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Bob Browne, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Bob Browne is executive vice president and chief investment officer for Northern Trust. He is a member of Northern Trust's Management Group. He is also a co-portfolio manager of the Northern Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund.

Bob chairs the firm’s Investment Policy Committee, which sets investment policy for all Northern Trust groups in all asset classes. He is responsible for investment performance, process and philosophy across multiple investment strategies including fixed income, active equity and passive investments. Bob joined Northern Trust in January 2009 and has 30 years of investment experience.

From 2004 to 2009, Bob worked for ING Investment Management and was the firm’s chief investment officer for fixed income and proprietary investments. In this capacity, he oversaw $120 billion in assets under management across retail and institutional clients, as well as the firm’s own insurance assets. From 2002 to 2004, Bob was founder and managing partner of Picador Capital, an alternative investment firm. From 1999 to 2001, he was co-head of Americas fixed income for Merrill Lynch Investments and he also worked in the firm’s London office from 1997 to 1999 as a senior portfolio manager. Bob spent the first eight years of his career, from 1989 until 1997, at JP Morgan Investment working as a global fixed income and currency portfolio manager in the firm’s Tokyo and London offices.

Bob holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He also has a master’s in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Bob is a CFA® charterholder.

Latest Insights

Despite concerns about U.S.-China trade frictions and mixed economic data, global growth resilience continues to drive U.S. high-yield bonds, U.S. equities and global REITs forward. CIO Bob Browne explains.

We have lowered our expectations for the U.S. Treasury 10-year yield and now think the Fed will cut rates later this year. CIO Bob Browne explains.

While we confirm our current positioning of being overweight risk assets, there is one thing the Fed could do this week to further reinforce our outlook for growth. CIO Bob Browne explains.

Now that equity markets are off to a roaring start in 2019, various market pundits are coming out with some very specific forecasts. We prefer to focus on the climate. CIO Bob Browne explains.