Acadian appoints senior research analyst

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Acadian Asset Management Australia today announced the appointment of Steven Wong to its Australian investment team in the position of Vice President Research and Associate Portfolio Manager.

Mr Wong will focus on research across all facets of Acadian’s Australian and global quantitative equity process, working alongside the global research team based in Boston.

Mr Wong has 10 years’ experience and joins Acadian from Macquarie Investment Management where he was a Quantitative Analyst, spending the past seven years doing quantitative research in the systematic equity team. Prior to Macquarie, he spent several years in investment banking, acquiring a unique mix of corporate finance and quantitative experience at RBC and before that at Rothschild.

Mr Wong has a Master of Finance, a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), a Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) and is currently finishing off his PhD, focused on applying machine learning in financial markets. He was awarded the University Medal in Bioinformatics.

Mr Wong is based in Sydney and reports to Acadian’s Australian Head of Investments Jean-Christophe de Beaulieu.

“We are very excited to have such a strong addition to the local investment team and for the skillset that Steven brings,” said Mr de Beaulieu.

“Steven’s appointment will help us to further advance our research program as we continually look to enhance our investment process.”

“Steven will work closely with the team in Sydney and as part of our global research team. Given his skillset and experience, we expect he will be involved with various projects, including machine learning related research”.

Mr Wong’s appointment takes Acadian’s Australian team to 16 people in Australia.

Acadian is a quantitative firm founded in 1986, based in Boston USA with affiliates located in London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney. It oversees A$133billion in assets under management globally as of 31 October 2020, on behalf of major pension funds, endowments, foundations, governments and other institutional investors around the world. It manages $8.9 billion in assets on behalf of Australian and New Zealand investors.

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