Kwesi Smith, CFA, is a global equity research analyst. He covers large-cap consumer companies. Before joining the firm in 2015, Kwesi was an equity research analyst for TimesSquare Capital Management for 10 years. In this role, he supported the firm’s research efforts across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, technology, media/cable, defense, and consumer, before focusing on healthcare. Before that, Kwesi worked at MetLife Investments as a technology, media/cable, and telecom fixed-income research analyst and provided credit analysis across a variety of fixed-income asset classes, including high yield, private placement, leveraged finance, and investment-grade public corporates. He is on the governing board of 3Arts and Breakthrough. He is also a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. Kwesi received a B.S. from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
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The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, mortgage-backed securities (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), asset-backed securities, and commercial mortgage backed securities.
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The MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that captures small cap representation across developed and emerging markets.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets.
The MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets.
The Russell 2000 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index designed to represent the small cap segment of the U.S. equity universe.
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TERMS Alpha is a measure of an investment’s return in excess of the market’s return, after both have been adjusted for risk.
Beta is a measure of the volatility of an investment relative to the overall market, represented by a comparable benchmark.
Half-life is a statistical measure of the time required for the discrepancy between price and value to contract by half of its starting value. Fundamental value estimates are based on the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team’s proprietary research.
P/E Ratio is a measure of valuation which compares share price to earnings per share, calculated using estimates for the next twelve months.
Standard deviation is a statistical measurement of variations from the average.
QUANTITATIVE MODELS – FACTOR DEFINITIONS The William Blair Earnings Trend Model captures information about short- and medium-term changes in analyst estimates in an attempt to anticipate future estimate changes and stock performance. The score combines measurements of earnings revisions, momentum, and earnings surprise.
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