Darek Wojnar, EVP, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts, Northern Trust Asset Management and FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds joined Keith Black, Managing Director of RIA Channel to discuss asset allocation solutions for today’s uncertain market environment.
As inflation and interest rates rose in 2022, many advisors looked to reposition client portfolios to meet the changing market conditions and help keep long-term client goals on track. FlexShares, a Northern Trust company, offers a robust tool kit of ETFs designed to meet a range of long-term and short-term investment objectives such as capital appreciation, income and risk management. For example, clients who want to remain invested but are concerned with market uncertainty may be interested in a low volatility equity fund, such as QLV. Investors who are looking to reduce volatility and increase income may consider replacing a portion of their equity allocation with high-yield bond exposure, explains Wojnar. Short duration products and money market funds, real assets-based funds, as well as high quality equity dividend funds have also seen increased ETF flows, says Wojnar.
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Darek Wojnar, head of funds and managed accounts, principally leads the development, management and distribution of Northern Funds, Northern Institutional Funds, FlexShares® Exchange Traded Funds and related business activities. He also oversees the managed accounts practice, which offers investment advisory solutions to financial intermediaries and their clients.With more than 20 years of investment industry experience and a forte for successfully building strong teams, his broad executive responsibilities include building and strengthening investment products lines, developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, managing client and vendor relationships, and developing and retaining talented professionals at well-respected firms. Darek offers over two decades of extraordinary success in a series of high level roles at top tier companies that include the head of ETFs for Hartford Funds (including Lattice Strategies acquired by Hartford Funds), managing director and head of U.S. iShares Product at BlackRock (including BGI acquired by BlackRock) and head of ETF product development at UBS Global Asset Management. Darek received an MBA in finance and international business from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New York Institute of Technology. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and is a CFA® charterholder.