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 […]
Securitisation and the Willingness to Repay
Securitisation was almost thrown out with the bathwater in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, as mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and collateralised debt obligations (CDO), containing sub-prime mortgages, almost brought down the financial system. But since then the securitisation market has undergone significant change, both in regulations and attitudes towards risk. And in a world […]
In Search of Temperament
If you ask some of the most well-regarded investors what it takes to become a good investor, then they often tell you it is more about temperament than any technical proficiency. In this new series, MarketFox columnist Daniel Grioli tries to demystify this illusive concept and narrow it down to a few quantifiable attributes.
February Didn’t Kill Crisis Alpha
The Crisis Risk Offset approach to constructing portfolios has gained some popularity in the US in recent years, but the surprising performance of trend-following strategies in February this year led some people to question the approach. Kathryn Kaminski, who coined the term crisis alpha, examines the evidence.