Jesse Garrett Barnes

Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager at HighVista Strategies LLC

Jesse Garrett Barnes

Jesse Garrett Barnes

Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager at HighVista Strategies LLC

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Mr. Jesse G. Barnes is Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager at HighVista Strategies LLC. He is also a founding member of the investment team. In addition to designing and implementing HighVista’s asset allocation and risk models, he has portfolio management responsibilities for direct quantitative strategies.Prior to joining HighVista, Mr. Barnes worked at The Investment Fund for Foundations where he helped develop a customized endowment outsourcing program (Keystone). He received a BS magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, and an AM from Harvard University.

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Jesse Garrett Barnes
Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager at HighVista Strategies LLC
Education
AM in Economics
Class of 2004

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

BS in Mathematics & Economics
Class of 2002

Brigham Young University (often referred to as BYU or, colloquially, The Y) is a private university located in Provo, Utah, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and is the largest religious university and third-largest private university in the U.S.

Career History
Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager
2007 - Current

HighVista Strategies utilizes proprietary risk management and asset allocation models based on mean-variance optimization techniques to produce an overall portfolio asset allocation designed to maximize portfolio Sharpe Ratio for a given level of risk. The firm focuses primarily on creating investment portfolios that are more broadly diversified than typical private investment funds by allocating capital across both traditional investment asset classes, To implement their investment strategies, HighVista uses a broad range of investment instruments and vehicles, including, without limitation: exchange traded, mutual, hedge, private and other funds; enhanced index and active investment strategies (which may be in the form of baskets of securities or derivatives or other vehicles); privately placed and asset-backed securities (including, without limitation, Rule 144A securities); and futures, options, swaps and other derivative instruments. In general, HighVista Funds may also engage in short sales or other trading strategies. HighVista Funds’ capital is allocated among direct and indirect investments in various asset classes based on periodic assessments of: forecasted portfolio volatility; overall market conditions; the risks of various asset classes; the correlation of asset classes with broader market indices and each other; the ability of individual third-party managers to provide superior performance; and other factors, including, among others, liquidity and trading costs.

Research Analyst
2004 - 2004

The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) invests primarily in private equity funds of funds.

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Prior

Harvard was established in 1636, and it is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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