Kent Hargis

Kent Hargis

Co-Chief Investment Officer—Strategic Core Equities

16 Years at AB
24 Years of experience

Kent Hargis was promoted to Co-Chief Investment Officer of Strategic Core Equities in 2018. He has been managing the Global, International and US portfolios since their inception in September 2011, and the Emerging Markets Strategic Core portfolio since January 2015. 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. 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. From 1995 through 1998, he was assistant professor of international finance in the graduate program at the University of South Carolina, where he published extensively on various international investment topics. Hargis holds a PhD in economics from the University of Illinois, where his research focused on international finance, econometrics and emerging financial markets. Location: New York

Investing Tips from a Football Coach
Riding Out Wild Equity Markets
Sticking with Equities when Volatility Strikes
Active Equities Don’t Have to Be Riskier

Volatility in Retirement—What a Drag!

by Chris Marx, Kent Hargis

With markets so calm, it’s easy to become complacent about the corrosive effects that volatility can have on long-term investment success. If you don’t need the money for a long time, you can ride out the inevitable market squalls. But if you’re close to or already drawing from those funds, volatility can be costly.

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Quality Can Deliver in Times of Rising Rates

by Chris Marx, Kent Hargis

As talk of an early Fed “tapering” triggered a sell-off in bonds, safe-haven equities have also suffered. Can low-volatility strategies survive rising rates and an unraveling of the safety trade, in which investors rushed headlong into safe assets no matter the cost? We say, yes—but you’ll need an active approach to navigate the near-term pitfalls.

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Avoid a Passive Pickle in Less Volatile Stocks

by Chris Marx, Kent Hargis

Less volatile, defensive stocks have been so popular lately that many investors are now asking whether the low-volatility opportunity has come and gone. The question highlights why we think a multifaceted, actively managed approach is the way to go when investing in this space. These strategies have more levers to pull to avoid near-term risks and, thus, to extend the long-term return potential of low-volatility stocks.

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