Emerging Markets: Wildfire or Fire Sale? – VanEck – 7.17.18


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Recent volatility in emerging markets (EM) debt has many investors asking if the rout is overdone, or if more pain is coming. Compared to past selloffs, economies are showing improved fundamentals and more resilience overall, and now with the increased value in the asset class, we believe emerging markets debt offers attractive opportunities – if investors know where to look.

Join our webcast to learn more, including:

  • Why we believe local currency bonds are becoming one of the most compelling opportunities in emerging markets debt
  • How a blended approach may help reduce volatility and increase diversification
  • Why ETFs can be an attractive way to implement EM debt strategies in a portfolio, particularly in the current environment

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Ryan Gilmer
Vice President, Investment Management
ValMark Financial Group

Ryan Gilmer, Vice President of Investment Management has been with the ValMark Financial Group since 2016. ValMark Financial Group is a leading national independent wealth management firm with over 50 years in business and offices in over 30 states. Mr. Gilmer assists in managing and servicing the investment programs for ValMark Advisers, Inc. and ValMark Institutional.

Ryan’s main focus is contributing to the Portfolio Management Team for The Optimized Portfolio System (TOPS®). TOPS® is one of the nation’s longest running, largest, and most successful exchange traded fund (ETF) investment management programs with about $5 Billion in ETF assets. TOPS® is available primarily through Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs), Collective Investment Funds (CIFs), and Variable Insurance Funds.

Ryan has a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Finance from Ashland University (2006) and is a CFA Charterholder (2012).

Fran Rodilosso
Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management

Mr. Rodilosso joined Van Eck in 2012. He serves as Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management and is responsible for portfolio strategy, credit, and market analysis.

Prior to joining Van Eck, Mr. Rodilosso served as Managing Director of Global Emerging Markets with The Seaport Group where he launched the firm’s emerging markets fixed income sales and trading business. Mr. Rodilosso’s earlier career experience includes portfolio management positions at Greylock Capital and Soundbrook Capital where he focused on corporate high-yield and distressed situations, with an emphasis on emerging markets. He also held senior fixed income trading positions at Credit Lyonnais and HSBC.

Mr. Rodilosso is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society New York. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a AB from Princeton University.

Bill Sokol
Director, ETF Product Management

Bill Sokol is Director of ETF Product Management at VanEck, focusing on the firm’s global fixed income ETFs. Prior to joining VanEck in 2016, Mr. Sokol held various product development roles at Prudential Financial, and was a derivatives structurer at BNP Paribas. Mr. Sokol holds a B.S. in Finance from New York University and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.


Title: Emerging Markets: Wildfire or Fire Sale?
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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