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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
The investment industry needs to keep up its education efforts
The investment industry needs to keep up its education efforts
Over the past five years, FTSE Russell’s annual smart beta survey of asset owners has become a must-read.
11-02-2019 | Interview
Thought smart beta indices had unlimited capacity? Think again!
Thought smart beta indices had unlimited capacity? Think again!
Following smart beta indices is a popular way to implement factor investing.
06-11-2018 | Research
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
Achieving your investment goals with factors: improve diversification
Achieving your investment goals with factors: improve diversification
Factor-based strategies can help investors build better diversified portfolios.
28-06-2018 | Insight
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
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Here’s the proof: benchmarking contributes to the low-volatility anomaly
Benchmark followers amplify the low volatility effect.
07-03-2018 | From the field
Exploring the world of factors
Exploring the world of factors
Nine academics on the research, theory and implementation of factor investing.
26-02-2018 | Insight
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
Anomalies remain strong in international equity markets after publication
One oft-heard concern on factor investing is that factors could be arbitraged away.
03-01-2018 | From the field
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
Academic research absolutely supports smart beta
For over four decades, Burton Malkiel has advocated for broad passive exposure to financial markets.
11-12-2017 | Interview
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
Factor challenges: preparing for implementation
How should I prepare for the implementation of a factor-based strategy?
28-11-2017 | Factor investing challenges
ESG is often mis-implemented in portfolios
ESG is often mis-implemented in portfolios
Sustainability principles are often mis-implemented in portfolios due to biases to certain factors, says quant specialist Ruben Feldman.
05-10-2017 | Insight
Factor investing challenges: implementation costs
Factor investing challenges: implementation costs
factor investing’s Achilles’ heel?
28-09-2017 | Factor investing challenges
Factor investing challenges: factor timing
Factor investing challenges: factor timing
Should investors try to time their exposure to different factors?
29-08-2017 | Factor investing challenges
The Quality Factor
The Quality Factor
The quality effect is the tendency of high-quality stocks to outperform low-quality ones.
19-07-2017 | From the field
The value of multiple momentum signals
The value of multiple momentum signals
The concept of Momentum is not only a basic principle of physics.
18-07-2017 | Research
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
Factor investing: limited overcrowding risk
A key concern often voiced by factor investing and smart beta sceptics is the possible risk of overcrowding.
03-07-2017 | Research
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor investing challenges: determining how much to allocate
Factor-based strategies have become increasingly popular in recent years.
30-06-2017 | Factor investing challenges
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
Looking at the long-term evidence on factors
Looking at the long-term evidence on factors
How important are factor tilts?
12-06-2017 | Interview
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
Ten misconceptions about smart beta investing
This paper* attempts to debunk no fewer than ten myths about smart beta.
07-06-2017 | From the field
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
The siren song of factor timing
The siren song of factor timing
Timing when to enter and exit factors seems to be the holy grail of quant investing.
26-04-2017 | From the field
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
The rise of Factor Investing - is it just a hype?
Factor Investing is increasingly in the spotlight.
05-04-2017 | Video
Smart beta is no monkey business
Smart beta is no monkey business
It has been argued that all smart beta strategies generate positive exposure to value and small-cap stocks in much the same way as randomly generated portfolio strategies do.
05-04-2017 | From the field
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
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Three ways to implement factors and smart beta
Factor-based strategies and smart beta exploit proven factor premiums.
29-03-2017 | Insight
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The smart beta ETF vogue is no threat to factor investing
The success of smart beta ETFs has raised concerns over a possible ‘overcrowding’ of factor strategies.
29-03-2017 | Research
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Decomposing fundamental indexation?
Previous studies have shown that the value added by fundamental indexation strategies is entirely driven by their implicit exposure to the classic value premium.
22-03-2017 | From the field
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