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In his witty style, James Montier takes a critical look at recently popular investment concepts such as smart beta, risk parity and real assets*. We actually agree a lot with what he is saying. For instance, we agree that smart beta is merely providing exposure to classic factor premiums. That is what we have been saying all along.
Moreover, we also agree that it is important to never ignore the price you actually pay for a security. That is why we have included valuation factors in our low-volatility and momentum factor products from the outset. We recommend Montier’s piece as a sobering and entertaining read!