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November 29

Strategy “Diversified Equity Factor Investing” combines four complementary factors that are loosely correlated with one another

Based on factor investment, this innovative approach capitalises on the attractive performances thus far of smart beta strategies. It is based on the combination, within the same portfolio, of four complementary factors that are loosely correlated with one another: Quality, (...)

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Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr : « We look at all the existing strategies that are based on risk metrics, factor-based or fundamental values approaches. »

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A growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs with more requirements and challenges to address

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September 16

Note Lyxor research highlights the growing role of Smart Beta in new investment strategies

Lyxor Asset Management today unveils the results of a new wide-ranging study that compares the performance of European domiciled active funds with that of their benchmarks. The research highlights the growing importance of risk factors and other Smart Beta strategies in (...)

May 25

Innovation Amundi ETF offers a complete range of mono factor exposures at competitive pricing with two newly launched ETFs

Amundi ETF completes its mono-factor range on the MSCI Europe index by listing on Euronext Paris two new Quality and Momentum risk-factor ETFs. Amundi ETF’s comprehensive range of mono-factor exposures on European equities is offered at competitive ongoing charges of only (...)

May 19

Interview Caroline Le Meaux Lambert : « We are looking for strategies able to benefit from upward equity trends while limiting volatility »

Caroline Le Meaux Lambert, head of delegated asset management at Caisse des Dépôts for the French public pension fund Ircantec, tells us a little more about the Smart Beta concept.

May 19

Strategy Invest with “style” and outperform

Investment « styles » aim to capture risk premia and/or market anomalies that can be seen structurally over long periods. While no formal classification exists, a distinction is traditionally made between four major style families, not only applicable to equities but also to (...)

May 19

News Solactive joins forces with Sarasin & Partners LLP on the Sarasin Systematic Efficient Indices

Solactive AG is pleased to join forces with Sarasin & Partners LLP on Sarasin’s Systematic Efficient Approach Indices (SSEA Indices), a family of indices which seek to outperform the market-cap over the medium-long term and across multiple market (...)

March 2

Note Diversity wins : Persistent investor interest in smart beta, particularly within diversifying strategies

Willis Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients globally allocated $10bn, via 175 selections, to diversifying investment strategies in 2015. Within this grouping, liquid alternatives attracted the most interest with over $8.1bn, of which approximately half is in smart (...)

January 27

Innovation Solactive launches Low Carbon Index Family

Solactive AG in collaboration with South Pole Group has launched a low-carbon equity index family. The low-carbon index family will cover global and regional exposures to carbon, and aside from the liquid benchmark, offer a smart beta version for investors focusing on income (...)

January 8

Strategy Solactive starts benchmark offering - Sets the foundation for new smart beta index creation

Solactive, one of the growing player in the index space, made a strategic decision to enter the benchmark index business with the launch of benchmark families in the equity as well as the fixed income space...

November 2015

News The Seeyond Europe MinVariance fund celebrates its fifth anniversary and reaches its twofold management objective: performance and reduction in volatility

Five years after its inception, and in a market environment marked by numerous changes in volatility regimes, the Seeyond Europe MinVariance fund posts a cumulative performance over five years of more than 66%..

August 2015

Note Investors cautiously welcome advanced beta equity investing

Investors recognise advanced beta equity investing as a promising avenue but call for caution on insufficient transparency and on the difficulties in implementing long/short strategies

July 2015

Innovation Lyxor launches an innovative range of risk factor ETFs

Following the announcement of the partnership between Lyxor and J.P. Morgan, Lyxor listed on Xetra on the 10th July 2015 five ETFs designed to capture the low size, value, quality, low beta and momentum factors respectively within the European equity (...)

July 2015

News European Smart Beta ETF Market Trends

European Smart beta ETF market flows are still positive in the second quarter of 2015, but growth has decelerated compared to Q1 2015. NET NEW ASSETS (NNA) year to date (30/06/2015) amounted to EUR 2.3 billion, i.e. 60% of the 2014 NNA within the first half of the year. Total (...)

April 2015

Opinion Combining Active and Passive management in a Portfolio

In recent years, long-held ideas on portfolio construction have been called into question. Investors can now choose from a range of “smart beta” strategies, offering exposure to market risk premia in a systematic, transparent fashion. Where does the dividing line between (...)

April 2015

Strategy Why is smart beta a true revolution?

So what is “smart beta”? A mere revolt against traditional indices? No, Sir, it’s a true revolution – the factor investing revolution. The questioning of allegiance to traditional indices, which until now were used broadly despite some serious drawbacks, has only just begun, but (...)

April 2015

Innovation Lombard Odier Investment Managers and ETF Securities join forces to offer fundamental fixed income exchange traded funds

Lombard Odier Investment Managers (“Lombard Odier IM”), a pioneer in smart beta fixed income investing, and ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading innovators of exchange traded products (“ETPs”), have partnered to offer a range of transparent, cost-effective and (...)

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Strategy From Smarter Beta to Smart Alpha

Unlike cap-weighted indexes, smart beta strategies are not buy-and-hold: they require trading and rebalancing to maintain their respective exposures. This can have a surprising impact on long-term performance, and may also provide a cause for concern in the shorter (...)

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Interview Yves Choueifaty : "Our Smart Beta strategy is designed to maximize diversification of any given investment universe"

According to Yves Choueifaty, Founder and President of TOBAM, The main advantage of the TOBAM’s Anti-US Credit Benchmark® is to build a portfolio without "bias" towards highly indebted issuers or those belonging to a particular (...)

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Opinion Jean-Claude Guimiot : « There is no ’Smart Beta’ strategy within our asset allocation program »

According to Jean-Claude Guimiot, CEO of AGRICA EPARGNE (asset management company of the Group AGRICA), invest in "Smart Beta" index is not on the agenda ...

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Strategy Risk factors: taking risk budgeting one step further

An increasing number of pension funds are opting to invest in ‘alternative’ or ‘smart beta’ indices to supplement their passive management activities. Several competing methods currently exist, each with their own objectives. Analysing the risk contribution of each factor by (...)

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Innovation State Street Global Advisors Launches Multi-Factor Global Equity Fund

Today’s launch represents one of the industry’s first UCITS advanced beta multi-factor funds combining three factors: low valuation, low volatility and high quality. All three strategies demonstrate increased risk-adjusted returns over a long-term investment horizon when (...)

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Strategy The four cardinal “smart beta” virtues, or how to use Plato as an investment philosophy

Etienne Vincent, head of THEAM’s global quantitative management, explains how the four main recurring sources of outperformance in the equity markets, extensively developed in the “smart beta” concept, can be likened to the four cardinal virtues described by Plato, the Greek (...)

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Innovation Ossiam ETF on the Risk Weighted Enhanced Commodity Ex Grains TR Index

Using its expertise in systematic asset management, in 2013, Ossiam has set up an ETF offering a long only exposure to a risk weighted enhanced commodity index, based on S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index constituents, excluding (...)

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News European Smart Beta ETF Market Trends

European Smart beta ETF market flows are still positive in the second quarter of 2015, but growth has decelerated compared to Q1 2015. NET NEW ASSETS (NNA) year to date (30/06/2015) amounted to EUR 2.3 billion, i.e. 60% of the 2014 NNA within the first half of the year. Total (...)

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Note Diversity wins : Persistent investor interest in smart beta, particularly within diversifying strategies

Willis Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients globally allocated $10bn, via 175 selections, to diversifying investment strategies in 2015. Within this grouping, liquid alternatives attracted the most interest with over $8.1bn, of which approximately half is in smart (...)

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Strategy Why is smart beta a true revolution?

So what is “smart beta”? A mere revolt against traditional indices? No, Sir, it’s a true revolution – the factor investing revolution. The questioning of allegiance to traditional indices, which until now were used broadly despite some serious drawbacks, has only just begun, but (...)

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Strategy A smart approach of Index Management

Two years ago, Ossiam entered the European market with ETFs based on two innovative investment strategies offering an alternative to traditional equity market cap-weighted indices: The Ossiam Equal Weight ETFs and The Ossiam Minimum Variance ETFs. Back to smart beta concept (...)

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Strategy Controling investment risk in commodities investment

Commodities exhibit unique characteristics including low correlations with bonds and equities and inflation-hedging abilities. These have made commodities an attractive addition to diversified portfolios and have generated growing interest in commodity (...)

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Innovation Source and Rothschild launch firsT Equal Risk ETF in Europe

Source, an investment firm and a leading provider of Exchange TradedProducts (ETPs), and Risk Based Investment Solutions (“RBIS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rothschild, are pleased to announce the launch of the Source R Equal-Risk European Equity UCITS (...)

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Innovation Lyxor AM and Finvex Group launch the first indexed ETF on low-volatility European SRI equities

The aim of this ETF is to improve the stability of a portfolio of European equities, thereby optimising its performance. The index strategy is therefore founded on a two-pronged risk management approach that considers “qualitative risk” by filtering the investment universe in (...)

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Innovation Amundi ETF offers a complete range of mono factor exposures at competitive pricing with two newly launched ETFs

Amundi ETF completes its mono-factor range on the MSCI Europe index by listing on Euronext Paris two new Quality and Momentum risk-factor ETFs. Amundi ETF’s comprehensive range of mono-factor exposures on European equities is offered at competitive ongoing charges of only (...)

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Interview Michel Manteau : « We have mainly chosen minimum variance strategies because we seek to reduce the volatility of our equity portfolio »

Michel Manteau, head of portfolio management at CARMF (« Caisse Autonome de Retraite des Médecins de France »), the retirement institution for french doctors tells us more about Smart Beta strategies.

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