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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is promoting Priti Singh to senior managing director and global head of capital markets and factor investing, effective May 2, 2022. In the new role, Singh will be responsible for leading the external portfolio management, active macro and quantitative strategies and risk premia groups. She takes over from Poul Winslow, […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 18, 2022 April 18, 2022
  • 15:00
How to beat the crowd in factor investing

Can factor investing continue to give investors an edge if everyone’s doing it? Interest in using factors to invest has been on an upward trend and is still rising, says Alberto Martin-Utrera, an assistant professor of finance at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “The assets under management have grown exponentially in the last decade, […]

How have investment factors performed during the coronavirus stock market turmoil?

During 2020’s second quarter rebound, U.S. equities saw stronger performance than other developed markets like the U.K. and the rest of Europe. However, during the coronavirus pandemic so far, factors have moved largely in tandem in those geographies, according to Philip Lawlor, managing director and head of global investment research at FTSE Russell, during a webinar […]

Back to basics on factor investing

Factor investing is a style of management that aims to harvest the common traits of a group or basket of securities that helps inform their risk and return potential. “When we talk about factors, we’re really talking about common characteristics that securities, such as stocks or bonds, share,” says Mo Haghbin, chief operating officer of […]


Some have suggested there could be a return premium to lowering the carbon intensity of a portfolio. By constructing low carbon strategies called decarbonization factors, which go long on lower carbon investments and short on higher ones, it’s certainly possible, according to a paper authored by professor George Serafeim from the Harvard Business School along […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 09:29
Factor investing strategies becoming more popular for fixed income: survey

The use of factor investing is on the rise among institutional investors, according to a new global survey by Invesco. “Factor investing has shifted from academic theory to an actionable strategy for global investors and the study allows us to understand what issues are key to their investment decisions,” said Mo Haghbin, chief operating officer of […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30

More than half (58 per cent) of institutional investors surveyed have implemented smart beta strategies, according a recent survey from FTSE Russel. This represents a 10 per cent increase since 2018. When looking at investors that have implemented smart beta, or are evaluating or planning to use a smart beta index-based strategy, the number jumps […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 12, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:21

With a challenging backdrop to the current investment landscape, certain topics are continually resurfacing when chief investment officers speak with asset owners. The conversation is dominated by the desire to get more out of manager relationships, increasing the amount of insight investors gain from them, said Neil Blundell, head of global client solutions at Invesco, in a webinar […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 4, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:00

While factor investing isn’t new, the way investors are accessing and using factors is changing, says Mark Carver, global head of factor index products at MSCI Inc. “The most common [mis]perception is that factors are new,” he says. “Factors are not new. Some of the strategies that today we bucket as factors have in fact […]

As factor and multi-factor investing become more commonly understood investment styles, different strategies can help mitigate specific risks in choppier markets. “Nobody wants to hear about risk until it’s too late,” said Carlos Phillips, vice-president and director at TD Asset Management Inc., at an event hosted by the firm in Toronto on Tuesday. A significant […]