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Acadian appoints lead for new systematic credit initiative

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Acadian Asset Management is to introduce a systematic credit capability to serve growing client demand and has hired Scott Richardson as director, systematic credit to lead this effort.

Richardson will build out and lead a team of portfolio managers, researchers, traders, and support personnel focused on this new initiative, with plans to seed the first strategies in 2023. This work will initially focus on corporate credit-based strategies including high yield corporate, investment grade corporate, and credit long-short.  

Richardson has over 15 years of experience in leading both systematic equity and credit investing at BGI/BlackRock and AQR. He has over 25 years of experience in academia at various top-tier institutions, most recently at the London Business School.
 
Acadian cited changing bond market dynamics (including increases in electronic bond trading and data availability), alignment with their core capabilities, and investor demand as the primary drivers behind their strategy to enter systematic credit. 

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