Mikhail Samonov, Senior Portfolio Manager, Forefront Analytics
Mikhail Samonov is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager at Forefront Analytics, an institutional asset management and consulting firm in the Philadelphia area. Mikhail is a member of the firm’s management committee and is responsible for managing multi-asset and alternative portfolios as well as ESG and Impact strategies.
In addition, Mikhail manages a team of researchers developing quantitative, factor-based, investment strategies. Mikhail is also a Teaching Associate at the Wharton Business School for the Investments and Impact Investing classes taught by Professor Chris Geczy. Mikhail is actively involved in academic research on factor-based investing as well as impact investing and behavioral finance, including the recently published paper in the Financial Analysts Journal “Two Centuries of Price Return Momentum” co-authored with Chris Geczy.
Prior to Forefront, Mikhail founded the firm Octoquant, working with hedge funds on enhancing investment research process by identifying unique and return-predictive data for stock-selection models. Prior to that, Mikhail was the Executive Director of CBID, a Hong-Kong based boutique research startup by Richard Li. Previously, he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Structured Equities at PineBridge Investments in New York City, where he managed nearly $5 billion across several quantitative equity funds, including $1 billion in a Socially Responsible fund. Mikhail is an honors graduate of Brown University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and has received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mikhail is also a CFA Charterholder.