"We do not need to, and we will not talk to management in order to value companies."
How do we assess the Quality of Earnings?
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Robert A. Olstein
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer
YEARS AT OLSTEIN
Bob Olstein is widely acknowledged as a leading expert in corporate disclosure and reporting practices, and has long been recognized as one of the financial community's most astute research analysts and money managers.
Bob serves as Head Portfolio Manager of the Olstein All Cap Value Fund and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund. He has long been recognized as one of the financial community's most astute research analysts and money managers. Widely acknowledged as a leading expert in corporate disclosure and reporting practices, in 1971 Bob co-founded The Quality of Earnings Report, which pioneered the use of forensic accounting techniques to identify positive or negative factors affecting a company's future earnings power.
In 1981, Bob began managing assets at Smith Barney (formerly Shearson Lehman) employing research and analytical methods developed at The Quality of Earnings. From 1981 to 1995, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager/Senior Vice President at Smith Barney, where he managed individual and institutional accounts. Bob founded Olstein Capital Management, L.P. and launched The Olstein All Cap Value Fund in 1995.
Bob is a past recipient of the Financial Analysts Federation (now CFA Institute) Graham & Dodd Scroll Award, (1973) and is a widely recognized expert on corporate reporting and disclosure practices. He appears frequently in leading print and broadcast business media that seek his views on corporate reporting, accounting practices, valuation techniques and activist investing. Bob has authored articles in The CPA Journal, Bloomberg Personal Finance and Financial Planning on the role of forensic statement analysis when analyzing and valuing companies. He has also a frequent speaker providing commentary on financial reporting issues that affect securities analysis and company valuations. Bob holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and B.A. in Mathematical Statistics from Michigan State University.
Why do we focus on Free Cash Flow?
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LEGAL DISCLOSURES AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The fund recently experienced significant negative short-term performance due to market volatility associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Investing involves risk including possible loss of principal. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Olstein Funds. This and other important information is contained in the prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing. For a copy, click the prospectus link below.