The Impact of ESG Scores on Asset Prices

By |October 14th, 2021|ESG, Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

Sustainable investing has grown substantially in recent years, demonstrating that investor demand can be driven by nonfinancial issues such as environmental (E), social (S), and governance (G) characteristics. A full list of our posts on [...]

ETF Liquidity Risks? A Discussion

By |October 7th, 2021|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, ETF Investing|

Because of the complexity inherent to ETF trading in the secondary market, there are frequent misunderstandings about the relationship between the liquidity of the underlying securities and the liquidity of ETFs.  Sometimes we hear that [...]

Value Investing and Intangibles

By |September 30th, 2021|Intangibles, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research|

Recent research, including the 2020 studies “Explaining the Recent Failure of Value Investing” and “Intangible Capital and the Value Factor: Has Your Value Definition Just Expired?,” have investigated the impact on U.S. value strategies of [...]

Crowding and Factor Premiums

By |September 23rd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

My March 23, 2021, article for Alpha Architect addressed the issue that in recent years the field of empirical finance has faced challenges from papers arguing that there is a replication crisis because the majority of studies [...]

Is Currency Momentum Factor Momentum?

By |September 16th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Momentum Investing Research|

A large body of evidence, including the studies “Is There Momentum in Factor Premia? Evidence from International Equity Markets,” Factor Momentum Everywhere (Summary)” and “Factor Momentum and the Momentum Factor,” has demonstrated that momentum exists [...]

Is The Value Premium Smaller Than We Thought?

By |September 9th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research|

From 2017 through March 2020, the relative performance of value stocks in the U.S. was so poor, experiencing its largest drawdown in history, that many investors jumped to the conclusion that the value premium was [...]

Factor Timing Is Tempting

By |September 2nd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

Academic research has found that factor premiums are both time-varying and dependent on the economic cycle. For example, Arnav Sheth, and Tee Lim, authors of the December 2017 study “Fama-French Factors and Business Cycles,” examined [...]

International Tests of Factor Anomalies: Most Don’t Survive

By |August 27th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

Since the development of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) about 50 years ago, academic researchers have documented hundreds of “anomalies” that generate significant positive alpha. There are now so many that economist John Cochrane, [...]

The Impact of Goodwill on Stock Returns

By |August 19th, 2021|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

A firm’s stock price should reflect the value of both its tangible and intangible capital. While tangible capital has been widely studied, intangible capital has been receiving more attention due to its increasing importance in [...]

Value Investing and the Role of Intangibles

By |August 11th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research|

Recent research, including the 2020 studies “Explaining the Recent Failure of Value Investing” and “Intangible Capital and the Value Factor: Has Your Value Definition Just Expired?,” have investigated the impact on U.S. value strategies of [...]

The Role of Book-to-Market in Bond Returns

By |July 22nd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Fixed Income, Value Investing Research|

My August 17, 2020, article for Advisor Perspectives, “Factor-Based Investing Beats Active Management for Bonds,” provided the evidence from a series of academic papers on the ability of common factors to explain the variation of [...]

The Misery Index and Future Equity Returns

By |July 15th, 2021|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Behavioral Finance|

Prospect theory was developed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979. The theory starts with the concept of loss aversion—the observation that people react differently between potential losses and potential gains. Thus, people make [...]

Low Volatility Factor Investing: How Investment Horizon Affects Results

By |July 2nd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Low Volatility Investing|

Two of the more interesting puzzles in finance are the high beta anomaly (high beta stocks have lower returns) and the IVOL anomaly (stocks with greater idiosyncratic volatility have produced lower returns). These are anomalies [...]

Private Equity: Is There Anything Special There?

By |June 22nd, 2021|Private Equity, Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

As the following table demonstrates, since its inception in the 1970s, the private equity industry has grown significantly. According to Preqin data, there are now more than 18,000 private equity funds, with assets under management [...]

The Performance of Volatility-Managed Portfolios

By |June 17th, 2021|Volatility (e.g., VIX), Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Trend Following, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

As far back as 1976, with the publication of Fischer Black’s “Studies of Stock Price Volatility Changes” financial economists have known that volatility and returns are negatively correlated. This relationship results in the tendency to [...]

Combining Value and Profitability Factors: the International Evidence

By |June 10th, 2021|Quality Investing, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research|

My October 29, 2020, article for Alpha Architect examined the research on the profitability factor. I then reviewed the findings of the June 2020 study “On the Conjoint Nature of Value and Profitability,” which analyzed [...]

The Explanatory Power of Factor Momentum

By |May 27th, 2021|Research Insights, Larry Swedroe, Momentum Investing Research, Tactical Asset Allocation Research|

Momentum is the tendency for assets that have performed well (poorly) in the recent past to continue to perform well (poorly) in the future, at least for a short period of time. review more in [...]

Predictability of the Value Premium Across Asset Classes

By |May 21st, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Value Investing Research|

The value spread is the difference between the value signal in the long versus the short portfolio. This isn’t the first time we have hit on this topic. Wes and I have done several posts [...]

Resurrecting the Value Premium

By |May 4th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Other Insights, Value Investing Research|

The dramatic underperformance of value stocks as defined by the HmL (the return on high book-to-market stocks minus the return on low book-to-market stocks) since 2017 has led many to question the existence of the [...]

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