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May 2019

Note Factor investing in fixed-income: EDHEC-Risk Institute paper shows that it is possible to build duration-timing strategies that are economically superior to bearing unconditional duration risk

The abundance of theoretical and empirical research on factor investing in the equity universe contrasts strongly with the relative scarcity of research on the existence and exploitability of risk premia in bond (...)

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An alternative to traditional Euro Credit Management: a Smart Beta Credit approach incorporating ESG criteria

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Solactive launches the Adaptive Wealth Strategies U.S. Factor Index combining three strategies in one index

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August 2018

News ETFGI reports that Active ETFs and ETPs listed globally reach a new high of US$95.9 billion at the end of July 2018

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in Active ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new high of US$95.9 billion, following net inflows of US$3.59 billion and market moves (...)

March 2018

Strategy Does a liquidity factor premium exist in the stock market?

Academic studies present ample evidence in support of the existence of four factor premiums in stock markets: Low Risk, Value, Momentum, and Quality. Factor investing puts these concepts into practice by enabling investors to allocate their capital explicitly to these (...)

February 2018

News ETFGI reports that assets invested in Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally increased by 32.3 percent during 2017 to reach 658 billion US dollars

ETFGI reported today that assets invested in Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally increased by 32.3% during 2017 to reach a new high of US$658.35 Bn at the end of December. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise (...)

January 2018

Innovation Solactive expands family of USD High Yield Corporates Indices used as the basis for three new Xtrackers ETFs

Solactive is adding three new indices to its family of high yield corporate bond indices, which have been developed as the basis for three new Xtrackers ETFs issued this week and trading on the NYSE.

January 2018

News Amundi extends its Smart Beta and Factor Investing range with a new Dynamic Multi Factor Allocation process

Amundi launches a dynamic multi factor equity range within its Luxembourg international flagship Amundi Funds SICAV: “Amundi Funds Dynamic Multi Factors Euro Equity”, “Amundi Funds Dynamic Multi Factors Europe Equity” and “Amundi Funds Dynamic Multi Factors Global (...)

December 2017

Strategy How does ‘quantamental’ fit with factor investing?

‘Quantamental’ is a relatively new portmanteau word in asset management lingo. Its creation is indicative of a trend in our industry. Quantamental is the fruit of the marriage of the quantitative and fundamental (also known as judgmental) disciplines in managing (...)

November 2017

Innovation Amundi unveils the first European Equity Multi-Factor Market Neutral ETF

Amundi ETF continues to innovate with the launch of the first European Equity Multi Factor Market Neutral ETF. Available on Euronext Paris, it will also be listed on the main European stock exchanges in the coming (...)

October 2017

News ETFGI reports assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally have increased 18.3% in 2017 to reach a new record of US$630 Bn at the end of August

ETFGI reported today that assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally have increased 18.3% in the first 8 months of the year, reaching a new record of US$630 Bn at the end of August 2017...

September 2017

News ETFGI reports assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally have increased 18.3% in 2017 to reach a new record of US$630 Bn at the end of August

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally have increased 18.3% in the first 8 months of the (...)

June 2017

News Aberdeen adds smart beta fund to quant product range

The Fund offers exposure to five targeted ‘risk premia’ factors: value, quality, momentum, small size and low volatility. The investment objective is to provide investors with risk-adjusted returns with an emphasis on income generation and a volatility well below that of (...)

May 2017

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 (...)

April 2017

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 (...)

April 2017

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

Total Assets under Management are up 11% vs. the end of 2016, reaching EUR 31.8 billion and including a positive market impact (+4.2%). Net New Assets into Smart Beta ETFs have already reached a quarter of the record high EUR7bn figure reached in (...)

April 2017

Strategy Quality, the positive factor

Quality is positive: it is about good companies that are efficient at managing their businesses profitably, creating shareholder value and being rewarded with above average returns. Yet, quality is not always easy to recognise or measure. Here are a few pointers for avoiding (...)

March 2017

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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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.

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Strategy Risk factor investing explained

Risk factor investing is growing in popularity, but there’s a risk of getting lost in the factor “zoo”. In this Expert Opinion Thierry Roncalli, Head of Quantitative Research at Lyxor Asset Management, explains the concept of risk factors and distinguishes between facts and (...)

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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 Smart Beta: THEAM renames one of its low-volatility funds

THEAM has just renamed its smart beta BNPP L1 Equity World Low Volatility fund Parvest Equity World Low Volatility. The fund’s strategy and portfolio management team remain unchanged...

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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, (...)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Innovation State Street Global Advisors Launches Four Advanced Beta Equity ETFs

State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street Corporation, announced the launch of four advanced beta equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The SPDR MSCI Europe Value Weighted UCITS ETF, SPDR MSCI USA Value Weighted UCITS ETF, SPDR MSCI Europe Small (...)

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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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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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Interview François Millet: « In some Dutch pension funds, ’Smart Beta’ indices exceed 40% of their core portfolio »

According to François Millet, Product Line Manager ETF & Indexing at Lyxor Asset Management, "Smart Beta" is intended to be located in the core portfolio of institutional investors, weighing generally between 10% and 40% of their passive (...)

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Interview Isabelle Bourcier : “Our ambitions is to grow in Smart Beta and SRI ETFs”

Evolution of the ETF market, impact of the regulations, ongoing development at BNP Paribas Asset Management...Isabelle Bourcier, Head of quantitative and index management at BNP Paribas Asset Management shares its view with (...)

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