Symmetry Partners

Our Investment Committee

Drawing on decades of evidence, the insights of leading academics, and original research, Symmetry’s Investment Committee is responsible for setting the firm’s investment policy as well as developing new evidence-based investment solutions and strategies, including the Panoramic Funds and Models and PrecisonCore ETF Models. You can also download our Investment Committee flyer below. 

David E. Connelly, Jr.
Principal and Co-Founder

David E. Connelly Jr., is a founding partner of Symmetry Partners. He focuses his time on portfolio management and strategic growth of the firm. He co-founded Symmetry Partners in 1994, originally to serve pensions, closely-held businesses, non-profit trusts and high-net worth investors, and has transitioned the firm into focusing on pension plans and independent fee-based advisors. Prior to co-founding Symmetry Partners, Mr. Connelly was a financial advisor with Dean Witter Reynolds serving high-net worth clients. Prior to Dean Witter Reynolds, he was with Merrill Lynch and Putnam Mutual Funds. He has also worked in the aerospace industry.

Mr. Connelly received his B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University and his M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.

Patrick A. Sweeny
Principal & Co-Founder

Patrick A. Sweeny is a founding partner of Symmetry Partners. Prior to co-founding he company in 1994, he spent a number of years on Wall Street with Weeden & Company and Dean Witter Reynolds in institutional trading and sales in both the equity and fixed income markets. Additionally, he was a member of the Commodities Exchange as a floor trader with Paine Webber.

Mr. Sweeny is a recognized speaker on asset class investing and transforming advisor businesses into more efficient models. He speaks at industry conferences and regularly guest lectures at universities. He received his B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University

Philip McDonald, CFA, CAIA, CIPM
Managing Director, Research & Investments;
President and Portfolio Manager, Panoramic Mutual Funds

Philip McDonald is directly responsible for overseeing Symmetry Partners’ Research. Mr. McDonald joined Symmetry in April of 2010. Prior to joining Symmetry, he held several international investment management positions at Prudential Capital Group and worked as an internal consultant for The Hartford Financial Services Group.

Mr. McDonald received his B.S. in International Finance & Commerce from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his M.B.A. in Finance and Venture Consulting from the University of Connecticut. He became a CFA® charterholder in 2003, and a CAIA® charterholder in 2011.

John B. McDermott, Ph.D.
Chief Investment Strategist; Portfolio Manager, Panoramic Mutual Funds
Department of Finance, Fairfield University

Dr. McDermott is renowned for his academic research on the role of liquidity in financial markets. He has been published in numerous academic journals, including The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Financial Markets and The Journal of Futures Markets. Dr. McDermott received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. The Financial Management Association International and American Association of Individual Investors honored him with the 2000 Best Completed Dissertation Award for the dissertation that “makes the most significant contribution to the field of investment analysis” for his dissertation entitled “Essays on Liquidity in Financial Markets.”

A frequent speaker at Symmetry conferences, Dr. McDermott has been affiliated with Symmetry since 2005.

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