Venk Reddy was featured in a recent edition of Orion’s “The Weighing Machine” podcast. During this interesting podcast, Venk discussed what sustainable investing means, how sustainable credit differs from green bonds, and what catalysts could make sustainable investments a hit.

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Venk Reddy

Chief Investment Officer – Sustainable Credit

Venk Reddy

Chief Investment Officer – Sustainable Credit

Venk Reddy joined Osterweis Capital Management in 2022 as part of the Zeo Capital Advisors team transition. Prior to founding Zeo Capital in 2009, Mr. Reddy was a co-founder of Laurel Ridge Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he managed the credit, distressed, and event-driven portfolios. Previously, he structured derivative products and was head of delta-one trading as a portfolio manager within Bank of America’s Equity Financial Products group (EFP). Mr. Reddy also managed investments in event-driven situations, convertible instruments, and options at Pine River Capital Management and HBK Investments, where he started his career.

Mr. Reddy is a principal of the firm and a Portfolio Manager for the sustainable credit strategies.

He currently serves as a Trustee of Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. He previously served as a Trustee and officer of the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.

Mr. Reddy graduated from Harvard University (B.A. in Computer Science with Honors).

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The Osterweis Short Duration Credit Fund’s annualized total returns over the one-year, five-year, and ten-year periods ending March 31, 2023 were -6.75%, 0.64%, and 1.78%, respectively, compared to 1.74%, 2.78%, and 3.26% for the ICE BofA 0-2 Yr Duration BB-B U.S. HY Index and -4.78%, 0.91%, and 1.36% for the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index over the same periods.

The Osterweis Sustainable Credit Fund’s annualized total returns over the one-year and since inception periods ending March 31, 2023 were -6.43% and -0.62%, respectively, compared to -3.86% and 1.90% for the ICE BofA Single-B U.S. HY Index and -4.78% and -0.43% for the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index over the same periods.

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