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 [...]

Building a Better q-Factor Asset Pricing Model

By |April 22nd, 2021|Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

Since the development of the first asset pricing model, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), academic research has attempted to develop models that increase the explanatory power of the cross-section of stock returns. We moved [...]

Inflation and the Value Premium

By |April 15th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research|

The grand experiment of combining massive fiscal and monetary stimulus at a time when the economy is already recovering strongly—the Fed’s latest forecast for 2021 GNP growth is 6.5 percent—has led many investors to begin [...]

Is There a Replication Crisis in Finance?

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

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 cannot be replicated and/or their findings are the result of [...]

Conditional Volatility Targeting

By |March 18th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Other Insights|

Financial economists have long known that volatility and returns are negatively correlated. Fischer Black documented this in his 1976 paper “Studies of Stock Price Volatility Changes.”  This relationship results in the tendency to produce negative [...]

The Forecasting Power of Value, Profitability, and Investment Spreads

By |February 25th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Other Insights, Value Investing Research|

Studies such as the 2019 paper “Value Return Predictability Across Asset Classes and Commonalities in Risk Premia,” have demonstrated that while it is difficult to time investments based on their value spreadsThe difference in the [...]

Do Security Analysts Follow the Academic Evidence?

By |February 4th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight|

As my co-author Andrew Berkin and I explain in our new book “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” there is considerable evidence of cross-sectional return predictability. Citing more than 100 academic papers, we presented evidence [...]

The Quality Factor—What Exactly Is It?

By |January 28th, 2021|Quality Investing, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research|

The existence of a quality premium in stocks that has been persistent over time, pervasive around the globe, and robust to various definitions have been well documented by studies such as “Buffett’s Alpha,” “Global Return [...]

Is the Market Getting more Efficient?

By |January 22nd, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Academic Research Insight, Active and Passive Investing|

Another Alpha Opportunity Bites the Dust In 1998, Charles Ellis wrote “Winning the Loser’s Game,” in which he presented evidence that while it is possible to generate alpha and win the game of active management, [...]

Value and Momentum and Investment Anomalies

By |January 7th, 2021|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Value Investing Research, Momentum Investing Research|

The predictive abilities of value and momentum strategies are among the strongest and most pervasive empirical findings in the asset pricing literature. (here is a deep dive) For example, the study “Value and Momentum Everywhere” [...]

Is Size a Useful Investing Factor or Not?

By |December 18th, 2020|Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Other Insights, Size Investing Research|

In his famous 1981 paper, "The Relationship Between Return and Market Value of Common Stocks,” Rolf Banz found that small firms have higher risk-adjusted returns than large firms. This was one of the first major [...]

Profitability Factor Details: Taxable Income is Tied to Future Profitability and Returns

By |December 3rd, 2020|Quality Investing, Research Insights, Factor Investing, Larry Swedroe, Other Insights|

Robert Novy-Marx’s 2013 paper  “ The Other Side of Value: The Gross Profitability Premium” not only provided investors with new insights into the cross-section of stock returns but also helped further explain some of Warren [...]

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