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How Risk and Uncertainty Affect Stock Returns

  • December 5th, 2016
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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

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

  • December 5th, 2016
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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
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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

Bottom-Up Construction Works Best With Multiple Investment Factors

  • November 28th, 2016
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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
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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
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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

An Interesting Test of Market Efficiency

  • November 14th, 2016
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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is the world’s biggest state investor, trumping all other managed government retirement and sovereign wealth funds. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to spur the Japanese economy out of its two-decade-and-growing economic slump, known as Abenomics, has pushed the GPIF to plow more money into risky investments, aiming both to… Read More

“Free Lunch” Investing Takes Time to Cook

  • November 14th, 2016
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As the director of research for The BAM Alliance, I’ve been getting lots of calls recently from investors questioning their international equity investments. This hasn’t been a surprise, as any time an asset class does poorly, a significant number of investors will question why they own that asset. One particular inquiry I received addressed the… Read More

Some Alternatives to Big Banks and Their Record-High Fees

  • October 31st, 2016
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Fees are at an all-time high at the nation’s big banks, while the interest they pay is at an all-time low. Worse yet, evidence recently has come to light of the criminal abuse of a practice common among large banks since the fall of Glass-Steagall: cross-selling. Cross-selling is rooted in consumer research that large financial institutions tend… Read More

On the Performance of Long-Serving Active Mutual Fund Managers

  • October 31st, 2016
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Given its importance to so many investors, it’s not surprising that there has been a tremendous amount of research into the performance of actively managed mutual funds. An overwhelming body of evidence has demonstrated that the vast majority of active funds underperform their appropriate risk-adjusted benchmarks, even before considering the impact of taxes. In addition,… Read More

 

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