Institutional Investors

Emerging Markets

INVESTMENT APPROACH

LMCG’s Emerging Markets strategies employ a bottom-up quantitative approach to investing that seeks to exploit market inefficiencies by identifying stocks with attractive valuations that also have good growth prospects and high quality of earnings. By selecting stocks ranked highly on a variety of metrics which are based on fundamental investing principles, our international team is able to diversify the sources of alpha in the portfolio. With this diversification, the team seeks to achieve more stable returns through different types of market environments.

LMCG’s portfolio construction process uses proprietary tools, not an optimizer to construct portfolios. This feature allows the team to build portfolios one stock at a time in order to select those stocks that offer the best exposure to the team’s alpha factors while mitigating risk. The team’s stock selection model is designed to be a model for all seasons and incorporates factors that are expected to contribute at different times and through different economic cycles.

LMCG offers two Emerging Markets strategies.  Attention to risk control is a key feature of the portfolio management process in both strategies. Both portfolios are well-diversified across countries and sectors, with betas at or close to 1.0.

The Emerging Markets strategy invests primarily in companies in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index that typically have a market capitalization greater than $500 million.

The Emerging Markets Small Cap strategy invests primarily in companies in the MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Index.

Associated Strategies

Portfolio Management Team

  • Gordon A. Johnson, PhD, CFA
    Managing Director, Global Equities

    Gordon Johnson is the lead portfolio manager for LMCG’s Global strategies. Prior to joining LMCG in August 2006, Mr. Johnson spent six years at Evergreen Investments, where he served as senior portfolio manager and Senior Vice President/Director for the firm’s Global Structured Products group. Mr. Johnson developed the department’s domestic and international quantitative stock selection models and portfolio construction tools, and managed equity portfolios in the large-cap core, large-cap value, all-cap, small-cap core, small-cap growth, and EAFE asset classes. Prior to joining Evergreen, Mr. Johnson spent seven years at Colonial Management, where he served as portfolio manager for the Colonial Fund, a quantitative/fundamentally managed global mid-cap balanced fund and was Director and Vice President of Quantitative Research. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts and California State University. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of California State University, holds an MBA from the University of Washington, Seattle and a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a CFA charterholder.

  • Shannon M. Ericson, CFA
    Portfolio Manager

    Shannon Ericson is a portfolio manager and analyst for LMCG’s Global strategies. Prior to joining LMCG in August 2006, Ms. Ericson spent six years at Evergreen Investments Group, where she served as Vice President, Quantitative Equities Analyst for the firm’s Global Structural Products group. Ms. Ericson’s responsibilities included strategy design, new product development, and the rebalancing and optimization of portfolios. Prior to joining Evergreen, Ms. Ericson spent six years at Independence International Associates, Inc., where she served as Vice President, Quantitative International Equities and Marketing Officer, Quantitative International Equities. Prior to joining Independence International Associates, Inc., Ms. Ericson spent four years at Mellon Trust Company, where she served as Investment Communications Officer in the Private Asset Management Group. Ms. Ericson is a graduate of Bentley College and holds a BS in Finance and an MBA. She is a CFA charterholder.

  • Daniel M. Getler, CFA
    Analyst

    Daniel Getler is an analyst for LMCG’s Global Strategies. He joined the firm in May 2010 as an Investment Administrator in the Operations group. Mr. Getler joined the International Team in January 2013 after working on several projects with the team. Prior to joining LMCG, Mr. Getler spent one year at Globe Tax Services, where he served as an International Tax Reclaim Specialist. Mr. Getler is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MS in Finance from Boston College. He is a CFA charterholder.

  • Chi Zhang, PhD
    Analyst

    Chi Zhang is a Quantitative Research Analyst for the Global Equity team. Prior to joining LMCG in April 2016, Mr. Zhang worked for the Global Equity team in the summer of 2015 and was responsible for researching stock selection factor ideas for the team. Mr. Zhang holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a MS in Economics from the Renmin University of China and a BS in Economics from Sichuan University. He is a CFA Level III candidate and has passed CAIA Level I.

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Gordon Johnson is the lead portfolio manager for LMCG’s Global strategies. Prior to joining LMCG in August 2006, Mr. Johnson spent six years at Evergreen Investments, where he served as senior portfolio manager and Senior Vice President/Director for the firm’s Global Structured Products group. Mr. Johnson developed the department’s domestic and international quantitative stock selection models and portfolio construction tools, and managed equity portfolios in the large-cap core, large-cap value, all-cap, small-cap core, small-cap growth, and EAFE asset classes. Prior to joining Evergreen, Mr. Johnson spent seven years at Colonial Management, where he served as portfolio manager for the Colonial Fund, a quantitative/fundamentally managed global mid-cap balanced fund and was Director and Vice President of Quantitative Research. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts and California State University. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of California State University, holds an MBA from the University of Washington, Seattle and a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a CFA charterholder.

Shannon Ericson is a portfolio manager and analyst for LMCG’s Global strategies. Prior to joining LMCG in August 2006, Ms. Ericson spent six years at Evergreen Investments Group, where she served as Vice President, Quantitative Equities Analyst for the firm’s Global Structural Products group. Ms. Ericson’s responsibilities included strategy design, new product development, and the rebalancing and optimization of portfolios. Prior to joining Evergreen, Ms. Ericson spent six years at Independence International Associates, Inc., where she served as Vice President, Quantitative International Equities and Marketing Officer, Quantitative International Equities. Prior to joining Independence International Associates, Inc., Ms. Ericson spent four years at Mellon Trust Company, where she served as Investment Communications Officer in the Private Asset Management Group. Ms. Ericson is a graduate of Bentley College and holds a BS in Finance and an MBA. She is a CFA charterholder.

Daniel Getler is an analyst for LMCG’s Global Strategies. He joined the firm in May 2010 as an Investment Administrator in the Operations group. Mr. Getler joined the International Team in January 2013 after working on several projects with the team. Prior to joining LMCG, Mr. Getler spent one year at Globe Tax Services, where he served as an International Tax Reclaim Specialist. Mr. Getler is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MS in Finance from Boston College. He is a CFA charterholder.

Chi Zhang is a Quantitative Research Analyst for the Global Equity team. Prior to joining LMCG in April 2016, Mr. Zhang worked for the Global Equity team in the summer of 2015 and was responsible for researching stock selection factor ideas for the team. Mr. Zhang holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a MS in Economics from the Renmin University of China and a BS in Economics from Sichuan University. He is a CFA Level III candidate and has passed CAIA Level I.

Emerging Markets Vehicle(s) Offered:
Separate account
Collective trust
Private Fund

Emerging Markets Small Cap Vehicle(s) Offered:
Collective trust
Private Fund

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