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George Mussalli was quoted in Emily Chasan’s article “Quants Say They Can Make Investing More Sustainable,” published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

January 22, 2020

“That’s because much of the data on environmental, social, and governance issues—ESG, in the investment world’s shorthand—comes from companies themselves. “The question is always whether ESG information is more of a PR marketing story,” says George Mussalli, chief investment officer and head of research for equities at PanAgora Asset Management, which describes its approach as […]

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George Mussalli was quoted in Dervedia Thomas’ article “Managers Move Cautiously with Alternative Data as Scrutiny Intensifies,” published by FundFire.

January 10, 2020

“Other alternative data sets, such as GPS-related sources that disclose locations, may be risky,” says George Mussalli, PanAgora Asset Management’s equities CIO and head of research. “A lot of these things are coming from apps,” he says. “The problem is, I am not sure that everyone that is using the app is fully aware that […]

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PanAgora would like to congratulate the winners of the 18th annual Dr. Richard A. Crowell Prize, which recognizes new and cutting-edge academic research that connects theory and practice in the field of quantitative investing.

December 19, 2019

A paper that examines how foreign and local sentiments play roles in affecting asset prices across markets has won this year’s Richard A. Crowell prize. Azi Ben-Rephael, Xi Dong, Massimo Massa and Changyun Zhou won the prize for their paper “Foreign Sentiment.”

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George Mussalli was quoted in Ken Rapoza’s article “In 2020, Russians Will Rediscover Capitalism,” published by Forbes.

December 17, 2019

“People were getting overly pessimistic in the second half about a recession, about Brexit and maybe even U.S. labor markets being overheated,” says George Mussalli, chief investment officer and head of equity research for PanAgora Asset Management, a 30 year old quant fund firm based in Boston with around $44 billion in assets under management. 

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George Mussalli was quoted in Dervedia Thomas’ article “Managers Deploy Natural Language Processing to Detect Greenwashing,” published by FundFire.

Asset management firms are deploying natural language processing (NLP) to help identify and weed out companies that adopt a superficial approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Some companies engage in so-called greenwashing — the act of presenting a firm as more ESG friendly than it actually is — by promoting efforts to stay […]

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PanAgora is pleased to announce that we have been named to Pensions & Investments 2019 Best Places to Work in Money Management.

December 9, 2019

Seventy-six firms — a record number — earned a spot on the 2019 Best Places to Work in Money Management special report produced by Pensions & Investments and its research partner. In its eighth annual program, P&I worked with Best Companies Group, Harrisburg, Pa., to collect and analyze survey data to identify companies that stood […]

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CIO, George Mussalli, was quoted in Laurence Fletcher’s article “How quants and QE shook the cult of the stockpicker,” published by the Financial Times.

November 22, 2019

“It looks like no manager can pick stocks any more, so why not just buy the index?” said George Mussalli, chief investment officer for equities at Boston-based investment firm PanAgora Asset Management. He believes being an active manager is a “dirty term” now. “But we’re just in a cycle where large-cap has outperformed.”  

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PanAgora was a recipient at the 2019 Institutional Asset Management Awards hosted by Pension Bridge.

November 12, 2019

Over 100 industry professionals gathered at The Metropolitan Club in New York on November 6 to celebrate the outstanding work achieved over the past 12 months, and for the all important reveal of the 2019 winners.

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PanAgora’s Nick Alonso was quoted in Ksenia Galouchko’s article “Beloved Quant Trade of 2019 is Under Threat Now Risk is Back,” published by Bloomberg.

November 7, 2019

“Low vol is well-positioned to do particularly well going forward,” said Nick Alonso, director of the multi-asset group at PanAgora Asset Management. “There’s no shortage of uncertainty coming from Europe but positioning a strategy to be more defensive globally, that’s a pretty strong position to be in going into the next year.”

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Eric Sorensen was the feature of Chris Sloley’s article “Two battlefronts that will define quant’s future leaders,” published by Citywire.

October 2, 2019

“The quantitative investment houses that will lead the market are those that can get ahead in the fight for superior information processes and convert them into effective models. That is one of the key takeaways from ‘The golden age of quant’, a research paper by Eric Sorensen, the chief executive officer and president of systematic […]

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