AQR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC Profile
AQR Capital Management LLC is an investment management firm that was founded in 1998 by Clifford S. Asness, David G. Kabiller, Robert J. Krail; and John M. Liew. The company’s first product was a hedge fund, but there was intention from the start to expand. AQR Capital Management would expand into traditional portfolio management in 2000 and then form a partnership with CNH in 2004 to add convertible arbitrage and merger strategies into its line of offerings, becoming one of the first investment managers to have alternative strategies offered in a mutual fund format in 2009. The company’s philosophy is to focus on delivering “superior, long-term results for our clients by seeking to filter out market noise to identify and isolate what matters most, and by developing ideas that stand up to rigorous testing.” AQR Capital Management utilizes a research driven approach to conduct its business, focusing on quantitative analysis to provide fundamental investment information and risks. Research is very important to the founders and company values and the company has endowed the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance chair at the University of Chicago: Booth School of Business and regularly publishes articles in leading financial journals that have won various awards and recognitions. Its line of products and services are offered to its broad client base including pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and financial advisors. The company currently has over 500 employees and 24 principals with over a third of the employees holding advanced degrees. AQR Capital Management is currently based in Greenwich and has additional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Sydney. As of 2015, the company has a total asset under management value of approximately $132 billion. Some of the company’s mutual funds include its Equity Market Neutral Fund, Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund, Risk Parity Fund, Large Cap Defensive Style Fund, and Large Cap Momentum Style Fund.