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Spotlight on
Katrina Sherrerd

CEO, Research Affiliates


Katrina Sherrerd, PhD, CFA, is dedicated to guiding the firm by fostering a culture of curiosity and respect, encouraging the multiplicity of insights and approaches her global team brings to the table. In her experience, this process is the most effective means to achieve sustainable investment outcomes.

Read the Latest from Katrina Sherrerd

The Challenges of Diversity

The business case for diversity is compelling, but the investment case for diversity is less clear-cut. We suggest, therefore, that investors who seek to promote diversity and its business benefits combine diversity with known drivers of excess returns.

Unlocking the Performance Potential in ESG Investing

By combining a tilt toward companies that display financial discipline and that embrace corporate diversity with the return engine of a fundamentally weighted portfolio, we believe investors in environmental, social, and governance (ESG)–related strategies have the opportunity to earn superior long-term risk-adjusted returns.

The Winning Formula: Mission + Culture + Team

CEO transitions are a great time to focus on refining the enduring formula of a firm’s success. At Research Affiliates that formula has three equally important elements: mission, culture, and team. The result are win-win-win outcomes—that is, a win for our end investors, a win for our distribution partners, and a win for ourselves.

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How Culture Improves Outcomes: Cognitive Diversity

Leaders are tasked with making teams better than the sum of their parts and improving firm management decisions — for the benefit of clients, partners, employees, and investors.

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Defining an Ideal Culture: A Values-Based Framework

In short, a culture that fosters and leverages collective intelligence (CI) creates improved outcomes for the firm and contributes to an inclusive environment for a cognitively diverse team.

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Four Principles to Sustaining a Desired Culture

Once we define the culture we aspire to build, our challenge and responsibility is to cultivate it over time. That process is far from automatic and has no finish line.  

The Investment Case for Culture

Our challenge and responsibility as investment professionals is to improve investor outcomes. Naturally, we’re curious what role the culture of the companies in which we invest plays. Does it contribute to the overall performance of our investments when it comes to portfolio returns?