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MFA announces Ron Alquist as Managing Director, Research

Washington, D.C. — MFA announced Ron Alquist as Managing Director, Research today. Alquist is based in New York and will build and lead MFA’s research function to educate the public, advance policy discussions, and inform MFA’s global advocacy.

“Ron’s extensive experience in the alternative asset management industry and government will bolster MFA’s global advocacy efforts,” said Bryan Corbett, MFA President and CEO. “He will leverage data to demonstrate how markets, investors, and businesses across the globe benefit from the alternative asset management industry.”

“Our research will enhance the ability of MFA to show how alternative asset managers create economic growth and opportunities for people around the globe,” said Noah Theran, MFA Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global External Affairs. “Ron’s experience in the private and public sectors will enable MFA to produce best-in-class research that will enhance the understanding of the alternative asset management industry.”

Alquist brings decades of government and private sector financial research experience to MFA. He most recently served as a Principal Economist and Senior Policy Advisor for the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of Treasury, leading several policy projects examining potential risks to the U.S. financial system.

Previously, Alquist worked at Treasury’s Office of Financial Research conducting studies on hedge funds and other finance topics. He has also worked at AQR, Kings Peak Assets Management, and the International Economic Analysis Department at the Bank of Canada.

Ron received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

His research has been published in various academic and practitioner journals.

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About the global alternative asset management industry 

The global alternative asset management industry, including hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, has assets under management of £4.5 trillion (Q3 2023). The industry serves thousands of public and private pension funds, charitable endowments, foundations, sovereign governments, and other global institutional investors by providing portfolio diversification and risk-adjusted returns to help meet their funding obligations and return targets. 

About MFA 

Managed Funds Association (MFA), based in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels, and London, represents the global alternative asset management industry. MFA’s mission is to advance the ability of alternative asset managers to raise capital, invest, and generate returns for their beneficiaries. MFA advocates on behalf of its membership and convenes stakeholders to address global regulatory, operational, and business issues. MFA has more than 180 member fund managers, including traditional hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, that collectively manage over £2.5 trillion across a diverse group of investment strategies. Member firms help pension plans, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns over time. 

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