Karen Karniol-Tambour

Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability
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Karen joined Bridgewater in 2006. As Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability, she leads the design and oversight of new investment solutions with both financial and sustainability objectives. Karen is also member of Bridgewater’s Investment Committee, co-chairs the firm’s Sustainable Investing Committee, and a Partner. She has 15 years experience developing systematic insights on global markets and overseeing Bridgewater’s investment logic and portfolio construction, and previously headed Bridgewater’s Investment Research function. Karen received her AB from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs with a Certificate in Finance. She serves on the boards of the Truman Center for National Policy and Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit cultivating young leaders to transform conflict in the Middle East and South Asia. Karen is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was included in Fortune’s "40 Under 40" most influential leaders in business in 2019, and has been named to Barron's list of "Most Influential Women in US Finance" for two years in a row.

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May 13, 2021
In an interview with Top1000Funds, Co-CIOs for Sustainability Karen Karniol-Tambour and Carsten Stendevad discuss how Bridgewater is deploying its systematic research process to meet the challenges of investors who are seeking to build portfolios that pursue return and impact-oriented goals.
May 7, 2021
As part of a Barron’s centennial roundtable discussion, Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability Karen Karniol-Tambour sheds light on how investors should think about the next 100 years. In this wide-ranging discussion with Tom Slater and Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang, Karen describes the role of government and policy, evolving geopolitical climate, digital revolution and future of money, and a shift toward impact investing.
April 5, 2021
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Melissa Saphier, Rob Hurn
While there is nothing magical about geographic disparities, we find them to be a good way to illustrate how different pockets of the economy have performed over the recent expansion. By excluding the booming coastal cities from the rest of the US, it is easier to see just how large the “shortfalls” from maximum employment are in the bulk of the country.
April 9, 2021
As a 15-year veteran of the firm, Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour oversees teams of investors developing systematic insights on global markets and economies as well as the firm’s ESG research and sustainable investing efforts. She is recognized alongside an inspiring group of trailblazers in the finance world.
March 16, 2021
Karen Karniol-Tambour
Large, liquid public markets present many opportunities for investors seeking to incorporate environmental and social goals in their portfolios and create impact at institutional scale. Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability Karen Karniol-Tambour discusses how investors can consider implementing sustainability assessments across asset classes at Top1000Funds Sustainability Digital 2021.
March 8, 2021
Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour joined CNBC’s "Closing Bell" to explain how the prospect of a strong post-virus recovery has created a dilemma for the Federal Reserve.
March 8, 2021
All year long, we ask our best people to represent us on the biggest stages. On International Women’s Day, it is fitting that Karen Karniol-Tambour, Rebecca Patterson, Erin Miles, and Helene Glotzer are talking to the world about their views on markets and leadership.
December 15, 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour
Bridgewater’s Co-Chief Investment Officer for Sustainability Karen Karniol-Tambour participated in a panel hosted by the Conference of Montreal to discuss how investors can use systemization to enable sustainable investing at scale. Karen describes how, in an economic environment that increasingly relies on the coordination between fiscal and monetary policy to stimulate economic growth, issues of sustainability are critical to understanding today’s world.
December 4, 2020
In a comprehensive interview with Barron’s, Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour discusses the trends that will dominate the post-pandemic investment world, including diversification with interest rates at zero, the increasing power of fiscal policy, and what China’s latest five-year plan means for investors.
September 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Carsten Stendevad, Daniel Hochman, Jacob Davidson, Brian Kreiter
Our approach to building a scalable, strategic asset allocation using assets aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
September 22, 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Rebecca Patterson, Erin Miles, David McCormick
Directors of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour and Rebecca Patterson and Co-Lead of Equity Research Erin Miles join CEO David McCormick to discuss our latest research initiatives and offer advice from their journeys to the top of Bridgewater’s investment team.
September 2020
Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour discusses our approach at Top1000Funds Sustainability Digital.
September 9, 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Melissa Saphier, Yusuf Jailani, Jeremy Fraenkel
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, it was clear that traditional economic measures had increasingly diverged from social outcomes. Despite a decade of economic expansion and falling unemployment, social conditions deteriorated across a variety of measures. COVID-19 has brought these pressures to a head. Looking ahead, social conditions will have rising impacts on markets as policy evolves to more explicitly consider such issues in evaluating its goals. Fiscal policy is likely to take on a greater role in the decade to come, and is inherently distributional. The Fed, too, is increasingly taking into account social disparities.
May 29, 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Daniel Hochman, Charlie Woodlief, Carsten Stendevad
As macroeconomic investors, we focus on questions about the impact of climate change on the major economies around the world. There is considerable uncertainty regarding the physical impacts of climate change on economies; as we surveyed expert views on the topic, we found a wide range of plausible outcomes for investors to consider. While the physical impacts of climate change will take years to play out, the economic and market impacts of policy choices or other human responses to climate change are likely to take place much faster.
August 14, 2020
Karen Karniol-Tambour
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour explains why policy makers must now turn to coordinated monetary and fiscal policy to drive economic cycles (Monetary Policy 3), and why geographic diversification is ever more important in today's tri-polar world.
November 26, 2019
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Phil Salinger, Blake Cecil, Jeremy Fraenkel
Policy makers have traditionally relied on broad, macroeconomic measures of how the economy is performing, such as GDP growth, the unemployment rate, and inflation. These measures are enshrined in most central bank mandates, for example. Over time, consistent economic growth with stable inflation led to rising prosperity, so these indicators were a pretty good proxy of what policy makers should pay attention to. But in recent years, social outcomes have increasingly diverged from traditional macroeconomic measures.
February 20, 2019
Melissa Saphier, Karen Karniol-Tambour, Pat Margolis
The best way we know to earn consistent returns and preserve wealth is to build portfolios that are as resilient as possible to the range of ways the world could unfold. To uncover vulnerabilities that are outside of investors’ recent lived experiences, we find it valuable to stress test portfolios across the various environments that have cropped up across countries throughout history.
In a fireside chat hosted by Declare, CEO David McCormick interviews Head of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour about her rise through the ranks of Bridgewater, the value of mentorship and feedback, and her outlook on the global economy.
Bridgewater’s Director of Investment Research Karen Karniol-Tambour ranks among a group of the most influential young people transforming business.
October 30, 2018
One of the most high-profile women (and millennials) on Wall Street, Karen Karniol-Tambour is reshaping what leadership looks like in the investment industry. Forbes profiled her rise to one of the most important positions at Bridgewater and her unique approach to idea generation and investing.
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