Macro Allocation Fund

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Brian D Singer, CFA

partner and head of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team, also serves as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining William Blair in 2011, he was the head of investment strategies at Singer Partners, LLC. Previously, Brian was the head of global investment solutions and the Americas chief investment officer for UBS Global Asset Management, where he was a member of the UBS Group managing board and global asset management executive committee. Brian is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and a member of the CFA Institute board of trustees research foundation. He formerly served as a board member and chair of the CFA Institute board of governors. He serves on the endowment investment committee for Exeter College at Oxford University and is the chairman of the “Free to Choose Network,” which is inspired by the ideas of economist Milton Friedman. Brian serves as a member on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Foundation Board. In 1991 Brian co-wrote “Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update” with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower; this research serves as a landmark update to one of the pioneering studies on asset allocation. In 2009, Brian was the lead author of Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management, Wiley Publishing. 

Education: M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Northwestern University

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011

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Thomas Clarke

partner and portfolio manager on the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team, joined William Blair in 2011. Prior to that, he was a member of Singer Partners' investment team with special focus on currency strategy. Tom is the former Head of Currency Analysis & Strategy and Managing Director at UBS where he was responsible for UBS Global Asset Management’s global currency investment capability. His roles included setting currency strategies for global macro client portfolios, global and international equity, fixed income, multi-asset and balanced portfolios. He was also responsible for the development and management of the currency analysis process. Tom was a member of the Global Asset Allocation and Currency Committee, and the UK Investment Committee. Prior to joining UBS Global Asset Management in 2000, Tom was Head of Currency for Rothschild Asset Management where he spent ten years as part of the Fixed Income and Currency Group. He holds the Institute for Investment Management and Research qualification, as well as a B.Sc. from University of Manchester (U.K.).

Education: BSc., University of Manchester (UK).

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011