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As we ended 2021, everything looked so promising. Now more than ever with volatility seemingly on the rise, it is important to gain perspective from an experienced investment professional to help you navigate the months ahead and adjust your client’s portfolios appropriately.
In this episode, David Partain and Chris Huemmer, senior investment strategist at FlexShares, sit down to discuss 2022 trends in the market in an effort to spot opportunities across various asset classes and explore the critical factors that may drive the market this year.
David and Chris discuss:
- How to navigate the volatility in the equity portion of your portfolio
- What factors performed well in 2021 and how might they perform in 2022
- What potential strategies to consider in an effort to protect your client’s portfolios against inflation
- And more
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About Our Guest:
Christopher Huemmer: Chris Huemmer is the senior investment strategist for Northern Trust Asset Management. Chris is responsible for equity strategy and provides equity product development, investment strategy and related ETF product expertise to the team. Chris serves as the catalyst and conduit for turning Northern Trust Asset Management’s investment thought leadership into successful ETF products.
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