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Still (Not) Crazy After All These Years¹

With the FANGs in the news again, for good and bad, we thought it would be a good time to update our analysis. Again, we find less going on than first meets the eye.

Perspective

It Ain't What You Don't Know That Gets You Into Trouble

My colleagues have written two papers questioning things we thought we knew. The first questions what we really know about current stock market valuations forecasting long-horizon future returns and the second explores whether or not the size effect really exists.

Perspective

Repurchases are the Devil’s Work! (not…)

A seemingly large amount of stock buybacks in recent years has prompted many to claim that buybacks have come at the expense of new investment. Our latest paper shows why neither the theory nor the evidence supports this view.

Perspective

Virtue Is its Own Reward: Or, One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor

We examine negative screening in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing, often promoted as virtuous because it avoids “sin stocks” and other assets deemed undesirable. But does it also enhance expected returns?

Perspective

SNAFU: Situation Normal, All-FANGed Up

Cliff tackles a story making the rounds about stock market performance in 2015. Was it, in fact, very “narrow” and driven by the “FANG” stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google)?

White Paper

A New Core Equity Paradigm

Combining successful investing styles to magnify their effects represents a new paradigm in active equity-portfolio management. Core Equities integrates value, momentum and profitability styles to offer a more persistent, systematic approach.

White Paper

Understanding Defensive Equity

This paper analyzes the intuition behind defensive equity. We then analyze the empirical evidence, construction and performance of defensive equity portfolios, and discuss the possible explanations for its historical outperformance.

Journal Article

Low-Risk Investing Without Industry Bets

The strategy of buying safe low-beta stocks while shorting (or underweighting) riskier high-beta stocks has been shown to deliver significant risk-adjusted returns.

Journal Article

Low-Volatility Cycles: The Influence of Valuation and Momentum on Low-Volatility Portfolios

In the “low-volatility” anomaly, researchers have shown that measures of prior stock price variability relate to future performance but not necessarily in the way theory suggests.

Journal Article

Networking as a Barrier to Entry and the Competitive Supply of Venture Capital

Does networking among U.S. venture-capital (VC) firms restrict entry into local VC markets, thereby improving their bargaining power over entrepreneurs?