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We follow a philosophy that low-turnover, concentrated portfolios derived from sound bottom-up fundamental research provide an opportunity for attractive performance results over time. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that help us attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

Brown Advisory Equity Strategies

Fixed Income

We follow a philosophy that fixed income strategies built from a foundation of stability coupled with fundamental credit research can seek to generate alpha and control risk. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

Brown Advisory Fixed Income Strategies

External Managers

Investment Solutions Group

The Investment Solutions Group is an investment-management team within Brown Advisory that specializes in asset allocation, manager selection, hedge funds and other alternative investment strategies. Dedicated to open-architecture solutions, our team has established a strong track record of identifying high-quality, third-party investment managers across the hedge fund, long-only and private equity universes. We leverage this expertise to help clients assemble portfolios that we believe best fit their needs and goals, offering clients a range of solutions from complete portfolio management to fulfillment of specific hedge-fund and alternative-asset mandates.

Private Equity and Real Estate

Private Equity and Real Estate

Brown Advisory has incorporated private equity and real estate investments in client portfolios since our founding. Today, we can provide that exposure in three distinct ways.

Feeder Funds and Multimanager Funds
We introduce clients to investment opportunities in early- and late-stage venture capital and buyout funds, as well as select real estate funds. We also construct these feeder funds into multimanager funds through our Private Equity Partners (PEP) and Real Estate Partners (REP) vehicles to make private equity investing as easy as possible for our clients.

Customized Private Equity Portfolios
For most clients, private equity is one component of a balanced portfolio that we manage. Other clients, however, come to us specifically for custom-built private equity and real estate portfolios.

Sustainable Investing

Sustainable Investing Strategies

  • Multi-Manager Strategies
  • For clients seeking an open-architecture solution, we have access to several of the premier sustainable managers in the industry - all vetted by internal research.
  • Private Equity
  • Our private equity team is focused on evaluating the growing universe of private impact investments to identify standout opportunities that target various issues of particular concern to our clients. To date, we have placed assets in investments targeting a variety of impact themes such as community impact, microfinance, education technology, sustainable real estate, water initiatives and others.*
  • *Many alternative investments by regulation may only be sold to Accredited Investors (institutions with at least $5 million in assets) or Qualified Purchasers (institutions with at least $25 million in investments).

Customized Portfolios

This diverse assortment of solutions will meet many clients’ sustainability objectives; however, we understand the continued evolution of this space and seek to be able to react quickly to client needs.

For clients with unique missions, value-aligned investing programs, or who simply wish to ensure that they do not own certain controversial companies or have access to certain industries, we offer the following customized options:

Additional Screening: To the extent we have reliable data and can build rules into our compliance systems, we can add specific screens to a separate account to restrict companies (e.g. oil and gas providers) or industries (e.g. tobacco or weaponry).

Customized and Thematic Portfolios: Within a separate account, we can work together to solve for a sustainability need. From a universe of securities researched from both the bottom-up and for their ESG profile, we can assemble a custom portfolio of securities designed to meet many specific sustainable goals or outcomes.

Investment Insights and Thoughts from Brown Advisory
Navigating Our World

NOW 2018 | Towards Artificial General Intelligence?

Emily Wachtmeister, CFA
May 31, 2018

SPEAKER: Ashley Llorens, Chief, Intelligent Systems Center, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


In a first for NOW, the multitalented Ashley Llorens kicked off the 2018 conference with a killer hip-hop performance that had the crowd putting their hands in the air. While we all would have enjoyed a longer set from Llorens (who performs around the world as SoulStice), he soon moved his presentation to his “other” area of expertise: He leads the Intelligent Systems Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, where he spearheads research and development activities in machine learning, robotic and autonomous systems, and applied neuroscience.

Llorens took the audience through an exploration of artificial general intelligence, or AGI, which refers to a future state when machines are able to develop and evolve as human beings do. He believes that we are nearing an inflection point in the long path toward AGI, but we still have a long way to go in terms of functionality as well as societal trust in truly intelligent machines.

General intelligence, AI, Machine Learning and deep learning. Humans are the best example of what Llorens defined as general intelligence—nature has designed our function. From all of the inputs we take in from the world around us, the outputs of human general intelligence are actions directed toward basic goals, like survival and procreation, and more complex ones, like self-improvement and entertainment. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is not general but specialized. With driverless cars and other AI systems, humans design the function according to a finite, anticipated set of scenarios. We see the limitations of specialized AI when the machine encounters a scenario that it is not specifically programmed to navigate.

In recent years, research at the cutting edge of AI has made some progress in breaking through these limitations. Machine learning is an emerging science in which people help machines design their own function, and machines can achieve an intelligence that is not specifically programmed. Llorens contends that we are far from machines achieving the type of general intelligence that humans possess, but he believes we are at an inflection point in the evolution of machine learning.

Basic functions of AGI. Llorens broke down the output of intelligence into four main functions: perceive, decide, act and team. He reported that we are making progress in all four areas, but that material limitations remain across all four.

In terms of perception, machines now perform speech and object recognition with lower error rates in many applications than humans. However, machines are still incapable of reasoning or intuition. In terms of decision-making, computers can now beat the best human players of complex strategy games like chess and go. These algorithms can now learn from self-play and are capable of adapting themselves to other games with different rules. Regarding action, machines still struggle to navigate the physical world, and regarding team-based or collaboration intelligence, machine-to-machine communication is still in its infancy.

Calibrating trust in intelligent systems. Even if and when we can close these gaps in AGI function, society still needs to get comfortable with trusting intelligent machines. Llorens highlighted four key areas of consideration. First, we need to gain comfort with evaluation and comparison—will we refuse to accept 15,000 fatalities per year from driverless cars, even if we know that human drivers kill 30,000 each year? Second, we need to build resiliency to adverse influences and find ways to prevent those who would seek to “fool” AI systems for their own benefit. Third, we need strong policy platforms so we can, for example, make smart decisions to use systems that we don’t fully understand if those systems work better than the systems we do understand. Finally, we need to align the goals of machines with our own goals; in other words, for widespread adoption, we need machines to do what we intend, not just what we explicitly ask for. While it may be many years before a robot can truly behave, act, sing and dance like a human, it is not too early to begin preparing ourselves for a world where we coexist with intelligent machines. 

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