A Factor Investor’s Perspective
on the Economic Cycle

Categories Author: Ehren Stanhope, Investing, Momentum, Quality, Value

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“If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you’ve wasted 10 minutes.”

— Peter Lynch

Though unpredictable, the economic cycle has significant implications for investors. Given the vast amount of evidence that certain themes consistently outperform — and underperform — throughout the cycle, an allocation to passive market cap-weighted indexes almost seems naive. Continue reading “A Factor Investor’s Perspective
on the Economic Cycle”

Factors are Not Commodities
(Part 2 of 2)

Categories Author: Chris Meredith, Investing

(See Part 1 of this article for background info on the importance of accurately constructing factor signals and how they can impact which stocks get selected into the portfolios.)

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Quantitative managers tend to combine individual factors together into themes like Value, Momentum, and Quality. But there are several ways that managers can combine factors into models for stock selection. And models can get very complicated. Continue reading “Factors are Not Commodities
(Part 2 of 2)”

Factors are Not Commodities
(Part 1 of 2)

Categories Author: Chris Meredith, Investing

“A man with two watches is never sure [what time it is].”
—Segal’s Law excerpt
(see below)

The narrative put forth by “smart beta” products is that factors are becoming an investment commodity. Factors are not commodities — rather, they are unique expressions of investment themes. The uniqueness of one Value strategy from another can lead to very different results, and there are many places that factor-based portfolios can diverge. Continue reading “Factors are Not Commodities
(Part 1 of 2)”

2-Quarters-in-1

Categories Author: Scott Bartone, Investing, U.S.

“Frankly, [4Q16] was almost a story of two quarters in one,” explained TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey a couple days before the inauguration.1 “November 8th was the election; we saw retail investors essentially go on the sidelines up until that date, trading levels were down, and then it just exploded right after that. And, it’s actually carried over into January as well — trading levels are high.”

Indeed, the 2016 Presidential Election saw a surge in equity market returns (and market activity in general, which is where Hockey’s observations come into play2). On the flip side, there was also a reversal for many investment factors and sectors. Continue reading “2-Quarters-in-1”

3 More Considerations for Equity Income Investors

Categories Author: Ehren Stanhope, Income, Investing

In Part 1, I discussed the massive flows to dividend-paying stocks in recent years, dividend yield’s poor performance1 as an investment factor, and notes of caution for the upcoming rising rate environment. Here are 3 additional considerations and suggestions that address the vehicles most commonly used to access the dividend theme, the popularity of dividend growth, and the importance of valuation in making dividend investments. Continue reading “3 More Considerations for Equity Income Investors”

Equity Income — 2 (of 5) Key Considerations for Investors

Categories Author: Ehren Stanhope, Income, Investing

Here I’ll cover the first 2 of the 5 key considerations for equity income investors, and 3 more in Part 2.

At a time when demand for income generating assets is at an all-time high, the yields on income generating assets are at, or near, all-time lows. While the headlines often speak to the number of Baby Boomers entering retirement, the more important statistic is actually the amount of wealth entering retirement. Continue reading “Equity Income — 2 (of 5) Key Considerations for Investors”

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)”