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It’s Time for a Venial Value-Timing Sin

Cliff discusses how to measure whether a factor, in this case the value factor, is itself rich or cheap versus history. The answer, regardless of the approach taken in measuring cheapness, is that value is currently quite cheap compared to history.

Alternative Thinking

The Role of Alternative Beta Premia

Alternative beta premia—dynamic long-short strategies—offer effective diversified sources of return. To us, the most useful classifications are hedge fund strategy premia and style premia, two complementary approaches

Alternative Thinking

Style Premia / Bond Returns

We review how style premia have historically generated attractive long-run returns in virtually every place we have studied them, and may help reduce risk through better diversification. We then look at fixed income returns in different environments

Alternative Thinking

Systematic vs. Discretionary

Systematic and fundamental investing approaches are not opposites. Both pursue the same objective and can be fundamentally-oriented. They can use similar inputs, but in different ways, to try to improve investment performance. Neither is necessarily better than the other.

Trade Publication

Smart Beta: Not New, Not Beta, Still Awesome

Though some confusion continues regarding the subject, the term “smart beta” (including “Fundamental Indexing”) is just a new way to describe some well-known and well-tested investment ideas.

Trade Publication

We're Not Dead Yet

Some argue that quantitative investing techniques cannot work in the uncharted waters of the current market environment.

Trade Publication

Alpha Transfer in a Hedge Fund World

In theory, portable alpha is a good idea.

Trade Publication

Measuring Portfolio Factor Exposures: A Practical Guide

Regression analysis can help investors better understand the risk factors present in their portfolios, which has multiple benefits.

Trade Publication

How Can a Strategy Still Work If Everyone Knows About It?

Some people assert that once a strategy is “discovered” it can’t work anymore. Others, often implicitly, assume the future will look as wonderful as the past.

Data Set

Betting Against Beta: Original Paper Data

Original factors used in “Betting Against Beta” (Frazzini and Pedersen, 2014).