Factors

Are We Living in a Post-Factor World?

In some ways new investment concepts are like any new technology. The progenitors of any early technology typically earn extraordinary profits until competition heats up. Eventually competition drives down profit margins and the technology becomes commoditized. But investment technology has a special quality that arises from…

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Over Two Centuries of Global Factor Premiums Paper Summary

The paper “Global Factor Premiums” analyzes well known return anomalies by employing long-term data not previously considered in the literature. They replicate seminal studies with a uniform methodology and introduce robust statistical tests that are resilient to p-hacking.

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Factors: An Essential Part of Any Nutritious Portfolio

We recently posted a piece on factor investing (here) so we were thrilled to have an opportunity to see Dr. Andrew Ang and Don Raymond discuss factor investing at a seminar in Toronto last week. Dr. Ang is Ann F. Kaplan Professor of Business and Chair of the Finance and Economics Division at Columbia Business School, while Dr. Raymond is Adjunct Professor of Finance and past Chair of the International Centre for Pension Management at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.

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Forget active vs. passive. It’s all about factors

We just love a good debate, and there seems to be quite a heated debate at the moment about the relative utility of passive versus active investing. Perhaps this debate is as timeless as investment management itself, but a flurry of recent studies may have finally armed passive advocates with enough ammunition to settle the argument once and for all.

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

One of the most mind-blowing implications of portfolio theory is that a well conceived portfolio has the potential to be much better, in terms of risk adjusted performance, than what we might expect from the sum of the individual portfolio holdings.

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Track Records are Rubbish (or Why Managers are Factors in Drag)

The investment management industry knows that you are influenced by percent symbols preceded by large numbers, so they market products with the best 1, 3 and 5 year track records, prominently featuring them in newspaper and TV advertisements, knowing that you will be unable to resist the urge to chase into those funds to avoid missing another year of riches.

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