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Journal Article

Understanding Style Premia

Four investment “styles" have emerged as compelling sources of alternative returns, backed by economic theory and decades of data across geographies and asset groups.

Journal Article

Superstar Investors

Many famous investors are outspoken about their investment philosophies and use them selectively. We seek to apply their wisdom systematically to determine whether their philosophies, if applied broadly, might still generate “alpha.”

Alternative Thinking

Style Premia / Bond Returns

We review how style premia have historically generated attractive long-run returns in virtually every place we have studied them, and may help reduce risk through better diversification. We then look at fixed income returns in different environments

Alternative Thinking

Style Investing in Fixed Income

Systematic investing is often applied in equity markets but less so in fixed income. Here, we show that classic-style premia—typically applied in stock selection and equity country allocation—could have also work in fixed income markets.

Podcast

Face the Factors

Factors are the building blocks of investment returns. We explain what they are, how they work, and how you can use them in your portfolio.

Podcast

Superstar Investors

Warren Buffett. Bill Gross. George Soros. Peter Lynch. We take a deep dive into some of the most famous track records in finance, specifically to ask if the themes we’ve covered in this show can explain some of their success.

Working Paper

Characteristics Are Covariances: A Unified Model of Risk and Return

We propose a new modeling approach for the cross section of returns that helps determine whether excess returns to factors are driven by compensation for risk, or an anomaly effect.

Working Paper

Empirical Asset Pricing via Machine Learning

We show how the field of machine learning can be used to empirically investigate asset premia including momentum, liquidity, and volatility.

Webinar

Superstar Investors Webinar Replay Now Available

There has been little empirical analysis to explain the performance of "superstar" investors Warren Buffett, Bill Gross, George Soros and Peter Lynch. In this webinar, we examine their track records from a factor perspective.

Journal Article

Long-Only Style Investing: Don't Just Mix, Integrate

We contrast two common approaches to long-only style investing: the “portfolio mix” and the “integrated portfolio.” Our results suggest that long-only factor or smart beta investors should consider integrating styles in portfolio construction.