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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
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Outlook 2021: Tackling the trilemma
Finding the right balance between three things – public health, normal economic functioning, and personal freedoms – will be the main challenge for policymakers in 2021.
19-11-2020 | Yearly outlook
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
US elections: weighing the odds
US elections: weighing the odds
The 2020 US Elections have entered the final straight.
20-10-2020 | Insight
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
Podcast: Will we avert a grim mix of higher inflation and negative rates?
Podcast: Will we avert a grim mix of higher inflation and negative rates?
Central banks are navigating through unchartered territory.
15-10-2020 | Podcast
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Expected Returns – watch the full show
Post Covid-19, we will all be entering a ‘brave real world’ with negative interest rates, looming inflation and unprecedented central bank policies.
09-10-2020 | Video
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
Brave real world: the main takeaways from Expected Returns
The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world, making it much harder for investors to navigate likely conditions for the major asset classes.
09-10-2020 | Video
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
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
5-year Expected Returns: Brave real world
Few would doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the world.
29-09-2020 | 5-Year outlook
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
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
Credit outlook: The rules have changed
The ‘common enemy’ elicited a massive unconventional, coordinated series of stimulus by policy makers.
24-06-2020 | 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
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
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
Factor investing: will the benefit of having a small and mid-cap tilt return?
The March 2020 market sell-off hit small and mid-caps stocks especially hard.
11-05-2020 | Insight
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central bank watcher: Rates in lockdown for longer
Central banks have stepped up to the plate by delivering significant amounts of easing.
28-04-2020 | Insight
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
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Equity styles and the Spanish flu
Covid-19 first appeared at the start of December 2019.
02-04-2020 | Insight
Fixed income outlook: The Covid shock and the Baa recovery
Fixed income outlook: The Covid shock and the Baa recovery
Fixed income opportunities are shifting swiftly away from safe-haven government bonds towards credit.
01-04-2020 | Quarterly outlook
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
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
When markets get tough, quant funds stick with their factors
As rules-based investors, quant investors exploit human reactions to market movements.
19-03-2020 | Video
Market update: what now, what next?
Market update: what now, what next?
While it is never fun to be in the midst of a market meltdown, we have learned that this is a good time to be long-term, active investors.
16-03-2020 | Insight
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Simplistic factor models may get arbitraged out of existence
Which financial innovations will investors remember 20 years from now?
26-02-2020 | Interview
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
Factor investing debates: Are fees the most important variable in product selection?
To choose a product, investors tend to rely on a few easy-to-grasp variables, like recent performance and, increasingly, fees.
14-02-2020 | Insight
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Solvency regulations and low-risk investing: comparing the Nordics with the Netherlands
Pension regulations in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are similar to insurance regulation in the European Union.
11-02-2020 | Insight
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