It is my ambitious goal to help people with one of the most important aspects of their
daily lives – financial investment. Many questions arose in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, when unexpected correlations forced investors to seek deeper insights into underlying risk
and return drivers: How do we save for the future in a low interest rate environment with no inflation? How do we invest properly in an absolute return fashion? How do we prepare for rising health
care costs while life expectancies continually increase? How do we hedge against specific risks? What is the most effective way to allocate assets and to construct a portfolio? The investment
industry is currently undergoing profound structural changes that pose major challenges to asset managers. At the same time investment methodologies - particularly the understanding of risk and
return characteristics of asset classes through the lense of factors - have advanced in recent years through academic research. In my opinion, translating these academic findings
into investable investment vehicles is the next step forward to transform asset management.