The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to a new investment paradigm, characterized by near-zero interest rates, coordinated monetary and fiscal policy, and heightened internal and external conflict.
Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors.
Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world’s markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles.
Founded in 1975, we are a community of independent thinkers who share a commitment for excellence. By fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and inclusion, we strive to unlock the most complex questions in investment strategy, management, and corporate culture.
Investment Associate, Investment Engine
"One of the things that keeps me here is the people…Throughout my career I've found that across the Research department and Analytics more broadly, people are more than willing to reach out and provide career advice and make themselves available even when they're incredibly busy."
Investment Associate, Client Service
"When I was on the equities team, my work was very much centered on the question of: What is the best investment process for Bridgewater? In Client Service, I’m trying to answer questions like: How do we partner best with our clients and help them reach their goals, given the unique circumstances they face?"
Co-Head of Investment Engineering, Investment Engine
“Every investment manager is trying to figure out what gives them the ability to beat markets, which is called ‘edge.’ I would say a big piece of our edge is our ability to do research quickly and very deeply — meaning across time and across markets. What we've been able to do in Investment Engineering is enabling that reality."
Software Engineer, Trading
"Through automation, our team has transformed the way we execute trades. Now Bridgewater can execute a higher volume of trades at a lower cost than ever before, which translates into savings for our clients and time back to our traders that can be reinvested into more strategic work."
Head of Trading Execution
"As we transform our capabilities, the role of a trader is changing. There is less pressing of buttons and picking up the phone to trade and more thinking critically about what we are doing, our strategies, our systems and how we can continue to evolve. We are shaping our desk for what the future of trading here looks like and that is exciting."
Resiliency Program Lead, Security
"For Bridgewater to respond well to an event of COVID's magnitude, it takes more than just one person or team — it takes the whole organization. It's been inspiring to see all aspects of the company rally around this global challenge to meet our core resiliency goals while caring for each other in creative and unique ways."
Our core mission as an organization is to understand the fundamental drivers of markets and turn that understanding into high-quality portfolios and investment advice for our clients.
We do this in three critical ways: by being fundamental, systematic, and diversified. We seek to understand the economy in a fundamental way, uncovering the timeless and universal cause-and-effect linkages that drive global markets. That understanding is implemented systematically and converted into explicit rules that can be rigorously stress-tested. Finally, we create highly diversified portfolios that are not dependent on any one source of return and can survive a wide range of economic environments.
Our unique track record of success is a result of having great people operating in our unique, idea meritocratic culture. We seek intellectually curious, independent thinkers from a wide range of backgrounds to create diversity of thought, and we expect everyone to speak up to make sense of things. This creates an environment in which ideas are debated and challenged to get to the best answers.
Every Monday morning, our research team gathers for a three-hour meeting called “What’s Going On In the World” to discuss how market events are unfolding relative to our understanding.
From pioneering the separation of alpha and beta to our deep roots in China, Bridgewater has been on the front edge of the investment industry for over 45 years. We are always striving to develop the deepest possible understanding of how the world works, and these unique insights help us advocate for what we believe is best for our clients.
Bridgewater’s clients are among the most sophisticated global institutional investors — including private and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and university endowments — and whose constituents rely on sound investing. Beyond just managing money, we establish decades-long partnerships with our clients to understand their unique needs, remaining in constant dialogue about market observations and portfolio construction.
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