Edwin Walczak joined the Vontobel Quality Growth Boutique in July 1988 and currently serves as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst.
He has 41 years of industry experience and has held a management position on the Quality Growth U.S. Equity strategy since its inception in 1990. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 1984 to 1988, Edwin worked as an Institutional Portfolio Manager at Lazard Frères Asset Management, and from 1982 to 1984, he was an Institutional Relationship Manager at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. He began his financial career in 1978 at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan and General Motors Corporation, New York, where he held successive positions as a Financial Analyst until 1982. He has made numerous media appearances, including Wall Street Week, CNN, and Bloomberg and in various publications, such as Forbes, Smart Money and the Wall Street Journal. He received an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Politics and Economics from Columbia University, and was an International Fellow in Columbia Graduate School. In addition, he received a BA in Government from Colby College.
The coronavirus epidemic clearly presents risks for equity investors. It will have a negative impact on economic growth in the near term, and more cyclical, leveraged businesses could face greater pressure than those with earnings growth driven by structural forces.8 May 2020