Authors > Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM

Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM

Director of Index Strategies, IndexIQ

Mark is Director of Index Strategies at IndexIQ where he is responsible for overseeing IndexIQ’s proprietary and third-party indexes underlying the firm’s ETF offerings. In this role, Mark is involved with research, product development, trading, sales, and marketing.

Mark joined IndexIQ in 2014 after previously working at FactSet Research Systems where he held a number of senior sales positions focusing on Institutional Asset Managers and Plan Sponsors. Prior to FactSet, Mark was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Mark holds a M.S. in Financial Risk Management from the University of Connecticut and received his B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. Mark is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), a CAIA charter holder, a CIPM Certificant, and is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate.

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Sell in May, but Don’t Go Away

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
The U.S. market rebounded from its May “spring fever” to reach newer highs, topping off at 2954.18 on June 20, to outperform the rest of the world to end the month and the...

When Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) Activity Slows Down

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
Given that merger arbitrage deals are the core component of a merger arbitrage strategy, what happens when...

Serve and Volley

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
May was witness to the escalating trade war and the use of tariffs beyond trade negotiations. May 13 was the second worst day in 2019, dropping -2.41%, following China...

Chutes and Ladders

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
The S&P 500 reached its all-time closing high of 2,945.83 on April 30, 2019. The view from the top can be nice, it’s also a long way down.

Mixed Signals

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
March market breadth was positive across multiple asset classes. U.S. Equities were positive with the S&P 500 Index returning...

Deal or No Deal?

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
Markets in February rewarded risk assets with the S&P 500 Index posting another positive monthly return of 3.21%. Fixed Income was also positive, with investment grade rising...

A Tale of Two Markets

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
The best of the market followed the worst of the market with the S&P 500’s worst December since 1933 preceding its best January since 1987...

Santa’s Sleigh Had a Flat Last Year

by: ; Mark Lacuesta, FRM, CAIA, CIPM
December began with positive expectations, benefiting from a string of trading days from the final week in November. With eight of the last...