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MSCI BlogOutcome-Oriented Factor Investing with a ‘Barbell’ Approach
Though relatively new to wealth investors, index-based factor investing has some similarity to a high-conviction, outcome-oriented approach. We explore combining the two when seeking outcomes such as equity growth, yield enhancement and risk mitigation.
Research PaperHarvesting Equity Yield: Understanding Factor Investing
Ever since central banks slashed interest rates in response to the Global Financial Crisis, many institutional and retail investors turned to high dividend-paying equities to meet their needs for income. However, a naïve high-yielding equity strategy can expose itself to various “yield traps,” such as those stemming from temporarily high earnings, high payouts or low stock price. We find that the yield factor has tended to perform well during a structurally low and rising interest rate...
MSCI BlogFactor investing in Saudi Arabia: size matters
Foreign interest has risen in Saudi Arabia following the easing of foreign-ownership limits. Our analysis shows investors would have benefited by controlling for exposure to small-cap companies.
WebcastFactor Investing - What do advisers need to know?
Factor indexing is increasingly popular in Australia and globally. These strategies are increasingly made available for advisers through the ETF market. But what do advisers need to learn about these investments tools? And how to consider applying them to any investment portfolio? In this first webinar in MSCI’s Factor Investing Series, we start at the beginning by explaining the evolution of factor indexing, what it is and how it works, and where it can potentially benefit your...
MSCI BlogFactor Investing Held in High-Volatility/-Concentration Period
U.S. equity markets have experienced increased volatility coupled with concentration in a handful of megacap companies. Has this hampered investors’ ability to capture factors effectively? Have stock-specific risks dominated factor indexes?
Research PaperResearch Spotlight - Finding Value: Understanding Factor Investing
The perennial appeal of value investing is based on the excellent long-term performance of global value stocks. Investors today use various approaches to identify and compare the exposure of stocks with "value" characteristics that help explain risk and return. In this Research Spotlight, we create a common definition of “value” and examine how value strategies can be implemented, in both active and passive portfolios, using three generations of value indexes as examples.
InterviewWhat Factor Investing Really Means And How It Works In Your Portfolio - An ETF.com Article
Support Site VideoFactor Investing - Risk Hedging and Factor Tilting with MSCI Market Neutral Barra Factor Indices
MSCI BlogUsing factors in international investing
Over the last decade, asset owners have implemented factor investment programs with a focus on domestic markets. Increasingly, they are also funding equity factor programs in international markets. Two catalysts are driving this trend. First, there has been a steady erosion in asset owners’ home biases, leading to more indexed and active international mandates. Second, investment committees and boards of trustees have become more comfortable with using factors as a complement to core indexed and traditional active allocations.
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?