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2020 - A Cycle Too Short for Minimum Volatility Indexes?

Investors are using defensive equity strategies like minimum volatility to reduce risk and lower volatility during market downturns to help with portfolio resiliency. Despite a track record of outperformance during turbulent markets and producing a premium over long periods of time, investors are questioning minimum volatility strategies as it continued to underperform during period of strong market rebounds in 2020.

Did this long-term winner really underperform in 2020, or did it perform as expected? What is the factor that investors are talking about today?

Join us as MSCI experts discuss the misconceptions around minimum volatility and share insights on what an investor can reasonably expect from a minimum volatility strategy.

Agenda topics

  • Minimum volatility performance in 2020
  • Minimum volatility vs low volatility
  • Short-term vs long-term horizons
  • Learn why managing factor exposures in 2020 during the sharp deterioration and recovery in economic activity was more important than selecting stocks
  • 2021 factor outlook

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Mar 18 2021

Virtual Platform



11:00 a.m. HKT Hong Kong

12:00 p.m. JST Tokyo 

2:00 p.m. AEDT Sydney




Event Speakers

Mark Carver

Managing Director, Global Head of Equity Factor Products | MSCI

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Shuo Xu

Vice President, APAC Equity Solutions Research | MSCI

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