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Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Low Volatility defies the basic finance principles of risk and reward
Contrary to popular belief, riskier investments do not necessarily translate into higher returns.
12-11-2021 | Insight
The quant cycle
The quant cycle
Equity factors follow their own sentiment-driven cycle that cannot be explained by traditional business cycle indicators.
19-10-2021 | Research
Some factors are now more equal than others
Some factors are now more equal than others
There is no free lunch when it comes to harvesting factor premiums.
06-10-2021 | 5-Year outlook
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
What valuations and interest rates tell us about equity factors
Single and multi-factor equity portfolios are currently very attractively valued and factor premiums persist across interest rate cycles.
04-10-2021 | Insight
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
Momentum is a self-fulfilling prophecy and therein lies its strength
The Momentum premium arises from mistakes in human reasoning.
06-09-2021 | Insight
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
‘Moore’s Law is disrupting the world of quant investing’
Increasing computing power is altering the investment landscape.
16-08-2021 | Interview
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
‘Equity price movements are mainly driven by behavior, not risk’
‘Equity price movements are mainly driven by behavior, not risk’
The FIFA 19 Ultimate Team (FUT) online transfer market and machine learning shed some light on behavioral finance.
01-07-2021 | Interview
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Our simulations show we can do this without materially reducing factor exposures and hence the alpha potential.
29-06-2021 | Insight
Showing the way to Paris-aligned investing
Showing the way to Paris-aligned investing
The race to zero is on.
10-06-2021 | 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
The Low Volatility effect in China
The Low Volatility effect in China
In our recent study, we uncover the presence of a strong Low Volatility effect in the Chinese A-share market.
19-05-2021 | Insight
Spring has sprung for Value investing
Spring has sprung for Value investing
Despite the recent rally in cheap stocks, we believe the Value upswing still has a way to go.
12-05-2021 | Insight
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
Spring has to come simply because economic fundamentals require it
How do you perceive the quant equity winter?
26-02-2021 | Interview
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The quant equity crisis of 2018-2020: Cornered by ‘big growth’
The 2018-2020 quant equity crisis posed an exceptional challenge to quantitative managers due to a rare combination of circumstances.
16-02-2021 | Research
What’s up with Momentum?
What’s up with Momentum?
Momentum had its ‘shot of momentum’ in 2020.
04-02-2021 | Insight
When equity factors drop their shorts
When equity factors drop their shorts
How can you best construct an equity market neutral portfolio using a factor-investing approach?
01-02-2021 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing debates: Do big data and AI herald a new dawn for quant?
Factor investing is based on decades of publicly available empirical studies.
11-01-2021 | Insight
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
Has Low Volatility lost its mojo?
2020 has been a difficult year for Low Volatility investors and this year’s performance has been truly challenging, amounting to a period of soul searching.
21-12-2020 | Insight
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Investors should always strive to understand observed performance
Mathijs van Dijk is Professor of Financial Markets at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
02-12-2020 | Interview
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
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
Is there value in fallen angels?
Is there value in fallen angels?
Credit downgrades can be an opportunity for high yield investors.
29-10-2020 | 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
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
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
Factor investing debates: Should you time your factor exposures?
The debate on whether investors should tactically time their factor exposures is almost as old as the discovery of factors.
22-06-2020 | Insight
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Reducing the carbon intensity of multi-factor credits strategies
Our research into sustainability integration in quantitative investment strategies shows that such strategies lend themselves well to integrating secondary objectives, such as reducing carbon intensity.
27-05-2020 | Insight
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Podcast: Some factors are more equal than others
Is Value broken?
14-05-2020 | Podcast