Neuberger Berman's Wai Lee Wins Award From Readers of The Journal of Portfolio Management
Alexander Samuelson, Neuberger Berman, 212.476.5392, Alexander.Samuelson@nb.com
NEW YORK, February 27, 2013 – Neuberger Berman Group LLC, one of the world's leading employee-controlled money managers, is pleased to announce that an article written by Wai Lee, chief investment officer and director of research for the firm's Quantitative Investment Group, has been named "Outstanding Article" by readers of The Journal of Portfolio Management, one of the asset management industry's most influential publications devoted to investment research.
Mr. Lee's article, "Risk On, Risk Off," was one of three voted "Outstanding Article" by readers of the publication as part of the 14th Annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards for its contribution to the theory and practice of portfolio management. Last year, another of Mr. Lee's articles, "Risk-Based Asset Allocation: A New Answer to An Old Question?" won a "Best Article" of the year and went on to receive The Peter L. Bernstein Award for compelling research in any of Institutional Investor's publications over that year.
"My team and our firm are honored to receive this recognition from The Journal of Portfolio Management, one of the premier publications for institutional investment management," said Mr. Lee of Neuberger Berman. "It is exciting to see that our research has struck a chord among our peers."
Wai Lee serves as co-manager of the Neuberger Berman Risk Balanced Commodity Strategy Fund (tickers: NRBAX, NRBCX, NRBIX) an actively managed, diversified commodity investment fund seeking to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns with low correlation to traditional asset classes. The research of Mr. Lee's team on risk-based investing and asset allocation underlies portfolio construction for the Fund. He is also a senior member of the team managing the Neuberger Berman Global Allocation Fund (tickers: NGLAX, NGLCX, NGLIX) which blends fundamental and quantitative investment analysis to determine asset allocation and security selection.
Details on the award and subscriber access to Mr. Lee's award-winning article can be found online at The Journal of Portfolio Management (http://www.iijournals.com/page/14AnnualBFJLAwards).
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The Journal of Portfolio Management named the 14th Annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards from a group of approximately 43 articles published by The Journal of Portfolio Management from Winter 2012 through Fall 2012. The "Best Article" and three "Outstanding Article" awards were determined based on subscriber voting. The awards are academic in nature and are not reflective of the investment management capabilities of the authors or their respective firms.
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