Overview

Our flexible balanced strategy combines our equity and fixed income strategies using a flexible allocation approach. The strategy seeks to capitalize on the growth attributes of equities and the capital preservation attributes of bonds.

Account Details

In our separately managed flexible balanced accounts, clients own a portfolio of both equity and fixed income securities. We strategically adjust the allocation of the portfolios based on our assessment of the attractiveness of individual investment opportunities and our macroeconomic and market views. For these accounts we are able to customize each portfolio based on individual needs such as legacy positions, cash flow or income needs, etc. that may not be met by a mutual fund.

Performance

Flexible Balanced Composite (as of 9/30/20)

  QTD YTD 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 7 YR 10 YR INCEP
(10/1/2010)
Flexible Balanced Composite (gross) 7.78% 7.20% 12.39% 8.80% 9.56% 7.67% 9.76% 9.76%
Flexible Balanced Composite (net) 7.55 6.50 11.41 7.84 8.60 6.72 8.79 8.79
60% S&P 500 Index/40% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 5.64 6.68 12.50 9.84 10.37 9.38 9.85 9.85
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Philosophy

We employ a risk-averse investment strategy predicated on the belief that strong long-term investment results are best achieved through a compounding of reasonable gains and the avoidance of major losses. We, therefore, consciously strive to limit downside exposure as much as to generate upside returns.

The two equity bear markets in the past decade highlight the importance of disciplined capital preservation strategies. We believe the capital destruction caused by bear markets argues for a flexible and risk-averse approach to investing for many investors. Structuring portfolios that combine the growth attributes of equities with the income and capital preservation attributes of fixed income can be a prudent long-term investment solution.

Over long periods of time, we believe a static balanced allocation of 50% equities and 50% fixed income has the potential to provide investors with returns rivaling an equity-only portfolio but with less principal risk, lower volatility and greater income. Additionally, strategically allocating assets more heavily to equities in bull markets and more heavily to fixed income in bear markets may further enhance returns and better protect capital.

For our Flexible Balanced portfolios, we seek to provide attractive returns over full market cycles and preserve capital using a blend of equities and fixed income. We strategically adjust the allocation of the portfolios based on our assessment of the attractiveness of individual investment opportunities, and our macroeconomic and market views. No more than 75% of assets will be in either fixed income or equities at any given time. Conversely the minimum allocation to either asset class is 25%.

Investment Team

John S. Osterweis

Founder, Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer – Core Equity

John S. Osterweis

John S. Osterweis

Founder, Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer – Core Equity

John Osterweis graduated from Bowdoin College (B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. with top honors in Finance).

After graduating from business school, he served as a Senior Analyst concentrating on the forest products and paper industry for several regional brokerage firms and later for E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc. In addition to his activities as an analyst, Mr. Osterweis served as Director of Research for two firms and managed equity portfolios for over ten years.

In late 1982, Mr. Osterweis decided to devote full time to his portfolio management activities, and in April of 1983 launched Osterweis Capital Management.

For a number of years Mr. Osterweis served as Director of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Director on the Stanford Alumni Association Executive Board, Trustee of Bowdoin College, Director and Vice Chairman of Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, and President of the Board of Directors for Summer Search Foundation. He currently serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet Association Director of the San Francisco Free Clinic, and President Emeritus of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation, as well as Trustee Emeritus of Summer Search Foundation and of Bowdoin College.

Mr. Osterweis is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, a principal of the firm and the co-lead Portfolio Manager for the core equity and flexible balanced strategies.

Carl P. Kaufman

Co-President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer – Strategic Income & Managing Director – Fixed Income

Carl P. Kaufman

Carl P. Kaufman

Co-President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer – Strategic Income & Managing Director – Fixed Income

Carl Kaufman graduated from Harvard University (B.A. in Music, cum laude) and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Prior to joining Osterweis Capital Management in 2002, Mr. Kaufman was a senior member of the convertible bond team at Robertson Stephens, where he focused on technology and biotech securities. Before that, he spent nineteen years with Merrill Lynch in their Institutional Sales office, specializing in convertible bond and equity research sales and trading.

Mr. Kaufman is responsible for the President and CEO functions related to the firm’s investment matters and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is a principal of the firm and the lead Portfolio Manager for the strategic income strategy, which he has managed since its inception in 2002. He is also the Managing Director of Fixed Income and a lead Portfolio Manager for the flexible balanced strategy.

Larry Cordisco

Co-Chief Investment Officer – Core Equity

Larry Cordisco

Co-Chief Investment Officer – Core Equity

Larry Cordisco graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. in Political Science), Georgetown University (M.P.P.) and Columbia Business School (M.B.A.).

Before joining Osterweis in 2019, he was a Co-Portfolio Manager of the Meridian Contrarian Fund at Arrowmark Partners/Meridian Funds. Prior to co-managing the Contrarian Fund, Larry was an equity analyst for 11 years, most recently as Vice President of Investment Research for the Meridian Contrarian Fund. Before that he was an analyst within the technology group at Banc of America Securities. He was also a business and technology consultant for Accenture in San Francisco and began his professional career in the public sector as a District Aide for Congressman George Miller.

Mr. Cordisco is a co-lead Portfolio Manager for the core equity strategy and portfolio manager for the flexible balanced strategy.

James L. Callinan

Chief Investment Officer – Emerging Growth

James L. Callinan

Chief Investment Officer – Emerging Growth

Jim Callinan was the Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer at RS Investments. He also co-founded the RS Growth Group LLC in 1996 and managed the RS Emerging Growth Fund from 1996 until 2010. In 1999 Mr. Callinan was named Morningstar’s Domestic Stock Manager of the Year*.

He served as portfolio manager for the Putnam OTC Emerging Growth Fund from 1994 to 1996 and began his career at Putnam Investments as an equity research analyst in 1987. He joined Osterweis Capital Management in 2016 and brought with him the Emerging Growth Partners, LP, a concentrated small cap growth strategy he founded at RS.

Mr. Callinan is an Executive Committee member of the Weatherbie Capital (an Alger Company) Advisory Board and the Friends of Harvard Football Board.

He is equity owner in the firm and a Portfolio Manager for the emerging growth strategy. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the flexible balanced strategy.

Mr. Callinan graduated from Harvard College (B.A. Economics), New York University (M.S. Accounting) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). Mr. Callinan holds the CFA designation.

*Morningstar Managers of the Year are determined by a combination of qualitative research by Morningstar’s manager research analysts; risk-adjusted medium- to long-term performance track records; and performance in the calendar year.

Eddy Vataru

Chief Investment Officer – Total Return

Eddy Vataru

Chief Investment Officer – Total Return

Eddy Vataru graduated from California Institute of Technology (B.S. Chemistry & Economics) and from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis (M.B.A.). Mr. Vataru holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Prior to joining Osterweis Capital Management in 2016, Mr. Vataru worked in senior management positions at Incapture, LLC and Citadel, LLC. Before that he spent over 11 years at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors), where his last position was as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Rates and Mortgages. While in this role, BGI worked with the U.S. Treasury in implementing its Agency MBS Purchase Program, buying mortgages for the U.S. government from 2008-2009.

Over the course of his career as a fixed income investor, Mr. Vataru has developed extensive experience in managing passive, active and hedge fund portfolios.

Mr. Vataru is a principal of the firm and the lead Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the flexible balanced strategy.

Account Access

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Rates of return for periods greater than one year are annualized. The information given for these composites is historic and should not be taken as an indication of future performance. Performance returns are presented both before and after the deduction of advisory fees. Account returns are calculated monthly, using a time weighted return method. Account returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other income and the deduction of brokerage fees and other commissions, if any, but do not reflect the deduction of certain other expenses such as custodial fees. Monthly composite returns are calculated by weighting account returns by beginning market value. Net returns reflect the deduction of actual advisory fees.

The 60/40 blend is composed of 60% Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P) and 40% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (BC Agg) and assumes monthly rebalancing. The S&P is an unmanaged index that is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The BC Agg is an unmanaged index that is widely regarded as a standard for measuring U.S. investment grade bond market performance. These indices do not incur expenses and are not available for investment. These indices include reinvestment of dividends and/or interest income.

The fee schedule is as follows: 1.25% on the first $10 million, 1.00% on the next $15 million up to $25 million, and 0.75% in excess of $25 million. A discounted rate is available for tax-free institutions, eleemosynary accounts and large institutions.

Clients invested in flexible balanced separately managed accounts are subject to various risks including potential loss of principal, general market risk, small and medium-sized company risk, foreign securities and emerging markets risk, default risk, interest rate risk, inflation risk and liquidity risk. Additionally, there is a risk that we do not manage the asset allocation strategy successfully. For a complete discussion of the risks involved, please see our Form ADV Brochure and refer to Item 8.

The Flexible Balanced Composite includes all fee-paying separately managed accounts and mutual funds that are invested in a dynamic allocation of equity and fixed income securities as well as mutual funds and cash equivalents. OCM has discretion over individual investments as well as the discretion to increase and decrease equity exposure within the range of 25% to 75%. Individual account performance will vary from the composite performance due to differences in individual holdings, cash flows, etc.