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Waman Virgaonkar

Waman Virgaonkar
Vice President, MSCI Research

About the Contributor

Waman Virgaonkar is a Senior Associate in the Core Equity Research team, working on quantitative strategies for portfolio construction. Previously, he worked as a Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Waman has a B. Tech in Computer Engineering from VNIT Nagpur and an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.

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  1. BLOG

    Factors in Focus: Go with the Flow? 

    Jul 1, 2021 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    In the latest edition of Factors in Focus, we look at flows into equity factor ETFs and whether it has been profitable, historically, to follow the money, along with our analysis of factor and factor-index performance over the second quarter.

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    Purifying Value 

    Jun 29, 2021 Waman Virgaonkar , Mehdi Alighanbari

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    Unintended exposure to non-value factors was a large contributor to value’s period of underperformance. We investigate value-portfolio construction when controlling for these exposures while maintaining maximum exposure to value factors.

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    The Theory of (Value) Relativity 

    May 5, 2021 Waman Virgaonkar , Mehdi Alighanbari

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    Whether constructing a fundamental factor model, a value strategy or a value index, valuation ratios need context. Time-series and cross-sectional approaches each have pros and cons. But combining the two may have presented a clearer picture. 

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    Factors in Focus: Value Springs into Action 

    Apr 6, 2021 Hitendra D Varsani , Waman Virgaonkar

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    Value has historically outperformed in economic recoveries. With the reopening of the global economy we examined value’s performance against other factors, and exposures from our adaptive multi-factor model at the end of Q1. 

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    Reopening Economies and the Resurgence in Value 

    Mar 31, 2021 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    After 15 years of challenging performance, many have asked if value is still a valid investment strategy. But the reopening of the global economy following vaccination rollouts has reignited interest across stocks, sectors, countries and regions.

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    Factors in Focus: Val-come Back! Shifting Factors as the Cycle Turns 

    Jan 6, 2021 Hitendra D Varsani , Waman Virgaonkar

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    In this two-year-anniversary edition of Factors in Focus, we reflect on the historical relationships between factor returns and macro cycles, which have provided useful information for investors looking to take an active stance on factor exposures based on their outlook.

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    Factors in Focus: Impact of Inflation on Style Factors 

    Oct 2, 2020 Hitendra D Varsani , Waman Virgaonkar

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    Global equities continued to rally in Q3, brushing aside fear of a second wave of COVID-19 and a large economic slump. We review what it meant from an equity and fixed-income factor perspective and look at what our models showed headed into Q4

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    Factors in Focus: How Trendy Is Your Style Factor? 

    Jul 6, 2020 Hitendra D Varsani , Waman Virgaonkar , Rohit Mendiratta

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    As markets rallied worldwide, investors took on high-beta exposure and rotated away from stocks with lower risk. The latest edition of Factors in Focus explores the details.

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    Factors in Focus: Risk sentiment and factor dynamics in a crisis 

    Apr 2, 2020 Hitendra D Varsani , Waman Virgaonkar , Rohit Mendiratta

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    We analyzed the market effects from COVID-19 and a Saudi Arabia/Russia oil-price war. We also examined – for the first time – credit factor performance. How did the quarter play out? What did our adaptive multi-factor model show as it ended?

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    Factors in Focus: Will 2020 vision sharpen exposures? 

    Jan 6, 2020 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    Some global equity markets reached all-time highs and experienced limited bouts of volatility over the course of 2019. But underneath the calm surface, we saw a high degree of dispersion among factors and sectors.

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    Factors in Focus: Momentum hits a valuation speed bump 

    Oct 3, 2019 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    The momentum-value spread saw one of the largest corrections in history over the summer. What does our model show going forward?

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    Factors in Focus: Dynamic short term, strategic long term 

    Jul 2, 2019 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    We review factor performance over the second quarter, provide the perspective of a long-term view and look to indications from our adaptive multi-factor model heading into Q3.

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    Factors in Focus: Risky start. Quality finish. 

    Apr 2, 2019 Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra D Varsani

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    We highlight the fast-moving rotation among factors that continued during Q1 2019. As we move into Q2 2019, this framework showed allocation changes in different factors.

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    What has affected minimum volatility index performance? 

    Jan 31, 2019 Mehdi Alighanbari , Waman Virgaonkar

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    As we head further into 2019, some of last year’s concerns, including market volatility and interest-rate uncertainty, continue to occupy investors’ minds. With the assumption that rates-related concerns continue and uncertainty looms in the global equity markets, the question is how minimum volatility indexes behaved in an environment dominated by these two opposing forces.

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