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EARNEST Partners, winner of this year’s SMA Manager of the Year award in the mid-cap category for its Mid-Cap Value Strategy, has a highly unusual investment team. Rather than buy- or sell-side analysts, the firm hires individuals with real-world experience who have worked in the sectors that they cover.

At the Envestnet Advisor Summit in May, EARNEST Partners’ founder and CEO, Paul Viera, shared his firm’s research approach and how it helps identify opportunity and risk in individual sectors. 

— Read Torchbearers: The 2016 SMA Managers of the Year on ThinkAdvisor.