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Dimitris Melas

Dimitris Melas
Global Head of Equity Research

About the Contributor

Dimitris Melas is Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Research. Prior to joining MSCI in 2006, Dr. Melas worked at HSBC Asset Management as Head of Research and Head of Quantitative Strategies. Dr. Melas is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Finance, and a Ph.D. in Applied Probability from the London School of Economics. He serves as Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Portfolio Management.

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  1. Markets have enjoyed a relatively long period of positive returns and low volatility, making some investors wonder if a correction is imminent. One possible trigger for a correction would be investors concluding that market valuations have become extreme, which could lower future returns.

  2. Over the past decade, many long-term institutional investors have incorporated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into their portfolios, by creating segregated ESG mandates or by incorporating ESG criteria across the entire portfolio.

  3. Hedge funds and other investors who manage portfolios that rebalance frequently face a challenge when it comes to the use of factors for trading, hedging and risk monitoring: Which factors tend to break down over time?

  4. For institutional investors, float-adjusted market capitalization weighted indexes remain the tools of choice to implement their passive allocations. Such indexes are used widely as policy and performance benchmarks and as the basis for ETFs and other passive vehicles. Is this use justified or even appropriate? Do benchmark indexes suffer from shortcomings that undermine their suitability in implementing investment strategies?

  5. Investors with global portfolios need to know where the companies they invest in are domiciled. It is equally important, however, for them to know where those companies earn their revenue. Data from MSCI shows that the geographic distribution of companies’ revenues can have a significant impact on their stock prices.

  6. Brexit brought mayhem to Britain, at least in the short run. Markets fell, the pound dropped, the prime minister resigned and, worst of all, the English national football team was knocked from the European Championship by Iceland!

  7. While the long-term consequences for investors of the decision by U.K. voters to leave the European Union may take time to unfold, our analysis of the months that preceded the referendum shows that tremors from Brexit already have stirred up markets and upped systemic risk for Britain compared with developed markets generally. The question now is whether the waves will continue and how they may (or may not) intensify.

  8. Top-down managers assess the economic outlook and translate macro views into country and industry portfolio positions. In contrast, bottom-up managers select securities based on a set of common criteria, for example valuations, profitability, growth, quality, yield, as well as company-specific attributes.

  9. Momentum, the tendency of past winners to continue to do well in the near future, is a pervasive return regularity in equities and across asset classes. It is used both as a signal in alpha models and as a factor in risk models.

  10. The cyclicality of factor strategies means that individual factors can deliver a premium against the market over time but that any one factor can experience periods of underperformance.

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