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”

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)”

Fundamental Relationships have Changed in QE’s Wake

Categories Author: Ehren Stanhope, Investing, U.S., Value

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

— Attributed to John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

I read a lot of market commentary. There are a lot of doomsayers out there. While I can’t argue with the fact that valuations are higher than they were at the market lows in 2009, the calls for a calamitous decline based on valuation seem overblown. Valuation tends not to be a good predictor of bear markets. Continue reading “Fundamental Relationships have Changed in QE’s Wake”

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)”

When a “Value” Company is not a Value

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

Value has broadly been accepted as an investing style, and historically portfolios formed on cheap valuations outperformed expensive portfolios. But value comes in many flavors, and the factors(s) you choose to measure cheapness can determine your long-term success. Continue reading “When a “Value” Company is not a Value”