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The Perils Of Bargain Hunting

  • December 5th, 2016
  • ETF

As I have been discussing in a series of articles (which you can find here, here and here), we now have a substantial body of evidence demonstrating that individual investors possess a preference for low-priced equities. This is anomalous behavior, because the level of a company’s stock price is arbitrary—firms can manipulate it by adjusting… Read More

How Risk and Uncertainty Affect Stock Returns

  • December 5th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

Asset pricing models imply that equity portfolios’ time-varying exposure to the market risk and uncertainty factors carries with it positive risk premiums. Turan Bali and Hao Zhou contribute to the body of literature on this topic through the study “Risk, Uncertainty, and Expected Returns,” which appeared in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Financial and… Read More

Here’s A Better Measure Of Value

  • December 5th, 2016
  • ETF

Eugene Fama and Kenneth French’s seminal 1992 paper, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” resulted in the development of the Fama-French three-factor model. This model added the size and value factors to the market beta factor. One of the benefits of adding the value factor (the tendency for relatively cheap assets to outperform relatively expensive… Read More

“Your Compete Guide to Factor-Based Investing” : A Q&A With Larry Swedroe

  • December 5th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

Larry Swedroe discusses his new book, “Your Complete Guide To Factor-Based Investing,” while taking on smart beta, the investment factor “zoo” and how to think differently about diversification in a recent interview with ETF.com’s Drew Voros. Find it on ETF.com By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that they are solely for… Read More

The Volatility of Active Management

  • December 5th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

S&P Dow Jones Indices has long provided a great service to investors with its semi-annual S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecards. The evidence offered in these reports has shown time and again that, regardless of the asset class, the vast majority of active managers persistently fail to outperform their benchmarks, and that there is little to… Read More

Diversification For The Long Term

  • December 5th, 2016
  • ETF

The table below, taken from the newly released book I co-authored with Andrew Berkin, “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” shows the annual premium and Sharpe ratio for the equity factors of market beta, size, value, momentum, profitability and quality. It also shows the odds that each premium will produce a negative return over various… Read More

New Book Shines Light On Momentum

  • December 5th, 2016
  • ETF

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. This is a big problem for the efficient markets hypothesis, as there’s no coherent risk-based explanation for momentum’s performance. Not only has there… Read More

Bottom-Up Construction Works Best With Multiple Investment Factors

  • November 28th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

CAPM was the first formal asset pricing model. Market beta was its sole factor. With the 1992 publication of their paper, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” Eugene Fama and Kenneth French introduced a new-and-improved three-factor model, adding size and value to market beta as factors that not only provided premiums, but helped further explain… Read More

Factor-Based Investing: A Q&A With Larry Swedroe

  • November 28th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

Larry Swedroe discusses his new book, “Your Complete Guide To Factor-Based Investing,” as well as the theory behind factor strategies and how investors can achieve their risk and return objectives through them, in a recent Q&A. Find it on MutualFunds.com By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that they are solely for… Read More

The Guide to Happy Giving

  • November 28th, 2016
  • Expert Articles

The giving season is underway, with the holidays and year-end bearing down on us. So how can we transform one of the more stressful, and sometimes guilt-ridden, elements of the season into something more life-giving? Whether you’re giving to a family member, a friend or a cause, please consider the following four directives as a… Read More

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