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Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant strategies have come under pressure over the past two years.
24-11-2020 | Interview
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
Trends and thematic investing: cutting through short-term noise
A growing body of academic literature shows that only a small number of listed stocks account for most of the long-term shareholder value created in the stock market.
16-11-2020 | Insight
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Long read: Why I am more bullish than ever on quant
Following more than two years of quant strategies generally underperforming sharply, investors are questioning whether quantitative investing is still viable.
11-11-2020 | Column
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
Factor investing – going beyond Fama and French
There is more to factor investing than the standard academic factors, says Head of Quant Research David Blitz.
02-11-2020 | 5-Year outlook
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
'Most stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills in the long run'
A growing number of studies show that a tiny fraction of stocks account for virtually all the value created in the equity market.
30-10-2020 | Interview
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
Restoring the battered Value factor in equities
The recent dreadful performance of the academic Value equity factor has been a blow for many investors.
20-10-2020 | Insight
Keep your eye on the relevant ball
Keep your eye on the relevant ball
I know a lot, really.
19-10-2020 | Column
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
Trends investing: finding the winners among skewed equity returns
A tiny proportion of stocks account for most of the market’s returns.
19-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
Trends and thematic investment strategies have enjoyed quite some popularity over the past few years.
15-10-2020 | Research
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks behave like bonds
Low-risk stocks are very bond-like.
13-10-2020 | Research
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Carbon pricing, asset allocation and climate goals
Assessing carbon risk in portfolios is a difficult but necessary task for investors.
12-10-2020 | 5-Year outlook
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
There is more to factor investing than just Fama-French
The period of 2010-2019 was a lost decade for the five Fama-French factors, leading many to question whether Value was dead and whether Size had ever worked at all.
09-10-2020 | Video
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Addressing carbon risk in investor portfolios
Investors have a role to play in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy.
09-10-2020 | Video
Settling the Size matter in equities
Settling the Size matter in equities
The equity Size premium has failed to materialize since its discovery, almost forty years ago.
23-09-2020 | Research
Will Value survive the quant winter?
Will Value survive the quant winter?
The Value factor posted excellent returns over the first decade of the century.
01-09-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing and sustainability can make a good combination.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
A new research paper has mapped the impact that economic activity has on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
30-06-2020 | Insight
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
New study reveals: you can predict when interest rates will rise
Over the past decades, many empirical studies have examined the predictability of interest rates, so far with mixed results.
30-06-2020 | Insight
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
Data sets - the idiosyncratic momentum factor
A research-driven approach is at the core of everything we do.
23-06-2020 | Data sets
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Defining Quality: separating the wheat from the chaff
Quality is a commonly accepted equity factor.
18-06-2020 | Research
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
This is a theoretical paper which investigates what happens if some investors care about ESG, while others do not, or care less.
10-06-2020 | From the field
Value ain’t dead
Value ain’t dead
Value stocks have underperformed growth stocks over the past decade.
20-05-2020 | From the field
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread: a measure of spread exposure in credit portfolios
Duration Times Spread (DTS) is the market standard method for measuring the credit volatility of a corporate bond.
01-05-2020 | Research
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
Now more than ever, it’s time to think outside the Fama-French factor box
2010-2019 was a lost decade for the Fama-French factors.
28-04-2020 | Research
Appraising home bias exposure
Appraising home bias exposure
The home market bias is one of the clearest examples of behavioral biases among investors.
22-04-2020 | From the field
Staying the course and being selective reaps long-term rewards in EM
Staying the course and being selective reaps long-term rewards in EM
Emerging markets equity strategies with their value tilt should typically underperform in risk-off markets.
08-04-2020 | Insight
How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
How to navigate the equity ‘factor zoo’
The number of equity factors reported in the academic literature has exploded.
27-03-2020 | Research
Fundamental Equities: Investment update as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies
Fundamental Equities: Investment update as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies
Strong volatility.
26-03-2020 | Insight
Enhanced indexing solutions for insurers
Enhanced indexing solutions for insurers
Over the past decade, investors have operated a massive shift from actively managed strategies into passive ones.
26-03-2020 | Insight
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