Category Archives: Smart Beta

Performance of Smart Beta Strategies Across Market and Economic Cycles

Historically, factor-based strategies have generated significant risk-adjusted returns in the long run, but they can also exhibit a high amount of cyclicality in the short run.  Based on our studies of factor performance under different financial regimes—the market cycle, the business cycle, and the investor sentiment regime—we found that factor strategies historically have been most Read more […]

Valuing Low Volatility: Does Timing Matter?

If early January is any indication, 2016 should be another year when low volatility strategies will be in vogue. Popularized in the turmoil following the financial crisis in 2008, low volatility strategies, as the name denotes, serve well in times of equity upheaval. And despite bearing lower risk low volatility strategies have outperformed their benchmarks Read more […]

Understanding the Risk and Return Drivers of Smart Beta Strategies

Within the passive investment arena, smart beta strategies have witnessed a substantial growth in assets, and there is now a swathe of such strategies in the marketplace, many of which bear similar names and share similar objectives.  One may therefore expect that all these strategies are similar and that any differences would only elicit interest Read more […]

Where Can Smart Beta Take You? Our FA Forum Is Coming to an Internet Near You

I am excited about our Miami Financial Advisor Forum, “Where Can Smart Beta Take You?”  This educational event will occur at the Epic Hotel in Miami on Feb. 24, 2016.  For the first time, we will livestream this financial advisor forum.  We hope that by broadening access to this event, more of you will find Read more […]

Smart Beta on the Rise in India

Globally, passive investment products have amassed significant assets. According to ETFGI, the global assets parked in ETFs and ETPs stood at USD 2.971 trillion at the end of Q2 2015, surpassing the level of global hedge fund assets. The introduction of smart beta ETFs and ETPs has made it possible to gain exposure to certain Read more […]

Not Your Father’s Low Volatility Strategy

Low volatility strategies were a popular and growing category in 2015, and if the first several days of 2016 are any indication, it wouldn’t be surprising to see their popularity continue in the new year. That said, the topic of low volatility investing often comes with much discourse. A frequent argument is that a low Read more […]

Most-Read Blog Posts Q4 2015

In case you missed them, we’ve compiled the most read blogs from the fourth quarter below. Losing My Religion: Value in the USA How have value indices performed and will value investing “work” in the future? The Rieger Report: Munis Lead the Pack in the Final Lap How did the municipal bond market perform in Read more […]