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Ben Salm

Managing Director of the Securities Analysis Center

University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business

University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business

Background Information

Employment History

Principal, Senior Portfolio Manager
State Street Global Advisors Ltd

Education

Bachelor
Business and Computer Science
University of Oregon

Master's degree
Applied Economics and Finance
M.I.T.

Master's degree
Applied Economics and Finance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

bachelor's degrees
business and computer science
The UO College

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Oregon Quarterly UpFront

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During his years in finance, Ben Salm '84 could see the framework holding up our economy growing shakier with one risky deal built on top of the next.

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"For some of us, the last fifteen or twenty years was kind of a mirage," says Salm, who founded his own investment consulting firm after working in the industry. "At the end of the day, it wasn't real to me."
So much for Wall Street. Salm relocated to a different street-East 13th-as managing director of the new Securities Analysis Center (SAC) at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business. And he did so at just the time when the financial structure was toppling last year, leaving rubble strewn across the world's economies.
"We have been as consumers, and businesses, and in some cases as governments, borrowing too much. Basically, we've been living-all of us, collectively-beyond our means. And now that debt is coming due," Salm says.
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"In general, it's been a bull market for M.B.A.s for twenty years," says Salm, who earned bachelor's degrees in business and computer science at the UO and an M.B.A. in applied economics and finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In light of this, why does Salm start sounding as if the current economic storm just may have a silver-or even a golden-lining?
Today's economic woes actually offer a rare bonus to students. "Right now, we've got what I call the world's greatest learning laboratory," Salm says. "We're all students right now, because this really is unprecedented. He adds that with the greater scrutiny currently being focused on Wall Street, we have an unparalleled chance to clean up the system. "That's the best news of all," Salm says. "But it won't be easy. Today's business students will be among those who help restore sanity to the nation's-and world's-financial systems. "We're in the early days of fundamental changes. It has taken us many years to get into this place, and it won't change overnight," Salm says.
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Still, Salm is confident UO graduates are better prepared than most to land jobs. The SAC combines the academic and research elements of many M.B.A. programs with exceptionally strong partnerships and practical experience with private finance and accounting firms from Portland to the East Coast, he says. Ironically, the timing couldn't be better. "There's never been greater need for people who are soundly trained in what the art and science of finance is all about. You can't get very far in the business world without it," Salm says.
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Everybody's got a black eye," Salm says. Yet, students who chose finance for the right reasons still are applying to the program and will have jobs awaiting them, he adds.
Salm believes a new generation of finance and accounting professionals is being trained at the SAC-graduates with the academic credentials to soar high but also grounded in reality by the harsher lessons from the real world.
By early spring, the recession had put the stock market on sale for half price and knocked perhaps a third off the cost of a house in some markets. The words dismal and glum often get tossed around in writings about this period, the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. Characteristically, Salm recognizes the challenges, but is also quick to assess the opportunities presented in such an environment: it's a terrible time for those who've suffered losses, but "good news if you're a buyer."
Sound like old-school economics?
"The recipe, I think, is the same. You work, you save, and you try to keep your wits about you," Salm says.


SSgA - Biography - Ben Salm

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Ben Salm Principal Senior Portfolio Manager

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Ben Salm Senior Portfolio Manager U.S. Active Equity
Ben is a Principal of State Street Global Advisors.He is Senior Portfolio Manager and is the lead manger for the Large Cap Value Strategy and the Large Cap Core Strategy.He is also responsible for contributing research toward all aspects of the investment process.Ben originally joined SSgA in 1992, spending nearly eight years with the firm.While working for SSgA, he was based in London and responsible for clients and portfolios within the European and Mid-East regions on behalf of SSgA's active U.S. quantitative equity strategies.Prior to rejoining, he was most recently involved in financial research with AlphaSimplex Group, LLC.
Ben holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics and Finance from M.I.T., as well as a Bachelor's in Business and Computer Science from the University of Oregon.


Ben Salm Principal ...

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Ben Salm Principal Senior Portfolio Manager

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Ben Salm Senior Portfolio Manager
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Ben is a Principal of State Street Global Advisors.He is Senior Portfolio Manager and is the lead manger for the Large Cap Value Strategy and the Large Cap Core Strategy.He is also responsible for contributing research toward all aspects of the investment process.Ben originally joined SSgA in 1992, spending nearly eight years with the firm.While working for SSgA, he was based in London and responsible for clients and portfolios within the European and Mid-East regions on behalf of SSgA's active U.S. quantitative equity strategies.Prior to rejoining, he was most recently involved in financial research with AlphaSimplex Group, LLC.
Ben holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics and Finance from M.I.T., as well as a Bachelor's in Business and Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

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