 2018. Economic data continues to improve showing the reopening remains on track, but investors remain focused on elevated levels of inflation.
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Jun 30, 2021

Press Release: Fund Name Change and Management Fee Reductions

Read our latest press release for details on the change of the Strategic Investment Fund's name to Growth & Income Fund, as well as management fee reductions.
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Jun 29, 2021

Investment Grade Credit Midyear Report: A Challenging First Half, but Opportunities Remain

Rising interest rates generated negative year-to-date returns for investment grade bonds in 2021, but the second half of the year looks more promising. We believe the combination of reduced supply and strong demand will create attractive opportunities, and we are constructive on corporate credit and asset backed securities (ABS).
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Jun 25, 2021

Deconstructing Alpha: Interview with Carl Kaufman

Listen to a recent interview with Carl Kaufman on the "Deconstructing Alpha" podcast, where they discuss the history and active management of the Strategic Income Fund, as well as investing in the current low interest rate environment.
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Jun 25, 2021

Investing with IBD: Interview with Larry Cordisco

Listen to Larry Cordisco's recent interview on the Investor's Business Daily podcast “Investing with IBD," where he provides analysis of past periods of divergence in market history to put the trading action of 2021 into perspective.
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Jun 23, 2021

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe: Interview with Eddy Vataru

Listen to Eddy’s interview on the “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe” podcast to hear his thoughts on inflation in the current market environment and how it's different from the financial crisis a decade ago.
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Jun 18, 2021

Why Secular Growth Matters, and How We Find It

Growth stocks have lagged cyclicals so far in 2021, but we remain steadfast in our belief that secular growth is the key to generating long-term returns. In this piece, we discuss how we find attractive opportunities in the small cap universe.
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Jun 16, 2021

Webinar Replay - Assessing Inflation Risk in a Post-Pandemic Economy

If you were unable to join Eddy Vataru’s webinar on Assessing Inflation Risk in a Post-Pandemic Economy, you can watch a replay to hear why he feels the risk of sustained inflation is higher now than at any point in recent memory.
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Jun 11, 2021

MarketWatch: Is inflation eating up all the interest you’re earning on 10-year Treasury notes?

In this MarketWatch article, Eddy Vataru, CIO-Total Return, discusses his thoughts on inflation.
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Jun 8, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: May 2021

Treasury yields fell again in May and credit spreads approached recent tights as the virus continued to recede, allowing the reopening of the economy to progress. Economic data was noisy this month, largely due to base effects, but confirms the ongoing trend of renewed growth and signs of inflation.
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Jun 3, 2021

Electric Vehicles Have Shifted into High Gear, and One EV Stock Is Well-Positioned to Capitalize

After idling for decades, electric vehicles (EVs) are finally ready to charge ahead. Changes in the regulatory landscape, decreasing costs, and a substantially wider range of buying options have transformed the industry and created a powerful secular growth trend. One little known electronics supplier, Aptiv PLC, is particularly well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunity.
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Jun 3, 2021

Inflation in 2021: Why It Could Be Different This Time

Inflation has been top of mind for investors throughout 2021. The question going forward is whether recent price increases will be transitory or persistent. In our view, the risk of sustained inflation is higher now than at any point in recent memory.
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May 6, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: April 2021

Treasury yields fell in April, in a modest retracement of the first quarter selloff. While virus outbreaks persist regionally, the general trajectory of news has been positive as vaccine dissemination continues. Economic data demonstrated continued growth as the economy emerges from last year’s pandemic depths.
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May 3, 2021

TD Ameritrade: Interview with Eddy Vataru

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Eddy Vataru, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Total Return Fund (OSTRX), who explains why he’s taking a cautious approach to both inflation and interest rate risk.
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Apr 6, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: March 2021

Treasury yields marched higher in March, with the move again concentrated in longer maturities. While there have been some virus-related lockdowns (mostly in Europe) the general trajectory of news has been positive, with vaccine dissemination accelerating. Economic data was broadly positive. The White House has proposed a sweeping fiscal stimulus package funded by tax increases for corporations and individuals with high incomes.
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Mar 31, 2021

Price Makers, Share Gainers, and Compounding Machines: Three Quality Business Models

Defining a quality business is easier said than done. We have found that the highest quality businesses either consistently exercise pricing power while maintaining market share or consistently grow market share by undercutting incumbents. A choice few companies we call “compounding machines” can both raise price and increase market share.
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Mar 11, 2021

In a Speculative Market, Focus on Fundamentals

As investors have become more optimistic about the U.S. economy, speculative activity has become a progressively bigger driver of returns, particularly in small and micro-cap stocks. While we always welcome an equity rally, in volatile environments like this, we believe it is more critical than ever to focus on fundamentals and invest only in the highest quality firms.
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Mar 5, 2021

TD Ameritrade: Interview with Larry Cordisco

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Fund, who discusses two companies to watch as we recover from the pandemic.
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Mar 4, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: February 2021

Treasury yields rocketed higher in February, with the move again concentrated in longer maturities. Volatility spiked as liquidity dried up in the Treasury market, especially after a very weak 7-year auction that briefly pushed 10-year Treasury yields to 1.60%. The news flow was largely the same direction: an improving economy, increased vaccine rollout with deaths and hospitalizations turning sharply lower, and a continued march toward a substantial fiscal stimulus plan.
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Feb 23, 2021

Yahoo! Finance Interview: Larry Cordisco

Watch Yahoo! Finance's interview with Larry Cordisco, who discusses speculation in the current market and the importance of focusing on strong fundamentals.
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Feb 19, 2021

February 11 Webinar Replay: Where Are We in the Cycle for Equities?

If you were unable to join Portfolio Manager Larry Cordisco present "Where Are We in the Cycle for Equities," watch the replay to hear how he finds a balance between near-term cyclical winners and long-term secular winners.
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Feb 4, 2021

TD Ameritrade: Larry Cordisco Interview

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Larry Cordisco, Portfolio Manager for the Osterweis Fund, who gives his thoughts on a couple of stocks and the overall market outlook for 2021.
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Feb 3, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: January 2021

Treasury yields continued to march higher in January, with the move again concentrated in longer maturities. Mortgage spreads tightened slightly, while corporate bond spreads were mostly mixed. The market remains stuck between the push/pull of the prospect for greater fiscal stimulus and ongoing vaccine rollout versus continued lockdowns and the greatest one-month mortality rate since the pandemic began nearly a year ago.
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Jan 6, 2021

Total Return Perspectives: December 2020

In December Treasury yields mostly edged higher, concentrated in longer maturities. Corporate bond spreads narrowed, as investors maintained their appetite for risk assets. While we are closer to widespread dissemination of a vaccine against Covid-19, recent virus data and new lockdowns present a more somber view as the year begins.
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Jan 6, 2021

2021 IG Outlook: Despite Headwinds, a Path Forward Exists

As the new year begins, the investment grade (IG) market faces multiple challenges, including a recovering economy, low yields, tight spreads, and record high duration. At the same time, market technicals remain favorable, fundamentals are improving, and there are attractive sectors in the index. Overall, we are modestly bullish about 2021 and feel there are compelling opportunities for those who know where to look.
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Dec 28, 2020

Back to (the New) Normal: Five Secular Growth Trends for 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime event that transformed society and the economy almost overnight. We believe some of the most significant changes are likely here to stay, and we are focusing our investments on the secular growth trends we expect to strengthen as life returns to normal.
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Dec 17, 2020

TD Ameritrade: Eddy Vataru Interview

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Eddy Vataru, lead Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy, who discusses his thoughts on how the Federal Reserve is managing interest rates in the current market environment.
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Dec 7, 2020

The Case for Waste: Finding Growth in Garbage

Although investors don’t normally think about trash when they’re looking for growth stocks, we believe the solid waste industry is well-positioned to outperform. In our view, the combination of high barriers to entry, stable demand, and opportunities for consolidation should provide reliable revenue growth for the foreseeable future.
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Dec 4, 2020

Morningstar Magazine: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Profile

Morningstar Magazine recently published a profile on Jim Callinan, portfolio manager for the Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund (OSTGX). The profile delves into Jim's wealth of experience and how he's built an effective team here at Osterweis.
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Dec 3, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: November 2020

In November Treasury yields fell slightly, mostly concentrated in longer maturities. Corporate bond spreads narrowed sharply, paced by strong appetite for risk assets that began after election day. We also appear to be substantially closer to dissemination of a vaccine against Covid-19.
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Nov 11, 2020

Yahoo! Finance Interview: Larry Cordisco

Watch Yahoo! Finance's interview with Larry Cordisco, who discusses the current rotation out of technology stocks and the potential impact of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.
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Nov 5, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: October 2020

In October Treasuries resumed a steady rise in yields that began in August. Corporate and mortgage bond spreads narrowed, despite weakness in risk sentiment seen in equity markets. Although the election remains undecided, the bond market has rallied as investors are expecting a divided Congress – implying a smaller fiscal stimulus package and continued monetary support from the Fed.
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Oct 27, 2020

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe: Interview with Jim Callinan

Listen to Emerging Opportunity Fund Portfolio Manager Jim Callinan's recent interview on the podcast “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe," where he discusses the answer to the question: "What is the right opportunity and what does it look like?"
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Oct 16, 2020

Value Investor Insight: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Interview

In this article the Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund (OSTGX) team discusses how valuation factors into their growth strategy.
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Oct 6, 2020

Osterweis Total Return Fund Ranked #1 in Nontraditional Bond Category by US News & World Report

The Osterweis Total Return Fund was ranked against 311 funds in the nontraditional bond category, based on an equal weighting of the overall ratings provided by US News and World Report data sources as of August 31, 2020.
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Oct 2, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: September 2020

Treasuries were little changed in a month that saw yields confined to a very narrow range. Corporate and mortgage bond spreads widened slightly, consistent with the slight decline in equities and the uptick in equity volatility.
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Sep 25, 2020

Mutual Fund Observer: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Profile

Mutual Fund Observer recently published a profile on the Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund (OSTGX) and its portfolio manager, Jim Callinan. The profile delves into the fund and why they recommend it for "sustained, risk-conscious excellence."
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Sep 23, 2020

Is the Bond Market as Disconnected from Reality as the Stock Market?

Bob Veres of Insider’s Forum recently moderated a panel discussion featuring Eddy Vataru that explored the disconnect between the strength of the bond market and the weakness in the economy. Eddy explained that the situation is largely due to the Fed's monumental stimulus program, and he suggested strategies for investing in a low rate environment.
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Sep 23, 2020

Catching the Wave: Why Secular Growth Matters

In our view, the specific market dynamics that influence a company's sales growth prospects have a greater impact on equity returns than the overall direction of the economy.
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Sep 14, 2020

Bloomberg TV: John Sheehan Interview

Watch Bloomberg TV's interview with John Sheehan, Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy, who discusses opportunities in investment grade bonds and provides an overview of the current market. John's segment begins at 16:25.
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Sep 14, 2020

Fixed Income Investing in a Low Rate Environment with Carl Kaufman & Eddy Vataru

In this video, Carl Kaufman, Lead Portfolio Manager for the Strategic Income Fund and Eddy Vataru, Lead Portfolio Manager for the Total Return Fund, share their thoughts on managing fixed income exposure and risks in a low rate environment.
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Sep 3, 2020

TD Ameritrade: Eddy Vataru Interview on the Fed Update

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Eddy Vataru, lead Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy, who discusses his thoughts on the Federal Reserve's recent announcement about its view on inflation.
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Sep 3, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: August 2020

Treasuries took a breather in August as inflation fears gripped the market. Corporate and mortgage bond spreads held firm despite the lack of agreement on continued fiscal stimulus.
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Sep 1, 2020

Investment Grade Credit Update: An Exceptionally Eventful Year That Has Created Opportunities

The investment grade fixed income market has been unusually active in 2020. Initial concerns about Covid-19 triggered a sharp selloff, but sentiment abruptly reversed when the Fed announced plans to purchase corporate bonds. Spreads have nearly returned to their pre-pandemic levels, but not all sectors have recovered equally, creating interesting opportunities for savvy investors.
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Aug 18, 2020

TD Ameritrade: Eddy Vataru Interview

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Eddy Vataru, lead Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy, who discusses his thoughts on the economic recovery and his outlook.
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Aug 14, 2020

A Bright Future for Renewables: Lower Costs and Rising Demand

Following decades of investment and cost reduction, electricity from renewable energy should be cheaper than most existing fossil- and nuclear-fueled electricity within the next three-to-five years. We believe selectively investing in operators with scale and cost advantages in this sector should be rewarding given the increasing demand for clean energy.
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Aug 6, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: July 2020

Monetary stimulus continued to dominate in July, as both risk assets and Treasuries performed well. Despite the resurgence of Covid-19 and the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits, the market remained stable due to ongoing support from the Federal Reserve.
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Jul 8, 2020

Steepening the (Adoption) Curve: Covid-19 and Digital Transformation

In the era of social distancing, technology has become even more integrated into our personal and professional lives. We believe this trend will persist even after the pandemic passes, and we expect it will particularly benefit firms that support remote working arrangements and eCommerce, two areas where we anticipate accelerating adoption and sustained growth.
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Jul 7, 2020

Press Release: Osterweis Total Return Fund Receives Five Star Morningstar Rating

The fund was rated over the past 3-years and overall against 289 funds in the nontraditional bond category, based on total returns as of May 31, 2020.
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Jul 6, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: June 2020

Fiscal and monetary stimulus have continued to provide stability to markets. Fundamental valuations seem to have decoupled from market levels as reopenings reverse and Covid-19 cases seem to be rising more rapidly.
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Jun 29, 2020

Press Release: Osterweis Emerging Opportunity Fund Receives Five Star Morningstar Rating

The fund was rated over the past 3 years and overall against 583 funds in the small cap growth category based on total returns, as of May 31, 2020.
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Jun 11, 2020

Weathering the Storm: Data Shows Consumers Are Holding Up Better Than Expected

According to Daniel Oh, remittance data for asset-backed securities suggests borrowers have embraced Covid-19 assistance programs, mitigating the initial impact of the downturn. However, if the recovery is slow he expects delinquencies and charge-offs to increase.
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Jun 2, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: May 2020

Fiscal and monetary stimulus have stabilized markets. Looking ahead we believe risk assets could continue to outperform Treasuries despite potentially weak economic data, largely due to Fed purchases.
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May 27, 2020

Webinar Replay - Managing Downside Risk in a Volatile Market

If you were unable to join the webinar: Managing Downside Risk in a Volatile Market, during which Larry Cordisco and John Osterweis discussed their perspectives on managing risk in a volatile market, you can now watch the replay.
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May 11, 2020

Webinar Replay - A Roadmap for Fixed Income Investing in a Pandemic Economy

If you were unable to join Eddy Vataru when he recapped the fixed income landscape since the 2008 financial crisis and outlined a framework for assessing the risks and opportunities within investment grade bonds in the current market environment, you can watch the replay here.
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May 5, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: April 2020

While fiscal and monetary stimulus have stabilized markets, we believe continued economic weakness will stunt the performance of risk assets.
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May 3, 2020

TD Ameritrade: Craig Manchuck Interview

Watch TD Ameritrade's interview with Craig Manchuck, Portfolio Manager of the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund, who discusses takeaways from market volatility levels.
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Mar 30, 2020

The Plumbing Clogged, but Do Not Throw Out the Baby With the Bath Water

According to John Sheehan, the recent selloff in Investment Grade fixed income was exacerbated by technical factors. In his view, regulatory changes implemented after the 2008 crisis removed a critical shock absorbing mechanism that caused spreads to spike.
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Mar 18, 2020

Gene Therapy: A Transformative Approach to Patient Care

Following decades of academic research and behind-the-scenes progress, gene therapy has emerged as one of the most promising fields in medicine. This revolutionary technology addresses the root causes of genetic disorders, creating not only better patient outcomes but also compelling investment opportunities.
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Mar 3, 2020

Press Release: Osterweis Total Return Fund Celebrates 3-Year Anniversary

The fund’s Sharpe Ratio is in the top 1% of its Core Fixed Income Lipper peer group.
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Mar 3, 2020

Lesson from Kraft Heinz Downgrade: Bondholders Beware

Kraft Heinz’s recent downgrade demonstrates that bondholders can no longer assume issuers are committed to maintaining their investment grade rating, and investors who are caught off guard will pay the price.
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Mar 2, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: February 2020

The Treasury rally intensified in February, driven by the global spread of the coronavirus.
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Feb 18, 2020

Webinar REPLAY - A Roadmap for Fixed Income Investing in a Low Rate Environment

If you were unable to join Eddy Vataru when he shared practical insights into developing an investment grade strategy that is flexible enough to handle today’s new realities, you can watch the replay here.
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Feb 6, 2020

Total Return Perspectives: January 2020

The 2019 Treasury rally continued into January as the Coronavirus spread through China and cases began to be reported globally.
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Jan 13, 2020

2020 Investment Grade Credit Outlook: Take a Scalpel, Not an Axe

2019 was an exceptional year for investment grade fixed income, but according to John Sheehan, the market is unlikely to repeat itself in 2020. He feels active portfolio management and effective credit selection will drive performance this year.
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Dec 17, 2019

Negative Rates in the U.S.? We Don’t Think So

Although trillions of dollars of global debt currently “pays” negative yields, according to Eddy Vataru, the size and supply/demand dynamics of the U.S. mortgage market will keep domestic rates positive for the foreseeable future.
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Oct 11, 2019

When Evaluating Venture-Backed Initial Public Offerings, Patience Is a Virtue

The venture capital industry has created a robust pipeline of new public companies, but in our view discipline is the key to finding the best opportunities.
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Aug 23, 2019

Aligned Incentives: Our Key to Navigating the Diverse High Yield Market

In our experience, family-owned private firms and small-to-medium sized public companies are most likely to borrow responsibly and prioritize bondholders ahead of other investors.
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Aug 13, 2019

Investment Grade Credit Report: An Impressive First Half

According to John Sheehan, accommodative Fed policy and favorable market technicals drove the investment grade credit market’s strong start to 2019.
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Jul 5, 2019

Convertible Bonds: An Underappreciated Source of Alpha

Although most investors ignore the opportunities presented by these flexible fixed income securities, they are an integral component of our strategy.
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Apr 16, 2019

Webinar REPLAY - Managing for Total Returns in an Uncertain Environment

If you were unable to join our webinar about Managing for Absolute Returns in an Uncertain Environment, hosted in partnership with AdvisorPerspectives, you can watch the replay here.
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Apr 15, 2019

A Contrarian View: Now Is Still the Time to Invest in Growth

In early November 2018 we published a blog post claiming that the time was right to invest in growth. In this piece, we revisit our analysis and draw the same conclusion.
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Mar 21, 2019

Don’t Believe the Hype: An Inverted Yield Curve Does Not Guarantee a Recession

Conventional wisdom dictates that recessions occur every time the yield curve inverts, but in our view that is an oversimplification.
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Mar 14, 2019

A New Paradigm for Stocks: Digital vs. Decline, Not Growth vs. Value

As the influence of technology continues to increase, we believe investors need to reconsider the relevance of both the traditional style matrix and sector classifications.
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Jan 15, 2019

Not as BBBad as You’ve Heard – Despite Negative Headlines, We Do Not Anticipate a Wave of Downgrades

BBB issuers have received a lot of bad press recently, but John Sheehan believes the perception is worse than the reality and that credit selection is key to finding good risk adjusted returns.
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Dec 10, 2018

U.S. Consumers Poised to Drive Demand in 2019: Which Companies Can Capitalize?

In his 2019 preview, Jim Callinan explains why he feels retail businesses are the likely engines for growth and shares his views on sectors and firms that should outperform.
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Nov 5, 2018

A Contrarian View: Now Is the Time to Invest in Growth

With the U.S. economy now in its ninth year of expansion, investors have become wary of growth stocks and their higher multiples. The ongoing market volatility has increased these concerns, but research from Cornerstone Macro suggests that a slowdown in the economy may in fact be favorable for growth companies.
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Oct 5, 2018

Leveraged Buyouts: Risks May Lurk Beneath the Surface of These Popular Deals

The recent Blackstone->Thomson Reuters acquisition reminded us once again why we need to be extra vigilant when evaluating sponsor backed deals.
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Oct 2, 2018

The Case for Concentrated Portfolios

When it comes to investing, we have always believed that focus is more important than breadth. In our latest paper, John Osterweis and Jim Callinan discuss the advantages of concentrated portfolios.
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Sep 5, 2018

Finding Growth in Unexpected Places: Cyclical Industries

Jim Callinan explores three firms from traditionally slow-growing cyclical industries that he believes are building businesses well-positioned to outperform the market.
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Jul 6, 2018

MedTech Disruptors: Combining Better Patient Outcomes with Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

Jim Callinan discusses how these three innovative MedTech firms are leveraging direct-to-consumer marketing to accelerate growth and disrupt their industry.
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