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Are We Living in a Post-Factor World?

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…

Global Equity Momentum: A Craftsman’s Perspective – Executive Summary

Global Equity Momentum: A Craftsman’s Perspective – Executive Summary

Quantitative investment researchers often seek uniquely optimal parameterizations of their strategies amongst a broad “robust” region of parameter choices. However, this ignores a critically important feature of investing – Diversification. By diversifying across many equally legitimate parameter choices – an ensemble – investors may …

Portfolio Optimization: Simple versus Optimal Methods

Portfolio Optimization: Simple versus Optimal Methods

Our whitepaper “The Optimization Machine: A General Framework for Portfolio Choice” presented a logical framework for thinking about portfolio optimization given specific assumptions regarding expected relationships between risk and return. We explored the fundamental roots of common portfolio …