To Time or not to Time Factors?
It has sometimes been portrayed as the Battle of the Quants. For some years now, AQR founder Cliff Asness and Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott have been at loggerheads over the question of whether you can time factors or not. And it is a question that has occupied the minds of many asset owners, not […]
Seeking Alpha in Crisis
Crisis risk offset sleeves have drawn increasingly more attention from institutional investors, but what do these portfolios actually contain? With bond yields at historic low levels and interest rates rising many institutional investors are questioning whether the negative correlation between equities and bonds – the very foundation of the widely used ‘balance portfolio’ in the […]
Quants Part III – Using the Right Tools for the Job
In this final instalment on quants, MarketFox columnist Daniel Grioli looks at the influence of investors’ time horizon on the usefulness of quantitative techniques. I’ve received several comments from readers defending the usefulness of quantitative techniques. They are definitely useful and they have been widely adopted. Which is why its important to understand their limits. […]