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Active equity portfolios that offer both improved performance and managed volatility

NEW! Quality Low Volatility Strategy
For investors seeking to mitigate the effects of volatile equity markets while maintaining broad equity exposure, Northern Trust offers a Quality Low-Volatility (QLV) strategy. Read more

Investors have long turned to Northern Trust for high-quality, risk-managed equity investments. Our core quality philosophy is based on thorough analysis, and lies at the heart of each equity strategy we offer. This foundation of quality helps us create and manage active equity portfolios that offer both improved performance and managed volatility.

What Does Quality Really Mean?
We use proprietary models designed to identify high-quality companies, undertaking detailed assessments of each company compared to its peers, using fundamental factors that are empirically tested, supported by academic research and applied quantitatively. We believe high-quality companies should exhibit characteristics such as:

  • Management efficiency
  • Profitability
  • Cash generation

Why is Quality Important for Investors?
Quality can help meet your investment objectives, as a single factor or in combination with other factors. Northern Trust’s proprietary method identifies high-quality companies and thoughtfully incorporates them into a portfolio that best suits your needs.

Greg Behar

Greg Behar

Director of Global Equity Investment Strategy
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Greg Behar

Greg Behar

Director of Global Equity Investment Strategy
 

Greg Behar is a Senior Vice President and Director of Global Equity Investment Strategy at Northern Trust Asset Management. The Global Equity Strategy team collaborates with investors to provide the optimal path to achieving their investment objectives. The team provides investment thought leadership to investors globally and is responsible for developing comprehensive investment solutions and insights across the spectrum of index, engineered, and active equity strategies. Greg has published thought leadership pieces on topics relevant to global equity markets, including articles in Northern Trust’s Quarterly Equity Bulletin and Point of View, as well as The Journal of Index Investing. Greg was previously a Senior Investment Strategist for the Global Quantitative Management and Global Index Equity teams.
 
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Greg was a portfolio specialist for the active quantitative equity strategies at Deutsche Asset Management, conducting product development activities and representing investment strategies with clients, prospects, trustees and consultants. He was previously a portfolio specialist for traditional fundamental equity strategies at Zurich Scudder, providing clients and consultants with research and insights on a broad range of international and domestic strategies.
 
Greg received a B.A. in economics from Binghamton University.

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