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  1. Almost five years ago, MSCI introduced a new line of “multi-factor indexes” that combine factor building blocks into multi-factor combinations to enable investors to focus on specific investment objectives or reflect particular expectations about market performance.

  2. Just as the MSCI ACWI Index includes companies representative of a diversity of industries and equity markets, it also includes a diversity of ownership forms, ranging from fully controlled companies to those companies that are so widely held that their largest shareholder owns no more than 2% of shares.

  3. Historically, the majority of global real estate returns have come from income, which has made up more than 80% of the total return over the past decade. In 2014, however, growth in asset values represented 43% of the total return — more than double its long-term average contribution.

  4. "Active Share” — a popular measure of how a portfolio’s composition differs from its benchmark — has been widely credited as a predictor of manager skill. Initial academic research has shown that active managers with high Active Share and low Tracking error enjoyed persistent outperformance.

  5. Despite agreement on the principles of value investing, the investment community uses a number of different metrics to describe the value factor. Each metric (or descriptor) has its own advantages and pitfalls.

  6. As companies expand their footprint globally, the geographic distribution of their revenues evolves over time and their economic exposures may diverge from their country of domicile and primary listing. We believe that this raises a critical issue for institutional investors.

  7. The professionally managed global real estate market size grew marginally to $7.0 trillion by year-end 2014 from $6.8 trillion at year-end 2013, according to MSCI. Currency movements reduced the global real estate market by approximately 7%.

  8. Private equity is both “private” and “equity.” The valuations look smooth from quarter to quarter, but in the long run, private equity shows a strong relationship with equity and is exposed to many of the same systematic factors that drive traditional assets.

  9. Income is the principal foundation of real estate investment returns. For most markets, particularly over the longer term, the vast majority of the real estate return comes through income rather than capital appreciation. The income generating nature of real estate has become even more relevant in an era of ultra-low interest rates, and in the context of the search for yield.

  10. Institutional investors are increasingly gravitating towards multi-factor allocations as the preferred approach to factor investing. But how should factor indexes be combined?

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