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Fundamental Momentum, the Carry Trade, and Currency Returns

By |2020-07-21T11:28:33-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Momentum Investing Research|

Momentum in prices is the tendency of assets that have performed well recently (such as over the prior year) to outperform assets in the same asset class that have performed poorly over the prior year. [...]

What is Impact Investing?

By |2020-07-20T10:58:02-04:00July 20th, 2020|Financial Planning, ESG, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research|

Impact Investing 2.0: Not Just for Do-Gooders Anymore Diana LiebermanThe Journal of Investing, Winter 2020A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category [...]

Planning Opportunities: Why Gift It, If You Can Loan It?

By |2020-07-17T10:23:29-04:00July 16th, 2020|Financial Planning, Research Insights, Guest Posts, Investment Advisor Education|

The coincidence of historically low-interest rates and the increased gift tax exemption under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has temporarily created an opportunity for high net worth families to tax-efficiently transfer wealth from generation to generation. Of course, families can use their [...]

Left Tail Risk and Left Tail Momentum

By |2020-07-13T13:19:48-04:00July 14th, 2020|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Momentum Investing Research|

The positive trade-off between risk and expected return is the most fundamental concept in financial economics. Most investors are risk-averse. In order to hold higher-risk securities, they demand higher compensation in the form of higher [...]

Reducing Estimation Error in Mean-Variance Optimization

By |2020-07-13T11:00:18-04:00July 13th, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Enhanced Portfolio Optimization Lasse Heje Pedersen, Abhilash Babu, and Ari LevineWorking Paper, SSRNA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category [...]

Do Treasuries Have a Place in a Modern Portfolio?

By |2020-07-28T14:41:16-04:00July 9th, 2020|Research Insights, Academic Research Insight, Fixed Income, Macroeconomics Research|

Do treasuries, most yielding well south of 1%, have a place in a modern portfolio? Currently at these levels, I conclude they don’t. Modern Portfolio Theory says that “the market” portfolio, leveraged or not, has [...]

March for the Fallen 2020: Sign-Up for The Virtual Version!

By |2020-07-08T17:42:41-04:00July 8th, 2020|Training Section, MFTF Training Series|

We are going to help make March for the Fallen a virtual event this year (September 26, 2020 at 8am). COVID is bad news, but we can turn lemons into lemonade...and we can still show [...]

Market Return Around the Clock

By |2020-07-06T13:47:26-04:00July 7th, 2020|Overnight Returns Research, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Guest Posts, Academic Research Insight, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Market Return Around the Clock: A Puzzle Oleg Bondarenko and Dmitriy MuravyevWorking PaperA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category [...]

Board Diversity: When Will We Break Through the Glass Ceiling?

By |2020-09-02T13:09:07-04:00July 6th, 2020|ESG, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Board leadership positions elude diverse directors Laura Casares Field, Matthew Souther, and Adam YoreJournal of Financial Economics, 2020A version of this paper can be found here. Want to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check [...]

Combining Momentum with Long-Term Reversal

By |2020-07-02T11:20:25-04:00July 3rd, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Trend Following, Academic Research Insight, Momentum Investing Research|

Two of most documented anomalies in the asset pricing literature are the momentum effect and the long-term reversal effect. Momentum is typically defined as the last 12 months of returns excluding the most recent month [...]

DIY Asset Allocation Weights: July 2020

By |2020-07-02T10:04:17-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Index Updates, Research Insights, Tool Updates, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Do-It-Yourself tactical asset allocation weights for the Robust Asset Allocation Index are posted here. (Note: free registration required) Request a free account here if you want to access the site directly. Exposure Highlights (bold implies [...]

Time Series Momentum: Theory and Evidence

By |2020-06-30T11:07:47-04:00June 30th, 2020|Trend Following, Trend-Following Course, Introduction Course|

Time Series Momentum in the US Stock Market: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Implications Valeriy Zakamulin and Javier GinerWorking paper, University of Agder and University of La LagunaA version of this paper can be found here [...]

How Trend Following Strategies Shape Return Distributions

By |2020-06-29T10:34:49-04:00June 29th, 2020|Crisis Alpha, Research Insights, Trend Following, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Some Observations on Trend Following: A Binomial Perspective David M. ModestWorking Paper, QLS Partners LPA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research [...]

Diversifying Your Value Portfolio? Quality Works, but Have You Heard of Momentum?

By |2020-06-26T12:15:33-04:00June 26th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research|

What if your portfolio was only based on one idea? Something like “stocks always go up” or “value always beats growth.”  You may be learning a humbling lesson right now that Mr. Market has taught [...]

Can Statistics Actually Determine if Managers Have No Skill?

By |2020-06-22T09:53:36-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

Campbell Harvey and Yan LiuJournal of Finance, 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 are the Research Questions? Whether they [...]

Do Option Prices Inform Stock Returns?

By |2020-06-15T12:06:24-04:00June 18th, 2020|Volatility (e.g., VIX), Options, Research Insights, Larry Swedroe|

In perfectly efficient markets, option prices should not convey any new information or contribute to the price discovery of underlying assets. However, if markets are not perfectly efficient, traders with private information might prefer to [...]

Trading Costs Wipe Out the Overnight Return Anomaly

By |2020-06-15T11:22:34-04:00June 16th, 2020|Overnight Returns Research, Research Insights, Guest Posts|

At least once a year, the press and Twittersphere propagate the mistaken idea that investors can earn excess returns by buying the S&P 500 at the close of the market, then selling it at the [...]

Order Flow Correlation May Imply Momentum Factor Crowding

By |2020-06-15T10:54:35-04:00June 15th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Zooming In on Equity Factor Crowding Valerio Volpati, Michael Benzaquen, Zoltán Eisler, Iacopo Mastromatteo, Bence Tóth, and Jean-Philippe BouchaudWorking Paper, SSRNA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance [...]

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