March 30, 2023 | The Sherman Show

TSS Episode 136: GeoWealth’s Jen Wing on TAMPs, Serving RIAs and Customized Portfolio Models

Jen Wing, Head of Asset Management at GeoWealth, a proprietary technology and turnkey asset management platform (TAMP) to registered investment advisors (RIAs), appears March 28, 2023, with DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Sherman and Samuel Lau. Mr. Sherman asks Ms. Wing (0:59) to begin by discussing her career story in finance and how she came to specialize in due diligence on asset managers and asset manager selection. Ms. Wing then turns to explaining the role of TAMPs in general (7:56), most of which exist to serve broker-dealers, and then discusses the growing sector of registered investment advisors (RIAs) (9:43) and the story of GeoWealth, a TAMP devoted to serving RIAs. The discussion next turns (15:38) to GeoWealth’s suites of portfolio models and relationships with 40 active managers, including DoubleLine, to manage its models.

While investment advisors by necessity must be cost conscious and fee sensitive, Ms. Wing notes (26:42) that by attempting to in-source all their roles, including investment management, can consume time needed to face clients and build their business. “You’ve seen a lot of this data start to come out that out-sourcers during COVID won more business and saved 10 hours on average a week by out-sourcing to investment management and usually had better investing returns.” She also explains that GeoWealth works with individual models with RIA firms to customize models to fit their business practices and then run those models for them, allowing their business to scale up.

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  • Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    As DoubleLine’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Sherman oversees and administers DoubleLine’s Investment Management sub-committee coordinating and implementing policies and processes across the investment teams. He also serves as lead portfolio manager for multi-sector and derivative-based strategies. Mr. Sherman is a member of DoubleLine’s Executive Management and Fixed Income Asset Allocation Committees. He can be heard regularly on his podcast “The Sherman Show” (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, where he interviews distinguished guests, giving listeners insight into DoubleLine’s current views. In 2018, Money Management Executive named Jeffrey Sherman as one of “10 Fund Managers to Watch” in its yearly special report. Prior to joining DoubleLine in 2009, Mr. Sherman was a Senior Vice President at TCW where he worked as a portfolio manager and quantitative analyst focused on fixed income and real-asset portfolios. He was a statistics and mathematics instructor at both the University of the Pacific and Florida State University. Mr. Sherman taught Quantitative Methods for Level I candidates in the CFA LA/USC Review Program for many years. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Pacific and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Sherman is a CFA® charterholder.

  • Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Mr. Lau joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) Committee and a contributing member on the Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. Mr. Lau is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives-based and multi-asset strategies, including DoubleLine's Shiller Enhanced CAPE®, Shiller Enhanced International CAPE®, Real Estate and Income, and Multi-Asset Trend strategies. He also co-hosts the Sherman Show (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, and Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, podcasts. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Lau was a Vice President at TCW where he worked under Jeffrey Gundlach as a Research Analyst in the Mortgage Group. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.