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Michael Hunstad, Ph.D.

Chief Investment Officer – Global Equities

Michael Hunstad is the chief investment officer for global equities at Northern Trust Asset Management. He serves on the asset management executive group, and leads all equity portfolio management and research for quantitative, index and tax-advantaged strategies.

Previously, Michael was director of quantitative research where he was responsible for leading Northern Trust Asset Management's factor-based research and product development programs.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, he was head of research at Breakwater Capital, an algorithmic trading firm and hedge fund. Previously, he was head of quantitative asset allocation at Allstate Investments, LLC and a quantitative analyst with a long-short equity hedge fund. He 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. He has published more than 80 articles and papers in professional and academic journals including Pensions & Investments, European Pensions, the Journal of Index Investing, the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, the Journal of Financial and Strategic Decisions and the Journal of Corporate Treasury Management. Michael has also spoken at more than 200 conferences across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand.

Latest Insights

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.

Small-cap, dividend and value stocks among other equity styles can come with unwanted baggage, and results, if investors aren’t careful.