The Zacks Mid Cap Core Strategy seeks to outperform the Russell Midcap Index. The Strategy selects positions for inclusion based on a multi-factor analysis. The Strategy invests in both growth and value stocks and is optimized for the best risk-adjusted return potential.

Portfolio Management Team

  • Mitch Zacks

    Principal & Senior Portfolio Manager

    Mitch is one of the two primary portfolio managers at Zacks Investment Management and oversees all investment research activities at the firm. Mitch is an expert on quantitative investment strategies and developed many of the proprietary models used by the firm. Mitch wrote a weekly finance column for the Chicago Sun- Times and has written two books on quantitative investment strategies: Ahead of the Market, Harper Collins 2003, which focuses on the earnings estimate revision investment anomaly and The Little Book of Stock Market Profits, which was published in 2011 and provides an overview of several other significant equity investment anomalies.

    Prior to joining Zacks Investment Management in 1997, Mitch was an investment banking analyst at Lazard Freres in New York. Mitch graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in his major of Economics. He received his M.B.A with high honors in his concentration of Analytic Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago.

  • Prasanth Sankar, Ph.D.

    Assistant Portfolio Manager

    Prasanth has worked as a portfolio manager and quantitative analyst at Zacks for over five years. Prasanth has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.
    Prasanth co-manages several of Zacks’ investment strategies and also develops and refines many of our proprietary models. Prasanth applies his mathematical background to the investment process through sophisticated and in-depth quantitative analysis where he seeks to identify investment anomalies and develop investment models to profit from them.