AB is a leading global investment management and research firm with US $808.8 billion of assets under management. AB has a comprehensive range of research, portfolio management, wealth management and client service offices around the world, reflecting their global capabilities and the needs of their clients. With 47 locations in 21 countries, their global teams collaborate across asset classes and investment strategies to help spark new thinking and deliver effective solutions. AllianceBernstein is a signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment.
AB employs a disciplined, bottom-up investment process that uses proprietary fundamental and quantitative research to select stocks that are attractive based on quality, stability, and price. Their focus on these attributes help create a desirable performance patterns: quality tends to help provide outperformance, stability provides downside protection and by incorporating a perspective on valuation, the AB investment team can avoid pockets of the market that may be crowded, and thus expensive and vulnerable. The strategy is an actively-managed, high conviction, core equity portfolio designed to outperform the S&P 500 index over time, while emphasizing downside protection and capturing most of the upside in rising markets. It seeks to achieve balanced exposure to quality, stability and reasonable price. AllianceBernstein considers Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in the investment and decision-making process.
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Kent Hargis is Portfolio Manager of Strategic Core Equities and has 21 years of industry experience. He has been managing the Global, International and US portfolios since their inception in September 2011. Hargis was named Head of Quantitative Research for Equities in 2009, with responsibility for overseeing the research and application of risk and return models across the firm's equity portfolios, and is currently Co-Head of Quantitative Research. He joined the firm in October 2003 as a senior quantitative strategist. Prior to that, Hargis was chief portfolio strategist for global emerging markets at Goldman Sachs.
Sammy Suzuki is Portfolio Manager of Strategic Core Equities. He was 23 years of industry experience and has managed the Emerging Markets Strategic Core portfolio since its inception in July 2012. He joined AB in 1994 as a research associate covering the capital equipment industry, and then became an analyst covering the technology industry. From 1998 to 2004 Suzuki served as senior research analyst for the global automotive industry. He then became director of research for Canadian Value Equities and served as leader of the global commodities team. From 2010 to 2012 Suzuki was director of Fundamental Value Research, managing a team of over 50 fundamental analysts globally. In addition, from 2008 to 2015 he was director of research for Emerging Markets Value Equities.