Equity Research

Capital ideas from the industry’s brightest minds.

Our award-winning equity research analysts deliver superior investment ideas and value-added perspective for more than 650 companies, across six growth-oriented sectors: consumer; financial services and technology; global industrial infrastructure; global services; healthcare; and technology, media, and communications. William Blair’s research universe is well-diversified geographically and ranges in market capitalization with an emphasis on small- and mid-cap stocks.
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700+

companies under
research coverage

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158

initiations in 2021

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80%

of coverage dedicated to small- and mid-cap growth companies

As of December 31, 2021

William Blair analysts seek to cover only companies that have above-average growth prospects and above-average quality. They use multiple factors to identify high-quality companies with attractive growth prospects, including the company’s product line, level of service, and management experience.

Our clients include:

  • Mutual Funds
  • Investment Advisory Firms
  • Banks
  • Pension Funds
  • Insurance Companies
  • Money Managers Across North America, Europe, and Asia

Through exhaustive fundamental research and unique insight derived from independent thinking, our award-winning analysts work tirelessly to identify companies that can deliver superior investment returns for our clients.

Recent News

2022 Top Stock Recommendations

Each year, the Equity Research Group's individual sector groups—consumer; financial services and technology; global industrial infrastructure; global services; healthcare; and technology, media, and communications—provide an outlook for the year ahead.

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Awards and Recognition

Superior Investment Ideas

William Blair announced results in the Greenwich Associates annual survey of small- and mid-cap portfolio managers, which includes six #1 rankings.

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Insights

William Blair Launches “THINKING 2021: Navigating the Path Ahead”

Economics Weekly

Insights from Richard de Chazal, CFA, our London-based macroeconomist covering the U.S. economy and financial markets.

01/21: Equities and the Tightening Cycle
01/14: Economics Weekly: The Fed and Inflation—A Narrative Recap
12/17: The Short- and Long-Term Short Rate Debate
12/03: 2022 Outlook Shifting to the Midcycle

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Featured Insights

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Snacking is becoming a more central feature of consumer eating habits and innovation is resulting in more healthful and functional options appealing to a wider range of consumers.

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Defining the Distribution Tech Landscape

When looking at the rapidly emerging distribution tech sector, P&C insurance analyst Adam Klauber notes that, “Shifts in the distribution value chain are the main theme to understand and to watch over time.”

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Corporate Access

Our non-deal roadshows, conferences, and investor field trips facilitate the exchange of ideas and build relationships between senior corporate management and key decision makers with leading institutional investors.

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