Can Low Vol Strategies Be Improved

By |2019-07-29T10:42:55-04:00July 30th, 2019|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Value Investing Research, Low Volatility Investing|

My Advisor Perspective article of June 17, 2019 discussed the regime shifting nature of the low volatility anomaly—low volatility stocks have outperformed high volatility stocks, providing both higher returns while experiencing lower volatility. For example, [...]

Financial Advice and Bank Profits

By |2019-07-31T09:29:34-04:00July 29th, 2019|Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Corporate Governance|

Financial Advice and Bank Profits Daniel Hoechle, Stefan Ruenzi,Nic Schaub, Markus Schmid Review of Financial Studies, November 2018 Versions of this paper can be found here and here. Want to read our summaries of academic finance papers? [...]

Compound Your Knowledge Ep 19: Value Concentration and Portfolio Protection

By |2019-07-29T07:06:07-04:00July 29th, 2019|Compound Your Knowledge, Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media|

In this week's post, we discuss three articles. The first article examines the effect of concentration (i.e. how many stocks does one own) within a Value portfolio. The second paper, summarized by Larry Swedroe, examines [...]

March for the Fallen 8-Week Training Program for Busy Professionals

By |2019-09-04T14:30:29-04:00July 28th, 2019|Research Insights, Training Section, MFTF Training Series|

We are 8-weeks out. In theory, participants should have already been training, but we recognize that some people like to procrastinate and wait until the last minute. Fear not, your procrastination is actually a benefit. [...]

Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and Factor Performance

By |2019-07-16T12:38:43-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Factor Investing, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research|

A physicist, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on an island, with nothing to eat. A can of soup washes ashore. The physicist says, “Let’s smash the can open with a rock”. The chemist [...]

Research on the Financial Performance of Collectibles

By |2019-07-22T12:41:52-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

When Rationality Meets Passion: on the Financial Performance of Collectibles Philippe Masset and Jean-Philippe WeisskopfJournal of Alternative Investments, Fall 2018A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check [...]

Compound Your Knowledge Ep 18: Size, Mom, Sell-Offs, & R Code

By |2019-07-19T08:59:27-04:00July 19th, 2019|Compound Your Knowledge, Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media|

In this week's post, we discuss four articles. The size, written by the folks at AQR, is titled "Fact, Fiction, and the Size Effect" and is a deep dive into the Size effect--I highly recommend [...]

Value Investing & Concentration

By |2019-07-18T16:51:24-04:00July 18th, 2019|Research Insights, Value Investing Research|

As many investors have experienced, Value investing has underperformed for some time now. For the period following the Global Financial Crisis, Value investing (in general) has underperformed (1) the market and (2) Growth stocks. So [...]

Strategies to Reduce Crash Risk in Stocks

By |2019-07-12T13:15:49-04:00July 16th, 2019|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe|

Because equities are much riskier than high-quality bonds, the vast majority of the risk of a conventional 60 percent equity/40 percent bond portfolio is equity risk. Here’s the simple math demonstrating the point. Well-diversified equity [...]

Pathetic Protection via Protective Puts

By |2019-07-12T13:14:02-04:00July 15th, 2019|Crisis Alpha, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Managed Futures Research|

Pathetic Protection: the Elusive Benefits of Protective Puts Roni IsraelovJournal of Alternative Investments, Winter 2019A 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 [...]

Enhancing the Performance of Momentum Strategies

By |2019-07-12T10:42:25-04:00July 12th, 2019|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Momentum Investing Research|

In “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” Andy Berkin and I presented the evidence demonstrating that momentum, both cross-sectional (or relative) momentum and time-series (or absolute, trend following) momentum, not only increases the explanatory power [...]

Momentum, Quality, and R Code

By |2019-07-11T14:42:06-04:00July 11th, 2019|Reproducible Finance, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Tool How-To-Guides, Momentum Investing Research|

Welcome to the first installment of Reproducible Finance by way of Alpha Architect.  For the uninitiated, this series is a bit different than the other stuff on AA - we'll focus on writing clean, reproducible [...]

Market Sell-off Analysis: Baseline Historical Facts

By |2019-07-10T11:12:01-04:00July 10th, 2019|Research Insights, Trend Following, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

We often hear that the market is 5% off its highs or that it is down 5% from the high of the year. This alone does not tell us much. The questions I want to [...]

Compound Your Knowledge Ep. 17: Stock Buyback Myths

By |2019-07-08T13:01:49-04:00July 8th, 2019|Compound Your Knowledge, Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media|

We hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend! In this week's post, we discuss one paper, titled "Buyback Derangement Syndrome." The paper was summarized on our site by Tommi, and the paper was [...]

Fact, Fiction, and the Size Effect

By |2019-07-07T11:21:15-04:00July 8th, 2019|Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Size Investing Research|

Fact, Fiction and the Size Effect Ron Alquist, Ronen Israel, And Tobias MoskowitzJournal of Portfolio Management, 2018A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic [...]

DIY Asset Allocation Weights: July 2019

By |2019-07-01T13:30:13-04:00July 1st, 2019|Index Updates, Research Insights, Tool Updates|

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 [...]

Debunking myths about stock buybacks

By |2019-06-28T09:10:06-04:00July 1st, 2019|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Buyback Derangement Syndrome Clifford Asness, Todd Hazelkorn, And Scott Richardson Journal 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 [...]