ASHVIN B. CHHABRA is the Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and head of Investment Management & Guidance (IMG). In this role, Ashvin oversees the delivery of a broad set of actionable investment ideas, investment advice and strategy to Financial Advisors for use with clients. He also leads IMG’s manager due diligence, investment analytics, and investment guidance teams, as well as the Ultra-High-Net-Worth (UHNW) Investment Office.
Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer at the Institute for Advanced Study for six years. He managed the Institute’s endowment in conjunction with the Investment Committee of the Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Ashvin first worked at Merrill Lynch from 2001-2007 as Managing Director and head of Wealth Management Strategies and Analytics for Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2001, Ashvin was head of Quantitative Research at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
Ashvin holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Yale University and is recognized as a leader in the fields of Investment Management, Risk and Asset Allocation and Risk Management. His recent work integrates behavioral finance with modern portfolio theory. He has lectured at Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia Business School, Baruch College CUNY and the University of Chicago. Ashvin is a member of the Board of Fellows for The Program in Financial Mathematics, Courant Institute at New York University; the Board of Regents for the Financial Analysts Seminar, CFA Institute; the International Advisory Board of EDHEC Risk Institute; the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation and the Investment Committee of the Institute for Advanced Study.
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