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Chris Yao, CFA

Chris Yao, CFA

Head of Quantitative Equity Research

  • 13 Years with the firm
  • 22 Years of industry experience

Chris is the head of quantitative equity research. He is responsible for the oversight of the firm’s quantitative equity research for the multi-factor and quantitative stock selection strategies in both developed and emerging equity markets. He is also a portfolio manager for several multi-factor, international and emerging market equity strategies. 

Chris works closely with the firm’s fundamental research and portfolio management teams to harness in-house and external data intelligence, provide data and investment tools and analytics, advise on portfolio optimization and construction. He also develops proprietary models that blend fundamental insights with quantitative techniques. 

Before joining the firm, Chris was a quantitative researcher at Starmine, now part of Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters). Prior to that, he was a risk analyst at HSBC North America and a senior corporate finance analyst at Shanghai Pudong Development Bank in China. 

Chris is a member of CFA Institute. He received a BS in International Business from Shanghai University, China and an MBA in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Experience listed may include partial year periods.