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MSCI BlogHARVESTING RISK PREMIA FOR LARGE-SCALE PORTFOLIOS
While a growing body of research shows that exposure to factors, such as Value, Momentum, Low Size and Low Volatility, has produced positive excess returns, factor investing for large-scale portfolios has not been well studied.
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.
Research PaperDeploying 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...
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
Blog ContributorGuido Giese
Research PaperSeparating 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...
Blog ContributorZhen Wei
Research PaperResearch Insight - "Factoring" in the Emerging Markets Premium - November 2014
Factor investing has become increasingly popular in developed markets. In this paper, we show that they have worked in emerging markets as well. All six MSCI Emerging Markets Factor Indexes outperformed the parent index over a 15-year plus period, based on simulations. Investors seeking premia in addition to broad EM beta can explore factor index investing via this index series. Active EM managers can also benefit from these tools. Traditionally, they have mainly harvested EM beta, along with...
MSCI BlogRIDING ON MOMENTUM
Momentum, the tendency of past winners to continue to do well in the near future, is used widely in risk models and in quantitative strategies. Recently, momentum has also been the basis for factor indexes aiming to replicate the performance of this pervasive factor.
Research PaperThe MSCI Quality Mix Indexes
Factor-based investing has become a widely discussed topic of today's investment canon. In this paper - which is the last delivery of a four-paper series focusing on factor investing - we discuss the combinations of Factor Indexes taking as an example the MSCI Quality Mix Index.The MSCI Quality Mix Index is an equal weighted combination of the MSCI Quality, Value and Minimum Volatility Indexes. Academic research shows that quality, value and low volatility strategies have not only...