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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
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
Data sets – Volatility-sorted portfolios
This dataset file contains two volatility-sorted datasets going back to 1929 (last update: April 2022).
01-04-2022 | Data sets
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
The Formula: Maximum drawdown
Capital preservation and steady performance are important considerations in investing.
31-03-2022 | Insight
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama-French 5-factor model: why more is not always better
Fama and French have expanded their original three-factor model by adding two factors, namely investment and profitability.
10-03-2022 | Insight
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Shrunk betas can fortify Low-risk portfolios
Research shows that beta forecasts are improved by shrinking correlations more than relative volatilities.
17-02-2022 | Research
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
Risky CAPE: Is there an alternative?
The prospect of rising real yields could accentuate the elevated nature of equity market valuations.
01-11-2021 | Insight
Low Volatility investing: now more than ever
Low Volatility investing: now more than ever
Low Volatility strategies can handle changes in the investment landscape.
01-06-2021 | Insight
After a ‘terrific’ decade, what’s next for low-risk stocks?
After a ‘terrific’ decade, what’s next for low-risk stocks?
The decade of 2010 to 2019 was an exceptional one for equity investors, in many ways.
05-03-2020 | Insight
The volatility effect revisited
The volatility effect revisited
Over the past decade, low volatility has become a popular investment style.
07-01-2020 | Research
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
Strong hands needed to unlock the potential of factor investing
The average investor is not good at timing.
19-06-2019 | Insight
Guide to low volatility investing
Guide to low volatility investing
This new edition includes recent figures and a new section on income generation.
28-05-2019 | Insight
Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
Looking for defensive European stocks? Follow the guide...
In order to thrive, quant strategies do not necessarily have to be black boxes.
28-05-2019 | Insight
Achieving your investment goals with factors: get specific factor exposure
Achieving your investment goals with factors: get specific factor exposure
Factor-based strategies can help investors get exposure to a particular factor.
25-10-2018 | Insight
Guide to factor investing in equity markets
Guide to factor investing in equity markets
Factor investing is on the rise.
01-06-2018 | Insight
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
Fama-French 5-factor model: five major concerns
In 2015, Nobel prize laureate Eugene Fama and fellow researcher Kenneth French revamped their famous 3-factor model.
27-03-2018 | Research
Putting factor investing theory into practice
Putting factor investing theory into practice
What are the basic steps investors should take to implement factor investing?
20-03-2018 | Interview
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Low turnover: a virtue of low volatility
Trading is necessary to follow an active strategy, but excessive trading is linked to human behavior.
24-01-2018 | Research
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Next time, ask your fund manager what kind of car they drive
Tell me what car you drive and I will tell you who you are.
13-12-2017 | From the field
Losing money with passive investing
Losing money with passive investing
Passive investing may be popular, but it also raises serious concerns.
18-10-2017 | Column
Mixed versus integrated multi-factor portfolios
Mixed versus integrated multi-factor portfolios
Many investors acknowledge the merits of factor investing but disagree on how to implement it.
12-10-2017 | Insight
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Investment lessons from the racetrack
Misperceptions matter.
11-10-2017 | From the field
Net alpha is not a measure of a manager’s skill
Net alpha is not a measure of a manager’s skill
Jules van Binsbergen is an expert on topics related to both asset pricing and corporate finance.
06-09-2017 | Interview
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Five concerns with low volatility index ETFs
Equity investors have a choice between active low volatility managers and low volatility index ETFs.
27-06-2017 | Research
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor investing challenges: underperforming the benchmark
Factor based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor investing challenges: limiting turnover
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
05-05-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor investing challenges: unintended sector biases
Factor-based allocation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
31-03-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Unintended factor biases
Unintended factor biases
Allocation to factors has become increasingly popular in recent years, but practical implementation remains a puzzle for many investors.
28-02-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
Is the relationship between risk and return positive or negative?
This paper challenges the earlier work of Fu (2009).
16-11-2016 | From the field
What is factor investing?
What is factor investing?
Although Factor Investing is rapidly gaining popularity, there are still ongoing debates about this concept.
15-09-2016 | Insight
The profitability of low volatility
The profitability of low volatility
Some people argue that the low risk anomaly can be explained by ‘profitability’, an example of a ‘quality’ factor.
08-09-2016 | Research
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