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Factor Performance Across Business Cycles

A recent study explores how Fama-French factors perform across various stages of recession and recovery. Arnav Sheth and Tee Lim contribute to the literature on the performance of factor-based investment strategies through their December 2017 study, “Fama-French Factors and Business Cycles.” In it, they examined the behavior of six Fama-French factors—market beta (MKT), size (SMB), …Read More.

The Benefits of Managed Volatility Strategies

Larry Swedroe tackles research into how managing volatility shapes outcomes and utility. There’s a large body of research demonstrating that, while past returns do not predict future returns, past volatility largely predicts future near-term volatility. For example, since 1926, the correlation of returns between adjacent 60-trading-day periods is essentially zero. In contrast, the correlation rises …Read More.

Managing Risk With Factors

Larry Swedroe unpacks an illustration supporting factor diversification for portfolio efficiency. The holy grail of investing is the search for investment strategies that can deliver higher expected returns without increased risk, or the same expected return with reduced risk. In our 2014 book, “Reducing the Risk of Black Swans,” my co-author Kevin Grogan and I …Read More.

Divorce: Unveiling The Unspoken Truth

Savvy Ladies Founder Stacy Francis discusses insights about women’s relationship to money before, during and after divorce, as well as the four most common paths to divorce and pitfalls to avoid in the process. Stacy Francis discusses insights from her 2017 white paper, “Unveiling The Unspoken Truth: The Financial Challenges Women Face During And After …Read More.

Tips to Help Teach Your Children About Money

BAM ALLIANCE member Stuart Vick Smith offers five tips for helping to teach your kids about money. As parents, we continually struggle to pass knowledge on to our children. Unfortunately, sometimes financial knowledge is left off the list or lost in translation. To prevent that happening, consider the following five tips to help teach your …Read More.

Stress-Testing the Volatility Risk Premium

Larry Swedroe on research into how VRP portfolios fare in market crises. There are a multitude of alternative investments for investors to consider, largely because Wall Street is exceptionally good at creating products, and at creating demand for those products, even when there shouldn’t be. However, among the many alternatives from which to choose, there …Read More.