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Michael Hunstad, Ph.D.

Deputy CIO & CIO of Global Equities

Michael Hunstad is deputy chief investment officer and chief investment officer of global equities for Northern Trust Asset Management. Michael is a member of the Asset Management Executive Group and has oversight of all equity portfolio management, research and trading activities including quantitative, index and tax-advantaged strategies. Additionally, he assists with the development of investment vision, strategy portfolio construction and risk management framework for the firm’s broad investment platform.

Previously, Michael was Head of Quantitative Strategies where he was responsible for leading Northern Trust Asset Management’s factor based research, portfolio management and product development programs. Before joining Northern Trust, he was head of research at Breakwater Capital, an algorithmic trading firm and hedge fund. Prior to that role, he was head of quantitative asset allocation at Allstate Investments, LLC and a quantitative analyst with a long-short equity hedge fund.

Michael has also served as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Michael holds a Ph.D. in mathematics, an MBA in finance, an M.A. in econometrics and a bachelor's degree in economics.

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Stocks stumbled into the New Year with the Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates. Director of Quantitative Strategies Michael Hunstad, Ph.D., forecasts what to expect from equities in 2022 and how investors can prepare.

A handful of companies increasingly influence returns of supposedly diversified equity indexes globally, a danger in particular for passive investing. Head of Quantitative Strategies Michael Hunstad, Ph.D., says active strategies may help.