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Over the last few decades, there have been numerous calls for the death of simple investing strategies. Today’s valuations and interest rate conditions are bringing this debate back to the fore once again. Investors are being told that low to negative returns are a given by some of the most well-known money managers in the world. Are the naysayers finally going to be right?
Alternative strategies like managed futures, arbitrage, unconstrained fixed income, long-short equity and market neutral are among the hottest areas of asset management right now. Investors have more options than ever before to use strategies and fund structures that are outside of the traditional realm of stocks and bonds. For advisors and allocators, the question is whether there is room for systematically-driven alternatives in an evidence-based portfolio.
Traditional alpha is becoming a scarce resource in the increasingly competitive investment landscape. To create a successful investment program you first have to get the correct people, processes and policies in place. How you structure your organization and your decision-making process will have a much larger impact on investment performance than picking the best money managers.
ETFs, separately managed accounts, mutual funds, liquid alts - it seems there are many ways to deliver a quantitative or evidence-based solution to investors these days. This panel will explore the benefits, drawbacks and opportunities for professional managers and their clients. On this panel, our experts will consider the challenges of software implementation, compliance costs and marketing tactics, all while relaying specific examples of what is working in the field.
Sometimes the best investments are those we avoid making. Top experts in quantitative quality screening and forensic analysis of source materials explain how they deliver market-beating returns by omission of dangerous holdings.
F. William McNabb III
It has been estimated that smart beta products now make up almost a third of all ETF assets and factor investing is on every fund company’s agenda. Are we expecting too much from these strategies? Will their popularity lead to lower returns going forward? Will flows into these new funds alter the way these risk factors have performed in the past? The major opportunity in this space is the dawning awareness among investors large and small that there is a systematic approach available for those who want to emphasize the factors that win. The challenge going forward will be differentiation in a field growing more crowded and the need for solid execution for a real product that lives outside the spreadsheet.
Every investment philosophy or strategy runs into difficulty at some point. How do allocators deal with these inevitable periods of underperformance when time horizons seem to be getting shorter and shorter? And how can allocators utilize an evidence-based approach in an interest rate environment that is increasingly looking like nothing we’ve ever seen before?
Evidence-based investing requires that investors look at the facts to make high probability portfolio decisions. But at what point does it make sense for investors to ignore the historical evidence that the markets have presented us? What are some of the limitations with historical data that investment professionals look at so closely? When does it make sense to ignore an investment strategy or signal that has worked well in the past?
Clare Flynn Levy
Join us for a well-deserved libation at our conference after party at Stout NYC. The Evidence-Based Investing delegation will be on the upper level at 60 East 41st Street. We look forward to seeing you there!
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This Privacy Notice was updated on 23 May 2018
This Privacy Notice outlines the information we may collect about you in relation to your use of our products and services (“personal data”). It also explains the legal rights that you have in relation to your data and how you may exercise these rights.
Some of our group companies may collect and use personal data for different purposes; those companies have their own websites and privacy notices.
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Marketing materials are sent electronically, by post and we may occasionally call you.
Online Targeted Advertising
We use targeted advertising on our websites to display advertisements that are relevant to what we believe are your interests. In order to deliver relevant advertisements, we use third parties to deliver cookies that collect information about your IP address and how you interact with our sites (e.g. browsing information, which articles you have read etc.). This data is used by the third parties to determine which advertisements may be of interest to you.
We may also share your personal data with third parties to deliver targeted advertising to you on other websites (e.g. Twitter Tailored Audiences or Facebook Custom Audiences). This could include your email address, cookie data, and information obtained from third parties. Third party cookies may also be used to enable us to target advertisements to you on other websites that you visit.
Lead Generation and Scoring
We occasionally use the services of trusted third parties in order to ensure that the personal data we use for advertising and marketing purposes is accurate and up-to-date. To do this, we transfer personal data of individual leads (such as name, email, job title, location and phone number) to these third parties who conduct research to verify the data – primarily against public information.
We also use algorithmic software technology to help us improve the quality and relevance of marketing activities. The personal data analysed by the software includes email address, phone number, job title, address, purchase history and account information. This allows us to provide meaningful offers that are relevant to your specific profile.
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If Euromoney, or any of our group companies is sold or sells our assets or is acquired by a third party, then personal data about our customers will be acquired by that third party. A transfer of your personal data in these circumstances would be necessary so that the services you have contracted for can still be delivered, or so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of our free products and services. You will receive notice if a new controller assumes responsibility for your personal data.
Additional Third Party Disclosures
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- Where we are required by law or regulation to do so. In each case we will seek, where practicable, to minimise the amount of data that is disclosed.
- If required to protect the rights and interests of other users and/or Euromoney and its affiliates (including our employees, agents and contractors), or as otherwise set out in our Terms & Conditions. This may include exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.
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Some of the Euromoney group companies are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA). If you have consented to being contacted by our group companies, then the transfer of your personal data will be made according to the terms of an international data sharing agreement that contains obligations approved by European data protection regulators. Any of our group companies that receive your personal data will be co-controllers of that data, which means they may determine how they process your personal data – although they may only use it for the purposes for which it was shared, unless you are informed of new or additional processing activities.
We may also transfer personal data to third party service providers as described in this Privacy Notice which are located outside the EEA. Where we conduct these transfers, we take all steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with applicable privacy legislation, either by only sending your personal data to jurisdictions that provide an adequate degree of legal protection for your data or by imposing approved contractual terms on these third parties.
We have a data retention policy that ensures we don’t use or store your personal data for longer than necessary. We consider the following issues to determine retention periods:
- Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner or other regulatory agency, or industry best practice recommendations;
- The business rationale for collection and expiry of the purpose for which personal data was collected;
- Our ongoing ability to ensure the accuracy of the data; and
- Legal and regulatory requirements.
We may occasionally need to keep personal data for either shorter or longer periods than specified in our retention policy. In such circumstances, application of the retention period to the data will be temporarily suspended. The suspension of an applicable retention period will be carried out in a manner that respects the rights and interests of all persons concerned.
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You may request access to any personal data of yours for which Euromoney is responsible as controller. Unless there are legal or regulatory reasons for not doing so, we will confirm whether we process any of your personal data and if we do, we will provide you with the following information: the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data, any recipients of your personal data, the applicable retention period and the data source. Copies of your personal data will be made available to you in a structured, machine-readable format.
You may also request that we transfer the personal data that you have submitted to us, to another controller, where it is technically feasible for us to do so.
If you have consented to our processing of your personal data, or if we are processing your personal data in order to fulfil our contractual obligations to you, then you can submit a request that we transfer your personal data to another data controller.
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Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
8 Bouverie Street
London, EC4Y 8AX
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Euromoney will do our best to respond to any questions and address any of your concerns. You are also able to register any complaints regarding the processing of your personal data directly with the UK Information Commissioner.
Euromoney is committed to keeping your personal data secure and we will take appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data from loss, unauthorised use, disclosure or destruction. Although we do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee that any transmission of data is without risk. We have therefore implemented information security policies and rules, staff training on information security, and technical measures to ensure the integrity of data that we have under our control.
All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those third parties that process personal data on our behalf) are required to keep such data confidential and not to use it for any purpose other than the performance of services we have requested.
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