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Structured Notes: The Exploitation of Retail Investors

By |2019-08-21T09:08:57-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Investment Advisor Education, Active and Passive Investing|

One of the most well known and most beloved forms of literature is the fairy tale. Although most fairy tales are not about fairies, they are fictitious and highly fanciful tales of legendary deeds and [...]

Crisis Proof Your Portfolio: part 1/2

By |2019-08-20T11:00:42-04:00August 20th, 2019|Quality Investing, Crisis Alpha, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

The Best of Strategies for the Worst of Times: Can Portfolios Be Crisis Proofed? Campbell R. Harvey, Edward Hoyle, Sandy Rattray, Matthew Sargaison, Dan Taylor, and Otto Van HemertThe Journal of Portfolio ManagementA version of [...]

The Variance Risk Premium is Pervasive

By |2019-08-09T14:35:45-04:00August 15th, 2019|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe|

The variance risk premium (VRP) refers to the fact that, over time, the option-implied volatility has tended to exceed the realized volatility of the same underlying asset. This has created a profit opportunity for volatility [...]

Do Most Individual Stocks Outperform Cash? No.

By |2019-08-02T18:04:32-04:00August 13th, 2019|Research Insights, Academic Research Insight|

I'd argue that a typical investor believes the following--In the past and over the long run, stocks outperformed bonds.[ref]and definitely beat cash![/ref] However, as highlighted here, an academic paper last year shows that the majority [...]

There and Back Again: My 180 Back to Simplicity

By |2019-08-05T22:49:32-04:00August 8th, 2019|Financial Planning, Factor Investing|

I’m 34. I have some savings (long-term investments), earn a respectable living, and am comfortable—and happy—spending modestly relative to income. I have a simple balance sheet and no debt. I don’t ever want to fully [...]

Betting Against Beta (BAB) Construction

By |2019-08-06T10:44:36-04:00August 6th, 2019|Research Insights, Low Volatility Investing|

One of the more popular equity strategies over the past decade is low volatility investing. Simply put, this is a systematic strategy that invests in stocks with lower volatility, either measured by Beta or standard [...]

No Skill? Well, Active Share Won’t Save You!

By |2019-07-28T12:26:24-04:00August 5th, 2019|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

Is High Active Share Always Good? Giuliano De Rossi and Gurvinder BrarThe Journal of Asset ManagementA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic [...]

Compound Your Knowledge Ep 20: Collectibles and PMI (and Factors)

By |2019-08-05T10:50:13-04:00August 5th, 2019|Compound Your Knowledge, Research Insights, Podcasts and Video, Media|

In this week's post, we discuss two articles. The first article examines the financial performance of collectibles, such as Cars, Wine, and Art. The second article examines PMI and its impact on factor performance. [...]

DIY Asset Allocation Weights: August 2019

By |2019-08-01T20:43:48-04:00August 2nd, 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 [...]

The Perils (and Inevitability) of Forecasting

By |2019-07-22T12:28:16-04:00August 1st, 2019|Research Insights, Guest Posts, Tactical Asset Allocation Research, Macroeconomics Research|

I recently experienced one of those fortunate confluence of events that helped me better grasp the relationship between forecasting (which I feel is futile) and my contrarian biases (which are strong).  I better realize now [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]