Chris O’Neill is managing director, chief investment officer, and director of quantitative research in Mesirow Fiduciary Solutions. In addition to managing the Fiduciary Solutions research team, he is responsible for developing innovative manager selection and portfolio construction methodologies, as well as a retirement income framework that optimizes both product and asset allocation for traditional investment products and advanced retirement income products.
With more than 30 years of experience in financial and scientific research, Chris has expertise in quantitative investment manager selection, Monte Carlo simulation and quantitative finance. Prior to joining Mesirow in 2006, Chris was a research consultant at Ibbotson Associates, where he applied quantitative analysis and product development experience to support the efforts of the Investment Management Services, Fund of Funds and Financial Communications groups. Prior to Ibbotson Associates, he was president and founder of Quantalent Investment Consulting, LLC, an independent Registered Investment Advisor, where he offered quantitative investment advice and methodologies to other financial advisors. Before founding Quantalent Investment Consulting, he spent five years dedicated to financial planning, which culminated in a senior product management role developing an online investment advice tool for a major mutual fund company.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in theoretical physics from Cornell University. He is a CFA® charterholder, a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Professional, and holds Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations.