Quant stock investing vs smart beta strategies

Factor based investing has become quite popular these days. Factors are characteristics of a group of stocks, the most famous being value and small cap, that are used to sort the overall universe of stocks. For quite some time certain factors have been shown to outperform the overall market over extended periods of time. The finance industry has jumped all…

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Quant strategies: Q1 2016 performance

Here are the Q1 2016 total return and max drawdown numbers for the various quant strategies I track. For explanations of the various quant strategies see the¬†portfolios¬†page. All equity portfolios consist of 25 stocks and were formed at the end of 2015. No changes in the holdings since that time. In the table below I list various quant strategies along…

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Quantitative investing: enhanced yield system update

Time to update quant system #3 in my series. See my previous two posts for the first two system updates (here and here). Today I’ll update the enhanced dividend yield system which I originally posted on almost 2 years ago. Let’s dive right in. The enhanced dividend yield strategy originally appeared in What Works On Wall Street. In its original…

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Quant investing: utilities value system update

In today’s post I’ll update the second quant investing system, the utilities sector value system. In my last post I updated the consumer staples value system. The utilities sector value system can be used on it’s own or combined in a portfolio with the consumer staples system. Lets get right to it. The utilities value system is somewhat more complicated…

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Quant investing: consumer staples value system update

I’ve received a fair amount of interest in providing an update to the quant portfolios I’ve presented on the blog in the past. For those trying to implement the portfolios themselves it can provide a good check on their implementations. For newbies, it is a good re-intro to the power of quant systems. In this post I’ll start with the…

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Asset allocation vs security selection

Nice to be back to posting. San Diego has been so full of fun, friends, family, and amazing local beer, that my blogging definitely suffered… Is it even worth picking individual stocks? Even in quant portfolios? The more I delve into tactical asset allocation and it’s ease and benefits the more I’ve been asking myself this question. In this post…

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What to do about poor future returns

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about asset valuations, in particular US stocks and US bonds, and their impact of future returns. This is nothing new. It just seems to get louder at the start of every new year. I’ve discussed this topic before on the blog. Last time here. Basically, my point was that we may indeed, in…

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Quantitative investing – going global

One of the great things about learning how to do your own Quantitative screening is that once you’ve mastered the basics and learned how to implement popular screens you can then customize screens to fit your investment style, new ideas, etc… In this post I’ll take a look at how we can modify the basic O’Shaugnnessy Value Composite 2 and…

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Fairfax Financial 2012 results update

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about Fairfax Financial. Last time was in October 2011 (see here for previous posts). Fairfax recently held their annual shareholder meeting which had some great information about the company, its results, and why it is a good investment. I’ll discuss some of the highlights of the meeting in this post. First, my…

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What’s next for MLPs?

For my first post back I want to update the last post I did before my hiatus. On Feb 10, I posted on how well the MLP sector did in January, with it being the second best January ever, and that good early year performance usually leads to strong results going forward. Lets see what the MLP sector has been…

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