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Helming a true style process, with little regard for individual stock movements, BMO’s head of systematic strategies Erik Rubingh is taking the ego out of fund management

Fund manager profile Erik Rubingh, BMO Global Asset Management

For journalists schooled in scrutinising fund managers on their individual choices in sectors, stocks or bonds, Erik Rubingh is a tough nut to crack.

One of the architects of BMO’s Global Equity Market Neutral strategy, available as a Sicav and a retail onshore fund under the F&C name, Rubingh is keen to stress the merits of his entirely systematic process, whereby stocks are judged purely on their quantifiable characteristics.

That is not to say he is a difficult interviewee, far from it. The discipline he follows is a sign of how the retail funds space has developed in recent years to incorporate more intricate and, in some ways, less ego-driven approaches to delivering returns.

A Dutchman, who joined what was then F&C in 2007 from APG’s Global Quantitative Strategies Group, Rubingh has refined his offering over the past 10 years. He has run F&C North American since soon after joining, while also heading up an institutional global equity mandate since 2010.

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