|Job title||Managing Director, Business Leader for the Artisan Partners Growth Team|
|Title||Stocks Follow Profits; The Artisan Partners Growth Team|
|Content||The Artisan Partners Growth Team believe that stocks follow profits. The team seeks high-quality franchises trading at a reasonable discount to their value as a private company and utilise a unique approach to confidence weighting the portfolios. The team have a strong preference for investments in areas of the global economy with a tendency toward disruption and innovation. The Growth team’s strategies offer clients high active share and a strong focus on absolute return.|
|Biog||Chip Ridley, CFA, is a managing director of Artisan Partners and the business leader for the firm’s Growth team. Prior to joining Artisan Partners in June 2006, Mr. Ridley was a director of business development and consultant relations for Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC, where he managed the institutional marketing efforts for western North America and served as product manager for the Emerging Markets strategy. Before that, he was a corporate vice president and principal at Montgomery Asset Management. Mr. Ridley also spent nine years as an aviator in the United States Navy, where he flew and instructed in various types of fighter aircraft. Mr. Ridley holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University.|
|Job title||Head of Multi-asset Research, Multi-asset Quantitative Research|
|Title||Schroders systematic investments: Global Multi-Factor|
|Content||Key to our investment process is our commitment to thoughtful but continuous progress in implementing the best ideas we can access, informed by the scientific method. Our portfolios are formed systematically, following rigorous study of proposed model changes, using high quality and closely scrutinised data. We seek excess returns through high quality implementation of non-commoditised signals corresponding to the key factors of value, quality, momentum and low volatility. Risk management is central to our portfolio construction, including the weights we assign to factors and a variety of controls on position size. Overwhelmingly, we seek to exploit factors through stock selection rather than through industry or geographic allocation, as we believe stock selection offers greater breadth and tighter risk management than allocation.|
|Biog||Ashley Lester is the Head of Multi-Asset Research at Schroders, which involves responsibility for factor investing strategies (both long-only and long-short), risk premium allocation modelling and the development of proprietary portfolio construction tools. Ashley is Chair of the Strategic Investment Group Multi-Asset (SIGMA) and the Model Review Group. He joined Schroders in 2015 and is based in London.|
|Job title||Portfolio Manager, European Equities|
|Company||Columbia Threadneedle Investments|
|Title||Threadneedle European Select – quality and sustainable competitive advantage|
|Content||Europe’s equity markets are broad and deep, with access to global and local growth opportunities. Mark Nichols, manager of the Threadneedle European Select Fund, shows how he identifies companies with sustainable competitive advantages, and how their value is often underestimated. This concentrated portfolio of high-quality companies has consistently generated strong long-term returns for our clients.|
Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Your capital is at Risk. The mention of the fund is not a solicitation to buy. Please refer to http://www.columbiathreadneedle.com/ for further information
|Biog||Mark Nichols is a portfolio manager and member of our European equities team. He co-manages the European Select Fund alongside David Dudding. |
Mark has spent his career analyzing and investing in European equities, starting at Invesco. He joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2015.
Mark studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and earned a Master’s in Contemporary History & Politics at London University.