Building a Better q-Factor Asset Pricing Model

By |April 22nd, 2021|Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

Since the development of the first asset pricing model, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), academic research has attempted to develop models that increase the explanatory power of the cross-section of stock returns. We moved [...]

Advisor Analyst Podcast: Wes Discusses Concentrated Factor Investing

By |April 21st, 2021|Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media, Momentum Investing Research|

Our chat with Wes Gray illuminates the subtle nuance and discipline of concentrated factor investing, the difference between behavioural and risk-based factor premiums, and the pros and cons of active management over passive and index-based [...]

Climate Change and Asset Allocation

By |April 19th, 2021|ESG, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Climate Change and Asset Allocation: A Distinction ThatMakes a Difference Brian Jacobsen, Eddie Cheng, and Wai LeeJournal of Portfolio ManagementA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? [...]

How Portfolio Construction Impacts the Reliability of Outcomes

By |April 16th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Key Research, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research, Low Volatility Investing|

We are proponents of focused (i.e., 50 stock) long-only value and momentum factor strategies.Please note that in the context of long/short factor investing, which is more focused on Sharpe optimization and the use of leverage, [...]

Inflation and the Value Premium

By |April 15th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research|

The grand experiment of combining massive fiscal and monetary stimulus at a time when the economy is already recovering strongly—the Fed’s latest forecast for 2021 GNP growth is 6.5 percent—has led many investors to begin [...]

Gender Gaps in Venture Capital Performance

By |April 12th, 2021|Private Equity, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Gender Gaps in Venture Capital Performance Gompers, Mukharlyamov, Weisburst, and XuanJournal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2020A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic [...]

Trend-Following Filters – Part 3

By |April 8th, 2021|Research Insights, Trend Following, Guest Posts, Other Insights|

Introduction This is the third article in a series of three, the first two are available here and here. Those articles focus on examining from a digital signal processing (DSP) perspectiveFor background information on DSP, [...]

Global Factor Performance: April 2021

By |April 7th, 2021|Index Updates, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Tool Updates, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

The following factor performance modules have been updated on our Index website.free access for financial professionals Standardized PerformanceFactor PerformanceFactor ExposuresFactor PremiumsFactor AttributionFactor Data Downloads

The ETF Store: Nate/Wes Discuss Value, Momentum, and Launching ETFs

By |April 7th, 2021|Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media, Momentum Investing Research|

Wes Gray, CEO of Alpha Architect, talks about the value rotation, momentum stocks, the ETF white-labeling business, and more with Nate Geraci. External link to the podcast here. https://open.spotify.com/show/4FTkbBgTiC1AFJgMmtwKX3?si=q7UbCIYfSjmDAPa7dL5DkQ

Estimating the Stock-Bond Correlation

By |April 5th, 2021|Empirical Methods, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

The Stock-Bond Correlation Megan Czasonis, Mark Kritzman, and David TurkingtonJournal of Portfolio ManagementA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category [...]

Fixed Income when you’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Part 1/2

By |March 31st, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Guest Posts, Other Insights, Fixed Income|

Figure 1: Investors are between a rock and a hard place.Source: Getty Images. Invesco. Investors are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, it is painful to buy bonds that deliver [...]

How Active Mutual Funds Use ETFs

By |March 29th, 2021|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing, ETF Investing|

ETF use among actively managed mutual fund portfolios D. Eli Sherrill, Sara E. Shirley, Jeffrey R. StarkJournal of Financial EconomicsA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? [...]

More on the Factor Investing Replication Debate

By |March 26th, 2021|Volatility (e.g., VIX), Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Low Volatility Investing|

Open Source Cross-Sectional Asset Pricing Andrew Chen and Tom ZimmermannWorking paperA version of this paper can be found here What are the research questions? There has been a wave of articles (and press) suggesting that academic [...]

Democratize Quant Conference Recap and Materials

By |March 25th, 2021|ESG, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Investor Education, Conferences, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research|

COVID is killing conference mojo overall, but we were able to host a short and sweet "Democratize Quant" conference this morning. The speakers were terrific and I personally learned a lot from them. This post [...]

Is There a Replication Crisis in Finance?

By |March 23rd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

In recent years the field of empirical finance has faced challenges from papers arguing that there is a replication crisis because the majority of studies cannot be replicated and/or their findings are the result of [...]

An Economic Framework for ESG Investing

By |March 22nd, 2021|ESG, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Investment Advisor Education, Machine Learning|

Responsible Investing: The ESG Efficient Frontier Pedersen, Fitzgibbons, and PomorskiJournal of Financial Economics, 2020A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category What [...]

Conditional Volatility Targeting

By |March 18th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Other Insights|

Financial economists have long known that volatility and returns are negatively correlated. Fischer Black documented this in his 1976 paper “Studies of Stock Price Volatility Changes.”  This relationship results in the tendency to produce negative [...]

How to Predict Stock Returns (using a simple model)

By |March 16th, 2021|Predicting Market Returns, Research Insights, Academic Research Insight, Other Insights|

Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, created a simple explanation for predicting future stock returns. The so-called “Occam's razor” (law of parsimony) approach is an attempt to explain projected returns as simple as possible. Mr. [...]

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