In 2002, Rob founded Research Affiliates as a research-intensive asset management firm intent on delivering innovative and impactful products and insights. Using a unique business model, Research Affiliates delivers investment solutions globally in partnership with leading financial institutions.
Rob served as chairman and CEO from 2002 to 2018. He plays an active role in the firm’s research, portfolio management, product innovation, business strategy, and client-facing activities. With Chris Brightman, he is co-portfolio manager on the PIMCO All Asset and All Asset All Authority funds and the PIMCO RAE™ funds.
Prior to establishing Research Affiliates, Rob managed two asset management firms. As chairman of First Quadrant, he built the former internal money manager for Crum & Forster into a highly regarded quantitative asset management firm. He also was global equity strategist at Salomon Brothers (now part of Citigroup), the founding president and CEO of TSA Capital Management (now part of Analytic Investors), and a vice president at The Boston Company.
Rob has published more than 130 articles in journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Harvard Business Review, and Financial Analysts Journal, where he also served as editor-in-chief from 2002 through 2006.
In recognition of his achievements as a financial writer, Rob has received eight Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards, awarded annually by CFA Institute to the top Financial Analysts Journal articles of the year. He also has received four Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards from the Journal of Portfolio Management. He is co-author of The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest (Wiley 2008).
Rob Arnott received a B.S. summa cum laude in economics, applied mathematics, and computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.