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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Quant strategies: 2015 performance review

Here are the 2015 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 2014. No changes in the holdings since that time. In the table below I list various quant strategies along with…

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Quant investing: improving the value of shareholder yield

Part of quant investing is always being on the look out for better metrics and systems that enhance performance. Today I want to look at a simple improvement to the value metric shareholder yield. I’ll look at this in the context of the quant index replication strategy I posted on here. First, lets look at shareholder yield in more detail.…

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Quant investing: microcap trending value

After my last post updating quant system performance I realized I’ve never posted on one of the quant systems, the microcap trending value system. In this post I’ll describe the microcap trending value system, its historical performance, and a tweak from the O’Shaughnessy version of the system which improves performance. The top performing quant system, by annual return, from O’Shaughnessy’s…

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Quant strategies – YTD performance update

Now, that equity markets have experienced a nice 10%+ correction this year I thought it would be of value to look at the performance of various quant strategies year to date, especially during a tough year for stocks as 2015 has been. For explanations of the various quant strategies see the portfolios page. All equity portfolios consist of 25 stocks…

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Quantitative investing: trending value system update

In today’s post I’ll update the Trending Value quant system. The primary difference Trending Value has in relation to the three other systems that I have updated (Utilities Value, Consumer Staples Value, and Enhanced Yield) is that it uses relative price momentum in addition to value to screen for stocks. I first discussed the system almost 2 years ago now.…

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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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When quant portfolios underperform

Any investment strategy that is not ‘the market’ will experience periods of under performance. Sometimes quite extended like value investing in the late 90s. How an investor handles those periods of underperformance goes a long way to determining whether they have any chance of outperforming the averages over time. In today’s post I want to highlight the recent under performance…

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