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MSCI BlogHedge Fund Returns: Is Fund Selection Important?
Many investors view hedge funds as a way to generate returns uncorrelated with other parts of the portfolio. We found that performance and sources of performance varied, but that exposure to traditional and factor investing strategies accounted for the majority of a typical hedge fund’s returns. Should hedge fund investors pay particular attention to fund selection?
MSCI BlogIMPLEMENTING FACTORS THOUGH MULTI-FACTORS INDEX ALLOCATIONS-- A NEW APPROACH FOR INSTITUTIONAL MANDATES
Let’s look at how factor allocations fit in the traditional institutional portfolio setting. Factor investing utilizing indexes can be viewed as active decisions implemented through passive replication. As such, factor allocations should be tailored to each institution.
MSCI BlogMulti-Factor Indexes Made Simple
Institutional investors are increasingly gravitating towards multi-factor allocations as the preferred approach to factor investing. But how should factor indexes be combined?
MSCI BlogWhat market volatility has meant for factors
As investors continue to focus on factor investing in periods of heightened volatility, we ask how volatility has affected factor performance.
MSCI BlogBuilding Climate-Aware Factor Portfolios
Factor investing typically involves both security selection and alternative weighting based on security-level factor exposure. If such a strategy also needs to be climate-aware, what is the cost in terms of target-factor erosion?
Research ReportDeploying Multi-Factor Index Allocations
Factor investing has become a widely discussed part of today’s investment canon. This paper is the second in a three-paper series focusing on factor investing. In the first paper, "Foundations of Factor Investing," we discussed six factors - Value, Low Size, Momentum, Low Volatility, Yield, and Quality - that historically have earned a premium over long periods, represent exposure to systematic sources of risk, and have strong theoretical foundations. We also discussed how...
MSCI BlogWhat drives the capacity of factor index strategies?
As factor investing becomes increasingly “business as usual,” institutional investors have become keenly interested in the ability of strategies that replicate factor indexes to persistently capture desired exposures without compromising exposure to the target factor. We illustrate six index design approaches that can be used to tackle this challenge.
WebcastIPE Webinar: A Framework for Implementing Factor Based Equity Allocations
Click Here to View the RecordingAgenda topics include:Assessing the role of factor investing in the context of a plans objectivesDetermining the appropriate factors for the planChoosing an index to capture the selected factorsFactor performance metrics
Research ReportEmploying Style Rotation with MSCI’s Systematic Equity Strategy Factors
The rise of factor investing and smart beta has made timing factors more relevant than ever. As active investors look for ways to differentiate their strategies from their competition, factor rotation may be another technique to explore. In this Product Insight, we test style factor rotation methods using the Systematic Equity Strategy (SES) factors modeled by MSCI Equity Analytics Research. Using simulated history, our study found it was possible to anticipate Risk-On and Risk-Off...
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Research ReportSeparating True Innovation From Marketing Fads - From Journal of Indexes
Last year, 157 new ETFs and ETNs were launched in the United States - one-tenth of the total of 1,546, according to ETF.com. But how many of these new funds can be called real "innovations"? Take the hottest area of the market: what many investors call "smart beta", "strategic beta" or "factor investing". These are index strategies that take bets against the market in an attempt to either deliver risk-adjusted outperformance or to capture some...