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Rob MacDonald, CFA

Portfolio Manager


“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.”

– Joseph Joubert

About Rob

My hockey coach and career taught me not only grit, but the culture of a winning team. I’ve been on losing teams packed with individual talent and winning teams that won solely on collective effort. A strong hockey team is like a strong investment team. Culture and incentives matter. People go the extra mile for those they genuinely like, when they feel secure in their role. Finding that culture at a small but growing investment office off the Santa Fe Plaza, I took a risk and moved West. I make better decisions seeking challenges from trusted peers with different backgrounds and beliefs. That’s important as a generalist needing to consider how trends in one industry can spill to another. Successful investing isn’t the sum of inputs from experts, but different perspectives debated in a healthy way. At City Different, we believe that when we build the right culture, it’s our clients who win.


Professional Roles: Thornburg Investment Management, Putnam Investments
Education: MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA, Economics, Computer Science, Amherst College
Certification: Chartered Financial Analyst