Expensive ETFs —
the P/E Under the Hood

Categories Investing, OSAM Research

“Trump Bump Boosts ‘Smart Beta’ Funds”   — WSJ, Feb. 5, 20171

The chart below helps answer these 2 questions: “Do I really want to rely on a tweet to drive my investing success?” and “Am I (and/or are my clients) in an ETF that selects its stocks for their scalability rather than their potential to generate alpha?”2 Additionally, this article asks “How does a contrarian thesis of ‘building resilient, inexpensive portfolios by selecting quality, high-yielding stocks’ — or something along those multi-thematic lines — look under the lens of P/E?”3 Continue reading “Expensive ETFs —
the P/E Under the Hood”

2016 Factor Alpha Newsletter

Categories Investing, OSAM Research

We focus on factors because of the reason behind why they work, not the performance. In any given year, one factor can do well or poorly, creating “noise” in the long-term process. This is why we blend factors together to build proprietary multi-factor themes.1 Singling out a factor for good/bad performance is not what we do — instead, we look for conceptual ideas that exhibit long-term efficacy.

Using the All Stocks Universe2 as a guide, this inaugural edition of the Factor Alpha Newsletter (FAN) offers a live-time snapshot of the past 12 months. Continue reading “2016 Factor Alpha Newsletter”

Factor Alpha & International Investing: Part 4 (of 4)

Categories International, Investing, Momentum, OSAM Research, Value

(This is the fourth in a series of four posts that examine the efficacy of factor-based investing in the International market.)

Active Management Landscape  Continue reading “Factor Alpha & International Investing: Part 4 (of 4)”

Buyback Bulls & Bears

Categories Author: Chris Meredith, Investing, OSAM Research, U.S., Value

A lot of attention has been paid to share repurchases recently, which makes sense given the amount of money involved. As of June 30, 2016, there had been almost $450 billion net transferred from companies to shareholders over the trailing twelve months through repurchase programs, very close to the all-time high in March of 2008. Transferring that much wealth between stakeholders will garner attention, and not all of it is positive.  Continue reading “Buyback Bulls & Bears”

Factor Alpha & International Investing: Part 1 (of 4)

Categories International, Investing, Momentum, OSAM Research, Value

(This is the first in a series of four posts that examine the efficacy of factor-based investing in the International market.)

Strategies should deliver concentrated factor exposures designed to deliver alpha. Unfortunately, the proliferation of factor investing over the recent past has missed this key point. Instead, most factor-based or Smart Beta strategies consist of hundreds of holdings where the bulk of the weight is allocated to the largest companies while providing only slight factor tilts. Continue reading “Factor Alpha & International Investing: Part 1 (of 4)”