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Podcast

Face the Factors

Factors are the building blocks of investment returns. We explain what they are, how they work, and how you can use them in your portfolio.

Podcast

Superstar Investors

Warren Buffett. Bill Gross. George Soros. Peter Lynch. We take a deep dive into some of the most famous track records in finance, specifically to ask if the themes we’ve covered in this show can explain some of their success.

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

Style Investing: The Long and the Long/Short of It

Many investors agree that applying systematic tilts away from a passive, capitalization-weighted portfolio is a good idea; fewer agree on how best to capture these style-based returns.

Perspective

A Fanatic is One Who Can't Change his Mind and Won't Change the Subject¹

Ciff Asness critiques Rob Arnott’s strong viewpoints that rising valuations are responsible for the past performance of many factors and that their current valuation levels point to their impending doom.

Working Paper

Characteristics Are Covariances: A Unified Model of Risk and Return

We propose a new modeling approach for the cross section of returns that helps determine whether excess returns to factors are driven by compensation for risk, or an anomaly effect.

Journal Article

Long-Only Style Investing: Don't Just Mix, Integrate

We contrast two common approaches to long-only style investing: the “portfolio mix” and the “integrated portfolio.” Our results suggest that long-only factor or smart beta investors should consider integrating styles in portfolio construction.

Journal Article

Factor Momentum Everywhere

Can individual factors be reliably timed based on their recent performance? This study of 65 widely-studied, characteristic-based equity factors aims to find out.

White Paper

Understanding Alternative Risk Premia

With its many potential benefits, including generally low-to-no correlation to a traditional 60/40 or hedge fund portfolio, we believe an ARP strategy may serve as a core alternative solution in investors’ portfolios.