Liqian Ren

Director of Modern Alpha

Liqian Ren, Ph.D., joined WisdomTree as Director of Modern Alpha in 2018. She leads WisdomTree’s quantitative investment capabilities and serves as a thought leader for WisdomTree’s Modern Alpha® approach. Liqian was previously at Vanguard, where she worked for 12 years, most recently as a portfolio manager in the Quantitative Equity Group managing Vanguard’s active funds and conducting research on factor strategies. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was an associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Liqian received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Peking University in Beijing, her master’s in Economics from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, and her MBA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Liqian co-hosts a podcast on China and Asian markets with Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree’s Global Head of Research, and she is a co-host on the Wharton Business Radio program Behind the Markets on SiriusXM 132.

Latest Insights From Liqian Ren

Emerging markets offer attractive returns but also come with high currency risk. Liqian Ren explains how the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Multifactor Fund (EMMF) can help investors optimize their emerging market portfolio with lower cost and higher efficiency.
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The recent surge in the dollar has brought currency hedging into focus. Liqian Ren outlines two methods for implementing currency hedging and explains the logic behind them.
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China’s growth rate has slowed in the last year, but despite calls for fiscal stimulus, China has shown a consistent reluctance to resort to stimulus-induced growth. Liqian Ren outlines China’s reasoning for this resistance.
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In a typical emerging markets portfolio, Taiwan represents around 15% of the total allocation, with mainland China accounting for approximately 33%. Liqian Ren gives an overview of the state of the U.S.- China relationship to provide investors with a better understanding of the risks associated with China and Taiwan equities in an emerging markets portfolio.
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Golden shares, which give the holder 1% of equity and one board seat, have recently been used by the Chinese government to maintain control of certain private enterprises. Liqian Ren explores the history of golden shares, their current use in China and which sectors the government is likely to continue to exert control over.
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Indian equities have started off the year weak compared to global equities. Liqian Ren and Aneeka Gupta take a closer look at Indian equities and the drivers behind their performance.
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The Global Edge: China Re-opens: What It Means for Global Investors
As global investors stand weeks away from the end of 2022, it is interesting to note that some things just don’t change. While the financial markets seem to be endlessly waiting for some type of ‘Powell Pivot’ from the Federal Reserve (Fed), global central banks remain in full-tilt tightening mode. The Bank of Japan is, of course, the notable exception in the developed world.
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