Bank Opportunities Strategy

The strategy seeks to provide exposure to U.S. bank stocks that are attractively valued relative to key fundamental measures. Taking a long-term view, the team’s actively managed approach has the flexibility to invest throughout the market capitalization spectrum while providing diversification across geographies and business lines.


We believe that long‐term outperformance can be achieved by taking advantage of the market’s focus on short‐term factors. To accomplish this, we seek to create a portfolio of U.S. bank stocks that are attractively valued relative to their quality of management, favorable positioning, market opportunity, or profitability. To that end, we seek to invest in companies that are cyclically depressed with low price‐to‐earnings or price‐to‐book values, have above-peer profitability or have demonstrated the ability to improve it over time, can exploit dislocation within primary or new operating markets, possess management teams with good capital discipline and execution of strategy, and are positioned to benefit from ongoing consolidation within the industry.

Managed by

Ryan P. Lentell, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Capital Appreciation

Ryan is the lead portfolio manager of the Bank Opportunities strategy, a portfolio manager of the Financial Industries strategy, and a member of the Capital Appreciation team, providing fundamental research on the financial sector for all diversified strategies managed by the team. Prior to joining the company in 2008 as an investment analyst, he was a senior equity analyst at Morningstar. Previously, he was a vice president at The Lentell Group, an investment advisory firm. Ryan began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served as a consultant. Ryan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.S. in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia; M.B.A., University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
  • Joined the company: 2008
  • Began career: 1999
Ryan P. Lentell, CFA

Susan A. Curry

Senior Portfolio Manager, Capital Appreciation

Susan is head of the Capital Appreciation team, the lead portfolio manager of the Financial Industries strategy, and a portfolio manager of the Bank Opportunities strategy. In addition to her portfolio management responsibilities, she provides fundamental research on the financial sector for all diversified strategies managed by the Capital Appreciation team. Prior to joining Manulife Investment Management in 2004 as an investment analyst, Susan worked as a portfolio officer for Manulife’s private client group. She began her career at Fidelity Investments, where she served as a research analyst.

  • Education: B.A. in Economics, University of Massachusetts; M.S. in Finance, Brandeis University
  • Joined the company: 1998
  • Began career: 1993


Susan A. Curry


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