Keith Hembre, CFA
Keith B. Hembre, CFA - Keith serves in strategic roles as chief economist, chief investment strategist and head of quantitative strategies for Nuveen Asset Management.
As chief economist, Keith’s research on global economies and financial markets provides the foundation for a broad segment of investment products at the firm. His monthly publication, Review and Outlook, delivers detailed forecasts for a number of macroeconomic data points – including gross domestic product growth, unemployment, Consumer Price Index, interest rates and corporate earnings – as well as for domestic and international equity and fixed income markets.
In his investment leadership roles, Keith leads the firm’s Quantitative Equity Strategy Team, which uses a top-down approach that incorporates macro, market and risk factors synthesized with sophisticated quantitative portfolio modeling techniques. This approach is instrumental inthe management of the firm’s index, enhanced index, equity option overwrite,asset allocation and absolute return strategies.
An active commentator on economic issues, Keith is featured in local and national media outlets throughout the year. He is regularly quoted in major business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNN Money, Investor’s Business Daily and Reuters.
He has also appeared on a number of business programs for CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV. As a result of his data-driven approach and willingness to go against consensus when necessary, Keith has been recognized twice by BusinessWeek as one of the publication’s most accurate economic forecasters.
Before joining the firm in 1997, he worked in the Banking Studies group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He also taught economics at the St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance in St. Petersburg, Russia. Keith began working in the financial services industry in 1992.
Keith graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree and Baylor University with a master’s degree in economics. His master’s thesis was on the implications of the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement on the labor market. Keith also completed the program on investment decisions and behavioral finance at Harvard University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.