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May 24

Innovation Solactive launches Stable Income Europe Index

The index targets investors interested in a smart beta concept that puts more emphasis on the role played by free cash flow yield, aside from tilting composition towards high dividend and low volatility shares. Specifically, free cash flows are typically used to provide an (...)

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European Smart Beta ETF market flows accelerated in Q1 2017 at EUR1.8bn.

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April 27

Strategy Low volatility, the hidden factor

Robert Haugen, who discovered the low-volatility anomaly in 1972, wrote numerous articles and books to try to popularise what he called the ‘hidden factor’. To some extent, it was only the advent of smart beta investment strategies that turned his dream into reality, as low (...)

March 30

Strategy Value, the obvious factor

All famous investors from Benjamin Graham to Warren Buffet have, first and foremost, been fervent advocates of value investing. Value can be assessed in very diverse ways and value investing can also suffer from some drawbacks. Here are a few pointers for understanding value (...)

March 9

Innovation Invesco launches high-dividend, low-volatility ETFs

According to Invesco, Canadian investors are increasingly seeking income from their holdings but they may be concerned about the relatively limited opportunities within the domestic equity market. Foreign equity markets may provide greater (...)

February 8

Innovation Solactive launches Solactive SuperRegion Select Index licensed to Credit Suisse

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset class index provider, announces today the release of the Solactive SuperRegion Select Index. The new launch consists of a smart beta concept incorporating high dividend yield shares that also exhibit low historical volatility from Asia, (...)

November 2016

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, (...)

October 2016

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

According to Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr, CFO of FRR (« Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites ») the French reserve fund, developments are necessary for more transparency for the turnover costs generated by the implementation of Smart Beta (...)

October 2016

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

In a survey of investment professionals conducted as part of the Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies”, EDHEC-Risk Institute has solicited the specific views of 180 European ETF investors on (...)

October 2016

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.

September 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 (...)

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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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News Lombard Odier Investment Managers publishes its independently-calculated Smart Beta indexes on Bloomberg

Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM), the institutional asset management arm of the Lombard Odier Group, is pleased to announce that its proprietary FWD Smart Beta indexes - calculated independently - are now available through the Bloomberg Professional (...)

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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 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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Opinion When Smart Is Not That Smart

Can Beta Become Smarter? Nobel Prize-winning economist William Sharpe introduced the notions of “beta” and “alpha” decades ago. Put simply, Sharpe defined beta as a measure of a portfolio’s sensitivity relative to the market. Under this definition, it is difficult to fathom how (...)

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Note Smart Beta 2.0 – Taking the risks of new equity benchmarks into account

In research published two weeks ago entitled, “Smart Beta 2.0,” EDHEC-Risk Institute is seeking to draw the attention of investors to the risks of traditional smart beta equity indices and propose a new approach to smart beta investing to take account of these (...)

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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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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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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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Interview Philip Tindall : « We see further development of non-market cap approaches in bonds »

According to Philip Tindall, senior investment consultant at Towers Watson, there has been a lot of interest in smart betas area, and investors are beginning to allocate assets - Towers Watson’s clients have invested more than (...)

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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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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

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Opinion Smart Betas offer a new approach to bridge market bias

When Alan Greenspan spoke of "market exuberance" (i.e. the lightning-fast mood swings from optimism to an investment bubble popping) wasn’t he referring to what we could call a "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" syndrome?

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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%..

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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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Opinion Psychology and smart beta

‘Smart beta’ sounds like an oxymoron. How smart can it be to continue using the same strategy in such fickle markets? A portfolio manager calling on all his skills (‘alpha’) in analysing market environments (the source of ‘beta’) should be able to outperform an unchanged (...)

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