Neuberger Berman announces quantitative investment research partnership with Cheriton School of Computer Science

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Toronto, ON, July 30, 2018 — Neuberger Berman has announced the formation of a research partnership with the University of Waterloo to study and develop data-driven techniques for investment management.

The research partnership brings together Neuberger Berman’s Toronto-based quantitative investment professionals from Neuberger Berman Breton Hill with researchers at the University of Waterloo led by Professors George Labahn, Yuying Li, and Peter Forsyth from the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics.

photo of Professors George Labahn, Peter Forsyth Yuying Li

L–R: Cheriton School of Computer Science Professors George Labahn, Peter Forsyth and Yuying Li

“We must continue to advance the field of quantitative investing in order to create the most effective strategies for our clients,” said Ray Carroll, CIO of Neuberger Berman Breton Hill. “This research partnership is a great way to extend our relationship with the University of Waterloo, which has consistently provided us with talented graduates as we’ve grown our team.”

The collaboration will take a machine learning approach to solving optimal control problems that arise in portfolio construction, rebalancing, and risk management. It will also support PhD and master’s students working on research projects at the Cheriton School of Computer Science and students at University of Waterloo, the largest co-operative education program in the world.

“We are certainly pleased to collaborate with the Neuberger Berman Breton Hill investment team. It’s an opportunity to apply academic research to complex financial risk management, portfolio construction, and rebalancing issues as well as for our students to gain real-world investment experience,” says Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, University Research, University of Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo is a global centre of excellence for quantitative research and applied technology. It has been recognized as the most innovative university in Canada for 26 consecutive years (Maclean’s), with Computer Science at Waterloo ranked in the top 15 worldwide (by U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities 2018).

Neuberger Berman Breton Hill, based in Toronto, Canada, utilizes rigorous quantitative research and proprietary technology infrastructure informed by deep capital markets experience. Solutions range across the risk and return spectrum with a focus on alternative risk premia and multi-factor solutions spanning equities, currencies, commodities, and rates.

About Neuberger Berman

Neuberger Berman, founded in 1939, is a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager. The firm manages a range of strategies—including equity, fixed income, quantitative and multi-asset class, private equity and hedge funds—on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors globally.

With offices in 20 countries, Neuberger Berman’s team is more than 2,000 professionals. For four consecutive years, the company has been named first or second in Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management survey (among those with 1,000 employees or more). Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. It manages $304 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2018.

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About the University of Waterloo 

University of Waterloo is Canada’s top innovation university. With more than 36,000 students we are home to the world's largest co-operative education system of its kind. Our unmatched entrepreneurial culture, combined with an intensive focus on research, powers one of the top innovation hubs in the world.

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