In an increasingly complex and dynamic world, there are ever more challenges and opportunities for the investment industry. Macroeconomic and political uncertainty has surged in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine War and the subsequent rise in geopolitical tensions between the US and China, the largest global players. More extreme weather events reflect a rapidly changing physical world — one that is likely to significantly shift resource allocations and impact regional economic growth. Technology continues to evolve at a pace that exceeds our expectations. With the release of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, at the end of last year, the possibilities of AI and deep learning are more expansive than ever. In addition, digital finance and blockchain technology offer opportunities in financial services that we have yet to fully realize.
In financial research, we must accordingly adapt, yet at the same time stay true to our principles. The philosophies of investing have not changed despite these rising complexities. Intelligent investing is about identifying investments which reflect real economic value, and to put them together in portfolios where valuation, diversification, downside risk, transaction costs, and liquidity are all taken into account. To be a successful investment manager today requires broader insights and greater expertise across a wide range of subjects. As a research-led asset manager, we believe that cross-functional, cross-team collaboration is more important than ever.
State Street Global Advisors enjoys a competitive advantage in this complex world. Why is cross-team collaboration so critical to innovation? Because combining diverse perspectives can push investment professionals into new ways of thinking. We want to highlight examples of how collaboration across our organization has pushed the boundaries of innovation. Four articles summarize the research outputs from these collaborative cross-team efforts:
Fostering a culture of innovation, open dialogue and debate is paramount for today’s investment managers. Our own experience has taught us the key role that cross-team collaborations have to play in building the type of research culture we need to succeed. Sharing insights across different priors and views of the world, and across geographies, asset classes, and backgrounds, allows us to broaden our knowledge base beyond the sum of the parts.
Markov Models: Statistical time series models that identify regimes through inference of generative processes via indirect observations correlated to these processes.
Principal Component Analysis: Well-known dimensional reduction method used to reduce the dimensionality of large data sets by transforming a large set of variables into a smaller set of variables that still largely retains the original information.
Random Matrix Theory: The study of matrices with random entries.
Sources: State Street Global Advisors, QuantStats.
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