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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.

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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.

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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 2016 | Autonomous Systems: Ethics at the Edge of Technology

John Canning, CFA
June 23, 2016

The limits to what humans can create seem bound only by the limits of human imagination. Advances in computing and connectivity have thrust us into a new world of increasingly sophisticated robots and other "autonomous systems." Such progress, while exciting, can provoke anxiety and pose ethical challenges. Erin Hahn, a senior national security analyst at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, described the challenges that she has identified in research with the U.S. Defense Department. Rather than explore the vast possibilities of what can be built, she focused on determining what should be built.

Autonomous systems can apprehend complex environments and react without human intervention. Hahn began her session with videos of robots created by Boston Dynamics showing a robotic dog, "Spot," and humanoid, "Atlas," performing everyday tasks. The images underscored the range of emotions prompted by autonomous systems. While initially we may find the robots' capabilities exciting—even feeling sympathy when they are pushed and prodded by humans—eventually we may feel alarm when considering the long-term risks posed by such lifelike machines. This same range of emotions has found expression in popular culture. On the one hand, there are C-3PO and R2-D2, the friendly autonomous robots who help Luke Skywalker save part of a galaxy in "Star Wars." On the other hand, there are the lethal autonomous systems in "The Terminator" that threaten to destroy the world.

Given the broad spectrum of associations, Hahn emphasized the imperative of aligning government policy with public attitudes. We must responsibly create systems so that we can trust the technology that we develop as we interact with it and deploy it on a large scale. Hahn highlighted four elements of trust when considering mobilizing autonomous systems for military purposes:

When people talk about innovative solutions today, chances are autonomy is part of the conversation. While many people are excited about the potential of these systems, others are wary of their implications and how they will impact society. We know there are many things we could build, but how do we understand what we should build? In her presentation, Erin Hahn will look at important issues of law, policy, ethics and public sentiment to explore this question—and propose a framework for pursuing thoughtful development of emerging technologies.We must determine how the system handles intent. When a system operates without human direction, we must ensure that it can identify an enemy's unarmed surrender. Such a safeguard would ensure we meet our commitments to international law.

We must determine who is accountable if something goes wrong. Who is ultimately responsible for the actions of an autonomous system? Can autonomous systems fully understand commander intent? Are developers at fault if there is a failure?

We must ensure that autonomy will not desensitize us to violence. Will it be easier to hit the "kill button" with these technologies than to pull the trigger on a pistol? Will our behavior and ethics change as we mobilize machines on military missions?

We must ensure that autonomous machines will not lead us to dystopia. Some experts in technology, including Bill Gates and Elon Musk, believe that if not properly controlled, sophisticated autonomous systems and artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Are we thinking through the potential consequences of what we are building?

Hahn emphasized the importance of setting standards to ensure the systems we create are worthy of our trust over the long term. With a steady pace of innovation, generations will be born that know only a world with autonomous technology. Their dependence may help speed creation of more adept autonomous systems. Eventually, humans may deploy systems that could operate beyond our control. If we were to create machinery that crosses that threshold, would we be able to rein it in? The question underscores the essential distinction at the core of Hahn's research—not what can we build, but what should we build.


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