Strategies & Capabilities

Active Quantitative Equity (AQE)

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Podcast: Using Equities to Manage Risk and Boost Returns in a Liability Driven Investment (LDI) Strategy

Many US pensions are engaged in a critical balancing act, as they seek to manage funded status volatility and close funding gaps on their glide path to fully hedged liabilities.

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Trade Concerns Create Opportunities in European Equities

On the surface, European equities seem to be destined for an unexciting future, but that impression may be unfounded. 

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Podcast: How Equity Investors Have Harnessed the Alpha-Generating Power of ESG

Can ESG-related considerations offer an information edge for alpha-seeking equity investors? Our research says yes. Chen He,  a senior research analyst on the Active Quantitative Equity team, discusses how investors can harness the power of ESG related considerations to affirmatively boost returns while managing risk.

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AQE Academy: Portfolio Optimization

Join Kishore Karunakaran, Global Head of Active Quantitative Equity Portfolio Strategy, as he reviews the principles of portfolio optimization – a critical component of the AQE teams’ investment process.

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.*

Searching The World For Alpha

How does the AQE team convert their investment intuitions into an insight worthy of a place in their stock-selection model?

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Meet the Team

Olivia Engel

Chief Investment Officer, Global AQE

"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; global head of the equity-portfolio strategist team

"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 Ooi

Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors and a senior portfolio manager for the AQE team

"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 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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*As of 12/31/2018, 78 out of 100 strategies outperformed on a gross-of-fees basis over a five-year horizon. Strategies did not outperform for all periods. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.