Investment Strategy Team

Bruce Bittles        

Bruce A. Bittles
Chief Investment Strategist

Bruce Bittles provides stock market analysis to Baird’s retail, institutional and corporate clients and is a member of Baird’s Investment Policy and Stock Selection committees. He joined Baird in 2002. Bruce began his investment career as head trader at the options trading firm of Thomas, Haab and Botts in New York City, where he served for nine years. In 1974, Bruce joined J.C. Bradford & Company to establish and head the options department. In 1985, he joined Bradford’s research department, where he was partner in charge of market strategy until the company was acquired by PaineWebber in 2000. He received both his BS in business and MBA in economics and finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

William A. Delwiche  

William A. Delwiche, CMT, CFA
Investment Strategist

William Delwiche is Baird’s Investment Strategist and is a member of the Investment Policy Committee. Before joining Baird in 1999, he worked as a researcher at the Committee for Economic Development, a Washington, D.C., pro-business think tank. Since 2004, Willie has also been the co-manager of Baird's ETF-based ALIGN Tactical Portfolios.

Willie received a BA in Economics and in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Market Technicians Association and past member of the American Economics Association. Willie is both a Chartered Market Technician and a CFA Charter holder.

Commentary from Willie on the economy and stock markets has been featured in national, regional and trade media such as BARRON’S and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He has appeared on Fox Business, the Nightly Business Report, and the MoneyLife show. Willie also regularly shares his perspectives via Twitter (@WillieDelwiche) and other social media outlets.

Laura Thurow  

Laura Thurow, CFA
Co-Director of Private Wealth Management Research, Products & Services

Laura Thurow is Co-Director of Private Wealth Management Research, Products & Services at Robert W. Baird & Co. In this role, she is responsible for all research efforts focused on Private Wealth Management. This includes outside money manager and mutual fund research in support of the Recommended Manager and ALIGN programs, as well as individual stock, bond and ETF research and portfolio analysis.

She is co-portfolio manager of the ALIGN Strategic Portfolios, and a voting member of the Investment Policy, Manager & Policy, ALIGN, Mutual Fund, Structured Products and Managed Futures Oversight committees. Laura also works directly with Financial Advisors providing investment and sales strategy and consultation. Prior to joining Private Wealth Management Research, Laura spent five years as a member of Baird’s Auto & Truck Supplier Equity Research team.

Laura received a bachelor of arts degrees in Economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has earned the CFA charter and is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee. Commentary from Laura has been featured in national, regional and trade media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Kiplinger’s and Worth.