Intercept: AQR’s Risk-Catching Machine

CRO Mike Patchen has helped build a system to identify risks before they grow or spread.

On a rainy day at AQR Capital Management’s offices in Connecticut, chief risk officer Mike Patchen describes his creation – the display of which occupies the entire wall of the conference room he’s sitting in.

He calls it “Intercept” – a new enterprise risk platform to help AQR identify, at any point in time, which of the risks facing the firm are elevated.

When co-founder Cliff Asness and other higher-ups at AQR decided to build an enterprise risk platform from first principles, Patchen was

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