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Choosing a ‘Smart Beta’ Factor: Not Which, But When [PDF]

Read our latest paper to know why investment horizon, rather than the timing of incorporating factor-based strategies, is the key to meeting your objectives.

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Preparing for a Low Carbon Economy [PDF]

This paper examines how investors can achieve their broader investment objectives while meeting their low-carbon goals using a combination of Quality and Low Carbon.

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Evaluating the Efficiency of Smart Beta Indices - April, 2015 [PDF]

This latest paper analyses how well smart beta indices capture exposure to compensated risk factors and minimize unintended, uncompensated exposure using our proprietary metric, the Factor Efficiency Ratio (FER).

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Point of View
Investment insights, trend analysis and timely commentary from our investment experts.
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Bob Browne, CFA

Bob Browne, CFA

Chief Investment Officer
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Bob Browne, CFA

Bob Browne, CFA

Chief Investment Officer
 

Bob Browne is an Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Northern Trust. He is a member of Northern Trust's Operating Group, reporting directly to the Management Group.

Bob chairs the firm’s Investment Policy Committee, which sets investment policy for all Northern Trust groups in all asset classes. He is responsible for investment performance, process and philosophy across multiple investment strategies including fixed income, active equity and passive investments. Bob joined Northern Trust in January 2009 and has more than 20 years of investment experience.

From 2004 until 2009, Bob worked for ING Investment Management and was the firm’s Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income and Proprietary Investments. In this capacity, he oversaw $120 billion in assets under management across retail and institutional clients, as well as the firm’s own insurance assets. From 2002 to 2004, Bob was founder and Managing Partner of Picador Capital, an alternative investment firm. From 1999 to 2001, he was Co-Head of Americas Fixed Income for Merrill Lynch Investments and he also worked in the firm’s London office from 1997 to 1999 as a senior portfolio manager. Bob spent the first eight years of his career, from 1989 until 1997, at JP Morgan Investment working as a global fixed income and currency portfolio manager in the firm’s Tokyo and London offices.

Bob holds a B.A. with a major in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He also has a Masters in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Bob is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Factor-Based Investing
Factors drove nearly all excess returns over the past 50 years. Put risk to work in your favor.
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The Next 5 Years: What Investors Can Expect

 
Jim McDonald gives an inside look into our new capital market assumptions research, which identifies the key investment themes shifting the global asset allocation, risk and return landscape over the next five years.
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Bob Browne 5-Year Outlook: Entrenched Growth, Stuckflation

 
Entrenched Growth, one of our themes in this year’s Capital Market Assumptions Five-Year Outlook, means we expect sustained but modest growth that will underpin equity performance. Chief Investment Officer Bob Browne explains on Bloomberg.
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