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Factors are an all-season phenomenon
Factors are an all-season phenomenon
Multi-factor strategies currently present an appealing opportunity for equity investors, even against a challenging macroeconomic backdrop.
01-12-2022 | Insight
When factors and behavioral biases meet
When factors and behavioral biases meet
Behavioral finance shines a spotlight on how psychology influences investor behavior which in turn has an impact on financial markets.
25-11-2022 | Insight
Short-sightedness, rates moves and a potential boost for Value
Short-sightedness, rates moves and a potential boost for Value
The strong Value rebound from its 2018-2020 winter has triggered numerous questions on whether it can sustain this run.
18-11-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: alternative peer groups
Quant chart: alternative peer groups
We use data on analyst coverage to identify firms followed by the same analysts and categorize them as being related peers.
10-11-2022 | Insight
Podcast: Nowhere near an equilibrium between growth and value
Podcast: Nowhere near an equilibrium between growth and value
Value has proven over the past two years that it’s not dead, after all.
08-11-2022 | Podcast
‘Back to normal’ means a new dawn for defensive equity investors
‘Back to normal’ means a new dawn for defensive equity investors
After three consecutive years of double-digit returns, we’re heading into a new but familiar environment of uncertainty.
17-10-2022 | Insight
From carrier pigeons to AI – gaining an edge with alternative data
From carrier pigeons to AI – gaining an edge with alternative data
Investors increasingly prefer alternative data over more traditional sources.
12-10-2022 | Insight
Winter really is coming
Winter really is coming
As markets adjust to an inflationary environment and rising interest rates, we remain cautious on the outlook for global equities.
10-10-2022 | Quarterly outlook
Low Volatility portfolios cushion macroeconomic risks
Low Volatility portfolios cushion macroeconomic risks
Beyond general downside protection, Low Volatility portfolios are effective in softening the impact of various sources of systematic risk.
03-10-2022 | Research
Academic insights into using machine learning for valuation
Academic insights into using machine learning for valuation
Machine learning (ML) mispricing models are designed to detect hidden nonlinearities that are important in predicting the fundamental value of stocks.
26-09-2022 | Research
Nowcasting growth to enrich the factors used for government bond selection
Nowcasting growth to enrich the factors used for government bond selection
We have added a quality measure for the selection of government bonds.
31-08-2022 | Insight
Investing across deflation, inflation and stagflation
Investing across deflation, inflation and stagflation
Real returns on equities and multi-asset portfolios are typically poor when inflation is high, especially in times of stagflation.
29-08-2022 | Insight
‘Alternative data allows you to take a deeper look’
‘Alternative data allows you to take a deeper look’
Novel data sources and techniques can help you tap into alternative alpha.
24-08-2022 | Interview
‘Quantification of sustainability can be pushed even further’
‘Quantification of sustainability can be pushed even further’
There is a large amount of untapped alternative data that can be used for sustainable investments.
18-08-2022 | Interview
Quant chart: enhancing emerging market factors
Quant chart: enhancing emerging market factors
Emerging markets have proven to be fruitful for well-established equity factors.
16-08-2022 | Insight
Marrying sustainability and emerging markets expertise in quantitative strategies
Marrying sustainability and emerging markets expertise in quantitative strategies
The most sustainable emerging market companies are on par with those in developed markets.
03-08-2022 | Insight
Should shorting count for net-zero portfolios?
Should shorting count for net-zero portfolios?
Short positions can be a meaningful add-on, but should not be an excuse for inaction on the long side of a portfolio.
27-07-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Winning by losing less
Quant chart: Winning by losing less
Low-risk investing tends to deliver higher risk-adjusted long-term returns than the market as it tallies wins by losing less in down periods.
21-07-2022 | Insight
PodcastXL: The pursuit of alternative alpha
PodcastXL: The pursuit of alternative alpha
It has been hailed as the next frontier in quant investing.
13-07-2022 | Podcast
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
Half-time! And what a ride it has been
After a turbulent first half of the year, the summer holidays represent a great time to catch up on useful information that you might have missed amid the tumult.
08-07-2022 | Insight
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
Ten years of successful factor investing in credit markets
A decade of live track-records shows that our factor-based credit investing approach delivers improved risk-adjusted returns compared to the market.
30-06-2022 | Insight
An attractive alternative to sustainable passive
An attractive alternative to sustainable passive
Despite its merits of being low-cost and transparent, sustainable passive investing comes with its own set of challenges.
29-06-2022 | Insight
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Quant chart: Cornered by Big Oil
Positive year-to-date returns from oil stocks are bucking the trend given the S&P 500 Index has slid into bear market territory.
29-06-2022 | Insight
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Forecasting stock crash risk with machine learning
Machine learning techniques can be used to uncover nonlinear relationships between several variables to help forecast stock crash risk.
15-06-2022 | Insight
Guide to sustainable quant equities investing
Guide to sustainable quant equities investing
The rules-based nature of quant investing lends itself well for sustainability integration.
09-06-2022 | Insight
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
‘Factors are still the foundation of financial markets’
New data sources and techniques can help us to better understand factors.
08-06-2022 | Interview
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Quality: the underappreciation of well-managed businesses
Persistent human errors when forming future earnings expectations for companies give rise to the Quality premium.
01-06-2022 | Insight
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Beyond Fama-French: alpha from short-term signals
Positive net alpha from established short-term signals can be harvested practically by investors.
31-05-2022 | Research
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing stands the test of time
Conservative investing (also termed defensive or low-risk investing) is all about winning by losing less.
23-05-2022 | Insight
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
‘I have always tried to make sense of human behavior’
People’s normal wants, even more than their cognitive and emotional shortcuts and errors, underlie answers to important questions of finance.
19-05-2022 | Interview
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