Omar Aguilar, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President Chief Investment Officer of Passive Equity and Multi-Asset Strategies
Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (CSIM)

Omar Aguilar is a Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Passive Equity and Multi-Asset Strategies for Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (CSIM). He is responsible for all passive equity and multi-asset strategies for CSIM, overseeing mutual funds, collective investment trusts, ETFs, and separately managed accounts.

Mr. Aguilar has more than 20 years of broad investment management experience in the equity markets, including managing index, quantitative equity, asset allocation, and multi-manager strategies. Prior to joining CSIM in April 2011, Mr. Aguilar was with Financial Engines, where he was responsible for managing more than $40 billion in assets from leading retirement plan sponsors in the defined contribution market. Prior to that, he served as head of quantitative equity for ING Investment Management (now known as Voya Investment Management), building and developing the group and managing more than $20 billion in assets with 15 global active, index, and enhanced index strategies for pension funds, variable annuities, and mutual funds. Mr. Aguilar also served as head of quantitative research for Lehman Brothers’ alternative investment management business and as a director of quantitative research and a portfolio manager with both Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Bankers Trust.

Mr. Aguilar was a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University’s Institute of Statistics and Decisions Sciences, where he earned a Master of Science and a doctorate. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in actuarial sciences and a graduate degree in applied statistics from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM).

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Behavioral finance

With COVID-19 clouding the horizon, your clients may be experiencing a range of intense emotions, leading to irrational investing behavior. That’s not surprising, given that major crises are like petri dishes that culture behavioral finance biases.
Behavioral finance

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Investment Insights

One potential opportunity is Fundamental Index® strategies, which may help reduce the negative effects of behavioral finance biases that can crop up during a market crisis like COVID-19.