Academic Finance Research and Insights

Expected Returns to Green Stocks

By |December 30th, 2022|

The past decade has seen a dramatic growth in sustainable investing—applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to investment strategies. Investments considered environmentally friendly are often referred to as “green,” while “brown” denotes the opposite. Important questions for investors are: What are the expected returns to green stocks? What does their past performance tell us about their future expected returns? We begin by looking at what economic theory tells us our expectations should be.

The Performance of Multi-Factor Long-Short Portfolios in Various Economic Regimes

By |December 23rd, 2022|

To determine if a multi-factor approach has provided diversification benefits in terms of exposure to economic cycle risks, the research team at Counterpoint evaluated returns to multifactor long-short strategies, stocks, and 1-month T-bills in a variety of economic conditions (recession or no recession, high or no high inflation, and stagflation) over the period July 1963-August 2022.

Mutual Fund to ETF Conversions: To Proxy or Not to Proxy, that is the question

By |December 16th, 2022|

ETF conversions are accelerating and we are seeing more and more mutual funds converting into ETFs. The reasons for mutual fund to ETF conversions are obvious: tax efficiency, transparency, and lower operating costs. But how does this work? What are the pro/cons? This post provides a glimpse behind the curtain and a practical guide for any asset manager considering a mutual fund conversion. Below we outline the laws behind a mutual fund conversion, options for mutual fund conversions, and the nitty-gritty behind how to optimize a mutual fund conversion.

The “Resurrected” Size Effect and Monetary Policy

By |December 9th, 2022|

Given that tightening monetary policy increases economic risks, Simpson and Grossman provided compelling evidence of a risk explanation for the size factor. For those investors who engage in tactical asset allocation strategies (market timing), their evidence suggests that it might be possible to exploit the information. Before jumping to that conclusion, I would caution that because markets are forward-looking, they should anticipate periods of Fed tightening and the heightened risks of small stocks.

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