Women in Investing Podcast

Chief Investment Officer David Hagee
August 23, 2023

Over the past 25 years, women’s attitudes on investing have evolved considerably.  In a new episode of the Conversations with Commerce Trust podcast, hosted by CIO David Hagee, we explore the role of women in investing, look at how women investors tend to outperform their male counterparts and outline where room for improvement remains.



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David Hagee Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer Commerce Trust 
David is the chief investment officer for Commerce Trust and of Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc., the SEC-registered advisor to the Commerce Funds mutual fund complex. Upon gaining a thorough understanding of a client’s needs and goals as well as assessing the client’s entire financial situation, he works with our investment research team to construct a portfolio to help clients achieve their long-term goals.

David has been with Commerce Bank for more than 25 years and Commerce Trust since 2000. During his tenure with Commerce Trust, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, serving as an investment portfolio manager for both private and institutional clients, the director of portfolio management for the eastern region, and now his current role as Chief Investment Officer. David also hosts Conversations with Commerce Trust, a monthly podcast about the markets, investment themes, and economic insights that matter to investors.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the St. Louis Society of Financial Analysts. 

He is a board member and treasurer of Aim High St. Louis, and a board member of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and International Institute of St. Louis. Additionally, David serves as president of the investment committee of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). He is also a member of the investment committee for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Forest Park Forever.


Cathy Arshadi Senior Vice President, Director of Financial Management Commerce Trust

Cathy is director of financial management at Commerce Trust, where she is responsible for the current and long term financial condition of the organization. As a member of the senior executive team, Cathy manages the strategic planning, financial management, and budget for Commerce Trust.

In addition, she provides talent management oversight for our employees, including compensation, succession planning, talent development, DEI initiatives, and plan development and administration for 50+ complex incentive compensation plans.

Cathy has more than 30 years’ experience with Commerce Bank. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business a dministration from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Currently, she serves as Chairwoman of the Board for the YWCA. Cathy enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband, Nasser Arshadi.