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The George Costanza Portfolio

In a follow-up to Liquid Alt Ragnarök?, Cliff shows the results of an illustrative portfolio that does the opposite of what we’d normally do in the spirit of George Costanza, who in one episode of Seinfeld decided he must, in all things, do the opposite of what he’d normally do.

Journal Article

Overinvestment of Free Cash Flow

This paper focuses on using accounting information to better explain the relationship between free cash flow and overinvestment.

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Factor Investing Explicitly Tries to Look Lousy on Active Share

There has been much ink, and maybe even some blood, spilled debating the merits of “Active Share” for judging an investment fund. Cliff reviews the frequent misueses of active share, especially related to applying it factor investing

Journal Article

Parallels Between the Cross-Sectional Predictability of Stock and Country Returns

Firm characteristics such as book-to-market ratio, market equity and one-year past return help explain the cross-section of average returns on U.S.

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Quibble Fight!

Cliff takes a look at some of the observations from Arnott et. al., including the idea that prominent factors in modern systematic investing are more effective within small-cap stocks than large-cap, and the impact of controling for quality.

Journal Article

Craftsmanship Alpha: An Application to Style Investing

What may seem like inconsequential design decisions can actually matter a lot for style portfolios. In fact, the skillful targeting and capturing of style premia may constitute a form of alpha on its own—one we refer to as “craftsmanship alpha.”

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Liquid Alt Ragnarök?

Cliff discusses the recent tough times for quantitative factor-based liquid alts and makes the case for why the painful and difficult times are a big part of why our quantitative factors are real and can improve long-term results for those who can allocate part of their portfolio to them and then stick with it.

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The Small-Firm Effect Is Real, and It's Spectacular

Many have questioned whether size matters. In our research, we resurrect the size effect and find that it matters as much as such stalwarts as value and momentum.

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The August of Our Discontent: Once More Unto the Breach?

Given the continued rise in popularity of factor investing, we recap the August 2007 “quant crisis”—those weeks when certain quant strategies suffered big losses—and its relevance for today.

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Smart Beta: Not New, Not Beta, Still Awesome

Cliff Asness argues that the term “smart beta” (including “Fundamental Indexing”) is just a new way to describe some well-known and well-tested (yet still valuable) investment ideas.