Rick Baert


Rick Baert is a veteran reporter and editor who covered institutional money management for Pensions & Investments since 2000. After serving as the publication’s news editor for nearly 13 years, Rick transitioned to a senior reporter role in 2013, where he covered the business of money management, asset servicing, trading, pension funds, institutional investing trends and topics. Rick retired from P&I in January 2019 and is now focused on writing thought-leadership content for institutional asset managers, playing golf, exercising, and teaching.

Education and credentials:

B.A. in communication studies, Northern Illinois University; M.A. in political science, Northern Illinois University.

Areas of expertise:

  • Political economy/geopolitical investment risk
  • Technology, including various trading and investment applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain
  • Evolution of market structure and implications for investment strategies
  • Institutional asset owners’ allocation strategies
  • Evolution of asset class investment strategies

Favorite things:

Traveling with my wife and kids; writing and talking with people about finance, international politics, and economics; running and weight training; getting rid of the slice on my tee shots; watching any and all sports, from soccer (Arsenal forever!), football (Bear Down! Go NIU Huskies!) and basketball (Bulls and Bucks, take your pick); watching professional wrestling as a guilty pleasure (of course it’s fake, so what?).


“The numbers matter, but not as much as the myriad factors that impact them. Writing on this business is just a matter of finding those causes and effects and presenting them simply and eloquently.”