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How are financial services changing in a world of ultra-low interest rates, rising competition and continued regulatory pressures? Richard Portes, Professor of Economics and Academic Director of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School, hosts a three-part series exploring the future of banking and investing. In this episode, Richard speaks to Michael Mendelson, a Principal at AQR Capital Management, a global quantitative investment management firm. In a wide-ranging conversation, they discuss: • How the asset management industry is evolving to manage new risks [01:15] • Leverage, systemic risk and regulatory intervention [06:38] • Michael’s thoughts on how regulators should measure leverage [24:07] • The industry’s move into passive investment and how that affects quant firms like AQR [27:43] • How ESG considerations influence asset managers’ portfolio choices [29:01] • Michael’s reflections on pursuing a career in asset management today [33:04] Discover more articles, podcasts and films exploring what’s happening inside the global economy at or follow #GlobalMinds on social media. Follow us on social media:

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