Systematic active equity (SAE)

Why BlackRock for systematic active equity?

As pioneers in managing systematic active equities, our expertise dates back to 19851. At BlackRock, our investors and researchers use proprietary techniques to seek insights with the aim of delivering consistent, differentiated outperformance. In an age in which we are overloaded with information, the ability to process large amounts of data by using systematic, quantitative techniques can create a significant advantage.

Innovative investment team
Innovative investment team
30+ year investment track record leveraging market change1
Analysis of vast information
Analysis of vast information
Harness the power of technology and BlackRock’s global resources
Systematic investment process
Systematic investment process
Implement ideas across as many stocks as possible through rigorous, disciplined method
Robust risk management
Robust risk management
Employ proprietary risk tools to help minimize uncompensated risk and seek consistent results


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A differentiated approach for seeking consistent alpha

A differentiated approach for seeking consistent alpha


Source: BlackRock as of June 30, 2019. Outperformance defined as net return either in excess of reference benchmark or peer median. Reflects net-of-fees performance of all Active Equities accounts and funds. The “net-of-fees” performance figures reflect the deduction of actual investment advisory fees, and may include other fees that clients incur in the management of their investment advisory account that are paid directly from the account, such as custody and legal fees. High net worth separate accounts net returns are calculated by subtracting the highest applicable wrap fee (3% on an annual basis, or 0.75% quarterly) from composite returns. Performance comparisons shown are relative to applicable benchmarks for institutional accounts, private funds and high net worth separate accounts, and relative to respective peer median for mutual funds, closed -end funds and UCITs. Peer medians are based in part on data either from Lipper, Inc. or Morningstar, Inc. for each included product. The performance metric does not include accounts terminated prior to June 30, 2019. Past performance is not indicative of future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product strategy.

Investment process

We seek superior investment outcomes through a disciplined, objective process to return, managing risk and cost. Our investment process targets systematic exploitation of market inefficiencies, while minimizing uncompensated risks.

BlackRock’s SAE investment process


Source. BlackRock. For illustrative purposes only.

SAE evaluates and ranks +15,000 stocks across 44 countries, on a daily basis2

  • Portfolio managers combine alpha forecasts with cost and risk estimates to target an optimal portfolio
  • An optimal portfolio is diversified, risk-managed, and targets a high Information ratio (alpha per unit of active risk)
  • Portfolio managers monitor markets, signals and stocks for risks outside the scope of our models


SAE has a 30+ year track record of innovation2

Discovering new market inefficiencies is key to success as they can disappear as quickly as they are found. We believe that an investment process underpinned by continual innovation is vital to our goal of delivering sustainable alpha to our clients.

SAE adds new sources of information to its process as past techniques lose effectiveness

A history of SAE at BlackRock


Source: BlackRock as of June 30, 2019

Meet our team

Our systematic active equity team brings together a group of experienced investment professionals with diverse backgrounds spanning academia, data science finance and economics. Whether it’s conducting research into new alpha ideas, ensuring that models are fine tuned to the current market environment, or challenging the findings of our models, SAE investors and researchers play an integral role in the investment process. For our clients, that results in a robust process backed by approximately 80 dedicated investment professionals2 supported by highly qualified researchers and strategists.



Raffaele Savi
Co-Head of Investments Systematic Active Equity
Raffaele Savi, Managing Director, is Co-CIO of Active Equity and Co-Head of Systematic Active Equity (SAE).
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Jeff Shen
Co-Head of Investments Systematic Active Equity
Jeff Shen, PhD, Managing Director, is the head of BlackRock's Emerging Markets and Co-head of Investments for BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity.
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