Humans are Unreliable Experts,
Getting in the Way of Outstanding Performance

Categories Author: Jim O'Shaughnessy, Insight, Investing

“What ails the truth is that it is mainly uncomfortable, and often dull.
The human mind seeks something more amusing, and more caressing.”

— H. L. Mencken

Given our current state of affairs, it seems like right now is a very good time for a refresher on Human Behavior — the one predictable thing in the market. Continue reading “Humans are Unreliable Experts,
Getting in the Way of Outstanding Performance”

Podcast 3: Finding the Factor Alpha in REITs

Categories Author: Jim O'Shaughnessy, Insight, Investing

“What Works on Wall Street” Podcast
According to our research — and apparently for no good reason — the efficacy of factor signals in real estate investing has largely been upstaged by the factor revolution in the equities market. In fact, the public real estate market is uniquely inefficient and a fertile ground for active, factor-based investing…

Episode 3 transcript: Continue reading “Podcast 3: Finding the Factor Alpha in REITs”

Podcast 2: Microcaps’ Factor Spreads, Structural Biases, and the Institutional Imperative

Categories Author: Jim O'Shaughnessy, Insight, Investing

“What Works on Wall Street” Podcast
Many investors readily agree that alpha is scarce. It is hard to find, always in great demand, and requires skill to extract. The eclectic microcap universe provides a disparate group of continually evolving and devolving businesses with structural features that remain persistently attractive for investors…

Episode 2 transcript: Continue reading “Podcast 2: Microcaps’ Factor Spreads, Structural Biases, and the Institutional Imperative”

Podcast 1: Factor Crowding, Cobras,
and Other Market Hyperboles

Categories Author: Jim O'Shaughnessy, Insight, Investing

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”
— Goodhart’s Law1

“What Works on Wall Street” Podcast
After reading as many as 18 different WSJ articles on the subject, it’s understandable why investors might be up in arms about the alleged perils of factor crowding. We hope this discussion allays some of those concerns…


Episode 1 transcript: Continue reading “Podcast 1: Factor Crowding, Cobras,
and Other Market Hyperboles”