Categories for Factor Investing

History and Presidential Elections

October 6, 2020 8:00 am

What History Tells Us About US Presidential Elections and the Market It’s natural for investors to look for a connection between who wins the White House and which way stocks will go. But as nearly a century of returns shows, stocks have trended upward across administrations from both parties. Stocks have rewarded disciplined investors for decades, through Democratic and Republican... View Article

Will I Have Enough

January 16, 2020 11:00 am

Many investors in retirement have certain goals in common: more money rather than less, minimal wealth volatility, and enough financial cushion to cover the extra costs of, hopefully, living a very long life. Retirees have generally tried to meet those goals with a simple rule of thumb: hold a balanced stock/bond portfolio and withdraw at a sustainable rate. Historically this... View Article

Has a Global Recession Arrived

August 21, 2019 8:00 am

Some claim that a global recession has begun following a lot of the recent economic data. Others might argue that major problems only exist overseas, and signs of any recession is not present in the United States. Regardless of who is right, we expect a recession won’t be confirmed until twelve months or longer after the fact. This is similar... View Article

A Stock Market Cycle and Investor Discipline

July 24, 2019 8:00 am

Every point in a stock market cycle brings its own emotional challenges for long-term investors. When volatility spikes, as it did in 2018, investors need to muster their intestinal fortitude and avoid the temptation to flee to cash. In times of extended market doldrums, as we saw in 2015-16 when stocks mostly moved sideways, investors must avoid the temptation to... View Article

Longevity Planning vs. The 4% Retirement Rule

May 2, 2019 9:00 am

Last month, in our blog The 60/40 Investment Debate, we discussed a few key considerations when it comes to longevity risk. As our focus continues in a pursuit to solve this very important issue, we realize longevity planning is often confused with traditional planning for one’s future retirement. For most, today’s retirement planning only focuses on planning “to” retirement rather... View Article

The 60/40 Investment Debate

March 26, 2019 8:00 am

For decades, many individual and institutional investors have used a 60/40 asset allocation as common strategy for investing in stocks and bonds. This rule of thumb came from the work of two Nobel Prize winning economists, Harry Markowitz (1952) and Bill Sharpe (1964), and their contributions to modern portfolio theory continue to drive today’s innovation in finance. Since the dot.com... View Article

We All Love Investment Fads

February 20, 2019 10:00 am

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalize on developments such as the perceived relative strength of particular geographic regions, technological changes in the economy, or the popularity of different natural resources. But long-term investors should... View Article

Did You Give Up on Diversification

December 20, 2018 8:00 am

Once again, the media and talking heads are back at it mourning over the recent “crash” in the stock market and how diversification doesn’t work. Many social outlets such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are filled with many of our coworkers, friends and family predicting the next market downturn is just around the corner. They may be very right or... View Article

We Knew Volatility Was Coming

October 11, 2018 9:00 am

Many people have made predictions on when volatility would return. We agree that it has been unusually low for a few years and fully expected it to increase at some point. The truth is that we just didn’t know when nor would we ever try to time the market in anticipation of such events. However, there are many data points... View Article

Mind Over Model in Factor Investing

March 1, 2018 2:00 pm

Checking the weather? Guess what—you’re using a model. While models can be useful for gaining insights that can help us make good decisions, they are inherently incomplete simplifications of reality. In this short entry, we discuss these considerations when it comes to factor investing. In investing, factor models have been a frequent topic of discussion. Often marketed as smart beta... View Article