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Quantitative Active Equity


Achieving Excess Returns by Avoiding Unintended Risks

What if you could find a way to identify which risks are most likely to move you closer to your goals – and which are most likely to be rewarded? What if you could build an equity portfolio to employ the most efficient strategies to help you reach your objectives?

With quantitative equity strategies, we provide a more rewarding approach to better compensate you for the risks you're taking.

Think Differently, Optimize Exposure 

We see the space between active and index blurring, and this shift presents new opportunities for investors to find a better route to achieving their objectives. Whether you use alternative or customized indices, factor-based strategies or incorporate our proprietary quality score, we can help you gain the most effective exposure possible.

Our quantitative equity approach optimizes equity risk to:

  • Identify portfolio risks worth taking based on your goals
  • Analyze your existing portfolio to determine the true current risk
  • Create a custom solution tailored for your needs

Collaborative Solutions in Action

Our global equity team works with clients to target factors to meet portfolio objectives. Solution agnostic, they create a range of answers – alternative index, factor-based and proprietary quality solutions – to address our clients' unique and complex challenges. Some examples of our solutions include:

  • Quality Low Volatility
  • Quality ESG
  • Quality Large Cap Core
  • Quality Value
  • Quality Dividend Focus
  • Quality Small Cap Value
  • Quality Small Cap Core

A Range of Vehicles to Meet Your Needs

Choosing the right vehicle is important to your investments' overall success. We offer a range of multi-factor strategies across regions and market capitalizations.

Want to Learn More?

Discover how Northern Trust can help you analyze the risks your portfolio faces – and identify those worth taking. Explore our quantitative equity solutions today, and start putting that risk to work in your favour.

Andrew Knell, CFA

Andrew Knell, CFA

Senior Investment Strategist, Global Equity
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Andrew Knell, CFA

Andrew Knell, CFA

Senior Investment Strategist, Global Equity
Andrew Knell is a Senior Vice President and senior investment strategist for Global Equity 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, quantitative, and active strategies. Andrew also has an active role in working with clients to design ESG and responsible investment solutions.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2014, Andrew was with Russell Investments in London where responsibilities included managing Russell Indexes’ European client base of buy-side managers, sell-side banks and ETF issuers, and acting as a product specialist for equity indices and smart beta. Previously in his career at Russell Investments, Andrew was responsible for asset management business development and client relationship management for institutional investors and strategic distribution partners. Andrew started at Russell Investments in 2005 with responsibility for developing and managing Russell’s fund management range in EMEA. Prior to Russell, Andrew started his career working at a small boutique financial consultancy.

Andrew holds a first class bachelors degree in Cognitive Science from the University of London. He is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). He is a member of the CFA Society United Kingdom and the CFA Institute.

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