Michael Sean O'Brien

Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

Michael Sean O'Brien

Michael Sean O'Brien

Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Mr. Michael S. O'Brien, CFA, is a Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc. He joined TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM) in 1997 and is the Head of the Core Canadian Equity team. Mr. O'Brien is also lead manager for the Canadian Large-Cap Equity strategies. Prior to this, he spent 8 years as an equity analyst, covering numerous industries over an 8-year period with a primary focus on North American Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staple, Media and Cable. Mr. O'Brien began his career at TDAM as an assistant to the Economist responsible for macro-economic and strategic analysis. Mr. O'Brien holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and an M.A. in Political Science from Dalhousie University. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Managing Director & Head of Public Equities at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Michael Sean O'Brien
Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.
Education
M.A. in Political Science
Class of 1993
B.A. in Political Science
Class of 1992

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Managing Director
1997 - Current

TDAM employs various methods of security analysis. The firm's fixed income investment philosophy is based upon strong and independent credit research. Proprietary research is vital to the firm's investment process and forms the basis for all of their investment decisions. Within the quantitative investment strategies, TDAM use a number of proprietary risk models to evaluate companies and select investments. The Low Volatility Equity strategy relies on proprietary risk models to construct optimized portfolios of stocks which have demonstrated lower long-term volatility. These risk models use statistical methods to capture the relationships between currency and stock return fluctuations. Similarly, the Systematic Alpha strategy relies on proprietary return factor models, which use statistical methods to determine the properties of stocks that have historically been associated with superior performance. Core factors include value (higher earnings and dividend yields), market sentiment (price momentum and earnings revisions), quality (profitability, operating efficiency, distance-to-default), and corporate management (shareholder friendly practices). Each of these strategies invest in a diversified portfolio of equity securities including, but not limited to, common and preferred stocks, securities convertible into common stocks, ETFs, American Depository Receipts, and real estate investment trusts. Each of these strategies will also invest in money market securities and other cash management vehicles.

Intern, Parliamentary Internship Program
1993 - 1994

The Canadian Political Science Association began its activities in 1912 and was incorporated under the Canada Corporation Act in 1971. The main function of the Canadian Political Science Association is to service its essentially scholarly membership. It holds an Annual General Meeting within the framework of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. This annual event focuses around the presentation and discussion of learned papers. It sponsors the Parliamentary Internship Programme, attached to the House of Commons, and the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme. The Association takes part in a series of bilingual colloquiums with the Société québécoise de science politique. It sponsors, supports administratively and runs a departmental services program to provide departments with publications, to keep them informed of issues of interest to the discipline and generally to strengthen networking among Canadian political scientists.

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Director
1997 - Current

TDAM employs various methods of security analysis. The firm's fixed income investment philosophy is based upon strong and independent credit research. Proprietary research is vital to the firm's investment process and forms the basis for all of their investment decisions. Within the quantitative investment strategies, TDAM use a number of proprietary risk models to evaluate companies and select investments. The Low Volatility Equity strategy relies on proprietary risk models to construct optimized portfolios of stocks which have demonstrated lower long-term volatility. These risk models use statistical methods to capture the relationships between currency and stock return fluctuations. Similarly, the Systematic Alpha strategy relies on proprietary return factor models, which use statistical methods to determine the properties of stocks that have historically been associated with superior performance. Core factors include value (higher earnings and dividend yields), market sentiment (price momentum and earnings revisions), quality (profitability, operating efficiency, distance-to-default), and corporate management (shareholder friendly practices). Each of these strategies invest in a diversified portfolio of equity securities including, but not limited to, common and preferred stocks, securities convertible into common stocks, ETFs, American Depository Receipts, and real estate investment trusts. Each of these strategies will also invest in money market securities and other cash management vehicles.

Awards & Honors
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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