Meet Orion's Chief Investment Officer

Rusty Vanneman


Rusty Vanneman serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Orion Wealth Management.

An industry veteran with more than 30 years of investment experience, Rusty is leading Orion’s Portfolio Management and Investment Research Teams and overseeing all investment operations at Orion, including investment philosophy, process, and personnel. Rusty chairs both Orion’s Investment Committee and Asset Allocation Committee.  

Rusty also creates relevant market-and platform-related content that supports deeper, more engaging conversations with advisors and investors, educating key internal and external audiences on Orion Portfolio Solutions’ strategies and resources to help deliver favorable investor outcomes, and helps identify new investment offerings to meet growing marketplace demand.

Rusty is a host of Orion’s The Weighing Machine and Weighing the Risks podcasts and authored the book “Higher Calling: A Guide to Helping Investors Achieve Their Goals.” Rusty has also managed multiple mutual funds and hedge funds during his career and was named one of the Top 10 Portfolio Managers to Watch by Money Management Executive in 2017. 

Previously, Rusty was the President and Chief Investment Officer of CLS Investments. Before joining Orion in 2012, Rusty served as the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director for a multi-billion RIA in the greater Boston area. His 11-year tenure at the RIA included a five-year span when the firm was owned by E*TRADE Financial where he also served as the Senior Market Strategist for E*TRADE Capital. Prior, Rusty was a Senior Analyst at Fidelity Management and Research in Boston. 

Rusty received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he graduated with high distinction. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. He is also a Chartered Technician® (CMT) and is a member of the Market Technician’s Association (MTA). Rusty is also a Behavioral Finance Advisor (BFA). 

Guiding Investors to Their Goals

Mind on the Market

The Weekly Wire

Start every week off right with market perspectives and prose penned by Rusty, plus more resources designed to make client conversations a breeze.

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Weekly Wire

The Weighing Machine

Cut through the market clamor and focus on time-tested principles that help financial advisors and investors reach their long-term financial goals with Rusty’s weekly podcast featuring commentary by Orion’s investment team and a special guest to discuss market headlines.

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The Weighing Machine

Weighing the Risks

Tune into this monthly podcast where Rusty considers various market scenarios to help you prepare for the certainty of uncertainty.

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Weighing The Risk

Monthly Commentary

Stay informed about market events and industry news with timely commentary from Orion’s Investment Management Team.

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Monthly Commentary

What's Hot on OPS

See what happened in the market, the strategist firms and models that performed best, and the total average performance by mandate type and strategist classification.

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Chart Pack

The OPS Chart Pack reviews composite relative valuations from the last 20 years and what they might mean for investors.

Reference Guide

A quarterly guide to help advisors and investors learn more about Orion Portfolio Solutions, understand the value of professional money management, navigate the markets, and more.

Brinker Capital Stock Market Barometer

The Brinker Capital Stock Market Barometer is our monthly assessment of different factors that impact market performance.
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Rusty's Trusted Team

Meet Ben Vaske

Ben Vaske serves as an Investment Strategist at Orion. Ben helps to research and analyze the current strategies for Orion’s wealth management offerings, as well as help to identify new investment offerings to meet marketplace demand. Ben also produces relevant content about Orion and financial markets to help educate and inform internal and external Orion audiences.

Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with emphases in both finance and accounting. Ben received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to Orion, Ben worked on the Finance team at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Ben is a CFA level II candidate and holds the Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA) designation as well as the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals (DACFP) designation.

Portfolio Recipe
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Portfolio Recipes

Join Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Master “Chef” Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT, BFA, as he cooks up a tasty portfolio with third-party investment strategists to help your clients reach their goals. This webinar is the perfect pairing to the OPS Cookbook.

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