Investing Research


They Can’t All Be That Smart [0.09]

Posted on March 14, 2017, 2:08 a.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

Smart Beta is a label applied broadly to all factor-based investment strategies.

Most benchmarks weight constituents by market capitalization.

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Factors are Not Commodities [0.12]

Posted on Feb. 1, 2017, 3:08 p.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

The narrative of Smart Beta products is that factors are becoming an investment commodity. Price/Earnings ratios are quoted widely as a common metric to gauge the relative cheapness of one stock to another.

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The Risk of Low Volatility Strategies [0.10]

Posted on Nov. 3, 2016, 1:51 p.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

Most factor-based, otherwise known as Smart Beta, ETF strategies are based on a single concept like value or momentum. Over the last two years, the largest flows have been to ETFs investing in low volatility stocks.

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Buyback Bulls and Bears [0.13]

Posted on Sept. 30, 2016, 7:59 p.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

A lot of attention has been paid to share repurchases recently, which makes sense given the amount of money involved.

Bears contend that stock repurchases are nothing more than financial engineering, a method for managers to prop up earnings per share and stock prices to meet analyst expectations and vest their options.

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The Discipline of Value Investing [0.06]

Posted on Sept. 8, 2016, 6:16 p.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

Value has a long history as an investing style, backed up by empirical evidence that portfolios of the cheapest stocks outperform the broad market. The strategy behind value investing is simple: buy stocks with a low price relative to their current financial metrics like earnings, EBITDA or cash flow.

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When is a “Value” Company not a Value? [0.11]

Posted on July 31, 2016, 10:18 p.m. by Investing Research @ [source]

Value has broadly been accepted as an investing style, and historically portfolios formed on cheap valuations outperformed expensive portfolios. In particular, several operating metrics of value, like Earnings and EBITDA, have outperformed the more traditional Price-to-Book ratio.

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