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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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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 (...)

February 2015

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 (...)

February 2015

Innovation Lyxor expands its Active Smart Beta offering to Fixed Income

Lyxor Asset Management continues to develop its Active Smart Beta offering with the launch of a new commingled bond product, the Lyxor EuroGovies Risk-Balanced Fund, a UCITS IV-fund, available for investors in various European (...)

January 2015

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 (...)

December 2014

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 (...)

December 2014

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 (...)

December 2014

Note Building Minimum Variance Portfolios with low risk, low drawdowns and strong returns

This paper provides an introduction to the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices and aims to achieve three things : i) an overview of minimum variance investing ii) the methodology for the construction and maintenance of the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices, highlighting the unique (...)

December 2014

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 (...)

December 2014

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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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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Strategy How Smart is ‘Smart Beta’ Investing?

Investors increasingly embrace “smart beta” investing, by which we mean passively following an index in which stock weights are not proportional to their market capitalizations, but based on some alternative weighting scheme. Examples include fundamentally-weighted indices (...)

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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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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 (...)

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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 (...)

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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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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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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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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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