Total issuance in 1Q’15 came in at USD 49.0 billion (bn) as of March 31, up 2.3% quarter-over-quarter (qoq) from 4Q’14 (USD 47.9bn) and up 22.7% year-over-year (yoy), inclusive of high grade (HG… more
Owning individual bonds has its risks and rewards. However, buying a bond entails an unseen transaction cost, which may not always be clear to retail investors. This transaction cost exists because bonds… more
In a preceding paper, “Is There Value in Asia Ex-Japan Sector Rotation Strategies?” (October 2012), we examined how sector rotation strategies based on price momentum and economic cycles perform in Asia… more
While the global economy is looking better than it has for years, relatively low investment yields from most major asset classes mean the medium term return outlook remains constrained compared to the… more
Compound interest is an investor’s best friend.The higher the return, the greater the investment contribution and the longer the time period the more it works.To reap maximum advantage from it, ensure… more
The results of Greenwich Associates 2014 German Investment Management Study suggest the themes of globalization and diversification will remain in place in coming years. The pace of change within institutional… more
In the wake of the global financial crisis, minimum variance equity strategies quickly gained traction by capturing the attention of a risk-aware and risk-averse investment community. But minimum variance… more
This paper takes a financial market perspective in examining the relationship between oil prices, the US dollar and asset prices, and it exploits the heteroskedasticity for the identification of causality… more
- The Russell High Efficiency Factor Index (HEFI) series provides exposure to four commonly understood factors that drive equity returns: Low Volatility, Momentum, Quality and Value.- The Russell HEFI… more
Corporate payout policy has been one of the most studied areas in finance literature. If a company has limited investment opportunities, it may distribute its excess cash flow, if any, back to shareholders… more
Far from being an avant-garde technique, the practice of ranking stocks on the basis of a quality score is well-established, and has been engrained in the investment process of asset managers, especially… more
High equity market valuations tell us that the longer-term return outlook is subdued, but for now our value, cycle, sentiment process and models tell us to favor equities over fixed income and maintain… more
Investors often consider currency to be a passive product of international investing. Where active currency strategies are employed, they are characterized as quite distinct from fixed income. This paper… more
Change is the one constant in financial services, but the next few years will be particularly important as the industry focuses on the future beyond the weight of implementing significant new regulations… more
It has been more than three years since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, and it appears that individual investors couldn't care less. Or if they do, they have virtually no confidence that these changes… more
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