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QUANT STRATEGIES: THEORY VS. REALITY

Aug 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION When pitching an investment product with a backtested history the frequent response from potential investors is that they have never seen a bad backtest. Naturally this is true as there is no point in marketing a strategy with a poor backtest as investorsRead More


Mind the Gap: The Unforeseen Consequences of Smart Beta

Jun 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, ETFs, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Sean Markowicz, a strategist at Schroders, looks into the possibility that fund flows into the assets generically called smart beta are having detrimental consequences for the financial system. It also sheds some light on investors’ bad timing regarding ETFs. The assets at issue are, according toRead More


What Do Owners Think of Smart Beta Strategies?

Jun 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

FTSE Russell has posted its sixth annual survey of global asset owners’ views of smart beta. Smart beta is a strategy that uses indexes, but that is not traditionally cap-weighted, that is, one where the construction of the index itself incorporates the investment strategy, capturing investment factors or market inefficiencies.Read More


Smart Beta and Tail Events

Feb 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Business News, Smart Beta, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A sound “portfolio optimization strategy” is one that takes into consideration how its assets are behaving in the bad times, those that represent the left-side tail of the bell curve. This is not all that novel an idea, but Maria Kartsakli and Felix Schlumpf, Zurich Insurance Company executives, give itRead More


Risks & Rewards: The Future of Finance in Blockchain

Jan 6th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Technology, Operations, Emerging Alternative Investments, Digital currencies, ETFs, Smart Beta, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

A new article by Dave Dowsett and Heather Wied, both of Invesco, looks at blockchains and the way this new technology, precisely as it divorces itself from its original significance as a feature of the cryptocurrencies, is ready to transform finance. Dowsett and Wied contend that blockchain “offers the possibilityRead More


Canadian Mutual Funds Readying to Launch Liquid Alternatives

Nov 18th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Alternative Mutual Funds, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, Sales & Marketing in the AI Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

Scotiabank recently released what it calls a “high-level guide for mutual fund companies interested in launching liquid alternative products.” The creation of this guide was stimulated by a reform of the regulations of the Canadian Securities Administrators, aimed at making liquid alternatives more readily available to investors in Canada. OnRead More


Robeco Researcher on Factor Premiums and ETFs

Mar 6th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Liquid Alternative Investiments, ETFs, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

David Blitz has recently discussed the concern in some quarters that factor premiums may disappear as they are arbitraged away by exchange-traded funds. Blitz, the head of quantitative equity research at Robeco Asset Management, says that such a concern is not justified, because “the exposures of ETFs that may beRead More


SSGA on Smart Beta

Feb 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

State Street Global Advisers has put out a “Complete Guide to Smart Beta.” A preface by Lynn S. Blake explains that the focus of the paper is not on equity products but on “exciting new developments in the fixed income world.” Within that space, multi-factor strategies will proliferate going forward.Read More


State Street Forecasts on Smart Beta

Dec 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Institutional Investing, Smart Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

State Street Global Advisors has a new paper out that seeks to help State Street clients “refine their own strategic asset allocation” especially insofar as their portfolios include smart beta investments, by explaining how State Street forecasts returns, and where the forecasts as to some of the factor returns standRead More


Lazard Research on Smart Beta

Nov 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Due Diligence Process, Financial Economics Theory, Behavioral finance, Smart Beta, Risk Management & Operations, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Jason Williams, senior vice president at Lazard Asset Management, has written a white paper on the “six sins of smart beta.” First: what is smart beta? Academic studies indicate anomalies in the markets that somehow don’t get arbitraged away.  These become identified as “factors” and indexes can be designed soRead More


What They’re Saying About Smart Beta, Tactics, and Strategy

Jun 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

For four years now, FTSE Russell has surveyed global institutions, asking about their interest in smart beta indexes and about their allocations to investable products based on same. The 2017 survey results are in. The new survey finds (as did the earlier ones) that risk reduction, return enhancement, and improvedRead More


The Intelligent Use of Smart Beta     

May 25th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

This is the first of a series of articles on smart beta. By Scott Opsal, The Leuthold Group Understanding Factor Returns And Market Conditions Quantitative investing has become an integral component of professional investment management, and smart beta funds have become popular vehicles for advisors as they assemble actively-managed clientRead More


Factor Investing And The Importance Of Market Cycles

Mar 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, ETFs, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Scott Opsal, CFA Director of Equities, The Leuthold Group The widespread popularity of smart beta ETFs demonstrates that factor-based investing has advanced from the province of academia to rank among the most popular investment strategies for institutional and retail investors. Originally of interest to researchers looking to test, andRead More


BlackRock: Smart Beta Strategies Have Room for Growth

Mar 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, ETFs, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

A recent Columbia Business School research paper looks into the transaction costs associated with smart beta strategies in order to estimate the capacity of each strategy. The three authors of the report are all affiliated with asset manager BlackRock Inc. They are: Ronald Ratcliffe, Paolo Miranda, and Andrew Ang. RatcliffeRead More


Factor-Based Asset Allocation

Jun 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Investing in Commodities, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Commodities, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

A paper by Xiaowei Kang and Daniel Ung, published in June 2014, remains timely because risk parity and related approaches remain the center of controversy and some confusion. The Kang & Ung paper looked at three approaches to risk factor based portfolio construction, studying specifically the practical aspects of theRead More


Smart Beta Strategy: Aces Australian Scrutiny

Jan 10th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Alpha & Beta, Financial Economics Theory, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Paul Docherty, a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School. University of Newcastle, in Australia, has studied the performance of the factors that underlie smart beta portfolios within the equity markets of that country. On the basis of a long time-series of data, Docherty has concluded that four such factors “allRead More


How Robust is a Smart Beta Strategy?

Oct 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Liquid Alternative Investiments, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

According to one scholarly count, there are no fewer than 314 factors that might be used in selecting a portfolio, each with a positive historical risk premium. A strategy construction could be produced through more-or-less arbitrary fishing in this large pond. Smart beta produced that way might not be smart -- or, at least, not robustly smart.Read More


European Investor Satisfaction with Smart Beta ETFs

Jun 28th, 2015 | Filed under: CAPM / Alpha Theory, Alpha Strategies, Risk management, Liquid Alts, ETFs, Smart Beta

Two authors at EDHEC remind us that 15% of the assets in any ETF or ETF-like products for European investors were in smart-beta indexed products as of August 2014, and that this amount is growing. They discuss the extent to which investors are pleased with their results. Read More