The New Investment Paradigm

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.



What We Do



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.

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Our Team



Kate

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."

Nina

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?"

Alex

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."

Obasi

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."

Tobi

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."

Ross

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."



Investment Careers



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.



Getting the best ideas

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.

Shaping the Industry

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.

Lasting Strategic Partnerships

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.



Career Tracks



The Investment Research & Analytics team is responsible for building out and advancing our understanding of how global markets and economies work — in other words, they're responsible for shaping the way we manage money. The team includes our flagship Investment Associate program which is a vital part of Bridgewater's long-term sustainability, and comprises the group from which we identify and groom top talent.

Investment Logic Engineering is for those who want to solve problems at the intersection of engineering and finance. We look for people with a passion for building data models and algorithmic systems to solve complex investment problems. Ideal candidates have a thirst for discovering what makes things tick, a keen analytical mind, and a desire to work in a dynamic environment.

The Investment Implementation team operates and oversees our systemized logic in order to generate portfolios, choosing which instruments to hold and delivering the sets of trades needed to make it happen. The ideal candidate can interpret and execute ideas: This is the part of the investment engine that makes sure our in-depth understandings are turned into ideal portfolios for our clients.

The Client Service team engages with clients on the full range of investment issues they face, explaining how our strategies fit into their portfolios and advising on allocation decisions at the overall portfolio level. We look for skilled communicators who can translate our understandings of global markets and economies into meaningful conversations and partnerships with our clients.

Our software engineers architect, build, and refine the platforms and tools to understand the world’s economic markets. The software they build tackles an array of challenges that span all elements of the investment life cycle from research to portfolio generation to trade execution as well as into our client partnership space to help deliver against our firm level goals.

Our product managers are responsible for understanding the needs of our users, working with architects to design solutions to those needs, and then partnering with development teams to build and deliver those solutions along a road map. They bridge our investment and technical teams to bring clarity regarding the needs of the company and how to deliver value.

Our SREs ensure our production systems are reliable, secure, and efficient by combining systems and software engineering expertise to support our most critical business needs. They are embedded across our applications and infrastructure teams across the company to provide this support.

Our infrastructure roles design, deliver and manage the integral pieces of our technical foundation that permit us to operate. Network, database, data center, operating system, audio visual, and applications groups all need to deliver value for a technically complex and security conscious environment.

Our services roles own issues from inception to resolution with a focus on understanding the root cause. Our services teams interact with users across the firm to deliver exemplary partnership. They are also continuously implementing and managing new products across the business. This requires thoughtful decommissioning, integrations and maintenance as necessary.