Smart Beta’s efficiency comes, not from optimization, but from a more balanced distribution across equity premium sources.
Active quant strategies primarily seek alpha through proprietary return forecasting. In contrast, Smart Beta strategies are a good fit for the core equity portfolio.
What is Smart Beta and how can it help investors? In the first part of a new series, CIO Jason Hsu relates Smart Beta to traditional passive and active management.
The Fed has deferred tapering, but when retrenching starts, some risky assets may be more attractive than others. Jason Hsu explores how tapering will affect financial markets.
The science of manager selection really is about what Charley Ellis calls “the loser’s game.” So how can investors improve their odds of picking successful managers? For one thing, avoid asset managers that have a culture of blame.
Despite the large body of literature on the importance of asset allocation as a primary determinant of portfolio performance, the definition of asset allocation “alpha” remains a poorly defined concept. In this article, we show that a portfolio’s total alpha can be decomposed into alpha from asset allocation and manager selection. The asset allocation alpha…
Quantitative easing enables the government to issue low-cost debt and support undisciplined spending. This spending, in turn, generates inflation, which chokes off private sector growth and transfers wealth from future taxpayers to the current generation, CIO Jason Hsu writes in this commentary.
What looks best for 2013? Emerging market local currency sovereign bonds are likely to outperform developed market government debt. For equities, both developed (ex-U.S.) and emerging markets offer more attractive valuations and better dividend yields than U.S. stocks. Here’s why.
The risks embedded in asset-based risk parity portfolios are explored using a simple, economically motivated approach. Such an approach can go a long way toward demystifying and making more explicit the drivers of performance and risks of asset-based risk parity portfolios. Investors in risk parity can use this approach for more robust portfolio construction and…
A traditional asset allocation framework allocates to various asset classes with the goal of matching important risk exposures. In reality, many asset classes share exposures to common risk factors and thus are highly correlated, particularly with equities. This article explains how investors can achieve more intuitive and perhaps more sensible portfolios with an approach based on risk factors.