Strategies & Capabilities

Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)

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AQE Strategies


How can our capabilities help solve your investment problems?

78% of our Active Quantitative Equity strategies beat their benchmarks over a five-year horizon.*


How We Work


We are active managers, focused on solving investment problems. Built by a team with decades of experience, the stock-selection model that informs all of our solutions contains our best investment insights — carefully scrutinized, extensively tested and grounded in a strong economic rationale.


Our Latest Thinking


Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)
Integration of ESG into the Active Quantitative Equity Investment Process

In Active Quantitative Equity, we view ESG as an alternative, non-traditional quality signal that captures difficult-to-measure corporate characteristics, which are diversifying compared with traditional measures of financial quality. Our upgraded ESG signal embraces the benefits and scale of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s reporting framework and State Street Global Advisors’ leading-edge ESG data infrastructure.

September 21, 2021 By Toby Warburton
Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)
Balance Rewarded

As quantitative investors, we focus on keeping a balance between the various elements that drive markets. In early 2021, China consumer stock prices and EPS estimates began to diverge.

August 10, 2021 By Olivia Engel
Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)
Four Key Topics in Emerging Markets Today: The Fundamental Growth AND Active Quantitative Views

How investors view Emerging Markets (EM) investing can vary widely, even within State Street Global Advisors. Laura Ostrander from our Fundamental Growth and Core Equity (FGC) team and Chris Laine from our Active Quantitative Equity (AQE) team to discuss four key topics that are relevant to EM investors

July 9, 2021
Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)
Revisiting the Relationship Between Value and Sentiment in Equities

Where have all the expensive, high-sentiment stocks from July of 2020 gone? Recent months have seen a realignment of the value and sentiment themes. More companies that appear to be a good value – that is, those that look attractively priced on fundamentals – are also showing positive investor sentiment.

June 15, 2021 By Olivia Engel

Meet the Team


Olivia Engel, CFA

CIO, Active Quantitative Equity

Olivia Engel, CFA

CIO, Active Quantitative Equity

"Many people think equity investing is all about finding companies that offer the best returns. We’re focused on the best way to form equity portfolios to deliver the best risk-adjusted returns, in line with the investor’s specific return and risk objectives. Our experience is in applying our investment knowledge across as many companies as possible in a highly objective way."


Gaurav Mallik

Chief Portfolio Strategist

Gaurav Mallik

Chief Portfolio Strategist

"Quantitative approaches are relevant to investors who are interested in taking full advantage of the potential of very rich, very diverse universes of companies, such as emerging-markets (EM) small cap. Arguably some of the most attractive companies in emerging markets sit in the small-cap category. In addition, equity returns for EM small-cap firms have historically been less volatile compared with EM large-cap, because the small cap category is more diversified. A quantitative approach can give investors access to some of the smallest-cap companies in the category, expanding the universe of potential investments, which we believe improves our ability to generate risk-adjusted returns."


Chee K Ooi

Senior Portfolio Manager

Chee K Ooi

Senior Portfolio Manager

"Markets are inherently inefficient, and we’re able to go wherever we believe we can take advantage of those inefficiencies. In our Global Defensive Equity strategy, for example, we don’t start off by limiting ourselves to a low-volatility, defensive universe, and then seek to pick the best stocks within that limited universe. In our mind, that’s not optimal. We’d rather consider investment opportunities across the entire universe so that no stone is left unturned."


Kishore L Karunakaran

Global Head of Portfolio Strategy, AQE

Kishore L Karunakaran

Global Head of Portfolio Strategy, AQE

"Confucius said that real knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance. 'Ignorance' is a strong word, but in our world of investing or active money management, there is an enormous amount of uncertainty where investors can be wrong a lot. For us in AQE, it’s about working to stack the odds in our favor, so that when we are wrong, we are wrong a little less often."


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For more than 30 years, research and innovation have been at the core of our efforts to deliver outperformance for our clients.

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