Monday Minute Chat Series
Why Absolute Return Strategies Are More Important Than Ever
October 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM, EDT
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Absolute return funds are designed to bolster portfolios against downside volatility. However, as we learned in 2020, not all strategies are created equal. Why are absolute return strategies more important than ever? Tune in to listen to Brian D. Singer, partner and head of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team with William Blair, as he discusses with host and moderator, Derek Brodersen, CIO with ATRF Board.
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Brian D. Singer
Brian D. Singer
Partner, Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team, William Blair
About Brian
Derek Brodersen
Derek Brodersen
Chief Investment Officer, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board
About Derek
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Brian D. Singer
Partner, Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team  |  William Blair
Brian is a partner and head of William Blair’s Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS) team, on which he also serves as portfolio manager. He is also a member of the Investment Management leadership team.

Before joining William Blair in 2011, Brian was the head of investment strategies at Singer Partners, LLC. Before that, Brian was the head of global investment solutions and the Americas chief investment officer for UBS Global Asset Management, where he was a member of the UBS Group’s managing board and global asset management executive committee.

Brian is extensively involved with the CFA Institute. He formerly served as a board member and chair of the CFA Institute board of governors. He is a member of the CFA Society Chicago and a former chair and member of the CFA Institute Research Foundation board of trustees, and in 2015, he received the CFA Institute’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes CFA members who have made a significant contribution to the CFA Institute through their leadership, exceptional stewardship, and outstanding service.

Brian has written extensively on global portfolio, currency, and performance issues, and co‑wrote the seminal Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower. In 2009 Brian was the lead author of Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management from Wiley Publishing. In 2018 the CFA Society Chicago awarded Brian the Hortense Friedman Award for Excellence, and in 2015 The Spaulding Group inducted Brian into the Performance and Risk Management Hall of Fame. Brian serves on the endowment investment committee for Exeter College at Oxford University; he is chairman of the “Free to Choose Network,” which is inspired by the ideas of economist Milton Friedman; and he serves as a member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Keystone board.

Brian received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Derek Brodersen
Chief Investment Officer  |  Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board
Derek is Chief Investment Officer of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board (ATRF), an independent corporation that administers the pension plans for teachers in the province of Alberta, Canada. Derek is responsible for the development and implementation of investment policies and strategies, as well as the overall management of ATRF’s $20 billion portfolio of pension assets. Derek joined ATRF in 1997 and assumed the role of Chief Investment Officer in 2008.

Prior to joining ATRF, Derek was Vice-president, Equities at Crown Life Investment Management, and also managed investments in the firm’s fixed income and private equity areas.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, an M.B.A. from York University, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the ICD.D designation.

He serves on the boards of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and the Pacific Pension and Investment Institute and chairs the Board Investment Committee of the University of Alberta.
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