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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

Since firing the head of its securities regulator, the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission, in February, China’s equity market has experienced a surge in price momentum. Liqian Ren dives into strategic and tactical considerations for investing in China. 
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In today’s complex global economy, currency fluctuations play a crucial role in shaping investment outcomes. Liqian Ren highlights an aspect that often goes unnoticed—the positive impact of weak currencies for Japanese and European companies and U.S. tolerance of it as a check on Chinese exports.
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In the complex world of global investing, currency risk plays a significant role. Liqian Ren makes the case for dynamic currency hedging and highlights our suite of ETFs in this space. 
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Investing in emerging markets can be challenging due to China’s economic slowdown and currency volatility. Liqian Ren explains how our Emerging Markets Multifactor Fund can help investors optimize returns and risk management
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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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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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