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Smart(er) Investing – The Easy Way

By |2020-05-29T10:16:45-04:00May 29th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Podcasts and Video, Women in Finance Know Stuff, Academic Research Insight|

Most of the time we make you "earn your education" by reading our posts to build up your knowledge of the latest and greatest academic research concepts. That said, we understand there are different ways [...]

Tactically Adjusting Everything in a Financial Crisis? Bad Idea.

By |2020-05-26T09:12:49-04:00May 26th, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Flight to Quality and Asset Allocation in a Financial Crisis Terri Marsh and Paul PfleidererFinancial Analyst Journal, 2013A version of this paper can be found here or here.Want to read our summaries of academic finance papers? [...]

Foreign Dividend Withholding Tax Refunds: A Practical Walkthrough

By |2020-05-26T11:01:25-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Guest Posts, Other Insights, Tax Efficient Investing|

The world of withholding tax recovery on foreign dividends and interest is woven with intricacies, challenges, and a general lack of transparency. This is mainly due to its complexities and the cumbersome process involved in [...]

Trend Following the S&P 500? Some Practical Advice

By |2020-05-18T10:42:45-04:00May 18th, 2020|Research Insights, Trend Following, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

BREAKING INTO THE BLACKBOX: Trend Following, Stop Losses, and the Frequency of Trading: the case of the S&P500 Andrew Clare, James Seaton, Peter N. Smith, and Stephen ThomasWorking Paper, Cass Business School, London and University [...]

Discussion: Managing the Costs of Passively Investing in Active Strategies

By |2020-05-14T10:21:23-04:00May 14th, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

We recently covered a paper by David Blitz that highlighted the potential problems with passively investing in "active" strategies. The research piece is great and surfaces a lot of great concepts. Like a lot of [...]

Machine Learning and Investing: Forecasting Fundamentals w/ Ensembles

By |2020-05-13T10:20:28-04:00May 13th, 2020|Research Insights, Guest Posts, Academic Research Insight, Machine Learning|

Quantitative factor portfolios generally use historical company fundamental data in portfolio construction. The key assumption behind this approach is that past fundamentals proxy for elements of risk and/or systematic mispricing. However, what if we could [...]

Skulls, Financial Turbulence and Risk Management

By |2020-05-11T11:28:49-04:00May 11th, 2020|Volatility (e.g., VIX), Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Mark Kritzman and Yuanzhen LiFinancial Analyst Journal, 2010A 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 When hunting [...]

Cheap vs. Expensive Factors: Does Valuation Matter for Future Returns?

By |2020-05-05T08:28:30-04:00May 5th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Guest Posts, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research, Low Volatility Investing|

Tesla (TSLA) breached the $100 billion market capitalization in January 2020 and became the most valuable car manufacturer globally. However, valuing the company is challenging given the growth profile, complexity of the business, and erratic [...]

Why Passively Investing in Active Methods May Not Work.

By |2020-05-04T10:49:16-04:00May 4th, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

Are Passive Investing Techniques Efficient for Active Strategies? David BlitzJournal 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 [...]

Ways to Measure Extreme Downside Risk

By |2020-04-27T10:54:04-04:00April 27th, 2020|Crisis Alpha, Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

Richard D.F. Harris , Linh H. Nguyen and Evarist Stoja Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money, 2019A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check [...]

Trend Following is Everywhere

By |2020-04-22T09:50:30-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Trend Following|

Similar to some better-known factors, such as size and value, time-series momentum (TSMOM) historically has demonstrated abnormal excess returns. For the less familiar with trend following it's worth your time to review Alpha Architects white [...]

Estimating Pandemic Economic Costs for “Face-to-Face” Businesses

By |2020-04-20T10:44:21-04:00April 20th, 2020|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Macroeconomics Research|

Business disruptions from social distancing Miklós Koren and Rita PetoCovid Economics, Center for Economic Policy ResearchA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic [...]

Dividends, Stock Prices, and Inflation.

By |2020-04-17T11:39:57-04:00April 17th, 2020|Dividends and Buybacks, Factor Investing, Guest Posts|

Building on the concepts presented in my Dividends Are Different article, here we present data and observations highlighting the relationship between inflation and 1) company fundamentals, 2) dividends, and 3) stock market movements.It may be [...]

Is There a Tail Risk Premium in Stocks?

By |2020-04-15T08:36:40-04:00April 16th, 2020|Crisis Alpha, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe|

It has been well documented both that stock returns have much fatter tails than a normal distribution would generate, and that tail events occur much more frequently than a normal curve would predict.editor's note: This [...]

Trend Following Reality: You Need Trends to Trend-Follow

By |2020-04-13T10:56:14-04:00April 13th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Trend Following, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight|

You Can't Always Trend When You Want Abhilash Babu, Brendan Hoffman, Ari Levine, Yao Hua Ooi, Sarah Schroeder and Erik Stamelos The Journal of Portfolio Management, March 2020A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic [...]

Volatility, Risk Management, and Market Chaos: Research that Might Help

By |2020-04-06T12:57:26-04:00April 6th, 2020|Crisis Alpha, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Trend Following, Basilico and Johnsen|

Given the recent market decline, we thought it would be helpful to review some of our blog posts from the past that may be relevant to the current crisis atmosphere.  These posts focus on research [...]

An Empirical Challenge for Trend-Following

By |2020-03-30T10:40:00-04:00March 30th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Trend Following, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Momentum Investing Research, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Editor's Note: For the foreseeable future, we'll be focusing on research that explores investment strategies that are believed to help investors manage risk and diversify their portfolios. Time Series Momentum: Is it There? Dashan Huang [...]

Corporate Governance, ESG, and Stock Returns around the World

By |2020-03-26T12:24:35-04:00March 26th, 2020|ESG, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Macroeconomics Research|

Corporate Governance, ESG, and Stock Returns around the World Mozzafar KahnFinancial Analysts JournalA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research Insight category [...]

Is There Something Wrong with the Value Premium?

By |2020-03-24T12:13:15-04:00March 24th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research|

The dramatic underperformance of the value premium since 2018, among the largest drawdowns in history, has led many to question its existence. It is certainly possible that what economists call a “regime change” could cause [...]

The Use and Value of Financial Advice for Retirement Planning: Part 1/2

By |2020-03-17T08:19:27-04:00March 17th, 2020|Financial Planning, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Basilico and Johnsen, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research|

The Use and Value of Financial Advice for Retirement Planning W.V. Arlow, K.C. Brown, and S.E. JenksJournal of Retirement, Winter 2020A version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance [...]